TGSSS – The Great Soriano Summer Sweeps – Week 3 – Continents Edition

01 May 2019

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The week of April 22 is week 3 of TGSSS or “The Great Soriano Summer Sweeps,” and this time, I asked the kids to select 3 each out of the 7 continents of the world.  The challen ge was easy, just do anything related to the continents selected. Since they selected 3 each, there should […]

The week of April 22 is week 3 of TGSSS or “The Great Soriano Summer Sweeps,” and this time, I asked the kids to select 3 each out of the 7 continents of the world.  The challen ge was easy, just do anything related to the continents selected. Since they selected 3 each, there should be 3 projects from each.

Simple enough, right?

Right. April 26, Friday arrived and this was what I got:

Lucas

  • An Audio file of him singing “Happier” by Marshmello and Bastille
  • A Video of him dancing to One Direction’s Kiss You
  • A live dance performance to “The Power,” a i.am song, featuring Justin Bieber.

Now, the problems: His continents were North America, South America and Australia. He thought One Direction was an American band. He thought Bastille was from Australia. And he thought Justin Bieber and/or Will.i.am were South American.

Gah!  While Marshmello is American, Bastille and One Direction are both British.  Justin Bieber is Candian and Will.i.am is American.

After some analysis, I decided to accept his three projects covering the following continents, although these were not the ones assigned to him:

  • North America – for Justin Bieber, Marshmello, and Will.i.am
  • Europe – for One Direction and Bastille
  • Africa – this is a stretch, but although Will.i.am is American, he is of African-American descent.

But the above was still not what I expected considering the original coverage Lucas should have done. So, although he did 3 projects, and I recognize the time and effort he spent on them—there was still a lack of actual research.

 

Kristine

  • An Audio file of her singing “History’ by One Direction. She had Europe, so that covered it.

Problem is, that was all she submitted. She had nothing for Asia and Antarctica. I was not happy that night and I made it very clear to both of them.

I was out the entire Saturday, and I messaged them that I was giving them another chance that night to complete their submissions. Mmm… I should never do this again, as they’re making a habit of it already.

So, when Saturday night came, this is what happened:

 

  • Lucas submitted an adorable drawing of a koala bear. Australia covered!
  • Kristine submitted a pretty drawing of We Bare Bears, showing that Ice Bear, who lives in Antarctica, is hosting a party and he had Panda and Grizzly as guests. Come to think of it, just this drawing would have covered all her continents – Antarctica for Ice Bear, Asia (China) for Panda, and Europe for Grizzly.
  • Kristine also danced to BTS’ “Go Go” as her submission for Asia.

 

All in all, I was happy with the output. What I was not happy about was their haphazard research method. That is something I need to address.

 

Bonus Section:  The Seven Continents and Bears

Since the drawings submitted by the kids were mostly of bears covering different continents, I did my own research and found the following fascinating facts:

Antarctica

  • There are NO BEARS IN ANTARCTICA!
  • There are no polar bears in Antarctica (South Pole). The hypercarnivorous bear lives within the Arctic Circle.
  • The Arctic is NOT a continent (like Antarctica) because the North Pole is essentially ICE on WATER. It has to be ICE on ROCK/LAND like Antarctica to qualify as a continent. The Arctic ice on water is Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway, already parts of other continents.

Africa

  • There are currently NO BEARS IN AFRICA!
  • The Atlas Bear, a subspecies of the Brown Bear, was the only native bear of Africa. They are now extinct.

 

Asia

  • The panda bear is a bear native to South Central China. It is a folivore, with 99% of its diet consisting of leaves and bamboo shoots. The panda is a conservation-reliant vulnerable species. It is no longer endangered, but it is still classified as
  • The following bears are also found in Asia:
    1. Asiatic Black Bear – Himalayan black bear, moon bear. They have a distinct white patch on the chest that is often crescent shaped.
    2. Sloth Bear – there are two sub-species, the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and the Indian Sloth Bear.
    3. Sun Bear – they have the largest canines of all the bear species
    4. Eurasian Brown Bear — small populations in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, northwest India and central China and Hokkaido, Japan.

Australia

  • The koala bear is NOT a bear. It is a (arboreal herbivorous) marsupial or a pouched mammal, like the kangaroo.
  • Apparently, there are NO BEARS IN AUSTRALIA!

Europe

  • Eurasian Brown Bear– also known as European bear, common bear, common brown bear. Already extinct in Ireland and Britain, they still exist in Northern Europe and in Russia.

North America

  • North American Black Bear (omnivorous)– can be black, bluish black, brown and even white (Kermode or Spirit Bear). The white color phase is rare, occurring in north western British Columbia, Canada.
  • Brown Bear – the Grizzly Bear of the American Rocky Mountains are part of this group.

South America

  • Andean Bear – or Spectacled Bear are found only in the Andes mountains of South America. It is in the Vulnerable species list.