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Most of the large wild animals that once roamed South Africa were killed by hunters between the 17th and 19th Centuries. Today, wildlife survives mainly in nature reserves and on large farms. In our city, even very small wild animals, such as

small buck, birds, frogs and tortoises, are now threatened because their homes are being destroyed. These small animals

have no voice and no vote. They cannot campaign for their own survival. Their lives are in our hands. In this activity, you will design an art work to help draw attention to the plight of urban wildlife.


Grade 8

Learning Outcome 1:

Creating, Interpreting and Presenting (Visual Arts) The learner will be able to create, interpret and present work in each of the art forms. Assessment Standard

  • Creates art / craft / design works which demonstrate differentiation between the organic and inorganic aspects of the

built and natural environment in design, observational drawing and two- and three-dimensional work.

Learning Outcome 2:

Reflecting (Composite) The learner will be able to reflect critically and creatively on artistic and cultural processes, products and styles in past and present contexts. Assessment Standard

  • Uses the Arts to demonstrate an awareness of environmental concerns.

Learning Activity 1: What’s the issue?

  • In small groups, go to the library or surf the Internet looking for information on animals that have become extinct or endangered because of human activities (e.g. the dodo, passenger pigeon, bloubok, quagga, bontebok). In this resource, read about threatened animals in Module 5: Rare, Threatened and Extinct.

  • List ways in which people’s activities threaten wildlife. Share your findings with the rest of the class and draw up a class list of ways in which people threaten the survival of wildlife.

Learning Activity 2: Putting wildlife in the picture

  • Individually, choose an animal that still survives in the wild in the City of Cape Town

    • (e.

      g. Micro Frog, Leopard Toad, Cape Grysbok, Fish Eagle, etc).

  • Think about the issues that threaten the survival of this particular species.

  • Create a design / art work, using the computer and/or mixed-media, that contrasts your animal in its natural world with the pressures of the urban jungle.

  • Include a slogan in your design, which would enable you to use the design / art work as part of a campaign to help save your animal and its habitat.

Assessment tasks and tools

  • Class list summarising threats to the survival of wildlife in an urban context.

Assessment tasks and tools

  • Educator and groups of learners to assess art work and provide feedback using a rubric.


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