I wasn't sure how it was going to go, but my intended effect worked...and then some! We had a very in-depth discussion about the pros and cons of accepting the job. Here are some of the notes from our meeting minutes:
- We don’t usually transport wild animals.
- They are more aggressive and unpredictable
- We need to find homes for them and transport
- These animals will be bigger and will need special cages and gear so they don’t hurt us
- Food might be different
- Sick and might need more medical care. A special doctor who will look at wildlife animals.
- Extra attention needed to transport wild animals
What I hadn't factored in was how leaving out 'where' the animals would be moved to would have such a focus. Some of them have decided that we are also being asked to find homes for them as well as transport them. Others were arguing the fact they should be sent back to the wild so they are free to roam in their natural habitat. I feel this taking a slightly different direction to the one I have planned for. It may be that we will be debating having animals in captivity!
I have just spent the past hour or so finding School Journal articles about zoo animals and have found the perfect one that debates the pros and cons of animals in zoos and looks at how zoos have changed over time. I have been wondering how to integrate reading, writing and maths into MOTE and I think I've just stumbled on the solution. It will now be a case of weaving in and out of the 'story' as needed.