July 10

Prickly Pear Cactus Project Reflection

In term 2 we learnt about adaptations and how and why animals and plants have them. Adaptations are changes in the body to fit a location. At the end of the term we got paired up with someone who is in your class. I got paired up with Evan. In the project we had to choose and animal or plant. We choose the Prickly Pear Cactus. In the project we had to research, the adaptations, the habitat the plant lives in, the behavioural changes and

This is my 3,2,1 reflection on what I learnt in my science project about adaptations.

3 interesting facts about the prickly pear cactus

– the roots grow horizontally not vertically like a tree does so that it can get water quicker

– they live for over 30 years and can be grow up to 2 metres high

–  the prickly pear cactus is the most common cactus in Texas

2 understandings

-If the prickly pear cactus didn’t have its spikes then it wouldn’t be able to survive because its predators will eat it

– if the prickly pear cactus needed a lot of water then it wouldn’t be able to survive in the Sonoran Desert

1 wonder

-how did the prickly pear cactus come to Australia and Africa when it is originally from Texas

What was the most important thing I learnt?

-I learnt. You have to learn to trust your partner and do all of the work. I feel that in my project I lost my trust of my partner because he was constantly not doing his work but in the end I did gain his trust again and that taught me that nothing is perfect and life is a roller coaster.

How I learnt that

-I learnt this by sharing out the job. when I couldn’t do something I gave my partner the job and when he couldn’t do something he gave me the job. This gave us trust. Once you lose your trust I someone it can wreck your relationship with that person and that is why you need to trust in your partner when you are doing a class project.

What will I do with what I learnt

-In the future I will use this skill to help me in other school projects. I will make sure that I will use this skill when I am working with some one that I don’t really bond well with or someone I don’t really know.

Overall no matter how many ups and downs I had I found this subject on adaptations really interesting and I learnt a whole bunch of new things about plants and animals.