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Penguins and dogs?

This week ISN Elementary Class had the pleasure of investigating how the people in the small town of Warrnambool in Victoria, Australia have helped to save a colony of fairy penguins living on an island near their town. These tiny penguins were being eaten by foxes.

Our transdisciplinary theme is “Who we are” and our central idea is “Nations of the world share a common desire to make our planet Earth a better place.”

The people in the Warrnambool community chose a very unusual idea. A local Warrnambool chicken farmer had used maremma dogs from Italy to guard his chickens so they decided to train his dogs to protect the island from foxes during the penguin’s breeding and nesting season.

After doing their research, students wrote the ideas they thought were interesting and important. We look forward to using some of their articles in our newspaper which we will publish at the end of this unit of study.

This week we also had the opportunity to help a young bird which was unable to fly due to some rubbish stuck to its wing. After cutting off the sticky substance we released the bird into the forest near our school. When we let it go, it flew very well right up into the tree. It was great to be able to make the world a better place by helping this tiny bird.

今週のアッパーエレメンタリークラスは、オーストラリアのビクトリアにあるワーナンブールという小さな町に住む人々が、近くの島に住む狐に食べられていた妖精ペンギンのコロニーをどのように助けてきたかを調べました。

ワーナンブールの人々は、地元の養鶏家が、イタリアのマレンマシープ犬を使って鳥を守っていたました。その珍しいアイデアを使って、繁殖期のペンギンを狐から守るために犬を訓練することに決めました。子ども達はこの事ついて調べた後、興味深くて重要だと思ったことを書きました。今学んでいるユニットの最後に作成する新聞で、今回書いた記事を使いたいと思います。

今週は、羽にごみがついて飛べないひな鳥を助けました。粘々した物を取り除いた後、学校の近くの森に逃がしてあげました。ひな鳥は元気よく森の中へ飛んでいきました。助けることができてとてもうれしかったです!