My Holidays

On the holidays I went to the Royal Melbourne Show with my cousins. I was so excited!  When we got there, we went to the Woolies pavilion and did a handball contest. Next, we went on the rides. We went on the pirate ship, a haunted house, a rollercoaster and Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Then we had lunch and played on the playground a bit. Then we went to get our showbags.  I got a Minnie Mouse showbag and a Girls Only showbag.  Then we caught the train home.  I had so much fun that day and hope to do it again

Mother Earth

Dear Mother Earth,

To help preserve you I will help grow veggies in my veggie patch at home.  I will not pick the leaves off trees and I will recycle paper so that less trees have to be cut down.  I will also not waste paper.  I will walk or ride my bike to places when I can to cut down on the pollution from cars.  It is important to take care of you because if we don’t, lots of animals will lose their habitats and the earth would not be a very nice place to live.

From Sara

  • How can you help preserve Mother Earth?

The Solar System

Have you ever wondered how the solar system works? What is it made up of? What gives us light? I am going to explain how this interesting system works.

The solar system is made up of 8 planets, 5 dwarf planets and the sun. The closest planet to the sun is Mercury, then Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are the biggest planets and are often called gas giants because they have gas inside them. A year on Mercury is 88 days. Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system. Earth is the only planet with plant life on it. Mars has a big volcano which is the biggest volcano in the solar system.

Jupiter has a big storm that you see as a red spot on its surface. Saturn’s rings are made of dust and ice. Uranus is the coldest planet. Neptune has lots of storms in its atmosphere.

The sun gives light to Earth and the closer the planet is to the sun, the hotter the planet is. It takes 365 days (a year) for Earth to orbit the sun.

Ceres is a dwarf planet that has mysterious white spots on its surface. Pluto was the 9th planet from the sun until 2005. Hameah is shaped like an oval because it orbits the sun fast. Makemake has no atmosphere. It would take 157 years for Eries to orbit the sun.

4 of the dwarf planets are in the kuiper belt which means they orbit the sun in an oval, not a circle. It would take 230 million years for the solar system to orbit the milky way.

The solar system works together in such an interesting way that you don’t even notice it is working all the time!
By Sara

Ej12: Hot and cold

Ej12: Hot and cold is my favourite book at the moment.  In this book, there is a spy girl named Ej12 who goes on a mission to stop someone from melting the polar ice cap to make drinking water.  This book really interested me when I read it because I felt like I was Ej12 and I was in the south pole.  It also had me wondering what was going to happen next, because it didn’t give away what was going to happen on the next page.  I kept wanting to read on because it was so descriptive and in the book, she is having trouble with something at school, but her mission relates to and helps her do the right thing at school.  I would rate this book 10/10.  There are lots of other books in the series as well as this one.

Some questions:

  • What is your favourite part of Ej12: Hot and cold?

When Ej says in her mind, great, now I have two parties that I don’t really want to go to.

  • Who is your favourite character?

Ej12, because she is outgoing, adventurous, never gives up, and can do anything.

  • If you were a spy, do you think you would be able to crack codes like Ej?

Yes, because I’ve read so many Ej12 books, I know most of the codes!

Botanical Gardens and Federation Square

On Monday the 15th of August we had a breathtaking excursion to the Botanical gardens and then we had an awesome walk through Federation square!

When we got off the bus at the Botanical Gardens, we put down our bags and started to eat our play lunch.  Then we picked up our bags and walked past some banana trees, but the bananas were not ready yet.  We left our bags under a shelter, and walked down to a tree where there were two Rosella’s up in the branches. They were so brightly coloured!  Then we went into a clearing and we did a smoking ceremony with a man named Ben.

During the smoking ceremony, everyone got a Eucalyptus leaf that they had to throw on the fire.  There were also Wattle flowers burning on the fire.  We learned that the smoking ceremony was a way of celebrating and welcoming in the Aboriginal time.  Then we went with a lady who took us to learn about how the Indigenous Australians used flowers to make medicine and food.

Then we got a piece of string and we twisted it in a special way to make it stronger like how the Indigenous Australians did so that they could make beautiful baskets to hold all their supplies and weapons.  We then saw one of the leftover parts of the Yarra River and went over to an area where we saw some things like Aboriginal eel traps, weapons and a possum skin cloak.

Then we went to where our bags were and took our bags to a big clearing where we ate lunch.  After lunch we took another bus to Federation Square and we met a man who told us all about how the Yarra River used to be  like a big swimming pool for the Indigenous kids and was used to catch fish and eel.  The man showed us a tree where he had made a carving of a shield that could be cut off the tree without hurting it.  He also told us that the aquarium used to be a waterfall that people blew up.

Next we went inside and we were showed Aboriginal weapons, boomerangs, axes and lots of possum skin cloaks.  Then we got on the bus and went back to school.  The excursion was really fun and I learnt a lot about Australian history!

The Digestive System Incursion

On the 9th of May 2016, our class  went on an incursion about the digestive system.  I was bursting with excitement!   When we first got there, we started learning about how a plant gets energy from the sun, but we get our energy from the food we eat.  Did you know that your saliva breaks up the sugars in the food you eat?!!  We got a lolly to show how this works.

 

 After you’ve gone through the first step of the digestive system, the mouth, your body moves on to the oesophagus.  The oesophagus is basically a long pipe that squeezes the food down into your tummy.  This motion is called peristalsis.  We played a peristalsis game where whoevers team squeezed the ping-pong ball down the stocking first, saying peristalsis every time, got another lolly.  

 

Your tummy then keeps on churning the food for, do you know how long?  4 HOURS!!!  For the next part, we did an activity that represented your stomach churning food.  It involved a plastic bag, the stomach, a piece of bread, the food you’ve eaten, and a little bit of water, the acids that the stomach produces.  We then had to, with a partner, use our hands and churn the food around, just like the stomach, until it was like liquid.   Mrs.  Antolos took lots of pictures.   It was disgusting!!!

 

Then we learnt about how the small intestine and the big intestine use that same peristalsis motion to squeeze the waste food, with all the liquid from the stomach, into . . .  Poo!!  As an activity to show this, we added a mix of oats and cocoa powder to the churned-up bread in the plastic bag and drained out all of the water, stomach acids, into a plastic cup.  What we were left with was a lump of solid . . .  Poo!!  When we were done we got to touch an Ox’s tongue and a pig’s stomach and intestines.  I had so much fun, and was disgusted at the same time!!

 

By Sara