Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
Fun times at Arataki
“ Watch out for the bus!” shouted Miss Green as the bus screeched to a halt next to us. We were about to go to Arataki,A nature reserve in the Waitakere Ranges! We hopped onto the bus and as it started to pull away I wondered how long it would take. We were going with Rooms 7 and 6 to learn about nature's recyclers.
When we got there we saw one of the teachers that used to work at our school, her name was Miss Best. We sat down to have morning tea and then had to clean our shoes because we might carry the Kauri dieback disease on them.
Now it was time for a bush walk. As we wandered into the bush, we saw all sorts of bugs. We saw spiders, mosquitoes, ants and centipedes. We heard birds chirping and walked on hard, frozen mud. We went back to the center and had lunch.
We walked into the dark bush again with a park Ranger named Stacy. When we reached a quiet area, Stacy gave us a tool used to catch bugs called pooters. I caught a spider, hoppers and a grub. We all walked back along the rocky path and went into a room in the visitors center. Stacy taught us about a trees life cycle. We then played a game about how insect eat leaves like this, “chew, chew, chew, poo, poo, poo.” It taught us that insects are important because they turn old leaves into soil.
All too soon it was time to go back to school. I think everybody had lots of fun, even though there was lots of listening and concentrating needed. I hope that we will go back to Arataki soon.
Thursday, 28 June 2018
|walking into the bush|
|Learning about a trees life cycle.|
On Tuesday we went to Arataki visitor center.We first went on a bendy bus and me and licha sat in the front. Then we had our morning tea. Then we walked into the damp bush to learn about bugs.We saw frozen mud and heard birds chirping. We came back to the base and had lunch. After that we went into the bush again with a ranger called Stacey. We searched for bugs using a putter. the putter would suck up bugs into a jar. Then we went inside and learned about a tree's life cycle. I learned that sugar comes out of leaves! then we played a game about a tree's life cycle. Soon it was time to go.
|Using a pooter.|
Thursday, 21 June 2018
I wrote a report about molluscs. hope you like it.
Do you know what a mollusc is? You probably think that you don’t but if you want to know more read on. Today I will share with you interesting information about my favourite molluscs , the “Cornu aspersum” also known as the common snail
What is a mollusc?
A mollusc is an animal that is slimy with a soft body and has a body part called a foot. Most have a shell. They live on land and in salty or fresh water.
What animals are in the mollusc group?
There are lots of animals in the mollusc group. There are snails, slugs, octopus, squids. They all have different ways of breathing. On land they breath air. lams, oysters and muscles breath by opening and closing their mouths, ucking and breathing out the water in their bodies.
Facts about the molluscs.
There are all types of wacky facts about molluscs. Here are a few:
- There are about 150,000 types of molluscs in the world!
- There are 80,000 types of slugs and snails!
- Some people LOVE eating snails!
- Octopi can blend into their surroundings!
What does the common snail look like?
What does the common snail eat?
The snail’s diet is lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, algae and fungi. Snails have about 1,000 tiny teeth that rip the food to shreds. Some very aggressive snails and slugs may eat worms or each other!
Where do snails live?
Snails live around the world so it is not very surprising to see a snail in the desert or rainforests. Sphincterochila boissieri is a type of snail that lives in the desert and the thersites mitchellae also known as the Mitchell's rainforest snail lives in the rainforest. The white shell of the sphincterochila boissieri protects the body of the snail from the heat.
Why do we need snails?
snails are part of nature and they also break down food for worms.