Monday, May 28, 2018

Bay bush action!!!

Last week in Te Ngahere, 2 people from bay bush action came to our class. Their names were Stella and Brad. They showed us possums, Kiwi and Hedgehogs. They demonstrated us how they used a trap and the bait they use to catch rats, stoats and other pests that kill native birds. We also got to see pictures of different native and endemic birds and insects. They placed traps around our school to catch any rats in our creek. We hope that our school will be the first rat free school in New Zealand! Here are some photos of we did!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My awesome moment in time writing!!

Last week in Te Ngahere we wrote a piece of writing about the forest. Our WALT was to use present tense and have descriptive language in our writing. I think I did well on adding description in my writing. I think I could work on adding a bit more to my story. Hope you enjoy my writing!

Moment in time

The canopy of trees hang above the bobbing heads. Speaks of sunlight, dancing on the muddy track. Overhanging branches, hitting unaware humans. The lush bush home to amazing creatures. Amongst the trees are bright and colourful fungi, cloaking from the harsh sun and relocating into the darkness of the tree. If you close your eyes a melodic bird tune will play. Creatures prowl up to their pray waiting for the perfect time to pounce. The sense of being in the forest with the birds, creatures and forest delices fills you with a pacifying feeling as you leave the forest.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Our ecosystem explanation writing!!

Since term 1 we have been working on our healthy ecosystem, explanation writing. Our learning intention was to use the correct structure for a explanation. In our explanation we wrote about what an ecosystem needs, what is in a ecosystem and the threats to a ecosystem. A healthy ecosystem needs a producer, consumer, decomposer, inorganic matter and organic matter. Without those things the ecosystem with be unbalanced. I enjoyed writing our explanation because I think that I did well describing the roles of the producers, consumers, decomposers, inorganic and organic matter. I think I could work on finishing it earlier. Here is my piece of writing:

What is a ecosystem?

The parts
A healthy ecosystem consists of both inorganic (non living)
and organic matter (living).
These inorganic and organic are place holders
to keep a ecosystem from tumbling.
Inorganic and organic matter work together.
The balance of the ecosystem relies on inorganic and
organic matter.

There are many different parts of an ecosystem and each
one helps each other to survive and keep the ecosystem
from getting damaged.
Those things are producers, consumers and decomposers.
Producers are important to feed the consumers.
An example of a producer is kelp.
It soaks up energy from sun and rain and when
eaten the consumers get energy.

In a ecosystem there are different types of consumers.
There are herbivores (which eat producers),
carnivores (which eat other consumers),
Omnivores (which eat a mixture of both consumers and
producers) and finally there are scavengers
(which eat leftover food from other fish).

Decomposers break down dead material.
An example of a decomposer is bacteria.
These decomposers are a type of burial team for fish.

An unbalanced ecosystem

Some ecosystems are strong ones and can rebalance
after a minor change in their ecosystem.
Although a small and quite fragile one is easy to tip over.
All fish depend on a healthy ecosystem.
A kina barren is when people overfish
(because fish eat kina) and then the kina population
explodes and they munch all the kelp which can be
harmful to baby fish because they have no place to hide
and develop into adults.

Friday, May 4, 2018

My finished metaphor poem

A couple of weeks ago we posted a draft of metaphor poem.
We had to improve our writing and add more description.
We were learning to use language features appropriately showing a developing understanding of effect.
I did well on improving my metaphor poem but what could make it better is by adding a bit more detail.
I hope you enjoy reading my poem!

Taleisha is...

Taleisha is candyfloss, ideas sticking in her mind.

Taleisha is a pencil case, full of knowledge and thoughts.

Taleisha is a Kauri tree, protecting the little Kowhai trees

Taleisha is a bewildered emoji, curious to learn new things

Taleisha is a toasted sandwich, that is warm and inviting

Kaitiakitanga o Te Moana (Guardian(s) of the ocean)

In Te Ngahere we have been learning to make connections with different things we have viewed or read. We were learning about Kaitiakitanga o te Moana (Guardian of the sea). I enjoyed learning about Rahui, kina barren and Kaitiakitanga o te Moana.  I found out a lot about the Moana and what is happening in the ocean. I found it a bit difficult to synthesise our learning when we first started but now I have gotten the hang of it.

Taku Pepeha (My Pepeha)

We have been working on our digital pepeha. We were learning to share our pepeha to our class  and teachers with confidence. I enjoyed learning about my family. The thing that I found challenging was finding all my families maiden names (names before they were married) and also pronunciation. I hope you enjoy my visual pepeha.  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Food chain animation

For the last couple of weeks we have been making animations about healthy ecosystems and food chains. My group (Mako) had to find a food chain that is related to healthy ecosystems. I think I did well on choosing the food chain for me and my buddy (Mihipeka) to create. I think what we should work on is to make sure there is no background noises when we record our animation. Here is the link to our screencastify. Hope you enjoy it!