Jul
30
Filed Under (science) by on July 30, 2014

Yesterday we began our exploration of cyclones. We  ended the lesson filling out a world map, locating the regions where cyclones occur. You’ll need to complete this by Friday. Don’t forget to colour code these regions and make a key for your map. Also you’ll need to come to class ready to answer the following question:

“—Why do you think cyclones occur in those regions?

For today’s science lesson we will be working on develop an understanding of the features of cyclones. We will also be investigating the conditions necessary to form a cyclone.We’ll start with reading and taking notes from this document: asta_lesson 2 Background information about cyclones

To help record our notes from our readings we will be using a note taking method we’ve explored before, the Cornell Note Taking System. We will be going over it in class but to refresh your memory check out the following link: http://coe.jmu.edu/learningtoolbox/cornellnotes.html

 

If you want to further explore this area the following links will help:

About tropical cyclones,
Bureau of Meteorology. Information

Cyclones,
ClearlyExplained.com, Information and further resources

Cyclones – get the facts,
Attorney-General’s Department. Information

Cyclone Yasi from above,
Brisbane Times. Photo gallery

Hazards – cyclone,
Geoscience Australia. Information

Modelling tropical cyclones,
Bureau of Meteorology. Information and animations

Scientists release stunning satellite imagery of cyclone Yasi from space
(w/Video), Phys.org. Information and images

Severe tropical cyclone Yasi satellite loop,
Bureau of Meteorology. Animation

Tropical cyclones explained,
ABC News 02/02/2011

 

 

Jul
28

 

After much discussion we came up with the following definition of  ’Extreme Weather Conditions’:

Extreme weather is like regular weather only more intense. It occurs when normal weather conditions increase to potentially create a substantial amount of damage.

 

Some definitions on ‘Extreme Weather Conditions’ we came across include:

Extreme or severe weather is simply really bad weather or weather on a larger, more serious and devastating scale.

(http://www.econet.org.uk/weather/extreme.html)

Extreme weather includes unusual, severe or unseasonal weather; weather at the extremes of the historical distribution—the range that has been seen in the past.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_weather)

Extreme weather is when a weather event is significantly different from the average or usual weather pattern. This may take place over one day or a period of time. A flash flood or heat wave are two examples of extreme weather in the UK.

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/weather_climate/extreme_weather_rev1.shtml)

Jul
28
Filed Under (science) by on July 28, 2014

For today’s science lesson

For today’s science lesson we will be looking at developing a definition for the term ‘extreme weather’. I’ll then ask you to record your understanding of cyclones.

The following links will help:

Big picture: Cyclone Yasi strikes,
Brisbane Times. Images showing impact of Cyclone Yasi

Yasi hits north Queensland,
Brisbane Times. Tropical cyclone Yasi photos

 

 

Three Way Conferences: Students as leaders of their own learning

The three way conference is part of the personal learning domain. It gives you the opportunity to articulate and reflect on your learning and show what you have learnt since the beginning of this year. You are in charge of your own learning and this is the forum for you to show your parents what you can do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to consider:

  • You will focus on the two areas of literacy and numeracy and one area of your choice (if time permits).
  • You may like to choose a work sample from the beginning of the year and one from recently to show your growth.
  • You might prefer to choose one sample and highlight new knowledge and skill.
  • Highlight your strengths: be specific and explicit about what you know and the learning you demonstrate.
  • Discuss areas for future development: what is next for you in terms of your future goals. This may include your personal learning goals from your report.

Structure:

The duration of the interview is 10 minutes. You will discuss your learning for about 5 minutes and then there will be opportunity for your parents and teacher to ask you questions and give you feedback.

Throughout the conference parents and the teacher may; ask questions, provide feedback and give encouragement, and to share thoughts and ideas on what is being presented.

You will have the opportunity to practise your conference in class time. Use sticky notes and note taking to help be prepared for your presentation.

 

Jul
17

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Below are several tables. The first three outline who does what on which day.

The last one shows the various debate topics for each week as well as topics for the prepared speech.

There will be no classmasters on the week of 18/8/2014 due to Book Week and the Trivia Quiz.

Date

Impromptu Speech

Prepared Speech

24.7

Ore, Justyn, Luca Takee, Tom, Theo

31.7

Takee, Tom, Theo Fidelya, Raymond, India, Finn

7.8

Fidelya, Raymond, India Declan, Deanne, Samantha

14.8

Declan, Deanne, Samantha Lydia, Angelica, Layla

28.8

Lydia, Finn, Angelica, Layla Cian, Alyssa, Bryce

4.9

Cian, Alyssa, Bryce Afrah, Erica, James

11.9

Afrah, Erica, James Ruby, Melina, Madeline

18.9

Ruby, Melina, Madeline Ore, Justyn, Luca

 

Date

Debate Affirmative Team

Debate Negative Team

24.7

Fidelya, Raymond, India Declan, Deanne, Samantha

31.7

Ruby, Melina, Madeline Lydia, Angelica, Layla

7.8

Ore, Justyn, Luca Cian, Alyssa, Bryce

14.8

Takee, Tom, Theo Afrah, Erica, James

28.8

Declan, Deanne, Samantha Ruby, Melina, Madeline

4.9

Lydia, Finn, Angelica, Layla Ore, Justyn, Luca

11.9

Cian, Alyssa, Bryce Takee, Tom, Theo

18.9

Afrah, Erica, James Fidelya, Raymond, India

 

Date

Judges

Time keeper

Host

24.7

Lydia, Finn, Angelica, Layla Bryce Cian

31.7

Cian, Alyssa, Bryce Afrah Erica

7.8

Afrah, Erica, James Madeline Ruby

14.8

Ruby, Melina, Madeline Ore Luca

28.8

Ore, Justyn, Luca Takee Tom

4.9

Takee, Tom, Theo Fidelya India

11.9

Fidelya, Raymond, India Deanne Declan

18.9

Declan, Deanne, Samantha Lydia Layla

 

Debate topics ( 3 minutes each speaker) Prepared speech topics (3 minutes)
Week 1: Weather does not influence people’s decisions. Hazelwood Coal Fire (2014) Drought Floods
Week 2: Extreme weather is not a result of global climate change. Black Saturday ( 2009) Bushfire Cyclones
Week 3: Meteorologists’ are important for our safety. Ash Wednesday ( 1983) Ice storms Tsunamis
Week 4: Floods are more devastating than bushfires. Brisbane flooding ( 2012) Earthquakes Heat wave
Week 5: The summer holidays should begin on February 1st each year for six weeks. Stuart Diver Volcanoes Dust storm
Week 6: People living in extreme weather areas should pay higher insurance premiums. King Lake Fire ( 2009) Landslides Tornadoes
Week 7: Beaches should charge an entrance fee. Drought (2002- 2006) Blizzards Monsoons
Week 8: Drought is more devastating than cyclones. Heat Wave ( Jan 2014) Avalanche Heavy snow falls
Cyclone Tracy Erosion Cyclone Mahina