Desert Adaptations Reflection

Intro:

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.

Understandings:

  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.

Wonderings:

  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.

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.

Aquarium Excursion Reflection

Today we went to the Melbourne Aquarium, we left at 9:30 and came back at around about 1:30.

Here’s the website for more information:

https://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/

It helped me understand these 2 sentences -“Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them survive in their environment.  The growth + survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment.” – because I saw some adaptations and structural features of some animals that help them survive in the environment they live in, some examples of adaptations are:

-baby penguins camouflage as rocks to survive predators

-Lung Fish have both lungs and gills to survive droughts and floods.

The excursion didn’t really answer any questions I had in my KWLH chat from earlier this year.

I found out that baby penguins have adapted to camouflage as rocks so predators in the wild don’t eat them, crocodiles adapted to stay very still when taking in breaths from the air, use fish to clean their teeth,crocodile’s heart beat is 2 beats per minute,fish in coral reefs have fluro colours to camouflage as coral and show that they are poisonous.

It made me wonder why some sharks eat only one type of fish and if giant fish are able to eat big fish and small fish or if their jaw is designed to only eat big fish and not small fish.

Video Homework-28/3/17

Summary

Facts

insights

questions

This video was about a Vietnam person who became a comedian.

Refugees have to spend 5 days at sea.

sometimes they would get attacked by pirates.

there where some massive storms out at sea.

why did they leave Vietnam in the first place? 

did they leave Vietnam because of attacks?

if you are not from Australia, but you live there, it does not mean you are not Australian!! all you need to do to be Australian is to feel compassion and feelings towards how you live, we are all Australian here!!

Video Homework- Federation of Australia

Video

Summary

recalls/facts

insights

questions

this video is about how the federation of Australia came together

the poor, smaller countries where asking the big, rich countries for money.

in the end, the 6 countries came together as a whole country.

who decided to make all the colonies become one?

who named the colonies?

my insight is that we may be all living in London/America if Captain Cook didn’t come to Australia. 

Video HomeWork

Video:

its on ants blog

KEY:

summary-> black

Recalls-> dark red

insight-> Green

Questions-> Blue

this short 3 min video was about two convicts that wanted to quit.

if you stole some simple things that you need to live, you might have iron chains put around your feet.

it was easy to catch an serious illness back then.

two soldiers wanted to get fired, but they ended up in punishment.

they wanted to get caught because: they thought that being a convict was easier then being a soldiers.

what made them think that being a convict was easier then being a soldier? 

BTN-Homework

BTN 1

BTN 2

summary- blue

Insight/s- Red

Recalls- Green

Questions- Purple

BTN 1: The Encounter-

This short video was about  Waruwi seeing the “ghost” people and a cow.

Nana thinks  that the smoke will keep away the mosquitoes.

Waruwi saw the ghost people, then warned her Nana.

When Waruwi saw the cow, she was confused of what to call it.

ghost people where what Aboriginals called White people.

How could the ghost people not see Waruwi?

why was the boy drumming in front of three men?

was that the first cow Waruwi saw? (seeing as they live in the wild)

BTN 2- First Fleet

This BTN was about the first fleet.

They sailed to AUS in 1770.

The first fleet was hot,humid and full of pests.

there where about 17 children on the First fleet.

Connection to my life: my ancestors came on the first fleet.

why couldn’t they hang all the people?

why did they sail so close to the land?

did they ever try to give medicine to the sick?

Safer Internet Day

Today was safer internet day and all of Victoria’s schools participated in a webinar on how we can stay safe online. It included information on how to keep your details private online, this included things on how to prevent bullying and the dangers of hackers and strangers online and what to do if you do get bullied. During the webinar it gave us the opportunity to answer questions that they asked through the chat. We found out that half our group had gotten contacted by strangers online. Some of the things they said were, tell a trusted adult, report and keep the evidence so they can work out who did it.
I already report them, and if they keep on doing it, I block them and keep evidence. A goal or future internet use would be to tell a trusted adult, or anyone I can trust.