Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A day in the life of a kea - Written from the bird's perspective

Hi, let me introduce myself, I’m a cheeky kea, an alpine parrot that lives in mountainous forested areas of the South Island.  Let me tell you what I get up to in my daily life, on a normal day.

When the sun rises over the mountains, it signals a new day.  It is chilly at night but luckily I have a plump body and a thick coat of feathers to keep me warm.  I love to socialise so the first thing I do is fly to a rocky outcrop to meet up with my fellow kea. I usually call out with a long, loud, high-pitched cry, 
“Ke - ee -ea- ea” to converse with my kind.  It can sometimes get very windy in high up areas where I hang out but I don’t mind, I’m used to it.  

After a brief conversation with my peers, I fly off to find some trees and scrub.  I flap my strong wings through the air while searching below me for a promising area to land.  After a few minutes, I spy an area that I believe contains fruits, leaves, nectar and plant shoots.  I am not a picky eater, I will eat a large variety of foods - YUM! Sometimes I might even dig in the soil for insect larvae or excavate rotten logs for huhu grubs.  Huhu grubs are my favourite! I gobble them up instantly with my slender, grey and black bill.

I like to be busy and keep my brain active so I always like to find things to do.  Sometimes my species is seen as mischievous or even naughty but that’s just human opinion.  I prefer to say that we are inquisitive, persistent and creative. Whenever I see humans in MY habitat, I just love to see what you strange creatures are up to.  Some of you seem to really like the cold and enjoy moving down the snow on these strange wooden boards. You also travel in some solid, fast moving objects; I think you call them cars?  Well, those contraptions make great toys for me to play with. I just love to rip and pull on all the black, rubbery parts.  

Unfortunately, I do need to be careful sometimes to protect myself from harm.  These annoying pests called stoats enjoy tormenting and harrassing me. They must think that I look tasty.  Sometimes, much to my horror, these thieving animals even steal and eat my eggs that I safely store in hollow logs, rocky crevices or burrows in the soil.  Seriously, how rude! All my hard work and devotion ruined by these despicable vermin.  

I am a female and I have a mate who is my companion for life.  It will soon be time for me to breed and produce some cute, adorable little chicks.  I am currently preparing my nest, cushioning it with feathers, soft wood chips, dry moss and lichen to protect the eggs and keep them warm.  When the time comes, I will need to sit on my eggs for one whole month. Luckily, my handsome partner feeds me during this time and looks after me so well.  What a lucky girl I am!  

At the end of the day the sun disappears behind the mountains and the cold, harsh weather sets in again.  Most of the time, I like to rest and recuperate when this happens but occasionally I will stay up late to explore.  The forest and mountain areas look very different shrouded in darkness and I like to experience all they have to offer.  Who knows, maybe I’ll find myself a midnight feast!

Well, I hope you have learnt a little bit more about me, the awesome, intelligent and amusing kea.  See you later, I’m off to find another snack...up, up and away!


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Writing - T4 Wk 5 2019

Room 3 members, blog readers including parents, teachers and other students
Inform/persuade/entertain - Depending on the genre of writing the students want to do - see below
WALT: Identify the structural and language features of different genres of writing 
WALT: Plan our writing into paragraphs 

  1. Persuasive writing - The takahe should be bird of the year 2019
  1. Information report about the takahe 
Define takahe (intro), looks like/features, habitat, food/what it eats/prey, predators, acts like/behaviour, climate, adaptations, mating/breeding, migration
  1. A day in the life of a takahe - Diary/recount - Imagine that you are the takahe - what do you get up to for the day?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Explanation writing - Why do Volcanoes Erupt?

Explanation writing
Room 3 members, blog readers including parents, teachers and other students
WALT: Identify the structure and language needed in an explanation
WALT: Plan and organise our ideas 
WALT: Explain ideas clearly in our own words
Magma, tectonic plates, vents, steam, lava, ash, explosion, eruption, mudflows, shaft, crater
Go over the task, purpose, audience and WALTs

Whole Class shared writing 
Why do Volcanoes Erupt?

Watch videos and interactive links looking at why volcanoes erupt.

Identify the structure needed for the explanation.

Why do Volcanoes Erupt?

Paragraph 1 - What is a volcano?
A volcano is an opening in the crust of the earth, usually shaped like a cone.  It can erupt causing lava to shoot out of the crater, along with rock fragments, water vapour and ash clouds. 

Paragraph 2 - Parts/features of a Volcano

A volcano primarily consists of: lava, a crater, magma, vents, a conduit, ash clouds, a throat and a magma chamber. 
Firstly, magma, which is molten rock, is stored in a magma chamber at the base of a volcano. Magma can travel up to
the surface of a volcano through the conduit, the pipe, and then the throat.  Magma and steam can escape through vents or the
crater at the summit of the volcano. When magma reaches the surface, it is then called lava.
Paragraph 3 - Where can Volcanoes be Found?
Volcanoes can be found on the rim of tectonic plates, which is also the edge of where two plates meet.  There are lots of volcanoes located on the boundary of the Pacific plate and this area is called the Pacific Ring of Fire.  Other volcanoes can sit on ‘hot spots’ in the middle of tectonic plates. Many volcanoes are hidden underwater, not surprising since 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water.  New Zealand has a lot of volcanoes because it sits on top of two colliding tectonic plates.   

Paragraph 4 - Why do Volcanoes Erupt? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoJ8cRnbbps

Volcanoes erupt because of the way the inner layers of the earth are constructed.  In the middle of the earth is the core, a molten metal. The core is as hot as the sun and acts like an oven.  The core also heats up the next upper layer, known as the mantle. Parts of the mantle remain solid while some parts become magma, liquid rock.  The top layer of the earth is called the crust, this is the layer that all living things exist on. Over time, the heat under the crust causes immense pressure which eventually needs to be released.  The pressure is emitted through cracks, weak spots in the earth’s surface. Volcanoes are vulnerable areas where the magma is pushed up and out onto the surface of the earth.    

Paragraph 5 - Effects of Volcanic Eruptions
Volcanic eruptions can have negative and positive effects on the earth.  Lava flows can kill living things and destroy people’s possessions. Volcanic ash released into the atmosphere can make it hard for living things to breathe.  Ash can also release certain gases into the air that can block sunlight and cool the earth or heat the earth up even more. However, over time, ash can help to make the soil fertile for plant growth.  Underwater lava flows also create more land on the earth.        

Sunday, October 20, 2019

SSW writing topics

SSW Topics 
Celebrity for a day 
The strangest moment in my life 
The best day of my life 
A time I was petrified 
Drifting off in space
Landing in dinosaur land 
Time travelling 
THe most awkward or embarrassing moment of my life 
King for a day 
The saddest moment of my life
In space - attacked by aliens 
Teacher for a day 
Being an insect for a day

Fortnite or Minecraft for a day 

Explanation writing - possible topics and the structure

Explanations explain how or why something occurs?
Why is the ___________shark endangered?
How did dinosaurs become extinct?
Why are lions endangered?
How does a hot air balloon function?
How could meteors damage the earth?
Why do some things float and some things sink?
How are diamond rings made?
Why are diamonds so hard to break?
How are mountains formed?
How is paper made?
How do aeroplanes work?
How do spiders spin their webs?

Explanation Structure
First paragraph - Definition of what you will be explaining 

Second paragraph - Looks like/structure/qualities/ properties/functions/features….

Third paragraph - Begin explaining
For How - Sequence how something works in sentences.
For why - Come up with main ideas why - One main idea, examples and explanation per paragraph

Conclusion - Depends on what you’ve explained

Could be the effects, positives vs negatives, solutions to an issue, predictions for the future…. etc….

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Emotions poetry - Anger

Emotions Poetry 

WALT: Identify emotions that humans have and how these are portrayed
WALT: identify the five senses for different human emotions
WALT: Identify body language and facial expressions for different emotions
WALT: Identify similes and metaphors for different emotions

Similes - comparing two things using like or as
Anger is like blood dripping from your nose, down your face.
Anger is like a sibling hitting you in the head.
Anger is like losing an important rugby match because you drop the ball at a vital moment.
Anger is like a volcano exploding lava into the sky.
Anger is like a radioactive explosion
Anger is like a bull charging at a red cape.
Anger is like a bomb detonating.
Anger is a boxer punching you in the face.
Anger is like a wasp circling you, buzzing furiously.
Anger is like being misunderstood constantly.
Anger is like losing your allowance because there is a hole in your pocket.

Metaphors - Something is something
Anger is a wolf howling at the moon.
Anger is a raging fire turning everything in its path to ashes.
Anger is the wind howling and yelling at you.
Anger is a villain when he gets defeated.
Anger is when you are framed for a crime you didn’t commit.
Anger is a tsunami wiping out everything in its path.
Anger is failing a very important test.
Anger is not graduating with your classmates.
Anger is getting wrongfully expelled.
Anger is a bee sting.

Personification - Giving a non-living object human features 
Anger is when the clouds bully the sun and place it in hiding.
Anger is when trees slap and bully their surroundings.
Anger is a giant stamping and flailing about.
Anger is a cloud throwing lightning towards the earth.
Anger is the tree pushing you off its branches.
Anger is a tsunami pushing and pulling objects around.
Anger is spiky leaves poking and prodding your skin.

Onomatopoeia - Sound words 

Crash!  Bang! Ahhhhh!     Slam! Boom! Pow!   Grrrr! Kapow!