BTN

September13

This BTN was about the alphabet history and where it originated from. Three facts I got from the video were the English alphabet originated from Phoenician alphabet around 3500 years ago. Then the surrounding counties around the Mediterranean Sea started to use it too. Each country had to change it a little as their language needed more sounds. The Phoenician alphabet started with the letters B,G,D,H,W,Z,H,T,Y,K,L,M,N,S,P,S,Q,R,Š. The Greeks then added the vowels and the English added J and Y.

Two understandings I got were that the alphabet has been around for a long time and that we didn’t invent it. A question I have after watching it was why did the Phoenician’s have an alphabet before the other countries?

 

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100 word challenge

September13

The girls turn a corner of the dark and dusty cave.

“Look! There’s a light.” Mimi yells

“I know, but that doesn’t mean it’s a way out. We’ve been stuck in here for hours.” Abigail complains

“Mimi, why did you even bring us here in the first place? I thought you knew where you were going? Phoebe complains

“I did. So what do you think lies ahead of us?” Mimi says “I think it’s the way out.”

Mimi runs ahead and the others hear her scream.

“Mimi” they both yell in unison. All they hear is her laugh.

“I found the way out.”

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BTN

September4

This BTN was about the high court and what they do. Three facts that were in the BTN were that there are there are seven judges in the high court and the Chief justice is Susan Kiefel. She is the first female to have this position. The high court is very busy recently as its handling if the dual citizens in parliament should be booted out and whether the postal survey on same-sex marriage should be held. The high court is located in the capital Canberra and is the highest court in the country. Two understandings I got from the video were if the high court doesn’t give you the answer you want that is the last decision and that there are also more than one type of court. A question I have after watching the video was what are all the different types of courts and why do we have them all?

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100 word challenge

September4

Mike and Kye raced ahead of their Mum. They stopped right in the middle of the patch of lawn.

“You want to have the picnic there.” Their Mum yelled out

“No look.” Kye yelled back pointing to the ground. Their eyes where wide and staring at the ground. When there Mum caught up to them her eyes widen. There were two big holes shaped as footprints. They were two big and two deep to be human. Mike’s foot compared, was at least three times smaller. Then there was a growl and a monster appeared. It was brown and it could reach a passing airplane.

“Hello, can I be your friend?”

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100 Word Challenge

August30

I walk into my house my sister Penelope, clutching the straps of my bag. I turn the lights on but they should already be on. I walk to the back room Penelope still behind me. Our Mother should be there and as reach the room, there is nothing.

“Where is she?” Penelope asks, her voice trembling

“I don’t know. Stay close.” I say quietly

We walk upstairs but she’s still not there and then it went dark. Penelope screams and runs downstairs ahead of me. Out mother appears in front of me.

“Where were you?” I ask as the lights come on and she’s gone.

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100 word challenge

August23

School was boring, as usual. We all rushed to the door excited to get out but when we reached the doors there was a big, ugly, hungry monster storming through the doors. As it came towards us we all ran down the hall. The teachers ran out of all the classrooms and started to grab all of us. Their eyes had gone red. I saw one student wiggle free from a teacher but then was court by another teacher who bit this neck. His eyes turned red in an instant and then one by one we were picked off, until I was the only one.

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100 word challenge

August16

I stare at the laughter going around the herd. Everything and one laughing at me. I had tried to be big and strong like the other but I was just born this way, small and wimpy. Hunter always got the attention and glory while I’m left to suffer. We are twins except he got the attention because he’s the bigger one. I’ve tried to succeed but I’m not giving up. I was racing Hunter to the lighthouse except when I reached shore he was already there. When I was walking to the heard I fell flat on my face and couldn’t get back up. That’s why everyone was laughing

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China

July17

Today the 18th of July I am going to china. What makes this trip special is that I won’t be going with my parents. I will be going with four other kids and one of their dads. The link below will take you to a blog which will be updated with what I am doing while I am away.

This is the link to the other blog http://qenoskids.qenos.com/applications/internet/qen00386.nsf

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Adaptations on Budgerigars

June28

This term Ava and I wrote an information report on the adaptations of a budgerigar. This is the report.

Budgerigars and also known as the common parrot, are green and yellow native birds to the Australian dessert. They have been adapting and living in Australia for over 5 million years.

Adaptations

Predictions

  1. Budgerigar’s feathers are able to absorb water so they can go longer periods of time without water.
  2. They are brightly coloured (yellow and green) so the sun light reflects off of them so they can stay cool and so they can camouflage in the more greener trees.
  3. They fly in big groups or flocks so they don’t get eaten by predators.
  4. They are able to fly for long periods of time to look for food and water.
  5. They eat lots of dry food to stay hydrated

Structural

One of the main adaptations of a budgerigar is its colours. Its bright green and yellow help it camouflage in the wild. They also have a very flexible tongue that allows them to eat seeds and nuts whole. A way they stay cool is their feathers can soak up moisture from the dew in the mornings.  Budgerigars can maintain a small size around 18 – 20cm so they can camouflage better and so it is harder for predators to catch them.

Behavioural

To stay cool budgerigars will bathe in damp grass and will drink up to 5.5% of their body weight daily. To make sure they drink that amount of water they will try to locate themselves near dams, rivers and other water sources. To make sure they are always near a source of water they migrate all year round. This means they do not build nest as they are always leaving and following where the water goes. They will nest in hollow logs and trees. Their flocks can range from 3 – 100 birds. They use these flocks to protect each other by confusing predators like the Australian hobby and butcherbirds by flying in many different directions very fast.

Key adaptations

The key adaptations for the survival of the budgerigars is the way it migrates all year round. This is crucial to its survival because if they don’t migrate they will die of thirst. This adaptation has lead them to adapt the way they nest. They have adapted to nesting in hollow logs trees instead of building nest.  Building nest has become a waste of a budgerigar’s time so using hollow logs and trees means they can spend more time looking for water

Environment

They can live in cold and coastal environment and they can even live in dessert
environments.
Some areas in the dessert can be very hot and that can lead to budgerigars to die.
Budgerigars are never found in Tasmania, cape York and coastal areas of east and
north Australia.

 

for our science experiment we used different coloured tubes full of water and put them in the sun to see if the colours kept the budgerigar cool. These are the Results.

 

This is Our model of a budgerigar. The budgerigar is sitting in the bottom left corner.

Glossary

Adaptations – the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment.

Camouflage – hide or disguise the presence of (a person, animal, or object)

Moisture – wetness caused by water

Predators – an animal that naturally preys on others

Water sources – is a place that stores or has water

Migrate – an animal that moves from one region or habitat to another according to the seasons.

Flocks – a number of birds of one kind feeding, resting, or travelling together

Bibliography

https://a-z-animals.com/animals/budgerigar/

http://www.arkive.org/budgerigar/melopsittacus-undulatus/

http://eol.org/pages/914969/details

http://www.alicespringsdesertpark.com.au/kids/nature/birds/budgerigar.shtml

http://www.ehow.com/info_10071554_adaptations-budgerigars.html

http://types-of-birds.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/adaptations-of-budgerigars.html

http://www.birds-online.de/allgemein/australien_en.htm

http://budgiesareawesome.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/migration-habits-of-wild-budgerigars.html

https://www.bushheritage.org.au/species/budgerigars?gclid=Cj0KEQjw9r7JBRCj37PlltTskaMBEiQAKTzTfMiZd7Msj2qQ036G7pxcoDCHhBgZMQxKvh54dcmVhQ8aAnnr8P8HAQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unit 2 reflection

June27

In term 2 our integrated topic was adaptations on desert animals and plants. We had to do a research project on an animal or plant that lives in the Australian desert. Ava and I did our report on the budgerigar (a wild budgie). After we found out the adaptations of the budgerigar we had to conduct a science experiment on one of the adaptations. We did one about the colours of the budgerigars (green and yellow). Overall Ava and I achieved a lot of work. We wrote very detailed paragraphs about the three topics, behavioural and structural adaptations, the environment that it has adapted to and the key adaptation to its survival.

Three facts that surprised me were that their colours help them camouflage and stay cool, they can soak up moisture from dew and that they migrate all year round.

Two understandings I found out were that the budgerigar would not survive if they couldn’t soak up moisture from the dew. This is because if they couldn’t find water they would die of dehydration, because they drink 5.5% of their body weight daily. I also now understand that the budgerigar needs to migrate all year round to stay close to water.  If they stayed in one place their water source would dry out in the hot desert environment. This has made them adapt to the way they nest. Instead of building nests they will nest in hollow logs and trees because they are always moving.

One wondering/question I have is what’s in their feathers that allows them to absorb water more than other birds?

What I learnt:

The most important thing I learnt was to take notes off websites. I used to just copy and paste the information and then try to reword it. I would often find by doing this I would run out of time and just leave it how it was. That was a bad thing and by taking notes it means it is all your work. It also makes it easier to understand the information because when I rewrote it would have been written with words and phrases that I understand.

How I learnt it:

I learnt it by trying something that was recommended by other people in the class that have done it before. The first time I tried it, it was very efficient so I kept using it. I took the notes in a way I would understand it and when I started to write the report it really made sense.

When I will use these skills:

I will use this skill when I am in class and when I have future research reports. It will make me more efficient with my work and will help me understand it better. It will also help me become better at summarising and when needing to take notes they will be clearer.

My goal:

My goal at the start of the year was to work better in a group. It was to let other people have a turn at being leader. I think I did this well as Ava and I were in charge of different things. I was in charge of the adaptations and key adaptations and Ava was in charge of the environment and making the poster. Ava did really good jobs when it came to her sections but when she needed help I helped her.

For my project this term I learnt a lot of new things and it really helped me with my goal. I achieved a lot and I had lots of fun.

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