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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*

May 27, 2015
by leesclassroom

Ships of the Desert

For today’s science lesson we will be looking at the adaptations camels evolved that help them survive in deserts of central Asia and the Middle East. Our focus will be on how these adaptations helped and hindered their survival when they were introduced to the deserts of Australia in the 1800s.

To assist in your research Ant has found this useful website-


During the lesson you  will be working in teams to classify the structural features of a camel as either:
• structural features that help the camel survive in the Sturt Desert
• structural features that make it more difficult to survive in the Sturt Desert
• structural features that do not help but don’t make it more difficult.

May 27, 2015
by leesclassroom

Today is National Simultaneous Storytime. It is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Among other goals National Simultaneous Storytime, which has been running for 15 years, aims to:

  • promote the value of reading and literacy;
  • promote the value and fun of books;
  • promote an Australian writer and publisher;

This year’s book is The Brothers Quibble written by Aaron Blabey. Here at MPPS we will be meeting in the multipurpose room for a whole school reading before returning to our rooms for a follow up activity.

To find out more about this year’s author, Aaron Blabey, go to https://www.alia.org.au/nss (make sure you scroll down to the video interviews)

May 22, 2015
by leesclassroom

Reptile Encounters (by Ben G)

On the 20/5 we had an encounter with some wild animals. We had a group called Reptile encounters come in and show us some cool animals. These animals were lizards, snakes, frogs, crocodiles and some stick insects. During the incursion we all got to have a feel of the animals. And for each animal there were three people that got to hold it.

The lady that took the incursion was called Shaan. Shaan gave us some great information on each of the animals and allowed use to get close to the animals. We had the incursion in the science lab. And if you are in the science lab you would know that we were left with a little gift from ‘Tiny’ the Olive python. He left a long and gooey poo.

Some of the animals she showed were the ‘Spiny Stick Insect’  who had so many little prickles they made everyone laugh. We also got to see the ‘Frilled Neck lizard’, he made everyone amazed with his frill. The frog was so sticky and slimy. The final animal we saw was the crocodile, he was eight years old but he’s still got a bit of living to do since he can live to 200 years old.