Monday, June 30, 2014

Kiwi Kids News W8

Kiwi kids news - Week 8

1. In which of the following countries has a major conflict started after ISIS militants took over the city of Mosul?
• a. Morocco
• b. Iraq
• c. Somalia

2. True or false, John Key has publicly stated that New Zealand supports the United  States’ latest military action in Iraq?

3. Which country won the last football World Cup?
• a. Italy
• b. Brazil
• c. Spain

4. Which of the following countries have announced that they will cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 to combat global warming?
• a. New Zealand
• b. United States
• c. China

5. A food drop was made to help a man in his efforts to cross the Tasman Sea. How is he  traveling from Australia to New Zealand?
• a. paddling a surfboard
• b. swimming
• c. kayaking
• d. rowing

6. The Iguazu Falls are some of the world’s largest and have just recorded their biggest
ever flows. In what part of the world are the Iguazu Falls located?
• a. Africa
• b. Asia
• c. South America

7. Astronomers studying how the universe started have detected the oldest light it is
possible to observe in space. What is the name of the theory that scientists believe
created the universe?
• a. Big Bang Theory
• b. Universal Expansion Theory
• c. Black Hole Theory

8. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was sent to the Canterbury coast after sightings of a plane in the water. What did the crew find when they got there?
• a. a Google wifi balloon
• b. a homemade submarine
• c. another rescue helicopter that had crashed in the water

9. In which UK city will the Commonwealth Games start next month?
It is the Glasgow 2014 games  (The Games start next month 23 july)

10.Michael Schumacher has been released from hospital in France after a skiing
accident in December. In which sport was Michael Schumacher a famous competitor?
• a. Skiing b. Motor Racing c. Football

11.What was thought to responsible for a series of loud bangs and thumps that were felt
across Auckland city last Thursday?
• a. Volcanic tremors
• b. A Meteor Shower
• c. Bomb testing

12.An injured German man was finally brought to hospital after emergency workers and
volunteers took 12 days to rescue him. Where was he rescued from?
• a. Fiordland National Park
• b. Mt Everest
• c. A German Cave

13.In which country would you be most likely to see a sombrero?
• a. Mexico b. Spain c. Argentina

14.A list of the most trusted jobs was released last week. Which of the following occupations had the highest level of trust from the New Zealand public?
• a. Firefighters
• b. Police
• c. Nurses
• d. Teachers

15.The Washington Redskins team are being pressured to change their name as it is
offensive to Native American Indians. What sport do the Washington Redskins play?
• a. basketball
• b. American football
• c. ice hockey

Friday, June 27, 2014

Swimming Recount

Last week on Tuesday  the 16th of June, our class attended our first swimming lessons at the Glen Innes aquatic centre. As we trudged down to the centre, a thin stream of fear trickled down my spine. “Get into two straight lines”, declaimed our teacher (Miss Clark), standing on the stairs. My heart beating fast as a voice in my mind repeatedly saying , “You can’t swim”, as I hopped in line.

I strolled into the changing rooms as I slowly put on my swimming shorts. “Time is running out”, yelled Miss Clark, banging on the walls. I carefully ran out of the changing rooms and walked on the slippery surface. A light drizzle of water from the showers felt like lava pouring on me as I had a swift shower. I stride down to a blue wooden bench and patiently waited for our swimming instructor.

“Hi guys my name is Jackie and I am your instructor for today.” she instructed as she picked two students to hop in one lane and another two in the other lane. I listened carefully as she spoke so that I would be more confident. When it was my turn to swim, I tried to keep my head above the water and don’t stop kicking my feet. “Go Vaifoa you can do it”, yelled my friends sitting on the bench. I paddled and paddled until I reached the end. “You are in group two”, mumbled Miss Clark.

I wasn't so confident at swimming but it was still fun. It was time to go. I rushed back into the changing rooms and got my self changed. Then I gathered all my belongings and headed back to school.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kiwi Kids News W7

Kiwi kids news - Week 7
1. A trust has been launched to oversea an important New Zealand anniversary in 2019. What will New Zealand be celebrating?
a. 150 years since Captain Cook landed in NZ
b. 250 years since Captain Cook landed in NZ
c. 350 years since Captain Cook landed in NZ

2. Who did Brazil play in their opening game of the World Cup?
• a. England
• b. Chile
• c. Croatia

3. What caused the Auckland Harbour bridge to be temporarily closed last week?
• a. high winds affecting traffic
• b. repair work
• c. road workers protesting against a wage decrease

4. At which venue is the national Fieldays agricultural show held each year?
• a. Claudelands Showgrounds
• b. Mystery Creek
• c. the Hamilton Rose Gardens
5. In which country was the main airport attacked by terrorists?
• a. India
• b. Pakistan
• c. Egypt

6. Why has Dan Carter been in the news recently?
• a. he is returning to NZ rugby
• b. he has announced he will be playing for a rugby club in Japan this season
• c. he is planning to switch the position he plays in

7. Why has the head boy at Marlborough Boys College been hailed as a hero?
•a. he dragged a women from a burning house
•b. he has donated a kidney to a fellow student
•c. he helped rescue a girl who was being swept down a swollen river

8. What is the main language spoken on the island of Santorini?

9. What is the name of New Zealand’s base in Antarctica that is getting a $3.9 million refurbishment?
• a. Hillary Base
• b. Scott Base
• c. Kiwi Base

10.True or false, after being found guilty of filing a false donations declaration John Banks has resigned as an MP?

11.Why has Wellington’s version of the “Hollywood” sign been given a revamp?
• a. it was damaged in high winds
• b. it has been painted a different colour after motorists complained it was too distracting
• c. the W has been changed to a V to promote a new movie

12.How much money is Kim Dotcom offering as a reward for anyone who can provide information that will help his court case?
• a. $500,000 b. $5 million c. $10 million

13.True or false, Christchurch has announced it will no longer fund the Ellerslie Flower  Show?

14.Why was the Solomon Islands in the news last week?
•a. an outbreak of diarrhea is creating a health crisis
•b. rioting has broken out at their only prison
•c. John Key has visited and committed an extra $2 million in emergency funding

15.What type of transport is going to be removed from the Wellington streets following a decision by the city council?
• a. skateboards
• b. trolleybuses
• c. mobility scooters

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Maths-Presentation Week 5

Reading Week 5: My Mum Calls Me Charlie

Referring to the title of the text what do you think the text is about?
I think that the text is about a little girl that doesn’t like being called Charlie.

Why was the young girls grandad upset?
Because Charlies mum left her at Grandad’s for a couple of days. The days turned into weeks, and then months and that is why Grandad got upset.

Who had grandad rung to take care of the young girl, for what reason had he done this?
By the time Mum rang them, Grandad had called Social Welfare to arrange a home for Charlie.

Who are the social welfare? What is their role in society?
The Social Welfare is a group of people who help others in need of help.

Where do you think mum had gone? What do you think is happening in the story?
Mum went to work and left Charlie with Grandad so that he could get in the way of things.

The adults were talking all night, what are some of the topics you think they might have been discussing?
The grown-ups talked all night. Charlie heard Maria tell them she’d take Charlie up north with her.

For what reason do you think they discussed not belonging in Auckland?
They felt like they didn’t belong in Auckland because of the surroundings of people or they didn’t enjoy working while looking after Charlie at the same time.

Who is Maria, what role does she have in this situation?
Maria is Charlies twenty-five-year-old cousin and she would babysit Charlie and take him up north.

We know there are people who come to stay in Maria’s house, who are these people?
Charlie and Maria shared a house with Teia,Sara and Teia's dog Miro. Sometimes other people come and stay for a night, or longer.

Design and create a bookmark, on one side of the bookmark write down interesting words you come across that you have not seen before.

A glossary is like a small dictionary found on the back of some books. It allows you to look up the meaning of unusual words you come across in your book.

Find 5 unusual words from the book you are reading.
1. Tuwharetoa

2. Ngapuhi

3. Bilingual

4. Turi Turi

5. Tamihana

Create your own glossary, by writing down the word and the meaning of the word next to it. For example..

My glossary:
Bilingual: Speaking two languages fluently.