Saturday, 22 December 2018

Week 1, Day 3: Awesome Animals - SLJ

In New Zealand we have many unusual animals. One of the most unusual is the kiwi bird - a
bird that does not have wings and can not fly. Pretty strange, eh?! J.K. Rowling, the author
of the Harry Potter books, has recently written a new book about strange or unusual
animals called ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’
For this activity, please watch this cool book trailer. Year 7 and Year 8 students in South
Auckland, New Zealand helped to make it. Once you have watched the video, use your
imagination and create your very own beast. What does your beast look, smell, feel, and
sound like?
On your blog, post a description of your beast. Use interesting adjectives (describing words)
to tell us about your beast.
After designing my beast I finally realised it’s not quite a beast, but at least I have one to
show you. The Beast I have has all the information you need to know in the piece of
drawing. Hope you enjoy!  
We have a number of small lizards (geckos and skinks) living in New Zealand. One of the
least common is the Chevron Skink. According to the Department of Conservation,
Chevron Skinks live mostly on two islands - Great Barrier Island and Little Barrier Island.
These islands are ‘animal reserves.’ Very few people, other than staff working for the
New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), are allowed to live there. The DOC
staff are called ‘Rangers.’ Their job is to protect the wildlife (animals and plants) living on
the island.
Would you like to be a DOC ranger and live with the animals on Great Barrier Island?
On your blog list three pros (good things) and three cons (bad things) about working as a
DOC ranger. At the bottom of your post, tell us whether you would like to be a DOC Ranger
or not.

DOC Ranger - Yes or No ?
If I was able to visit Great Barrier Island, my answer would have to be a yes, I chose this
answer because of their amazing views, incredible locations and there huts fit any
sized family. My other reason is because there are hundreds of places to go to including
to see the wildlife animals. Even though I’m not that kind of an animal person I would
love to see those animals who I’ve never seen in real life before. I really loved this task as
I got to see who is protecting our native animals and who is creating these sort of
amazing locations people actually go to. Overall I would love to visit Great Barrier Island.
Activity 3: The WWF: World Wildlife Fund [10 points]
In 1961, a number of people came together to start an organisation called the
World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The main goal of this organisation was/is to
protect life on earth. Hundreds of WWF staff work in countries all over the world trying to
protect our planet and the animals who live here. To learn more about their amazing work,
click on one of the two video links below.
Clip #2: Tigers
Once you have watched the video, go to your blog and, using full sentences, tell us:
1) The name of the animal the WWF is working to save.
2) What the WWF is doing to help the animal.
3) What, if any, success they have had protecting the animal.

1) The name of the animal the WWF is working to save?

 The animal WWF is working to save are the baby seals, also known for cubs. WWF are
working to save them as there are only about 360 individual seals left in the world. Our
cubs are only dying due to no shelter and of course other predators coming along and
eating them.  
 2) What the WWF is doing to help the animal?

The WWF is helping our cubs by building a long snowbank for all adult seals to
give their cubs birth. After creating the snowbank everything had just started
becoming better and better, for us and especially for the seals. Without the
snowbank every single cub will probably have not been here right at this moment.
The WWF is definitely doing their best of saving our seals and without them
none of this would’ve happened.   
 3) What, if any, success they have had protecting the animal?

The WWF team had all the success in the world as this routine they just created
( The snowbank ) is working really well for everyone, mainly the seals. Its
awesome how they created this snowbank as its helped the parents of the cubs
by giving birth instead of having to give the cubs birth with open snow. I think the
WWF team did an amazing job with this snowbank and helping out the seals and
their cubs.
Task Description:

For day 3 of week 1 we were to create our own beast, write our pros and cons and finally write about the world wildlife fund. Todays task was surprisingly fun in many different ways
and I really enjoyed every part of this weeks blogging. I really hope you also enjoyed and
feel free to comment below. Don´t forget to visit other peoples blogs and enjoy this years
summer holidays. Early Merry Christmas from me to all of you.


  1. Kia ora & Namaste Hinerangi,
    Oh my, you are such a star! I can see you that you have put so much work into this post and still at the end you mentioned how much fun you had, that is such a great attitude! Ka Mau te Wehi!
    Activity 1: Fantastic Beasts - I must admit that your beast is quite cute! :0) I love the poster you made and the details you added. The information about your beast personality helps the readers to create a visual image and gives your beast a more believable character. I am wondering if Rex has any special powers?

    Activity 2: The Secretive Skink: I always thought that I would love to work as a Doc ranger to be able to protect our native land and animals and being able to do it in beautiful places around New Zealand such as the Great Barrier Island it would be really awesome! However, I think it can be a very tough job as well specially during winter and rainy days. Furthermore, it would be quite lonely and isolate don't you agree?
    When I am unsure about something I like to make list of pros and cons because quite often it helps me to see the situation more clearly. Have you use pros and cons list for any other situation in your life?

    Activity 3: The WWF: World Wildlife Fund - You did complete the task well and stick to the main points on your answers. Also, I think is great that you took time to explain about the importance of the snow banks in order for the fresh water seals being able to give birth to their cubs as that give your readers a good context to understand what is that you are writing about. As a constructive feedback I think you could added a picture of the freshwater seals in this post to make it a bit more visual and appealing to your readers.
    Keep up with the great work!
    Kia kaha,

  2. Greetings Hinerangi!
    Pros and cons is something good to do if you are in a situation of choosing. What are 3 animals that you will choose that are dangerous. I am not sure what animals to choose myself.

    Keep it up!
    By Chavda