These 71 new species belong to the genus Opopaea, also known as ‘jelly bean’ Goblin spiders, because a part of the male sexual organ looks like a little orange-brown jelly bean. This genus has been revised as part the international Planetary Biodiversity Inventory project to study the systematics of goblin spiders worldwide. This work increased the number of described Opopaea species in Australia from 13 to 84.
Brown recluse spider Brown recluse spiders bite more than 7,000 people in Brazil every year, causing serious skin lesions and even death. Luckily, a life-saving anti-venom is available, but it comes with its own risks - mostly to the animals involved in the production process. For Health Check, Ben Tavener reports from Brazil on a new, synthetic venom that could lead to a more humane solution.
Determining Importance Featuring Animals Around the World - Common Core Aligned
This is a fun end of unit review activity to help students pull together all of the most important facts or details about a creature, person, place or thing they’ve been studying. This goes right along with our comprehension strategy of “determining importance”. I begin by reading them “The Important Book” by Margaret Wise Brown. The pages in this unit are set up with that structure for different animals around the world. I have also included an example of an important poem on “bats”.
Lesson Plan: Cave Painting. We first crumpled and painted manila paper totally brown with tempera, then rinsed it to make it look like a cracked brown paper...rock like. Kids drew animals, figures, symbols, etc. in black crayon... very lightly at first, then pressed hard intermittently in the outline of their creatures.