29 March 2017

Camp Slideshows

As part of our learning portfolios, we've created small slideshows to share some of our favourite moments from camp. Each child has one of the slideshows in their learning portfolios, here are just a few great ones!

Ana's slideshow

Henry's slideshow

Max's slideshow

Milla's slideshow

16 March 2017

Reading About Aotearoa's Oceans

Kia ora whānau!

In preparation for our inquiry into Porirua's water habitats, we've been reading about different water facts and issues both in New Zealand and the world. Two of our reading groups--Kea and Kakapo--read "Voyages of Discovery", a text about NIWA scientists discovering new species in NZ's coastal waters. We asked questions before, during, and after reading to extend our learning and did some research to answer our questions.

Zoe's work:
Q: What is a Marine Ecosystem?
A: It is another phrase for Marine Habitats.

Q: What's a NIWA Scientist?
A: NIWA stands for the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

Q: Why does the ocean matter so much for humans?
A: Oceans are the lifeblood of planet Earth and humankind. They produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere and absorb the most carbon from it!

Hannah's work:
The research vessel Tangaroa went around the coastline of NZ. Why? They were studying the animals and plant life in the sea. The scientists wanted to know more about the marine ecosystem.
What does segmented mean?
Segmented means segments. If you look at your finger, the lines on it are segments. They are pieces of a finger
How many marine species are there in the world?
About 700,00 and 1,000000 different species live in the world's oceans. That is a lot of different animals!.

Liam R's work:
What is a marine ecosystem? They are some of the world's biggest aquatic ecosystems and they have got lots of different sea creatures.

What is a sea squirt? A sea squirt is a little filter feeder that lives on the ocean floor Despite their plant-like appearance, sea squirts are actually more closely related to vertebrates than they are to invertebrates such as sponges and coral.

What is the most recent sea  creature discovered in New Zealand. I couldn't find any specific creatures but they find 7,000 new species every fortnight.

Ana's work:
Q Did anyone help Carl Linnaeus with his naming?
A His students collected specimen for him
Linnaeus’s students collected all kinds of animals and plants for him all over the world.
Though he was the only one that named things like the name for humans: Homosapiens.

Q What does NIWA stand for?
A National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research
NIWA does lots of deep sea pictures trying to find new creatures and plants. They find 7 new fish in NZ every fortnight!

Q What is the most recent fish found?
A buck tooth ghost shark...
It was found with 50 others just like it on the 2nd of February 2017. They are about 3 feet long...and very pretty! :)  
Here is a picture!
Michelle's work:
Q. How many people are in the crew of NIWA Tangaroa?
  1. There are 6 people in their crew.
Q. What is a taxonomist?
  1. A taxonomist is a person who groups organisms into groups.

Q. What is the most recent type of coral discovered in NZ?
  1. A type of feathery soft coral known as sea pens is found by marine scientists in Fiordland, South Island, NZ.

Mickey and Andre T's work:

What is a Marine ecosystem?

Marine ecosystems are among the largest of the world's ecosystems. There are a few examples that include: salt marshes, lagoons, coral reefs, intertidal zones, mangroves.

What is a sea perch?
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting.

What is the most recently discovered sea specie in New Zealand?.
In February 2016 Maria Lombard Found a mysterious creature of the length of 6.5 meters on Waitarere beach. “I think it might be an eel” Explained Maria. This is the most recently discovered sea species in New Zealand.

Tommy and Jarrod's work:
What does NIWA stand for.? After five minutes of research I found the acronym for NIWA. The acronym is National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research NIWA is helping the underwater sea life with studying how they live with the coral at the bottom of the ocean using a robot to take pictures. It even has two batteries and a ocean depth sensor.

Jen's work:
Marine Ecosystems
Q: What is a Marine ecosystem?
A: A marine ecosystem is a marine habitat.

Q: What is NIWA?
A: NIWA stands for National Institute of Water. NIWA is is a Crown Research Institute of New Zealand.

Q: What does the DTIS do?

A: DTIS is a camera system designed and built by NIWA staff, which is used to take pictures and video of deep sea biodiversity and seafloor habitats. DTIS stands for Deep Towed Imaging System.

Lucas's work:
How is pollution affecting marine ecosystems around NZ?
Pollution is killing reefs and different marine ecosystems and then the fish can’t live because the ecosystems are not there and they die out or they leave to find a new ecosystem.

What new species around new zealand have been found the most recently?
The most newest fish is a bizzare transparent fish that a fisherman caught. it is currently unnamed.

When did Carl Linnaeus make the classification system?

Grace's work:
Marine Ecosystems Q+A!
By Grace Williams!

Who is the man who invented the weird names for the animals of this world?
A: Carl Linnaeus

What does NIWA stand for?
A: The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

What is the most recently discovered creature of the deep?
A: The new Bucktoothed Ghost Shark Species is the most recently found creature of the deep.

Marine Ecosystems!

The man who invented the weird names for the animals of this world is called Carl Linnaeus. He is Swedish. NIWA stands for The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. They discover new species of marine life and weather patterns. The new Bucktoothed Ghost Shark Species is the most recently found creature of the deep. It has huge buck teeth and looks like this:
By Grace Williams.