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Week 4, Term Three 2017

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's Wildlife on Wheels visited the Year 3s in Week 3. Students had up close encounters with slithery snakes, scaly lizards, slippery frogs and even oversized insects.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary came to visit Year 3, Wednesday 26 July. First we (3S) went to 3G for the visit, while 3G went to our classroom. WOW stands for Wildlife on Wheels. The people who visited were Kristie and Raina.

Litter bugs are very good parents and they are nocturnal. They told us that they eat dead gum leaves. Tawny frogmouths are birds that fly silently and their mouths are yellow. The yellow in the mouth is so insects think it’s a light and they go inside. Did you know that insects are attracted to lights?

Never ever touch a green tree frog because their skin is like it's got holes in it.

Shingle back lizards are shaped like they have two heads and they carry food and water in their tail. Did you know they are a member of the blue tongue lizard family?

A food chain and a food web is like a grasshopper eating grass and a frog eats a grasshopper and a python eats a frog. A python can eat a cat or a dog. They are not poisonous.

Ecosystems are living things or non-living things and can interact with each other.

Biomes are big places like the Sahara Desert.

Sebastian Salay 3S

The WOW (Wildlife on Wheels) came to visit Year 3 on Wednesday to talk about ecosystems and brought some animals in. These animals were: a carpet python, a shingle backed lizard, a tawny frog mouth, a green tree frog and a giant burrowing cockroach.

They talked about the differences between prey and predators. We also discovered that we cannot touch green tree frogs with our bare hands. Frogs skin absorbs everything they touch (a bit like a sponge) and because we wash our hands with soap and brush our teeth with toothpaste, the frog could get sick if there is any small amount on our hands.

They also talked about, if there is pollution in an area, it can affect the animals food chains.

I loved looking at all the fascinating creatures and loved the experience.

Charlotte Pazaratz 3G

On Wednesday the 26 July, 3M participated in a Wildlife on Wheels program. First, we were introduced to a giant burrowing cockroach. Did you know they can grow to the size of an adult's hand and dig up to 1.5 meters?

After, we met Kermit (a green tree frog). I learnt something about frogs: if you touch a frog with just one little bit of dirt, food, toothpaste or soap it will go into the frog’s body and the frog can get very sick.

We also met Popcorn the shingle back lizard. Something I learnt about popcorn was, when a predator comes, he curls up in a ball hoping that the predator gets confused and goes away. Next, we met Oscar the tawny frogmouth. Oscar can camouflage by putting up his head and blending in with a tree.

Last but not least, we met Spok the carpet python. When we patted Spok he felt cool because he is a cold-blooded animal.

My favourite part was patting and seeing all the animals brought in by the Wildlife on Wheels from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Charlotte Kemp 3M

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