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!


  1. Hey there Hinerangi, it's Billy here from the Summer Learning Journey team. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on which super power you would choose. Invisibility would be a lot of fun. I would love pulling pranks on my family and friends. You could sneak into places when there was a long queue too. You'd never have to pay for a flight again. You could hide if you were being chased. You could do lots of things.

    What would be the second super power that you would choose?

    Thanks, Billy.

  2. Greetings Hinerangi!
    What is your favorite animal? My favorite animal is a dog. Have you every being in a plane? I havent. Your DLO looks really cool that you made at the end.

    Keep it up!
    By Chavda

  3. Hi Hinerangi,

    Me again! :)

    Well done on taking the time to research the Grey Warbler. Have you seen one before? It kind of reminds me of a sparrow. I like the yellow of it's beak.

    I really like the way you've presented your flying fish facts. How crazy is it that there's a fish that can fly?! And so fast as well! Were you able to find out what kinds of things it eats?

    Congratulations on completing another wonderful post, Hinerangi. He whetu koe! (You're a star!) :)