Chiara's Cool Coast

where the coast meets the sea of knowledge

August 2, 2017
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100 wc #3 “But then the flash made me…”

I was sitting on the edge from the very start. I thought movie was great, thrilling and, well, exhilarating! Although my friend wouldn’t really agree… We walked into the movies and all that really seemed to happen was advertisements shouted at us with the usual, “Buy one get one free!” And my friend was joking around and said “Yeah! I’ll buy 10! Ha! Ha! Ha…” She then seemed hypnotized by the screen but then the flash made me scream in terror but my friend didn’t notice. “Hello? Alice?” My friend hissed. Ever since the day the ads flashed she wore two bright, yellow, fluorescent scarfs. Only then did the flashes continue…

July 25, 2017
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100wc #2 “…When all of a sudden…”

My goal was to make it seem like it was written by a little kid either recalling something that had happened or just making up a funny story.

 

The hot sand burned my feet in a place you call a beach but I call a fraction of paradise. Except all the water was slowly draining out of the beach. Slower and slower the water flowed away from the coast. “Mummy the sand is burning the water away!” My little brother yelled to the whole world. “Oh, no… Quick! Run! Tsunami!” Mum yelled. I stood there wondering what in the world was a tsunami, when all of a sudden the ocean swallowed me all up! Well, that’s what I thought. Untill I saw the rest of the place you call a coastal suburb but what I used to call home.

July 18, 2017
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BtN “Harry Potter”

Red is Facts

Green is a Questions

Blue is insight

Black is Summary

This video was about the 20th anniversary for the publishing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and how many people love the series.

The fact that the first Harry Potter book has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide isn’t really surprising for me personally considering it’s now it’s the bestselling book series of all time. I really enjoyed reading Harry Potter but I didn’t realize so many other people did too!

It has been translated into 73 different languages which seems like would be it a lot of different languages to try and translate it into. Let alone translating all 76,944 words that are in only the first book!

Finally, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (or Sorcerer’s as it is called in America) Stone came out in 1997.  Which is 20 years ago.

Something very interesting is that the same day and month that the first Harry Potter book was published is my birthday!

Something I’m wondering is did and if so how much did the story change when it was translated into so many languages?

I also wonder how many copies Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (my favorite book!) have been made/sold since it was released?

July 18, 2017
by chiara2014
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100wc #1 “Freedom”

My goal was to include a short poem about the prompt.

 

I went to my room, the old drawer was stiff and hard to open but I managed. Things from Nan The box was labeled. I picked up and read an old poem she wrote.

 

Freedom

Around and around it seems my life goes,

In a carnival being sat on, oh my poor nose!

Surely this torture may finally end,

My rusty spine of course my friend.

Freedom won’t come to me,

For freedom is where I’m meant to be.

How very dare anyone else decides to sit,

Freedom! Freedom! Will be the end of it!

That poem was the last ever heard of Nan, my favorite carousel horse…

June 28, 2017
by chiara2014
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Old man Saltbush Project Reflection

This term (term 2) the class was put into partners and assigned a plant or animal to do an information report on. Harguan and I did an adaptations project on the Old Man saltbush. This is our final and finished version of our presentation. I feel that our partnership was very successful and that we worked very well together. Overall, according to the rubric nearly our whole project is in “Above expectations” which is a great thing for us to achieve this term.

Three facts I found interesting or surprising were that the Old man saltbush grows better and quicker over the warmer months which is often the opposite of the normal behavior of other plants. The fact that I probably found most interesting was that the Old Man Saltbush had female and male flowers. Finally another surprising fact was that leaves are about 28% salt! They are this salty because over time they have adapted to living in the salty soils.

Two understandings I had was that the Old Man saltbush (or anything else that lives in a specific environment) would have lived there for a long time to be able to adapt to its environment so well. Also, in an experiment, to make it fair everything has to be the same except for the thing that you’re testing.

Something I’m wondering is how do living thing know how and why they should evolve (adapt) to a new or existing environment?

The most important thing that I learnt was to believe in your partner. For example if you’re doing a project and you need you’re partner to bring in some paint for a picture. Unless they said something like “I can’t get paint,” You should yet them do it because if you don’t then they will just expect that you (or others) will always do stuff for them.

I learned that when we decided that we were going to do a digital 3D model. We needed program to make our model and she said that her friend had a good one so I trusted her and it worked! Our 3D model was very successful and it engaged the class.

What am I going to do with what I have learnt is probably do the same thing in future projects and other assignments in the future.

In Conclusion this term’s project was very successful and we worked well with each other, I enjoyed it and we both learned a lot of different and useful information that we can use in the future.

June 28, 2017
by chiara2014
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Our Project on the Old Man Saltbush

This term Harguan and I did a presentation on The Old man Saltbush’s adaptations. We were marked by this Rubric.  The powerpoint on the old man saltbush that we did was quite successful according to the rubric.

This is the annotated I drew and coloured in to show what the Old man saltbush looked like and show it in it’s environment/habitat.

This is a screenshot of the model I labeled. I made on a 3D printer program because unfortunately I can’t upload it to my blog.

 

 

May 25, 2017
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Adaptations Project Predictions

I predict that the Old Man Saltbush is salty to stop as many animals eating it because the salt either tastes bad or is unhealthy for the animals like it’s unhealthy to people. I also think that it has spikes to protect it from predictors as well.

May 25, 2017
by chiara2014
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BtN “Dog Sled”

Red is Facts

Purple is Prior Knowledge

Green is a Questions

Blue is insight

Black is Summary

 

This Behind the News video was about dogs (pets) that were originally from colder climates that are in Australia to race against other dogs while pulling a human along on a scooter.

I have a lot of prior knowledge for this topic as I have a pet Siberian Husky. I can imagine trying to race her and she would be so excited she would go insane! I’m guessing these dogs have had some training done to prevent what my dog would do. I also know that it is very hard to train Siberian Huskies because they are very stubborn and I think that’s the same for other sled dogs too.

The person riding the dog is called the “Musher” because MUSH! is what Eskimo’s yell to the snow dogs to get them running or in most cases to pull sleds that often carry the people and their supplies. The Eskimos used these dogs almost like camels were used in the Arabian desert just in the snow. 

Some people can chose to race with up to six dogs depending on how the dogs were trained and how confident the rider is with them.

The dogs are often Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes and in this particular race they race against each other in the Australian outback. These aren’t the places/climates the dogs are used to but they are trained to still run as best as they can.

I must be very scary to just let your crazy dog pull you around through puddles and forests without you have very much control at all of what’s going on.

Somethings I’m wondering about is do they have separate races for the different breeds of dog? And how do they possibly train there dogs to be that well behaved?!

May 24, 2017
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100wc “Newspaper Hands”

My goal was to make people realize that there are people in the world who aren’t as lucky as us so we should be grateful for what we have.

The bell was always longed for but especially today, we were doing paper mȃché in art and I was so hungry. I haven’t had any food at home for weeks but today my friend gave me lunch. I couldn’t stand it anymore, I dashed through the hall and stuffed my mouth. “Running out of class,” The bully glanced me and violently curled his lip “Newspaper hands!” He spat. “I’m telling the principle you stole my lunch.”

“I didn’t!” I yell, food going everywhere.

“Ewww! You’re atrocious!” The bully ran off screaming with laughter. I cried for the last time at this school. It’s not my fault I was expelled.

May 24, 2017
by chiara2014
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Our Excursion to Sea Life Reflection

Today we went to Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium where we learned about animals and their adaptations to their environment/habitat. I learned a lot about marine animals’ young and how they were protected because of their unique adaptations. Like how the Port Jackson Shark’s egg was shaped as seaweed to camouflage and that their young can sense movement (predictors) even when they are still inside the egg. Also King Penguins’ chicks are born brown and big to look like rocks. I learned these kind of adaptations are essential for survival against predictors. The growth of any animal is changed by the environment that they live in like how the Lungfish which could potentially survive in a drought and a flood because it breaths air and water thanks to it’s adaptation of having gills and a lung (hence it’s name).

 

Five month old King Penguin chicks

This excursion answered my question that was “What would happen if you slowly put an animal into a different habitat?”. I think that if you did that the animal would adapt over time because of evolution and maybe start a new species like how sharks and stingrays are still related.

I also learned that marine animals communicate by their body language like how the Lion Fish moves its poisonous fins to warn other fish. All fish understand this language unlike the different languages humans use to communicate.

Something I am wondering is how big the feathers are on King Penguins and why they are that big?

 

This is the link to the aquarium website:

https://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/

 

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