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August17

Prompt:

 

Story:

“Hey buddy, How are ya going, you know how has life been” said one special, grey unique seal.

“Great pal, I have been just sitting on this rock all lonely.” Said the white, cute and very talented seal.

Hey buddy, someone told me a joke it wasn’t very funny although their reaction was priceless.

“So pal what was the joke” Said buddy in thought.

“I told you pal it is not very good although their reaction was, that is the sealiest thing I have ever heard. Said buddy.

They were both laughing so hard the almost feel off the ice

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100WC Watered Cushion Violin Annoying Acarlet

August13

Goal: To use a couple of the 5 senses and make a heart full piece of writing.

Prompt: watered cushion violin annoying scarlet

Story:

I was walking in the city and I heard the nicest sound ever created. Almost like I just watered the plants and the water drops were coming off the leaves slowly, that was how nice it sounded.

I was determined to see what this sound was.

In front of me I could see the prettiest girl sitting on a cushion playing the violin flawlessly. The violin was Scarlet red, the most beautiful violin I had ever seen.  It was being played so perfectly, it was nowhere near how some people played it, annoying and ear-piercing.

Every note was just magical…

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100WC but than the flash made me

August1

Prompt:

But then the flash made me…

Goal:

to make it an Autobiography

Story:

Hi my name is Mackenzie.

I have been blind ever since I was born and now I am 12-years-old. Last year I was able to see for the first time

Let me talk to you about that moment.

I was in the hospital and all I could hear was my mum saying it was nearly done. I heard a flash and then I saw a flash but then the flash made me be able to see everything and everyone for ever. It was an astonishing, remarkable feeling.

That I will never forget.
Because I have the privilege to see everything…

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100WC

July25

Prompt:

 …when all of a sudden…

 Goal:
Was to make the story finish with lots of questions left in your head.

Story:

“Oh isn’t bed the nicest thing in the world, all soft and relaxing” Ben said to himself. He let his head fall onto the pillow and his thoughts of a wonderful day swished past his brain. Ben shut his eyes tight and fell asleep when all of a sudden he heard screaming from the next room where his little sister was.

“H-E-L-P”! Ben heard.

He rushed in and was left to see the window moving. Ben could only think that someone had just jumped out. Also In sight were Bones and blood and his reflection, from all of his tears on the wooden floor…

 

 

 

 

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100WC Merry go round

July18

Goal: My goal was to write a story with a little kid’s imagination on why the horses ran away.

Prompt:

  

“Mum the merry-go-round it is so pretty with so many horses, can I please go on it” said Kaye. “Oh it is beautiful let’s have a closer look” said mum. Kaye skipped over like she was a horse on the merry-go-round. She stopped suddenly like the merry-go-round disappeared. Although something else disappeared.  The horses on the merry-go-round disappeared. Kaye inferred they just leapt around the trees into the forest and they were now playing hide and seek.

Then suddenly…

They all came out and Kaye was amazed, hopped on one and started to play hide and seek with them…

 

 

 

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Desert adaptations reflection

June30

This term was primarily about adaptations. The unit taught us different adaptations and science. This led us to a fantastic project on a specific desert animal. We decided to do the Namaqua chameleon (desert chameleon) we chose this animal in result it has colour change which is an interesting adaptation. This project consisted of an information report, diagram, model and an experiment. This taught us initiative, working together and key facts and adaptations, although this finished up our unit although we learnt much more to help our understanding knowledge and project. This was our project that we had to do by our self so we had to use initiative and creativity, we had to think about going to each other’s house and how we were going to prepare and present our final project. We also had to think about time management, when to start doing this, when to start doing the q cards, do we have enough time to do this.

I have achieved many things all of them my partner and I are very proud of.  The thing that stood out to me was our experiment. We did a poster that contained our experiment plan, data, graph, observations, reflection and a picture of our animal the Namaqua chameleon. Our experiment was conducted to test if darker the Namaqua chameleon the hotter the chameleon is.

The material we needed consisted of

What you need:

  • 1 copper bar (black)
  • 1 copper bar (white)
  • A clock to time
  • A source of heat
  • An appropriate place
  • Thermal gun to measure heat
  • Gloves

It had variables and controls and we were extremely proud of how our experiment turned out.

We would improve on making our chameleon more realistic.

Our project was split up in to 4 major parts all we had to complete they were:

The information part was about the adaptations and our understanding of the animal and the research and prior knowledge we had from our animal and about information reports

With the experiment we had to conduct an experiment using a specific plan, conduct the experiment write a graph form our data and finish off with an experiment.

Our model was a challenge since it was uncommon animal and we did it with clay we had to go to each other house and finish and paint it. There is also many different ways the chameleon can be modelled so we had to think of which is the most common and which one to do.

We then had our diagram we filled in adaptations and carefully drew it to show as many adaptations as possible.

 

I have achieved the understanding about adaptations and specifically structural features. Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment At the start of the unit I didn’t know what adaptations mean. Now I can confidently explain what adaptations mean and break it into behavioral and structural adaptations. I also now understand that adaptations help a particular animal survive in its environment and the adaptations they have specifically help them to survive in their own habitat. I also now know that not only animals adapt, but any living thing including plant and humans.

I have achieved the way I plan an experiment and record data and graphs. “Plan an investigation to answer questions and use equipment, technologies and materials safely, identifying potential risk” This was a great opportunity to use what we know about experiments, variables, controls and make our own Experiment. We made and experiment for multiple reasons some reasons are to gain more information on the topic and to see how much rules, control, variables, steps and difficulty is needed for the experiment. Our results were interesting and I would be interested to have another go to see how and why the experiment turned that way and I would also have a clearer focus/goal next time.

As a partnered project one of us couldn’t do everything therefore we decided that we would do the sections and help one another out although our role will be primarily about our strengths. “Reflect on how personal strengths have assisted in achieving success at home, at school or in the community” For example I was better at the power point and collecting information and my partner was more enthusiastic and advanced with the craft and modelling. So we worked off each other and went to one another’s house to finish it all. Although all together we played on one another’s strength to find the advantage.

 

3 Facts

The Namaqua chameleon colour change using the temperature is a fact I learnt. This fact is really interesting and surprising when I first learnt it. The fact really surprised me since I always knew that any chameleon either changed colour in result of how they were feeling or the camouflaging ability.  The chameleon we studied the (Namaqua chameleon (The desert chameleon) changes colour on their temperature of their body heat. This fact was so surprising. We did an experiment to gain more information.

This is a short passage on colour change from our information

Colour change

  • The Namaqua chameleon changes colour on the temperature. This is a structural feature. This adaption is a really handy because it can be at a perfect temperature whenever. This is a beneficial because it can move, sleep and go on with live without hiding to keep warm or going somewhere to keep cool.

 

The Namaqua chameleon have special feet. I never knew this although this is a really key adaptation of the Namaqua chameleon it helps it walk and survive in the desert it adapts in. The feet act like snowshoes and are vital in the sandy desert. This information is again very surprising and interesting about the Namaqua chameleon.

 

This is a short passage on special feet from our information

Special feet

  • Most chameleons live in forest areas so their toes are fused together in groups of two and three. They use their feet to grip onto branches. If the Namaqua had the same feet as forest chameleons, it would have a difficult time moving through the desert. But luckily the Namaqua chameleon can spread its toes. It provides more surface area on the feet and gives it the ability to walk on the sand without sinking. Their feet act like snowshoes on the sand. This is a special characteristic of the Namaqua chameleon.

 

The Namaqua chameleon also has another key adaptation that is very intriguing and unusual that is the tongue can reach out twice of its body size. The body is around 12cm so the tongue reaching to 24cm. our tongue is about 6-10cm at the most sticking out of he or she’s lip. The Namaqua chameleon tongue is approximately 15% muscle.

 

 

This is a short passage on long tongue from our information

Long tongue

  • The Namaqua chameleon has a long tongue this is a structural feature. It has a long tongue because it can go from almost anywhere and reach for tasty prey. The benefit of this is it can sneak up on prey or hide to capture prey at the perfect time.

2 understandings

My first understanding is about the experiment and primarily about the structure to plan the experiment and conduct. The experiment plan we used consisted of

  • What are you trying to find out?
  • Question for investigation:
  • What happens to…?
  • When we change…
  • Prediction:
  • What are you changing?
  • What are you keeping the same?
  • Measuring and observing?
  • What are you going to do?

 

The experiment plan was the building blocks of our experiment and from there we got everything we needed.  Including thermal gun, heat gun, and black and white copper bar. We then got an appropriate place and time. We then decided to do the experiment outside in result that is its natural habitat in the fresh air over half of its life.

This is the steps in sequence

What are you going to do?

  1. First we put gloves on to stay safe around the heat gun
  2. Then we measure black copper with thermal gun
  3. Heat black copper for 30 seconds
  4. Remove heat and measure immediately
  5. Wait 30 seconds and re-measure heat on black copper
  6. Repeat step 5 2 more times
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 on White copper
  8. Draw graph and write reflection

 

We did all the steps exactly the same although this experiment plan was really beneficial to get the whole understanding of the experiment to conduct it.

I also now understand the meaning of adaptations and more about them. Here is an example of my understanding on adaptations:

 My understanding of an adaptation:  Is an adaptation is when a living thing has specific features that helps them survive in their habitat/ environment this feature frequently adapts to the living thing to help it suit its environment. This is where the word “adaptation” comes from.

Googles understanding of an adaptation:  An adaptation is a change, that helps an organism, such as a plant or animal, survive in its environment.

Website: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/adaptation/

They are similar with the change in result of moving to a location.

 

1 wondering

I am still wondering about some key facts of the Namaqua chameleon that we researched about consisting of

The life span

  • I want to learn about life span because I could compare it to the rainforest chameleon. I would also be interested to know what age males, females live up to and if there are diseases that could affect a shorter life.

The diet

  • I want to learn the diet because I could than know what they prey on and I know the predators so I can make a connection and chains.

 

 

 

What is the most important thing I learnt?

I learnt many things in this unit and many surprising facts. I learnt a lot of information because of my project I had very little prior knowledge on the Namaqua chameleon so I had to research many adaptations and facts with my partner.

The first time I went to the aquarium I extended my knowledge on adaptations learning about different sea creature’s adapting. The different adaptations of specific features. The aquarium was a great hands on physical way to interact with animals that have specific adaptations that they have been adapted to over time. Which was the building block of the adaptations process.

How did I learn it?

I learnt everything different ways most of the information very physical not mentally not written which is a better and a good experience which I could clearly remember from getting involved.

Firstly the Namaqua chameleon our own project that was up to us to research gain information of the topic. It was also up to us to present it and write this reflection to reflect. This reflection is also a lot learning about how much we have gained on adaptations, our animals were researched on and the way we conducted our science experiment.

What are you going to do with the information?

This Information is important and extremely beneficial that could help me firstly in secondary school. (Let me explain that)  Secondary school is where many different kids from different schools with a major amount of knowledge. The knowledge can consist of prior knowledge to what they learn every day in class, the point is everyone has different knowledge and I can bring my knowledge and experience for adaptations and Namaqua chameleons.

The lesson and the class time stops here, although the opportunity to keep researching and learn more is unlimited. Questions that I am still wondering about or want to learn more about. Some examples are the basic facts for example

  • Diet
  • Life span
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Specific features

Answers similar to this can help make an advanced project although you still have basic facts that anyone could comprehend.

My feedback is another big part of what I am going to do. Feedback it is a short way to reflect how you have done commonly told by your peers. My partner and I’s feedback was to try and not say all our information since it go long and boring. So next time I will have all my information and power phrase it to fit the criteria including the appropriate time. We also repeated our animal’s adaptations in different wording. So we could research more adaptations and learn more and the audience won’t get bored. In result we would have an engaging and entertaining presentation.
In the end it was a magnificent, exceptional, positive, valuable and unforgettable experience. With opportunity after opportunity. Personally my favorite opportunity was to take initiative and let most of the project be up to us.

There was many interesting facts I learnt and many wonderings and improvements to progress more understandings and knowledge to gain. Which is a superb way to “end” the project left with many questions so it will never be “FINISHED”…!
My Goal overall: My goal was to manage all my information so kids won’t get bored and it can be entertaining and engaging.

My group/ communication goal: My group and communication goal is to not go our separate ways and work together so we don’t go one person does the diagram and the other does the Q cards. We could work together and maybe get it done quicker.

 

 

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BTN- Weedy sea dragons

June1

This week I watched a video on Weedy sea dragons and why they are almost extinct and how they are getting them out of extinction.

This is the video on Weedy sea dragons click here 

KEY:

Blue = Facts

Red = Understandings

Green =  Questions

Black  = More Information

Only 15klm form Sydney you will find a unique dragon and that dragon is known as the sea dragon. The sea dragon is located in the water and they are strange yet very beautiful creatures. They live amongst the seaweed.

Weedy sea dragons are native to Australia and can be found off the south and east coasts. They have an adaption to swim and camouflage in the coral, they have been around Australia for thousands of years now and they are very close to being extinct.

They are related to seahorses and spend most of their day floating in the ocean where all the coral and seaweed is. They blend in with the kelp around them, making it hard for predators and scuba divers to spot. The problem with these unique and beautiful creatures is that they are becoming extra hard to spot. It is mainly because of their clever camouflaging that is making it hard for them to be spotted.

They are best found on the south coast of Australia and mainly in Sydney. Sydney used to have the Majority of Sea dragons, especially on the north side. If you go scuba diving now you would be very lucky  to find one.    Image result for where are sea dragons commonly found NSW map

Why is their suddenly no more sea dragons on the North side of Sydney?

It is not the end for these creatures because marine biologists have a plan to see how many Weedy sea dragons are left. Their process was to capture and tag the sea dragons, although now they have found another way to keep them out of extinction. Now they are asking marine biologists on the NSW, VIC and TAS coast to take a photo of them with a scientific camera.  From there they will send their photos in and they will examine them very carefully on a specific software.

The software program allows the researches to look at unique fingerprints on the side of the sea dragon.    The researchers then figure the different identifications of the facials and give them a name, here are some names they have used Greg, Alicia and David. They are kind of the species name, they give a different name to every new sea dragon they find. They then can follow the sea dragon over years to see progress and success of the Weedy sea dragon.

I wonder if this software works on any other animals and if so what animals have they tried it on?

Weedy sea dragons are classified as near threatened, which is why researchers are trying to find the best way to make them endangered and eventually safe and non-endangered. Climate change is one of the biggest issues because rising of sea temperature is killing kelp which leaves them homeless.

Researches are having a positive result to this problem.  Researchers have stated “once they are gone they are gone, so we are doing everything we can now so they are not gone forever, since they have been alive for many thousands of years.”

I understand how important it is to have a positive attitude to dying animals. It is important because if you have no sympathy or no initiative you won’t do anything about it and you will let the animal die out and regret it because you cannot change the past.   

Divers are going to take more photos so they can figure out an efficient way to keep sea dragons alive…

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100WC

June1

 Prompt… In the flash of lightning I saw …

 

Goal: This week I am going to write it as what I hope to see tomorrow at athletics.

Story:

In the flash of lightning I saw my loud teacher. I better watch this I told myself. He shot the gun and my team was winning for the first time in 4 years, it was a remarkable feeling.  I felt like I could fly, or maybe now I felt like I was going to fall, because we are so close to the end, and we are so close to being beaten.  Everyone is with an unsure feeling about who’s going to win. The runners try harder to cross the line first. It is the end and our feet are over first, we WON!

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BTN- Tasmanian devils

May25

This weeks video was on Tasmanian Devils and a cure so they aren’t extinct.

To see the Tasmanian devil video Click here

KEY:

Blue = Facts

Red = Understandings

Green =  Questions

Black  = More Information

 

There is a disease going around and it is affecting most Tasmanian devils. Zoos and scientists have been working hard and finally figuring out how Tasmanian devils won’t die out.

It is a slow process although they are getting some great results. Keep reading to see how they do it.

Most people think that Tasmanian devils are “devils” because of their face image. Zoo keepers strongly disagree. They have a soft spot for them like they are their own pets, they play with them and do everything for them. Not only because it is their job but because they could be endangered and never spotted again. In other words extinct.

Tasmanian Devils population decreased by more than 80%. Tasmanian devils have died out across mainland Australia about 400 years ago.

They have the name Tasmania devils, because for 400 years Tasmanian devils are only found in Tasmania and continue to be only found in Tasmania. They are an iconic Tasmanian animal. That a lot of people enjoys going to look at in the zoo.

Tasmania devils started being hunted when European settlers came because Tasmanian devils were eating people’s chickens.

Now Tasmanian devils are protected by law. Although now there is a different threat that started in the middle of the nineteen hundreds.  It is called the devil face tumor disease. It is a type of cancer that is contagious. Scientists are still working hard to find the cause of this disease that affects thousands of Tasmanian devils.   

The way the Tasmanian devils gets the disease is by biting each other. It is a contagious disease and when one Tasmanian devil has it, it spreads fairly quickly because the Tasmanian devils are always touching each other and play fighting and when they do that the disease spreads. It is really hard to control this disease and a big job for Zoo keepers.

The animal is affected by a tumor around its mouth and face until it can’t eat anymore, then unfortunately dies from starvation. It is a tragic disease because once they get the disease they only have 6 months before they die.

Most scientists in Tasmania really hope “the disease will die out before the devil does”

How does the zoo keeper and Tasmanian devil have such a good bond?

Their biggest solution is a breeding program.  Zoos are breeding Tasmanian devil babies called joeys. When they are born they are as big as a grain of rice. The mother gives birth to 30 joeys although there are 4 teats so only 4 make it out to survive.

Zoo keepers and scientists would hate for these creatures to be extinct. They are really trying their hardest because it could be their last hope. They have started the “devil breeding program” and they have already raised 50 devils. The scientists and zoo keepers do everything the can including sneaking around to the Tasmanian devils cage at night to see how they’re going.

I understand the idea of the devil breeding program. More devils means more of a chance of   Tasmanian Devils not being extinct. It is a great Idea because it is not right for Tasmania devils to be extinct. It is a great plan B because plan A would be a cure for the disease.

Their aim is to breed as many devils and make a whole new population in case every last one in the wild dies out. It is not easy breeding with animals because devils that are born in captivity don’t get pregnant as easily as in the wild.

How long has the “devil breeding program” been going on for?

It is an important cause and doing one thing could save the Tasmanian devil population…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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100WC

May25

Prompt:

 

Goal: My goal this time was to write it as a teacher observing work.

Story/observation:

This is what my judge (teacher) says about my awesome Paper Mache.

I will try to sum it up in around 75 words.

Okay,

“I love the Paper Mache it is very creative and effective. It is slightly abstract with a cool effect. The burger looks really real with ever detail of the meat, lettuce, cheese and bun. I especially love how you decided to do food, it would engage anyone. The hands especially caught my eye because they are plain and simple and I know that less is more. Over all it is a good art project and very effective.”

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