Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Activity 2: Flying Foxes [4 points]

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? If I could have a super power it would be to have anything I want so if I say " I want new books" it would be right there. I'd like to have this superpower because you could have anything you would want and it would be right there. 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.’

DAY 3: Taking Flight | Activity 1: Bird of the Year! [4 points]

This is the bird I chose for this activity. This bird is called Little Penguin (Kororā). This bird is mostly found on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand. In Australia this bird is known by fairy penguins because of the size. Little penguins can eat about 25% of their body weight (approx. 250g) of small fish daily such as Barracouta, Anchovies, Red Cod, Pilchards and squid. Like those of all penguins, the little penguin's wings have developed into flippers used for swimming. The little penguin typically grows to between 30 and 33 cm (12 and 13 in) tall and usually weighs about 1.5 kg on average (3.3 lb). Like most seabirds, they have a long lifespan. The average for the species is 6.5 years, but flipper ringing experiments show in very exceptional cases up to 25 years in captivity. 

This image is from flickr created by  dilettantiquity 
(CC BY-SA 2.0)

Little Penguin, Perth Zoo | by Miss Dilettante

Monday, 7 January 2019

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 mold 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 mold and fungi are so small that they can’t be seen. Some of these tiny fungi/molds can be found in the air. They are called ‘airborne fungi’ and they can be unhealthy for us.
Let’s imagine that we tested the air in your classroom and found 7 different kinds of mold. Eek! The cleaner says that it takes 5 days for each mold to be eradicated (removed). If the school had to remove each mold one at a time, how long would it take to remove all the mold from the classroom?

It would take 35 days because 7x5 = 35 and 5x7 = 35. I had gotten my answer by using my multiplication facts.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

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? Food I would put In my sink Asparagus Beetroot Egg Plant Fish Carrots

DAY 2: The Air Up There | Activity 1: Bee Informed [4 points]

The word ‘bumblebee’ is a compound word (bumble + bee). The word ‘bumble’ means to hum, buzz, and drone.

Bumblebees can fly very quickly. They can reach ground speeds of 90 kilometres per hour (km/h)

Bumblebees are very strong! They carry up to 50 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  54 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.

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!

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.’ Five things you need to do in the sun 1) Where sunhat at all times when outside to avoid skin cancer 2)Where Sunscreen 3) Clothing 4)Stay in shade 5)Sunglasses

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 would encourage my Family from overseas to come in early summer where it is sunny hot and a good time to go for a swim.

3 things tourists would love to do in NZ

1) Go to Auckland Zoo

2) Hidden Beaches

3) Rain Forests

Activity 3: Faded Glory [5 points]

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, made up of 2900 individual reefs. It is so big that it can actually be seen from space! The reef is located on the east coast of Australia and many people believe that it is millions and millions of years old. For most of its life, the reef has been a healthy, vibrant ecosystem. Over the past thirty years, however, it has changed dramatically. Much of the beautiful bright coral has become bleached and has lost its colour. Sections of the reef have also been damaged by tourists, cyclones and the introduction of new, damaging invasive species.
The Australian government is working to protect and preserve the reef. Each year they spend about $200 million dollars repairing and protecting the reef. It is a lot of money and they could really use some help raising the money (funds) required to repair the reef. This is where you come in! 1) I would sell food, clothes, drinks etc 2) Get volunteers 3) Get billboards all around east coast of Australia

Activity 2: The Black Drain [4 points]

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Waikato River - Located in Waikato - It was messed with a group of rubbish and other objects, but they started cleaning it, by bringing a group of people to clean each area. 

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Selwyn River - Located in Waikirikiri New Zealand/ Canterbury.  There are many reason to this river always being polluted. As sayings some people have said that they can't do anything as the climate change is an impact, but they have shown a diagram of the solution package.

Approximately two-thirds of all rivers and one-half of all lakes in New Zealand are too polluted to swim in, according to a recent article in an online newspaper. One of the most polluted is the Tarawera River in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand. Pollution enters the river from a local pulp and paper mill, from local farms and through the local sewage system. Many other rivers in New Zealand are also polluted with waste from businesses and farms.
Use Google to help you find two other polluted rivers in New Zealand.

DAY 5: Wasting Away | Activity 1: Off the Menu [4 points]

Fishing is a really common activity in New Zealand. In fact, people have fished in New Zealand for centuries. Unfortunately, over the past few decades some people have caught too many fish in one area and left the region without enough fish to refill (replenish) the stocks. When this happens we call the area ‘overfished’ and it is closed to all private and commercial fishing. If people are caught fishing in these areas, they are required to pay a fine (money). The maximum fine for fishing in a restricted area is $100 000.
What do you think about this rule? Is it fair that people are charged up to $100 000 for overfishing? I think this rule is unfair because the people fishing might need it for their homes and families to eat because they do not have enough money.

Activity 3: Picture Perfect [10 points]

While New Zealand is home to some beautiful waterfalls, there are a number of stunning waterfalls in places like Canada and South Africa. In Canada, the largest waterfall is called Niagara Falls. It sits on the border between Canada and the United States of America.
Thousands of tourists flock (go) to Niagara Falls every year to see the falls and to have their picture taken in front of this natural wonder. Over the past few years people have started taking ‘selfies’ and posting them online. Do you ever take selfies? I see a woman posing but looks like she is leaning on the water. I also see several buildings behind her. I looks like she is standing on the corner of the top of a building. I see a long beautiful flowing river behind her. I also see a woman taking a selfie. I also see boats on the water near the buildings. I also see green trees and bushes. I also see a waterfall down the river. I also see colourful buildings behind her. I also see a blue clear Sky with no clouds. I also see the woman with a jacket tied around her waist.