Monday, 31 December 2018

Week 3, Day 3: Taking Flight - SLJ

DAY 3: Taking Flight

Activity 1: Bird of the Year! [4 points]
Aotearoa New Zealand is home to many different kinds (species) of native birds.  Sadly,
about a third of our native bird species are at risk of disappearing forever (becoming extinct).
Each year, Forest and Bird New Zealand hold a ‘Bird of the Year’ competition where people
can vote for their favourite native bird. This year, the winner was the kererū (or woodpigeon).
Go onto the Bird of the Year website, look through the native birds on the site, and choose
one that interests you.
On your blog, write a short description of your bird. Where does your bird normally
live? What does your bird normally eat?  Post a picture of the bird underneath your
description. Be sure to attribute your picture properly.
For this activity I decided to choose the Grey Warbler Bird, I´ve gone with this bird due to
how incredible they look and how they personally live. The grey warbler bird has a  Māori
name called riroriro. When the Grey Warbler bird is outside of New Zealand they are called
grey gerygone. The Grey Warbler bird is an insectivorous bird which means it only eats
Caterpillars, Flies, Beetles, Moths and many more. How do they live? After researching
a little more about Grey Warbler birds I found out that this bird lives in all sorts of habitats
around New Zealand. So there we have it, Thanks for reading my short description about
the bird I´ve chosen for today's task ( Grey Warbler ).

Activity 2: Flying Foxes [4 points]

Not only is New Zealand home to many native birds but we also have a number of
native bats. Some of these bats are really small while others are much larger. None,
however, are as large as the largest bat in Australia. It is called the flying fox
(pictured below) and it has a wingspan of up to 6 feet or 2 metres. Wow! That is taller
than most of us!
Flying foxes usually sleep during the day and hunt for food at night, using their ears to
guide them through the darkness. Like other bats, they have the best hearing of any
mammal. It is their ‘superpower.’
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? If I could choose, I would like to be able
to fly. It would make it possible for me to fly back to Canada and visit my family whenever I
wanted. How amazing would that be?!
On your blog, tell us what superpower you would like to have and why you’d like to
have it.
If I was to choose a superpower and I was given a lot of options my final option would have
to be Invisibility. One reason why I would choose invisibility is because it´ll make funny
pranks, nothing harsh or anything. Another reason is that if I was to go to a birthday party
I would be able to eat anything and everything as I am invisible, It´ll also be funny to see
the looks on peoples faces as there watching me take any type of food or drink I've taken.
My final reason is that I will be able to win any sort of game like
( tag, Hide and Seek, Etc. ) as I am invisibly and I can just turn invisible anytime I want.
Overall my final decision of a superpower it would be Invisibility. Hope you enjoyed, feel
free to check the other two activities.
Activity 3: Wind Beneath My Wings [10 points]
Birds and bats are just two species of animal that are able to fly. Did you know that some
fish, squirrels and snakes are also able to fly? Check out the ‘Top 10 Flying Animals of
the World’ website to learn more about these incredible animals.
Once you have explored the site, choose one animal and create a digital learning object
(DLO, eg. a poster) that tells us all about the animal. Be sure to include at least three
interesting facts and a picture or two of your animal! Please follow these
instructions for attributing your pictures properly.
Here is an example of a DLO that was created about lions.
On your blog, post a final copy of your DLO..

Here is my final copy about Flying Animals. Check out the #3 facts written below you,
Image Attributions will be below the DLO copy.
Here is the Image Attribution For Both Images ( There both the same photo by the way ):

Task Description:
For this task I´ve decided to complete another 3 activities given to me and all the Summer
Learning Journey Bloggers. For this task I was to choose an animal that flys listed on this
website. I was also given the task to choose a superpower and my answer to that was
Invisibility. For the final activity I was to write a short story about the bird I decided to
choose. I really hope you enjoyed todays task and hope to see you back here. Enjoy
and Happy New Year!

Week 3, Day 2: The Air Up There - SLJ

DAY 2: The Air Up There

Activity 1: Bee Informed [4 points]
One of the most important, but least talked about, animals in New Zealand is the bumblebee.
It was first introduced to New Zealand in 1885 to help pollinate a special plant called the
Red Clover.’ Today, bumblebees do many other important jobs, including the pollination
of greenhouses and orchard crops. If the bees did not pollinate the plants, they would not
For this activity, we would like you to bee-come detectives and to learn more about the
mysterious, and often ignored, bumblebee. We will provide you with five sentences about
bumblebees from the NZ Bumblebee Conservation Trust website and it is your job to fill in
the blanks with the missing information about bees. Choose the phrase/word that makes
the most sense from the list at the bottom. (Each phrase/word can only be used once).
To earn full points for this activity you must type all five sentences and then fill in the
blanks for each one. Post the completed sentences on your blog.
Unbee-lievable Facts about Bumblebees
  • The word ‘bumblebee’ is a compound word (bumble + bee). The word ‘bumble’ means
  • to _______hum, buzz or drone.______.

  • Bumblebees can fly very quickly. They can reach ground speeds of ___54____

  • kilometres per hour (km/h).

  • Bumblebees are very strong! They carry up to __90%__ percent of their body weight

  • in food with them to avoid starvation.

  • Bumblebees can do more work and carry more pollen than other bees, including

  • honeybees. In fact, they can do up to   _50__ times as much work as a normal honeybee.

  • The number of bumblebees is declining in New Zealand due to a number of factors,

  • including the  ___removal of wildflowers and flowering trees, habitat loss and extensive
  • use of pesticides

  • The word ‘bumblebee’ is a compound of ‘bumble’+’bee’ –, Bumble is the meaning of

  • hum, buzz or drone.
Activity 2: Carbon Sinks Don’t Stink! [4 points]

Every day a chemical compound called carbon dioxide (CO2) is produced and released into
the air.  If it isn’t removed, it can become toxic for humans. Fortunately, there are a number
of places where CO2 is absorbed (removed from the air). Two of the most common places
are forests and oceans. They are called ‘carbon sinks’ because, like a sink, they gather,
clean and drain things away that we don’t want. One of the largest carbon sinks in
New Zealand is a forest in the south-western part of the South Island. It drains away 60%
of our unwanted carbon!
Let’s imagine that you could design a sink that could gather up and then drain away any
foods that you don’t like. On your blog, tell us what you would put in your special sink. If it
was me, I would put rice pudding, brussel sprouts, custard, parsnips, and seafood chowder
in the sink. Yuck! What about you?
On your blog, list all of the foods that you would put in your special draining sink..
First of all I don´t like throwing my food away especially if it was just made, But if I had a
special draining sink these are type of foods I will throw away, Feel free to tell us your
least favourite foods!

Peas, Asparagus, Tripe, Fruit - Cake, Apricots, Tomatoes, spinach, and Anchovy´s.  

Activity 3: Flying Fungi [10 points]
In the middle of winter it can get quite wet and damp in New Zealand, can’t it? When it gets
really damp, it is common for things like mould and fungi to start to grow. We can often see
them on the walls, ceilings or floors of our houses or outside on footpaths, buildings or
roadways. Some types of mould and fungi are so small that they can’t be seen. Some of
these tiny fungi/mould can be found in the air. They are called ‘airborne fungi’ and they can
be unhealthy for us.

On your blog, tell us how you would solve this tricky maths problem. Be sure to also
post your final answer in days or weeks.
Let’s imagine that we tested the air in your classroom and found 7 different kinds of mould.
Eek! The cleaner says that it takes 5 days for each mould to be eradicated (removed). If the
school had to remove each mould one at a time, how long would it take to remove all the
mould from the classroom?
For this first step I was to figure out how much moulds there are altogether (7), followed by
how long it'll take to get removed (5). Because there is 7 different kinds of moulds and upto
5 days to get rid of each one, I basically already knew it was going to be times-table. After
finding that out I was to times 7 x 5 =. As you probably already know maths is one of my
favourite subjects, so I wrote my final answer ( 35 Days ). The answer for each mould to
get removed is 35 days.
Overall Answer In Days: 35 DAYS!
Overall Answer In Weeks: 5 Weeks!

Task Description:
For this task I was to fill in the missing blanks written in the first activity, for the second activity I was to write a list tell you all what my least favourite foods are, and for the final activity I was to figure out a maths problem, the maths problem included moulds. For more information written about this feel free to check out my post, Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Week 3, Day 1: A Heated Debate - SLJ

WEEK 3: Up, Up and Away

DAY 1: A Heated Debate

Activity 1: Togs or Trackies? [4 points]
New Zealand is a pretty lovely place to live, isn’t it? Apparently, New Zealand (NZ) is also
a pretty lovely place to visit. In 2017 approximately 2-3 million people came to visit NZ as
tourists. Some of them chose to come in the middle of our summer, while others braved it
and came in the middle of winter! When do you think is the best time of year (season) to
visit NZ?
If you would like some help making a decision, feel free to read the Go New Zealand website.
It has lots of information about the seasons in NZ!
I, personally, encourage my friends and family from overseas to come and visit NZ in early
spring. The weather is usually warm and dry and the tourist attractions, beaches and holiday
spots are less busy than they are in the middle of summer.
On your blog, tell us what time of year you think is best for tourists for come and visit.
Be sure to share at least three things that tourists could do while they were here in NZ
With only four seasons in a year I've decided to go with Spring. I´ve chosen Spring because
in Summer it's the busiest time of year, in Autumn you get very cold at night and Auckland
always ends up with loads of crowds ( especially at sport games ), Last but not least Winter.
I really don't think visiting New Zealand in Winter is a very great idea due to the amount of
coldness their is, especially if you have children with you. So the season I would go with
would have to be Spring, I really think this a fantastic time for tourist people to visit as you
get to see amazing locations, visit the incredible sky tower, and most of all you can visit
the wonderful Beaches we have. I think it's a better idea to visit New Zealand in Spring
Season as its less busier, more locations to be at and the temperature is incredibly warm,
which will be fantastic for you and your family.

Activity 2: You are my Sunshine [4 points]

People in New Zealand love spending time outdoors. Unfortunately, the sun is very
powerful and the rates of skin cancer are incredibly high in New Zealand. In fact, they
are higher than anywhere else in the entire world! To protect ourselves against skin
cancer, we need to be careful about how much time we spend in the sun. We have to
be ‘Sunsmart.’

Read the Sunsmart website.

On your blog, list five different things that we can do to protect ourselves from the
sun this summer!
Here's a little document I´ve created for you, Enjoy!
Activity 3: Burning Up… [15 points]
While it can get hot in New Zealand, especially in the middle of summer, it gets even hotter
in places like Dallol (Ethiopia), Dasht-e Loot (Iran), Tirat Zvi (Israel), Kabili (Tunisia)
and Bandar-e Mahshahr (Iran).
The hottest temperature on record in each place is: Dallol: 41oC; Dasht-e Loot: 71oC; Tirat
Zvi: 54oC; Kabili: 55oC; Bandar-e Mahshahr: 51oC. Crazy ‘eh?!
For this activity, you are asked to use this information to create a graph. The graph should
have a title along with the names of each city and their hottest recorded temperatures.
You can draw the graph by hand or use a computer programme like Google Draw to
create your graph. It’s completely up to you!
Here is an example of a graph:

Task Description:

For this task of Week 3, Day 1 I was to write a text about what´s the best season to visit New Zealand and my answer to that was Spring, the next activity was based on protecting ourselves from the sun the main one that should be on your list is Sunscreen, And for the final activity I was to create my own graph about the hot temperatures I was given to me. Overall I really enjoyed todays task and hope to post more similar to todays task. Enjoy week 3´s post. Enjoy it and Happy New Year!