This term the 5/6s topic was animal adaptations, we focused on desert animals and plants that have adapted to help them survive in their harsh desert environment. My partner was Noah and the animal we got was the Greater Bilby. We had 2-3 weeks to make a project on our animal consisting of a model, diagram, experiment and a PowerPoint or other way to show the adaptations and facts of our animal or plant. I think that my partner and I worked well as we got the project done by the deadline. We presented well infront of the class and the only thing we needed to work on was to share the roles a bit more equally, in the end we got voted to present in front of all of the 5/6s. We executed the PowerPoint very well and only made few mistakes.
3 Facts I found interesting or surprising:
- The Greater Bilby doesn’t need to drink water, it gets all the water it needs from the food it eats.
- They are an endangered species.
- They have a relative (The Lesser Bilby) which is believed to be extinct.
2 Understandings that I now have:
- I now understand that all animals/plants have adaptations and features to help them to survive in their environment.
- I also now understand that the survival of animals and plants are affected by the conditions of their environment.
1 Wondering I still have:
- I still wonder about how many Greater Bilby’s are left (because they are endangered)
During the class lessons on adaptations I think I focused really well and that helped me to understand more. The lessons gave me an idea of what we should include in our projects and helped me to understand what I should research in order to make a good presentation. The lessons on labelling the camel’s adaptations helped me to know how to research when I was looking for adaptations on my animal.
Researching with my partner:
I think the research with my partner went really well. I researched the adaptations while Noah researched the general facts and what our animal was. We researched for homework and then brought the facts back to school to put in our PowerPoint. We shared the roles of what we needed to do quite equally. I did most of the PowerPoint, Noah did the diagram and we both did the experiment and the model together. In the end we had a pretty good project and we were proud about what we both did.
The excursion to the aquarium:
The excursion was really interesting. I learnt a lot about adaptations and it helped me to understand more about them. I learnt about many different animals with different adaptations that helped to survive in their harsh desert and artic environments.
What were the most important things that I learnt:
The most important things that I learnt were what an adaptation was. That one fact was the backbone of our project and if I didn’t know and understand what an adaptation was then I wouldn’t be able to make a whole project on them. Another important thing that I learnt was the tier 3 vocabulary which helped me to make my project more interesting and more mature.
How did I learn it:
I learnt what an adaptation was because of the lessons we did in class and by the 3rd lesson I understood exactly what an adaptation was and did. I learnt a lot of my vocab from the lessons as well, but I also learnt some from the aquarium and reading about them while researching for my animal.
What am I going to do with what I learnt:
With my knowledge of adaptations and changes I’m going to use them when I go to high school. I think that this knowledge will really help me in the future when I need to know about this and it will help if I already do. I also might use this at university. If I have to take a class about adaptations or something like that then it would be good that I already know what it is. And maybe if I have kids then I could pass that knowledge on to them in the future if they need to know about that.
In conclusion I think that this topic on animal adaptations was a fun and great learning experience. Even though it was hard when we finished it ended up being a fun experience. I think that my partner and I worked really well together and always asked each other if we needed help. I wasn’t partnered with someone I usually work with or one of my friends and that helped me to work faster, more efficiently and not get distracted as easily. The next time I work with a partner even if it is my friend then I would know even though I would want to get distracted that I shouldn’t and should finish the task. Overall I think that this topic was a really fun and useful learning experience for me.