I used to think that there weren’t that many endangered animals that seriously needed to be helped. Now I have changed my mind after learning more about them at Healesville Sanctuary. I now know that there are so many species of animals like the Tasmanian devil that are endangered that we need to help. Something I would like to know more about is the Tasmanian devil and the deadly facial tumour that they can get which kills them. I learnt that there is a wide range of ways to help save these animals that could soon be extinct if we don’t do something. Those include raising money to build a breeding place for a certain species of animals, chopping down fewer trees so animals like the orange bellied parrot and the lead beaters possum have a place to live and breed in. Yesterday I even learnt that simple things like becoming a member or volunteer at a place like Healesville Sanctuary, can help fight extinction. This trip to Healesville Sanctuary has really helped me properly understand the risk and threat that these animals face, and what I can do about it.
by Hannah G
Before going to Healesville I knew all the different conservation status of Australian native animals and wether they were endangered, Vulnerable, threatened, near threatened, extinct and extinct in the wild. What Healesville taught me is how the animals came to be in those categories and how we can help and support the programs that are trying to save them.
I always knew Tasmania Devils were endangered, but I never knew why. At Healesville I learnt that they are endangered because of a facial tumour they get when fighting for food or road kill, with other devils and it is very contagious. They are trying to help Tassie devils by breeding them and stopping them from fighting with other Tasmanian devils with tumours on their face.
Healesville have agreed to look after and care for twenty endangered animals around Australia, so the animals can help restore their numbers and be well populated in the wild again. We had to pick an endangered animal off the list and use our devices and the information around the sanctuary, to come up with a plan to help save that animal. Our plan was to support black and white day, by raising to donate to the sanctuary. The money that they earn goes to building special centres and breeding programs on the main land of Australia and in Tasmania.
My heart was beating incredibly fast. All I could think of was… RUN, RUN, RUN! The astronomical wave was plunged over me and I swirled out into the deep. The wave marched on devouring everything in its path, like a giant gobbling up its tea. I struggled for breath gasping and spluttering for air. I grabbed onto a lamp pole. Another wave shot out of the water and I went down. The lamp pole banged against my leg and I screeched out in pain. But only I could hear myself. Then the pole flew back. This time it hit my head. Then my world went black.
Congratulations to Mady whose 100WC made it to the showcase this fortnight! Visit www.100wc.net to see her name up in lights!
This week in writing, we have tried our hand at 100 word stories. We had to write only 100 words based on the prompt
But I wondered what I would do …
This has been a great task to help us focus on our choice of words and creating mood in our writing. We voted on the top pieces in our class. Here they are … we hope you enjoy them!
But I wondered what I would do! I fell to the old splintery wood; a rusted nail tore my flesh. Tears swelled in my eyes, a throbbing lump wedged in my throat, enlarged. The words slipped round my mind “What would I do?” I let out an ear piercing scream and covered the wide gash, trying to stop the blood pouring out. My head spun like a spinning top as I slowly wobbled to my feet. The fire place crackled and puffed wispy smoke into the crisp air. The flames licked up any dry wood like a cat drinking milk. I slid my hand up the ancient mantel piece. I knew what I must do.
This was tricky. I jogged to the spot where she lay. Motionless. I gently put one shaky hand to her chest. Beatless. How was I going to save her? Suddenly, I reach for my back pack and take it from my back. Carefully, I lift her head and slide my pack under her. She doesn’t make a sound. Then I realise what I have to do. Slowly, I bend down and put my lips on hers. I blow some air into her mouth then push on her chest. Nothing. Wait, something! She starts breathing! She’s alive! But I wondered what I would do…
But I wondered what I would do. Then it came to me. Run. I ran as fast as possible knowing there was a T-Rex right on my tail. I jumped in to the jeep and slammed on the accelerator causing the jeep to go flying down the road towards safety. The next problem I had was the Spinosarous (which if you ask me stands for killing machine.) I stopped the car and got the dart gun lying in the back and loaded it. I jumped out of the car and pulled the trigger twice watching the mighty beast fall to the floor. At that moment I knew I was safe.
What do you think of our 100 word stories? Where does you mind take you when you hear the phrase “But I wondered what I would do?”
This week in Maths, we have been investigating length, area and perimeter. This is the task we had:
“Granny has bought a new rug for her hallwaythat measures 1m x 1m. Unfortunately, she gets it home and finds it is too wide for her hallway!” Make Granny’s rug and calculate the area and perimeter of it. Resize Granny’s rug so it has the same area but will fit into her hallway (it has to be less than 1 metre wide!) Calculate the area and perimeter of her new rug. What do you notice? Record sketches and measurements of your rugs and write some statements about what you have discovered about area and perimeter.
In Art, we have been developing our mosaicing skills. Progress is slow and it is time consuming but we are looking forward to seeing our finished artworks. We have each designed a symbol of Confirmation and have been transforming these into colourful mosaics. Here are a few photos of us at work:
This term we are doing a novel study. Each student has selected a novel that appeals to him or her and we are going to use these novels throughout the term to find out about how writers work, the kind of devices they use in their texts and how to improve our own writing. The first task was to create a front cover in our literature books depicting the novel selected. Here are the best ones, as selected by the class and Mary. It was VERY hard to choose as there were so many wonderful illustrations. These are inspiring …
Quadblogging for 2013 begins for us the first week of Term 2, the week beginning 15th April. What is quadblogging you may ask?
Can you guess from the name????
Well, quadblogging is when we are linked up with three other schools around the world so we can visit each other’s blogs and share each other’s learning. There is a roster for being the ‘focus blog’ for the week and when it is our turn, our quadblogging buddies will visit our blog. When it is their turn, we will do the same. It will be great to have a wider audience for our blog and to make some great new connections around the world.
Can you think of some good questions for our quadblogging buddies?
Here are the links to our Quadblogging buddy’s blogs:
In maths this week we are focusing on ESTIMATION. Today we played a game called ice ice maybe. We played this game in groups of four, one person played on the computer and the other three played it in their maths book and then they rotated until everyone had a go. Here is a link to the the game
This week in literacy, we have been looking into the features of a picture story book. Our class, 5/6 M and M have been split into groups of up to four and have taken turns in sharing their picture story book that they have chosen to study. As well as discussing our picture story book, we also had to create a front cover for our litracy book along with a favourite picture and sentence. Here are Paul, Emma and Bianca’s front covers for our literacy activity which were chosen by Mary as the best picture story book front covers.