Project reflection-Dromedary Camel

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Introduction:

In term 2 we have been learning about animal and plant adaptations. Me and my partner, Asantha, did the Dromedary Camel. We have learnt a lot about the Dromedary Camel and its unique adaptations.

Science Knowledge:

I learned this term that there are two types of adaptations. Structural adaptations and behavioural adaptations. Structural adaptations are adaptations that animals are born with. (E.g: Dromedary camels are born with long eyelashes). Behavioural adaptations are adaptations that animals do to help them survive in the desert. (E.g: Camels look around with their long neck just in case of predators). These Dromedary Camel will always have these unique adaptations and they will always help them survive in their harsh, humid conditions.

Science Inquiry Skills:

The question we created was: If the Dromedary Camel doesn’t have its invisible eyelids, can it cope in a sandstorm?

Personal & Social Capabilities:

One of my personal strengths is art and that helped me I my project to do the annotated diagram.  I feel that another one of my strengths is speaking up in front of others.  I am good in partnerships – in the end my partner and I made a very interesting and informative project.

Asantha and I tried to help each other as much as we could.  We both have different skills for example I am not a very quick typist and Asantha is an is not very good at drawing and I am so we worked well together.  Between us we had a lot of knowledge so we had a lot of facts in the end for our project.

In the beginning, Asantha was not confident to present.  He was insisting that he would not be involved in the final presentation.  This made me nervous because I thought I would need to do the whole project presentation by myself.  By the end of the project Asantha presented and this gave me confidence as well.  He did not let me down.

The balance of work in project was very even.  We tried to share out the roles as equally as we can.  Asantha suggested that to make the power point much more interesting we needed more facts.  So we looked at a lot of difference web sites.  We also used a book – we were one of the only groups that used a book in our bibliography!

A team is affective when the work load is shared between each member, when the members are optimistic towards each other and they work together well without many distractions or arguments.

You have to show leadership if you are the year 6 of the partnership because the year 5 may get off track at some point, and it is the year 6’s job to make sure they stay focused and do their work.

A good leader can distribute the work evenly among the members of the partnership.

If one member of the team did not contribute or do something they were asked to do this could cause conflict because the other team member has been let down. A strategy to prevent this type of conflict is to set goals, write reminders and have regular communication with the team.

3 Facts about the Dromedary Camel

Three facts I have about the Dromedary Camel are that the Dromedary Camel has very long eyelashes, so when there is a sandstorm in the desert, they never get any sand in their eye.

They have big pads on the bottoms of their feet so they don’t sink into the sand while they’re walking.

And they also have thick lips and a tough throat so they can eat spiky plants sticks and bones.

2 Understandings:

I understand that the Dromedary Camel has it’s hump to store blubber, which is then used as energy.

I also understand that the Dromedary Camel has it’s hoofs so they can walk on the sand of the desert without sinking.

1 Wondering:

I would like to know how many babies a female Dromedary Camel can have.

 

Melbourne Aquarium

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We have been learning about adaptations in our science topic. I picked the Gentoo Penguin. They are adapted to their environments. Their fins help them glide through the water. Their webbed feet also help them glide through the water. Their claws help them walk on the snow without sinking into it. Their many layers of feathers help them keep warm. Their feathers have oil on them to not get wet while swimming in the water. I wonder why the feathers have oil on them? Why do they not want to get their feathers wet?

 

https://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/general-info/

 

btn poo crew

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When things get flushed down the toilet, they have to go through a treating first. Things like toys, mobile phones and credit cards get flushed down too. How do these things fit through the pipes? Aussies flush billions of litres of water down the toilet, and it always needs to be treated before going back into the environment. Some kids have been taken to the Bolivar Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Not only poo, but people produce about 2.4 million litres of urine a day! 99.99 percent of what goes down the loo is water, the bit that isn’t makes it gross. At the plant, a big tower uses chemicals to get rid of most of the smells. After the poo has dried it gets used as fertiliser. The plant is powered by methane gas. I understand that this is very important.