Saturday, November 29, 2008

Week 7 Term 4 2008

It has been another busy week in room 5. It started with Ellisha and Lata making a poster about bringing along a coin to help save the kiwi

We photocopied the poster and delivered it to every classroom in the school.

Elly, Ebony, Juwon and Bill painted kiwis to put the coins on.On Wednesday and Thursday morning we met up with our buddy class and went out with the rest of the school to help save the kiwi by raising some money for the save the kiwi trust.

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We talked about how we felt saving the kiwi – See wordle document below.

In pairs we have continued to make posters with very important messages.

Liam and Sam

Elly and Juwon

We are also working hard on our paper mache kiwis – which will look stunning when they are finished.

On Friday we finished off our Kiwi poems and used voice thread to shared them with you – ENJOY.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Week 6 Term 4 2008

The week started with a visit from Maria Gills the author of Operation Nest Egg. She talked about the work of operation nest egg, the damage predators are doing to the kiwi.

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Using the mimio board, we are working in pairs to make posters to get across the message to ‘save the kiwi’. The poster below was completed by Bill and George

On Wednesday afternoon we took part in ‘Huff and Puff’ which was a great event. See the photos below.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Week 5 Term 4 2008

This week we have continued our investigation of how people are helping the kiwi on its journey of survival. We watched the video clips of Sonny B’s visit to the Kiwi encounter at rainbow springs. Wow - Sonny B got to sit next to three kiwi eggs. We were told that kiwi eggs come in different sizes and shapes.

We have also had a visit from Michelle from the save the kiwi trust. She talked to us about how the kiwi is endangered and ways people are helping the kiwi with Operation Nest egg, which includes predator proof sanctuaries. She emphasised that we can help the kiwi by keeping dogs on leads in known kiwi areas. Michelle also showed us photos of the 1000th chick hatched as part of Operation Nest Egg.

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Michelle had a Kiwi ‘look alike’ egg that some of us got to hold. It was the same size and weight of a kiwi egg. Given the size of the kiwi the egg is huge and heavy. Ellisha got the chance to hold it.

We went on to the savethekiwitrust website and watched sniff the kiwi tell us about 006 and its journey of survival.

On this website we found e cards and had some fun sending them to Mrs Stewart, Miss Lawless and Michelle. Below is a photo of Ethan as he wrote the e card.

We were very excited when we received one back from Mrs stewart

This week we have also finished our alphabet key work based on things found in New Zealand. We tried to think and draw as many things as we could related to native birds and the kiwi in particular. Below you can see our efforts.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Week 4 Term 4 2008

This week we have been on a virtual field trip following our ambassador Sonny B on his journey with Mike the LearNZ teacher into the forest to see the lifting of a kiwi egg as well a health check on Storm a three year old Kiwi. Below is a photo of Sonny B as he started his journey with Mike. Sonny B is on the left Mike the LearNZ teacher is in the middle with Kupe the Kea the LearNZ ambassador.

We have watched video clips of what Mike and Sonny B have seen in the forest. We particularly enjoyed watching the video of ‘Storms’ health check

and the changing of the transmitter where we saw Storms claws – amazing

On Friday room 6 invited us to join in a audio conference with Mike and Claire from Rainbows Spring. They joined us in room 5. It was a great experience as students asked questions and we could all listen to the answers via the polycom. We learnt a lot about the hatching of kiwi chicks and how they look after them at Rainbow Springs.

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Under the direction of Miss Lawless (who is in the photos below) the students have finished off their predator masks and used them to dramatise the Kiwi being attacked in the forest.

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All students have now labelled their photo of the kiwi and these have been placed on the bottom of the information reports each student has written.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Week 3 Term 4 2008

This week we have been busy finding out about predators that kill kiwi chicks and eggs. Under Miss Lawless’ direction the students have made predator masks and have moved to music as they have pretended to be a kiwi or predator.

We have all finished off our inspiration documents where we have recorded what we know about the parts of a kiwi. (Click on each image to enlarge it)





We have each taken a photo of a Tui – (our class soft toy). We will use this image to label the parts of the tui using Kidpix in the next couple of weeks.

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