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Tom Borchers

Recently our seventh grade TIGER’s has been working on Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences. They seem similar the subtle difference is that: in drawing conclusions a person is concluding based only on the facts given, with an inference is a conclusion that is made suggested by the facts. An activity we completed this winter was to research a topic, write 1-3 paragraphs on it and then create questions about conclusions that could be drawn from the article.
The following are a couple of student work samples:

The Black Widow


The Black Widow is black with a red spot on its back. The Black Widow is the 2nd most dangerous spider in the world. Black Widow’s are carnivores and their prey is flies mosquitoes grasshoppers beetles and catipillers. A Black Widow’s size and average life span is 1.5 inches long and 1 to 3 years. Even though the Black Widow is not the most venoms spider it is considered the most venomous spider in North America.

Black Widows are identified by the red hourglass on their backs. The venom of a Black Widow spider is 15 times worse than the bite of a rattlesnake. A Black will only bite in an act of self-defense and the bite is only fatal only to small children and the elderly. The female Black Widow will eat the male after mating. Black Widow males will make the web and the female will lay her eggs in the web and the web is also used for catching their prey.


Tree Kangaroo


Tree Kangaroos are macropods, adapted to live in trees. They are found in rainforest in New Guinea. They’re 14 species of tree kangaroos. Their tails grow to 16 to 34 in. With a head and body length it is 16 to 30 in. Tree kangaroos are slow and clumsy on the ground. They walk and hop awkwardly on the ground.

Tree Kangaroos are a mammal. They are also from the infraclass called marsupilia. Some tree kangaroos will live in low land, and called Lowlands Tree Kangaroos. Some people say tree kangaroos are threatened because of hunters and loss of habitat. Their tail is very heavy and make them lean when they hop. They have powerful hind legs and they are bold and agile in the trees.

  1. What is another way to describe tree kangaroos in the trees? They are huge tree roaming marsupials.
  2. What causes the tree kangaroo’s disability on the ground? They have adapted to live in trees.  
  3. Tree kangaroos are threatened by loss of habitat and hunters, what would you do to preserve them?What type of animal and what infraclass are they from?