Monarch butterflies are amazing creatures! They've got beautiful, beautiful wings in colours of orange, white, and black. Can you imagine being a butterfly? It would be cool to fly and suck up nectar.
Butterfly life-cycles have four stages which are egg, larvae, pupa, and adult. When the monarch butterfly is ready to lay her eggs, she will lay them on a swan plant. When the eggs hatch, they will eat the leaves.
Out of the egg emerges a beautiful caterpillar coloured white and yellow. It eats until it gets fat like your pinky finger. It is now ready for the next stage.
A caterpillar spins silk around itself to make a chrysalis. The caterpillar begins it's pupa stage by transforming into a butterfly. If you see a chrysalis, don't take it off the swan plant because it won't get to be a butterfly.
When the butterfly comes out of the chrysalis, it waits for it's wings to dry. while waiting, it goes to suck up nectar and when it's wings are dry, it can fly away.
I think that butterflies are amazing insects. My favourite is the Monarch.
Do you know that butterflies have a fascinating life cycle? Butterflies have four parts to their life cycle.
Female butterflies lay eggs just like all other female insects. They lay their eggs on a swan plant so the baby can eat once they hatch.
When the egg hatches, a little baby comes out and the baby is called a caterpillar. Caterpillars wriggle and squiggle just like a worm but they come in different colours. The caterpillar eats the leaves from the swan plant and gets bigger and bigger.
When the caterpillar is fat, it spins silk around itself to make a chrysalis. It begins the pupa stage. In the chrysalis, the caterpillar evolves into a magnificent butterfly.
When the butterfly comes out of the chrysalis, it's wings are wet and it has to wait for them to dry. As soon as the wings are dry, the butterfly flies away to freedom and starts it's new life.
Butterflies do have a great life cycle. Don't you agree?
The school year is almost finished and we'll miss each other. We thought it would be fun to make a little video to show how we feel about our friends. It is our first time experimenting with a green screen!
Guess what happened yesterday at assembly? Mr. Burt was dressed up as a mosquito. Mr Barks was a queen bee and had 5 babies. Mr J was a slow snail. He told us how the shell got on his back. His back was itchy one night and when he woke up he had a shell.
Excitedly, creeping into the hall, I sat down and everyone went quiet waiting for the immersion assembly to begin.
We heard a hissing sound coming from the aisle and a weird voice behind us. I turned around and Mr Burt was dressed as a mosquito. I got a really big fright from Mr Burt! He was crawling on his hands and feet down the middle of the all scaring all of the kids.
Entering the stage, Team 1 performed Eency Weency Spider. Ms. George had a spiderman mask on and Ms Wild was squirting water. Team 1 also performed Little miss Muffet. Ms Wild, who was Miss Muffet, looked weird jumping off the chair after the spider scared her. Their performance was cool.
As Team 4 entered the stage, Mr. Barks sat on a chair on a table on the stage. I just knew that they were going to perform a funny act. Mr. Barks was playing the queen bee. When he said, "Wait for it," he would pull a teddy bear wrapped in a sheet pretending to be a baby bee, from his abdomen. Team 4 performed a really funny act.
I liked watching all of the acts. They were all very funny!
On the first day of term 4 we went to an immersion assembly to see what we are learning about. We saw the teachers dressed up as minibeasts and little critters.
Then I saw Mr. Burt dressed as Mr. Mosquito Man coming through the door. He was a scary mosquito looking for Mr. J.
Mr Barks was a fabulous queen bee and he had bee workers who fed him and cooled him down. He gave birth to baby bees with toilet paper wrapped around them. Then he had twins. I felt happy and I was laughing when he gave birth to twins!
With excitement we went to the hall. I was happy because immersion assembly is always funny because the teachers dress up as the theme!
Out of no where, Mr Burt crawled into the hall and went up close to kids and pretended to suck their blood. Mr. Burt was a mosquito! He crawled and chased Mr. J as fast as he could but unfortunately he didn't catch him.
Finally, it was team 4's turn. Mr. Barks, dressed up as a queen bee, was funny because he was talking about himself and giving birth to baby bees.
I thought that the immersion assembly was the best because I love insects and I'm excited to learn more!
Once room 12 got to the hall for immersion assembly, we saw teachers who were dressed like insects. Most of them were pretending to be a ladybug or a bee. only some of them were butterflies.
Crawling out of nowhere, a large mosquito was trying to suck other people's blood! Turns out that the mosquito was Mr. Burt!
When it was team 4's turn, I already knew their performance was about bees because they were dressed like bees. Their performance was my favourite because it was hilarious when Mr. Barks was pretending to have baby bees...but they were only just teddy bears.
I had a great time at immersion assembly. I thought it was fabulous!
Immersion assemblies are the best because they are funny and we get to see the teachers dressed up to tell us the theme of the term.
Hearing a hissing sound, I gazed around me to see who that was crawling up on the stage. I saw Mr. Burt in a huge mosquito costume. I thought he suited it!
When team 1 and 2 finished, it was team 3's turn. They had a name for their performance and it was called New Zealand's Next Top Bug. it was funny because when my teacher, Mrs. Barks, finished her speech, her husband shouted out...I love you!
Team 4 was a hive of bees It was funny because the only boy teacher was the queen bee and the girl teachers were slaves. They had to dance and wait for Mr Barks to give birth to a baby bee, and then another, and finally...twins!
I had a feeling that it was going to be an interesting term!
At immersion assembly at the beginning of term 4, Mr J looked like a super hero and the sign on his suit was MM. I said to my friend, "What does MM stand for?" He replied back, "I don't know." So I thought to myself that it was just a sign and I didn't care at all.
As soon as team 4 had their turn, they cracked me up for a while and then I calmed down. When Mr Barks got up on the stage, I saw that he was a queen bee with bee slaves. The bee slaves were the other teachers in the team. Then Mr. Barks gave birth to babies that were teddy bears wrapped in toilet paper.
Excitedly walking to the immersion assembly, I couldn't wait to see the performances. Immersion assemblies are always exciting because teachers dress as the theme.
As everybody started to quiet down, I heard a weird noise coming from the back of the hall. It was Mr. Burt. He was dressed as a mosquito. He was walking down the middle of the hall scaring children. After team 1 was called to the stage, I was wondering who miss Wild was meant to be. She was little Miss Muffet. When they performed little Miss Muffet, it was funny because when the spider frightened Miss Wild, she screamed and ran away.
Finally it was time for team 4's performance. I had a little feeling that Mr Barks was going to be a queen bee because of his costume. He had a girls wig, a queen's crown, and a rather large abdomen. Their performance was so hilarious because he was giving birth to baby bees.
This was the best immersion assembly I've ever seen. I hope there will be another one as funny as that!
Wow! What a great way to end the school year...water safety lessons! The weather is warming up and soon we'll be begging our parents to take us to the beach to cool off in the refreshing ocean water, or maybe we'll be lucky enough to go kayaking and sailing. Either way, we'll need to know how to be safe. Today was our first lesson and we were taught how to find a life jacket that fits properly, and what to do if we fall into the cold waters and our bodies are starting to cool down too quickly. Crossing our arms and legs is the best thing to do if we are on our own, but if in a group, we should huddle together.
Do you enjoy eating insects? If you said -"no," you should have said - "yes"... because you eat them mixed in with your everyday food!! Yes it's true!! Take a look at this list...
Ketchup - 30 fruit fly eggs per 100 grams Canned Corn - 2 insect larvae per 100 grams Blueberries - 2 maggots per 100 berries Peanut Butter - 50 insect fragments per 100 grams Curry powder - 100 insect fragments per 100 grams Wheat - 1% of grains infested Sesame seed - 5% of seeds infested Coffee - 10% of beans infested *Some red food colouring such as cochineal and carmine are made from crushed beetles called Dactylopius coccus. This colour is used in some fruit drinks and lollies!!
On the first day of term 4, we went to Immersion assembly. The school went to see what topic we were learning about. We were learning about little little insects.
Wondering what will happen first, I thought it was going to be boring until I heard a scary voice. It was Mr. Burt dressed up in a scary mosquito costume. Mr. Mosquito was trying to sting the Mighty Moth.
Finally it was team 4's turn. They decided to be in a bee hive and Mr. Barks was the queen bee while all the other teachers were the workers. Every time he told us a fact... unexpectedly...out popped a baby bee!
I had lots of fun at assembly and I thought the funniest part was team 4!
We began our term with an immersion assembly on insects. All the teachers,as usual, dressed up and performed an item.
Entering the hall on his arms and knees, Mr Burt pretended to suck kids blood. He was dressed as a mosquito.
Later Mr.J told an interesting story about growing a shell on his back. He said that his back had been itching for days. He also said he started rocking back and forwards in bed.
The team four teachers acted as a colony of bees. Mr.barks was dressed with a crown and wig. He was a queen bee while the others were dressed as worker bees. Then he pretended to have baby bees. Lastly he gave birth to twins.
Still laughing to myself, I left the hall feeling happy because of the funny acts I could remember.
What a special treat it was to participate in the Milo Rugby Drills and Skills day put on by the Auckland Rugby Union. Pro-Sport Rugby Academy & the Auckland ITM players came and played a variety of skill building games with us! We had so much fun!!
Skipping with my cousins, I simply said, "Let's play another skipping game." After we finished, we went inside to look for something to eat. We were so hungry. After eating a wonderful meal, I was imagining four people skipping in the middle and one each on either side.
Later on, we went back outside to play dodge ball at the park which was the best game I played with my cousins.
After playing dodge ball, we stopped and went back home to play games on sky. We played scramble word. Playing sky games was cool.
As soon as we finished playing games my dad called me so we could go and pick up my mum. It was a fabulous day!
When I ripped the banana with my teeth, I felt like a crazy monkey chewing this yellow, horrible, skin. Once the skin was off, I was ready to eat the creamy, tasty banana. It was so fantastic that I drooled and stuffed the whole banana in my mouth.
On a bright, sun shiny day, my mother pulled my blanket off me, told me to get changed, and get into the car. So I did. I was so happy because every second Saturday, we have a healthy dinner which is lettuce with chow mein. For dessert we have chips, lollies, chocolate, and ice-cream. we call it "Sweet and Healthy Night."
When we arrived at Pak'n Save, my mum told me that I could get any sweet that I wanted. I chose to get some sour cream and chives chips instead.
Later on in the evening, my uncle gave me the Hannah Montanna movie because he knew that I liked Miley Cyrus. While we were watching the movie, we had some sweets.
A long time ago, villagers invented boats. They put their heads together and decided to make a raft.
They grabbed some logs and rope. Then they lined up the logs and tied the ropes around the middle and the two ends. They called it the raft, but they realized that the raft wasn't good enough so they invented a bark canoe.
The people ripped off thick pieces of bark and shaped it into a canoe and that's how it got the name bark canoe.
I was going sky diving and I was fine until I crashed into the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I was floating but I was not safe. Two hours later, I was hungry, thirsty, and tired.
During the night I was getting stung by jelly fish. I thought my life was going to end when I saw a shark...well I thought it was a dangerous shark. It was a log. I slept on it and it saved my life. I felt so lucky.
Finally in the distance, I saw a sailing boat. I called but they could not hear me. So I had to swim to them. When I reached them, they let me in and we sailed to shore.
Two weeks ago I went to my nana's house for her birthday. She was turning fifty five.
At my nana's, while I was waiting for the birthday to start, I went into the kitchen to look at the delicious cake that they were baking. The cake was heart shaped. When it was finished baking, my auntie said that I could help decorate it.
After that we had to wait for the rest of the family to get there. I couldn't wait to eat because I couldn't stand the smell of the food - it was too tempting. Finally my uncle arrived.
As soon as he came, everybody ran to the table. Then my cousin Tom, from Australia, said the prayer, "Thank you God for this glorious day that my nana turns 21 and make sure that everybody has a good time, in Jesus name, amen."
For dessert, we had cake and ice cream. The cake was delicious because of the melted chocolate running down the sides. It was so chocolately, I couldn't even finish it!
A while later, we had a dancing battle. I had to dance for my nana, along with my little brother T.J. and my big sister Lata. My dance battle was with my uncle's girlfrined. She burned me out. So then I learned my lesson...I know now not to mess with her!!
Before cars, trains, and buses, there were boats. Boats were very important for traveling on seas, rivers, streams, and lakes. Early boats were made from logs, wood, and bark.
The first boat that was made was called a raft. Rafts were made from many logs lashed together with rope. They were good for going on calm waters, but they were not so good for strong waters.
Another early boat was the bark canoe. People soon realized that they could make a boat from bark. The problem with it was that the sides kept on flopping in or out. So people put sticks, called spreaders, along the sides to hold them out.
Once there were two pirates, a captain, and a first mate. When they were at sea during sunset, they spotted a ship and decided to ambush it. as they got closer, the first mate realized that it was a group of ships and decided to sail back to land.
When they got there, they wanted to burgle the village. They decided to get cages from the ship and place them everywhere. As soon as they trapped most of the villagers, they took their jewels.
Later that evening, the Pirate Captain ordered, "Set the sail!" The friendly ship saw them and their captain decided to have a war. The pirates lost!!! Their ship was captured and the remaining crew were stuck in a dingy, pushed out to sea, and never heard from again.
An angry captain ordered his men to bury the loot because the ship got loose and floated away. Later on, the men built a raft and sailed away to find the missing ships. Finally after two days, they found their ships and sailed back to the other men.
The captain required the men to bury the loot of silver and gold because the ships had drifted out into the open sea. The crew buried the treasure on an uninhabited part of the island so no one could steal it and sell it. Building the raft out of tree logs, the captain sailed out to find his ship. Just before sunset, they found the ships and sailed back to load the treasure on board.
Angry because his boats were missing, Captain Drake took his anger out on the crew by bellowing at them to bury the treasure. He got some logs, found some vines, and started lashing them together to make a raft. Excited after discovering his ships, he sailed back and dug up his treasure and put it on board.
Commanding the men to bury the forbidden loot, he realized that he needed to locate his ships. While the men were burying the loot, the captain was busy building a raft to find his ships. He took some men with him and after all their hard work, they eventually found the ship. Digging up the loot, they carried it on board.
Realizing that the ship had drifted away, he commanded his crew to bury the gold and silver. Some of his mighty men chopped driftwood to build a strong raft so they could paddle out to find their ships. Digging out the treasure, they dragged it on to the ship.
Once again we have been re-crafting sentences within a given text of writing. We took sentences from a story about Pirate Frances Drake who had returned from robbing a mule train to find that his ships were missing.
"He ordered his men to bury the looted gold and silver. Then he made a raft, paddled out to find his ships, and brought them back. That night, his men dug up the treasure and put it on board."
Check out our versions of this paragraph and let us know what you think!
We read a story called "The Treasure of Tortuga!" After identifying the main idea of some sentences in one of the paragraphs, we got together in groups of 5 or 6 and re-crafted the paragraph. Check out the 5 paragraphs that we came up with...you'll be amazed!
At sunset, a boy on the west coast beach tripped over a black leather wallet. As he tore open the wallet, he saw that it contained a map and some strange instructions on paper that was brown because of it's age.
Skipping around the shore, a boy noticed a leather wallet sitting on the sand near his home. As soon as he picked up the wallet, he opened it and found two folded pieces of paper. When he unfolded them, he discovered that one was a map, and the other had instructions.
Strolling along the shore, a boy discovered an ancient wallet sticking out of the golden sand. As he opened it up, he noticed two pieces of fragile paper. They contained a treasure map and strange instructions. The boy was very surprised.
Kupe and his friends went out to sea to hunt down the great octopus that had taken all their fish. Kupe saw the great octopus starting to come and eat them so he jumped up, shook off his fright, and killed the beast.
Kupe packed some food for a long journey to hunt the octopus down. He got the waka's ready for the long, tiring trip. Then they sailed out to sea.
One sunny, hot afternoon, an octopus emerged from the depths of the sea and wrapped his tentacles around the waka. Kupe had a good idea. He remembered he had packed some containers so they could get some water. His crew threw containers overboard and the octopus thought it was a person so he dived down to get it. Kupe had enough time to slay it.
Kupe and his crew set off to find the giant octopus.
Before long, they saw a dark shadow under the water so they went closer. The crew watched in horror as the tentacles slowly slithered up the side of the waka. Kupe struck at the tentacle and sliced off a chunk of flesh. He slayed the octopus.
Kupe and the crew were relieved that the octopus was killed. As they were cheering, Kupe's wife said, "Look...land!" So they headed to the new island and she called it Aotearoa.
***With a little editing help from the teacher, Jacob has used some good words to describe what happened when Kupe was at sea.