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Fota Wildlife Park

Let's go to Fota Wildlife Park!

We keep on visiting the wonderful city of Cork and we get to the Fota Wildlife Park, one of Ireland's must-see attractions. It opened in 1983, and it is just a 17-kilometre drive away from Cork City.

As much as is possible, animals are free to roam and visitors can observe and interact with them in a natural environment. Unlike many safari parks, you can not drive through Fota.  At this stage, you have to continue with your first entry at the site of the English-speaking cities.

At the end of the session, you will have:

  • read and answered some activities about recycling. 
  • started doing some research on your Google Site project.
  • opened your Learning Diary and started writing your first post of this project.

Fota Wildlife Park is a 75-acre park. Visit its official website and answer these questions in your learning diary: 

  • How to find us: How many direct Intercity links are there between Dublin (Busáras) and Parnell Place Bus Station in Cork?
  • Conservation: Does Fota Wildlife Park work with any animal species in danger of extinction?
  • Animals and plants: Choose the animal or plant you like the most and send a tweet with the link to its information. 
  • Facilities: What can you buy at the Serengeti Gift Store?  

Remember that Fota Wildlife Park must be part of the route at your Google Sites map.

Continue with your posts on Twitter (#taskrecycling and #projectcork). Would you like to visit Fota Wildlife Park? Why? With whom?

Time to recycle

As you have already seen, you can spend a whole day at Fota Wildlife Park. A lot of people visit it every day and they produce a huge quantity of waste that is separated and recycled by the park.  

Maybe you recycle, reduce and reuse at home. Perharps there is a plan at your school to promote recycling. Do you have a recycling plan in your classroom?

Read the text 'Time to recycle' and answer the proposed activities.

As a result of this activity, you have to create a glossary where you can add the basic vocabulary about what you can do to recycle. You have to upload this list to your personal blog. 

Then you can use this list to complete the investigation about recycling that you have to design in this task. In order to create the list you can use the some online tools:

When you finish, you can share your link through Twitter using the hashtags of this project: #taskrecycling and #projectcork.

Your challenge: Cork. Here we go!

Challenge Step 2: Getting to know what is required and starting with the research

At this stage, once you have set up your teams and created your Google Site, you have to continue with the second most important city of the Irish Republic entry for the English-speaking cities challenge. 

Apart from being the second city of the Republic of Ireland, Cork is also the main city of one of the four historic provinces of the island of Ireland: Munster. You can obtain more information about the Irish provinces, visiting the link Provinces of Ireland.

And this is the specific flag of Munster:

The minimum requirements that your group has to fulfill in order to pass this challenge successfully include:

  • the map of the city from Google Maps with the route of the ten steps we have in our tour of the city.
  • one video about tourism in the city,
  • some text about what tourists can do in the city,
  • And two links to printable guides, leaflets, brochures, and so forth.

In order to complete the challenge, you are suggested to look up the some websites:

These are the suggested websites where you can obtain a lot of information for your challenge. But you can add some more in.

In order to produce the best possible design (and, of course, evaluation) of this challenge, you have to take into account the following rubric: 'Rubric for assessing the design of a digital site'.

Learning diary

Learning Diary. Step 1: Start your blog-portfolio and use it to reflect on the different activities you are working on.

One of activities you have to do is a "Learning Diary".

Writing Tools
Peter O'Shea. Writting tools (CC BY)

You can do it by opening a blog where you can explain in your first post different aspects of your research such as:

  • How you have divided the different tasks and the research you have done.
  • All the steps you have followed in your investigation.
  • The links you have visited in your challenge.

If you have already opened up a blog in another project, just add these reflections in another page. Remember that creativity is going to be really important in developing the project. 

This is a perfect moment for you to check your work. Press the button and answer the questions in your blog.

Remember to share the link of your learning diary through Twitter using the hashtag: #taskrecycling and #projectcork