In term two we learned about adaptions and we were assigned to do a project about animals from the desert. Roy and I chose a meerkat. I thought that I did well at collecting information and answering questions. I could have worked on speaking more confidently and being aware of the audience.
Thinking about this over the holidays I think Roy and I did an acceptable job. My reason for this level is that we worked hard and did the best job we could do.
3 facts about Meerkats
- Meerkats appear to be immune to scorpion and snake venom
- Meerkats have a wide range of vocalisations, and warning calls are specific to each form of danger.
- A phenomenal sense of smell helps meerkats locate prey, which they then dig out with their long-clawed forefeet
- I now understand that bolt holes can come in very handy.
- I now understand that a meerkat is a part of the mongoose family.
- Why are meerkats only found in the southern part of Africa?
I learnt what adaptions really mean and how to use them. We named a lot of adaptions. I think we used a good amount so we got all the information we could, out of all the websites. But we should have maybe focused on their main adaptions so the audience could understand their basic adaptions. In later projects I will remember to focus on the key things that an audience can use.
Science inquiry skills
I used what I learnt in math in my project to create a temperature graph that can help the audience understand data better. In the temperature slide I created a graph of the temperature over the months of the year. I thought this will help understand the wet months and the dry months. In the end, I thought I gave the audience a good understanding. I found that May, June, July, August were all the coldest months of the year. I can create graphs with information that I collect. This will help the audience understand data in other projects.
Personal and social capabilities
Roy and I worked well together. Sometimes Roy would have to leave for his music lesson ( he has 2 instruments) and I would have to work alone. But I monitored in my head to make sure I knew what I had to complete. He also helps me if I go off track. We always monitored and checked that we were doing what we set for each other. I am going to try and use this in projects that need to be done.
I feel that I challenged myself throughout the project socially and mentally. I would have to work alone as Roy had to practise his instrument. This challenged me. I enjoyed presenting but I was worried how the audience took it in. A goal for next time is to work on presenting our work more efficiently.