Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Inquiry Rotation: Environment: Fresh Water Ecosystems

In our first ever Inquiry Rotations we studied Fresh Water Ecosystems. Later on, we had to research 'What is a freshwater ecosystem?' We had to use subheadings to find the most accurate descriptions. We used partners for that (my partner was Risa) but for the explanation at the end we had to do it on our own. As well as that, some of our classmates commented some feedback. Here is the result:

WHAT ARE FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS?

Risa, Nikita


What do they include?

Freshwater Ecosystems are areas that have no salt unlike saltwater ecosystems like oceans and seas. Bodies of freshwater include lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and wetlands (marshes, swamps and bogs). The largest lake in New Zealand is Lake Taupo stretching to an incredible 616 km2. Freshwater Ecosystems cover roughly 20% of the Earth and are in various locations spread all over the world.



Characteristics

Some characteristics of a freshwater environment are that the water has a minimum amount of salt making it safe to drink and use in our everyday lives. Most Freshwater biomes consists of moving water and contains many types of fish.



Plants

Plants are a big part of freshwater ecosystems. One of the big things plants need to have are strong roots as they live quite close to the strong current and need to hold down on the soil so that they don’t get washed away. Plants have learnt to adapt to this environment. Some Freshwater Biome Plants include Water Lilies, Algae and duckweed. These types of plants float on the surface. As well as that, there are many plants located on the shoreline of many freshwater ecosystems.



Animals

As well as plants there are multitudes of animals located in the freshwater ecosystems. These animals have/had to learn to adapt to the harsh environment. There are two types of animals living in a freshwater environment. Lake animals and land animals. Some lake animals include plankton, crayfish, snails etc.

Humans

Freshwater ecosystems are as important to humans as they are to animals or plants. We use freshwater in a multiple of ways. We use it to drink, for cooking, we even use fresh water to clean ourselves. Without fresh water, we would probably not be here. Pollution and Industrial Dumping from humans contaminate freshwater ecosystems.


WHAT ARE FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS?

A Freshwater Ecosystem is an area of water that has minimal amounts of salt unlike saltwater environments like oceans and seas, making it safe and reliable to drink and use in our everyday lives. Most freshwater biomes consists of moving water and contains many types of fish. Did you know that freshwater environments cover roughly 20% of the Earth and are in various locations all around the world? There are lots of bodies of freshwater such as lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, wetlands (marshes, swamps, bogs) etc. One of the largest lakes in New Zealand is Lake Taupo, stretching to an incredible 616 km2 and the deepest lake is Lake Hauroko with 462m deep. New Zealand has some amazing fresh water features.

Freshwater Ecosystems affect plants and animals just as much as they affect us. They are a big part of freshwater environments. There are many things that they need so they can adapt to the environment. For example, plants need to have very strong roots as they live quite close to the strong current and need to hold down on the soil so that they don’t get washed away. Some plants include water lilies, algae and duckweed. These types of plants float on the surface. There are also many types of plants on the shoreline of the water. As well as plants, there are multiple animals living in freshwater ecosystems. These animals have had to adapt to the harsh environment. Did you know that there are two types of animals living in freshwater environments, Lake Animals and Land Animals? Some Lake Animals include plankton, snails, crayfish etc. while some Land Animals include frogs, turtles etc. As you can see Freshwater Ecosystems have an abundance of plants and animals.


Humans are also deeply affected by Freshwater Ecosystems. Freshwater is human’s No. 1 source. We use it for drinking, cooking and even cleaning. Freshwater Ecosystems benefit us greatly but we’re polluting them. Rubbish, Industrial Dumping among many other problems are reducing the amount of freshwater environments. We could not live without freshwater yet we’re doing nothing to stop the pollution.

Overall, Freshwater Ecosystems are areas of freshwater. They have minimal amounts of salt making it safe to use in our everyday lives. Many humans, plants and animals benefit greatly from them.

I like they way you added lots of detail in your writing. Your next step is to summarise it better - Dawn

Tino Pai Nikita! I liked the way you added in a lot of detail and information into your explanation. Next time maybe you could add in some other reasons on what humans do to freshwater biomes. Ka Rawe! – Rhea

REFLECTION: I liked the way I used lots of detail and information in my explanation and that instead of researching all over again, I used initiative to use the information I already had. My next step is to summarise and use only key information so that I don't overload my work.



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Inquiry Rotation: Environment: Rainforest

For our fifth Inquiry Rotation, we had to get into partners to do a Cause and Effect Map and Causal Explanation for the claim: What would happen if there was significantly less rain in the rainforest?' Our Inquiry Rotations are based on the environment. Rhea and I partnered up to make this map. Enjoy!




REFLECTION: I liked the way we came up with lots of detail and information for our map. Our next step is to probably word our Causal Explanation a bit better.

Meet My Friend: Tundra

For writing we had to pair up. I paired up with Kevin. We had to choose and environment and describe it like a person using hyperboles and personification. The environment we chose is the Tundra. Here is the result:

TUNDRA

Hey! My friend Tundra is coming over soon. Do you want to know more about her? She prefers the cold over the heat and she tends to stay away from my hot - tempered friend: Beach. She has a very cool, calm and calculating personality, that is until you provoke her by aggravating the youngsters that she babysits. Some of them, like Arctic Hare, are particularly sensitive. She tries assiduously to be nice to new visitors but they can tell that she’s very frosty underneath.

As tough as she may seem, she is very erratic. One minute, she’s emotional and cries buckets and the next minute, she’s composed. She has an amazing poker face. Tundra has always had something against Forest because of her affection for trees.

She is not an ideal person to mess with but don’t worry she’ll like you!

REFLECTION: I liked the way we used lots of detail and stuck to the actual task by describing the environment like an actual person. Our next step is to make sure we use the correct punctuation as we forgot quite a few commas.

'Where Can You Find Tundra?' Wonderopolis Article, READING TASK

For Reading, we had to use one of the Hot Solo Map (preferably a high-thinking one) for the Wonderopolis Article 'Where Can You Find Tundra?' We had to do that article as it ties in with our Inquiry Topic: The Environment. I chose to do an Extended Abstract Map as it is a high-thinking map which will allow me to go deeper into my learning. This is my Evaluate Map and Evaluation.




REFLECTION: I liked the way I used lots of information and detail to explain the article. My next step is to summarise and tie it all together in a neat finish.

RE-CRAFTED WRITING

W.A.L.T Re-craft using spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, language features etc.

Mrs. Ritchie came in to help us with our re-crafting. We had to choose a piece that could use some work and re-craft it to make it better. I chose this piece that I wrote for Room 2's 3:15 Challenge. The Highlighted version is the version I re-crafted. We had to highlight the bits we changed. HERE IS THE RESULT:

Creeping through the dusty, forgotten tomb, the two boys made their way to the shining, mysterious light. Closer and closer they ran until they made out a distant silhouette. Cautious yet curious they walked hesitantly. ‘What could it be?’ Suddenly they saw it. Forgetting everything they start walking faster. A globe, but not any type of globe. This one had a magical feel to it. It almost made them forget everything. Reaching out to touch the globe their hand passes through it. ‘Could this be for real?’ As they turn back they suddenly notice their path is blocked. They’re stuck in this abyss with only each other and the suspicious, magic globe for company. They wonder for a minute. Why was this globe here and not in a museum?


Through the forgotten tomb, the two boys made their way to the luminous and cryptic light. One, two, three. They scrambled through the ash black darkness until they made out a distant silhouette. Walking hesitantly; the walls of the canyon hugged their bodies, clinging to their warmth.

The iridescent light was approaching. It was hypnotising and made them forget almost everything.The conflagrant glow was almost blinding. It was like a glimmer of hope. Reaching out to hold the ball of light, their hands passed through.
‘Could this be for real?’ They turn back, suddenly sensing something wasn't right and swiftly notice their path is blocked. They’re stuck in this endless abyss with only each other and a suspicious glow for company.

‘What could it be?’

REFLECTION: I liked the way I re-crafted my work to the best of my ability. I think my next step is to see what to change and what to keep the same instead of re-crafting everything.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Inquiry Rotation: Environment: Coniferous Forest

For our third Inquiry Rotation, we had to get into partners to find information for our subtitles. Our subtitles revolved around our main topic: Coniferous Forest. Our Inquiry Rotations are based on the environment. Skye and I partnered up again to make this doc. Enjoy!

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-Cold - You can see the snow on the mountains
-Mountainous - You can see lots of mountains in the back
-Vast - Forest stretches for miles


WHAT IS A CONIFER TREE?:

A Conifer Tree is typically an Evergreen Tree. They are also called Pine Trees. What makes them different, is that it never loses its colour. It grows cones and doesn’t have actual leaves. They have needles.


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CONIFEROUS FOREST - FOOD CHAIN/ WEB

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CONIFEROUS FOREST WEATHER:

Precipitation is what falls from the sky. It is made up of water, such as rain, hail or snow. Weather in coniferous forests varies from 300 - 900 mm annually, with some coniferous forests receiving up to 2,000 mm.  The amount of precipitation depends on the forest's location.  In the northern forests, the winters are long, cold and dry, while the short Summers are moderately warm and moist.  

SUMMER IN CONIFEROUS FOREST:

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WINTER IN CONIFEROUS IMAGES:

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CAUSE AND EFFECT
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE TEMPERATURE NEVER CHANGED IN A CONIFEROUS FOREST?:

IF WINTER NEVER CHANGED:

- Plants wouldn’t grow leading to plant eaters/Herbivores/Prey dying out which would lead to predators dying out.
- Most species would die out
- Grizzly Bears and other animals who hibernate through Winter would never wake up and would get massively hungry which would lead them to dying out.
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REFLECTION: I liked the way we improved from our last Inquiry Rotation by adding lots of detail. I still think we need to learn to co-operate more and share the tasks but we definitely have done better from last time.

Inquiry Rotation: Environment: Tundra

For our second Inquiry Rotation, we had to get into partners to find information for our subtitles. Our subtitles revolved around our main topic: The Tundra. Our Inquiry Rotations are based on the environment. Skye and I partnered up to make this slide. Enjoy!




REFLECTION: I liked the way that we found the information and even if the odds were against us to finish, we finished. Our next step is to add more detail and to co-operate more.