June 28

Desert Adaptations Reflection


In term two, all the 5/6s’ did a project on desert animals/plants (mostly Australian desert animals/plants). The topic we were focusing on was adaptations. We had a list of what we needed to do. The main focus of this project is adaptations. The teacher didn’t say a specific way to present it, the only thing you had to use is either a PowerPoint or a poster board. My partner and I got the spinifex grass as our plant.


3 facts I found interesting/surprising:

  1. The roots are triple the size of spinifex grass (the grass is 80cm tall).
  2. Termites are the only animal that can digest spinifex grass.
  3. The roots develop from the same nodes as shoots, meaning they all got their own water supply.


  1. If Spinifex wasn’t curled, it would lose loads more water.
  2. If the roots of spinifex weren’t long, they wouldn’t be able to reach the water.


  1. Does spinifex actually pass water around the whole plant?

What was the most important thing:
The most important thing that I learnt that the most important thing is that working well with your partner (no matter who it is) leads to the best work you have possibly ever done with a group/pair project. If it weren’t for this, Phoebe and I probably wouldn’t even have finished our project! Even though we had ups and downs with our schedule, we still visited each other and finished the project.

How did I learn it:

I learnt that because in this project, we had to work collaboratively with our partner to achieve high marks, Phoebe and I wanted to get the highest marks we could, so we aimed to work as collaboratively as we could with each other, we asked each other if we had problems and helped each other along the way. When Phoebe’s model broke, I came over to her house and we built another model together. We also worked collaboratively on the power point and gave a balance of speaking parts.

What I am going to do with what I learnt:

I’m going to use what I learnt and what I already know on other group/ pair projects, I’ll use some Ideas I got along the way and used in these projects and I’ll use strategies Phoebe and I learnt/used in the future.

June 26

reflection for experiment

Our experiment went really well, the results were exactly what we thought, but we had to redo it after half an hour. Water was leaking out of the tube and on the flat surface people didn’t see it so they put things in it. We would’ve had incorrect results, so we restarted. After 15 minutes of take two, the sun disappeared behind the clouds. We probably should’ve moved our experiment into the sun but we would’ve risked spilling the water. Another experiment we could’ve done is experiment how the roots work, so we could’ve put a long sponge in water and see how fast in absorbs the water because that’s how the roots work of spinifex grass.