Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Once upon a time there was a hungry kiwi that lived in a forest with a furious lion. The lion had two mean eyes that glowed in the dark. He lived in a scary cave in the corner of the forest where the rocks tumbled down off the cliff.
One day Kiwi was searching for food in the forest when the lion spied Kiwi’s footprints in the mud. Lion quietly followed the footprints that lead him to the pond. He saw Kiwi eating juicy worms. Kiwi heard a noise so he looked through the leaves and saw the lion’s tail sweeping backwards and forwards under a bush. He knew Lion would be hungry so he ran as fast as he could go. But Lion was very fast. He was faster than Kiwi. Lion reached out and stretched his long sharp claws and got Kiwi’s right wing.
Blood came pouring out. Kiwi screamed as loud as he could. Terrified he tried to fly away but his wing was injured. Lion laughed as Kiwi started to run. He was only teasing the kiwi. He didn’t want to eat him but he was a bully. So because of the mean way that Lion treated Kiwi, kiwi’s can no longer fly.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Room 7 went to MOTAT last Tuesday and found out these facts about Jean Batten.
... was born in 1909 in Rotorua.
… is famous for breaking flying records.
... died in 1982 in Spain after being bitten by a dog.
... was a famous aviatrix.
... first flew in a plane with Charles Kingsford Smith.
… flew solo
... went to school in Auckland and liked watching the sea planes when she was a little girl.
... survived several plane crashes.
... flew a plane called a tiger moth.
… was encouraged to fly planes by her mother even though her father did not want her to.
… opened the aviation building at MOTAT.
… was known as the Queen of the Skies.
… was the first woman to fly from England to NZ. It took 14 days 22 hours.
… was world famous.
… is described as brave, adventurous, courageous, and determined.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Dear Remuera Rotary Club
I feel happy and lucky that I was a year 4 because
I got to get a dictionary. I read it at home every
night and I find facts about interesting things.
I turn the facts into my own words and write
information sentences that start with a hook.
A hook makes the facts more interesting when
you are reading them. I have found out that bees
live in little holes and I found out that olden day
ships were made from wood and had sails like
the voyaging waka. My Mum is really happy that
I am practising my writing at home. I bring my
writing to school and show it to my teacher. She
thinks I am clever. Thank you for my dictionary.
I will look after it carefully.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Did you know waka hulls were made from breadfruit wood.
Are you aware the big waka could carry 50 people.
As strange as it may seem they find the land by the stars, moon, sun and birds.
Did you know that early pacific sailors made ropes out of coconut fibres.
Not many people know that waka sails were made from pandanus leaves.
Did you know sailors tied themselves to waka to stay safe in bad weather.
Early Pacific sailors travelled the sea on the large voyaging waka. The sailors came from places like Samoa and Tonga to NZ. This was the start of pacific migration. Its when you leave one country to live in another country.
The boat was large. It could take 50 people at a time. The hull was made from breadfruit wood and the sail from Pandanus Leaves. The ropes were made from the brown hairs on the outside of the coconut and it helped the sailors stay tied to the boat in bad, stormy weather.
The sailors ate banana and taro and the Polynesian explorers went on long trips. They knew they had to find food and water on the way there. Water was carried in large gourds with wooden plugs. Sailors put the gourds behind the boats in the water, to keep the water cool.
When they were close to land, the Tahuna would see changes in wave patterns, water colour, fish, birds and seaweed. As well as this they could smell the land.
The early sailors were brave because they travelled a long way without a map.