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:
- The roots are triple the size of spinifex grass (the grass is 80cm tall).
- Termites are the only animal that can digest spinifex grass.
- The roots develop from the same nodes as shoots, meaning they all got their own water supply.
- If Spinifex wasn’t curled, it would lose loads more water.
- If the roots of spinifex weren’t long, they wouldn’t be able to reach the water.
- 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.
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.
For our project this term, Phoebe and I are doing Spinifex Grass.
Our prediction is:
We think that one of the adaptations for spinifex grass is that it has spikes on the end on the grass so it can protect the animals that live inside of it from predators, we also think that because it grows in a circle, it can pass water around and have lots of water compared to other plants.
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:
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.
USA is the richest and Korea is the poorest. The different between USA and Korea is $16810. Spain Italy and Greece are almost the same in wealth. This graph is the right kind of graph because you use a bar graph for categorical data and are large amounts and our data it both of those things.
prompt: The Slime Dripped Through…
Goal: To remember punctuation,spelling, capitals. (Italic)
The slime dripped through the small crack in the ceiling. Our house is pretty broken down, some walls even have giant holes in them. We cover them up with paintings.
I hope our cats can’t reach the holes.
I went up to the attic, to see what’s causing the slime to fall through. As the creaky, half-broken floor boards nearly broke under my feet in the attic, I found the part right above my room, where the slime was. I got my torch out and looked behind a couple of things to find my brothers broken slime ball next to the crack. Leaking.
I picked it up and got some wet towels to clean up the mess.
After that, I went and did my day normally. I hope nothing else did the same thing.
Goal: to use more dialogue in my writing.
goal colour: red
thunder echoed through the field, heavy rain fell on the running ants. I scuttled quickly, trying to see my home through my blurry, fuzzy eyes. My home seemed to get further and further away… But i didnt care. When I got near my home, rain flooded the way, I couldn’t get to it. I scuttled the other way, rain flooded that way as well.
I cried “Help!! Please, I’m trapped!!”
A raindrop rolled towards me and stopped in front of me… I scuttled around it a few times, then I slowly walked towards it, it didn’t “pop” like all the others. it stayed.
all the rain.
“yes!! I can finally go home!!” I yelled.
its this picture!
this BTN was about the history of video games and what people thought about them.
many people were excited about “pong”.
“pong” wasn’t the first tennis video game.
“space invaders” inspired many other video game creators.
games would be much more advanced in the future or in the next 40 years.
why would people be excited about pong?
why did space invaders inspire other games?
how would the next generation of game creators create games with all the (possibly) new technology?
I saw the wall…
the wall was so plain…I could decorate it, with paintings or other things. unfortunately I had no paintings or any other things to decorate it with. I thought about my favorite book, Harry Potter and the philosophers stone. maybe this wall was like that wall… but that would be impossible, Harry Potter is just a fictional world, and everyone knows that fictional worlds never come true.
maybe this was different…? maybe this wall is like the platform 9 and 3 quarters wall. I looked around: no people to watch my stupid action, perfect.
I ran to the wall… turns out, I was right. It was like Harry Potter.
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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!!