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Cassowary sanctuary


Help a park ranger to arrange fencing in a wildlife sanctuary. Divide common geometric shapes into equal-sized sections for keeping cassowaries. Group the enclosures to form a quarantine zone for sick and injured birds. Then express divisions of the enclosures as fractions. Work through facts about the life of cassowaries: physical characteristics; diet; habitat; life cycles; and locations. Interact with graphs to see how people can help to save cassowaries. Answer questions as you go; express your answers as fractions. This learning object is a combination of two objects in the same series.

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Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students represent fractions as parts of shapes.
  • Students model equivalent fractions.
  • Students add fractions informally.
  • Students apply understanding of fractions, measurements and graphs to interpret and process factual reports.
  • Students explore the physical characteristics and ecology of cassowaries.
Educational value
  • Models equivalent fractions by dividing common geometric shapes into equal-sized sections.
  • Provides opportunities to partition a range of simple shapes, including regular polygons.
  • Provides opportunities to add and divide fractions.
  • Describes cassowary ecology, and wildlife conservation strategies.
  • Tests interpretation of graphical and statistical data through a series of quiz questions.
  • Encourages repeated use through random generation of scenarios involving equivalent fractions.
  • Includes an option to print a line drawing of cassowaries at different stages of their life cycle.
  • Features authentic photographic images and bird calls of cassowaries.
Year level

2; 3

Learning area
  • mathematics;
  • science
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
    • Science/Ecology
    • Science/Human impact
    • Mathematics/Fractions
    • Mathematics/Equivalence
    • Mathematics/Mathematical language
    • Mathematics/Arithmetic
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Experiment;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: University of Western Sydney
    • Address: Penrith South NSW 2750 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 29 Mar 2011
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Copyright holder
    • Date of contribution: 2016-10-26
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
    • any - minimum version: Microsoft Edge (Windows); Default Android browser
    • Google Chrome - minimum version: 35+ (Windows, macOS, Android)
    • Firefox - minimum version: 45+ (Windows & Mac)
    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 10+ (Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 7+ (Mac); Safari for iOS 9+ (iOS)
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: Vista+
    • macos - minimum version: 10.9+
    • ios - minimum version: 9+
    • android - minimum version: 5+
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence