Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Mighty Gorilla

Here is some awesome writing by Alyzae and Frankie.

WALT: write a non chronological report
Image result for baby mountain gorillas 
Remember to use:
  • an opening paragraph explain what your report is about.
  • headings and subheadings for the main body.
  • an closing paragraph, recapping on what you have written.
  • Pictures, maps etc with captions to explain what they are.
Remember to use faction not opinions.

The Mighty Gorilla by Alyzae
Image result for Africa map where gorillas liveGorillas are animals that live in Africa. They can live in the Congo, Rwanda and lots of other places that have forests. We have a big responsibility to look after them.

What do Gorillas look like?
The gorilla is huge with large heads and can be up to 6 feet (1.80cms) tall. Gorillas have really strong muscles that can help them climb huge mountains and walls. They have arms that are longer than legs. Gorillas have thick trunks like a panda. Gorillas are colored black most of the times. They can live for 50 years.
Gorillas Diet
Gorillas eat loads of food like stems, bamboo, shoots, and also fruits. Gorillas don't eat meat because they are vegetarian but some lowland gorillas have learnt to eat termites and caterpillars.

Gorillas habitat
Gorillas live up high in African forests, high on mountain tops. as  high as 10,000 feet up. The gorillas live where it is cloudy, misty and cold. Some live lower down the mountain in warm forests.
Gorillas Behavior
The gorillas have good behaviour, they only get into trouble if threatened. The silverbacks are the leaders of a troop. In a troop or family you will find lots of females and their babies. Gorillas mostly play and make nests in trees to sleep in. They have good smelling and hearing.

Gorillas are delightful animals. They play with each other, and it's really cool because they can even communicate with each other with sign language. I think that humans have a huge responsibility to look after these incredible animals.

 Image result for Gorillas

Mountain gorillas | Sabyinyo group, Volcanoes National Park ...The Mighty Gorilla by Frankie
Gorillas need your help. They are endangered and time to save these amazing animals is running out! They  live in forests in tropical Africa and are our closest living relative.
 File:Gorilla-face2.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
What do Gorillas look like?
The gorilla is huge, with a broad chest and shoulder, all covered in muscle. Their arms are longer than their stubby legs. All gorillas are covered in a black shiny coat. They have hands that are human like and can be used to pick up food and to give hugs.  The fully grown adult male mountain gorilla is twice as large as the female.
What do Gorillas eat ?Gorilla - Free images on Pixabay
Most gorillas are herbivores,which mean they mainly eat plants. The food gorillas eat is 67% fruit,  17% seeds, leaves and stems,and  3% is Termites and Caterpillars. The male Gorillas can eat up to 20 kgs of food a day that's like half a child's body weight!

Where is a Gorilla’s habitat ?File:DallasZooGorillaHabitat.JPG - Wikimedia Commons
Gorilla’s are found in Africa. Some gorillas live on green volcanic mountains up 10,000 feet where it  is cloudy and cold.  Others live in luscious forests where it is warmer.  All gorilla’s move around depending on how much food is in the area.
How do they behave ?
Gorillas usually live in a troops of 1-4 silverback male gorillas and several females and children. The oldest and strongest silverback males gets picked to be the leader as they are the most dominant! They spend their days playing,eating and grooming each other.  At night they nest in trees,using leaves as a mattress to sleep on.Free photo Mammal Monkey Animal Gorilla Tiergarten N├╝rnberg - Max ...
Concluding paragraph.
I think Gorillas are amazing animals and we need to show care for them, after all they are our most close relatives. We are there kaitiaki (guardians) after all. We need to start saving these remarkable endangered animals. I hope you have enjoyed my report on gorillas.File:Gorilla Scratching Head (18047130741).jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Green Day Clean Up

We decided to do a quick street clean up for our Green Day job. We picked up 7 bags of rubbish in less than 1hr! We decided that this was terrible and are going to think about ways to educate our local community about why we need to only put rubbish in the bin.
JD finding rubbish everywhere. 
Leo and Yousif working together.

Well done Ketula and Farman. Your keen eye sight has spotted some hidden rubbish.

Adam is making sure its only rain down the drain. Awesome work!

Ketula, Isaiah and Leo carrying our full bags of rubbish.
Well done Room 21. You are doing your part to keep Owairaka and NZ clean and green!


Playing Fair has to do with the choices you make during a game. If you follow the rules or don't. People, especially your friends, will notice how you play the game. How you play, if you are a good or a bad sport, will follow you around long after the game is over. This will become your reputation and shape how people act towards you before they even get to know you.  Playing fair is important!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Last day of swimming......

Yesterday we had our last swimming lesson at Mt Albert Wave Pools. We had a fun learning how to be safe around boats and how to wear a life jacket safely.  A big THANK YOU to our coaches, you have taught us a lot in 8 lessons.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Our Green Week Visitor

Today, Jodi from Sustainable Coastlines came to school to talk to us about how to look after our oceans. 

We learnt that:

  • every single piece of plastic that has been used since the 19th century is still somewhere on our planet. WOW!
  • birds and fish are eating little bits of plastic after it gets washed into storm drains and then out to sea. This makes them very sick and they can die.
  • some sea creatures such as turtles think that plastic bags floating in the sea are jelly fish, their favourite food and eat them. This makes them very sick. 

Jodi gave us a few ideas about what we can do to help:
  1. use reusable bags when shopping
  2. pick up rubbish before it goes down the drain
  3. drink tab water instead of buying bottled water. Have a reusable drink bottle.
Thank you Jodi, we all learnt a lot and have gone home to share these ideas with our families.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Samoan Language Week

We have been learning about Samoa this week. We used Thinglink to share our learning. Here is one Hadia made. Check out our individual blogs to see more!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

BE HEALTHY - what can you do?

For the next few weeks we are reminding ourselves about how to be healthy at school. It is easy if you follow these simple ideas! Can you think of any other ways?