The Last Tree by Mark Wilson
The Last Tree is a story about a beautiful eucalyptus tree. It was tall and strong and had orchids that clung to its branches. Many small animals lived in the tree. Sadly over time the trees that surrounded it were cut down as the city buildings were crowding in closer and closer. The destruction of the forest and loss of habitat leave us feeling helpless until one small seed bursts from the pod and is carried away where it begins to grow and grow.
I am shocked to believe that this could happen that we could lose our beautiful world due to deforestation. I am upset that people choose to keep destroying our world.
I love to see nature reserves filled with birds, animals and small creatures, safe from the destruction of their habitat. It is up to all of us to help recreate the environment. We can all plant seeds, make vegetable gardens and compost.
This spectacular art was inspired by the colours and nature of Africa. We used ink to create the colourful backgrounds and various pastels, crayons, chalk and textas to create the wild animals. We are concerned about the environmental dangers affecting the African biomes and we hope that our beautiful artworks will inspire everyone to think about their own impact on the environment.
African Art on PhotoPeach
African Art on PhotoPeach
We love learning from experts and today we were lucky enough to have Laura, from Moreland City Council, come and speak to us. She taught us many knew things about our role as caretakers of the environment and she set us the challenge of looking at what we are doing and to think about what more we could do?
BRADEN and JAMES
The quick facts from Laura were:
- Use a Bike-Active transport
- Sustainable products-low palm oil or no palm oil
- Compost as much as possible
- Recycle-shopping bags, products, paper
- Use less paper
- Re-use bath water
- Shower Time should be shorter – Use a Timer
- Install a Water tank
- Solar power- Solar panels-Wind Power
- Use Power saving devises
- Energy efficient appliances- lights
- Be The “Environment Police”
- Sit down and tell them what to do to make the house/building approved
- Introduce ‘The walking school bus’
- Wind power is a great source of energy
- Use Biodegradable plastics and soaps
- Market forces encourage us as consumers
- Oceans are getting warmer-fish eggs cant survive
- We need to be proactive for the Environment
We learnt so much and shared our ideas. We are all now more aware of how we can help.
What will your family’s next challenge be as caretakers of the environment?
As part of our Inquiry learning we visited the Melbourne Zoo to learn more about how we can help to protect the habitats of different animals.
We learnt about many different animals and the biomes that they live in. The zoo takes very good care of all the animals. They are breeding many different animals to ensure their survival into the future.
What a zooper time I had at the zoo. I enjoyed walking around and seeing the animals living in their specially designed habitats. The lesson with Tom was really helpful. I now have a greater understanding of Orangutans and their lifestyle. I also learnt that their habitats have been destroyed to plant more palm trees for palm oil. Many of the products that we use have palm oil in them. We all need to stop buying products that have palm oil in them and protect the habitats of the orangutan.
An unforgettable moment was holding an orangutans skull. We learnt about the damage that poachers are causing to many animals.
I discovered that CHIPP describes the different ways that animals will become extinct.
C stands for Climate change
H stands for Habitat loss
I stands for Introduced species
P stands for Pollution
P stands for Poaching
There are ways that we can all stop these. We can stop deforestation by not buying the products. We can all help to stop pollution by not littering and recycling more.
We need to raise awareness and help to reduce all of these dangers to animals.
Nature is both beautiful and powerful. Our wonderful world is full of vibrant colours, amazing creatures, stunning landscapes and lots of love. All the animals are so beautiful in their own way, as is everything in nature. It is as though all Flora and Fauna are the children of Mother Earth. They are all unique and exotic.
We are so lucky to have our blue skies, sunshine and our friends, but I truly love all the sea creatures and the animals in this world. I love the colourful rainbow and the trees with their green leaves. What a wonderful world!
“The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky”
Watching these beautiful images makes me feel relaxed. I am so lucky to live in this wonderful world. It makes me feel very happy and very grateful for all that I have.
I think a wonderful sight in our world is Mount Panorama. The tall mountains have a beautiful view. Once a year a famous car race is held there in Australia. Its lovely green grass runs all around the mountain side.
What do you think is wonderful about our world?
What are the features of the Australian Environment?
What are my responsibilities in helping care for the environment?
What is an eco-system?
These are just some of the questions that we will endeavour to answer throughout our INQUIRY unit in Term 4.
What are some other things that you are WONDERING about the environment?
Visit this great interactive website to learn more!!!
On Friday was National Tree Day. We planted lots of trees with our prep buddies. We cleaned up all the leaves and we mulched all the garden beds. It made me feel excited that I was making a contribution to helping our environment.
During Friday we began planting some new trees around the oval next to the sandpit. We dug holes and filled them with new soil before placing in the new trees. We watered and mulched them to finish off. I felt happy because I was doing a good deed to help nature and to make our school more environmentally friendly.
Today our environment Team organised a scarecrow making day. It was a magnificent Spring day in Melbourne. As the sun shone through the budding oak trees, in our school garden, we worked together to create three scarecrows. We used recycled materials. The frame was nailed together and the hammering continued as we attached bottle tops to empty pots, to create the heads. The bodies were dressed in a variety of pre loved clothes. Carefully they were dug into position and are now proudly overlooking the vegie patch.
What a fabulous day of collaborating and helping each other in the garden. For some students it was their first time using a hammer and nails. It was a great learning experience.
We owe a BIG thanks to Ms Scott and The Environment Team for their wonderful organisation and assistance.