Thursday, 27 December 2018

Week 2, Day 1: Swimming with the fish - SLJ

WEEK 2: Water, Water, Everywhere

DAY 1: Swimming with the Fish

Activity 1: Surfs Up! [4 points]
In New Zealand we have many beautiful beaches and stunning waterfalls. One of the most
spectacular waterfalls is called Kitekite and it is located in Piha, a small village west of
Auckland. Tourists and locals flock to Piha during the summer season to enjoy the waterfall,
the local beach, and the great surf. Have you ever tried surfing? Although I have never
surfed many of my friends have and they absolutely love it. In fact, it is their favourite
summer activity! What is yours?
For this activity, please take a picture of yourself doing one of your favourite summer
activities. It could be anything! Here is a picture of one of our team members (Laura) doing
one of her favourite summer activities.
On your blog, post a picture of yourself doing one of your favourite summer activities.
Below the picture tell us what the activity is and tell us why it is one of your favourites.
Due to the weather and the busy things that have been happening, I didn't really get the
chance to take a photo of me doing my favourite summer activity which is, playing all sorts
of games on the beach. My favourite one overall would have to be beach volleyball because
everyone has a good time and whenever we get hot we have a bit of a swim. Although this
has happened here is a photo of me doing my 2nd favourite summer activity, which is drawing.

The reason why drawing is my 2nd favourite activity is because, you are able to draw
anything you want as well as using your imagination. Drawing is a time of cooling down
and just enjoying the time that you have of drawing. In term 4 the whole school was included
to draw, paint, or design items/objects for term 4´s theme which was, Te wa toi. Drawing can
be annoying sometimes as you think your not doing a very good job with it. Although you
think it, it's not actually true because people make a lot of mistakes ( like me ) but after a
few practises I finally got the hang of drawing something very, very simple. Did you know
that making mistakes helps you learn? Well how I know is that I made loads of mistakes in
the past and somehow I had them all sorted out, with a bit of help from my friends. After
all the information and reasons I have given you, this is how much you know I love drawing
mainly in my spare time. I hope this encouraged you to draw and hope you enjoy it.  

Activity 2: The Great Taupo Cycle Challenge [4 points]

Every year approximately 7500 people arrive in Taupo, New Zealand to compete in a
one-day cycling race around Lake Taupo. The race route is 160 km in length. Participants
can choose to compete in the full race or the half-race (80 km). Let’s imagine that you were
given a free ticket to compete in the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge next year and you were
able to bring three people with you as your ‘support crew.’ Who would you bring with you?
If it was me, I would choose my son, Aronui, as one of my supporters because he’s really
funny and energetic. I think that he would make sure that I had a great time and that I spent
the entire day laughing and smiling. I would also choose my sister, Leigh, because she is
very strong and fast. Thirdly, I would choose my co-leader, Hazel, because she is very
organised and would make sure that we followed the trail and didn’t get lost!
On your blog, list the three people you would like to have on your Lake Taupo Cycle Race Support Crew. Tell us why you have chosen each person.


Here is a little presentation of the people I have decided to take with me and my reasons why I am taking them. Enjoy!


Activity 3: Something Smells Fishy…[10 points]

One of the longest and largest rivers in the world is called the Amazon River. It is located
in South America and is approximately 6400 kilometres (kms) long. That is four times longer
than the entire country of New Zealand. Wow!
Scientists believe that there are over 3000 different kinds of fish that live in the Amazon River.
Now, that is a lot of fish! To learn more about fish, we went online and found some really
cool facts about fish.
For this activity, we are going to provide you with five sentences about fish. Some of them
are true and some are them are not. It is your job to read these ‘facts’, and decide whether
they are true or false.

On your blog, write out each fact and in CAPITAL LETTERS beside the fact, write the
word ‘TRUE’ if it is a true fact or ‘FALSE’ if it is not true.

Fish Fact #1: The oldest known fish in the world is a 65 year old Australian lungfish.
Fish Fact #2: Sharks are the only fish that have eyelids.
Fish Fact #3: Starfish are a type of fish.
Fish Fact #4: Fish communicate with each other by making low-pitched sounds (moans,
hisses, etc)
Fish Fact #5: Fish usually swim together in groups called ‘classes.’
Task Description:

For this task we were to tell you what our favourite summer activity we do, who would we take with us as our supportive crew for the Taupo cycle challenge and finally The true and false activity. The start of this weeks activities is very fun and quiet interesting of finding facts about fish which I never knew about. This took quiet a long time especially the first activity but I´m glad I got it done. I really hope you enjoy and merry late Christmas everyone.  


  1. Kia ora Hinerangi,

    I hope that you are having a wonderful summer holiday! We are really enjoying reading all of your blog posts.

    Activity 1: That is great that you are keeping busy this summer! I wish I could go and play beach volleyball right now. Thank you for sharing your drawing with me as well. You are a very talented artist.

    Activity 2: It is great to see that you have a very supportive and motivational family that you would bring as your support crew for the cycle challenge. Do you like cycling?

    Activity 3: Great research skills! The only one that you need to take note of is that fish do communicate with each other by making low-pitched sounds. Strange, I know!

    Keep up the awesome blogging!

    Talk soon,

    Sophie :)

  2. Greetings Hinerangi!
    I have decided to comment on your blog again! What is your favorite activity doing? Why? Bicycling is very fun and I have bike that is a bicycle and it is white. What is your favorite Activity to do outside? My one would be Rainbow end rides.

    Keep it up!
    By Chavda