Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Day 5: One Step at a Time

Day 5: One Step at a Time

After a long day at the beach, it is now time to move away from the water and drive inland, through the middle of the south island. You are going to start in Nelson and drive south before crossing a huge mountain range called the ‘Southern Alps.’ The scenery is going to be amazing!

Activity 1: After a few hours in the car, you, your group and Curious Kiwi arrive at your first stop – The Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve. It is a beautiful, regional park located at the base of the Southern Alps. You and your group get out of the van and follow Curious Kiwi. He is going to lead you on a short walk through the park. As you start walking, you notice a really cool looking tree on the side of the trail and you stop to take a closer look. When you turn back, the group (and Curious Kiwi) is nowhere to be found. Eek! You are all alone in the middle of a strange forest.

For this activity write a short story (8-10 sentences) about what might happen next. Please be sure to include lots of details about what you might be feeling, seeing and doing after you realise that you are all alone in the forest...

As I turn around noticing my team and curious kiwi are gone I started to feel scared. I tried calling for help but no one could hear me. I then started walking in the direction I thought they went but that only led me to a map. It said a Information Centre was near. So I followed where it said to go and I found  somebody wearing Khaki Uniform. I approached him and asked "Have you seen a bunch of people with a kiwi?". "Ah, I'm pretty sure I saw them go left"  he replied. As I walked away I said " Thank you! ". I only walked a few steps  and I noticed something was coming towards me. It got closer and closer and realised it was actually my team. I felt relieved knowing I was safe again. So from now on wards I was told to stay in the middle.
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Activity 2: After the adventure at The Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve, you are pretty happy to get back into the shuttle van and continue with your road trip. Over the next few hours you travel up and over the Southern Alps, arriving in the city of Christchurch to eat lunch. You have a delicious meal at a café downtown and then hop back into the van to travel to Twizel, a small town at the base of Aoraki-Mt Cook. Mt Cook is the largest mountain in New Zealand. It is also the mountain where Sir Edmund Hillary trained for his climb up Mt Everest the tallest mountain in the world. Sir Edmund Hillary is very famous because he was the first person to ever reach the top of Mt Everest!
Now it is your turn to learn about a famous New Zealander. Use Google to research one famous person from New Zealand and then create a DLO and post it on your blog. Be sure to include: 1. The name of the famous person, 2. Where they were born, 3. Why they are famous, and 4. Two other interesting facts about them.
Name: Parris Goebel
Place of birth: Manurewa, Auckland
Why is Parris famous? Parris is known for her dance crew "Royal Family". Parris is also a choreographer, dancer, singer, and director. She has also worked with artists from America & Korea.
Fun facts: In a music video from "Big Bang" you'll see Parris with one of the members named "G Dragon". Link to music video. You may have also seen Parris in "Justin Bieber Sorry". Link to music video. She is also found in other music videos so in your spare time you should check them out.
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Bonus Activity: You and your tour group have enjoyed your day in the mountains but you’re ready for a change of scenery. You ask Curious Kiwi to take you to Central Otago, a region of the south island with lots of rolling hills and flat, brown grasslands. While in Central Otago, you decide to join the Otago Central Rail Trail – a 150 km long cycle trail. Curious Kiwi and I (Rachel) cycled the Rail Trail in April and we loved it!
On your blog, tell us whether you would like to cycle the Otago Rail Trail one day. Does it sound like fun? Why or why not?
It sounds like lots of fun but also very tiring. I would love to go cycling because it would be great exercise. I would love to see the beautiful scenery and learn new skills. Maybe one day i'll visit the Otago Rail Trail.
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Whew! It has been quite the day of sightseeing. You reach your hotel in Dunedin tired but excited. Tomorrow you are going to visit a very special and important place in the south island before you drive back to Auckland…


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  2. Hola Davarni,

    Your short story is exquisite!, great ending. Your DLO on Paris Goebal is excellent, it's very informative. I never knew that Paris collaborated with K-Pop stars!, wow!. I myself would love to go on the Rail trail, what do you expect to see if you were to go on the trip?. Great work, two more days and you're complete!. Keep up the excellent work!.


    1. Bonjour Luisa,

      If I were to go on the Rail Trail I would probably see pretty birds, lots of trees and maybe some animals. And it's great to see that you learnt something new!

      - DB

  3. Hey Buzz,

    Weow! I also did Paris Goebel. Isn't she amazing?. Anyways, I really loved reading your short story.It was very interesting. Keep Up the Great WORK! :)


    1. Hey Sia,

      Parris is amazing and its good to see that you liked my story.Thanks for the nice comment.

      - DB

  4. Hi Davarni,

    I agree with Telesia and Luisa, you wrote a very interesting short story and found some good facts about Paris Goebel. Perhaps next time you could write a little more about the Otago Rail Trail. What do you think you might see? Have you been to Otago before?

    1. Hi Miss. Stone,

      I have added some more detail into what the Otago Rail Trail. But other than that i'm glad you enjoyed my Story and Facts about Parris Goebel.

      Hope your having a good holiday

      - Davarni

  5. Wow Davarni,

    It's great to see you receiving positive feedback from other participants in the Winter Learning Journey programme. I am so happy to see the amount of support you have towards your learning. That's great! I enjoyed reading your interesting facts about Paris Goebel. I did not know she lived in Manurewa. What a small world. Your story was very interesting to read. I love how you used your initiative to find the information centre. Often when we are out on trips we get so excited to see everything that we forget to keep an eye out on our group.

    Keep up the good work Davarni.

    Best wishes,