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Tentacles, Barbs, and Fangs, Oh My!


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A Webquest designed to introduce future travelers to Australia to the unique and occasionally deadly wildlife indigenous to the different regions.

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Tentacles, Barbs, and Fangs, Oh My!

  1. 1. Tentacles, Barbs, and Fangs, Oh My! This WebQuest will develop important survival skills necessary to coexist with the deadly wildlife unique to Australia.
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Your flight landed in Sydney only minutes ago and the excitement is still building.  You have come to Australia to volunteer with an environmental and native Australian wildlife conservation group. Welcomed with open arms from the friendly Aussies, they lead you from your terminal to sit and discuss with you the agenda for your shared three week excursion.  As you are reading through the schedule, you notice the sundry habitats you will explore.  You will be traveling in and exploring the deserts, the eucalyptus forests, and oceans Australia has to offer, not to mention the steel jungles you are free to visit in your down time. You are excited to get going, and as you head for the exit, a kind smile stops you in your tracks. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>G’day Mate!  Welcome to Sydney and thanks for your interest in our project, we’re all happy to have ya!  We understand your eagerness to see the sights, but before we can bring you into the outback, or even out of the airport for that matter, you need to learn about what you're up against in this non-forgiving land. You need to understand the diversity of wildlife here in Australia.   We have many of the same animals that you do back in the states, but we also have wildlife you've probably never dreamed of, and some of them are plainly put, deadly.  Growing up here, we all had to learn to adapt to our environment and the ever constant possibility of being struck, stung, or bitten.   To prove your proficiency you will take a quiz which will cover information like where these creatures are located in Australia, how to identify and avoid them, and what first aid techniques are most effective against these species in the case of an emergency situation. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Task <ul><li>Before you begin, watch this video which contains most of the animals you will be learning about. Beware though, that the depiction of the cone snail and taipan snake are not accurate. </li></ul><ul><li> Come to Australia! </li></ul><ul><li>You will be researching the following animals: Cone Snail, Box Jellyfish, Irukandji, Funnelweb, Redback, Blue Ringed Octopus, Brown Snake, Taipan, Stonefish, Saltwater Crocodile. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Process <ul><li>Here are some websites to help you begin your search and fill out your chart. </li></ul><ul><li>Aussie Wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>Aussie Spiders </li></ul><ul><li>Aussie Snakes </li></ul><ul><li>Box Jellyfish </li></ul><ul><li>Saltwater Crocodile </li></ul><ul><li>First Aid </li></ul>Click here for the chart to fill out
  6. 6. Hint <ul><li>By the way, there is little to no information regarding first aid of crocodile encounters, so focus mainly on preventative measures, and keeping out of known dangerous crocodile areas. </li></ul>Study Guide
  7. 7. <ul><li>Click Here for the Quiz! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Evaluation 25% Understands why pressure immobilization bandages are so important to saving tissue and bodily function. Given a choice of options in a real world scenario can choose the least likely to result in attack. Knows to encourage the victim to stay calm and remain in one place until help arrives. Knows to delegate different people to different jobs in the case of an emergency. (You, go call 911!) Critical Thinking 25% Knows for which of the ten animals assigned if anti-venom is available. Understands when to use a pressure immobilization bandage, and when to use warm water. Knows which jellyfish vinegar is effective against. Understands to treat all snake bites the same, sea or land, expected venomous or not. First Aid 25% Can give examples of how to avoid 10 out of the 10 animals tested upon. Can give ways to avoid 7 out of the 10 animals tested upon. Understands the need to be aware of their surroundings and can give 5 examples of how to prevent negative encounters with Australia's venomous. Understands that awareness is important but cannot give examples. Preventing Negative Encounters 25% Can correctly identify 9 of the 10 assigned animals and the habitat in which you would find them. Can correctly identify 7 of the 10 assigned animals and most of their habitats. Can correctly identify 4 of the 10 assigned animals. Can correctly identify 2 of the 10 assigned animals. Identifying Australian Wildlife Score Exemplary 25 Very Good 20 Developing 15 Beginning 10 Category
  9. 9. Conclusion <ul><li>Congratulations!  You are now considered experienced enough in the dangerous reality of natural Australia to join the expedition and be a contributing member of the group.  In case of an emergency, you'll know what to do, and if we have a question about a jellyfish in the water, you will be able to tell us if we should fear for our lives.  Most of our deadly animals are not aggressive, and the majority of the time when they realize they are near you, they just want to get away, but either way, you will know how to react if you come face-to-face with a taipan, and this is what we hoped to prepare you for.  Again, great job and welcome to the team! </li></ul>
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  11. 11. Thanks for checking out my Webquest! Hopefully it will help you discover all that Australia has to offer safely and knowledgeably.