June 19

Cigarette Changes (BTN Term 2 2015)

Behind The News – This clip was called: Cigarette Changes (BTN Clip Released: 04/09/2012)

This BTN clip was about the changes made to cigarettes and how they will effect the future. It mentioned how 60% of less men are smoking now and the current percentage is 16%. It also mentioned that people in Tasmania are passing a law so that if you were born after the year 2000 you will never be able to smoke legally

I understand how many advertising campaigns and nicotine supplements can help because most people that don’t smoke are put off from it and the results show how it’s working. I also understand how important these new laws that will hopefully be put into place are because they will prevent future smokers.

A question I still have is: “Did people understand how cigarettes can be bad for you in the past?”.

June 11

Term 2 Science Project (Term 2 2015)

 

Science project term 2

To conclude our science unit on adaptation students will prepare an information display with supporting resources on a desert animal or plant.

Teams will:
• describe the desert environment to which the species is adapted
• describe the structural features and behaviour of the species
• make claims about which are key adaptations that help the species survive.

Present your research on a display board.

  • All in your own words. The language should be impersonal and contain three tier words.
  • Use a font size of at least 16 points for the text on your display board, so that it is easy to read from a few feet away. It’s OK to use slightly smaller fonts for captions on picture and tables
  • The title should be big and easily read from across the room. Choose one that accurately describes your work, but also grabs peoples’ attention.
  • It should contain a least one graph.
  • A picture speaks a thousand words! Use photos or draw diagrams to present non-numerical data, to propose models that explain your claims. As well as creating an annotated drawing to (similar to the one on ‘Camel features’) you’ll be expected to construct a 3D model. This will need to highlight the features and adaptations that are central to your species’s survival in the Australian desert.
  • A Bibliography. At least three sources.
  • A proposal for an experiment to investigate if your claimed structural feature of the animal/plant is an adaptation for surviving in a desert environment. Deciding on what you and your team think you can achieve in the given time, you can either:
  1. propose an investigation
  2. plan the experiment
  3. conduct your experiment and observe, record and share the results in your final display.

A good-quality presentation is:
• well-organised information
• clear, concise communication
• use of evidence and reasoning to support claims
• quality/creative visual aids.

Examples of oral presentations by scientists on adaptations can be found at:
(www.qm.qld.gov.au/Find+out+about/Behind+the+Scenes/Museum+Experts).

Species to investigate:
• The Australian Mulga (Acacia aneura)
• Old Man Saltbush (Atriplex nummularia)
• The Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)
• Spencer’s Burrowing Frog (Opisthodon spenceri, formerly Limnodynastes spenceri)
• The Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus)
• Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus)
• The Boab tree (Adansonia gregorii)
• Spinifex grass, for example, Triodia wiseana
• The Spinifex Hopping Mouse (Notomys alexis)
• Shield shrimps (Triops australiensis)
• Termites, for example, Nasutitermes triodiae*

 

June 8

Waste Ban (BTN Term 2 2015)

Behind The News – This clip was called: Waste ban  (BTN Clip Released: 02/06/2015)

This BTN clip was about how much food is wasted in Australia and how we could act on it in a similar way to France. It showed that in Australia we waste several billions or 400,000 tonnes of food each year. It mentioned that countries like France are passing a law to make sure food isn’t wasted by giving it to charities and animal feed organizations. It also stated what food qualifies to be thrown away, this food includes food past expiration, food with bruises and food that has grown parts that aren’t normally there.

I understand how fixing this issue could positively impact the world because experts believe that a quarter of wealthy countries wasted food could feed all of the starving people in the world. I also understand how much food is being rejected and how it could be used for much better purposes, because 40% of food is rejected from supermarkets and other food outlets many more people are starving that shouldn’t be.

A question I still have is: “Are there any other countries trying to solve a similar issue?”.

June 4

But it Made My Tongue Tingle (100 WC Week 34 Term 2 2015)

A loathsome rat gazed up at me on the road, I crushed it under my feet without hesitation. Then I headed towards the tavern not acknowledging the blood on my shoe. As I stumbled in I signaled the barkeep to hand me a drink, the barkeep held out his hand expectantly I passed him some of the rusted metal rings they called currency at watchmakers hill. I drank at the back of the tavern so I wouldn’t be noticed. I took the first sip of intoxication but it made my tongue tingle. I sighed and drank another, hoping that I could forget all life.