What a whopping start to Term 3! The Junior School Musical, the Athletics Carnival, what more could we do! But, what has really been going on in the classroom? In our exciting Unit of Inquiry, we have been learning about Living Things and how they adapt and change to survive.
We started the term off with a fun activity, where we had to try and determine what our transdisciplinary theme was. We watched a video about an Australian man called Nick Vujicic. He has no limbs, but that doesn’t stop him from doing what he wants to do. He is a great inspiration for everyone, saying that anything is possible.
After watching this video, Year 5 decided we would give ourselves some challenges that we wouldn’t usually do in our everyday lives. Some of the challenges were – writing with our feet, typing with straws in our mouths and picking up marshmallows with toothpicks in our mouths!
Each class from Year 5 were told what our central idea was (as stated above). We started looking at Structural and Behavioural Adaptations. Year 5 gave some examples about different adaptations of plants and animals from different areas and conditions that they can live in. We looked at plants and animals in polar regions, grasslands, high altitude areas, rainforests and many more. Year 5 then researched selected a plant or animal and researched its structural and behavioural adaptations so that we could compose a factual text based on it.
Coming back to school the week after, everyone from Year 5 were ready to write their information reports. Many different plants and animals were chosen. Some of them were- the Venus Flytrap, the Polar Bear – the Cheetah and the Aa plant. Barely anyone knew what the Aa plant was, not even the teachers!
In the next lesson, after everyone had finished writing their information reports, we were told that we had to make a Podcast about our chosen plant or animal that we had written our information reports on. A podcast! Everyone was so excited that we were making podcasts. Most people didn’t really know what a Podcast was, but they sounded interesting. We were given the next lesson to record our Podcasts.
After the recording of our podcasts, we conducted an investigation to see which bird beak is best for eating certain foods. The foods we used were – sour worms, popcorn seeds, sultanas, polystyrene balls, M and M’s and leaves. These foods represented the foods birds would eat. We used tweezers, tea strainers, tea spoons, chopsticks and cocktail forks to represent the bird beaks. We had to use different bird beaks to see how much food we could get into the stomach within 45 seconds. The stomach was represented by a plastic cup. We found that tech birds beak is especially adapted to the type of food it eats.
Unit of Inquiry has been one of the many fun areas of study in Year 5 this term. More exciting investigations are to be conducted and we can’t wait to tell you the results!
Written by Elinor