Changing state (separating mixtures)

Separating mixtures is when you take all the elements in a mixture apart. There are many methods we can use to separate the elements in a mixture. For example if you have clumps of dirt in a glass of water you can put it through a filter to get some of the dirt out. Another method is evaporation. This is when a liquid changes to a gas. So you could put you dirty water over a very hot flame and over time it will evaporate and turn to a gas.

Read like a Writer – What do you think Feezal?

Today my class revisited ‘Reading like a Writer’. When we read from the perspective of a author, we focus on the techniques the author is using to tell the story and not so much about the story itself. This is ‘Reading like a Writer’. There are 6 points we focus on. Here is a example that I wrote based on the book ‘What do you think Feezal?’:


The main idea in the last chapter of ‘What do you think Feezal’ is to give something to Bean (The main character) so she can remember the amazing journey she went through the book.


The organization in this book is pretty good. But there is one part where its morning and it jumps strait into being night time.


Elizabeth’s voice to me me seems playful yet realistic. Not all of this stuff would happen to one person but all the little things could go there separate ways and effect a lot of different people

Word Choice:

In this chapter and through the entire book the word choice is not great and could be a lot better.

Sentence Fluency:

The sentence fluency in this book is OK. There was just one part where it jumped from being to night.


In this book I saw nothing but regular punctuation like talking marks and full stops. There was the occasional explanation mark.


Those were the 6 topics. And for this lesson this was my goal reflection.

Goal Reflection: 

One technique I will take away from ‘What do you think Feezal?’ would probably be the short sentences if I was writing a book for younger children.      




Book week multi-age book activity

For book week we had a book week multi-age book activity. This is when people from every age group come together and read a book. This book has to be one of the book week short listed books. Once we have read the book we do a activity based on the book.

Today I went to one of the prep classes and we read “King Pig”. I enjoyed the colors in this book and I believe it sent across a good message: Treat other people how you would like to be treated.

My favorite page in the book was when the sheep were painting there wool all different colors and made clothes for the king.

Here are some photos from my activity:

Unit goals: Extreme weather

Unit Learning Goal 1: Science

I will understand that scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives.

Unit Learning Goal 2: Science

I will understand that scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions

Unit Learning Goal 3: Science

I will understand that sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface.

Unit Learning Goal 4: Reading and viewing

I will understand that select, navigate and read texts for a range of purposes, applying appropriate text processing strategies and interpreting structural features, for example table of contents, glossary, chapters, headings and subheadings

Unit Learning Goal 5: Writing

I will understand that reread and edit students’ own and others’ work using agreed criteria and explaining editing choices

Personal Learning Goals: During this unit, I will . . .

For my last semester as a primary school student I have only 1 goal I want to achieve:

I would like to be prepared for high school. I find myself an extremely disorganized student. At the high school I  am attending, everything is  very strict. They give out detentions very often and I don’t want to be the odd out and spend all of my time in detention.

BTN Diabetes

3 recalls: There are 2 types of diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)

There is no cure for ether of the types.

Diabetes is caused because your pancreas does not create insulin.

2 understandings:  Type 1 is something your born with.

Type 2 is developed by a unbalanced diet and not enough exercise.

1 question: If you are born with diabetes does it affect you the moment you are born?

Diabetes wordcloud

Term 2 reflection: Chemical change

In term 2 the year 5/6 did their integrated unit on ‘Chemical Change’. So every week 2 scientists from GTAC came into Moonee Ponds Primary school to teach us about changing state, the 4 states of matter and much, much more! I enjoyed this unit very much and I believe I benefited well from it.

3 facts I learnt were:

I learnt many things but here are some of my favorites:

I learnt that the change from a gas to a liquid is called condensation. So say you just had a shower and you didn’t have the fan on so there is a lot of steam in the room. Then the steam hits the mirror and it will go from being hot to being cold. So it will turn into a liquid.

Another thing I learn’t was the interests of gas particles. Gas particles stay a fair way away from each other. They bounce of the walls and of each other when they come into contact with them. When the particles get heated up they move faster and when they get cooled down they move slower.


Another thing I learnt is that a solid can turn into a gas. That change is called sublimation.

2 understandings I now have:

I now understand that it is possible to go from a solid to a gas without going through the step of melting. I understand that that process is called sublimation. I first found sublimation quite weird and didn’t think it was possible but I found a example which explained everything: Dry Ice. Dry Ice does not melt when it is left in the sun, it turns into a gas.


Another understanding I know have is that scientists don’t use all 5 senses in the science lab. In the science lab you look to observe somethings like : color change, size change, shape change, ect. You use your ears to hear bubbling or loud noises or nothing at all. You use hands to feel if something has gone from smooth to rough or vice-verse. And you use your nose to waft of a potion or something similar. You don’t taste anything in case there are dangerous chemicals in it or such.

1 question I still have:

I would like to know if fish would be able to survive on the moon? I would like to know this because I believe there is hydrogen in outer space and in H2O there is Hydrogen and oxygen but we all know fish can’t breathe in oxygen. So I started to wonder weather they would be able to live in outer space and I would like to find out in the future.

fish on the moon

What were the most important things I learnt were:

I think the most important things I learnt were the names of the changing state processes.(Melting, Freezing, Evaporation, Condensation and Sublimation) I believe these will help me throughout life so I can explain the changes of state I observe. This will help me in my P.O.E charts so I can have a good explanation at the end.

How did I learn it: 

I learnt them  by listening to the scientists from GTAC explain it to me and to see how they all worked. I found out that when you make pop-corn the kernel evaporates because the inside of the kernel is water. So when the kernel gets hot the water inside starts to boil until finally there is so much gas inside the kernel that it has to pop.


What am I going to do with what I learnt:

I am going to use this information in the future because I dream of becoming a scientist for GTAC. This is a dream because I quite enjoyed our science unit and would like to do more of it in the future.

Special thanks to:

I would like to say thanks to GTAC for sending us Maria, Jacinta and Chris to teach us about the 4 states of matter and changing state.



If you would like to visit GTAC’S site here is the link:




Read like a reader

Why did Sophie turn into a witch? Why were Sophie and Agatha friends in the first place? Why did Tedros love Agatha? Why did Agatha have no friends?

I want to know where Sophie and Agatha poofed to in the end. Where did they go? That’s what I want to know.

I visualized things obviously the writer didn’t because it was not on the page. She described how Sophie was turning evil but never said it.

Sophie reminded me of me because she has long blonde hair and I have short blonde hair. She is also determent to get what she wants just like me.

I felt sad when Sophie changed. I liked her at the start but she scared me towards the end. I felt happy for Agatha when Tedros asked her to the ball.

I love this book. I never got bored and it was so hard to put it down. It had a bit of everything: fantasy, action, romance, ect. There was lots of spells, boy drama, running scenes and so much more!school for g and e


The 5 big questions- the school for good and evil

Big question #1- What makes this book good?

The thing that makes this book is the difference between the main characters. Sophie is so positive, beautiful and has so much self confidence but on the other had Agatha does not believe in her self and thinks shes ugly. I also like all the magic. It really makes you visualize.

Big question #2- What would make this book better?

It don’t know what would make this book better since its probably the most action filled, lovey dovey story I have read. Its a perfect book and a 10/10. There so much that happens in this book so there’s a bit of everything. There’s action, magic, romance, suspense. EVERYTHING!

Big question #3-  Whats the 1 most important thing the author wants you to know?

I think there are 2 things that the Soman Chainani wants us to know. Number 1: we need friends to get through life. You wont get any where without a friend to cheer you on. The other message is that sometimes princesses don’t always look like they do in fairy for g and e

Big question #4- Why did the writer write this?

Soman wrote this to inform us that our friends are important and that nothing should break a friendship. Not a boy, not a school. Nothing. It also was to do with the fact that she wanted to entertain us. All the magic, spells and romance were to tell us a good story.

Big question # 5- What does the audience need to know to enjoy this book?

The readers need to know that Sophie and Agatha come from a small village and that their parents don’t care for them all that much. All they have is each other. Agatha takes their friendship very seriously but for Sophie  kind of uses Agatha towards the end.

The 5 facts of fiction- the school for good and evil

Fact number #1- Fiction is all about the character.

Sophie, the main character has beautiful long blonde hair. Her skin is so soft and is a peachy colour. Her eyes blue, but not just any blue, sea blue. Her eyes are the colour of the sea. And she wears this beautiful light purple ball gown.

Fact number #2- Fiction is all about what your character wants.

Sophie has waited all her life to be kidnaped and taken to the school for good but when she gets there things don’t go quite to her plan and she finds her at the school for evil. All she wants is to go to the school for good and to have her true love take her to the evers snow ball.

Fact number #3- Fiction is all about how your character gets or does not get what he or she wants.

Sophie gets her prince at first and he always told her he would prove her good in the trial. But when Tedros finds out Sophie is a witch. The she tries to win her prince back but he has a new love interest.

Fact number #4- Fiction is all about how you character changes.

At the end of the book Sophie learns she is a witch. She has vainy skin, Black warts and a bald head.