Homework Wk 7, Term 1 - 3A ACPS 2015

Term 1, Week 7
Due Date: 19/3/2015
Homework will be given on a fortnightly basis (weeks 3, 5, 7 in term 1). It will consist of Literacy, Numeracy and Challenge Based Learning
tasks. They’re developed to be completed independently, however assistance can be given from family members if required. Homework is
designed to help reinforce content delivered in class and can further assist students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts that are
Read the article titled ‘Elephants Next Act’ and answer the following questions (remember to use full
sentences ):
1. Do you think it’s a good idea that The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are going to stop
using elephants in their shows? Why/ why not?
2. Do you agree that they should keep their last elephants working until 2018 or should they stop using
them straight away? Explain why you think this.
I will post the article to our class blog. You may record your answers as a com m ent
on the blog rather than write them in your hom ework book. Our blog is
Home Reading
Remember to read for at least 30 minutes every day and record each reading session in your green Home
Reading Book.
Choose an interesting object or picture from your home as a ‘seed’ to write about. You are to do a brainstorm
of any words or ideas that come to your mind when you look at the object. After you have brainstormed, write a
narrative (fictional story). Remember the following when planning your writing:
• Include the five W’s; Who? What? When? Where? Why?
• Hook the reader in with a great beginning.
• Try and use really interesting words.
• Use a different colour pencil to edit your work.
• Use a dictionary to correct your own spelling.
Mathletics and Literacy Planet
Remember to check Mathletics and Literacy Planet for new tasks that have been set for you. Your user names
and passwords for these programs should be glued in to the front cover of your homework book.
Challenge Based Learning (CBL)
Our essential question for CBL this term is: How does my identity shape the person I am? Choose one family
member or friend and list as many things as you can about what things are similar or different to you. You may
think of things to do with appearance or likes/ dislikes.
Use the app Pic Collage on your ipad. Take a selfie with you and your family member and caption the photo
with your responses. Remember to share the finished product to me. My email address is
[email protected]
The following question has multiple answers. Do your best to work out as many as you can. Remember to show
your working out.
You need to buy 100 paperclips for school. At the store, you notice that you can
only buy them in packs of 5, 10, 25 or 50. Find as many ways as you can to buy
exactly 100 paperclips.
Elephants’ Next Act
The giant mammals will no longer be part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
MARCH 06, 2015
By Zachary Humenik with AP reporting
P.T. Barnum began using elephants in the circus almost 150 years ago.
The “Greatest Show on Earth” will soon be entertaining audiences around the country without the help of one if its star
performers. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said Thursday that it will remove elephants from all its
The elephant has been a symbol of the Ringling Bros. circus act since it began 145 years ago. However, with many
people concerned about the negative effect captivity has on these highly intelligent animals, public opinion on using
elephants in the circus has changed.
“There’s been somewhat of a mood shift among our customers,” said Alana Feld, Vice President of Feld Enterprises Inc.,
the circus’ parent company. “A lot of people aren’t comfortable with us touring with our elephants.”
A New Home
While news of the elephant’s departure may come as a surprise to those who can’t imagine the circus them, the change
will not be immediate. There are still 13 elephants performing with Ringling Bros. that will remain there until 2018. Once
officially retired, the elephants will be relocated to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Centre for Elephant
Conservation in central Florida. Twenty-nine of its elephants are already there.
Established in 1995, the Centre for Elephant Conservation focuses on safely breeding and housing the elephants. Home
to the largest heard of Asian Elephants in North America, the 200-acre facility provides constant care and around 2.5
tons of hay for the elephants to eat every day.
The centre also gives scientists a better opportunity to study the tusked mammals, since they can get a lot closer to the
highly trained circus elephants than elephants in the wild that aren’t used to human contact.
For Kenneth Feld, owner of Feld Enterprises Inc., protecting the future of these animals is a high priority. “We’re creating
the greatest resource for the preservation of the Asian elephant,” he said.