This term (term 2) we have been learning about adaptations and why animals and plant have them. An adaptation is the action or process of adapting or being adapted. In other words it is the things that animals and plants do to help them survive in the environment they live. They are changes as such and can be structural and behavioural feature. It may be you a structure on a plant or animal or it may be a weird and unusual thing that they do. For our topic we got told we had to make a project on a desert animal in partners (one 5 and one 6). I got paired with Flynn and we decided to do our project on thorny devils. In the project we had to research the structural and behavioural, the habitat, do an experiment, make a model, make a diagram, add glossaries and bibliographies and make predictions on different adaptations the thorny devil has. After we did this we got to present with our partner in front of our class.
These are some things we learnt doing our project and somethings that I think about this topic:
3 facts I found interesting and surprising:
- The thorny devil doesn’t have to drink directly from its mouth. It has little grooves between the spikes that are all over the body creating a pathway for water to travel by and get to its mouth. This makes it easier for the thorny devil to drink as there isn’t much water in the desert and this helps them to get as much as possible.
- The thorny devil has a diet that consists of ant which makes them a myrmecophagous (an animal that eats only ants). In fact the thorny devil can eat 1000 small black ants a day.
- The thorny devil also has a false head which is used to confuse predators and is also there to protect the real head. The way it does this is when it feels threatened it lowers its real head lifting its false head which is a ball of spikes. When doing this their predators think they are biting its real head but in reality it is the false head meaning the thorny devil is still alive.
2 understandings I now have:
- Our experiment helped us notice and understand how the different textures of a surface changes how efficient water can get to one point to another. For example when objects are close together it may sometimes make it take longer as it has to get through all the grooves. This relates to the thorny devil as it has spikes and water must travel in between the grooves like what we did for our experiment.
- The thorny devil can camouflage to colours according to the time and temperature. This helps them stay hidden from their predators as the can blend into their surroundings and environment.
One wondering I have about the thorny devil:
- I wonder if when the thorny devil’s predators bite the false head off a new one will re-grow and replace the one that once was there.
The 3 tasks
Science knowledge – If objects are close together it can make it take more time for water (liquid) to trave having to go in between all the little gaps.
Science inquiry skills – I had investigated about the times and reasons of how water travels between gaps of a surface. I have come up with solutions and hypophysis during this project.
Personal and social capabilities – I feel from this project I have learn more about how I learn best and if I am better in a group or by myself. Personally I feel I can work a bit better when on my own and not relying on someone else to do something or get something done. I can still work in groups and pairs but I prefer to work alone.
What I learnt:
Through this project I have not only learnt about the thorny devil but I have learnt about leadership organisation and communication skills. This project has tort me lots of skills about working in a team and making fully structured presentations. It has helped me learn about challenges that come when working in a group and ways to fix thoughts challenges. If I didn’t do this project I may not have got the understandings of working in a pair and working together to get things done.
What I have achieved doing this project:
I achieved being able to research a seiten topic making fully structured paragraphs describing adaptations and habits of a desert animal. I feel that this project has helped me when working in a team (pair) and having faith and trust in your partner. It also helped when you need to have an even balance in roles but still making shore that everything needed to be done is done.
In this project I also feel I have achieved being a bit more organised and having planes to help get things done on time. Helped me feel more confident when specking in front of a group of people. It really helped me feel well practiced and organised as well.
Personal and partner positives:
There were lots of positives about my partner and I. we worked quite well in together going this project and I think that we could learn from each other. Flynn was quite good at making the model type things like our diorama, thorny devil model and drawing out annotated diagram. He also was good at making wise predictions and finding good websites for finding facts. He was great at presenting and seemed confident. Overall he was a good partner to work with and was doing great as he was in year 5.
I think that I also did quite well and have achieved a goal I had to get more confident when specking in front of a group but I still think there is room for improvement. I think I was good a constructing the paragraphs on the PowerPoint and planning the experiment. I think I did some of the best I could do and I feel like I did a good job.
Some things I could improve on:
I could probably improve on doing it more efficiently at the start so I wouldn’t be a stressed later on. I think that I still should work on my presenting skills and getting more confident even though I feel more confident after presenting. There is always room for improvement.
Some of the things from the rubric I could improve on is checking for punctuation and gramma mistakes as there was a couple and it is quite easy to look back and change them. Also I should next time doing something like this show evidence and explain the key parts (in this case adaptations). I think that doing this would make it a bit better and easier for the audience to take back the important parts. Although these are some main things I could get better at there are lots more things to work on.
In conclusion I think that this project on the thorny devil has helped me to really know how I work and helped me to work in a pair. Doing this project I have learnt lots about the thorny devil, the desert environment and also other animals and plants from other in my class. I have enjoyed the challenges and learning experiences this project has given me. Also I should not forget about the fun about learning about adaptations and why different animals have them. I really enjoyed this topic, project and I love the way it was all set out as I have learnt a lot in a fun way. I have learnt a lot and can’t wait for what we will do next time.