Shearing sheep takes a long time to learn.
Heaps of footrot.
Entries for shows,
Peeping through the fence.
Shearing a sheep. Sheep are mammals.
Heaps of diseases.
Easy to shear the sheep and class the wool.
By Lucy Robb
A sheep is a four legged mammal. It`s fleece will not burn. On each leg it has two toes. They are mostly white but can be black. Rams horns are twirled and they can use them to charge!
Sheep have a big, fat fleece on them and they are really woolly. They always follow each other too. Sometimes they are black and sometimes they are white. There are different kinds of sheep.
Sheep are woolly mammals. Sheep live in big, dry paddocks and their farmers feed them hay, oats or barley, or sheep help themselves to some green grass. Adult sheep can weigh up to 50kg. Lambs can weigh up to 15kg. Sheep usually live up to 10 to 12 years old or they get a disease and die. Sheep are not really wild!
The sheep is an animal which is produced for their wool. The sheep look like somethings jumped into the wool. A disease which can be really bad for the sheep is called Footrot. It is where sheep have rot on their feet. It is very gross and sheep can die from it.
Sheep have thick, nonburnable fleeces. If touch the fleece, your hands will get greasy. Most sheep are white. You can get black sheep but the black wool doesn't sell for as much and it can be hard to sell.
Sheep have a big, wool coat. The sheep's fleece helps us keep warm. Most sheep are white. There are some black sheep and you can get black and white ones too. Baby sheep are called lambs. I have two poddy lambs that I look after. Their names are Marshmallow and Elsa. They are twins.
Kindergarten and Year One read "Sheep in a Jeep" by Nancy Shaw. It was a fun rhyming book and we were looking for words with the 'ee' sound and 'ea'. We loved writing the words and colouring in our sheep.
At our school, we sometimes have classes with all 24 students, Kinder to Year 6. We love this time, because we get to work collaboratively with everyone and independently on our contracts. It is a very busy classroom! We wanted to share a Kindergarten students contract.
In K-2, we have been looking at the processes involved in cleaning wool and what is the best thing to clean it with.
During our Archibull time, we have experimented what would be best to wash and clean the fleece. We tried 3 different ways to clean it.
Experiment 1: Baby Wipes. Why not? According to the packet they are perfect to clean up dirt. Hmmm, will they work? Each student was handed a wipe and a piece of our fleece and had to clean the wool. We found that only a small amount of dirt came out and it was still greasy. Okay..... onto the next experiment!
Experiment 2: Lets try with good, old fashioned cold water.
As you can see, it didn't really work. We found that the cold water didn't penetrate the wool at all. It sat on top of the wool and even when we agitated the wool, it didn't clean it at all! Back to the drawing board....
Experiment 3: Boiling hot water and our "rich formula for cutting through grease." It works!!! Thank goodness for that. It became a little matted but it did the job.
At the moment, our teacher has her bath tub filled with a fleece and detergent and we hope to dye it next week in art. We will post more about that later. Signing off...
The talented K-2 students.