Sunday, 11 May 2014

Tragedy at Tangwai.


Tragedy at Tangiwai by Aaron Hanning

WALT: Learning to make predictions on what is going to happen next in the text by using the keywords in the preceding sentences and paragraphs.
SUCCESS CRITERIA: I am able to predict as to what is going to happen next in the text.

1. What do think happened after Cyril waved his torch at the approaching train?
After Cyril waved his torch at the approaching train, the train plunged into the mud-laden flood waters.
2. Where was Cyril going when the accident happened?
Cyril was going to the train’s sixth carriage and began rescuing passengers that were in the train.
3. How did Mrs. Bell help with rescue of the injured passengers?
Mrs. Bell helped with rescue of the injured passengers by driving to Waiouru to get help from a military camp.
4. How many people died in that accident?
151 people died in that accident.
5. Who broadcasted a special message of sympathy when the news of the disaster spread around the world?
The Queen broadcasted a special message of sympathy when the news of the disaster spread around the world.

Activity 2 - Dictionary and Vocabulary
1.  Locate these words in the text and then use an online dictionary to find the meanings
    of these words.
2.  Make sentences with these words.
1. weather
The state of atmosphere at a particular place and time as regards heat, cloudiness, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.
The weather seemed fine today.
2. lahar
A destructive mudflow on the slopes of a volcano.
The lahar was terrifyingly high and steaming hot.
3. approaching
Come near or nearer to someone or something in distance time.
The train was approaching to the bridge.
4. wrecked
Any building, structure or thing reduced to a state of ruin.
The train was wrecked.
5. plunged
Fall suddenly and uncontrollably.
The car plunged into the water.
6. buckled
Bend and give way under pressure and strain.
The Earth buckled under the titanic stress.
7. assisted
Be present as a helper.
Two midwives who assisted at a water  birth.
8. military
The armed forces of a country.
As a young man, he joined the military  and pursued a career in the Army.
9. morgue
A newspaper’s collection of miscellaneous information for use in future obituaries.
A full-time obituaries editor in charge of the morgue.
10. survived
Continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship.
Against all odds the child survived.

Activity 3 -  Click on the link below and then read the article on How Waves are Made. After you have read the article, write down five facts about How Waves are Made.
  1. Waves can be made by wind.
  2. The wind transfers some of its energy in the water through friction between the air molecules and the water molecules to make waves.
  3. Low pressure systems make good and strong waves.
  4. The frictions created by wind help to form energy waves.
  5. In deep low pressure systems, wind speed is greater and more waves are generated by the power of the gusts.

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