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June 30, 2017
by carah2014

Thorny devil project reflection

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.



June 1, 2017
by carah2014


This is the link to the episode TASSIE DEVILS.

This episode was all about the Tasmanian devils and how they where becoming endangered. The Tasmanian devils numbers where decreasing and this is because of  Devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) a parasitic cancer among Tasmanian devils. DFTD is contagious among Tasmanian devils. No one is sure what causes it but it spreads when  Tasmanian devils bite and scratch with other Tasmanian devils which happens a lot at there mealtime.

When the Tasmanian devils have get the disease the tumors start to build up around the the face and mouth. Eventually the Tasmanian devils can’t eat and they end up dying. This is why there is a decrease in numbers. Something good is that zoos like Healesville sanctuary are breading so they will hopefully not become extinct. Doing this though showed them that Tasmanian devils bread slower in captivity. 

I wonder if they have found the cause yet as this video is a number of years old? I also would like to know about how many of them are there left in the wild? From this I now have the understanding about Devil facial tumor disease (DFTD). 

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May 31, 2017
by carah2014

100wc … in the flash of lightning I saw …

I would like to make it a bit scary or suspenseful.

It’s a storm and i’m scared. I hear voices and noises. Terrifying noises. It is almost as if someone is watching me. I’m in the corner of my room tucked up in a little ball. I’m home alone. Just me. Why whenever I am alone storms occur. I see a flash of lightning and in the flash of lightning I saw someone running towards the house. A man in black and white running straight in my detection. He is coming for me. Do I run or just stay put? I can hear him he is in the house. What do I do?

May 26, 2017
by carah2014


This episode was about the  WEEDY SEA DRAGON.  The weedy sea dragon is like a sea house but unlike the sea horse it looks a bit more like coral and that is something special about the weedy sea dragon. Looking like coral is one of their adaptations. looking like seaweed and coral helps  it blend in more and protect itself. And just because they aren’t hard enough to spot them they also swim as though they were coral or seaweed drifting past.

Yes weedy sea dragons can camouflage well but that is not the only reason weedy sea dragons are hard to find. No the number of weedy sea dragons is decreasing. But likely there are marine biologist that have a plan to know just how many are left. They thought instead of catching and tagging each and every one they could ask the divers to take a picture of each one they find and then send them in. After the pictures are in the researchers then use a kind of facial recognition software to identify each fishes unique patterns. The software program allows them to map out the markings on the side of a weedy sea dragons and it becomes a unique fingerprint for the weedies.

Every time they identify a new weedie, they give it a very appropriate name to help keep track of it. Weedy sea dragons are classified as ‘near threatened’, but scientists reckon this research could provide enough info to have them re-listed as ‘endangered’. They reckon climate change could be a big part of the problem for the sea dragons. They say rising sea temperatures are killing the kelp which leaves them homeless. Once they’re gone, they’re gone and once we lose them, we will never get them back. They were here many many hundreds of thousands of years ago. With our impact, losing them would be really sad.

I wonder how many they have named so far? Also how many their are alive just in general? From this video I now understand a lot more about the weedy sea dragon and what marine biologist have done to help these creators.

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May 25, 2017
by carah2014

Adaptations Aquarium excursion

In science we have been learning about Adaptations. Our focus was ‘living things have structural features and adaptations that help them survive in their environment’. To help use to achieve the guideline we went to sea life melbourne aquarium.

One of the animals we saw at the aquarium was the penguins. Penguins have many different adaptations to help them survive in Antarctica. In Antarctica it is extremely cold so the penguins have a thick layer of feathers to keep them warm. If they run around and are quite hot they use the ice to cool them down. something they also have is a coat of oil over their feathers which acts as a water prof coat. A penguins body is made to be able to swim under water really fast. When they swim they are like torpedo. They have lots of body features that make them fast through the water. The penguins have webbed feet and they help it glide through the water better. Their feet are not only webbed but they are made for walking on extremely cold ice (surfaces). The penguins have more features that help it survive in the extremely cold area but this are just some.

May 24, 2017
by carah2014

100wc picture prompt

My goal is to use repetition.

HAMBURGER! Ham-burger. It is so tempting to just eat it. The paper mache hamburger was right in front of me. I reach my hand out but quickly draw it back in. I don’t want to get in trouble. I am sick of seeing that hamburger. It is right there. Just there. I want to eat it but I can’t. Hamburger, hamburger. The cheese is dribbling down in it’s cheesy way. The bun golden and delicate in the most perfect way. Why do I feel this way. It;s just a hamburger. Finally I move away from the HAMBURGER, hamburger, hamburger….

May 23, 2017
by carah2014

Excel graph making

I chose a pie graph because it helps show the different % and the difference in sections. The data is quite easy to see if you would like a quick idea.

% of worlds wealth held in 2005
Richest 10% 58.2
2nd Richest 10% 16.8
3rd Richest 10% 10.5
4th Richest 10% 6.5
5th Richest 10% 4.4
6th Richest 10% 2.5
7th Richest 10% 0.9
8th Richest 10% 0.2
9th Richest 10% 0.1
Poorest 10% 0

May 18, 2017
by carah2014
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This is the link to the episode OUTDOOR CLASS

This episode was about a class in Alice springs that decided to take the challenge of a week outside with no electricity for environment week. They did this to see how much electricity the average classroom would normally use. Doing this challenge they didn’t get to use there computers, the lights, the air conditioner, ipads or there interactive whiteboard. The where exited to try it. They had to move their tables, chairs, whiteboard and compulsory stuff outside for the challenge. 

When they did this challenge they found somethings that worked really well and some not so well. some outcomes that where annoying where:

  • The wind would sometimes blow their sheets away
  • It was windy 
  • The birds ( sounds/noises)
  • They had to put sunscreen on
  • It was cold
  • They had no computers so everything had to be wrote by hand

There was also some good things about being outside, they could take their shoes off all the time and they had good feeling they had done a little bit in helping save electricity. Doing this also made them a where about all the electricity they use each day so they then wanted to cut back on electricity in their class. They also hoped that more Australian kids would join in on saving electricity so we could make a difference.

From this episode I wonder how much the average classroom uses electricity wise? I also would like to know if this (learning outside) is where some classes learn on the daily bases? From this episode it has now given me the understanding of how a class was trying to fix a global problem.

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May 17, 2017
by carah2014


my goal is to describe using some adjectives.

Have you ever collapsed. Collapsed into a dungeon dark, spooky, light with one orange candle. The path not so wide, with a painting of a crocodile lurking in the shadows. No just me. Okay. It isn’t fun, it is like you are set to die and they just want it to be a painful and hard death. So I was scared but I found a room. And within that room their was the exact same crocodile as the picture. I give a loud scream but … it was just a dream a bad one and the worst part i was at my friends house.

May 12, 2017
by carah2014


This is the link to the video fun science.

This video was about how kids these day aren’t as interested to study science. One school thought that this was bad so they turned there gym into a science learning area. But this isn’t just a normal science room it is a fun one. It has the sort of things you would find at questacon  or science works. The school did these things to show the kids the fun in science. 

This worked as the kids really liked it and they saw the fun side in science. The kids didn’t just have fun they also learnt a lot by the mind tricks and puzzles. So would you like to do those sort of things? Most often it is a yes as when you turn learning into a game it automatically gets people intrigued.

So I wonder how much money it would have coast to get all the equipment to make there fun science room? I also would like to know how many schools have done this because in this video it showed one? From this text it as helped me understand the way a school made science fun for kids using mind games and puzzles.

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