Monday, 31 December 2018

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!


  1. Greetings Hinerangi!
    I have decided to comment on your blog again! You have being working hard and you have being adding lots of detail to your blurb. Next time remember yo make your text of your writing small because we would have to slide the page. What was the hardest activity to do?

    Keep it up!
    By Chavda

  2. Kia ora Hinerangi,

    My name is Mikey. I'm a member of the Summer Learning Journey team, along with Lee, Patricia, Izzy and Sophie. I see that you've completed the entire programme - congratulations! :)

    Bumblebees are amazing little creatures, aren't they? I didn't realise they could carry up to 90 times their body weight - that's incredible! It's sad to hear that their numbers are declining though. Were you able to find any information on what is being done to combat this?

    Anchovies! I didn't even think about those little guys when I was trying to decide what I'd put down my special draining sink. They'd definitely be on my list too. Along with olives and oysters. What is it about fruit cake that you don't like?

    Well done on answering our 'flying fungi' maths problem correctly! :) I'm pleased to see that you knew which operation to use to help you solve it. Do you enjoy maths? What are your favourite subjects at school?

    I look forward to reading more posts from you soon Hinerangi. Until then, happy blogging! :)