Friday, 14 March 2014

In The Forest 3000 Years Ago.


WALT: answer questions based on the text by looking for keywords in the questions.
Success Criteria: 1. I am able to identify and highlight the keywords in the question.
                              2. I am able to locate the keywords in the text and look for answers to
                                  the questions.

ACTIVITY 1 - READING RESPONSE - Read Page 18 of the Article and then answer these questions based on the Article.

1.  Why did the Moa Bird rush  back to the shelter of the bush? The Moa Bird rushed back to the shelter of the bush, because the Haast’s eagle was chasing it.

2. What were the Takahe doing near the lake? The Takahe was carefully snipping the grass off near the ground.

3. Why did the Haast’s Eagle come rocketing down from the sky? The Haast’s eagle came rocketing from down from the sky because it wanted to serve the moa’s arteries.

4. As night fell, what noises could be heard from the forest? The noises that could be heard from the forest were the night insects.

5. Why do the kiwi, kakapo and the weka birds roam the forest at night? The kiwi, kakapo and the weka birds roamed the forest at night to look for food.

Activity 2 - Vocabulary

Make sentences with these words.

1.  investigate- I had to investigate about the missing person.
2.  background- I change my background.
3.  shapes- Everyone has different shapes and sizes.
4.  roaming- My baby brother was roaming around the house.
5.  covered- I covered myself with the blanket.
6.  suddenly- Suddenly I heard a loud noise.
7.  strange- I saw a strange figure at the back.
8.  through- We went through the tunnel and under the bridge.
9.  followed- My cousin followed me to the park.
10. somewhere- My cousin told me that we were going somewhere.

Activity 3 -  The New Zealand Kiwi
Google search for an image of the Kiwi bird and write five important facts about the Kiwi Bird.
  1. Kiwis are flightless birds.
  2. Kiwis have a strong musky smell that is irresistible to dogs.
  3. Little spotted kiwi and North Island brown kiwi breed in pairs and only the male incubates the egg.
  4. The kiwi egg is six times as big as normal as a bird its size, almost exactly the size of eggs produced by the now-extinct bush moa.
  5. A female kiwi can lay up to 100 eggs in her lifetime.
  6. Kiwi have one of the largest egg-to-body weight ratios of any bird. A mature kiwi egg averages 20 percent of the female’s body weight (compared to 2 percent for an ostrich). In human terms this would mean a 50 kilogram woman delivering a 10 kilogram baby!

The Kakapo.
  1. The Kakapo is the world’s only flightless parrot and is also unusual in being nocturnal.
  2. The Kakapo is the world’s most heaviest parrot.
  3. The male Kakapo produces a strange “boom” call to attract potential mates, which can be heard up to 5 kilometres away.
  4. One of the world’s longest living birds. They can live up to an average of 90 years to a maximum of 120.
  5. A polygynous lek breeder.
  6. A non-flying bird.
  7. A parachutist from trees because it cannot fly.
  8. Critically endangered.

The Weka.
  1. Weka mainly eat invertebrates and fruit. They occasionally eat chitons and other rocky invertebrates, lizards, rodents, food scraps, carrion and the eggs and young of other groundnesting bird.
  2. Weka populations are subject to large fluctuations. Populations increase during favourable conditions and decline abruptly when food becomes scarce. Moist islands and those with rich soils support the most stable populations.
  3. The decline and destabilisation of weka populations on mainland New Zealand, which has resulted in legal protection, has inhibited mahinga kai in modern times. Some iwi today welcome conservation projects that would potentially enable the restoration of harvesting while others believe that the time for harvest has gone. The only place where the legal harvest of weka can occur is on the Chatham Islands and on some islands around Stewart Island.
  4. Weka have demonstrated that under good conditions and with high food availability, they can be very productive with year-round breeding recorded at several sites. However, pairs in other stable populations breed once a year or less.
  5. Weka mate for life where the populations are territorial, but this is not so when the need for defence is less likely.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

America's Cup

Bio Poem.

Bio Poem.


Nice, helpful,  playful

Lover of eating lollies, going rock climbing and riding her bike.

Who feels happy when she is going to the movies.

Who wonders why there are volcanoes in the world.

Who fears spiders, clowns and death.

Who dreams to be a famous singer or a teacher.

Who is able to use her netbook well.

By Alisi