Finally. 2014 is here. I will miss all the year 6’s and I wish them luck for high school. 2014 will be my last year in primary school so it will be a very emotional year. I’m really pumped for term 1 and excited for all the new opportunities I can receive in year 6. I am also very excited to be house captain and captain my team for the house sports. It will be a very pleasing experience. I think 2014 is going to be a fun and memorable year.
The air smelt like salt. I could see so many rocks, scattered amongst the coast. I could almost taste the bitter-sweet water. I could feel the rough surface of the rocks as I bent down on one knee, looking for marine life. The sound of the water brushing against the rocks was very satisfying. I wanted to jump from rock to rock right down to the other end, to see if could spot any other creatures. Although I was further away from it, I could still smell the disgusting scent of a rotting dead seal. I wonder how it died. Everywhere I look I see dead birds. Everywhere! As I am taking my next step, I can feel the chilling water crawling up my leg. I had stepped on water. Great.
- What makes this book good?
Gilberts Ghost Train is a very mysterious book. I think that suspense and mystery makes a book exciting, and that’s what I liked about this book. I also loved how the author, David Metzenthen wrote the book in Martin’s point of view.
I think that it really brings out the book and shows how Martin feels while his brother Dally is sick.
- What would make this a better book?
In this book, there was a lot of repition, and it made the book sound like a broken record, while you were reading it. The book would be much better if there wasn’t as much as repition, and stuck to the main point of the book. Also, sometimes the book got off topic.
3. What’s the one important thing the author wants you to know?
I think the author wants people to know that bad things happen to good people and theres nothing you can do about it. All you can do, is help them in any way you can and except that one day they might not exist anymore, so make the most of their company.
- Why did the writer write this book?
I think the writer wrote this book to show that you are not alone. There are other people in the world who are feeling exactly the same things you Are, and even worse off. I think he also wrote this to teach kids of what can happen in what we call life.
- What does the audience need to know to enjoy and understand the book?
The audience needs to know the main story line. The storyline is that Dally is very sick with leukaemia and Martin meets Gilbert. Gil tells Dally stories and helped him more than anyone ever could. Not physically, but mentally.
The air smelt like salt. I could see so many rocks, scattered along the coast. I could almost taste the bitter-sweet water. I could feel the rough surface of the rocks as I bent down on one knee, looking for marine life. The sound of the water brushing against the rocks was very satisfying. I wanted to jump from rock to rock right down to the other end to see if I could spot any other creatures. Although I was further away from it, I could still smell the disgusting scent of a rotting dead seal. I wonder how it died. Everywhere I see dead birds. Everywhere! “Why are they all dead?” I ask myself. Just as I am taking my next step, I slip off the rock and my leg land in the freezing water. Great.
I hate it down in the mines. I try to block all the thoughts about what could happen down here, and listen to the canary’s sing. The little humming song it sings everyday. I hate all the coughing that happens down here, and all the foul, disgusting, burning sounds. I try to occupy my thoughts by listening to the canary singing again. I can’t hear it. I strain my ears even more. I still can it. Oh no. This can’t be happening. Once a canary stops singing, it means that canary is dead. This means there are dangerous gases down here, and we need to get out before we die. All our faces turn into horror. And then we run. Run for our lives.
Predict: I predict this will be about Roman numerals.
Read: Move one match to make this statement correct. VI + II = III
Clarify: I had no words or phrases to clarify.
Big question:Move one match stick.
Mathematicians tool box: Have I seen a similar problem?
Solve: :Firstly, I had to clarify the Roman numerals. I looked at my Roman numeral clock and clarified that VI =6 , II = 2 and III = 3. So in English numbers, the sum is saying 6+2=3 which is untrue. I was really confused at that point of what to do next, but soon realised of what I had to do. I took a match stick away from the plus sign, and added it to the II, which made it III. So the Roman numeral sum is VI-III=III, and in English numerals, that is 6-3=3, so that is your answer.
Reflect: At first it seems really difficult, but when you understand Roman numerals, it is easier to understand.
Predict: I predict this problem will be about the 4 operations.
Read: The digit sum for 126 is 1+2+6, or 9. The digit sum for 300 is 3+0+0, or 3. Find the 2 consecutive numbers that have digit sums of 36 and 1.
Clarify: At first I did not know what consecutive meant, but I just asked my dad. It means linking or one after the other.
Big question: What are the 2 consecutive numbers?
Mathematicians toolbox: Guess, check and improve.
Solve: It took me while to solve this problem, and I had to read it over and over again to understand it. I knew I had to find several numbers that add up to 36 or 1. I had worked out loads of options, but none of them were consecutive. I then tried 9+9+9+9 which equals 36. Then I had to find a consecutive number to 9999, that had a digit sum of 1, which is 10,000. Therefore, 9999 and 10,000 is the answer.
Reflect: It took me a while to understand this question, but after I clarified a few things, it was easier to understand what it is asking you to do. Next time I get a problem like this, I will be quicker to solve it, because I understand what I need to do.
This week in 100WC, we were asked to write about the horrific typhoon that hit the Phillipines. Every donation helps, so please, if you can, do so. Just $10 could help a family, who has lost everything. Thank you.
A letter in a bottle. Its all I can think of. I have lost everything. My family, my belongings. This typhoon has destroyed everything. I found a piece of paper that said HELP on it. I find an old wine bottle. I stuff the paper in the bottle, and throw it as far as I can, into the ocean. Maybe someone will find it. Help everyone who is stranded here. But nothing will ever be the same. Life was perfect before the typhoon came. Now my family is gone. All gone. I hope whoever gets my message will understand. Understand what I’m going through.
In class we had to make an interview script to interview a handwriting expert, as we are learning about different branches of forensic science.
Cindy- Hi Dr Fleemar.
Cindy Can you tell us about your job as a handwriting expert?
Molly- well what I do is analyse handwriting. I look at characteristics and I can see whether handwriting has been forged or not. I compare different handwriting samples to decide if it has been forged.
Cindy- what are some characteristics of different people’s handwriting?
Molly- some characteristics are spacing, size, shape, pen lifting, if the letters are linked, if it’s curled or straight, different slanting, the angle and many more!
Cindy- what is a handwriting sample?
Molly- a handwriting sample is a sample of writing someone. We can compare different samples to decide whether handwriting has been forged or who it is written by.
Cindy- thank you for coming today. Your job is very interesting.