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.