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Natural sciences

Grade 8


Module 37


Activity 1:

To be able to explain the value of eco-tourism and to develop a product that can be used to inspire others

[lo 1.1; lo 1.2; lo 1.3; lo 3.2]

Ecotourism refers to an industry that encourages tourists to experience and appreciate the country’s natural beauty and ecologically pristine areas.

South Africa is the only country on earth in which all the members of a specific plant kingdom are found naturally within its borders. This plant kingdom is the FYNBOS of the Western Cape.

It is an area that stretches around the mountains of the Boland, and includes various unique plant species such as the protea (our national flower) and heather. It has the greatest concentration of endemic plant species. Endemic means that it does not occur naturally anywhere else.

St Lucia and other marshlands are the birthplace of many species. These areas have a very delicate balance which can easily be disturbed by 4x4 enthusiasts and pleasure boat adventurers.

One reads news articles about these and other sensitive areas all the time. Unfortunately there are constantly reports about insensitive people who do not know how to utilize, appreciate and conserve these precious areas.

Our game parks such as the Kruger National Park, the Kgalagadi, Hluhluwe and Pilanesberg are widely known amongst overseas tourists.

NATURE CONSERVATION is of the utmost importance in all these areas. Strict rules apply and are generally adhered to by considerate tourists.

  • Design a colourful brochure that you could give to a tourist from overseas in order to introduce them to the natural beauty of South Africa, and its ecological treasures.
  • You may choose one or more topics.
  • You will have to research the natural beauty, sensitivity and uniqueness (plants and animals) of a specific environment and incorporate the findings in the brochure.
  • Hand the brochure in on the date that has been determined by your teacher.

Alternatively: Compile a video clip or photo album of such a natural area and show it to the class.

Assessment of the BROCHURE: Were you able to PLAN and CONDENSE FACTS in a visual presentation? [LO 1.1; LO 1.2; LO 1.3]

  • Now write 270 words on the value of ecotourism. Refer to your research.

[ LO 3.2]


LO 1: Scientific investigations:

The learner will be able to act confidently on curiosity about natural phenomena, and to investigate relationships and solve problems in scientific, technological and environmental contexts.

This is evident when the learner:

  • plans investigations;
  • conducts investigations and collects data;
  • evaluates data and communicates findings.

LO 3: Science, Society and the Environment

The learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships between science and technology, society and the environment.

This is evident when the learner:

3.2 understands sustainable use of the earth’s resources.


Activity 1: Brochure or video

  • Learners are required to design a colourful brochure that could be given to a tourist from abroad to introduce the natural beauty of South Africa as well as the country's ecological treasures. The learner may choose one or two subjects.
  • Assess this in conjunction with the paragraph on the value of ecotourism. Note the following:
  • Problem statement (planning)
  • Sources used for information
  • Quality of information (did the learner make a selection or simply accept what was found first?)
  • Layout / presentation / reasoning (communicating).

Questions & Answers

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What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
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The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
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Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Akash Reply
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How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
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Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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Source:  OpenStax, Natural sciences grade 8. OpenStax CNX. Sep 12, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11050/1.1
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