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Attenborough’s new vision of planet earth

Colin Vickery, February 6, 2017 4:00PM Herald Sun

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A NEW six-episode TV series called Planet Earth II took three years across 40 countries and 117 filming trips to make.

Sir David Attenborough and the BBC Natural History Unit made the wildlife documentary programs with the use of new technology, including drones and miniature lowlight cameras. The series begins on Channel 9 on February 15 at 7.30pm.

“What Planet Earth II is doing is saying, ‘Let’s get ourselves into the lives of animals, and see it from their perspectives’,” executive producer Mike Gunton said.

The series gets up close to a lioness stalking her prey in Namibia, tree frogs in Costa Rica, pygmy sloths in Panama, spider monkeys in Guatemala and there is amazing footage of racer snakes chasing newly hatched iguanas on the Galapagos Islands.

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

Imagine you are making a nature documentary like Planet Earth II about the natural world you experience each day or that you experienced when you have travelled somewhere special. It could be set in your backyard, a park, at the beach or in a national park you have visited.

Write a plan for the documenary, including:

1. The title;

2. A summary of what it is about in three or six sentences;

3. A list of all the plants and animals you would like to include;

4. Write notes on whether you have seen any interesting plants or animals doing anything unexpected, which you would explain in your documentary.

Extension: Write a more detailed script and make your own short documentary of no more than 3 minutes.

Time: allow at least 20 minutes to complete this task, plus extra time if you film a documentary

Curriculum links: English, Visual Arts, Drama, Digital Technologies

VCOP Activity

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)

Activity 1: Describe It

Pick one of the animal pictures from the slideshow and describe it in detail.

Extension: Enhance your writing using some figurative language in your description.

Time: allow at least 15 minutes to complete each task

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write & VCOP

Activity provided by Andrell Education www.andrelleducation.com.au

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