Election Day

Vote Pro!

Hey 4’s and 5’s you should vote Pro! Click image to enlarge

Preferential Voting

We watched a BTN video on preferential voting because we are learning about voting and government. These are questions I answered.

1. You vote for who want first, second, third, fourth and so on. If your first choice gets knocked out your other votes go to the other parties.

2. To win the election you have to have won half the votes plus one.

3. The official name of someone who counts the votes is the counter.

4. North Korea doesn’t use preferential voting because they are a dictatorship.

5. Preferential voting is good because if you don’t get your first choice you can always get you second or third. Also if your party isn’t winning at the start they can still win.

6. Minor parties prefer preferential voting because they might not be as popular but they can still win by getting their votes when other parties get knocked out.

7. The purpose of a ‘how to vote’ card is to say if a party gets knocked out vote for this party second.

8. A polling booth is where you stand to mark your ballot paper to vote.

9. I voted for X factor once. We had to message our vote but it wasn the preferential as you only got 1 vote.

10. The Liberal party is one of Australia’s major parties and its leader is Malcolm Turnbull. The Labor party is another and its leader is Bill Shorten. The Australian Greens is the last major party and its leader is Richard Di Natale.


Nancy Bird-Walton

I choose to research Nancy Bird-Walton as my Australian person. Her Australian quality is that she believed that everyone should be able to use the air ambulance. Click the pictures to enlarge them.

Sovereign Hill Camp Reflection

What I Know About Federation

This is a pre test and we haven’t been taught anything yet so I’m not sure if my answers are correct.

Before Federation, Australia was divided into 6 separate… States

Which other country might have been part of Australia? England

Who was Henry Parkes? I don’t know anything about Henry Parkes

Why were the initial attempts to become a Federation rejected?Because of the gold rush

What role did Alfred Deakin play in becoming a Federation? I don’t know who Alfred Deakin is or what he played in Australia becoming a nation.

In what year did Australia become a nation? 1901

Who was Australia’s first prime minister? I don’t know

How did Federation impact on Indigenous people and Chinese migrants? Because they were rejected and couldn’t vote, have a say or have rights.

What do you know about the Eureka Stockade? The miners didn’t want to pay fees so they rebelled against the police. The miners burnt a hotel and people killed each other. It was in Ballarat during the gold rush.

What are some big events that happened between 1901 and 1960? In 1901 Australia became a nation, world war 1 happened between 1914-1918, world war 2 happened between 1940-1945.

Who were some important people between 1901 and 1960? Don Bradman who was a famous Australia cricketer.

Aquabat-The superb boat!

This whole term we have been doing solar boats. This is my book creator about everything we did.


Is Global Warming Really Happening?

“The climate today is rain,”said the news reporter. The rain is weather not climate. The climate is the average temperature throughout a year. Today a lady called Ceri who is a meteorologist and climatologist from the bureau of meteorology visited us. She talked to us about climate change. We were very lucky to have Ceri come in as we are learning about sustainability.

These are the things she confirmed for us as she knows the answers because she is an expert. Humans are the main cause of the co2 going and poking holes in the atmosphere. Other gases are contributing to climate change as well. Methane is a gase that comes from cows farting and that contributes to climate change. Since people keep farming cattle it means that there are more cows and that means more methane. Also CFC’s contribute but people don’t use them much anymore. But when they were used heaps they put a hole in the ozone. Global warming and climate change are real and are happening right now and there is evidence for it. She showed us lots of graphs and images showing evidence that climate change and global warming are happening. 97 out of 100 hundred scientists agree and have researched that climate change is happening now and is a problem because of what we are doing. Those 97 scientists have researched and have evidence and they all agree that it is happening.

Doing something so little can help a lot if we all do it. You can get solar panels, use wave power, wind turbines, turning of electronics when your not using them and not keeping heaters on if you don’t need them  lots.img_2037

Wonderfully Wonderful Water, Wonderfully Wonder……water! That’s hard to say!

Whale, wash, wait, why, wake, worn, wrong……None of these are the right word. Watermelon, watered……Water! Yes that’s the right word. But what about water? Today we went to a Western Water presentation with Anne who talked to us about how to be sustainable with water.

She talked to us about water and then we got to do a very fun activity. We were set in groups of 3 and we got a topic about how to be sustainable with water, then we wrote facts and each group presented if it was a sustainable practice or not. Callum and Max were in my group. Our argument was that using a disposable plastic bottle to drink water isn’t a sustainable practice. I learnt that in a 1 litre bottle of water it takes 2 litres to make it. If you get a drink from the tap it is $2 per 3,000 litres you drink. We presented it to the judge Sabine.

A thing that I learnt from another group was that it is better to not have snacks in your lunchbox that is in a package. A thing I will do differently now is not have snacks in my lunchbox that are in plastic wrapper because they take years to break down.

I’m an Expert On…..

Tick! The time was now 12:15 on the 7th of August, the day of the science expo. It was the science expo where everyone in year 5 got to choose a topic and explain how or why it happens. My presentation  was how galaxies are formed. I had a model of the Milky Way and I also had a video of how galaxies are formed. My poster had 2 pictures and a diagram and they gave more information. The parents were allowed in and were looking around. Every time someone came to our table we had to repeat the whole thing again and eventually it got boring repeating everything. Year 4’s also came in and looked around and it was really noisy so you had to speak loud. I think maybe next time I could have spoke louder but I think I did well explaining my topic. Tick! The time was now 1:15 and the science expo was over and everyone started to leave.


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