Year 2 Grasshoppers, Integrated Unit, The Earth: Our home.
Panyaden International Primary School.

Kru Brianne, Homeroom Teacher.
During Term 1, students in Year 2 Grasshoppers completed their integrated unit on The Earth: Our home. Students explored the many different habitats in our world, including its plants, animals, and needs for survival. They continued to learn about adaptations, food chains, and migrations. The final activity required students to choose an animal, and create a life-like diorama of the appropriate habitat; keeping in mind the necessities for their animal to survive.

Throughout the term, students developed a passion for wildlife and began questioning and illustrating, ways in which they could help our planet. As a class, they began to explore. Students spent time researching and coming up with different ideas to save forests, wildlife, and general life on our planet. Through WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) they discovered that ‘our planet’s wildlife is in crisis-numbers have fallen by more than half since 1970, and species are going extinct at an alarming rate.’

Students became more interested and engaged in this topic, noting that ‘human actions threaten wildlife in two main ways: by destroying and damaging the places where species live, and by using them in ways that are unsustainable’.

After many lessons and class discussions, the Grasshopper students decided that they wanted to do something to make a difference! They decided to collect as much money as possible, within the class, to help the animals in danger.

The students chose two habitats which they enjoyed learning about the most; the Arctic, and the Rainforest. They found out which animals in these habitats were needing protection and support. Together, the Grasshoppers decided to send their money to the Giant Panda, and the Polar Bear.

Year 2 Grasshoppers, 2019/20.
Homeroom teachers: Kru Brianne and Kru Jang.
Teacher assistant: Kru Om.
Panyaden International Primary School.

It is estimated that around 1,860 giant pandas remain in the wild today. The giant panda habitat was once spread throughout China, northern Vietnam, and northern Myanmar. But now the giant panda is found in the wild in just six isolated mountain ranges in Gansu, Shaanxi and Sichuan Provinces in south-central China. (source: WWF)

Magnificent polar bears depend on Arctic sea ice to hunt and raise their young. But the ice is shrinking. By helping protect polar bears you’re helping to make sure the Arctic food chain stays healthy–for the benefit of wildlife and people in and beyond the Arctic. By 2050, polar bear numbers may decline by 30% due to the rapid loss of sea ice. (source: WWF)

To learn about how you can support and protect the earth and endangered species, please visit https://www.worldwildlife.org/