Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Possum Problem Reading Task

For reading we have looking at a book called 'The Possum Problem' by Johanna Knox. We learned that possums are a pest to New Zealand and how they are destructing our land. We had to choose from 3 tasks and we chose, write a letter to your family in Australia and talk about how easy life is in NZ.

Here is the letter me and Maarya wrote.

23 Native Bush Avenue
Native Forest
New Zealand

234 Python Place
Aussie Bush

27th November 2017

Dear Mum and Dad,

Here in New Zealand is a wide range of scrumptious food.  This delicious menu consists of chicks and eggs, kohekohe leaves, coprosma berries, snails wetas and spiders but my favourite dish is the chicks and it’s eggs.  However us possums also devour the delicious fruits and flowers which the native animals eat.  We also eat the native animals including birds, bats and insects. NZ has nice, cool weather, while in Australia we have to suffer the scorching heat in the air. This means we do not have to hide under shelter to protect ourselves from the burning sun.  You don’t have to worry about me getting eaten because in New Zealand I have no natural predators.  It is easy to hunt for prey because I am the only one powerful enough to get it.  Unlike in Australia Dingoes, Goannas, Pythons and Tiger Quolls will not be able to pursue me and I have no competition with any other animals so now I am the king of the forest.  They brought us possums here  in 1873 because, a special group named the acclimatisation society wanted to start a fur trade business in NZ like the one’s in Australia. Hundreds after hundreds of us possums were released into this paradise but none of those silly humans recognised the destruction we would cause when they thought of unleashing us.  I am aware that hunters are trying to capture us but they have failed several times.

I hope you can come here soon.

Love from,

Maarya and Nuha

Hope you enjoyed!!!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

My Clouded Leopard Explanation-WALT- use different sentence starters and advanced vocabulary

Found in the Himalayan mountains, the clouded leopard is the most agile climber in the felidae family.  Clouded leopards are in the family of big cats.  Being in the family of the big cats, clouded leopards are mammals and carnivores.  One things that makes clouded leopards different from the other big cats is that these leopards spend most of their day high up in the peaceful trees.  These nocturnal animals were listed down as vulnerable in 2008, there is less than 10,000 clouded leopards, but still their population is slowly decreasing.  Us humans have been poaching clouded leopards and selling them in illegal     markets for their skin and bones.Image result for clouded leopards on mountains

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In the cover of night, the clouded leopard sets out to find it’s spoil.  This animals sleeps in the evergreen trees when the sun torches the forest, but as the moon starts coming out the leopard is ready to hunt.  These active creatures do most of their hunting on the ground.  Their diet subsists of deer, pigs, monkeys, and sometimes squirrels or birds.  On their hunt they are aided with the largest canine teeth (proportionate to the body size) of any wild cat.  Also, their ankles can give them a 2 meter jump, so it is easier to catch birds.  Clouded leopard also hunt in the trees, but very rarely.  This cat can hang upside down on their hind legs leaving their capable paws to snatch its prey right of the tree.  We humans hunt this cat, but their family also hunts them, lions and other leopards are suspected to hunt it to reduce competition.

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To find these creature you need to know what they look like.  The clouded leopard is a medium sized cat that has spots that look like clouds.  These spots help the leopard camouflage in the dappled light of the forest.  Clouded leopards are normally 20-40 cm tall and 4-6 feet wide.  The males can weigh up to 23 kg and and the females can weigh as low as 16 kg.  These leopards have excellent eyesight because their eyes face forward.  That is called binocular vision, it is crucial for these animals because it helps them to judge the distance needed as it climbs or pounces.

There is not much information about how clouded leopards reproduce in the wild, however in captivity an arranged meeting of the two individuals often result in aggression, and the male kills the female with a bite on the neck.  In captivity the mating season can happen any month but mostly in December and March.  A female can produce one litter every year, normally about 1-5 kittens.  The gestation period for captive leopards are from around 88-95 days. Image result for clouded leopards kittens in the wild

This amazing creature is the most agile climber in the felidae family.  I think this creature is very unique and different because, it’s tooth development is close to a sabre tooth tiger, and it’s pupils never shrink to slits but their eyes never grow to a full circle, unlike other cats.  These leopards have been spotted in elevations as high as 2,700 km on the mountains.  Clouded leopards become independent at 10 months old, that is why they are very immature creatures.  
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

I Promise It's Not What It Looks Like

For writing we looked at photos and used our imagination to make a scene out of it.  I have explained what happened in this interesting photo taken by Austin, straight from my imagination.

Hope you enjoy!!!

"I promise it's not what it looks like!!!"  I shouted, as I sat up straight and looked down.  My boss had walked up on me just when I cracked a joke and started laughing, hysterically.  "WHAT do you think you're doing, Miss Wadhwania."  My triggered boss was now glaring at me with his sharp amber eyes.  'There is only one thing to do' I thought.  'I have to make an excuse, FAST.'  Having an epiphany, I told my boss,"You see boss,  my partner Chantelle here has a big mental problem.  So naturally she released laughing gas and now I can not stop laughing.  I started to pretend to laugh,  but while I was doing that I felt a complete IDIOT.  Chantelle lifted her head up and looked disgusted.  "Seriously, you're blaming it on me.  Firstly I am WAY smarter than you.  Secondly Nuha told me a joke that went like this, YOUR FACE!!  Then she started snorting and laughing until you came."  There was a very awkward silence... "YOU ARE FIRED!!!!  Boomed my boss.  And that was the end of my boring career. 

Monday, 13 November 2017

My Apple Collage

In art we have been doing collages.  To make this, we covered the background with dictionary papers, then we traced the outline of an apple, after that we ripped pieces of magazine paper of the choice of our colour, lastly we stuck them in the tracing of the apple and we were done.

I liked the way I found a lot of solid colours, next time I need to try to blend the colours a little bit more.

Hope you enjoyed!!!!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

My Stained Glass Window

For reading, the Agnes group have been looking at a book called 'The Tale of Despereaux'.
When we finished reading the book, we all chose one character or one object, drew it, then copied the drawing on black paper.  After that we cut out the parts where the cellophane would go.  We traced the drawing, then we cut out parts of cellophane a stuck them in the holes.
This is my stained glass window.
Hope you enjoy!!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

My Excuses Poem

For writing we finished narratives and have been going onto poems. We read a sample poem called 'Excuses' and so we wrote our own Excuses poem.
Here is mine.


Sorry Miss,
I forgot my manners at home in bed,
And my dad threw them in the trash.
My sister mistook it for paper
And tossed it in the fire ash.

Sorry Miss,
My manners were in my hand
Then I sneezed and they took of in a hurry.
My mum put my manners on the counter,
And then placed them in the curry.

Sorry Miss,
My manners flew to neverland
And went off to met peter pan,
Then captain hook came around
And banished them to live in a can.

Sorry Miss,
My alarm clock didn’t ring
So my manners got bored and went of to meet an elf.
Then a missile hit my house
And blew my manners somewhere else.

Sorry Miss,
Rapunzel hit them with a frying pan,
And caused my manners to faint,
In the Church my manners went,
Just to be stamped on by a Saint.

Fun Facts Of Funky Bugs

WALT- Use appropriate language depending on the age
In our class, one teacher came in and made us write about bugs, but for 5-6 year olds.  She talked about what type of language we had to use for children and how to make it interesting.
Here is the slide I did with my group.
Hope you like it.