Here is an example of a mini-project by Pear Tree students, Andrew and Ronald. The following pictures and text are all by them.
The Sea Dragon by Ronald
This creature is called a Sea Dragon it lives a few billion years in the future, and it is evolved from a Narwhale (it became too polluted for Narwhals). It is only an educated guess that may or may not become real that may become real in the distant future.
The ocean is so polluted that it has developed glands that collects oil which helps it escape the grasp of predators.
This animal is only 2.965cm to 37.456cm long and it can be 1.5908717 to 4.850757155 cm wide. It can grow up to 2lb to 8lb. It has special teeth that when it grinds its teeth it sharpens its teeth. It can eat plants but it prefers meat. It can live on land but it’s most preferred habitat is in the Hadopelagic zone although it can live in any other zone. It can live from -90°C to about 100°C. The predators it runs from are evolved and mutated versions of sharks and chimeras. It has powerful “wings” that are evolved flippers.
The Amazing Oilapus by Andrew
This creature is called the Oilapus. This animal will be in existence in about 100-495 years and it has evolved from an Octopus. The color of the ocean will look like when the Oilapus roams the sea is black, full with oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It fits in the ocean because it eats the oil and as well as uses it for defense.
This creature has lots of features. It is very fast, it is better at camouflaging than the cuttlefish; it doesn’t need to eat for a year because it has a gigantic stomach. This creature is also very intelligent. It has venom in its body so strong that it can kill you 104 times. This marine animal lives in the Mesopelagic zone but it can also go to the Epipelagic zone for 23 minutes.
It defends itself by shooting oil stored in the body, killing animals with its venom, running away from predators, and by camouflaging. It helps the world by eating the spilt oil that was from cargo ships and other things. It doesn’t only eat oil; it eats practically everything in sights that looks edible to the creature. It can live from the temperatures 3° to 5°. The ocean here in Mexico now rarely freezes because of the water pollution.
Pear Tree comments
As you can see, Andrew and Ronald are playing with the terminology and facts that they have become acquainted with during the Our Living Oceans course. They are also creating new creatures by combining their imaginations and their understanding of marine biology and other sciences, as well as social studies. They are expressing their ideas visually in a 3D physical manner (or ‘mode’), opposed to simply drawing a picture. Besides this, they expressed their ideas in a written form.