The End

Unfortunately, the time has come to end the Learning Lizards blog.

Thank you to all of our supporters and followers over the past 2 years.

Miss Fraser will be blogging with her new class in 2016 on the Hurley’s Heroes blog. Click to visit! We are looking forward to becoming even bigger and better in 2016 and can’t wait to start working on projects with other classes.

Thanks again – See you in 2016!

Meet the Unhuggables!

Today, all of the 3/4 students were lucky enough to Skype with the Museum of Natural Science in North Carolina, USA.


We spoke to Kaytee, who showed us at least 5 different animals and insects that some people may have an aversion to or have many misconceptions about.

First, we met the Ball Python (Python regius).

Ball Python

Ball Python

We learnt that the python can open it’s jaws to the size of it’s head – the jaws don’t actually come unhinged but are held on by really stretchy muscles. Pythons take a long time to digest their food.

Then, we met an animal that a lot of people are scared of – a tarantula!

Tarantulas are "hairy"!

Tarantulas are “hairy”!

Tarantulas look hairy but these are sort of spines on their body. Tarantulas are very fragile. Did you know that if a Tarantula’s leg breaks off, it can regenerate?!

Then, we met a “fancy” rat!

Fancy Rat

Fancy Rat

Rats are actually quite clean animals – they don’t carry any more diseases than a dog or a cat. Rats are also very smart! There is a type of rat in Africa that can be trained to assist in finding missing persons.

We also met a baby alligator!

Baby Alligator

Baby Alligator

Alligators and Crocodiles should never be kept as pets as they cannot be domesticated. Alligators are born with teeth and the mother alligator is very protective of her young.

Finally, we met a creature we didn’t even know existed – a hissing cockroach!

Hissing Cockroaches

Hissing Cockroaches

A hissing cockroach emits air from holes in the side of it’s exoskeleton, which makes the hissing noise. When lots of them are on the forest floor and making the noise, it sounds like a snake which scares away predators!

We are very thankful to Kaytee and Matt from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for taking time out of their evening to speak with us and share such interesting facts about amazing creatures!

We are hoping to learn more about these creatures next term when we start our Inquiry into life cycles of living things.

What is one fact that you learnt from our Skype call with Kaytee?

What do you want to learn about next term?

Lights! Camera! Action!

**Guest Post by Lily M**

All 3/4 students are making a movie in Music Class, including us. We’re creating a movie called “The Night at the Pet Shop” and it’s great! We already have the script, and the DVD front and back cover. The actors all have copies, and we just need to film the movie.

The plot is that animals that turn into zombies at night, like Werewolves. They have to be stopped before they invade the city!

We all have separate roles, and most of us have two. There’s Scriptwriter (which I am), Graphic Designer (me also) Music Composer, Actor, Backstage Crew (my final job) Editor, and Director.

Our movie is going great! The actors are practicing their lines at home. We’ll start filming on Tuesday, when we have Music. Lights! Camera! Action!

What Role/s Do You Have?

What Movies Are You Doing In Your Class?

Upcoming Camp

**Guest Post by Brianna*

3/4D and some other classes are going to Allambee camp in September.

List to bring :

.Four changes of appropriate clothes. (Not good clothes)

No singlets

.At least 2 full-length pants such as tracksuits

.Board shorts/shorts/track suits for night time wear

.2 pairs of runners/shoes NO THONGS


.5 pairs of socks

.Sleeping bag

.Pillow and pillow case


.1 large towel

.Face washer

.Toiletries including, Toothbrush and paste,deodorant (Roll-on ONLY),soap, hairbands for long hair, shampoo and conditoner,comb,brush etc!

.Small pack of tissues

.2 plastic bags for dirty clothing


.Water-proof raincoat with a hood



I think camp is going to be great because you make new friends and you have lots of fun.

Thank you for reading this.

What are you most looking forward to at camp?


**Guest Post by Abbey**

3/4 D has been learning Geography over the past 3 weeks and we have started to make continent flap books., which have all 7 continents in them.

I have also learnt about longitude and latitude as well as the earth’s degrees.

I have really enjoyed the Skype sessions with other Australian classes, and the Geography Skype with the Grade 7’s , through that I learnt that on Google Earth , you can actually go to Mars.

Thank You.

Who can name all 7 continents?

Australian Class Skypes

**Guest Post by Mia**

During Term Three, 3/4 D have been Skyping Australian classes and have been learning how different they are to our school. So far, we have Skyped 4 classes but that is just the start.

We Skyped 2 classes in Victoria, 1 class in Tasmania and 1 class in Western Australia. We are doing this because we are learning about Geography in Inquiry.

We’re looking forward to Skyping more Australian classes and meeting more students.

What’s one thing you found that other classes have in common with us? What’s one thing you have found that another class has different to us?

Pyjama Day

**Guest Post by Keely**

On Thursday 30th of July, all of Killara’s students and teachers came to school in their favourite pyjamas. We are supporting the Pyjama Foundation also known as The Love for Learning Foundation. It was made to make a positive impact on the lives of children in foster care. They match a child in foster care with an adult to do learning based activities for 1 hour. The adults are called Pyjama Angels. All together our school raised $693.50.

Did you enjoy coming to school in your pyjamas?

Do you think we could raise more money next year for such a worthy cause?

Upcoming Family Science Night

Killara’s Family Science Night is approaching us very quickly. On Wednesday 19th August we invite everyone to a fun night of “Making Waves – The Science of Light”. In order to make this night a huge success we ask for your participation in donating a range of resources. We request that these items are thoroughly cleaned and in good condition:

Empty cans, plastic bottles, clear plastic and foam cups, plastic straws, icy-pole sticks, toothpicks, cling wrap cylinders, small and large paper plates, zip-locked bags, googly eyes, pom poms, balloons, fishing line and rubber bands.

Thank you all for your help.

Will you be attending our Family Science Night? What do you think might happen there?

End of Semester 1

**Guest Post By Lily Morgan**

 Semester 1 was full of exciting activities, like The Forensics Incursion, Cross Country, and My Goals. (You will hopefully learn more about these in other blog posts.)

We received midterm Reports that we had decorated imaginatively, and hopefully they were all about your amazing and attractive qualities and full of great grades.

All the students enjoyed the fantastic activities Miss Fraser had, and are looking forward to the holidays so we can have a fresh start on term 3.

What are you planning to do on the Holidays?

What was your favourite thing we did this Semester?

S.O.L.E – Would the World Work Without Science?

**Guest Post by Keely**

S.O.L.E stands for…





S.O.L.E was a project started in India. It is a way of expressing your opinion where you are the boss of your brain. We are currently doing a S.O.L.E project. Our big idea is, the world would work without science. It is in relation to our Inquiry unit Science. You use different materials including the internet, books etc. You make a poster or power point to show your personal opinion. It is done in little groups. You don’t just have to work with one group you can change groups as much as you desire. I don’t believe the world would work without science because we wouldn’t have the medication we have now and the plague and other curable diseases would have killed most of us by now.

Do you think the world would work without science? Why?