Term 2 project reflection: Australian mulga (acacia aneura)

  • In term 2 the 5/6’s at M.P.P.S did a unit on the deadly deserts. During this unit we had to do a project on a plant or animal that lives in the Australian desert, we did not choose our animal however we did a lucky dip. My partner and I focused on the Australian mulga (acacia aneura). In our project we had to complete a certain criteria. We had to put in the main adaptations from three areas: Behavioural, Structural and Physiological. We also had to add in how the animal would survive in their environment but without their adaptations. A piece of extra piece of information that we added was the life cycle, this showed how they have evolved, what happens in their life, their life expectancy and also how tall they get . I worked with Tirth for the project and I think we work well together and finished our project earlier than needed but to quite a high standard.

    3 facts I found interesting

    • I found out that the spencers burrowing frog was large eyes that helps it swallow it’s food and also that it has 2 back legs that help it burrow deep into the ground so that it can wait until there is water or moisture to help it survive and when there is it comes up to the surface.
    • I found that the Thorny devil camouflages when it is cold, warm or even alert. The thorny devil also grows a lot during the period of time from birth to death. These creatures have an animal that looks a lot like it but has some different adaptations.
    • I found out the Australian mulga has long and deep roots to help it get nutrients from deep in the soil to cool itself down because further down in the soil it gets cooler and cooler because it is not exposed to the hot or warm air that is above surface. I also found out that it grows to at least 7 metres in 70 years which means it grows 1 metre every 10 years and it grows to a maximum of 10 metres over 100 years which is about half their life span.

    2 understandings that I gained

    • I know understand how evolution helps animals to fit in to their environment and that evolution takes a long time, an example of an adaptation that has evolved over time for the Australian mulga is it’s long and deep roots which help it cool down, it also has phyllodes which are thickened leaf stems that are not leaves as such but do the job of them
    • I now know that not all deserts are hot and not all deserts are sandy. I learned that Antarctica is a desert because it does not get much rain fall which is a factor of a desert. I now know that the Sturt’s desert in central Australia is rocky. I thought before this topic all deserts were hot all the time but most deserts are extremely cold at night.

    1 question I still have

    • How do the eyes of a spencers burrowing frog help it to swallow it’s food and how things change on an animal over time?

    What where the most important things I learned

    • I think the most important things I learned where the importance of team work and how it can help you finish what you need to do.

    How did I learn it

    • Some days when I was working with my partner we were not working well together and other days we were and then we got more of our work done. I think something that could help next time is not having one person take over the entire project and you have to evenly split the work load. I also think having more patience is key to a good presentation.

Term 1 unit reflection (history)

In term 1 2015 the 5/6’s did projects on Australian history. The amounts of people in each group were 3 but mainly 2 people in each group. You could choose from many topics. The year 5’s studied the 1800’s and the year 6’s studied the 1900’s. The topics you could choose from were:

Year 5 possible research areas:

John Batman – Hero or Villain? Batman signed a ‘deed’ with the Wurrundjeri people – but was he stealing their land, Emigration. Explore the tale of one family leaving home and those they left behind, Investigate squatters and selectors history and stories, Investigate aboriginal resistance fighters – eg Jandamarra or Pemulwuy. Etc.

Year 6 possible research areas:

Investigating the stories of individuals or groups who advocated or fought for rights in twentieth-century Australia (ie ‘Freedom Riders’ of 1965, Charles Perkins, Eddie Marbo), Explain and compare the push and pull factors that have contributed to people migrating to Australia, Explore how Australia’s immigration selection process determined who was let in and who was not, Investigate the different types of migrants who arrived in Australia after World War II, in the 1970s and recently. Etc

Now I will share things that I learnt from this topic

3 Facts I found Interesting or Surprising:

  1. I found out that Charles Perkins was a half aboriginal but also half European and I found this surprising because even though he was part aboriginal he was a European that had an interest in aboriginal rights and wanted to help them.
  2. I leant that John Macarthur lost his job as an English soldier because he started the rum rebellion but, he ended up very rich because he was amazing in the wool industry and he brought Marino sheep to Australia. In fact he brought  4,000 sheep to Australia.
  3. Another thing I learnt was that a squatter is someone that illegally marks land that isn’t theirs and if they are there for 12 or more years that land becomes theirs. I also learnt that a selector is someone that is legally given land by the government. I found this interesting because it shows how Australia has changed over time.

2 Things I Now Understand:

  1. I now understand that things in the 19th and 20th century were a lot tougher than things today in the 21st century. I also understand that life was even tougher for the aboriginals in Australia because there was the White Australia policy and Europeans thought that their way of life should be the only way.
  2. I understand that in the 21st century we are lucky because we have an easier way of life. We have advanced medical screening, for example: X-ray, M.R.I, cat-scan, bone-scan .etc. We also have technology for example; The news, telephone, mobile, internet, Ipads, Ipods .etc. These things help us to know what is going on in the whole world .EG. war, Budget, Traffic, Whether problems .etc. I believe the most important way that Australia has changed is the amount of multi-cultural people in our country. Australia is now extremely diverse and multi-cultural you know this by when you go through a shopping centre and see all the people that are running shops and they are from China, England, India .etc. there are even grocery shops that only have food from a certain country.

1 Question I still Have:

  1. I still wonder why Europeans thought that they were the only people with the right lifestyle and why they brought in the white Australian policy?

pre contact aboriginal life

On Thursday the 5th of March 5/6B did a lesson on aboriginal life before white contact and settlement. We had tables set up with different activities on each. on table 1 you watch 2 videos on my place and took notes these videos were based before European contact and settlement. Some of the notes I took were They were wearing animal skin, fur and bones. They used spears to catch food and from the yabbies video the kids caught their own food. On table 2 we did mapping and answered questions about the map. The map was Australia but with Victoria and Tasmania cut out and we had to fill in the little pieces which were the tribes. On the map Australia was split in to many different places which were all the areas of the tribes. On table 3 we read about different topics such as art and clothing, fun and leisure, food and farming and tools and trading we had four groups and each group read about a topic the took notes. I did fun and leisure it was interesting to see how things have changed over time like how toys are made, and how people have fun.Whilst reading I learnt that dolls were made out of wood, shells, clay and dressed in fiber skirts or feathers, were as now dolls are made from vinyl and cloth and have hair that looks like real hair, some dolls even have real hair so you can style it how ever you want. Once everyone finished taking notes we shared all the notes we took and the others had to write down the same as what we wrote. On table 4 we studied rock paintings and drawing. We also studied what the different symbols meant. After we found out what the symbols meant we got strips of paper with little cave paintings and as a group we had to find out what the different paintings meant and write it next to the cave painting.

Overall, I think this was a really good lesson it was lots of fun and I learnt alot about aboriginal life before contact. I would like to do more lessons like this because I found it very productive and efficient. Something that made this lesson productive was the time limits and what made the lesson efficient was the way everyone worked together to get the lesson done.

That was what we did for the carousel in class.

Q & A about the stolen generation (BTN)

1.What was the main point of the story?

The main point was that indigenous people wanted equal rights and wanted the stolen generation to stop. They also wanted the government to apologise for what happened in the past.

2. Why do you think the indigenous children taken were known as the ” stolen generation ” ?

Because, they were stolen from their families, identities, culture, lifestyle, name and their home town.

3. It was the government policy that indigenous children be removed. Why do you think they thought that this was necessary? 

We thought that the government were trying to give the indigenous children a better life, but they were wrong. They thought that if they took them away to a European school they would have a better education and a better life.

4. ” They thought they were doing the right thing.” How has social policy changed?

Everybody has realised that it doesn’t matter what religion you follow or what you look like because everybody is different.

5. What does the sentence ” a gross violation of human rights” mean?

  A gross violation of  human rights means that when people of different religions or backgrounds have unfair rights to people of different religions or backgrounds. It also means that they have attacked the indigenous peoples rights.

6. What is assimilation? 

Not everyone is the same so you want to incorporate everyone for them selves, and the act of becoming a part of the European lifestyle.