DESIGN AN ANIMAL!
We have been learning about the way in which animals have evolved through natural selection so that they are well suited their habitat.
Do you think ‘mother nature’ has got it right?! What if you could bring to life an animal that you believe is the best suited for the environment in which it can be found?
This week, your task is to design an animal that you think is perfectly suited to an environment of your choice. You can choose from:
- the Arctic
- a rainforest habitat
- a coral reef habitat
- a desert habitat
- a mountain habitat
- a coastal habitat
You should present your animal using images and annotations, describing the physical features of the animal and the way in which it’s adapted to suit its habitat.
Due: Tuesday 27th March
This week, I would like you to take some time to rehearse the first three paragraphs of our class text, using the actions we’ve learnt together:
The laser-blue leapfrog, so-called due to its distinctive fluorescent blue flanks, is an amphibian that can be found in the tropical lowlands of Central and South America. An impressive jumper, it uses its exceptionally long legs to help it spring up to 4.5m – over four times its own body length! This is almost double the distance of its close relative, the tree frog.
The tropical rainforest that is home to the leapfrog is teeming with life. Known for its tall trees, dense vegetation and high humidity, the rainforest provides the ideal environment for its many inhabitants. Notably, it is believed to be home to almost half of all animal species worldwide.
The leapfrog’s physical appearance means that it is it extremely well adapted for life in their rainforest dwelling. Scientists believed that it developed its blue colouring to deter predators by over-stimulating their eyes. Meanwhile, its emerald green body enables it to blend in with the lush green vegetation of its habitat.
Despite currently being classified as of ‘least concern’ on the red list, the leapfrog faces a number of threats. Its rainforest habitat is shrinking at an alarming rate due to deforestation, whilst snakes, birds and even alligators are amongst its predators. Due to its falling numbers, it is predicted that, by 2030, the population will be critically endangered. What will be done to conserve this treasured species?
In addition, you should choose any topic at all that you are an ‘expert’ in, or that you feel passionate about, and write a short report about it using some of the vocabulary that we have been working on. You can leave your report as a comment below or write it in your Home Learning book. I can’t wait to read them!
- Investigate the long ‘a’ sound (the ‘ae’ phoneme). How many different words can you find that contain this sound? How many different ways is this sound spelt (one is ‘ae’!)? You can respond to the blog post or present your findings in a table or poster to be displayed in the classroom; it’s your choice!
- Along with your usual times table practice, learn the square and cube numbers
1 squared / 12= 1 x 1 = 1
2 squared / 22 = 2 x 2 = 4
1 cubed / 13 = 1 x 1 x 1 = 1
2 cubed / 23 = 2 x 2 x 2 = 8