The Shredder

A story has been passed down from all my relatives and it goes back 600 years. It tells about an ever-living lord of blood. He was told to be a man with a lion’s head holding a butcher knife. His name is Shesmu but we call him The Shredder. He is strong and quick with a movement of a shredder while he’s attacking his victims. Me and my friends thought it was a joke so we searched for him. We were looking for him as he rushed towards us so we all sprinted as fast as we could back to our houses.

Bold is the prompt but modified a bit.

The Laughing Seal

Yesterday was the first day in my life that I went to the zoo! I’ve been to the aquarium but never the zoo. I got up and didn’t even have a shower because I was so excited to go. We made it to the zoo 30 minutes before it opened so we went to get some hot chips and drinks. By the time we finished the zoo had opened so we rushed to the entrance. After running around my favorite animal was this seal that looked like he was laughing. It was the best day ever.

This is the prompt for this week.

Snuck Out

Tonight was the night. Me, James, Suzie and Michelle were gonna sneak out. We had zero idea where we were going but I was hanging out with Suzie. I really liked Suzie and tonight I was gonna ask her out. I started climbing out my window when finally my senses kicked in but I kept going. We met up and started heading into the woods. It was such a beautiful night. I knew this was the right spot. My heart was beating out of my chest. James was over with Michelle probably kissing. I was about to ask her out when all of a sudden

The bolded words are the prompt.

The Flash | 100WC |

The words in bold indicate the prompt.

The distant sound of gunshots could be heard everywhere. My name is John McAllen and I enrolled in the army 1 year ago when the war was starting. We were storming a building in Afghanistan in enemy territory. Halfway through the building and no one was there. I heard a distant yelling echo throughout the building. It was getting closer. We started getting behind cover but then the flash made me cover my face and blind me. Bullets were zipping past my face. I got hit in the leg and stumbled over screaming. I couldn’t get up, it was the most painful feeling.

100WC Prompt

Mary | 100WC |

When I was 9 I still went to the amusement park that I’d been going to for more than half my life. The best thing in the entire park was the merry-go-round. I always went on the same horse every single time. I called her Mary. As I got older, around 10 or 11 I started asking my mum for disinfectant wipes so Mary would be clean. When I was 12 my mum told me I was too grown-up for the amusement park but I still loved that place and I loved Mary, so I got together all my friends and we broke Mary out.

Science Reflection | Project On Adaptations |

This term we focused on desert animal and plant adaptations. We chose a plant or animal in a desert environment and with our partner that was chosen for us. We planned, researched and created a presentation about our chosen animal or plant. We presented 8 weeks after we had started. After we had done our presentations we were told to write a reflection about what we learnt and how we thought we went during the making of it. My presentation with my partner was a PowerPoint on the Fennec Fox. We also had to highlight a rubric to show what we did. On the rubric all of the things I highlighted were in the above level. Something I felt I could improve on is my presentation because the balance wasn’t exactly equal but I thought I could have made it better. Also I think I got what I did because of the teamwork in my partnership. We worked really well together and that really helped with getting stuff done

I learnt during the lessons how to describe an animal and their environment, what to take if I were to venture into the desert and some adaptations about the camel. The most important thing I learnt was definitely how to describe an animal and its environment because it helped a lot with the project and the main premise of the project. Some of the stuff about adaptations I knew before the unit but most of it was learnt during the lessons. I will hopefully use the knowledge in high school because it may be important for other projects.

Structural Features and Adaptations

The Fennec Fox has light coloured fur so that it can reflect heat and avoid getting hot. If the Fennec Fox had darker hair combined with it being a fur coat they could’ve probably gone extinct.

The Fennec Fox has big ears useful for dissipating excess heat which can help in the morning with the scorching heat and also to avoid the heat they dig burrows to keep in the cold.

Planning and Conducting

I conducted an experiment on an adaptation of the fennec fox. The experiment was seeing if water in a black cup got hotter than water in a white cup up against the same heat source. I changed the colour of the cup, I kept the same the amount of water in the cups and measured the temperature of the water.

Confidence

In order to be confident you need to feel comfortable to do what you are doing. Feeling comfortable with the people around you can help with being confident.

Facts

The fact that the big ears of the fennec fox dissipate excess heat at first I found that quite amazing. When I found out that a fox could survive in the desert I couldn’t believe it. I thought that only cats and dogs used urine as a deterrent for other animals but I found out many animals do that.

Understandings

Fennec Foxes are a lot like other animals with their adaptations and behavioural decisions. Fennec foxes are hard to distinguish from other similar mammals.

Wonder

I wonder if Fennec foxes adapted to another environment if they would survive better or worse or if they would have equal chances.

Conclusion:

I learnt mostly about how to describe an animal and its environment to show information that someone else who doesn’t know could find out. I thought something I could improve on in the team work aspect was balancing the presentation roles and speaking.

Wannacry / Ransomware

This video was about a virus infecting computers around the world. Wannacry is a piece of software that when on your computer encrypts all your files making them useless to you. It’s not like other viruses because instead of making your computer not work it makes your files useless and you have to either pay hundreds of dollars to get your files back, which most of the time doesn’t even happen or you give up and forget about it. Unless you backed up your files you’ve practically got no way of getting your files back. People are speculating that the NSA developed this software, not to get 400 or so dollars of people but to instead track computers for different reasons with no money involved. Someone discovered this software created the NSA and took it to get ransomware. Microsoft has recently released a patch or an update for Windows that blocks ransomware like this. What was the main reason wannacry functioned so well?What was the main part of the software that encrypted people’s files? Was it affecting all operating systems like OSX, Windows, Linux or was it just Windows? I understand now that there are many types of viruses and they will keep getting developed with no trouble due to it being hard to track down hackers and hackers using existing codes in viruses.

Red- Facts

Green- Questions

Blue- Understanding 

BTN

Kidnapped

As we all sat down to eat we heard a knock on the door. I went to go answer it and as I opened the door there was a man with a burger in his hands, gun in his holster and a katana on his back. I slammed the door not realising this guy was hurt. I only realised that when he came bashing on the window. I noticed his hands were cut off and replaced with paper mâché hands and the burger was paper mâché and it was glued on to the hands. This man was kidnapped.

This was the prompt for this week. 100WC

Asylum

Outside the asylum it was almost like standing in a forest. As me and Elliot were making our way inside there was this writing with an orange or red hue. Most of the interior had collapsed because of the century old foundation. There was graffiti and drawings all over the walls but one reoccurring picture was a abnormally wide crocodile. All the rooms were empty and the wallpapers were ripped from the walls. Within most of the faculty rooms there was just profanity and sometimes the odd drop of paint. It was one of the scariest experiences in my life.

The prompt

Donating Blood BTN

This video was about the act of donating blood. Donating blood can help up to 3 people with just ½ a litre of it. Giving blood is easy and super helpful. If you’re 16 and up and you’re in good health then you can donate blood. There are 3 ways to donate blood: plasma, platelets or blood. When you give blood it gets shipped off to hospitals and places where people are in need of blood. There are over 200 orders of blood each day. Blood is mostly given to people with cancer or other diseases. If not enough blood is shipped out then what happens? How does the blood get shipped? Do hospitals get shipped exact amounts or a little over or under? An understanding I now have is that giving blood is supposed to be a sort of moral duty of ours. If someone doesn’t receive blood obviously they won’t get helped which in turn might mean they die. Giving blood is about saving lives.

Red- facts and recalls

Green- questions

Blue- understanding

BTN