Literacy Week (Favourite book character)

Red and White aka Read and Write
Celebrating: Where’s Wally’s 30th Anniversary and Dr Seuss’s 60th Anniversary

As part of Literacy Week there is a dress up day to come as your favourite book character.

Here is me on dress up day! :)

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Who’s your favourite book character and why?

The Grand-High Witch (Roald Dahl)

A scary, unruly and truly disgusting (I must say) lady. With no hair, so she has to wear a wig, No toes, so she can't wear toe socks :’(, She turns kids into mice,  and also EATS children. Although you might think she is your average lady off the block, when she takes off her wig, mask and shoes you will see she is NOT!

She is..

  • Disgusting as she has no toes nor hair and she EATS poor kids.
  • Scary as she had looonnggg fingernails hidden by gloves.
  • Self-conscious (obviously) as she wears a mask to hide her disgusting features.Image result for Witches by Roald Dahl 


Kauri Athletics Reflection

How well did I use a growth mindset to stay positive when the competition got tough?
I had to use a growth mindset in shot put because (1) My mum was watching (2) The first shot I did was a push out from the side ; I had more pressure to get it right on my second and final shot.
Did I manage to achieve my athletics goals and why/why not?
I think I achieved my athletics goal because I got into the finals in Short Sprints and came fourth by a nose away! It was THAT CLOSE!
In what ways did I represent my House well in the competition?
I represented my house well when I did the House Relays for Kowhai and we WON!
What did I do well and how do I know?
I did well in High Jump because I made it up to 90 cm. I could've done better but I was proud of what I did achieve.
What was challenging and how do I know?
Discus was a little bit challenging because you had to get the technique right to throw a good throw.
What am I most proud of and why?
I am most proud of my Sprints by far because I was so close to getting third but I was really impressed with myself that I got into the finals.

T4 Learning goals

Term 4 Learning Goal
My Learning Goal
Getting ALL my SML points each week.
How am I going to achieve my goal?
List strategies that you can use to work towards achieving your goal.
  • Doing it in SML time
  • Doing some work at home
  • Getting follow ups done faster so I can work on other activities to get more points
How will I know when I have achieved my goal?
All my SML’s will be ticked and I will get around 30 points.
When I am getting more and more points.
My Learner Qualities Goal
Be resilient.
How am I going to achieve my goal?
List strategies that you can use to work towards achieving your goal.
  • Persevere
  • Ask the teacher questions to understand more
  • Having a growth mindset
  • Getting out of the learning pit
How will I know when I have achieved my goal?
I will be resilient when things are difficult and will continue to do the best that I can do.

Goal Review
What strategies have you used to improve? Have you made progress? How do you know?

My Next Step is...

Our Report On NZ Dolphin

Our Report  
(To tatou Ripoata)
 By Holly and Sofia
 Dolphin (Aihe)

Bottlenose dolphin - Wikipedia

Our Animal : The Dolphin

The Dolphin is an intelligent mammal. We are very lucky to have them. However, the number of dolphins in the whole world are dropping rapidly. Sofia and I think we should embrace our feelings with everyone and tell them about human’s foolish behaviour.

Believe it or not, Killer Whales are a type of dolphin. They are in as much danger as any other species of dolphin. Since the Killer Whale is such a big animal, it's easier for them to get stranded, caught in nets and killed.  The species is so big that it would be so hard to get their big body out of the net. Killer whales are usually hunted down. You might be thinking..Why? Most people say it's because of their name. “killer” whale. But quite frankly, they are a delicate and caring species.

For all dolphins, Their dorsal fins are just like a fingerprint. The print on the fin has unique pattern, shape or colour (just like our fingerprints). This identifies the dolphin.
New Zealand has two endemic dolphins, the Maui and Hector’s dolphin. The Hector’s Dolphin is pretty endangered. In the table below, you can see how many dolphin are left of that species.   

Jumping Dolphins Vector Clipart - Free Public Domain Stock Photo ...

Here is a table of different types of dolphins:
Dolphin                                              How many are left?                         Where did it originate from?
Hectors Dolphin
Fewer than 8,000
New Zealand
Maui Dolphin
Fewer than 100
New Zealand
Baiji Dolphin
Hourglass dolphin
Antarctic and subAntarctic waters.
Irrawaddy dolphin
South and Southeast Asia
Killer Whale
1000 identified
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin
India, northern Australia, South China, the Red Sea, and the eastern coast of Africa.
Atlantic spotted dolphin
United States, Africa, Europe, the Bahamas, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Long-finned pilot whale/dolphin
There are an estimated 1 million long-finned pilot whales and approximately 200,000 short-finned pilot whales worldwide.
New Zealand & the Southern Ocean.
Chilean Dolphin
South America, Valparaiso, Chile to Isla Navarino, Cape Horn & Argentina  
Australian snubfin dolphin

The Hectors & Maui Dolphin

The Hectors Dolphin
The so called “Hector's Dolphin” one of the smallest
Dolphins in the world, the average length just
1.4-1.5 metres long. Hector's Dolphins is only
Found in the inshores of New Zealand. The dorsal fin
On the Hector's Dolphin (as well as the Maui Dolphin)
Are rounded, but these dolphins are the only dolphins
In the world with a rounded dorsal fin which is also fully black
Unlike other dolphins. Normally a male dolphin is heavier
And larger than female dolphins, but in this case the
Female Hector’s Dolphin is larger and heavier.
Hector’s Dolphins live a maximum life of 20 years.
The Hector’s Dolphin uses something called echolocation to
Find food. As we mentioned before dolphins are dying rapidly,
Here are some of the causes of this rapid decrease of dolphins:
1. Fishing nets
Why, might ask well dolphins need to come up for air, but
Sometimes there is a net in the way, which the dolphin doesn’t
See. When they come up to breathe the dolphin gets caught and is forced to
Stay underwater and sadly suffocates after a long period of time.
2. Boat Propellers
This is a problem especially to calfs (baby dolphins) since they swim slowly
And close to the surface, so when the boat propeller is spinning it slices
Through the dolphin and in the worst case scenario the calf dies.
but there is something we can do to stop this from happening:
Remove nets from the water when you see a dolphin in the
area , look where your boat is going and drive slowly.
(This Information was sourced from DOC: Department of Conservation.)

Jumping Dolphins Vector Clipart - Free Public Domain Stock Photo ...

Maui Dolphin
The Maui dolphin is the smallest dolphin in the
World, as well as being one of the rarest dolphins, only being
Found around the West Coast & the North Island. This specific
Dolphin is on the edge of extinction. The Maui Dolphin is
Important heritage to New Zealand, like the kiwi. If we
Don’t look after the Maui Dolphin it will be extinct forever.
Hector's Dolphins look like the Maui Dolphin, when they are actually
Quite different, Maui Dolphins have a bigger skull than a Hector’s Dolphin
Would. Maui Dolphins are thought to be isolated from their “relatives”.
Around about the same time NZ got the North Island & South Island
Which was 15-16,000 years ago! In 2002 the Maui's Dolphins was
Actually called the North Island Hector's Dolphin. Maui’s Dolphins
Are normally found in small groups close to the shore or further away.
Nowadays you are most likely to see a Maui's Dolphin around
Manukau Harbour & Port Waikato. You’re less likely to see them
Around Maunganui Bluff to Whanganui but there is still a possibility
Of seeing them. Maui Dolphins mostly eat red cod, āhuru, and sole.
Sadly, the lives of Maui Dolphins are dropping rapidly. Here are some
Of the natural causes:
1. Extreme Weather

2. Sharks & Orcas (Killer Whales)

3. Diseases

4. Pollution

What did Māori’s use the dolphin for?

Hundreds and Thousands of years ago, Māori were the only people on NZ. They had limited resources but they scavenged for food, kept on hoping and stayed together in the tribe. Here are some of the ideas we had on about what the Māori used the Dolphin(s) for…
  • Food
  • Something to sit on
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Shelter/Tent

Maori often referred any sea creature to taniwha or water spirits. The Maori name for Dolphin is Aihe, (Aihe is also Finnish for subject)

  • Compared to other animals, dolphins are believed to be very intelligent.
  • Dolphins are carnivores (meat eaters)
  • Bottlenose dolphins are the most common and well known type of dolphin.

  • Intelligent - Very Smart
  • Maximum - High amount
  • Echolocation  - How animals communicate with each other and to find food
  • Suffocates - Not being able to breath
  • Scenario -  Another word for Situation
  • Inshores - At sea but close to shore
  • Average - The median of something or middle
  • Organochlorines- any of a large group of pesticides (pesticide = pest)
  • Pathogens-  bacteria, virus, that can cause disease.

Holly’s Favourite Dolphins...
Australian Snubfin Dolphin

Irrawaddy dolphin

Websites that helped us..

By Holly & Sofia