Barking Spider-Adaptations Project Reflection

My partner and I created a project on the Barking Spider, an animal that lives in mulga country and makes a distinctive whistling or hissing sound to scare away predators. This project was assigned to us to focus on the key adaptations of an animal or plant that helps it survive and thrive in its desert environment. I think we worked well together and one of the key things we achieved was the confidence and understanding of the information we researched about the animal. I think our model and diagram both showed the key adaptations of the spider as well. We mainly achieved the 3rd column and some of the 2nd column in the rubric.

Some facts I found interesting during this project were:

  • That the female barking spider can live for 20-30 years, way more than the male that only lives for 5-8 years and usually dies after mating
  • They produce oil from a special gland to assist them when they use their brush feet to climb up slopes, this adaptation is a suction cup ability
  • They have no teeth to chew food therefore they use their venom to liquefy their prey and then suck it up

I also have a couple of understandings from the topic:

  • I now understand that barking spiders’ palps are structural adaptations as they use them to make a whistling sound that deters predators and this helps them survive (this is part of the Science Knowledge Victorian Curriculum Standards)
  • We tested the barking spider’s suction cup ability by putting different amounts of oil onto suction cups and now I understand that the more oil used, the better the suction cup ability therefore they can climb up slopes easier (this is part of the Science Inquiry Skills Victorian Curriculum Standards)

A wondering I have is:

  • How many glands do barking spiders have for producing their oil

 

The most important things I have learnt during this unit were:

How plants or animals can have adaptations to protect themselves from the temperature and conditions of their environment or to protect themselves from predators or other animals. I learnt this by researching about my assigned animal (The Barking Spider) and discovering how it’s changed/adapted to survive and thrive. I’ll use this knowledge to go further with this topic and develop more questions and wonderings to investigate about adaptations.

I also learnt, during the project how to share the roles between my partner and I to use the key strengths we each have as an advantage. I learnt this by consulting with my partner and also experimenting with the different elements of the project such as the diagram and model which I mainly worked on with help from my partner and the power point information and experiment ideas which my partner mostly did with my help. I am going to use my strengths in other tasks and project to bring my skills and experience to it. (This is part of Personal and Social Capabilities Victorian Curriculum Standards)

To conclude, over this whole unit I have learnt about the changes animals and plants make to their body in order to survive and thrive in their habitat whether it was and extreme environment like Antarctica or the desert. We also had an excursion to the Aquarium where we explored extreme environments as well as other animal habitats such as the ocean, the coral reef, rock pools and rainforests.

Next time I work in a group I could try to work on communicating with my group members more and check in with them to monitor each other’s progress.

15 Minute Fiction-Down came the rain and…

Down came the rain and the second it touched my flesh I felt a sickening shiver. I saw the worrying forecast on TV this morning and I knew I would somehow get stuck in this storm coming at exactly 8pm. I looked up ready for the worst and saw the dark clouds moving around to form something. Something big. Something unstoppable. Something dangerous.

I gulped and immediately sprinted for the forest. I know what you’re thinking. The forest. Probably the worst place to take shelter in the middle of a giant storm. I just panicked. The rain started to become heavier and the boom of thunder echoed in my ears. I didn’t stop running. Running. Running. Running into the deep, dark forest.

My heart was racing, legs aching and my fear was starting to overwhelm me. As I was running I noticed a dark figure. I stopped in my tracks. “Oh no! Please no!” I cried. I was doomed. No way out. I sat down and scrunched up into a ball hoping for the best but I knew there was no hope…

BTN-Animal Extinction

This video was about how some Australian animals are endangered because of climate change and which animals we should save from extinction.

 Animal extinction is a debatable topic because some people think we should try to save all animals who face extinction while others say that we should focus on just some of them because it takes time, hard work and money to save a species from extinction. Many people think that climate change is a major problem because it could be affecting animals’ food source and habitat making it harder for them to live. There are some species that are believed to have no chance of being saved and that whatever we do might not even help. Have we saved many species already? There are different factors of an animal that are a reason to save it from extinction such as how unique the animal is and also how important and relevant it is to humans and other animals’ survival. Does the threat of an animal to humans come into account when considering what species to save?

Key:

Blue=Facts(3)

Green=Questions(2)

Red=Understandings/Insights(1)

This is the link to the video-Animal Extinction