Coordinating conjunctions: bowerbird

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use a range of coordinating conjunctions when writing multi-clause (compound) sentences.

Context: bowerbird

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Credit: BBC One - Planet Earth II

Clip Description

Male bowerbirds are renowned for building impressive platforms and hut-like structures from twigs. These artistic avians will go to great lengths decorating them. The more impressive the bower, the more likely it will attract the attention of a female.

In this fascinating clip, a crafty male bowerbird steals a scarlet, plastic heart from his neighbour’s bower. Will this interesting item have the desired effect? Watch the clip to find out.

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.

Word Challenge

Using some great expanded noun phrases, list some of the objects that were used to decorate the bower. What other interesting items might a male bowerbird select?

e.g. a scarlet heart, several emerald beads and the wing cases of four dead beetles