Handwriting Analysis Interview, Featuring Scientist Amelia!

Grace – Interviewer

Amelia – Scientist

Eve – Crew ( Who helped write questions)

Grace – “Hello scientist Amelia, tell us what you do.”

Amelia – “Well I work in a lab and do handwriting analysis”

Grace – “What is a handwriting analysis?

Amelia –  If at a crime scene there is a writing sample we look at the characteristics to find the suspect. I look at letter spacing, are the letters smooth or shaky, the ratio – height, width and size, pen lift and separation, other strokes connecting, from the start and the end are the letters straight, curled or long, how are the letters formed, are written backwards, do they have tails and what is their loop size, are they above, below or on the baseline, what is the pen pressure and the shading like? Is their writing on a slant/angle, is their writing fancy and do they have flourishes and embellishments, and what is the diacritic placement like? All these steps make up a very detailed handwriting analysis.

Grace – That is so interesting! have you solved many crimes using a handwriting analysis?

Amelia – Well we have used lots of analysis’ as evidence, but we don’t base all our evidence around handwriting.

Grace – thanks for coming Scientist Amelia, it was a pleasure having you.

Amelia – It was a pleasure coming!

100WC Week #11 – Puzzel Trouble

The thought of remembering to finish my 500 piece puzzle struck me like a lightning bolt. It came when I was blowing bubbles in the garden, daring to go as close as possible without popping them; it was extremely hard. My little sister was dressed up as a witch as I came plummeting towards her, almost falling over as my arms pumped past my shoulders violently as I ran towards the uncompleted puzzle. I had promised to finish it before my friend came over but I knew it was going to be too late. The doorbell suddenly rang; I gulped…

BTN – Mime

To watch the video I watched, follow this link!: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3885279.htm Enjoy.

You may have used your imagination to pretend something was there when it’s not a few times without realising what your actually doing; its called miming. It involves using gestures, facial expressions and movements to tell a story without making a single sound. Mime means ‘to imitate’ in ancient Greek, and it is one of the earliest forms of drama. Usually, to make their expressions more noticeable, a mime will often dress in plain black and white coloured clothing and paint their face white like a mask with black lines over their eyes. A globally famous mime, Marcel Marceau was a French actor that even started his own mime school in around the 1940s.

Jen Mandes is a lady that has been a mime artist for more than 20 years, and she teaches it to kids. She says that two points are that you have to be very, very fit and  totally concentrated. This is because some of the things are really hard work like climbing up stairs or running, you have to run on the spot and this involves practising a good technique.

Although miming may take up a lot of your concentration, it gives you alot more self confidence, can be done anywhere anytime and it is a great and interesting way to express yourself!

By Gracie:)

Creative Writing Group Reflection Week #2

This week started with an obvious change; seating arrangements! It was boy – girl and the tables where set up in a circle so everyone could see each other without anyone in the way. We started with a talk on how Ratna edit’s work and she handed out a helpful sheet. Everyone took turns in reading out a paragraph and discussing what it meant and shared examples of times they came across them in a book or some of there past readings. The session seemed to go very quickly and it was soon over, I’m looking forward to next Friday!

Maths Mate Term Four Sheet Five Question #24

Predict: I predict this problem will involve multiplication, numbers, prior knowledge and problem solving.

Read: “Fill in the missing digits, using the digits 1 to 9.”

Clarify: nothing to clarify

What’s the BIG Question?: What digits go in the missing boxes that also fit into the sum?

Strategy: “Do I know a similar problem?” (For more strategies, check out my “Mathematician’s Toolbox” page, here is the link: http://grace2012.global2.vic.edu.au/mathematicians-toolbox/ Enjoy!)

Solving Procedure: Firstly I started with the first sum; 6 x 9 and I got 54. I then carried the 5 and put it in the available box. I then did 6 x 5 which equalled 35 so I carried the 3 and put it on top of the 1 that was already there. Finally, I did my last sum of 6 x 1 + 3 which equalled 9 so I put 9 in the last available box.

Summary: I ended up completing the sum and I used my estimated strategy and my prediction was also correct!

By Gracie:)

100WC Week #10

It was a misty autumn morning the day I went missing. I still remember the joy of crunching leaves with my favourite pair of gumboots and staring up at the huge oak trees that towered me, dreaming that I one day would be able to fly through the tree tops with all the singing robins . When I came across an abandoned dam I felt the urge to splash about, I didn’t care about soaking myself through.

Then the man took me away for 6 years, until he pushed me into the dam he found me in. I was horrified.

BTN – Green Art

To watch the video I watched, follow this link: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3880235.htm Enjoy!

Recycling is extremely important because it helps keep our environment healthy, but did you know it can turn out to be creative too?  If you had a bunch of old unwanted tapes and you really just didn’t know what to do with them, has the idea of knitting, crocheting or weaving with them and making them into a hat ever came into your mind? it may sound unusual but people like Evelyn Roth, an artist from Canada has being doing this all her life. She makes bouncing mats, hats, bags, clothing, tea cosies, outfits and much more out of old tapes from cassettes!

Evelyn Roth

 She now lives in Australia and loves teaching kids how to use old tapes that would otherwise been thrown out to make interesting and unique items. But of course how do you make a pile of old tapes into a crocheted bag? It starts with smashing open the tape by using a hammer until you get the tape to just fall out into your hands. You are then ready to crochet which involves a lot of looping and to help you can even use crochet hooks to speed up the long but worthwhile process.

So if your looking for something a bit different to do, pick up some old tapes and let your creative imagination go wild!

By Gracie:)

Creative Writing Group Week #1 Reflection

This was our first ever session of the creative writing group, run by Ratna; a book editor from America. We started off with Ratna introducing herself and what she has been doing in the past few years. We had a chance to ask questions and just to talk to Ratna. We then started our first activity, it was called 6 word memoirs and it involved writing six words about yourself in a short sentence. My one was: I am the goal defence writer. We also got the chance to share our memo and this helped Ratna get to know us all. After the memoir activity we did a game where we made up a story by going around the group and saying a sentence. The final product was pretty crazy! We did this again a few more times and then decided to choose a main topic to create a story about. We did a vote on all the brainstormed topics and ended up with “Stick people going into the real world”, then we made groups to help write the story; the beginning group, the transitions group, the conflict group and then the ending group which I was in. We started this activity but then decided to do 2 sentence starters that had a particular genre, I did horror. When we finished the activity we shared and then the session was over. I thought the first session was really fun and I can’t wait for the next one!

By Gracie:)

GTAC Reflection

On The 27th of October I went to GTAC. GTAC stands for Gene Technology Access Centre, it is located in the grounds of University High School in Parkville, Melbourne. Myself and all the other students in year 5/6 went because we were going to learn information about DNA and investigating, which is related to our intergraded topic for this term – forensic science.

When we arrived, a friendly man called Chris welcomed us all and told us what we were going to do today; this involved an investigation activity. He also handed out booklets and told us how to use a stereo and a compound microscope. After the talk, We were greeted by our enthusiastic mentors at the work benches, my group mentor’s name was Reema and she was studying immunology next door at WEHI.

 Stereo Microscope:


Compound Microscope:

At the work benches, we started to look though the stereo microscopes; we had a look at some stuff including a feather, a beetle, foliage and some seeds. All these objects were related to the investigation activity. The stereo microscope could zoom in up to 40x so we got some very good images of the objects. In the activity,  it also involved water; we used the compound microscope to look at it because it could zoom in up to 1000x, but we were only allowed to use it up to 400x. In the water I saw lot’s of things including little bugs and when we looked at a leaf peel I saw the little mouth openings called the “stomata”. They also taught us all the names of the things on the microscopes, they were: the eyepiece lens, the objective lens, the stage, the focus knob and the light source.

One other important thing to mention is the staff; they were terrific. Every one of them was engaged, extremely helpful, and most of all you could just see that they loved science and they loved to share their knowledge on it too. They were also great with working with children and very flexible, also questions were very much appreciated. I would definitely recommend visiting GTAC sometime and meet the wonderful scientists.

Three facts I now have from this experience is:

  • Stereo Microscopes are used for looking a macroscopic specimens.
  • All foliage has tiny mouth openings that are called “stomata”.
  • Compound microscopes can zoom in up to 1000x.

Two Understandings I now have are:

  • The stomata breathes in Carbon Dioxide from the air around us and then breathes out oxygen.
  • The naked eye can only see hardly any detail compared to the stereo and compound microscopes.

One wondering I now have is:

  • Why do you have to put oil on the compound microscope if you want to look at something with 1000x magnification?

Overall I think going to GTAC was a very worth while experience and I learnt a lot about many areas of science!

To visit their website, follow this link: http://www.gtac.edu.au/

By Gracie:)

Maths Mate Term Four Sheet Four Question #22

Predict: I predict this problem will involve division, numbers and my prior knowledge.

Read: “Fill in the missing number. 36 (divided by) [?] = 36”

Clarify: nothing to clarify

What’s the BIG Question?: What number goes into the missing box that fits into the sum?

Strategies: “Do I Know a Similar Problem?” and “Write an Equation” (For more strategies, check out my Mathematician’s Toolbox page: http://grace2012.global2.vic.edu.au/mathematicians-toolbox/ Enjoy!)

Solving Procedure: Firstly, I knew I had done a similar problem in last week’s maths mate so I used lots of my prior knowledge in this problem. I started with my doing my four times tables to see how many times four fits into 36, I got 9. To double check my answer I did 36 divided by 4 and I got 9, so my answer was definitely 9.

Summary: In the end I got the answer of 9; I used both my estimated strategies and my prediction was also correct!

By Gracie:)