In this week’s issue of Weekly News, we have: Berry the Bear’s Trip to Thailand, 5 Fascinating Facts about camels and their unique adaptations, and an idea for a fun project you can do at home! First, Berry’s trip to Thailand. Similarly to Ted and Ellie, Berry the Bear loves to travel, and last week she visited Thailand for the first time! Mainly, she explored the towns and cities, discovered many beautiful waterfalls, and ate a lot of unusual foods. On Wednesday, she even went swimming with an elephant! Berry really enjoyed her trip, and overall she would give the food a 10/10. Unfortunately, she didn’t get to try everything, and there were many interesting places left unexplored. However, Berry is planning going again soon so that she can keep learning new things! Moving on, here are five fascinating facts about camels and their adaptations: 1) Camels live in the desert, where it is extremely hot and dry, so they have adapted long legs to keep their body away from the sizzling sand. 2) During a sandstorm, camels need to protect their eyes from the grains of sand, Consequently, they have adapted two sets of eyelashes, as sandstorms frequently occur in the desert. 3) There isn’t much food available in the desert, so camels have adapted extra thick lips, therefore they can eat thorny plants such as cactuses, and even munch on sticks! 4) Camels can survive in scorching and freezing temperatures from – 20 degrees to 49 degrees celcius! 5) When feeling threatened or provoked, camels spit a revolting greenish substance from their stomachs. Ew!!!
In case you didn’t understand, here’s what adaptation means: noun: the action or process of adapting or being adapted noun in biology: the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment
Finally, here is a fun idea that you can try with your family and friends on holidays or weekends: Make a Murder Mystery Film! If you enjoy acting, murder mystery books, TV or props, try this! You will need: paper, pens, a black hat or pair of gloves, some props, a camera, family and friends and something to join your scenes together (this could be an app or a website online).
First, create a storyline! You can put together a clever, fiendish crime for your detective to solve, or make your storyline slightly less complicated, but make sure you include a part for everyone! Now, decide on your characters. Who wants to play the sneaky villian, and who wants to be the detective? Who will be the innocent suspect, who is falsely accused of the crime? Together, come up with a detailed script for each scene. Next, get together some props! Will you kneed a mask, so the villain can hide his face, an item of clothing covered in blood. To make these examples, you could use cardboard and paint to for a mask, or cover an old scarf or shirt with fake blood, but make sure to ask your parents to help with these props! Once everything is prepared, rehearse! Keep practising until every scene can be done with no forgetting your lines and no laughing when you’re trying to find clues. When everyone thinks they are ready, you can film it. Film each scene in a new video, so that you can move the camera and arrange new props between each scene. Finally, merge your videos together. Optionally, you can add credits or music, but you might need a special app or website to do this. Now you can watch your film and share with with all your friends and family!