Friday, 20 January 2017

SLJ ~ Summer Learning Journey Day 20 Week 4

Day 20: Return to New Zealand
Your trip has now come to an end and it’s time to fly back to New Zealand. As you board the airplane, you start to think about all of the people who will be waiting to pick you up from the airport in Auckland and you get very excited. It’s time to go home!Auckland image.jpeg
Activity 1
Imagine that you have just arrived at the airport in Auckland. Your whole family is there to greet you. They can’t wait to hear all about your trip! You decide that you’ll go home and have a special meal together to celebrate your return. Your mum offers to make you anything that you would like to eat. On your blog, tell us what you would choose to have for your special meal.

If it was me, I would ask for homemade hamburgers with ketchup, American-style mustard, onions, tomato and lettuce; Cajun-style wedges with tomato sauce and Greek salad with cherry tomatoes and lots of feta cheese. For dessert I would ask for vanilla cake with chocolate icing and neopolitan ice cream. What would you ask for?
I would most likely eat most of New Zealand’s Junk food since I have been in Canada & Japan but I would like to switch it up (Who knows, Canada & Japan has changed me). Like a crispy chicken (homemade) salad wrap. (Appetizer). Main ~ Some “Island Style food”, Desert ~ Image result for Nice Desserts.. Mmm. :)
Activity 2
After four full weeks of planning and travelling, you are now safely back in New Zealand. You have now had some time to relax and to reflect on your experiences. What are two things that you have learned from your travels? On your blog, tell us about any two things that you have learned.
#1 ~ Over 70 % of Japan consists of Mountains, even including over 200 Volcanoes. (Wow)
#2 ~ Japan sometimes have acid rain, (Which I never knew could happen).
#1 ~ Canada has diversity, and has French as a language, I never knew that!
#2 ~ During the 1775 and 1812, Canada had been invaded by the USA.
Bonus Activity
School is about to start again for a new year. Yay! Imagine that you walked into your classroom and your teacher asked you to stand up in front of the class and talk about the country that you visited. On your blog, you can:
  1. Post a short video clip of yourself talking about the country that you visited and the things that you learned (1 – 2 minutes)
  2. Type out what you would say to the class if you had 1 – 2 minutes to speak.
  3. While visiting Japan & Canada, I have learnt a lot about each country, the experience I have had during my trips was amazing! Did you all know that over 70 % of Japan consists of Mountains, even including over 200 Volcanoes and Japanese sometimes have acid rain.
* Have time for questions about Japan*
Moving onto Canada, I just love Canada and I used to always think of America towards Canada. But did you all know that Canada has diversity ~ Which is a range of different things, and has French as a language. Wow! Right? But during the 1775 and 1812, Canada had been invaded by the USA.
* Questions about Canada *
Rachel has my video!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

SLJ ~ Summer Learning Journey Day 19 Week 4

Day 19: Planes, trains and automobiles
It’s the last day in your country and it’s the final chance to head out and see places or people that you have yet to visit. It’s also your last day to sample the local food and enjoy the atmosphere. You decide that you will head out of the city and explore some of the smaller, neighbouring towns. In order to leave the city, you will need to find a vehicle. It could be a bus, a train, a taxi, a bicycle, a scooter...
Activity 1
Let’s imagine that the neighbouring town was about 30 kilometres away. There are a number of beautiful villages and interesting things to see along the way. You have four options for this trip. You can take a:
  1. Train – 25 minute ride; No stops along the way; $12 for the trip (return)
  2. Bus – 45 minute ride; Two stops along the way to look at interesting villages; $8 for the trip (return)
  3. Scooter – 1 hour ride; Unlimited number of stops; $5 for the trip (return)
  4. Bicycle – 2 hour ride; Unlimited number of stops but there are some hills along the way; $1 (return)
On your blog, tell us which of these four options you would choose and why!
I would most likely choose option 3 (Scooter), It’s because I have unlimited number of stops which means, more interesting buildings/places to visit and learn about. I love seeing/learning about new places and I reckon the Scooter would be good!

Activity 2
These days there are, literally, dozens of different kinds of vehicles that we can use. Some of them are quite familiar (eg. car, truck, bus) but some are very unique and different. Watch this Youtube clip of the most Amazing vehicles ever made.
When you have finished tell us which of the vehicles you liked the most. On your blog tell us the name of the vehicle and the reasons why you liked it so much. There are a number of pretty interesting options!
#1 Option 3 ~ One Wheel Electric Skate. I have chosen this specific type of Vehicle because when using this to, maybe, work, It’s small/compact and can help you with you balance.
#2 Option 5 ~ Half-Bike. It’s because, I can do exercise during my time to work and still travel, which seems quite cool!
#3 Option 7 ~ Suitcase Scooter. In the future I am sure to absolutely love working but maybe not carrying anything. Which the Suitcase Scooter can help with that, carrying my everything I need and give me an exciting ride to work!
Bonus Activity
The Canadian government has decided to build the longest walking trail in the world. It is called the Great Trail’ and it covers 15 000 miles. Wow! For this activity, we are drawing inspiration from this walking trail and thinking about our own footprints.
Your task is to use DrawIsland tool to create your own digital footprint. The footprint must include your name and the name of the country that you are visiting. Otherwise, you can decorate it in any way that you want. It’s totally up to you! Once you have drawn your footprint, save it, and then upload it to your blog. Here is an example of my footprint:
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SLJ ~ Summer Learning Journey Week 4 Day 18

Day 18: Famous/Infamous animals
It’s time to go to the zoo! You have been invited to tour the national zoo with some students from one of the local schools. Although you don’t really know anyone you decide to be brave and give it a go! When you arrive at the front gates, you walk into the zoo and you immediately see…
Activity 1
Imagine that you have just entered the zoo. On your blog, tell us what you think you might see on your visit. You can start with this sentence:
I had just entered the zoo when, all of a sudden, I saw…

Aim for a blog post of 8 - 10 sentences in length. You can do it!
I had just entered the zoo when, all of a sudden, I saw a trail, not your normal footsteps but oddly shaped footsteps. I decided to be very unnormal by following the mysterious footsteps which had lead me to the exciting ‘Petting Zoo’. I really started to feel anxious, I slowly, very slowly crept into the shed to find all the animals perfectly fine and started to make me furious even more.  I asked every person in the shed “Have you seen anything unusual around here?”, but I would always hear the same thing on repeat “No, there’s nothing unusual”. I was confused, so much, but again, the oddly shaped footprints appeared I was totally ready for another mysterious walk. Being exhausted from walking all around forced me to stop. I suddenly gave up with the footsteps situation and decided to enjoy the Zoo visit like a normal person. I had forgotten all about the footsteps and was ready for a big adventure throughout the Zoo. “Guess What?, HAHA!, I Pranked you”, replied my “hilarious” cousin, “What?, I’m super confused” I replied with eager to find out what was happening. “The footsteps, it was me, I was pranking you, revenge from last time, HAHA”. Well, the footsteps situation wasted precious time, what was I thinking, Oh man!
Activity 2
When you are at the zoo, you have the chance to learn about some animals that are specifically found in your country. They are called ‘indigenous’ animals. This means that they are originally from your country. Use Google to identify two indigenous animals from your country. On your blog, post a picture of the animals and tell us a bit about them. What are they called? Where do they live? What do they eat?
Image result for baby cougar This animal is called Cougar, they are based in North-western Canada, western USA, Mexico, Central and South America. This animal eats deer, elk and all types of other animals like Sheep.
‘indigenous’ animals. This means that they are originally from your country. Use Google to identify two indigenous animals from your country. On your blog, post a picture of the animals and tell us a bit about them. What are they called? Where do they live? What do they eat?
Image result for baby cougar This animal is called Cougar, they are based in North-western Canada, western USA, Mexico, Central and South America. This animal eats deer, elk and all types of other animals like Sheep.
Image result for Canada lynx This animal is called, Canada Lynx. You can find this animal mostly Canada. Canada Lynx eat Carnivore, Fish and Birds.
Bonus Activity
Sadly, there are a number of animals in the world that are struggling to survive because they cannot find enough food to eat or a safe place to live. Many of these animals are dying and, in some cases, there are very few of them left. They are called ‘endangered animals.’ In New Zealand we have many endangered species, including the kakapo, a shiny green bird that likes to make its nest on the ground. Unfortunately, the nest is really easy to get to and other animals can easily steal the kakapo’s eggs. As a result, very few new kakapo are born. There are 55 kakapos in New Zealand right now.

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The New Zealand government is trying to save the kakapo. They are looking for creative ideas. What do you think they could do? On your blog, tell us what you think should be done to save the kakapo. Please be as creative as you can!
The Government should receive donations from people in New Zealand and try creating a digital world just like the Hunger Games but, instead of having endangering animals or dangerous fog, or even weapons, all there would be is Kakapo and all the needs for them. No predators would be into this and if there were any, Cameras will be there to instantly do something to them.

Oh, Wait! Let me get back into reality, I hope the government do some good research about forests and which are the safest for Kakapo, there should be a secure location of the forest and the Kakapo live there without its predators. I really hope my ideas are good, but they are a bit unusual.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

SLJ ~ Summer Learning Journey Day 17 Week 4

Day 17 – Famous Sights
Before you leave to head home, you will want to dedicate a few days to sightseeing in your country. There are dozens of beautiful buildings and gorgeous natural wonders. Scroll down to see pictures of three of the most famous landmarks in each country.

Activity 1
On your blog tell us which of the icons you would most like to visit in your chosen country. Be sure to tell us why you have chosen it!
For Canada I have chosen the CN Tower,Hmm? You must be wondering why, well to me It definitely reminds me of New Zealand and how it it identical to the Sky Tower in New Zealand. It may not be the same size but comparing it to me, I reckon it’s identical.
Japan, well that’s a different story, in one of the older activities I did some research about Japan and I really enjoyed reading about temples and castles and yes, I have chosen a Castle. I love Japanese Castles/Temples!
CN Tower – Tallest building in Canada
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Himeji Castle – Best existing example of Japanese castle architectureC:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\Himeji castle.jpg

Activity 2
Let’s imagine that you have been asked to host a visitor from another country. They are going to come and stay with you for three days. During that time, you are expected to take them on a tour of New Zealand and show them some our most famous icons. Where would you take them? If it was me, I might take them to Mt Cook in the south island, to the Sky Tower in Auckland and to Chums Beach in the Coromandel. What about you? On your blog, tell us which three famous places in New Zealand you would go with your visitor.
First I would definitely comfort this person by taking them to the Auckland Sky Tower, Kaikoura & Te Papa Museum. These places are very famous for New Zealanders and perfect for tourists!
Bonus Activity
Take a picture of yourself standing beside a popular place in your community. It can be anywhere that’s pretty popular in your area (e.g. a store, a restaurant, a marae, etc). On your blog please tell us about the landmark. What is the name of it? Where is it? Who goes to it?
I don’t have a picture of myself but I will insert a picture of one of the places I desperately need to visit and take a picture with it!
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SLJ ~ Summer Learning Journey Day 16 Week 4

Day 16 – National Celebrations
Activity 1
Imagine that you are visiting on the national holiday of your chosen country. On your blog tell us what you would eat, see and do on that day.
My country is Canada, and I would love to eat poutine with maybe some nachos. I really enjoy eating these foods here in New Zealand (Which maybe is uncommon?). I would also set off some amazing, loud and humongous fireworks!
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Activity 2
Create a brand new public holiday for the country.  Use your creativity to come up with a name for the holiday and a short description of how people in the country celebrate the holiday. Do they all get the day off? Do they eat special foods or go to special events to mark the day?
On the 21st of August, New Zealand will now (Maybe) have a Diverse Day. This means, Workers, Students, Children and EVERYONE will each have a taste or little visit (Not actually) around all the cultures New Zealand - I dearly hope this makes enough sence. (They may have a day off work but people can do work!)
Bonus Activity
In New Zealand our national holiday is on 6 February. It is called Waitangi Day. What do you do to celebrate Waitangi Day? Do you go somewhere special? On your blog tell us what you do on that day. On Waitangi Day, my family and I go up North (Not always) for just a relaxing day, unless it’s packed!
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SLJ ~ Summer Learning Journey Day 15 Week 3

Day 15 – Art History
It’s the final day of Week 3 and you are feeling more and more comfortable in the country. You decide that you would now like to learn a bit more about the people and the history of your country so you spend the day exploring the art galleries and museums. There are so many different options to choose from! You decide to start with the local art gallery before moving on to see the national history museum.
Activity 1
When you walk into the local gallery, the first piece of artwork that you see is a painting by Wassily Kandinsky called ‘Swinging.’
While you are looking at it, a staff member at the gallery comes up to you and asks you for your opinion of the painting. What do you think of it?
On your blog please tell us:
  1. What do you think of this painting? Do you like it?
Absolutely yes! Abstract paintings are amazing to me, since not long ago Glenbrae School was learning about it.
  1. If you could buy it and give it to someone, who would you choose?
I would chooses one of cousins since they love art, puzzles and colours!
If it was me, I would give it to my sister because she really likes bright, bold colours and abstract pictures.
Activity 2
After exploring the gallery you decide to walk across the street to the national museum. It is an amazing place! There is so much information about the history of the country in this museum. It’s hard to know where to start!
After walking for a little while you come across a display with pictures of children that were taken in 1901 (over 100 years ago)! In this picture, the children are working on a local farm, milking cows. They are not going to school. Back in those days, children usually went to school until they reached the age of 12 or 13. They then left school and went to work. Imagine that you were alive 100 years ago. How would you feel if you had to leave school at the age of 12? Would you be happy or sad? On your blog, tell us how you would feel.
Being honest, I wouldn't feel happy, but I wouldn't be sad! I know, that's weird but my reasons are... If I stop going to school I wouldn't feel as happy about learning or even working! If Ididn't I would continue to learn and reach my full potencial towards, anything basically. I do understand that 100 years back, we needed more workers!
Bonus Activity
In New Zealand we have many museum and galleries. One of the largest is called the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa or ‘Te Papa’ for short. Inside Te Papa there is a huge exhibition called ‘Gallipoli - The Scale of our War.’ It has information about a special battle, the Battle of Gallipoli, that took place during World War I. Many New Zealanders took part and many lost their lives.
The battle started on 25 April 1915. We commemorate this battle every year by celebrating Anzac Day on 25 April. Visit the Gallipoli website. It will give you lots of information about this famous battle. On your blog, tell us three things that you learned about the battle.
* There were quite a few protests just like Barbarism!
* During the Gallipoli War, soldiers only had 2 Litres of water per day and now 2016 or 2017 wehave 350 litres of water!
* Each Rifles had only 10 bullets per one gun, which had to be refilled often, but the Turks found a way to refill it upto 5 times each.