Literacy Circles-Animal Farm (By George Orwell)


Passage 1: Paragraph 3-Page 47 to 48

Here’s the passage: ‘Comrades,’ he said quietly, ‘do you know who is responsible for this? Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill? SNOWBALL!’ he suddenly roared in a voice of thunder, ‘Snowball has done this thing! In sheer malignity, thinking to set back our plans and avenge himself for his ignominious expulsion, this traitor has crept here under cover of night and destroyed our work of nearly a year. Comrades, here and now I pronounce the death sentence upon Snowball. “Animal Hero, Second Class,” and half a bushel of apples to anyone who brings him to justice. A full bushel of apples to anyone who captures him alive!’ I chose this passage because it was surprising to me.

Passage 2: Paragraph 1-Page 45

I’m not going to write the passage for this one, because it’s a bit easy so someone can read it out.

I found it funny that Boxer always obeyed Napoleon, but I think he is the traitor.

The lady in blue


5 BIG QUESTIONS-The lady in blue

Question 1: What makes this book/story good?

I think the twist at the end makes the story really intriguing and good to read.

And I also think that the show not tell makes the story really good.

Question 2: What would make this book/story better?

I think it would be better if the girl told her that she was her mum.

I think it’s a really good story, the link is here for more details.

I can use the 5 BIG QUESTIONS with ‘The Lady in Blue’

Project reflection-Dromedary Camel



In term 2 we have been learning about animal and plant adaptations. Me and my partner, Asantha, did the Dromedary Camel. We have learnt a lot about the Dromedary Camel and its unique adaptations.

Science Knowledge:

I learned this term that there are two types of adaptations. Structural adaptations and behavioural adaptations. Structural adaptations are adaptations that animals are born with. (E.g: Dromedary camels are born with long eyelashes). Behavioural adaptations are adaptations that animals do to help them survive in the desert. (E.g: Camels look around with their long neck just in case of predators). These Dromedary Camel will always have these unique adaptations and they will always help them survive in their harsh, humid conditions.

Science Inquiry Skills:

The question we created was: If the Dromedary Camel doesn’t have its invisible eyelids, can it cope in a sandstorm?

Personal & Social Capabilities:

One of my personal strengths is art and that helped me I my project to do the annotated diagram.  I feel that another one of my strengths is speaking up in front of others.  I am good in partnerships – in the end my partner and I made a very interesting and informative project.

Asantha and I tried to help each other as much as we could.  We both have different skills for example I am not a very quick typist and Asantha is an is not very good at drawing and I am so we worked well together.  Between us we had a lot of knowledge so we had a lot of facts in the end for our project.

In the beginning, Asantha was not confident to present.  He was insisting that he would not be involved in the final presentation.  This made me nervous because I thought I would need to do the whole project presentation by myself.  By the end of the project Asantha presented and this gave me confidence as well.  He did not let me down.

The balance of work in project was very even.  We tried to share out the roles as equally as we can.  Asantha suggested that to make the power point much more interesting we needed more facts.  So we looked at a lot of difference web sites.  We also used a book – we were one of the only groups that used a book in our bibliography!

A team is affective when the work load is shared between each member, when the members are optimistic towards each other and they work together well without many distractions or arguments.

You have to show leadership if you are the year 6 of the partnership because the year 5 may get off track at some point, and it is the year 6’s job to make sure they stay focused and do their work.

A good leader can distribute the work evenly among the members of the partnership.

If one member of the team did not contribute or do something they were asked to do this could cause conflict because the other team member has been let down. A strategy to prevent this type of conflict is to set goals, write reminders and have regular communication with the team.

3 Facts about the Dromedary Camel

Three facts I have about the Dromedary Camel are that the Dromedary Camel has very long eyelashes, so when there is a sandstorm in the desert, they never get any sand in their eye.

They have big pads on the bottoms of their feet so they don’t sink into the sand while they’re walking.

And they also have thick lips and a tough throat so they can eat spiky plants sticks and bones.

2 Understandings:

I understand that the Dromedary Camel has it’s hump to store blubber, which is then used as energy.

I also understand that the Dromedary Camel has it’s hoofs so they can walk on the sand of the desert without sinking.

1 Wondering:

I would like to know how many babies a female Dromedary Camel can have.


BTN-Weedy sea dragons


15 Kilometres from Sydney, is what they call ‘dragon territory’. If you jump in, you can see the weedy sea dragons. They are interesting little creatures that float around amongst the seaweed. They are native to Australia and they are related to the sea horse. They can be found in the waters mostly off the east and south coast. They drift around in the water and they blend in with the kelp and seaweed. But, they are becoming harder and harder to find, and not just because of their good hiding skills. They used to be quite common on the north side of Sydney, but now they are not common at all. If you’re lucky, you can see one, but sometimes, you don’t see any. Instead of catching them and tagging them, all of the ones that are found, they are asking the finders to take pictures of them and send them in. They are using special software to look at the special, unique patterns on their bodies. They give them names every time they get a new pattern. Weedy sea dragons are classified as near threatened. But scientists think that this research could provide enough information to get them listed as endangered. They think that climate change is part of the problem. The rising temperatures kill the kelp, and it leaves them homeless.

Melbourne Aquarium


We have been learning about adaptations in our science topic. I picked the Gentoo Penguin. They are adapted to their environments. Their fins help them glide through the water. Their webbed feet also help them glide through the water. Their claws help them walk on the snow without sinking into it. Their many layers of feathers help them keep warm. Their feathers have oil on them to not get wet while swimming in the water. I wonder why the feathers have oil on them? Why do they not want to get their feathers wet?


BTN-Tasmanian Devils


A few years ago, BTN reported that the Tasmanian Devils were suffering from a life threatening disease. Many zoos have been trying to keep them alive by using a special breeding program, that might save their lives. Tasmanian Devils population has been cut down by more than 80% and they are now an endangered species. People believed that Tassie Devils died out a long time ago, to be precise, about 400 years ago.

Tasmania used to be the only place where you could find Tassie Devils in the wild, but when Europeans settled in, the animals were being hunted because they were eating all the settler’s chickens. Now, Tasmanian Devils are protected by law. But, since the mid 90s, they have been suffering from a very bad disease. It’s called the Facial Devil Tumour  Disease, and it’s a special kind of cancer, because it’s contagious. We don’t know what causes it, but it happens when the devils bite and scratch each other. The tumours build up around their face and mouth, and it spreads, till it gets so bad, that the devil can’t eat, then, the devils sadly starve to death. Once they have gotten it, they usually only have 6 months to live. Tasmanian Devil babies are called joeys, and are no bigger than a grain of rice. The mother usually has 30 babies, but because it only has 4 teats, only 4 of the babies make it. So far in the Devil’s breading program, they have breaded more than 50 joeys. But it has been a bit challenging, because for some reason, devils born in captivity don’t get pregnant as easily.  The zoo keepers don’t know why, but they are finding out. The goal is to bread a bigger population of Tassie devils, incase the ones in the wild die out. As the disease spreads, we are still finding the cause and the cure to this horrible disease. Otherwise, the ones we see in captivity, will be the last ones we see.



Australia is the second biggest producer of rubbish in the world. Every year, each average Australian throws out almost 700kg of rubbish. Most of the stuff goes to landfill. Some stuff takes years to break down. It’s a big problem, but we can help it. People from *keesap are going to a near by school to show them how much rubbish they throw out each day. Many things that were in there were interesting. A ton of it was fruit that has just been bitten once and chucked, and some of it hadn’t even been touched one bit. They are weighing how much rubbish there is and reducing how much goes to landfill. There are places that rubbish is dumped ALOT. If it was all spread out, it could cover all of Victoria!! In the old days, there was only one bin for all the rubbish, and it all went to landfill, but now we have three separate bins. One for recycling, for the things that can be recycled, there’s a green waste bin, for plants and food scraps that can me made into compost and there is the general waste bin, things that aren’t recyclable and are not plants or food scraps. At the recycling plant they have to sort out the rubbish, some with machines, and some by hand. We all need to watch what is filling up our bins.

*I did not know how to spell ‘keesap’

BTN- Message in a bottle


Sadie Parsons threw a bottle into the ocean on the 31 of October 2015. A boy, Tristan, found this bottle on Hunger head beach. But, this hasn’t been the only finding of a message in a bottle before. The bottle that travelled for the longest time travelled for 108 years and washed up on a German beach. Sadie is from America and Tristan is Aussie, so this bottle travelled at least 4,000 ks. Tristan was just having a normal day walking across the beach when he found the bottle. Then, he soon realised that it had a message in it. The bottle was covered in barnacles and they needed a bottle opener to take off the cork. And, if the bottle was found in 2017, this bottle has been floating for 1 and a half years. Eventually, Sadie and Tristan got to talk over the phone, and they soon hope to meet in person. I understand that Tristan and Sadie are very excited to make new friends. Some bottles can take a few months to wash up, and some can take years. It all depends on if the ocean’s rough or smooth, or the amount of storms that happen to that ocean. Imagine finding a bottle that had been floating in the ocean for 1 and a half years. It would be amazing.

BTN-Kids Ads


The government wants to improve the country’s health. The ads you see on TV are just made to make you hungry. Even know they may look delicious, they also make you obese. If you have this food too often,  when you’re older it normally leads to things like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

3 in 10 Aussie kids are obese or overweight. ACMA has been keeping a close eye on what’s going on the TV. They have not banned the ads, but they say that big food companies should not use popular cartoon characters, movie characters or celebrities in their ads. But, the Health Authorities wants to ban these ads for good, and I agree with that. Some kids say that healthy food should be advertised more than junk food, and others say that it should be late at night so the kids can not see these ads and aren’t so tempted to want to eat that junky food. We might think the ads are over, but they will always keep playing.


Video watch-Anh Do


Ahn Do travelled on a ship from Vietnam to Australia at the age of two. They were at see for 5 days and had 2 pirate attacks. A pirate dangles Anh Do’s brother, Khoa Do over the side of the ship. But, at last minute, spares his life. And if that hadn’t happened, Ahn Do’s brother wouldn’t have become the 2005 Young Australian of the year. A German ship came and was going to save them, but they had to be sinking. So the German captain handed Ahn Do’s dad an axe, and he made a hole in the side of the boat and then they started taking everyone on board. I understand that Anh Do and his family were treated very well when they arrived, because they treated refugees better back then than now. Some nuns from Saint Vinnies came and gave them a huge bag of clothes. Several of Anh Do’s uncles fought in the Vietnam war, so they had to move, because his uncles weren’t on the winning side. One of Anh Do’s uncles was a sapper, who cleared land mines for American and Australian soldiers. Why did Anh Do become a comedian? Did he choose to?