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!