BTN – Megafauna Fossil Footprints

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This article was about evidence on extinct animals found on Kangaroo Island.

The scientific name of the Tasmanian Tiger is Thylacinus cynocephalus. Apparently it basically means pouched dog with a wolf’s head. It was called that because it looked like a pouched dog with a wolf’s head. The thylacine went extinct almost 100 years ago. Experts say it died out because of hunting, loss of habitat and disease. Over time the Tasmanian Tiger has become sort of an Aussie mystery, the only reason because is that there’ve been thousands of reported sightings out in the wild. But none of those have been proven so it is near impossible it could still be alive.

Are there any other extinct animals on Kangaroo Island? Do people try to find evidence that the Tasmanian Tiger is still alive?

I understand that without rock hard evidence then no one can prove anything extinct is still alive.

Principal Day – Rebecca

Rebecca is our Vice Principal. If you, Reader, are the Rebecca we are talking about…hey! If you are some random person that is called Rebecca…hey! If your name isn’t Rebecca…hey!

For those who don’t know who Rebecca is, here is some stuff about her.

Rebecca is the sweetest person I know, she cares about what we are learning, she is so caring. Rebecca is helpful and so beautiful. No…not beautiful…gorgeous! Once I was sad and I went over to have chat with Rebecca about my violin. I don’t know if she realised I was sad but she smiled at me and it made me happy and when I said bye, she gave me a hug. Rebecca, if you don’t remember this then that’s okay. You helped me then and many times before and after that. There are many more things I can say about this (this post is already 156 words) but for now…

Thank you Rebecca!

 

100WC – Week #42 – …but then the flash made me…

Hunger clawed my stomach.

Hunt. Kill. 

Those were the only words in my mind.

I bound into an open clearing.  There was a strange looking animal. It had no hair except on its head. Wispy, black hair. It’s gap filled mouth looked like a snarl turned upside down. It lifted a black square that I thought as harmless but then the flash made me jump. A noise came from it but…it didn’t sound angry. It started running toward me.

It pointed at itself then at a flower.

Her name was Flower? That moment that I knew what happiness feels like.

100WC – Week #41 – when all of a sudden

One day Henry came home and said a man tried to take and when Henry ran away he was angry. Later on I told him that I was going to the supermarket. His sister was at home. When I came back I heard struggling. I was halfway up the stairs when all of a sudden I heard a gunshot. A moment later there was a crack. I ran into the room…I was too late. Jane was huddled over a body, a bloodied man behind her. A bat lay near Jane. I prayed I was wrong but I saw my dead son Henry. 

BTN- War on Waste School

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War on Waste School

This article was about Adelaide Primary School taking charge about Recycling after watching an inspiring video.

Australia used to be the best country when it came to waste but now we are one of the biggest waste producers with 41 million tonnes of rubbish created every year, which is 41,000,000,000 kilograms. They were asking a cafe to give a discount for people who brought in their own reusable cups instead of asking for a throw away one since it has a little bit of plastic in them. They also bought bags for the school to eliminate plastic. Plastic bags take years to break down but these ones that the school got are better.

Can they do anything else to help recycling and getting rid of plastic? Was the whole class in one this idea or was it just a couple of people?

I understand why they would want to make Australia a better recycler user.

100WC – (the picture is below)

 

The Picture

Goal: My goal was to leave more to the imagination. I want readers to ask questions instead of me giving the information (like our lesson on inferring).

 

The little girl was delighted. Everyone at the fair had to take one look at her face and they knew it was her first time at a fair. She then spotted the carousel. Her eyes widened. And she took a shaky step, looked back at her mother-who was grinning at her- and bolted toward the carousel. Luckily Lela was running it instead of Harry. As they got on, she stroked the horse’s neck. Out of nowhere the horse she touched came to life and a few moments later, all the other horses. The little girl waved goodbye with a smile.

BTN – Weedy Seadragon

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This article was about how weedy sea dragons are becoming less and less easier to spot, and it’s not because of their camouflage.

15 kays from Sydney is where dragons live. Weedy seadragons are native to Australia and can be found in the ocean off the South and East coasts. They’re related to seahorses and they blend in with the kelp around them. Sadly rising sea temperatures are killing the kelp which leaves them without a home. Marine biologists have a plan to work out how many sea dragons are left. Instead of catching and tagging every seadragon they find, they’re asking citizen scientist divers off the coasts of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania to take photos of the creatures and send them in. The researchers are using a facial recognition software to identify each fish’s unique pattern. Weedy seadragons are classified as ‘near threatened’ but scientists think this research could provide enough information to have them re-listed as ‘endangered’. They say climate change could be a big part of the problem.

What is the difference between seahorses and seadragons? Do they have any protection against predators?

I now understand how much climate change is taking a toll on the world. 

Weedy Seadragons

Adaptation Prediction – The Spinifex Hopping Mouse

This term we are learning about adaptations. We were given a partner and a plant/animal. My partner was Sharnequa and our topic was The Spinifex Hopping Mouse. We had to write down a prediction and this is mine:

One adaptation from The Spinifex Hopping Mouse was its big ears, I don’t know if there for cooling down because of the big surface area or to listen predators. Another adaptation is with its lean legs they are good for jumping, that’s probably how it got its name and its long tail is good for balance when hopping, like kangaroos. I know it is a nocturnal animal so its black eyes are good for seeing in the dark and its whiskers are probably good for sensing things around it.

That is my prediction, please go to Sharequa’s blog (highlighted in green).

Link for pictures of The Spinifex Hopping Mouse!