Weekly English task-
Watch this videoclip. It shows how destruction of the rainforest is affecting the animals that live there.
For this weeks task, we would like you to put together a letter to send to wood logging companies that are destroying the rainforest and argue for or against deforestation. Below this, you have got an example text of a letter; different ideas to write about; the features of a persuasive letter and a bank of phrases to help you start off your sentences.
Persuasive writing usually includes these features:
- Written in the present tense
- Logical connectives (therefore, however)
- Powerful adjectives
- Rhetorical questions
- Daring the reader to disagree
- Counter arguments from the other point of view
- Uses facts and opinions
To whom it may concern,
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world. It spans 2 million square miles and covers 8 countries…for now at least. By 2020 the need for wood will double, resulting in the complete deforestation of the rainforest in 100 years.
The magnificent rainforest currently houses over 30 million different species of plants and animals but scientists say that we are currently loosing around 50 species per day, that’s one every half an hour! So why are we cutting down these incredible landmarks? There are three main reasons:
1. Wood for timber that gets made into furniture and burnt for energy.
2. Land for farmers to plant food and graze animals.
3. To extract minerals and vitamins for medicine.
This destruction threatens mankind’s survival, it is speeding up global warming and changing the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere. If we do not act now, then we are in real danger of permanently damaging our beautiful planet.
You may argue that we use some of the plants from the rainforest to cure horrible diseases like leukaemia however there are other medicines we can use! It is really worth all of the destruction? The chances of reversing this terrible damage are already slim so we need to act now! Are you really going to put the future of the world at risk?
A worried citizen
Weekly Maths task-
Multiplying by 1, 10, or 100
When you multiply by 1 the answer stays the same. 21 × 1 = 21
When you multiply by 10, move all the digits one place to the left, putting a zero in the empty space. 21 × 10 = 210
When you multiply by 100, move all the digits two places to the left, putting a zero in the empty spaces. 21 × 100 = 2100
Dividing by 1, 10 or 100
When you divide by 1 the answer stays the same. 21 ÷ 1 = 21
When you divide by 10, move all the digits one place to the right. 210 ÷ 10 = 21
When you divide by 100, move all the digits two places to the right. 2100 ÷ 100 = 21
When we divide or multiply a number by 100, we need to move it 2 places to the left or right.
NOTE: We don’t say add zeroes. We say add place holders. This is because a zero has no value!
If you want a challenge, use this document to measure the height of a tree and convert it’s measurements from metres to centimetres. Alternatively, find a selection of twigs and sticks and measure them. Can you convert them to millimetres and metres?
This week it is ‘Children’s Art Week’ with the theme being – ‘The Natural World’. This fits in nicely with our current topic.
This week you have 2 options (or complete both if you like!)
Option 1 – leaf printing
Begin by making a small collection of leaves.
Squeeze some paint into a palette
Flatten a leaf into the paint, remove it and press it on to the paper. Make several prints at this stage as you’ll find that each will be slightly different.
Think about variety of tones and textures of the leaves – it often becomes more noticeable once it has been printed on to paper.
Now think about composition. Repeating a pattern across the page or experimenting with rotating interlocking designs is an effective way of turning a simple activity into a more complex one.
Option 2 – close up photography
Take a walk around your local area or garden and look for signs of life - there will be something!
Experiment with ‘zoom’ on the camera – how does this effect your photos?
Although cameras make it easy for us to ‘point and click’, there are still decisions to be made. Think about the decisions you are making. Describe what it is you are interested in photographing and why.
Now have a look at your photos – you have probably taken lots! Choose 4 or 5 which you consider to be best and think about why these pictures are better than others you have taken.
Using all of your plant knowledge, this week we would like you to design your own ‘SUPER PLANT’!
Have a look at this link which explains many interesting plants and their functions (you may like to steal some ideas for your own plant);
When designing your plant, think about;
- The functions of the different parts
Be as creative and imaginative as you can!
Wonderful World Wednesday
We are now entering July – it is labelled as ‘Plastic Free July’.
For your Wednesday challenge we are to keep it simple this week – however you could all make a big difference by doing this!
First of all, we would like you to go on a litter pick, removing at least 10 items of litter from your local area – we would love to see pictures of this!
Secondly, write a list of 5 things you could do this month to limit your use of plastic.
Linking in with your Wednesday activity, this week for ‘Therapeutic Thursday’, we would like you to make a poster for ‘Plastic Free July’ to persuade people to cut down on their use of plastic.
Ideas could include;
Reusable fabric bags
Paper or metal straws instead of plastic
Reusable water bottles
Not using plastic disposable cups or cutlery
If plastic is used, ensure it is recyclable.
Today, your task is activity Bingo. Choose 6 and cross them off to get bingo when you’re done!