Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Summer Learning Journey Day 18 WK.4

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 HUMONGOUS ELEPHANT!   Blowing its long  nose that sounded like a trumpet. Then BOOM BOOM! The elephant had escaped its enclosure and was heading right towards us run for your lifeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I screamed but the faster we ran the faster the elephant was catching up to us. Then as we were running I thought of a plan to trick the elephant. I ran towards its enclosure and it followed me then once it was in I ran around it. I ran out of the enclosure and then the people finally saw us in the security camera. Suddenly I heard sirens the zoo was going into lockdown so I started running towards the gates to get. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a group of men running to save us. When they finally got us out we were very thankful.
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

This is a kiwi it usually lives in native forests or scrub rough farmland they eat grubs, worms, seeds, and fruit.
This is a Kea Parrot they live in the alpine regions of the south islands of New Zealand. Kea Parrots are on a omnivorous diet that includes carrion, leaves, berries, insects, and nectar.
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!
I think that they should put the kakapo birds in a safe enclosure that lets them fly around and be free but that can keep their nests safe and away from dangerous animals that can get into it.
Bonus Blog = 8 points


  1. Hey Katelyn,
    Just wanted to come by your blog and say that I agree with your answers for your activity.

    You are doing good just keep going.
    Happy New Year!!! #2017


  2. Hi Katelyn,

    Firstly, well done with your story. It was really entertaining and exciting! I was very nervous as I was reading it (particularly when I read that the zoo went into lockdown) but relieved when I got to the end and read that you were saved. Whew!

    Speaking of saving lives, it is important that we do think about how best to save the kakapo. I think that your idea of putting them into a safe enclosure could work really well. I think that the kakapo might be a little bit lonely because they will be removed from all other animals, however they will be safe (which is probably the most important thing, isn't it)?

    Keep up the great work. Your blogs are very insightful!

    Rachel :)

    1. Hey Rachel,

      Thanks for commenting I was wondering that the kakapo would be lonely so I thought that they could put the enclosure in a zoo with others and animals and also we could go and visit them at the same time.

      Katelyn :)

    2. That's great idea, Katelyn. Good thinking :)

  3. Hi Katelyn,

    Wonderful story writing!! Do you write adventure stories very often? You have a gift for that!

    I love your choice of native species - you described them very well. The Kiwi and the Kea Parrot are so special to New Zealand - I remember seeing a Kiwi in a special exhibit when I visited your country a number of years ago. They're really interesting looking creatures!!! And I find it fascinating that there are birds that no longer can fly. Evolution is an amazing process!

    It's tragic to think there are only 55 Kakapos left in New Zealand now!! It's hard to imagine how to protect them other than to do as you suggest, put them in a safe place where animals can't raid their nests. Perhaps this could be done for a short time, until there have been enough eggs laid and hatched that they're no longer in danger...

    Good blogging!


    1. Hey Leslie,

      Thanks for commenting and reading my blog I really appreciate it and i liked your idea about letting them out of the enclosure when they have laid enough eggs.

      Katelyn :)

  4. Good Job on your post keep it up remember you are so close to the end.