Saturday, 22 July 2017

Term 3 here I come!!

Ready for school only one day early!! Just Kidding!

Hello fellow viewers! Today I'm using to much exclamation marks because I am so ready to be going back to school! Okay I think that's enough exclamation marks. Anyways I have had an amazing holiday. I loved blogging with the Winter Learning Journey. I am really looking forward to whats the next term topic going to be. So far we've had Te Taiao o Tamaki and Now that's thinking what's next. I look forward to seeing my teachers, friends and teachers and friends and yeah teachers and friends and I think the whole school oh and LEARNING! So Term 3 here I come!!

Friday, 21 July 2017

4 ways to make slime without Borax or Glue!

Task Description: After a long trip with the Winter Learning Journey me and Lillyana decided to make a presentation about slime! I thought that lot's of people try to make slime without Borax or Glue... So we decided to gather up 4 ways to make slime Borax and Glue free! First we wrote a description on how to make the slime. We also used video's from Youtube for the people that don't really get what we are saying! As you can see we have just stuck to one theme. I also used a gif that say slime and it shows it dripping! We hope you enjoyed this presentation. If you tried one of the recipes please leave a comment on you results.

Please Check Out Lillyana's blog she is AMAZING!

Lillyana @ PES

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Holiday Blogging WLJ - Bonus Activity The End Of An AMAZING Journey!

Bonus Activity: On your blog, post a video or write a description about your week. What have you learned? What did you like about the trip? What didn’t you like? Was there anything that surprised you?

To start off I would like to say a big thank you to Rachel for this amazing program. I also would like to thank the people who helped you with the program, and one last thank you to the people who commented on my activity's!!

I have learn't a lot through our online journey. I loved learning about the Brown Kiwi on Day 3's Activity! I thought that they were Native to New Zealand but it turns out there not because there actually endemic. I also enjoyed interviewing my sister even though it was a short activity! I actually got to tell Rachel a lot about my family through comments. I've also learn't a lot of course about New Zealand. I got to learn about the meaning of the name New Zealand or Aotearoa, how NZ was found and all about us New Zealanders.

I definitely liked writing the little story how your all alone because it helped me express my feelings if that actually happened to me! I also liked writing down 3 things we should do to stop pollution. It was so interesting thinking about it, what if I was chosen to help with pollution as a leader I would definitely list down those 3 things I wrote. I think to wrap this up what I liked about the trip was that I learned new things! So I think that I definitely loved discovering all the new or old things about New Zealand!

#Always Keep New Zealand Beautiful!!


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Holiday Blogging WLJ - D7 A1/2 #Keep New Zealand Beautiful! LAST DAY!!

  1. 7. #Keep New Zealand Beautiful
Dawn breaks on Day #7 – the final day of your Great Kiwi Road Trip. You wake up early, ready to make the long trek back to Auckland. Along the way, Curious Kiwi stops at two beautiful places, Taupo and Rotorua, for you to get out and walk around.
Activity 1: While in Taupo, you go for a walk around the lake and you notice pieces of rubbish floating in the water. You also notice that there is rubbish on the footpath. As you know, it is really important to put rubbish in the bin and keep New Zealand clean and beautiful for generations to come. C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\NZ Map - Schematic.png
With that in mind, it is time think about what you can do to keep New Zealand beautiful. Use your imagination and come up with three things that you could do to make your neighbourhood more beautiful. Post your list on your blog ☺
Here is a link to a presentation I made about Pollution about a month ago. If you would like to check it our please click here!

Saving New Zealand from pollution is something people need to be open for. So I gather three things that we could do to help save our environment!

#1 - Spreading the word! The main priority is to spread the word! Spreading the word will make pollution go away! E.g. Sometime's you can create a big youth which will help pollution vanish more quicker!

#2 - Pick it up! After Spreading the word to everyone you should be able to pick up 5 pieces of rubbish everyday! But remember it should go in the bin straight away. You should then tick off every day you picked up 5 pieces of rubbish. That will also mean at the end of the year you can count up how many pieces of rubbish you have picked up!

#3 - Cleaning up the outside! If you clean the outside it will make us have a new fresh environment. Let's say if you mow the lawn you can see rubbish instantly and you should pick it up!

Activity 2: After you have finished up in Taupo, it is time to hop back in the car and head for Rotorua – a town where will have the chance for some much needed rest and relaxation. In fact, you will visit the Tarawera Bush Pool – a geothermal hot pool that is located in the middle of a forest. The warm water in the pool comes from underneath the ground. After a few hours in the pool you feel really relaxed.
On your blog, post a picture of yourself doing something relaxing. I find reading really relaxing. Here is a picture of me reading one of my favourite books!
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After a long soak in the natural hot pools, it is time to get back home. Your family and friends can’t wait to see you and they can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. Take a moment to think about what you have seen and done over the past week.
This is just an old photo of me reading a book!
Me Listening to music!

I think that listening to music and reading a book is something that is relaxing to do!

Holiday Blogging WLJ - Bonus Activity Haka Rating

Bonus Activity: As part of the Matariki festival, there is a two day Kapa Haka competition. The haka is a traditional war dance that Maori performed before going into battle. The haka is now performed by children/adults in the community and by professional sporting teams, including our national rugby team, the ‘All Blacks.’  The All Blacks have performed various haka over the years. Watch the following three haka videos (1 – 3) and, on your blog, list the haka videos in order from best (#1) to worst (#3). There are no right or wrong answers ☺

1st The Best one: I thought that the haka they did in the World Cup 2011 was the best because they had alot of strength in there haka and represented New Zealand very well!

2nd Was great but did not get there: I thought that the Haka they did against South Africa was Awesome too! But I still thought that the world cup 2011 was better.

3rd Was not that good: I did not really enjoy the haka they did with Argentina! I think they should've put a little more Kaha (Strongness i think)  into it!

Holiday Blogging WLJ - D6 A1/2 Native Aotearoa!

Day #6: Native Aotearoa
Welcome to Day #6 of your journey and the last day in the south island. You are going to start the day by traveling 63 km north up State Highway 1 from Dunedin to a place called ‘Shag Point.’ Shag Point is one of five places in the south island where the Maori arrived hundreds of years ago to settle in New Zealand. They arrived at Shag Point in large canoes called ‘wakas.’ For more information on Shag Point and other Maori landing places, go to the Waka landing places website.

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Activity 1: Let’s imagine that you were on the first waka to arrive at Shag Point. You had never been to New Zealand before and you had no idea what to expect. Write a poem describing how you would have felt when you arrived in New Zealand. Would you have been excited or scared? I would have felt pretty nervous, I reckon…
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I have butterfly's in my stomach what do I expect? Are we almost there yet I feel very scared, we suddenly land on an brand new land. I look around and see there's nothing to fear! Looks like it's clear as I step on the sand. I look back to sea it was bright and clear. I think we've landed on a great place. I study the tree's as they are dark and bright green. I then yell HOME which I will cherish all day long!   

Activity 2: After visiting Shag Point, you hop back in the van and drive all the way up the east coast of the south island until you reach the town of Picton. You get out of the van and onto the Interislander ferry. It travels back across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and every winter the city hosts a huge Matariki festival to celebrate the Maori New Year. This year part of the festival is being held at Te Papa, a big museum in Wellington.
Read about the Matariki festival at Te Papa.  There are so many different things to see and do at the festival this year. On your blog, tell us about three of the events. You can choose any three events that you wish.

Star Weave Jam! I chose Star Weave Jam because it's like a fun and include's lot's of creating! Following set instructions, participants will weave stars from ribbon and recycled materials.

Nga Kai o Matariki! I chose this activity because I love food. Not only that reason but I want learn how to make Maori dishes! 
-Try yummy samples and learn how to prepare and cook traditional Maori cuisine.Watch Māori chefs in action while listening to live music.

Timarama: Story telling for kids! I love listing to story's, especially myths! I would love to go to Timarama because you can listen to lot's of story's especially about Matariki! 
- Many different kinds of stories were told – stories of heroes and adventurers, of mythic characters and ancestral leaders. Stories too were told of Matariki and its appearance in the night sky

Friday, 14 July 2017

Holiday Blogging WLJ - Bonus Activity Otago Rail Trail!

Bonus Activity: You and your tour group have enjoyed your day in the mountains but you’re ready for a change of scenery. You ask Curious Kiwi to take you to Central Otago, a region of the south island with lots of rolling hills and flat, brown grasslands. While in Central Otago, you decide to join the Otago Central Rail Trail – a 150 km long cycle trail. Curious Kiwi and I (Rachel) cycled the Rail Trail in April and we loved it!
On your blog, tell us whether you would like to cycle the Otago Rail Trail one day. Does it sound like fun? Why or why not?
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Rachel on the Otago Rail Trail, April 2017
I think I would like to go to Otago Rail Trail! I think it sounds fun riding you bikes there walking, running I think it's awesome. I would go there because it looks like good exercise and it will make you fit either way! I would also like to go there to spend some time outdoors relaxing and enjoying the sun and nature! I think going to the Otago Rail Trail would be a big thumbs up for me!

Holiday Blogging WLJ - D5 A1/2 One Step at a Time...

Day #5: One Step at a Time…
After a long day at the beach, it is now time to move away from the water and drive inland, through the middle of the south island. You are going to start in Nelson and drive south before crossing a huge mountain range called the ‘Southern Alps.’ The scenery is going to be amazing!
Activity 1: After a few hours in the car, you, your group and Curious Kiwi arrive at your first stop – The Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve. It is a beautiful, regional park located at the base of the Southern Alps. You and your group get out of the van and follow Curious Kiwi. He is going to lead you on a short walk through the park. As you start walking, you notice a really cool looking tree on the side of the trail and you stop to take a closer look. When you turn back, the group (and Curious Kiwi) is nowhere to be found. Eek! You are all alone in the middle of a strange forest.
For this activity write a short story (8-10 sentences) about what might happen next. Please be sure to include lots of details about what you might be feeling, seeing and doing after you realise that you are all alone in the forest...

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As you start walking, you notice a really cool looking tree on the side of the trail and you stop to take a closer look. When you turn back, the group (and Curious Kiwi) is nowhere to be found. Eek! You are all alone in the middle of a strange forest....
At first I thought they were just joking around with me! I call out," You know I'm not playing!". I repeat what I just said. After 5 minutes of thinking that it was a prank I started to get serious with this situation. I then hear growls through the forest. "Uhhh... Anyone there" I say. The growling get's louder. Whoops! I think I should've stayed quiet. I then hear someone scratching behind the bushes! "Hello!". Then I hear something coming through bush. The first thing I thought to do was......RUNNN! I ran as fast as I could jumped over tree's rolled under hanging logs until I heard nothing but the sound of my foot stomping on leaves. I then stop. I look around and everything was quite. "Whew", I say well trying to catch my breath. I then start yelling,"HELP!". "Shhhhhh", someone says. I then froze. Looked around and everything was clear. "BOO!". I fell to the ground and looked up and saw a group of people. They looked like they were exploring the forest! "Wait", I say confusingly. It was my group! I then have a big smile on my face but quickly turned upside down. "Umm.. Why did you leave me!", I say in a sassy way! "We just wanted to have a little fun", they reply. "Oh well let's keep going!", I say. Then I hear more growls! "Come on guys you know I'm not.... you know stupid", I say in confidants.  "It's not us", one says. "Yea", another joins. Then who...... We all turned around and see a giant brown bear! Yes a bear! RUNNN!

Activity 2: After the adventure at The Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve, you are pretty happy to get back into the shuttle van and continue with your road trip. Over the next few hours you travel up and over the Southern Alps, arriving in the city of Christchurch to eat lunch. You have a delicious meal at a café downtown and then hop back into the van to travel to Twizel, a small town at the base of Aoraki-Mt Cook. Mt Cook is the largest mountain in New Zealand. It is also the mountain where Sir Edmund Hillary trained for his climb up Mt Everest the tallest mountain in the world. Sir Edmund Hillary is very famous because he was the first person to ever reach the top of Mt Everest!

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Now it is your turn to learn about a famous New Zealander. Use Google to research one famous person from New Zealand and then create a DLO (Digital Learning Object) and post it on your blog. Be sure to include: 1. The name of the famous person, 2. Where they were born, 3. Why they are famous, and 4. Two other interesting facts about them.

Hi Rachel I'm sorry if I did not include the things that you wanted! Anyways today I made a little poster about the famous singer Lorde! I made it using google draw and added two photo's of Lorde to the side. I also did some searching about Lorde and here it is!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Holiday Blogging WLJ - Bonus Activity SAVE HECTOR'S DOLPHINS!

When ‘Whale Rider’ finishes, you and your tour group enjoy a delicious meal in downtown Nelson before heading back to your hotel. You need to go to bed early because you have to get up at 4:30 a.m. the next morning to travel back to Farewell Spit to see a group (pod) of Hector’s Dolphins. It is going to be an early morning!
Bonus Activity: Hector’s dolphins are a very special native animal found only in New Zealand. They are the smallest dolphin in the world measuring 1.5 metres long and they are quite rare. Sadly, many Hector’s dolphins are killed every year when they get caught in large fishing nets and can’t escape. Some people have argued that fishermen shouldn’t be allowed to fish in Farewell Spit in order to protect the dolphins living there. What do you think? On your blog, tell us whether you think that fishing in Farewell Spit should be banned (stopped).
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Yes I agree! I think that fishing in Farewell spit should be BANNED! These poor animals are native to New Zealand and we don't want less native animals in New Zealand. What if they've just given born to a brand new dolphin and all of a sudden local people catch it and the dolphin is gone to soon! That would be really sad. We should look after our animals and keep our animals healthy! TO ALL FISHERMAN'S OUT THERE PLEASE DON'T FISH IN FAREWELL SPIT ANYMORE!!!!

Holiday Blogging WLJ - D4 A1/2 Swimming with the sharks!

Day #4: Swimming with the Sharks
By the end of Day #3, you have seen a lot of the north island of New Zealand.  Hopefully you have enjoyed it and you’re excited for the next phase of your journey – the ferry trip across the Cook Strait from the bottom of the north island to the top of the south island. You will spend the next two days exploring the south island before you head back up to Auckland, via Wellington (the capital city of New Zealand).
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Activity 1: When you arrive in the south island, Curious Kiwi rents a shuttle van and drives your group from Picton (the town where the ferry dropped you off) to a beautiful beach on the opposite side of the island. The beach area is called Golden Bay and, at one end of the bay, is a stunning area called Farewell Spit.

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Farewell Spit has been in the news recently as a number of whales accidentally swam into the spit and became stuck on the beach. They were unable to swim back to the ocean because the water was too shallow. Many local people tried to save the ‘beached’ whales. Please follow this Farewell Spit link to learn more about what happened. On your blog, describe what the local people did to try and save the beached whales.

After checking out the website I found some evidence!
Seeing what happen to the poor whales were really sad. The people there did as much as they can do to keep the whales cool. They were draping things wet t-shirts, sarongs and towels in order for the whales to be cool. They also poured water all around the beached whales with bowls, buckets, pots. In one of the video's Amanda Harvey from the department of conversations instructs about 5 men on how to right a calf. Rest in peace whales!
Activity 2: After a morning of learning about beached whales in Golden Bay, you and your group are driven to a nearby town, Nelson, to watch a special movie calledWhale rider.’ It is a famous movie about a young girl who was born and raised in New Zealand. Watch the following movie trailers for Whale Rider: Whale Rider trailer #1 and Whale Rider Trailer #2 and then write a summary of the movie on your blog. What is it about? Be sure to also give the movie a rating out of 5 based on the trailer [1 = bad movie, 2 = okay movie, 3 = pretty good, 4 = good movie, 5 = excellent movie].
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Movie Summary:

It all starts off with a young girl named Paikea! Paikea's ancestor was a leader and was a whale rider! Paikea want's to become a leader but the problem is that it's only for boys :( But since her family got's her back Paikea finds whale riding fun! I think I would rate the movie 5 for excellent! I rated it a 5 because it has a great meaning saying Never Give Up! It also has a great story and shows culture.

Sorry if the summary was wrong.. I have not watched the movie!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Holiday Blogging WLJ - Bonus Activity Moa Poop!

Bonus Activity: A really cool new website called Wild Eyes has recently been launched in New Zealand. It is a programme for students who want to complete fun activities (called ‘missions’), take pictures and post them on the Wild Eyes site. For this bonus activity, go to the Wild Eyes site and complete the ‘Giant Moa Discovery’ mission. To earn full points you must post a picture of your Moa on the Wild Eyes website and on your personal blog site. The Wild Eyes team and I can’t wait to see what you create!

Moa Poop! 

Hi Rachel! This is just a little story to go with the poop image..... I was in the living room on my laptop and suddenly a hear a big crash! So I rushed to my room and saw a giant hole through the wall shaped like a Moa! I then take a next step to look closer! Squish!!! I look down and see a brown thing. What was that. No it is not I say to myself. It was poop! Or was is Moa poop....... NOOOOOOO! No wonder why it stinked in the room.  

The End!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Holiday Blogging WLJ - D3 A1/2 Wild Eyes!

Day #3: Wild Eyes
You have now woken up after a long, comfortable sleep at your hotel in Dargaville. You’re ready for another day of adventuring! Today, you will drive around the North island and be introduced to amazing animals that live here in New Zealand. Some are native and some are non-native. Native animals are animals that normally live in New Zealand. Non-native animals are animals that were brought into New Zealand from another country. Examples of native New Zealand animals are the kakapo, the kiwi, the kea parrot, the yellow eyed penguin and the pekapeka bat.

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Activity 1: Curious Kiwi, a native New Zealand bird, is your tour guide for today. He is going to take you to visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park where many of his aunties and uncles currently live. The bird park is a five hour drive from Dargaville so you hit the road right after breakfast and arrive in Otorohanga at lunch time. As you walk through the birdhouse you learn about the work being done to conserve and protect the native birds of New Zealand. You decide to help out by ‘adopting’ a native animal. Visit the Adopt a Critter page’ on the Otorohanga bird house website to choose one animal to adopt. On your blog, tell us the name of the animal that you chose and a little bit about them. What kind of animal are they? What do they eat? Where do they normally live? You can use Google to help you with your research.
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The Brown Kiwi:
Today I decided to adopt the Brown kiwi (Warning: This is not for real) To start off the Brown kiwi is endemic to New Zealand, so that means the Brown Kiwi was found in a certain place. The Brown Kiwi's are only found in the North Island. The Brown Kiwi eat I think most of small things from the ground. They like to eat things like cicada's, moths and also centipedes! There are a few more like spider's, crickets and weta I know right weta!
Activity 2: After your great visit to the Otorohanga bird house it is time to hop back onto the bus and head towards the Hawke’s Bay – your resting place for the evening. Hawke’s Bay is a beautiful region of New Zealand. It is known for its wineries and gorgeous scenery. When you arrive in Napier, the largest city in the region, you go for a walk through Waitangi Regional Park and notice that many of the leaves on the native trees have been damaged. Curious Kiwi tells you that they were damaged by possums, non-native predators, from Australia. People in New Zealand are working hard to trap and kill these predators. Their goal is to remove all of the possums (and other predators) by 2050. Go to the Predator Free 2050 website’ to read more about their work.
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On your blog, tell us whether you agree that New Zealand should be predator free. In your opinion, is it right to kill all of the predators (eg. possums) or should we just leave them alone? On your blog tell us what you think and give us, at least, three reasons why you think this way.

3 Reasons why we should kill all predators!!

1. The first reason and I think this is the reason everyone should know is that they affect us! Sometimes when I see a photo of a Stoat who has killed a baby duck of course I might cry. I mean Durrr!

2. I think the second reason is that it ruins our beautiful environment. E.g. If you created a beautiful plantation and all of a sudden possums and stoats run all over it after all your hard work! 

3. This is just a kind reason for all predators out there. I think that the animals should stay wherever they came from, because killing them might affect the country they came from. So I mean if we killed all mouses and they are like native from somewhere they might have less native animals!

That is all for D3 guys thanks for stopping by!