Friday, 25 January 2019

SLJ WK2 D5 - Activity 3: Faded Glory

SLJ WK2 D5 - Activity 3: Faded Glory 

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, made up of 2900 individual reefs. It is so big that it can actually be seen from space! The reef is located on the east coast of Australia and many people believe that it is millions and millions of years old. For most of its life, the reef has been a healthy, vibrant ecosystem. Over the past thirty years, however, it has changed dramatically. Much of the beautiful bright coral has become bleached and has lost its colour. Sections of the reef have also been damaged by tourists, cyclones and the introduction of new, damaging invasive species.
The Australian government is working to protect and preserve the reef. Each year they spend about $200 million dollars repairing and protecting the reef. It is a lot of money and they could really use some help raising the money (funds) required to repair the reef. This is where you come in!
On your blog, list three different ideas or strategies for raising funds to preserve the Great Barrier Reef. What could you do to fundraise here in New Zealand?

1. Create a charity

2. Gather a group of people that will be willing to donate some money, as well as speak to the public and convince them to help

3. Get a job, and have a 1/4 of my salary put away until it reaches the wanted amount

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SLJ WK2 D5 - Activity 2: The Black Drain

SLJ WK2 D5 - Activity 2: The Black Drain

Approximately two-thirds of all rivers and one-half of all lakes in New Zealand are too polluted to swim in, according to a recent article in an online newspaper. One of the most polluted is the Tarawera River in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand. Pollution enters the river from a local pulp and paper mill, from local farms and through the local sewage system. Many other rivers in New Zealand are also polluted with waste from businesses and farms.
Use Google to help you find two other polluted rivers in New Zealand.

On your blog, tell us:
1) The names of the rivers. 2) The location of the rivers. 3) What is being done to clean up the rivers (if anything).

1. Grey River

2. West Coast

3. The government is planning to fund for a sewage treatment plant


1. Waikato River

2. Waikato

3. ?

SLJ WK2 D5 - Activity 1: Off the Menu

SLJ WK2 D5 - Activity 1: Off the Menu

Fishing is a really common activity in New Zealand. In fact, people have fished in New Zealand for centuries. Unfortunately, over the past few decades some people have caught too many fish in one area and left the region without enough fish to refill (replenish) the stocks. When this happens we call the area ‘overfished’ and it is closed to all private and commercial fishing. If people are caught fishing in these areas, they are required to pay a fine (money). The maximum fine for fishing in a restricted area is $100 000.
What do you think about this rule? Is it fair that people are charged up to $100 000 for overfishing?
On your blog, tell us what you think about this rule and why you think it!.

At first I was quite shocked to see such numbers. But as I was thinking, I thought about fish and the food chain. 

If there are no fish, then the animals which eat fish cannot survive. It then goes on and on until the top of the food chain. 

So I think it's fair to charge the people that overfish, because without fish other animals wouldn't be able to live. 

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Thursday, 24 January 2019

SLJ WK2 D4 - Activity 3: Picture Perfect

SLJ WK2 D4 - Activity 3: Picture Perfect

While New Zealand is home to some beautiful waterfalls, there are a number of stunning waterfalls in places like Canada and South Africa. In Canada, the largest waterfall is called Niagara Falls. It sits on the border between Canada and the United States of America. Thousands of tourists flock (go) to Niagara Falls every year to see the falls and to have their picture taken in front of this natural wonder. Over the past few years people have started taking ‘selfies’ and posting them online. Do you ever take selfies?
For this activity, choose one of the following three selfies. From up to down: Selfie #1, Selfie #2, Selfie #3
On your blog, write a short story about what you think is happening in the picture. Be sure to tell us where you think the people are and what you think they were doing at the time that they stopped to pose for a selfie. To earn full points, the story must be 8 - 10 sentences long. 

Selfie #3

I finally made it to Italy! The buildings are colorful and the water looks so nice. I inhaled the fresh air and took in the beautiful view. 

"Wow" I exhaled. 

My eyes felt blessed. I instantly took a photo in my mind and saved it to my memories. I thought, 


I instantly took out my phone and wandered around the town. Everything was breathtaking, my phone was full of photos. I turned to look for another great place, I saw a balcony. It was a good height, enough to see the whole town. 

"I have to go up there" I said to myself.

I rushed through the stairs, taking a break at every next staircase. As I made it up to the balcony, I was astonished. I quickly ran to the edge and took a few pictures. 

"This isn't enough" I thought to myself.

I climbed onto the ledge, trying not to fall. It was all for the selfie and that was all! 

SLJ WK2 D4 - Activity 2: It’s All in the Name

SLJ WK2 D4 - Activity 2: It’s All in the Name

Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations. It is a city filled with incredible forests, mountain biking tracks, lakes, and geothermal wonders, including hot springs (geysers) and mud pools. One of the most famous geothermal pools is called the Devil’s Bath at Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. It is a neon green pool of stinky water.
Over the years, people have suggested that we come up with a new name for the pool. What do you think we should call it? Take a minute to let your creative juices flow.
On your blog, give us a list of three to five options for the name of this geothermal pool. Put a star (*) beside the name that you like the most.

  • Green Devil's Pool
  • *Shrek's Bay (I know it's a pool, but 'bay' has a better ring to it)
  • Gremlin Green's
  • Gross Green Pool
  • Queen of Green Pool 

SLJ WK2 D4 - Activity 1:Planes, Trains and Automobiles

SLJ WK2 D4 - Activity 1:Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Arguably, one of the most dramatic and spectacular (beautiful) places to visit in New Zealand is Milford Sound. It has been referred to as the ‘eighth wonder of the world.’ It is a beautiful fiord (steep valley) that was formed when big pieces of ice (glaciers) melted. The melted glaciers created a beautiful river that is surrounded by dramatic cliffs and snow-capped mountains. People who visit Milford Sound are able to take a boat cruise through the middle of the fiord, walk around the area on the Milford Track or fly above the fiord as part of a private helicopter tour.
Let’s imagine that you had the chance to visit Milford Sound by boat, foot (walking) or air (helicopter). Which option would you prefer?
On your blog tell us which of the three options you would take to explore Milford Sound. Be sure to tell us why you have chosen this option.

I chose the helicopter. 

I thought about the cruise ship, but I get sea sick. 

I wouldn't mind walking, but I think seeing the landscape from a bird's eye view would be much better. 

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

SLJ WK2 D3 - Activity 3: The Midnight Zone

SLJ WK2 D3 - Activity 3: The Midnight Zone

Deep in the ocean, far below the surface, lies an area called the ‘Midnight Zone.’ It is called the midnight zone because it is always dark or ‘pitch black’ in this area. Much of the deep sea has yet to be explored by humans, however, we do know a little bit about the creatures that live here. One of these creatures is called the ‘Colossal Squid.’ A colossal squid can weigh as much as 495 kilograms (kg)! Here in New Zealand, we have a full sized colossal squid on display at Te Papa Museum in Wellington. It is the only specimen of its kind in the entire world! This squid weighs approximately 500 kg. In 2018, a team at Te Papa decided to move the giant squid from one area of the museum to another.

Let’s imagine that the average adult can lift 25 kg and the average child can lift 15 kg. How many adults and children will it take to move the giant squid into its new room at Te Papa? [Note: There is more than one right answer to this question.]
On your blog, tell us how you will solve this maths problem. You can write your answer in words, use a Sketchpad image or post a video explaining how you would figure it out. Be sure to give us your final answer. .


/ = Divided Symbol

The first step I did was half the number. So 500 / 2 = 250.

I then did 250 / 25 = 10 for parents.

As for kids, I had to split it a little bit more. That come out as, 150 / 15 = 10.

I calculated this

250 / 25 = 10 (the ten represents the amount of parents)

150 / 15 = 10 (again, the ten represents the amount of kids)

25 x 10 = 25015 x 10 = 150250 + 150 = 400

Here I realized I needed 100 more kg's, so I did 25 x 4. Also meaning, 4 more parents were added.

So it is now

250 / 25 = 10 (the ten represents the amount of parents)

150 / 15 = 10 (again, the ten represents the amount of kids)

25 x 4 = 100 (this hundred represents the amount of kg's)

25 x 10 = 25015 x 10 = 15025 x 4 = 100

250 + 150 + 100 = 500Image result for colossal squid