Our animal enclosures

Goal- I will use my understanding of length and perimeter to plan, draw and construct an animal enclosure of the appropriate size. I will also work on my understanding of scale, with 1cm being used to represent a 1 m (in most cases).
Design Challenge- You are responsible for designing one animal enclosure for our Class Zoo. (It might be the animal you have been researching.) You must know how big your animal is and take into consideration how much room they would humanely need to be comfortable. (Certain animals need more space than others.) You will also need to take into account objects that may need to be in your enclosure- eg. Food troughs, sleeping quarters, room for activities, rocks, etc.

Step 1:
Students will plan and map out their enclosure using grid paper. They will correctly measure and label all of the lengths. Students will scale their enclosure so that 1cm is being used to represent 1 metre. To extend certain students you may like to setting individual or group prerequisites, for example- your enclosure must have 6 sides, your enclosure must have 8 sides, all of your sides must be different lengths, you must have one curved or diagonal side, one length must have an amount in the units place of your metres- so that when you scale it to cms it will become a decimal- eg 55 metres would be 5.5cms.
Step 2:
When students correctly finish part 1 they will be given the opportunity to map out a 3D model of their scaled enclosure. They may like to use cardboard, matchsticks, icy pole sticks, blue tack, string, thin wire, or the like. Students will correctly measure, check and label each of their lengths.
Step 3:
When part 2 is completed student will be able to measure out, create and label other items to fill their enclosure.

Term 3… all I can say so far is WOW!!

Hi Class,
This is a post for you! I have absolutely loved teaching this term. I have also loved sharing the teaching with Sophie. Together we have done and learnt so many amazing things. Let’s take a moment to reflect on some of them.
Early in the term we went to the Melbourne Museum and Imax. Remember that Wild Exhibition? I’ve never seen anything like it in my life! The Wild incursion was also a real highlight. Cabaret was a very exciting night for all of us. Not to mention all the amazing things we’ve been doing in our classroom. Religion, Maths, Reading, Writing, Integrated and Art have all had rich activities and learning! Plus let us not forget how amazing Book Week has been!
Please comment about some of your favourite moments, memories, activities and learning of this term. Can’t wait to hear from you all!
Love Beth

Tiny the Python

Jack and Tiny the Python

A bony, sleek body was in my grasp. It was heavy. I was holding it near the tail, it’s body drooped down when I held it. It was named Tiny, but it wasn’t tiny, it was the biggest snake I’ve ever seen! A full sized python could swallow a cow or a horse. Lucky this one could only swallow a small wallaby! I was safe! The python can dislocate it’s jaw in 4 places. After a big meal it wouldn’t need to eat for another month or two. However it needs heat to digest it. If they eat before a blizzard the cow/horse(child?) would rot inside it and the snake would die.
I felt both nervous and ecstatic to be on stage!

The Python and Chloe

I saw the python and said to myself “Yep, I’m going to put my hand up for this!”
With my cute, adorable, little smile I got chosen! I held the head but it was really gross and a little scary!

Allie and Tiny
When I held the python it felt squishy, sticky and soft. In my whole life I have never seen a snake before. It was wriggly and felt slimy. I thought it was going to fall.

Brianna Meets Tiny

The Python’s name was Tiny, but he didn’t look that tiny. He was 7 people long. I got to hold the python and you could feel him move. You could also feel his bones. Tiny has a backbone so he’s a vertebrate. Tiny came from Queensland and he’s a greyish colour.

Keeley’s Experience with Tiny

As I walk up to the stage I feel nervous as well as excited. Bronte unravelled the python from around her neck. She told us to squish into one line. She put the python in the boys’ hands and then came up to us girls. Slowly she put the fat python named Tiny on my hand. The python started wriggling, and it squeezed my little fingers together. Bronte finally took it from my hands and put it back around her neck. I let out a sigh of relief as I left the stage. Happy to be safely back in my spot.