Year 4 had a trip to Amazona to learn about Central and South American animals. This added more information to our inquiry and expedition to Mexico. We now know what animals we may encounter. It was a glorious day!
During the most recent day of trekking through the Mexican Rainforest, each team had to find an artefact: research its origin and sketch it. Teams were concerned about whether they should take the artefacts or leave them in the forest. Many questions were raised and teams debated whether the answers. Do we have a right to take these artefacts? Who do they belong to? Are they cursed by the Mayans? Should we listen to the moth?
To prepare for our expedition to Mexico, each expedition team had to research nutrition. We learnt the types of food that contain high levels of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals. Each team then learnt how these nutrients can benefit our health and how much we need to maintain a balanced healthy diet. We then made our own survival power balls that were packed with all of the essential nutrients to survive.
Ingredients included: coconut oil, dried dates, dried mango, dried cranberries, dried apples and cashew nuts. We ate the power balls after running 1600 metres and noticed how they replenished our energy.
The Mexican expedition teams were commissioned by Cambridge University to find some rare invertebrates in the Mexican swamp. The teams worked well together to catch, identify and classify different species. Each team entered their data into an Excel spreadsheet and created their own bar graphs.
Some of the species caught included: great diving beetle larvae, frogs and tadpoles, water boatman, pond skaters, damselfly larvae and mosquito larvae. Children used keys to identify species and then we used the USB microscope to take a closer look at some specimens.