Thursday, October 13, 2016

PBL Artifact

Recently we were learning about asking questions. When you ask questions you learn things you haven't learnt before. Asking questions is a great way to gather information and communicate. We have also had to research the things we have chosen to learn about. I chose to learn about the Jaguar. While researching we also learned how to take notes. We gathered information by reading books, watching videos and looking on the internet. Key words are also something we used to describe something in a way that we didn't have to describe it all in a boring long sentence. I also did a report about the jaguar. In my report I tell the reader the ways the tiger hunt as well as many other things like their habitat and what they look like. Here is my report.

                                                    The Jaguar
Introduction
Have you ever wondered what jaguars live like in the wild rainforest? Well in this little article you will learn a lot of things about the jaguar. This piece is about their habitat, hunting, what they look like, jaguar facts and the threats to the jaguar. This will help you learn about the rainforest and jaguars a bit. You will also read about deforestation and what we are doing by chopping down trees just for our own good. Enjoy what you are about to read. Learning is fun so enjoy!


Habitat
The jaguar once roamed from Argentina to South America, and all the way to a grand canyon in Arizona. They have almost all been eliminated from the United States. All species of jaguar are being endangered. They live in habitats including deciduous forests, ( Deciduous is like a tree with no green leaves that will drop their leaves in winter )   rainforests, swamps, pampas grasslands and mountain scrub area. Some jaguars also live and sleep in trees. With their powerful claws and their powerful legs they can climb up the trees and be safe. That is why trees are so important to animals like the jaguar.


Hunting prey
Animals such as jaguars, eat meat as they are known to be carnivores. A nice meal for the jaguar is deer and other animals they can catch. Small rodents are also something the jaguar likes to eat. Pretty much anything they can catch they will eat. The fierce jaguar will use their powerful claws to climb up trees to catch sloths. They will also go to a pond and catch fish for them to eat. Crocodiles are another thing that jaguars will eat. They must have to put up a good fight to be able to kill and eat those mean vicious reptiles. Their powerful jaws help them to catch prey when they are on the move.


What they look like
All jaguars have distinctive donut shaped rings on their fur. On the underside of their bellies they have a lighter shade of fur. Their tails curve round like a normal house cats tail.  Its coat is normally yellow and tan. Jaguars look similar to the cheetah, look for the big black donut shaped rings on the yellow tan fur and that's how you can tell that it is not a cheetah and it is a jaguar. The jaguar can run up to 64 miles per hour.
Distinctive features
  • Brown rings on yellow tan fur
  • Long tail for balancing when leaping
  • Claws not seen when resting ‘retractable’
  • Sensitive whiskers


Jaguar facts


Jaguars can be recognised by looks because of their distinctive detailed fur. Did you know the panthers are just black furred jaguars?


Baby jaguars are called cubs, so are baby lions and baby tigers. Cubs are born with eyelids that are sealed shut. After a few weeks the cubs eyes will slowly open their eyes and be able to see for the very first time. Six months later when the cubs are all grown up, the mother will teach the cubs how to hunt and catch prey so that they don't starve. What did you think was interesting in these facts?


Threats
We are the biggest threats to jaguars. Because of us chopping down trees, jaguars are coming closer to extinction. Not only are we affecting the population of jaguar, we are also affecting the population of people. We chop down trees so we can make houses, shops and even schools. Is there anything we can do to help the population of both people and jaguars? Yes, we need to recycle more and be respectful to our country’s and what we already have that some people don’t. Change the way you think about animals and others. Be more respectful. We need to stop chopping down all the trees because it's like destroying someone's home. We wouldn’t like it if giant jaguars came and destroyed our homes would we? No, so stop chopping down trees and recycle!


Conclusion

I wonder, now that you have read about the jaguar, if you will share your knowledge on the jaguar with your friends and family. How much did you learn about the jaguar? Some of the facts I have shared with you are my prior knowledge. While learning about where jaguars live, hunting, what they look like, facts and threats, did you notice anything you might have already known? Not only did I teach you, I also learnt some facts about jaguars that I didn’t already know that I then taught you those facts. What did you learn about the jaguar?


                            
PBL Artefact
This is my artefact I made for my pbl learning. I chose to do it about the jaguar because it was something I am interested in. I had to work hard to get it done to a gold level quality. I have gone and printed out the paragraphs from my report and glued them onto my artefact. The materials I used were 3 pieces of card, dark and light green as well as brown coloured pencils, sharpies, felt to make the jaguar and some glue and scissors to put it all together. Something I will work harder on next time is focusing and to not get distracted. I had to use my interdependence muscle and my revising muscles to help me with my report and  artefact.

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