Image Source – Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis)
This week Year 6/7 students finished their threatened species project. Each of the following Victorian species is declining in numbers due to habitat loss, introduced species, pest plants, pollution and/or overkill.
Brolga (Adam and Daniel)
Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby (Jim)
Carpet Python (Tom)
Corangamite Water Skink (Jasmine)
Earless Bearded Dragon (Emalee)
Eastern Barred Bandicoot
Growling Grass Frog (Chloe)
Helmeted Honey-eater (Sarah)
Honeyeaters (Kaylee and Jacinta)
Long-nosed Potoroo (Emma)
Orange-bellied Parrot (Cara and Shannon)
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Darcy and Chris) (Nathan B.)
Striped Legless Lizard
Southern Brown Bandicoot (Paul)
Spot-tailed Quoll (Leah)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (James and Nick)
Leatherback turtle (Lachlan)
It would be great if you could use Blabberize or Voicethread to give your animal a voice! Please leave a comment about which slideshow you like best, and what you might do differently if you did this project again.
This week in our Year 6/ 7 Science classes we are starting a project about Threatened Species. You have already learnt about the general characterisitics of all living organisms and how living organisms are classified into Five Kingdoms and smaller groups depending on characteristics such as: single or multicellular, autotrophic or heterotrophic, vertebrate or invertebrate, warm or cold-blooded, lay eggs or live births, fins, fur or feathers. You have also created a dichotomous key to identify 10 different objects of your own choosing (fruit, icecream flavours, drinks, lollies, sporting balls etc.)
Your project must be about a local Victorian threatened species (you can find a list at DNRE) and should demonstrate your understanding of the characterisitics of living organisms. Your student task sheet, including assessment rubric and research grid, can be found on the Year 6/7 wiki. (Activity 5) This project is due on Friday May 28th.
If you would like to practise some of the maths activities we did this week, here are the links:
Sort polygons into a table based on number and length of sides.
Shape Sorter – choose one or two rules and place the polygons in the appropriate Venn circle.
Did anyone see the fantastic program on ABC last night with David Attenborough about the snow leopards of Pakistan? They are very rare mammals, that live in the harsh and isolated mountains of the middle east. The program showed a mother and her cub, stalking behaviours and how scientists have used a radio-tracking collar to get information about the range and territory of the leopard. Villagers think that the snow leopard is their enemy, because they have been known to kill livestock. But the film-makers believe that if they get to know the creature and it’s behaviour, they may start to try to protect it.
The Program Summary from ABC
Snow Leopard Conservation
Myths and legends about the Snow Leopard