BTN- Weedy Sea Dragon


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Only 15 Km from Sydney is dragon territory were the dragons nest he scientific name for this sea dragon is Phyllopteryx taeniolatus, ring any bells. Jump in the water and looking in the coral reef you might just sea one floating amongst the seaweed. Weedy Sea dragons are native to Australia and can be mostly found in the waters of the south east coasts of Australia. They’re related to the sea horse, and mostly just drift around in the water, and it just blends in with kelp around it. The problem is these colourful creatures are becoming harder and harder to spot, and not just because of their clever camouflage. Size: Adults of this species are approximately 45 cm long. Colour: Their red bodies are with purple and yellow marks. The Males are darker in colour than the females. Body: The narrow bodies of these Sea dragons have numerous leaf-like appendages and short dorsal spines. The appendages give them a weed-like appearance. Male Weedy Sea Dragons are more slender than the females. Snouts: They have long tube-like snouts. Fins: A long dorsal fin runs along its back while there are two pectoral fins on both sides of the neck. Tails: These Sea dragons have long tails. The males have a brooding pouch located under their tails. JOHN TURNBULL, RESEARCHER: This is the best site in Sydney so you can still see them here reliably. Other sites – particularly on the north side of Sydney where they used to be a common occurrence, now you’re lucky to find one, and sometimes you find none. Luckily, marine biologists have a plan to work out how many dragons are left. Instead of catching and tagging every sea dragon they find, they’re asking citizen scientist divers off the coasts of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania to take photos of the creatures and send them in. The researchers are then using a kind of facial recognition software to identify each fish’s’ unique patterns! Their program allows them to map out the markings of the sea dragon and it becomes a special fingerprint to track it. Every time they find a new one they use common sense and logic to give it an appropriate name.  And it will tell us if it’s David or Greg or Alicia. Because every single new sea dragon we have gets a name so we can follow it over the years. Weedy sea dragons are classified as ‘near threatened’, but scientists reckon this research could provide enough info to have them re-listed as ‘endangered’. They reckon climate change could be a big part of the problem for the sea dragons. They say rising sea temperatures are killing the kelp which leaves them homeless. Once there gone there gone, and once we lose we lose them forever. And with the impact we’ve done that will be really sad. They’re asking divers to keep sending in their photos so they can make sure there are more little David’s, Greg’s or Alicia’s swimming around Australia in the future. And we have to remember their only one of two sea dragon species.

I know understand how our existence has impacted how much they have been found. It’s seems like their very little adaptations so they can’t camouflage. We’ve been paying attention to animals that aren’t native to our Australia so I think we should pay more attention to that. I also understand that they use a special genetic pattern to track them. And they name them.


Why do they name them with simple names?

How many are left?

What types of animals are related to it?




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100 Word challenge: Lightning Hurrah

My goal was to do a poem, but a short sentence like a storybook at the end.

Lightning flashes and flickers like sparks of fireworks. It’s like a big light show festival but with danger and distress. It comes in different shapes and sizes and tries to attack the best. Lightning never comes without a friend, his good old mate thunder. In the flash of lightning I saw something like a shadow, in the dark and that’s what happens when lightning is around. Lightning and thunder are like subway without one ingredient it’s terrible out there. No colours colliding or songs to sing like poems. There’s only darkness like you’re trapped in a bubble, and you look back at what’s really the truth inside.

 Prompt-  In the flash of lightning I saw 

BTN- Tasmanian Devils Threat





Personal Opinion- orange


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This week’s BTN was about Tassie devils, and a type of cancer disease that’s causing threat to extinction.

Sometimes Tassie devils look like an awful bunch who bite and scratch, but there just understood. Tasmania devils might not look the best and have an image problem, but that’s at the bottom of the scale, their population has been cut more than 80% and have made their place on the endangered species list. It was believed by many that they died out across the mainland of Australia about 400 years ago. Tasmania was and still is they only place you can find them since they English came and settled. They were hunted because they were walking around and always eat people’s chickens. Now they are protected by the law, but since the mid-nineties they’ve been up against a new threat. It’s called devil facial tumour cancer. It’s a special type of cancer because it can be caught by other devils, it’s contagious. No one’s sure what causes it but it spreads when devil’s scratch and bite each other, which always happens while having a meal. The tumour builds up around its face and mouth until it can’t eat and it starves to death. So once they get it they only get around six months left to live. A lot of specialists working in the fields of Tassie, think that exciton is a real possibility. But there hoping that the disease dies out before the Devils do. So what do you think one of the solutions are? Tasmania devils babies. There called joey’s like Kangaroos, and when that baby devil is born it’s no bigger than a grain of rice. Tassie devils give birth to about 30 joeys. But because they only have four teats only around four survive. It’s really a challenge to see the fittest and survival. TIFFANY EASTLEY: It would be such a huge tragedy for the species if these guys were to go extinct. I can’t imagine it, I don’t like to think about it and you feel every day like you’re doing something really important because this might be their last hope, what we are doing, breeding them and maintaining a healthy population like Audrey here in captivity. Tiffany manages the breeding, and they’ve raised more than 50 devils there. But breading the devils hasn’t been so easy. They found that devils born in captivity find it hard to breed and there not sure why yet. At the zoo there trying to aim to make another big population there so if ones in the wild die out, they won’t be gone forever. As the disease spreads across Tasmania the race is on to find the cause and a cure, or else one day what we see here in captivity could be all that’s left.


I know understand, that Tasmanian Devils have been facing threat for longer than I thought, and that they use to live all over the country until populated. They’ve faced many threats including body features, habitat and babies. And that know there’s a disease causing them to die, and out of their 30 babies only 4 survive. It’s hard to fight this disease because we don’t know what’s causing it. It’s also worrying that one day there might only be ones born in captivity.


What are animals are the Tassie devils related to?

How many are left?

Have the numbers been decreasing or increasing?

Where was the first sighting?

Who named the Tassie devil?

When did the tumour cancer start?

My personal opinion is that, i like how zoos are joining in helping, and that are find it sad that the population is dying. Also these little creatures/animals have been through a lot of harm. Also hoping that our country tries to support and help figure out, what’s causing this terrible disease and that they stay alive, after all there one of Australia’s native animals.




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Aquarium excursion- Adaptations

Adaptations-‘ living things have structural features and adaptations that help them survive in their environment.’

Today we went to the Melbourne Aquarium, and we saw different marine life we saw fish, starfish, cuttlefish, sea dragons and my favourite was the penguins, and we talked about how they adapt in their natural habitat, what they eat and their weight and size. I’m talking about are adorable penguins, the baby ones have brown fluffy fur and a blocked by a wall to the adults, if the baby’s swim they sink because the water will absorb into it and their weight will turn against them. They have really shiny, and sparkly feathers because their rolled in oil, so water and oil don’t like each other so the water glides above them. Their feet are specially designed to walk through the snow and let them glide through the water, it very rough and tough and spiky. They also have layers of skin and fur to keep warm in their harsh environments. Their beaks are specially designed like a swordfish, it sharp and can break through fish and ice. Their skin is waterproof and keeps them adapted to the cold water so they don’t freeze. They also had their long silky wings and they looked like underwater flying birds. There are the king penguin, the emperor penguins, fairy penguins and the gentoo penguins. The website

100 word challenge-Hamburger Alert

My goal is to do it as the perspective of the hamburger, instead of a person or animal a food.

One day i was lying around a lonely bun with sesame seeds on top. As i could see in the burning, crisping frypan was the burger being flipped constantly, burn up till it’s just right. Then the cheese was being pulled out of  processed, chemical added flavour packet, it had a cheesy grin, as it slipped around. And the tomato and lettuce were being chopped up, swirled in a machine and then freshly grated. Then it was time to mix everything into one, a delicious masterpiece, all different tastes and mixtures your taste buds would be nuts. But they hated us, and before being thrown out rotting for what seems like years we were snatched by these papery hands and children were messing around and we started to eat them supper Gloucester cathedral

BTN challenge- Wipe out waste





Orange- Personal opinion 

This week’s BTN was about food waste at school, this is the link to wipe out waste-

Facts: These kids are doing the job of taking the trash, but there looking at what it is first. Immanuel Primary has been encouraging each other. They sorted their landfill bins into different rubbish groups/areas. There’s organic, paper/cardboard, food and 10c return plastic bottles. There just one of many hard working schools on a mission to reduce, recycle and reuse anything in their path. It’s all part of the teaching program to teach kids how to wipe out waste. They want to set a new goal each year to reduce the amount of plastic they produce. Every year Aussies throw out about 50 tonnes of waste, which is about two tonnes per person. Most of the waste can actually be composted or reduced, recycled and reuse. Some schools are also looking at putting it in the right bin. At school of the sea each class has three bins. First there’s compost that can break down in the environment like food scraps, compostable paper and garden materiel. Then there’s recycle, which can be reused like paper and glass anything with a logo. Then there’s reduce this is rubbish that can recycled or composted which is like food packaging and broken things, that can’t be repaired. This is the stuff that ends up in land fill. But these guys are hoping to reduce that waste so much that by term 4 they could be completely bin free. JUDAH, says he’s trying to get more nude food. They also want to get more containers instead of food wrappers. Ruby said Say if you had a chip packet maybe buy the bigger packet and then put that into a container and then bring it home and wash it so that we are sending less to landfill. Georgie also said so, what we’re trying to do at our school is we’re trying to reduce the amount of landfill. So, this little bin will replace the landfill bin in our classrooms and our goal is to just fill this up each day of landfill. Every term both Star of the Sea and Emmanuel have an audit, to make sure everything is going into the right bin and to keep them focused on their goal. PARIS: Each class brings their green bins to the middle of the courtyard and we take all the compost things to the compost bin. JEMMA: If we see a plastic zip lock bag we would most likely take it out and put in the landfill bin because it won’t break down. Both schools are working towards just one wheelie bin a week. And it won’t be to long before they can proudly say that their school is completely waste free.

 Understandings: I know understand that schools are working towards being waste free. And that teachers are encouraging it by teaching them about landfill and pollution. Some schools set goals and a target of bins and rubbish they collect. They also try to help each other by bringing bottles and containers.


Questions: How many schools our doing the wipe out waste program?

How many bins does each school have to collect rubbish?

How much rubbish does the average family produce in a year?

Do the green team support this program and collect fundraisers for schools?


 My opinion: I feel that schools should be teaching children what happens if you throw out wrappers and plastic packets. And what it effects it has on the nature and animals. But how we can reduce, reuse and recycle your rubbish. And that we can set goals on how much rubbish we produce.

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100wc : wide, orange, crocodile, collapsed, within

My goal is to set my story in a historical moment

As the sun set with so many colours joining and birds flashed and fluttered across the river Nile. Once the darkness came within, vast orange shadows spread far and wide across the land. It was the Roman army foraging forward to take the land. Young Cleopatra got all her slaves big and tall, thick and thin. She pointed her finger down into the darkness of Giza to hide her treasures and jewels. She set mazes and traps, she even set a crocodile swamp down in the depths. She was the last remaining emperor, as her kingdom had collapsed in destruction.

BTN challenge-Budget 2017



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Blue questions

Red understanding


This weeks video was the difference between bad and good debt.

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It’s something that’s getting talked about a lot, budget. It something that worries people it hangs to keep on coming back and back especially when people don’t want it to. Debt is where you borrow money from the bank, where you can buy stuff sooner but you still have to pay it back. Nearly every country in the world is getting consumed by debt including our Australia. That’s because of the government, people like us can get loans from the bank. It does that so they can pay for buildings/company, schools, roads and highways and education. But debt keeps growing on you like a creature and gets interest. It keeps getting bigger and harder to pay if it isn’t paid back. For a while the government has been saying it shouldn’t be in so much debt and it’s been trying to get back surplus. That means there’s money left over after paying for everything in the budget. After it isn’t easy so it means cutting spending. Now Scott Morison the treasurer said Australia should start looking at the debt a bit different- sometimes good and sometimes bad. So what’s the difference, well generally debt is bad by giving lot’s back. Like buying loads of stuff on a credit card that’s likely to lose its value and not make you any money in return. On the other hand, debt is considered to be good when your purchase is likely to grow in value or make you money in the future. Australians understand that taking out a mortgage to pay for their home is a wise investment for their true future. But they also know that putting your everyday expenses on your credit card is not a good idea. And that is the difference in good and bad debt. But when it comes to good and bad government debt it’s a bit more complicated. The government thinks good debt is where you borrow money for buildings and infrastructure. That’s things like roads and railways. It says it will help the country, and it will help businesses grow and be successful. But the government thinks borrowing money for different things is bad debt. One example is welfare payments, the system that helps a lot of people that are too old to work, disabled and unemployed. To rack up government debt to pay for welfare payments and other everyday expenses is not a good idea.

That’s got some people worried that if those areas are seen as bad debt, they might end up with less funding.

But the details are all under wraps until the budgets released, so we’ll have to wait ’til then to find out more about what this guy’s going to get up to over the next few years.


I know understand that budget is something that can keep on coming back and can change what and how you pay. Also there two types good is where they use it for buildings, roads, education and people’s health. And bad debt is using it for other things which don’t help and create a running system.


How long has debt been around for?

How many people owe debt each year?

Which countries have debt?

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100 word challenge: I just couldn’t eat something so

Walking down the street, splashing my feet in the water and knocking over the cans while cars squash them. As I walked in the door silence appeared I jumped on each step up to my room, and dumped my bag on the floor. I went on my laptop and started playing games I heard a squeak, from the trap door. I went down and bumped my head and I have a bruise. Then I looked down at the table and there was a cake I tasted it I just couldn’t eat something so disgusting like pepper, socks, and poo.