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JiJi is approaching the end of the journey and has landed in Australia! Many Australians prefer to live near the bush because they like to be close to nature. Because of Australia's dry climate, this can put these homes at risk for wildfires. With some creative ingenuity, humans have designed homes that are resistant to fire. These homes are not designed to keep the people inside safe. Rather, the owners can lock up the house and move to safety until the danger has passed. When they return, their home is undamaged from the wildfire! In addition to using metal shutters and fire resistant materials, people are not allowed to have trees within a 10 meter (10.9 yard) radius of their home. Do you have any trees near your school or home that would need to be removed if you lived in this area of Australia?
Teacher Note: Did you notice that JiJi and Paco are playing a game? The game they're playing is called jacks. It's a great game of dexterity and counting. You can learn more at the Toy Hall of Fame. A similar game is played with goat or sheep knucklebones in Australia. You can learn more and see it being played at the National Museum of Australia. Knucklebones have been popular for thousands of years. People in ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece used them to forecast the future and play games.
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