Thursday, 29 March 2018

Maths: Finding The Missing Angles | Week 8

This week for maths, we were asked to fill out a sheet of paper.. This paper contained multiple angle problems, that we needed to fill out. These were triangle problems, including different varieties of triangles. From equilateral, to isosceles, to right / left angled triangles. What we were asked to do, was examine each triangle, and find out what other angles are left out. There are a lot more details in my DLO, so if you want to know more, you can take a look at that.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Assembly: Duffy Assembly | Getting Our Books

Today, we had our first Duffy assembly of the year. A Duffy assembly, is like a normal assembly, but instead, there would be two representatives from Duffy, that would talk about their life story that all started because of reading. They would then present our Duffy books that we selected at the start of the term. We all chose 4 books, and we would explain which books we wanted in order of how much we wanted to read them. We would then get 2 of those books at the assembly. We chose 4 books, just in case if Mainfreight (The ones who give us the books) run out of stock for the specific book. The 2 books that I received was Wandmakers Apprentice, and Amulet The Stonekeeper. The Amulet series is one of my favourite series of all time, so i'm glad that the series was an option. Although Wandmakers is a new series to me, in which I have never read a Wandmaker story. We all thank Mainfreight for giving these books to us, and we will all enjoy reading.

Writing: 5 - 7 - 10 Writing | Week 8 | The Tunnel

This week for writing, we were asked to write a description for our 5 - 7 - 10 Writing. 5 - 7 - 10 Writing is when you write as much as you possibly can for 5 minutes. Then you would talk about your story to a friend, and read your story to them. You would do this for 7 minutes. Finally, you would edit, and complete your story in 10 minutes, and have it shown to your teacher. Although unlike last times 5 - 7 - 10 writing, we were to write a setting description, rather than a character description. Our subject of this weeks 5 - 7 - 10 was The Tunnel. Which showed a picture of a tunnel  formed by trees in a forest. This was an awesome subject to write about, giving me the perfect opportunity to add in a lot of words that I would never use of a daily bases. Using words like perambulate, rather than walk. This let me write and an epic setting description about the tunnel.


The Tunnel

I see the dark, oak wood trees surround me. There are bushes, expanding around the
trees, and stumps of the forest foreground. The trees curling around the corner of a large
rock, blocking my perspective of the sun. The rough edges of the rock, smoothing the
closer I get. The grass swirling around each tree, growing longer and longer, by the
second. Broken branches then start to heal, growing faster than a cheetah running across
a long, blank, grassy field. “This is a mysterious place,” I say to myself. I then see the
trees arc into a circular formation, forming a tunnel for me to stride through. The tunnel
advanced for a very long time, as if the tail of the tunnel was getting smaller and smaller.
The tunnel then goes dark, as a silence fills the forest. Then the tunnel suddenly brightens
up, and there is a visible door at the very end, with nothing to provide information for
what may be on the other side.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Inquiry: Researching Stephen Hawking

This week for Inquiry, we were asked to make a DLO in a group of 3 or 4 on Professor Stephen Hawking. We were given a set list of questions to answer, and put onto our DLO. They were, who was he, what did he do, what made him famous, what is motor neuron disease, 3 or more facts, what qualities he had, what a physicist is, and how Stephen Hawking's computer functioned. I did this activity with Sanujan, Julian and Alex, and we all had a fair share of work done. Sanujan and I also had quite a bit of fun with this activity, so what we did was draw Professor Stephen Hawking, in the Simpsons art style. We did this because Stephen Hawking has appeared in a Simpson episode.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Maths: Ordering Decimals From Smallest To Biggest

As a part of our maths this week, we were challenged to order a set of decimal numbers from smallest to biggest. The numbers were written on the board, and we needed to transfer them to our books in order. We then were to make a DLO showing our answers. To make this DLO, I worked with Sanujan, and we got it done in a really small amount of time.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Writing: 5 - 7 - 10 Writing | The Greatest Library In History

This week for writing, we again did 5 - 7 - 10 writing. 5 minutes to write as much as you can, 7 minutes to talk about your story to a partners, and 10 minutes to edit, and finish the story. Although, to add a twist to it, we needed to use this time to write a character description. We were given a set prompt, and today's prompt, was about the greatest library. I loved this prompt, because it sparked my imagination, and let me write an awesome story.

The Greatest Library In History

Melissa sets foot into the library, that she had heard great comments about, from her
friends. She lives just across the street from this library, and has wanted to go. The only
thing that was restricting her from going, was that she could only go with her mum or dad,
who both work 24/7. Although, today Melissa’s mum got the day off, and agreed to take
her for half an hour.

Melissa grabs a book, and flicks across the pages as her imagination kicks in. She looks
back at the pages, and reads: The beautiful princess stumbles across a small cottage, and
meets Gumbo, the gumball. Melissa looks back up from the pages, and sees a purple
gumball, waving his hand.

Melissa turns her head, to see a lolly path, leading to a chocolate fountain. She says
goodbye to Gumbo, and skips her way to heaven, only to hear her mum call her name.

Melissa then closes the book, and this magical wonderland, then transforms back into the
library. “Thank you for taking me to the library mum, it was the best day ever.” Melissa

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Maths: Scooter Quest

Today I played a small game about rounding decimal numbers. This game can be found through This Link, so if you want to play the game yourself, you can just click on the link. What you have to do in this game, is deliver news papers to houses. You have to take the correct newspaper, to the correct house, and the way you can know, is by answering the question below. There are 5 houses, each with an answer. Only one of the answers are correct, and you have to make the choice. There are multiple types of questions, from rounding a number to the nearest whole, the nearest tenth, the nearest hundredth, and the nearest thousandth. To make a more specific blog post, I also timed my game play to show in my post.

Time: 3:48.72

Maths: Creating 3 Maths Problems

This week for maths, our task was to come up with 3 maths problems. Although, we needed to create these problems with a pair, and these problem needed to be about 4 different times, for the 2010, and 2014 Giant Slalom times. We then needed to present our problems to another pair, and answer their question. Mataio and I showed, and answered with Jeremiah, and Tiava. When checking Jeremiah and Tiava's problems, we luckily got them all right. Although when having our problems checked, they also got them alright. Which must've meant that they weren't hard enough. Once checked, we then were to choose one of the other pairs problems, and make a DLO on it, including our answer, and results. I enjoyed this activity a lot, and being able to present my work to others.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Writing: Creating A Character Description

This week for writing, we were asked to write a character description. Although, we first needed to chose a prompt. We could either do it on a magician, who can make things levitate, or on a boy who is lost in the forest. Although, I chose to do it on the boy, because I love suspense and adventure, and I can't think of many situations about a magician. I included 2 characters in this description, the boy (Who the description was about), and Jessica (The side character). The main points of the description, is that the boy is lost, and Jessica stumbles across him. She helps the child find the trail, and the rest is left as a cliff hanger. I had a lot of fun writing about this prompt, and I love writing stories about being lost in a forest.

Lost In The Forest

Jessica has stumbled across a small child, while hiking in the forest. She thinks that he is lost. Jessica is quite a far distance from him, and she doesn't think he notices her. Jessica can see him pulling out his map, so she must be correct. Jessica walks over to the child, and simply asks, “Are you lost?’’ He nodded his head, and explained that he lost his family, and the trail. Jessica looked at his map, and told him that he was reading it upside down. She pointed to where the trail was on the map, and then took a look at him. He had brown hair, a white shirt, and a few backpacks on the ground. He looked to be around 12 years old, maybe even 13 or older. Jessica looked up to be greeted by a tiny sign hammered to the ground: Trail Straight Ahead.

She told the kid to go back to the trail, and to keep an eye on where he’s going. He then hurried his way back, thanking Jessica before he left.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Agents Of Change: Setting Up Our 2018 Goal

This week, we wrote our 2018 goal. To help us set goals, we looked at how we could become agents of change in our own 2018 learning journey. Everyone was asked to do this, and everyone had their picture taken next to the P.B.S Agents Of Change sign. We were asked to also make a DLO, showing us next to the sign, and with a box including our goals. My goal, in exact detail is, one way I could become an agent of change, would be helping others more often. By not only focusing on my work, but helping others with theirs. A lot of people don’t understand their work, or where to start, and there may be times where I am that person. My point is, people are in need of help, but can’t always get that help from a teacher. So I am willing to throughout the year, make sure my peers aren’t in need of my help, and if they are, that I can get them the help they need. Although, to make my DLO stand out even more, I wanted to illustrate an image, showing how I could address myself, for someone who needs help. I had a lot of fun creating this DLO, and writing a goal. I will try my best to stick to this goal, and will still continue even after school.

Tech: Pewter Casting | Third Session

Today, we had our third session of Pewter Casting in Tech. This session was all about getting our moulds ready, and cutting them out. But before we could do any of that, we needed to choose a design. I did not make a post about the previous tech session, but it is simple to explain. We needed to choose our 16 designs, and make the decision of who we're making it for, and what we're making. I chose to make a pewter dolphin for my mum, and I think that I'm off to a good start. Just today, I started my cut out of the dolphin, and now only need to cut out the fins, and nose. I then needed to have the pewter melted into a liquid, where it could then be poured into my mould. The next couple of weeks would then consist of polishing, and filing the finishing product. Where it could then be taken home, and given to the recipient, (In this case, my mum).

The Design I Chose

Maths: Building Blocks Math Problem

This week for maths, we had another problem to solve. It was, Penny finds her old childhood building blocks. She wants a tidy box to store them in. There are 100 2cm blocks and she needs to construct a rectangular cuboid in order to most easily fit the box into her wardrobe. In her technology class, she saves costs by constructing an open wooden box using the least amount of wood. What are the dimensions of her box that holds all 100 cubes? For this activity, we could either work with a partner, or by ourselves. And because I know that I would struggle on my own, I worked on this with Fraidoon. A lot of people had different way s to figure this out, but I think that Fraidoon and I had one of the most unique ways. All of the working out, and our answer can be found in the DLO, including a picture, showing what we did to start.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Screencastify: Blogpost Analysis

Last week, Sanujan, Ofa, and I made a video presenting our blogpost analysis. This blogpost analysis showed how many blogposts we had posted each year, with a little description about why we had a certain amount of blogposts. Everyone made a blogpost analysis, but Mrs Anderson came to us three, asking us whether we would enjoy making a video talking about our work. We accepted the challenge, and got right to writing scripts. We then were to record it. We used Screencastify, and recorded us reading our scripts. It was a lot of fun, but after this, was the better part. We next needed to edit it. So Sanujan and I took that role. What I did was edit the video, with Sanujan by my side, giving possible ideas, which actually turned out to be good ones. He also looked up a few videos, finding out how to blue screen in iMovie, as I downloaded the scenes. I really liked making this video. I got to spend a lot of time with Sanujan, and learnt quite a few things about editing.