term 3 reflection

This term our topic to the unit was natural disasters, we had a  lesson once or twice every week on a different natural disaster. my Favourite lesson was on tsunamis because I never new that a tsunami is a earthquake under the sea floor.

did you know that Tornadoes need warm air and cold air to form.  Also earthquake is created by tectonic plates moving. A hurricane is really similar to a tornado. I understand that natural disasters happen every day most are really destructive. I understand that it would be hard for the families that houses are distorted. I wonder how many natural disasters happen every day/ every week?

The most important thing I have learnt in this term would be learning that the world is made up on tectonic plates and when they move or hit against each other they create an earthquake. I learnt this by researching lots of different questions to do with earthquakes and after gathering the information, summarising it and putting in to 3 to 4 paragraphs. To make a small information report.

I think I did really well in the assessment matrix but there were a few things I struggled on.

I achieved most of my goals but I didn’t look back at them during the unit so I couldn’t refer to them at all.

prepared speech (is electricity a form of matter)

what I found difficult was when I researched the question (is electricity a form of matter) nothing came up for kids so my speech was really hard to understand. Some of my strong points in my speech was probably in my first paragraph and the first sentence (electricity is not matter, it is energy. Electricity is just the motion of electrons. You wouldn’t call the motion of water matter, would you?) I thought that because it was a little bit of a quote and it used rhetorical questions. I could get higher results next time if I make it a bit easer to understand at our age level or explaining the words in a lot more detail. I can use the skills of speaking and listening in other subjects when doing oral presentations and listing to other people presentations.

speech:

Good afternoon 5/6B today ill be talking to you about the question (is electricity a form of matter?)

electricity is not matter, it is energy. Electricity is just the motion of electrons. You wouldn’t call the motion of water matter, would you? Water and electrons are both matter, but the flow of water and electricity are not. plasma conducts electricity but that does not mean that electricity is a form of matter. Electricity is generated by the movement of electrons, and physicists consider electrons matter, even though they don’t have traditional properties of matter like mass and volume.

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We look at five states of matter on the site. Solids, liquids, gases, plasmas, and Bose-Einstein condensates also nown as (BEC). Theys are different states that have different physical properties. Each of these states is also known as a phase. Elements and compounds can move from one phase to another when specific physical conditions change. For example, when the temperature of a system goes up, the matter in the system becomes more excited and active. If enough energy is placed in a system, a phase change may occur as the matter moves to a more active state.

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Think about it this way. Let’s say you have a glass of water (H2O). When the temperature of the water goes up, the molecules get more excited and bounce around a lot more. If you give a liquid water molecule enough energy, it escapes the liquid phase and becomes a gas.

so this concludes my speech on is electricity a form of matter just to recap my points firstly the motion of electrons and the flow of liquids secondly looking deeply in to the five states of matter. and lately some examples of my points.

term one reflection

This term we have been learning about civics and citizenship, how the government works and how to pass a bill.

What I found interesting was that there were two ways to vote direct and indirect. Another thing I found interesting was the governor general has to sign it before it is a law. There are two houses the bill has to go through before it’s sinned by the governor general. When we first started this topic I found it quite challenging, but towards the end its gotten easer and easer. I wonder what would happen if there was only one house the bill had to go through.

I learnt a lot thought this unit especially at the start of term one when we had to create small role plays. My group did the play on democracy.my favourite part of the unit was going to the museum in Ballarat. Where we were standing was the gold Felds. The most important thing I learnt was that there is two houses in parliament, the House of Representatives and the senate. I’m not really sure what I’ll do with this but now when I’m 18 I will know how my vote is counted and used and how the palmiet.

I achieved most of my goals and I think I did better than I thought I would.