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June 26, 2015
by leesclassroom

Term 2 Unit Reflection

Write a reflection of what you have learnt during this term’s Science unit and project. Your reflection must include:
Section 1
An introduction summarizing the project and what you achieved with your team.
Three facts that you found interesting or surprising.
Two understandings you now have.
One wonder you still have.
Section 2
Next, refer to your learning throughout the unit (in the whole class, in your research groups, at the incursion, during projects and in science experiments) and answer:
What were the most important things I have learnt.
How did I learn it.
What am I going to do with what I have learnt.
Final, refer to your unit goals that your created at the beginning of the term. Write about whether you achieved them and if so how you went about this.

To conclude create a statement that summarizes what you have learnt in both section 1 and section 2.
Look at Grace’s Term Three Project Reflection as a reference:

June 10, 2015
by leesclassroom

Celebrate India Essay Competition

Celebrate India is a Victorian, not-for-profit, community organisation established to facilitate understanding of the Indian culture and its diversity through the celebration of festivals.

Students in Years 5 and 6 are invited to participate in the 2015 Celebrate India Essay Competition by writing an essay of between 300 to 350 words on the significance of 26 January for both Australia and India.

The winner will receive two return air tickets to India provided by Air India. Second and third place prizes will be provided by the Consulate General of India, Melbourne. The school with the most entries will win a 6-week AFL Leadership program, including a visit by an AFL player.

The competition opens on 26 June and closes on 28 August 2015.

For more information, see: Celebrate India Competition


These sites may assist in exploring the essay topic.

Essay Competition 2015
- Invitation
- Enrolment form
- Teachers resource kit

June 5, 2015
by leesclassroom

To answer the question “Why you should start you presentation now?” we only have three weeks till the end of term. To do your best, to be able to take it as far as you can and to allow time to go back over it you need to start now. Also if you want to allow time to do the the experiment you’ll need to have enough time for you and your team to discuss what you options are.

Remember the three main points to have in your presentation display are:

• a description of the desert environment to which the species is adapted
• a description of the structural features and behaviour of the species
• you claims about which are key adaptations that help the species survive (you’ll need to explain and justify your claims)

Yesterday I asked you to come up with some questions to guide your research. Please do this before you start investigating your species. As you begin to research and read up on your species obviously you will come up with more questions, be sure to record this in your OneNote as well.

To help below are a list of some sample questions you might want to include, or adapt:

  • What special adaptations does the animal have to help it succeed in its environment?
  • Are the adaptations a physical part of the animal, or are the adaptations more of a behavior that the animal uses?
  • If this animal didn’t have these adaptations, what problems might it face?
  • Do other animals in this environment have similar adaptations? Which animals?

June 3, 2015
by leesclassroom

Term 2 Science Project

To conclude our science unit on adaptation students will prepare an information display with supporting resources on a desert animal or plant.

Teams will:
• describe the desert environment to which the species is adapted
• describe the structural features and behaviour of the species
• make claims about which are key adaptations that help the species survive.

Present your research on a display board.

  • All in your own words. The language should be impersonal and contain three tier words.
  • Use a font size of at least 16 points for the text on your display board, so that it is easy to read from a few feet away. It’s OK to use slightly smaller fonts for captions on picture and tables
  • The title should be big and easily read from across the room. Choose one that accurately describes your work, but also grabs peoples’ attention.
  • It should contain a least one graph.
  • A picture speaks a thousand words! Use photos or draw diagrams to present non-numerical data, to propose models that explain your claims. As well as creating an annotated drawing to (similar to the one on ‘Camel features’) you’ll be expected to construct a 3D model. This will need to highlight the features and adaptations that are central to your species’s survival in the Australian desert.
  • A Bibliography. At least three sources.
  • A proposal for an experiment to investigate if your claimed structural feature of the animal/plant is an adaptation for surviving in a desert environment. Deciding on what you and your team think you can achieve in the given time, you can either:
  1. propose an investigation
  2. plan the experiment
  3. conduct your experiment and observe, record and share the results in your final display.

A good-quality presentation is:
• well-organised information
• clear, concise communication
• use of evidence and reasoning to support claims
• quality/creative visual aids.

Examples of oral presentations by scientists on adaptations can be found at:

Species to investigate:
• The Australian Mulga (Acacia aneura)
• Old Man Saltbush (Atriplex nummularia)
• The Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)
• Spencer’s Burrowing Frog (Opisthodon spenceri, formerly Limnodynastes spenceri)
• The Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus)
• Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus)
• The Boab tree (Adansonia gregorii)
• Spinifex grass, for example, Triodia wiseana
• The Spinifex Hopping Mouse (Notomys alexis)
• Shield shrimps (Triops australiensis)
• Termites, for example, Nasutitermes triodiae*