100 Word Challenge

This week’s Writing Prompt comes from the people at 100 Word Challenge. You have 100 words to write a text that includes the following:

… She just wouldn’t stop crying…

Think about who ‘she’ is and why she wouldn’t stop crying. You can add a visual to support your text, so long as you reference it correctly.

Please post your text to your blog.

Have fun!

Miss Andrews

Writing Prompt

Use the below writing prompt from Writing Forward to write a text of your choice. You might like to write a narrative or a poem about what is happening; you could write an information text about astronauts, space and/or other planets; or, you could write a persuasive text around space. The choice is yours. No more than 250 words, posted to your own blog. Ensure that you have spent time with me or Miss Noack editing your work prior to posting.


Image posted by Melissa Donovan – no CC licensing information

Wednesday, 23 September

Hi Everyone,

Sorry, I’m feeling worse than yesterday, so I’m obviously not there today.

* Hand all mobiles to Mrs Potter or Mrs Lewis
* All tablet use is to be in the classroom today. Ensure that they get locked away before you go anywhere.
Beginning of the Day until Recess

Today is your last chance to complete the following activities:

  1. Maths
    • Complete, share and upload URL to Moodle
    • Review the games of three other people – this can be done individually
  2. History
    • Complete mind map – I would like to see quality; look at the examples on the wall near Ancient Rome
    • Respond to, or begin thinking about, the forum questions under ‘Outcomes and Assessment’
    • Develop your inquiry (ungoogleable) question and some of the secondary (googleable) questions that will help you to answer your main question.
  3. Code.org
    • This activity is called ‘The Hour of Code’ – because it should only take one hour to complete!

If you have completed all of this, you can either work on your Personal Learning Plans or begin researching your History question. If you are doing History, you need to either dot point (with key words) your notes or you can use the FERQ. I have given this to some of you previously, but if you need a blank copy or would like to look at it, see Mrs Potter or Mrs Lewis.

If you don’t understand how to do something, there are plenty of people in our room who could help you – please ask them. I’m happy for you to email me if you need anything.

RoboCup people – please continue working on this today!

Recess to Lunch

P.E. with Mr Chatto.

Lunch to End of Day

Cooking and Gardening

Have a good day and be good 🙂

See you tomorrow afternoon… Miss Andrews

Look Up

I have 422 friends yet I am lonely
I speak to all of them everyday yet none of them really know me
The problem I have sits in the space in-between
Looking into their eyes or at a name on a screen

I took a step back and opened my eyes
I looked round and realised
This media we call social is anything but
when we open our computers and it’s our doors we shut

All this technology we have it’s just an illusion
Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
When you step away from this device of delusion
You awaken to see a world of confusion

A world where we’re slaves to the technology we mastered
Where information gets sold by some rich, greedy bastard
A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion
Where we all share our best bits but leave out the emotion

We’re at our most happy with an experience we share
But is it the same if no one is there?
Be there for your friends and they’ll be there too
But no one will be if a group message will do

We edit and exaggerate, crave adulation
We pretend not to notice the social isolation
We put our words into order till our lives are glistening
We don’t even know if anyone is listening

Being alone isn’t the problem let me just emphasise
If you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise
You’re being productive and present not reserved and reclused
You’re being awake and attentive and putting your time to good use

So when you’re in public and you start to feel alone
Put your hands behind your head, step away from the phone
You don’t need to stare at your menu or at your contact list
Just talk to one another, learn to co-exist

I can’t stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train
When no one wants to talk for the fear of looking insane
We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
To engage with one another and look into someone’s eyes.

We’re surrounded by children who since they were born
Have watched us living like robots and think it’s the norm
It’s not very likely you’ll make world’s greatest Dad
If you can’t entertain a child without using an iPad

When I was a child I’d never be home
I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we’d roam
I’d wear holes in my trainers and graze up my knees
Or build our own clubhouse high up in the trees

Now the park is so quiet it gives me a chill
See no children outside and the swings hanging still
There’s no skipping, no hopscotch, no church and no steeple
We’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people

So look up from your phone, shut down the display
Take in your surroundings, make the most of today
Just one real connection is all it can take
To show you the difference that being there can make

Be there in the moment as she gives you the look
That you remember forever as when love overtook
The time she first held your hand or first kissed your lips
The time you first disagreed but still loved her to bits

The time you don’t have to tell hundreds of what you’ve just done
Because you want to share this moment with just this one.
The time you sell your computer so you can buy a ring
For the girl of your dreams who is now the real thing

The time you want to start a family and the moment when
You first hold your little girl and get to fall in love again
The time she keeps you up at nights and all you want is rest
And the time you wipe away the tears as your baby flees the nest

The time your baby girl returns with a boy for you to hold
And the time he calls you Grandad and makes you feel real old
The time you take in all you’ve made when you’re giving life attention
And how you’re real glad you didn’t waste it by looking down at some invention

The time you hold your wife’s hand, sit down beside her bed.
You tell her that you love her, lay a kiss upon her head.
She then whispers to you quietly as her heart gives a final beat
That she’s lucky she got stopped by that lost boy in the street

But none of these times ever happened. You never had any of this
When you’re too busy looking down, you don’t see the chances you miss

So look up from your phones, shut down those displays
We have a finite existence, a set number of days
Don’t waste your life getting caught in the net
because when the end comes, nothing’s worse than regret

I am guilty too of being part of this machine
this digital world we are heard but not seen
where we type as we talk and read as we chat
where we spend hours together without making eye-contact

So don’t give in to a life where you follow the hype
Give people your love, don’t give them your “like”
Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined
Go out into the world, leave distractions behind

Look up from your phone, shut down the display
Stop reading this text, live life the real way.

ancient india lifestyle

people from ancient india that had well planned cities with straight roads and neat blocks. Most houses were made out of baked brick and had flat roof. As you learned in the Architecture sections, houses had courtyards,wells, and even bathrooms! Towns had places to store grain and some public baths were people could swim in!

The frist in the world grow cotton, and they used it to make colourful dresses. The woman must loved to dress up, as many pieces of jewellery have been found such as shells, gold and even precious stone…

living as a ancient india they grew wheat, barely, rice, chickpeas also had sheep, pigs, cows and water buffalo for meat. And of course they go fishing
and eat them. They used wheat to make a flat bread called chapatis. Sugar cane grew there too!, so mostly they enjoyed sweet desserts!

Around the year 300, many of the people starts to eat less meat, thinking it would be bad to kill animals. A few year centuries later, they began worshipping a goddess to whom cow were scared, and they stopped eating beef altogether

In my opinion ancient india people are very kind!

Personal Investigations

This term, we have been investigating topics that interest us. Through doing this, we have learned research, mind mapping and questioning skills. After spending some time identifying topics that we are interested in, we immersed ourselves in our chosen area. We shared our learning with a couple of people, which helped to clarify our ideas. We worked on developing a deep level question; a question that could not be answered by a simple Google search. Our question will require us to do a lot of the thinking with some support from Google. Here are our questions:

  • Emma: How might I design a backyard for people with disabilities so that they do not injure themselves?
  • Priyana: How might I raise awareness about child labour for Australian consumers in order to prevent them from purchasing clothing made by children?
  • Que Anh: How might I design a backyard landscape design for elderly people so that they can avoid injuries?
  • Quyen: How might I design a cookbook for Year 6/7 students in order to improve their baking skills?
  • Tien: How might I design a Vietnamese cookbook for Blue Building students so that they can cook Vietnamese food at home?
  • Trang: How might I create a lesson program about tsunamis for Year 6 students in order to raise their awareness of the impact of tsunamis on communities?
  • Tiana: How might I create a drama program for Year 3 students in order to develop their self-confidence?
  • Jordan: How might I design a plan for earthquake prone areas around the world in order to reduce the impact of earthquakes?
  • Blake: How might I design a cricket helmet for cricketers in order to improve their safety?
  • Niko: How might I design a robot for people with hearing problems so that it translates English into AUSLAN?
  • Andy: How might I design a nuclear fusion reactor for scientists so that we can begin to use this form of energy?
  • Jason L: How might we create a Maths game using Scratch for Year 5 students in order to improve their number skills?
  • Jarrod: How might I design a house for the elderly so that they have a sanctuary to live in?
  • Kalebb: How might we create a Maths game using Scratch for Year 5 students in order to improve their number skills?
  • Jason T: How might I develop a program for corporate companies so that they can understand the impacts of deforestation and then reduce these impacts?
  • Judy: How might I create a healthy menu for a takeaway restaurant in order to reduce obesity in people who are time-poor?
  • Jess: How might I create an animation for Year 6 students to raise their awareness of the impact of tornadoes on communities?
  • Rose: How might I design a game for upper primary students so that they understand the causes and effects of the endangerment of a language has on the world?
  • Jenifer: How might I design a robot for hospitals in order to help children recover?
  • My: How might I develop a healthy Korean cookbook for time-poor people so that they can cook at home more often?
  • Tina: How might I create clothing using upcycled materials for poor children in Australia in order to help provide them with clothing?
  • David: How might we create a Maths game using Scratch for Year 5 students in order to improve their Maths skills?
  • Cornas: How might I design a housing solution for homeless people in Africa in order to reduce the number of people living without shelter?
  • Praban: How might we create a Maths game using Scratch for Year 5 students in order to improve their number skills?
  • Genis: How might I design a man-made structure on Mars for the Mars One astronauts so that they are able to breathe without needing to wear their space suits?
  • Riley: How might I develop a lacrosse coaching program for Year 6/7 students in order to promote lacrosse as a sport?
  • Zulfikar: How might we create a Maths game using Scratch for Year 5 students in order to improve their number skills?

We’ll be sharing our progress on our blogs, so please stop by and check them out.

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