Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Yes it is ok because if they didn't kill a couple of animals to stay warm then a lot of humans would die and that is not good either.
No it is not ok. They should take a plane to a grocery store.
No it is not ok. They should fish for food and buy an ax to chop down a tree for fire.
Yes it is ok. But only sometimes. And only if they do it safely.
We also learned a bit about the oil pipeline in the Arctic region that is causing the animals to lose some of their homes. We discussed if we thought we should keep the pipeline or not. If no, they had to figure out how we will fuel our homes and cars. If yes, they had to figure out what to do with the animals. Some answers were:
Well, the pipeline should be on the right, and the animals should be on the left. Then it is fair.
We should keep the pipeline and tell people to help build sanctuaries for the animals.
We should get rid of the pipeline so the animals can have their homes back. We can walk and use a fan.
We should get rid of the pipeline and find a way to trap lightening in a box to use for energy.
The pipeline looks small. The animals can share the space. Maybe birds can build nests on it.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
The koala was awake when we saw him so we got to pet him!
To learn about Australia we went on a walkabout and saw kangaroos, wallabies, snakes (there are very venomous snakes in Australia so be careful!), koalas, wombats, crocodiles, Tasmanian devils, and the hard to find duck bill platypus. We learned about each animal and that they are all unique to Australia. We also got to watch an Aboriginal man play the didgeridoo and we covered our ears as Ms. Baker attempted to play it. Our discussion centered around whether the countries of Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia should be called Australia as the continent name or Oceania. The countries that are part of the continent of Australia but not the country of Australia are pushing for the name change. Some of our answers were:
-It should stay Australia because I like our song.
- It should change to Oceania to be fair to all of the countries.
- It should stay Australia because it would take too much work to change the name on all of the maps.
- It should change to Oceania because it would help everyone else know more about New Zealand.
- It should stay Australia because I like that name better.
-It should change to Oceania because they are all islands in the ocean.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
To learn about the animals of Africa we went on a safari. We walked through the jungles of Africa hitting away any mosquitoes so we wouldn't get malaria! We saw lions, zebra, hippos, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, kudus, crocodiles, cape buffaloes, and others! We learned a bit about poaching and how it is illegal to kill certain animals. We then had the discussion as to whether we thought it was ok to kill animals for food. The whole class agreed yes because humans need to eat too. We also discussed if it was ok to kill animals for sport. Some answers were:
"Yes it is ok to kill animals. But only one or two. We shouldn't be too greedy."
"No it is not ok because if we kill the animals then the other animals won't have anything to eat."
"Yes it is ok because there are sometimes too many of a certain animal and then it will die anyway."
"Yes it is ok because you can chop off the top half and hang it on your wall."
"No it is not ok because if we kill too many they will become endangered. It is better to just kill what you need to eat."
What an insightful class we have!