Animal Awareness Day

The 4th of October is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi. To celebrate his love for animals, we discussed and spoke about his life. We were surprised that even though he was very rich, he took the vow of poverty.

Something that we admired was his love for animals and how he managed to calm and tame them. This encouraged us to research about different animals. We formed groups and each group researched about a particular animal. We used the class computers to find information from National Geographic Kids. We found a lot of very interesting and fun facts about animals! We also managed to write the information in a booklet.

Each group then made a collage of the animal we were given. We used magazines that we got from home to create our collage. We really enjoyed doing this and since we’ve only been in school for a week, we’ve made new friends working as a team! Here are some photos of us working together!

Here are the most interesting facts that we learned:

Giraffe – A male giraffe can weigh as much as a pick-up truck! That’s about 1400 kilograms

Polar bear – Polar bears have black skin and although their fur appears white, it is actually transparent

African elephant – An elephant’s trunk can grow to be about 2 metres long and weigh up to 140 kg.

Rhino – If the horn breaks off, the rhino can grow a new one.

Lion – The roar of a lion can be heard from 8 kilometres away

Sea Turtle – The oldest known sea turtle fossils date back about 150 million years, making them some of the oldest creatures on Earth

All this helped us learn a lot about St Francis and about the animals that were so important to him. One of us also suggested that next year we should bring our pets to school for World Animal Day and we all agreed!

You should check out the interesting website that we used too! –

Year 5 Lobsters