Market day was a very big day for me and my comrade James as we sold our poptastic popcorn . At the start of the day we made lots of popcorn and almost went out of business twice . So every two minuets we were running in and out of the class making popcorn to stay in the market day business .The stall went really well and we almost ran out of cups of popcorn to sell because we sold 98 out of 137 cups . Market day was such a success because we raised over 1,000 dollars for camp next year . Because we still had extra kernels left so we made popcorn for the whole class and used the left over popcorn cups . Market day was great and I can't wait till next year
Mmm... the smell of popcorn and scrumptious baking filled the air while children from the senior classes set up their stalls. Finally some kids from the junior classes started strolling around the market once we were all prepared for an excusing and hot day. This year I was in a group with Leilani and Hannah, we decided to challenge some kids in a fear factor challenge including the bucket of doom and the bucket of horror! The bucket of doom is a simple game where you have 40 seconds to hunt for some yellow coins with your mouth. There is also some normal poker chips to put you off while there is black food coloring filling the bucket so you cant see anything! If they get any gold chips they win a prize. Another came we set up was the bucket of horror. Kids have to seconds to feel was lives inside, if they guess correctly they instantly win! Everyone favorite- How many skittles in the jar? Throughout the day nobody guess correctly or even close. At the last minute Frista from room 14 guess the exact number, so she got the whole jar. Overall in was an extremely successful market day this year, there was heaps of fun,exciting, challenging,delicious stalls! One of my favorite stalls was the find they key in a pile of goo, it was really hard and gross!At the end of the day everyone was tired and hot!
Wow! Today was the day I visited Christchurch's most popular zoo, Orana Park!
I had made sure that I had everything in my bag and had already topped up with sunscreen. I even brought my little notebook so I could take notes on the way. 8.00 am. Mum and I made sure that we had every thing. After we checked we had everything, we set off for school. 8.10 am. We arrived at school and had plenty of time to rest and check our bags. 8.20 am. Mrs Duke-Norris started talking about our trips and what groups we would be in. In my group there was:Blake, Caleb S, Mackenzie, Brieannah, Nahlia, Mum and I. So we had 7 in our group total ( including Mum ). 8.35 am. Our classroom head off towards the bus and got settled in. It was quite nice going first into the bus. Many minutes later we had lot's of children packed for the trip. Finally we all head off for the long journey from school to Orana Park. Zoo entrance. We arrived at the zoo quite eager to come out of the packed bus and onto concrete. It took a moment for the third bus to arrive. So it left the rest of the classroom to wait. It also had plenty of time to do other things like looking around etc. Finally the third bus came and we started to split up. Then we listened to the educator and we started to head off through a bumpy track. It took for ages to reach the zoo school and have our morning tea. After that was finished then we left to go to the zoo school, where they will spend some brief minutes about enclosures, then splitting up. Sumatran Tiger. Our educator took us to the Sumatran tiger. The Sumatran tiger is the smallest type of tiger in the world! She told us about more facts like they are endangered and how zookeepers feed it. Little hut. After the we saw the Sumatran tiger, we went to a little hut, where she promised to show us a tigers skull. It was a little bit creepy. But also interesting at the same time. Who knew you would ever see a tigers skull in their whole life? Next she showed us a tortoise, named Splotchy. It was very cute, and it was slowly going towards people, then hid. It was amazing to see one up close. Lions. Next we saw the lion, boy were they were sleepy! Tasmanian Devil. There was really nothing when we reached the Tasmanian Devil's enclosure. It was just an enclosure with no animals inside. Tortoise enclosure. We visited Splotchy's enclosure, and found another tortoise inside it. I forgot it's name, but it looked identical to Splotchy. But it was just siting there, nothing much to be interested in. Bird Enclosure. This was my favorite enclosure! But first we had to pass heavy chains that made us feel uncomfortable. But the educator said that it was protection so that no birds could get out or come in. We then went and saw a chart of which animals we would find. I was looking forward to seeing the wood pigeon. As we stepped in, a little green bird touched my hat then flew a way. What a cheeky bird! But soon I was staring at the wood pigeon. It was so humongous! It had a humongous belly. It was sitting calmly, watching people look at it. Then we saw a Tuatara, it had came out of it's burrow and was looking around slowly, then suddenly it disappeared. I felt disappointed. I have always wanted to see a Tuatara in my whole life. Oh well, at least I got a glimpse of it. Kea Enclosure. Next we went o the Kea enclosure, to meet Cheeky.The educator explained that there is special material so the Kea won't escape, but also the door was electric, so the Kea wouldn't picked the lock. Man, when we entered, we went to the railings, and peeked over, suddenly, a Kea ran to a locked door, with a piece of leaf in his beak. The educator went down and and picked it up and introduced Cheeky. Then Cheeky started to climb up the door and opened the locked door. How smart! Then he received a little treat. We all stared at him in amazement. He sure was the most beautiful bird I have ever seen. Lunch Finally it was lunch time, my tummy rumbled so loud that the people next to me looked at me. Giraffe Enclosure. Finally it was time to move on to some new animals. They were the giraffes! They were really really tall. I gulped. I was a little bit scared that they were big and I was tiny, but they never hurt anybody. So we were given each a branch of leaves that we had to feed the giraffes. When I held the stick in front of me, one came close and yanked the stick out of hands. I didn't know that they were that strong. The funny part was that one of the giraffes stuck his tongue up his nose. Eeew! Cheetah Enclosure. After the giraffes we went to see the cheetahs. I couldn't see any but there were two. And also there were 2 little cubs ( not so little anymore! ) . Just before we were about to leave. They fed the cubs by throwing two chunks of meat over the fence. The 2 cubs squabbled over the pieces of meat. Rhino Enclosure We went to the Rhino enclosure, were we saw big rhinos eating lots of grass. I thought that they will never stop. But they had something different about them. They had different sorts of horns. Like one was straight. One was up. One was down. One was perfect and one had a stumpy one! Then the educator took out a rhino horn and we felt it, then passed it on. It was heavy, and it felt odd. The next one we felt was a baby horn, which felt and looked like horse hair. Very odd. Gibbon Enclosure Next we went to the Gibbon enclosure ( it's a type of ape, it's a primate ) It was gorgeous! It had lots of swing and things to play with. Oh, we even saw a few, all black and human looking. I couldn't take my eyes of them. Meerkat Enclosure. After we went to our last enclosure, the Meerkat enclosure. They were so beautiful, there light skin color fur, cute little faces but sharp claws. They ran over to us as if they were saying hello! There was a guard that was standing on a rock, looking at us in every few seconds. They were pretty curious though. But they did try not to get too close. Home. After Leilani and I said our thank you's to our educators. We rushed back to join our classroom to get in the bus. It was such a fun day I will never forget. Shifa.This was my funnest day ever!
For the last three weeks, Zac has been teaching us how to play softball. We have had a blast! We have learnt how to pitch, field, run between bases and hit a softball.
On the last day we got to play a game. it was so much fun.
What a fabulous day room 16 had yesterday!
We all loved our visit to Orana Park and we learnt so much.
What was brilliant were all the amazing questions everyone asked our educator.
The range of animals we saw was amazing. We got the opportunity to feed the giraffe's, we felt a rhinos tusk and we even saw a tortoise. Not only that we learnt a whole lot about animals, their habitats and their social behaviour.
For the last three weeks we have been learning how to play softball. We were lucky that Zac came in and taught us all the skills to play. We learnt how to throw and catch a ball, run between bases, and hit off the tee.
We had so much fun and on the last day we even got to play a game.
This week we have been thinking really hard about how to create enclosures for our Zoo animals.
First we had to put on our 'science' hats as we had to learn about the animals habitat. Habitat is the place where the animal lives. We also learnt that animals can adapt to their habitat in order to survive. Like a Kiwi has a good sense of smell because their eye sight is not very good. Or how penguins have webbed feet for powerful swimming.
We have been learning about our own animals habitat and how they have adapted to them. That way we will have a better understanding of them and how to create an enclosure specifically designed for them.
As a class we looked at a range of different enclosures and read about them. We then worked with a buddy and tried to work out what animals would best suit these enclosures and why. We also looked at what animals wouldn't and the reasons behind this.
This gave us a better idea about the type of enclosures we will need to design for our own animals. Some of us are lucky as when we go to Orana Park next Tuesday our animal is there. That means we can take photos of their enclosure to help us with our design.
Most of us are now at the stage where we are noting down all the things we will need in our enclosure. We also have to think how they will be cleaned, how the zoo keeper will feed them and also stay safe as well as how will the public view them.
This term our topic is The Zoo and Orana Park. Our challenge this term is to create our own zoo enclosure. We are also learning to write non chronological reports and creating collages of our animals.
We are having so much fun already and we haven't even been to Orana Park yet.
So far we have learnt how to take notes. We have realised this is a very important process when it comes to writing a report.
We have created subheadings to separate our information and used books and the internet to find out our information. As we are digital citizen's, we understand that there is a LOT of information on the internet. So we have been learning how to filter this to cater for our reading level. We used the 'more' tools on Google to change the search to cater for our reading age. As a class, we also discussed and created a list of websites that were better suited for our age. We found a lot of web pages that are suited for us and make things so easy to understand.
After we had read up on our animals, we then made notes in our books. We know that you don't have to write long sentences or even use words like 'a', 'the;, 'at' etc as they are not needed. It's the one time our teacher actually wants us to write less and keep it simple! We likened it to talking like a 'caveman'.
This week we are meeting with our teacher in our writing groups to learn how to take all our notes and write a really awesome report on our animals.
Last week Macy took part in the 100 Word Challenge and today we found out that her work was one of the ones chosen to be SHOWCASED! This is wonderful news as there are children all around the world submitting their writing each week. The prompt last week were 5 words. They were
Broken Green Swimming Cat Lifted
Well done Macy!
To read Macy's story pop over to our 100 Word Challenge to read hers and what others have written.