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BTN Should we keep the system we have when helping countries hit by natural disasters?

Here’s the prompt for this persuasive text:  http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s2981988.htm

 

 

We often hear the news that a natural disaster has hit a country. These are events like floods, earthquakes, fires and even a tsunamis is just a few of the natural disasters this world faces. But when we do hear of one these that has happened, what happens after they stop reporting the story? Do we get the full picture of what’s really happening? Natural disasters create a lot of damage and leave a lot of long term impact. And it can take years to rebuild a country, so how do they recover? Well, when a country is in need, we tend to help out. And not just Australia, most countries do. So we use a system to help provide the country with what they need to survive. Now, let me tell you why we need this system and we shouldn’t change it.

 

 

Firstly, what’s the point in changing the system when it has been working perfectly for us? Every time a county has been hit by a natural disaster, there’s always been countries to look out for them. For example, Israel has helped countries all over the world like Mexico (1985 earthquake), Kenya (1998 bombing by United States + 2006 drought), Turkey (1999 earthquake), Indonesia (2004 earthquake and tsunami), Sri Lanka (2005 tsunami), Haiti (2010 earthquake) and Philippines (2013 Typhoon Haiyan). If you don’t believe this search this all up, as well as Israel providing medical aid to over 140 states. But it’s not just Israel, there are other countries that help a lot to. Some big ones are U.S, U.K, Australia, New Zealand and India, who have been constantly helping out across the globe. And they all use this one system, which has worked for us over many years. See, the first priority is to save lives, then rescue those who are trapped or stranded. Then comes the medical assistance, and clean water (so it’s not contaminated with germs or diseases). After that comes food and shelter, which is provided with plenty to spare. It’s worked for plenty of years so why change it? Why change something we know is working and is saving lives by minute? Why go for a risk that could cause lives instead of sticking with one that we know is a good method? We’re talking about risking people’s families, friends, partners, people they love. People that you love, would be put at risk. So please, keep this system and don’t change it!

 

 

Secondly, what can you change about the system that means life or death? This system supplies water and food, and you need these to survive. The water gets delivered by trucks and the people in there gives out tanks of water, so the public can fill up their own containers or are given bottles. Packaged and canned food is provided, there’s always enough to go around. The food is packaged/canned for it doesn’t go off as fast as fresh food. The system also gives shelter so people can sleep. An example of the shelter that’s provided from the other countries is when Haiti got hit by an earthquake in 2010. The survivors ended up sleeping in tents that looked like this:

Lastly medical assistance is provided, as well as getting extra help for saving people. And the more help you get, the more lives you save. Now, most people would argue that we need to send in more building materials, since the country fully recovery can take years (the country often has to rebuild entire communities from scratch). Which is why the government will either send in cash to that country or it’ll be raised through the public (in special appeals or donations). Then the affected country, the UN and aid agencies work out how the money will be used. Another thing that other countries do to help is you can volunteer to go to a country in need and help there! I know this for a fact because someone I know has done this before. He went to the Philippines in 2013 to help them after the typhoon. Also, he said it was one of the best experiences of his life. So in the end it ticks all of the checklist, and everything ends out working perfectly. It does take a long time to put a country back together, but with the right system, it can work. And this is the right system. So keep this system and don’t change it!

 

 

In conclusion, we should keep this system we use to help other countries when hit by a natural disaster. For there’s no point in changing the system when it’s already working for us, and there’s simply nothing you need to change!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural disasters can throw a city and a country into unexpected chaos like the recent floods in Pakistan in South Asia.

More than one and a half thousand people have been killed and around twenty million have been affected as water swept away many homes.

The United Nations says it’s affected more people than the Tsunami that hit Asia in 2004!

That’s when a huge wave killed more than 230-thousand people from 14 countries.

Ticks all the checklist

 

The flicker of lights…

They were there, dancing around the trees in a unique, unforgettable jig. Like they had their own language, though they didn’t speak it or use words. They just flew around the nature beside them and followed each other north. They all knew where to go, but what a scene it was. Hundreds of millions of little flickers of lights, fluent to the time of the wind as they past. Like emblems of a fire they looked, but the magic and the mystery of the moment blew me away. As the wind blew them all around in perfect timing, the golden round lights soon vanished.

 

The prompt:

Flicker of lights

BTN Persuasive Text Seed Bank

This is the video clip that inspired this article: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4425890.htm

 

What do you think of the word Doomsday? Well, it sounds like one of those events that happens in a movie. So, a lot of people are surprised that the doomsday vault isn’t a mega evil, destructive, full of bombs and nuclear weapons undercover agency. It’s actually a vault that holds plants! Weird huh, it’s actually called the seed bank. Some people think this idea is a waste of money, but let me tell you why it’s not a waste of money.

 

Firstly, if we have the seed bank (doomsday vault) we can save all our native plants from extinction! Australia is known for a lot of things, starting from our accents to our animals. But something Australia is really proud of is our plants! The most famous one is the eucalyptus tree, which connects to one of our own animals, the koala. Imagine if this famous Australian tree was extinct, we would also extinct one of our own native animals with it. Another Australian (famous) tree is the Mountain ash, which is the second tallest tree in the world! It would be devastating if one little decision was the cause of a valuable plant to be wiped out. Which is why we need to make that decision wisely, and the correct answer to it is yes. We need to keep the seed bank (and to know it’s not a waste of money) so our own Australian trees don’t go extinct.

 

 

Furthermore, there’s lots of useful plants that aren’t being grown by farmers anymore, and their becoming so rare that they might become extinct! For example, have you heard of the plant Araucarioxylon arizonicum? Well, it was extinct 200 million years ago, and it was found through the desert Badlands of Arizona and New Mexico (primarily in the Petrified Forest National Park). But the most important fact about this extinct plant is, it’s so abundant that it was used by people as a source for building materials! And since we didn’t have the doomsday vault at the time, now that plant is extinct and we lost a source of a building material, and a bit of oxygen! Imagine if we keep on losing plants, we soon be losing oxygen, and that’s not good. And to stop losing valuable plant’s we have to have the Doomsday Vault! We lose approximately 150 –200 species of plants and animals every day! Imagine if you want a type of flower that would make your backyard look perfect but they were extinct! If we have the seed bank we could get that flower, and then you’d get more oxygen. So please, we need the seed bank so we can keep the valuable plants we need to survive.

 

 

Lastly, we need the seed bank for it means we have a supply of plants (and even food) that we can rely on! There are events in the world we can start, and there are some that nature intends to take credit for. These two types of events that happen can either be good or damaging. For example, nature can give us rain so our plants (that can turn into food) can grow faster. But nature can also give us natural disasters and climate change, which are two very damageable events. This is the same for events that humans create… We can invent a machine that will help grow plants quicker in the future, but we can also (accidently) give plants diseases or they could be damaged when a war is happening. If we don’t have the seed bank, circumstances like diseases, war, climate change, and natural disasters will destroy all plants and all our oxygen! Also, if we don’t have the seed bank and all the food (in a country) has been destroyed (for example, in a war), we don’t have a backup supply to give those people. They would have to die from starvation, and no one deserves to die that way. Partners, families, groups of friends, they would have to die painfully, and you could have been one of them. They would have just been unlucky to go to a country at that time (or to live there) but they were there. So why punish them for something they couldn’t control? So, we are obligated to know that the seed bank is not a waste of money, for people’s lives (and families) are at risk if we don’t.

 

 

In conclusion, the seed bank is not a waste of money. This is because it helps save our native plants from dying out, it saves really valuable plants that farmers aren’t growing anymore and it’s the best back up plan if we ever run out of food (in a specific country).

100wc Sunshine, Flew, Purple, Ice, Frightened

I flew across the meadows and rivers,

My pure, white wings behind me.

I flew across the mountains covered in snow,

And houses covered in ice.

I flew across the frightened people,

The ones so doubted and distraught.

I flew across the fields and gardens,

The purple lilacs fluent to the wind.

I flew across the lakes and streams,

The flowing water sparkling,

I flew across the sun and back,

Her sunshine making me beam.

I flew across the moon and stars,

My wings as pure as gold.

I flew across the world and back,

For that is where I belong.

 

 

My goal for this week was to do a different type of genre, and I really wanted to look into  poetry. I also wanted the audience to experience and imagine a type of beauty when reading this piece.

Natural Disasters Summary

A natural disaster is a catastrophic, severe weather crisis that unfortunately impacts the way we live and the environment around us. It is caused by nature’s process of the earth.  It has the property of being unexpected, coming in all different shapes and forms, and involves land, water or the sky. If/when a natural disaster hits, people are in danger and communities around us get damaged. As well as listening out for the government’s warnings before the event, after woods there will be help from volunteer groups from other countries/ parts of the country that wasn’t hit (Red Cross is a volunteer group that will most likely be there). People will donate items and some celebrities (normally) will often do what they can to raise money. No one is 100% safe from natural disasters, but there are some types that are more common in different areas/regions. For example, California is prone to Earthquakes, while the Pacific Islands are where you would most likely find tsunamis. Places where there are big bodies of water (Hawaii or Florida) you get a lot of hurricanes. And Kansas and most of the other states of the Midwestern region (in America) are prone to tornados.

 

 

Some types of natural disasters are asteroids, thunderstorms, floods, volcano eruption, heat waves, landslides, drought, hail, wildfires, avalanches, blizzards, tsunamis, earthquake, tornados and hurricanes. Tornados look like a large funnel that spins really fast while touching the ground. As soon as they get moving, everything in its way is destroyed. But for something like a hurricane, this disaster doesn’t touch the ground (since their technically clouds made up of high speed winds and rain). Hurricanes can go so fast, the fastest recorded hurricane (more than 186 mph) was 3 times faster than a cheetah! But imagine a huge wave crashing down towards you, destroying everything it touches! Well, that’s a tsunami, and their often caused by earthquakes under the sea. The biggest tsunami was 100 feet in the air, but the Samatra tsunami in 2004 (killed over 230,000) was worse. But that’s not all, think about the earth and how its surface is kind of like a cracked egg. These cracks along the crust are called plates and faults. So, when these plates start to shift, it feels like shaking. Some earthquakes you can barely feel, while others can be forceful enough to destroy a whole town!

 

Luckily in some areas, the people of that population have gotten prepared for the probability of a natural disaster/s. They have created some shelters built to last hurricanes and tornados, but there is still the problem of loss of property (after the disaster). This affects where people live (homes could be destroyed beyond repair or it would take a long time for the place to become livable again), the transport they take, and their work place field could get saturated in salt water after tsunamis- and it take years to grow the crops again). Also, it’s not very easy to predict when a natural disaster will appear, let alone many natural disasters. But scientists, geologist and storm watchers have worked really hard to find a way to predict major disasters, and to avoid having damage as much as possible.  And now, with all the technology available, it’s become a lot easier to predict natural disasters. But you can’t stop some natural disasters that just pop up unexpectedly, such as earthquakes, wildfires, landslides, or even volcanic eruptions.

 

The harshness of a natural disaster is determined in lives lost, economical loss, and the probability of how well the population can rebuild. Depending on this harshness, lives can be lost in any type of natural disaster. Trees or buildings falling (in an earthquake), freezing to death, being washed away and heat stroke are just a few examples of some deadly events that could cause death. Some disasters are more deadly than others and can cause more death (population density affects how many lives are lost). But there are also personal effects that could happen, like trauma (could go to counselling to heal emotionally as well as physically). As well as memorabilia, vehicles, and documents can get damaged through these events. And lastly, the frequency of earthquakes, mega storms, and heat waves has gone up visually (a lot) in the last few decades.

Unit Goals: Natural Disasters

As a result of this unit, I will…

 

Unit Learning Goal 1: Science

 

I will understand how 2 sudden geological changes (tsunamis and cyclones) or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface.

 

Unit Learning Goal 2: Science

 

I will with guidance, pose questions about tsunamis to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation.

 

 

Unit Learning Goal 3: Science.

 

I will find out scientific knowledge that is used to inform personal and community decisions about tsunamis.

 

 

Unit Learning Goal 5: Reading and viewing

 

I will identify and explain how figures like tables, diagrams, maps and graphs add to our understanding of verbal information and factual pieces, as well as persuasive texts and figures from the media and digital texts.

 

 

 

Unit Learning Goal 6: Writing

 

I will plan, draft and publish a variety of informative pieces and persuasive texts, while choosing to experiment with the text structures, language features, images and digital resources (audio elements) that are relevant to the purpose and audience.

 

 

 

Personal Learning Goals: During this unit, I will . . .

 

Set myself time limits to complete parts of an assignment, so if there is any pressure I have, it won’t get too much for me.

 

Focus on taking notes on the main points of an informational /persuasive piece and can summarise those point as efficiently as possible.

BTN Persuasive Text- Who should be our government

Here is the link to the video: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4487799.htm

 

When you think of some parties that are in parliament, who do you think of first? Well, most people would think Labour or Liberal, but there aren’t the only parties out there. Heaps of other parties are in the parliament, and they all have their own beliefs.  Some of these parties are called independents, and the Greens are the most common independent party we know. So, which party should we elect to have a representative be the prime minister? I believe that Greens need to be the party that we elect. For they are keen to find cures for sickness, they care about our global warming issue and they believe in marriage equality. So here’s my opinion on which party you should vote for, and why it’s the best cause for everyone.

 

 

Firstly, I strongly believe that we need to vote for the Greens, so we can find cures for sicknesses faster and more efficiently. Other parties aren’t that interested in finding cures to these sickness’s, while the Greens are ready to devote their time to this. Their ready to devote their time to a cause that will help all Australian’s and others. Their ready to devote their time to something that matters. Approximately 36 million people die from a disease out of estimated 56 million deaths per year, including children. Over 8 million kids under the age of 5 die from preventable diseases every year, as well as 1.3 million people each year die from Tuberculosis (a disease with no cure). And to top it all off, someone in the world is infected with TB bacilli every second! Imagine if we went back to 1998, when the diseases malaria, tuberculosis and acute lower-respiratory infections claimed 6.1 million lives! We already have enough problems with the main diseases without cures (Influenza, Pneumonia, diabetes and cancer), have you seen how many people have them? In 2013, 55,227 thousand people have influenza or pneumonia, 76,448 thousand had diabetes and 591,669 thousand had cancer! So please, for your family and friends, vote for greens so they can stop these disasters from continuing.

 

 

Furthermore, what are the 2 biggest problems we have on earth right now? Well, one is over-population but the other is global warming. These are two very serious problems, yet were not doing anything about them! Were just waiting for the next generation to figure it out, and that’s not good enough! Global warming involved the climate getting higher and higher till all the animals and plants, and even us, die. It will be bad enough if all the plants die, for they give out oxygen and take in carbon dioxide (basically they keep us alive), but when everyone around you starts to pass on, it will be the worst feeling you could ever have. Think for the next generations, this is what they might have to live with. Which is why the greens are taking action and have made it one of their promises to help stop global warming. But it’s not going to be easy to fix a problem that over the past 100 years has made temperature on earth rise (in difference) from 0.4 to 0.8°C. And that may not seem much to you, but scientist predict that by the year 2100, the average global temperatures could increase between 1.4 and 5.8 °C. After that, the sea level will rise (since all polar ice caps are melted) and the increase of severe weather events will happen. And this all happened because over the past 50 years, we’ve increased volumes of greenhouse gases (the most common is carbon dioxide) by human activities like burning fossil fuels, land clearing and agriculture. So please, before anyone can tell you that global warming isn’t a huge problem, think of the consequences it will effect and vote for the team that will make a difference for our survival.

 

 

Lastly, marriage equality is something we need to have in Australia, and it should be allowed in the whole world. There will always be people who disagree with that statement, but just ask yourself this question. How would you feel if you found love but wasn’t allowed to marry that person? If other people, who deserve it as much as you do, were allowed to get married with their partner but you weren’t. That some people completely ignore you, and try to forget there’s people like you in the world. There are heaps of people in the world, and approximately every 1 in 20 people are gay/lesbian. Also, 10% of the male population is gay. So, doesn’t everyone deserve love? Doesn’t everyone get the chance to at least say “I do”, and to say it to the person they’ve been dreaming to say it to from the first day they met? Why are they not allowed because there is the same gender standing before them? Whoever is getting married loves that person, as much as 2 different genders would. So, what have gay/lesbian people done to deserve the punishment of not being allowed to be connected with their partner by law? To not be allowed to get married. The day every person dreams about, but these people don’t get to see it come to reality. And life’s not fair, but this should at least be. For its love, and love cannot be broken apart. Love is stronger than anything, and everyone should get the privilege to celebrate that. The greens have realised that this is how life is, and we need to accept it. Everyone need to be accepted into our society and to be allowed to appreciate love. So vote for the greens, and allow love to bind pairs of couples, no matter what gender they are.

 

 

 

So, I hope you realise that the best choice for government would defiantly be the Greens. For they care about our health and will focus on providing cures for diseases that are killing people every day, have realised the importance of global warming and will look further into finding a solution, and will let any gender love who they want to love.

 

Semester Goal Reflection Science Unit

Goals:

These were my science goals for this term:

 

I understand:

 

Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; Or irreversible, such as burning and rusting.

 

I can:

Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies as appropriate.

 

(Maths goal)

Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate.

 

 

(Literacy goals)

Use strategies to help me read and understand scientific texts that use tier 3 scientific language.

 

Create scientific explanations and lab reports that follow a conventional outline and that clearly communicate my understanding.

 

 

 

Introduction:

 

This term our topic was chemistry (science). We learnt about the main 3 states of matter (solid, liquid and gas).

  • A solid is one of the main 3 states of matter. Its properties are that it has a defiant shape, it’s hard and it’s visible. Also, its particles are compact (liquids and gases don’t have compact particles because they don’t have a shape. Their particles vibrate and are in groups).

 

  • A liquid is another main state of matter.

 

  • A gas is the last main state of matter. Some of its properties are that’s its invisible, it doesn’t have a definite shape and it takes up all the space around us. The particles in gas bounce around and move at high speed. Also, the particles move around in a single direction until they hit another particle/object in the way (which results to the particle changing its course of direction).

 

There are also 2 other states of matter, plasma and Bose Einstein Condensate. We didn’t learn that much about them, but I can say that Bose Einstein Condensate was predicted by Albert Einstein and Satyendra Nath Bose (a physicist), and is when you cool down a temperature of an object to near absolute zero. And plasma is like a gas with a lot more energy added to it.

 

 

We learnt about how the 3 states of matter change state. When you change a solid to a liquid, you reduce heat/melt it to its melting point (so it can change to a liquid). When you change a solid to a gas, it’s called sublimation (when you change a solid to a gas without going through the liquid state of matter). Therefore, deposition is when a gas goes to a solid without going through the liquid state of matter. Then there’s gas to a liquid which is condensation (reduction in heat), and liquid to a gas (which is evaporation/vaporisation/boiling). Now there’s only one left, liquid to a solid. That change in state is called solidification/freezing (reduce heat).

We learnt about reversible and irreversible changes (melting and freezing are reversible, burning and rusting are irreversible), and how all the ways that the 3 states of matter changes are reversible. We found out about properties of solids (hard, visible, has its own shape), liquids (can be poured, changes shape, visible) and gases (invisible, fills the room, has no definite shape).

There was knowledge about physical and chemical changes, and how chemical changes are mostly irreversible (and that physical changes are reversible). We also learnt about the ways that you can tell when a chemical change has occurred:

A change in odour, a change in colour, a new substance is created, a different texture has been formed, taking in energy- heat has occurred, a formation or deconstruction of a substance happened and finally, if reduced energy- heat/light/sound happened.

 

And, we learnt the signs for a physical change:

  • Freezing
  • Melting
  • Boiling and Dissolving
  • Cutting
  • Moulding

 

The last thing we learnt about in this unit was atoms, molecules and particles. A molecule is made up of atoms. An atom is made up of protons, neutrons and electrons, which are technically in molecules to (since atoms make up molecules). When heat is applied to molecules, they spread out to create a gas. But when heat is reduced, the molecules squeeze together to create a solid or liquid.

Particles are in solids, liquids and gases. In liquids, the particles move around freely- they have weak bonds that keeps them close together (they slice past each other when they move). In gas, the particles bounce around and move at a high speed. The particles move in one direction until they hit another particle/object in the way, which then makes the particle change direction. And finally a solid, the particles in it vibrate but do not move past each other (they vibrate in groups and are compact).

 

 

What I have achieved:

During this semester, I believe I have achieved a good understanding on this unit and have achieved my goals. And, throughout the unit I have learnt a lot and understood all of the knowledge. If you don’t believe me, my biggest evidence is my introduction (which is based on a summary of the knowledge we got from this unit). It recalls the definitions of the 3 main states of matter (and the other 2 states of matter-though we didn’t learn about them a lot), how they change state (melting, freezing, evaporation etc.), the properties the 3 states of matter have, chemical and physical changes (and the signs they show), reversible or irreversible changes (includes how physical and chemical changes connect to it) and finally molecules, atoms and particles.

 

So, I believe I have achieved understanding my unit of work and receiving the knowledge that was given to me very well. As for my goals…

I feel that I have achieved my goals for this unit and have plenty of evidence why.

My first goal outlines if changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible, and has some examples of changes of states that are reversible or irreversible (melting, freezing, evaporation- reversible or burning and rusting- irreversible). To prove I achieved this goal, I can tell you that all the changes of state are reversible to a material. This is because of the simple fact that solids, liquids and gases can convert into each other, they can change state by the changes of state (freezing, melting, sublimation etc.).

 

My second goal summarized if I could decide which variable could change (and be measured) in fair test and precisely observe, measure and take data- using digital technologies when needed.

If you didn’t know, to prove that we understood the unit, our class (in partners) had to do a science experiment about our main goal (for our year level). The main goal for my grade was the 1st goal about reversible or irreversible changes, and my experiment was about which type of material was the most reversible and beneficial when recycling paper. I had to choose our variables and what I could do with them/what I could change.

At the start I decided the variables would be 3 plates, the same amount of water (100 ml) and 3 bowls. It turned out that one of our variables (3 plates) changed to 3 sieves. In the end, I observed and took data on what happened throughout the experiment and used digital technology when I needed it (timers). So, I think that I have achieved my goal very well, and my evidence is physically doing it.

 

My 3rd goal was to make and use a range of different representations to show and describe your data/observations or/and patterns or relationships in your data. There was also using digital technologies as appropriate and that you should include (as a representations) a graph or a table. In my science experiment, I had written up a science lab report which included a table and some pictures (which count as a representation). And, the pictures were taken by camera and I used Word Document to create the table. So, I used a range of different representations (table and pictures) to show and describe your data/observations, and I used digital technologies as appropriate (camera and computer). Which means that I have achieved my goal well.

 

My 4th goal was to use strategies to help me read and understand scientific texts that use tier 3 scientific language. This is one of the goals I thought would be the hardest to achieve, but it ended up being one of the easiest. This is because I needed to read and understand a lot of websites with tier 3 language so I could explain the science behind my experiment (for the discussion in my science lab report). The strategies I used were:

 

  • Guess and Check- replace words with what you think they are and see if they make sense in the context
  • Use a dictionary- with the words you don’t know, search them up
  • Go onto websites for kids- check if they have the same stuff and see whether it’s explained better on the website for kids- but find out the tier 3 language on the other website as well.

 

So, I sense that I have achieved my goal very well for I used a variety of different strategies to help me read and understand scientific texts that include tier 3 language.

 

My 5th and final goal: I can create scientific explanations and lab reports that follow a conventional outline and that clearly communicate my understanding. This goal is one of the goals I believe I nailed when looking over it. This is because, when I finished writing up my lab report, I made sure that all the tier 3 words were explained (so it could be easily understood and it would communicate my understanding). Also, I made sure that I had put in the essential features of my experiment in my lab report, to make sure it was purely based on my science experiment. Which concludes me to why I’m sure that I have achieved this goal.

 

In total, I have achieved all my goals as well as understanding and remembering all the knowledge that was given to me.

 

 

Ways I Can Improve:

Something I could have improved in this unit was my presentation for my experiment. I believe it wasn’t as good as it could have been, and there were some facts that could’ve been explained better (if I had chosen to expand on it). Also, if I had more facts on my PowerPoint it might have been better for the audience so they could see what we were talking about (and it could have been more engaging).

I could have also taken my observations a bit more effectively. Instead of doing every 5 minutes, I could have done every 10 or 20mins. Or I could have only include the 10-20mins in my lab report, rather than putting in some times that only a little bit happened (some of the 5min times were like that).

 

 

What I learnt About Science:

I learnt that when you do anything in science, you have to be extra careful. This is because you can ruin an experiment by the simplest of things, and there’s no short list to how many things can go wrong. You could forget something on the day, you might have the wrong equipment, and you might forget to record a piece of data! It can even include things like forgetting how much water you put in a glass for an experiment. It’s that easy to do make a mistake. Which is why scientist have to be very careful and very precise.

You need to be precise because you want to get the correct measurements and observations, so your experiment is correct and then you can show what actually happens. If you’re not exact, you will have to start all over again and double check everything (so you can get the exact result).

 

 

What I learnt about the way that I work:

I learnt that when I work, I always have to finish it in a certain time limit. I always end up trying to finish something by the end of class because I had gambled on in the first part. Which brings me to how I’ve learnt that I gamble on in my work. This has always been a thing I have to work on, but in this unit I have really noticed it. One example of this habit is this reflection! So, what I have learnt about my work habits is I always have to finish at a certain time and that I gamble on in my work (the 2nd habit is harder for me).

 

 

Goals in my report:

This unit has helped me with 2 of my goals for my semester: improving on thinking about thinking and speaking slower so people can understand me. For my discussion in my science lab report, I had to keep asking myself “Why does this happen?” to get myself deeper into the science. And since I was thinking about my thinking, it helped me get better at this goal.

Also, at the end of the term we had to do a presentation in front of the class. And I made sure that I was speaking at a reasonable speed and that everyone could understand me. Since I was practising that, I was practising my goal at the same time.