Monday, 30 April 2012

Four animals their habitats and and their other facts

African Lion
North Island Brown Kiwi
grassy plains, savannas, scrubs and woodland
Damp gullies in native forest and dense shrub land, they are also found in plantation forest, rough pasture, around wetlands and shrub land with lots of gorse.
savannah grassland areas where there is not much rain
Coastal forests of the west coast up


Food(how they get it)
Many animals but their favorites are buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, warthogs, deer, giraffes and gazelles. The females hunt these animals.
Insect larvae, weta, crickets, centipedes, moths, worms and spiders and may include occasional fruit, berries and leaves dig with their beak to find their food.
Crickets spiders, moths, caterpillars and grubs, lizards, mice, small birds, roots and melons, and occasionally snakes. They get it by playing this hunting game
The Kea feeds on more than 40 plant species beetle larva, other birds (including shearwater chicks) and mammals (including sheep and rabbits). Killing them
What they do( day time night time)
Mostly nocturnal; Males defend the pride's territory, which may include some 100 square miles; females hunt
They sleep during the day and they find food at night
They dig all day and sleep all night.
Keas are like kiwis they sleep at day time and find food at night.
Weather in the habitat
Hot and humid
Young cubs are vulnerable to predation by hyenas, leopards and black-backed jackals, co-infection due to drought (climate change), human threats such as population growth and agricultural expansion resulting in loss of natural habitat, as well as hunting, poisoning and poaching by livestock ranchers.
dogs and cats and then sometimes careless humans ,
Dogs and cats.

Letter to the zoo

Saturday 28 April 2012,

Dear owner of Auckland zoo, 

We need to buy brown kiwis because brown kiwis are threatened by household dogs, cats and stoats.

They are being threatened by disturbing and attacking them.

What I would do to help the kiwis to survive is to provide food like: insect larvae, weta, crickets, centipedes, moths, worms and spiders and may include occasional fruit, berries and leaves. I would also help the kiwis to have a good environment by replicating their habitat in the wild this could be done by setting up a mini – forest – like in the zoo with plants that kiwis want to eat damp gullies in native forest and dense shrub land, they are also found in plantation forest, rough pasture, around wetlands and shrub land with lots of gorse. This would be enclosed with glass structure so that they would not be disturbed by people who visit   

Yours sincerely Charles        

Statisics 3

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Animals and Their Habitat

African Lions
“ African lion is a very large cat, with males weighing between 330 and 550 pounds and females weighing between 260 and 400 pounds. It is 8 to 10 feet long, not including the tail. Its most famous feature is its mane, which only male lions have. The mane is a yellow color when the lion is young and darkens with age. Eventually, the mane will be dark brown. The body of the African lion is well suited for hunting. It is very muscular, with back legs designed for pouncing and front legs made for grabbing and knocking down prey. It also has very strong jaws that enable it to eat the large prey that it hunts.

The lion prefers grassy plains, savannas, and semi-deserts. It is located throughout much of Africa, especially in the southeastern part of the continent.”

“These gregarious animals are often seen in groups, and several families may live together in a large community. Squirrel-sized meerkats are mongooses famed for their upright posture. They often stand on their rear legs and gaze alertly over the southern African plains where they live. Mothers can even nurse their young while standing.

Meerkat groups utilize several different burrows and move from one to another. Each burrow is an extensive tunnel-and-room system that remains cool even under the broiling African sun. Females give birth to two to four young each year in one of the group's burrows. Fathers and siblings help to raise meerkat young, teaching them to play and forage and alerting them to the ever present danger from above. Young meerkats are so fearful of predatory birds that even airplanes will send them diving for cover.”

“Above the forest line in the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand are extensive areas partly covered in scrub and tussock, partly bare rocks and shingle, and mostly precipitous and difficult to traverse. This entire region is exposed to an unforgiving mountainous climate, snow and bleak winds in winter, mist and wind in summer. It is here, and in the upper margins of the beech forest, that the Kea, the world’s only mountain parrot, has evolved a level of intelligence that rivals that of the most sophisticated monkeys.”

Keas are found in South Island only, from north western Nelson and Marlborough south to Fiordland.

Brown Kiwi
“The Brown Kiwi population is estimated at 25,000, of which about 8000, of these tough, stroppy, spiky feathered birds survive in the Northland region. Kiwi prefer lowland and coastal indigenous forest, but the huge changes to New Zealand's original forest cover mean the kiwi have to be adaptable. Today they live in many different types of vegetation, including exotic forests and rough farmland.

The Brown Kiwi sleeps and nests in simply constructed, one entrance burrows, it may be dug in the earth of a bank or slope, using their strong legs and claws to loosen the earth and push it out and away from the entrance. Or their day shelter may be in a hollow tree, under a log, in a rock crack or within a dense clump of vegetation.”

IB Exploration - Creativity part 2

Attitude #8; Creativity

Aj Hackett

Aj Hackett was born in New Zealand. He took the school called Westlake Boys High School. He left the school when he was 16 years old. And then when he grew up, he took snowboarding and skiing.

He showed his cretivity when he used land diving from the island Vanuatu as his inspiration for bungee jumping.It is so awesome because he was the first one to develop bungee jumping in the whole wide world!!!!!!!! In 1988 he jumped off the Auckland Stock Exchange Tower. That was his first ever bungee jump off a building. Two years after he jumped off the 380 meters high from the helicopter. Later on 2000 he then jumped off the Royal Gorge Bridge it is known as the largest suspension bridge in the whole world. 

In all of his bungee jump adventures and outdoor explorations he has also demonstrated the attribute of risk - taker beacuse he was not afraid to invent something even in the midst of danger and difficulty challenges.

Aj Hackett has inspired me to be creative, I have to learn to be a risk - taker as well. It may be difficult but I can learn to be creative in my one way. 

maths homework term 2 week 1

Spelling Term Two Week 1

1. Contemptuous - Showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful.

Synonyms: Disdainful, disapproving, scornful, condescending, and sneering.  

2. Clairvoyant - having or claiming to have the power of seeing objects or actions beyond the range of natural vision.

Synonyms: psychic, telepathic, prescient, second-sighted, and visionary.

3. Philosophical - Of or pertaining to philosophy.

Synonyms: Theoretical, truth – seeking, rational, thoughtful, and dreamy.

4. Phenomenal - Highly extraordinary or prodigious; exceptional.

Synonyms: extraordinary, exceptional, unique, unusual, and rare.

5. Predominant Having ascendancy, power, authority, or influence over others; preeminent.

Synonyms: Main, major, chief, principal, and prime.

6. Disheveled - Hanging loosely or in disorder; unkempt.

Synonyms: Messy, untidy, scruffy, tousled, and uncombed. 

7. Maladjusted - Badly or unsatisfactorily adjusted, especially in relationship to one's social circumstances, environment, etc.

Synonyms: Disturbed, neurotic, unstable, confused, and alienated.

8. Legislative - Having the function of making laws.

Synonyms: Lawmaking, governmental, act, bill, and charter.

9.  Perpendicular - Vertical; straight up and down; upright.

Synonyms: At right angles, vertical, upright, at a 90 degree angle, and making a corner.

10.          Argumentative - Fond of or given to argument and dispute; disputatious; contentious.

Synonyms: Quarrelsome, confrontational, contrary, belligerent, and aggressive.   

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Increased Carbon Dioxide in Plant Growth


To know the effect of increased carbon dioxide in plant growth.


A lot of research and studies has been done on greenhouse effect and global warming. “Scientists have been testing complicated models to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for the past thousands of years.

Their conclusion is that CO2 levels are now at their highest level in centuries. The reasons for this increase in CO2 are several-fold. Most scientists agree that the increase is mainly due to humans and their industrial revolution, which release stored CO2 from underground deposits. Processes like the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and the use of cement are the most direct causes.”  

This investigation will show the effect of increased carbon dioxide in plant growth and if propagation plants can help in improving the harm done by greenhouse effect.

Hypothesis: I think the one with the baking soda and vinegar will grow faster than the one that has without the baking soda and the vinegar.

Independent Variable: Placing the container of baking soda with vinegar beside the peat cup of germinating plants.


Ø Two large soda bottles with the top removed,

Ø Two peat cups to put your plants in,

Ø One small cup or dish,

Ø Several crop seeds,

Ø Potting soil,

Ø Ten grams of baking soda,

Ø Twenty milliliters, vinegar

Ø Thermometer,


Firstly, you get the peat cups and put potting soil in the peat cups. Secondly, you plant the several crop seeds on the potting soil. Next you transfer ten grams of baking soda with twenty milliliters of vinegar and pour it into the small cup or dish. Then you put the small cup or dish next to the plant and do the same in the other plant but without the small cup or dish and the baking soda & vinegar. And then, cover them with one big soda bottles with one big cut on each of them. Last one but not lease, you put the thermometer on the bottles to check what the temperature.


Desperate Deserts
Anita Ganeri
Chemical Chaos
Nick Arnold
Rotten Romans
Terry Deary
Wild Islands
Anita Ganeri


Teacher Questions:

1. In what way do our values and beliefs shape our

Actions and decisions?

2. How does our life experience and personal history

impact on who we are?

3. What decisions do I need to make in order to become

the adult that I want to be?

Answers to the Teacher Questions:     

1.  Our values and beliefs greatly affect and shape our actions and decisions because we behave and make decisions based on the things we believe are important.     

As a person I value my family or family relations. I have utmost respect for my father and my mother who contribute in the way I think and make decisions I am also taught and trained the importance of having a personal relationship with God and making decisions that will honor Him.

As an individual I also value my physical and mental well being because I know if I am physically fit I and mentally prepared I will be able to perform better.


2. The things that happened to us in the past make us

careful in making safe decisions or make us bold and adventurous.

I came from a country where safety of the surrounding environment is an issue most of the time. As a young child I am not allowed to be on my own and explore my surroundings for safety and security reasons from child abduction. I was not able to be independent in my early childhood years. A nanny or a grownup has to always be around to make sure I don’t fall or pick up things that might harm me.

3. I need to make wise and responsible decisions to be the adult I want to be.

I know there are a lot of things that I need to do and experience so I can be trained and prepared to be the responsible adult I want to be. There are times when I feel like I am not ready for the training or I simply act immature but I really want to learn for my future. I hope and pray that my family and the people around me will be patient in my growth and development.                                                                                                                                                                                   


1.  What I already know:

Knowledge saturation:


What I learnt:
Fractions, percentage, order of operations, word problems

Learning Engagements:


Self reflection:

Peer/Parent reflection:

Teacher feedback/feed forward: