Friday, February 9, 2018

Simple Magic Trick Instuctions

During our swimming rotations we learnt a string game or magic trick. We got to create a video explaining how to do it.


Monday, September 18, 2017

How Māui brought fire to the world

One evening Māui lay by the fire after consuming a big dinner and stared into the flames. As he watched them flicker he thought, “I wonder where fire comes from?”.

Māui, being curious as he was, decided that he had to find out. At the dead of night, when everyone was asleep, he went round all of the villages pouring water on all of the fires until there were none left burning. He returned to his whare and waited until morning.

The village was very noisy the next morning.

“How are we going to be able to cook our breakfast without fire?!” cried an anxious mother.

“How are we supposed to keep warm every night?” yelled someone else.

“We will never be able to survive without any fire!” All of the villagers were saying to one another.

Some people were extremely scared. They asked Taranga, their rangatira, to solve the problem for them.

“Someone must travel and visit the goddess Mahuika to ask her to give us some fire.” answered Taranga.

Not one person in the whole village wanted to be the one to go and visit the great goddess, for they had all heard about the burning hot mountain in which she lived. None, that is, apart from the curious Māui. He offered to go and visit Mahuika, secretly joyous that his cunning plan had worked out in the end.

Taranga warned Māui to take extreme care, and that even though he was a relative of Mahuika, she would still not be nice to him if he tried to trick her.

“I will find the great ancestress Mahuika and return fire to the world. I promise.” Māui told his mother.

Māui made his way to the burning mountain, to the end of the planet using the instructions given to him by his mother and found himself face to face with the extremely hot mountain of Mahuika. At the bottom of the volcano like mountain, he found the entrance to a cave. Before Māui stepped into the cave, he whispered to himself a special karakia, for protection against what was coming. But not even that could prepare him for what he saw when he entered the rare mountain.

“Who is this person that enters my home!?”

When Māui had pulled up enough of his courage to speak, he told Mahuika that he was Māui, Taranga’s son.

“Ha! The son of Taranga?” replied Mahuika.

“Yes, I am Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga, the last born.” continued Māui.

Mahuika finally asked “So why did you come and find me Māui?”

Māui replied that there were no fires left in the world and that he had come because he needed fire. Mahuika listened carefully to his tale, and when he had finished she laughed. Then she took one of her flame fingernails off her finger and gave it to him, telling him also to honour it as they honoured her.

With another act of curiosity, as he walked along he wondered what would happen if Mahuika had no more fire? He decided to walk back to her cave and find out.

“I slipped and fell.” explained Māui. “May I have one more please?”

Mahuika was feeling generous. She hadn’t spoken to anyone in quite some while, and she was fond of Māui. She happily gave Māui another fingernail.

But as soon as Māui got outside he put that flame out to and walked back to the cave with another excuse.

“When I was walking across the creek, a fish jumped out to show off, and water splashed onto the fire and put it out.” he explained again.

Mahuika gave Māui yet another nail, not noticing that Māui was playing a trick on her.

This kept happening for most of the day, until Mahuika had no fingernails left, and had given away her toenails too. When Māui came back asking for another flame, she was absolutely furious. She figured out that Māui had been tricking her and flung her hot toenail to the ground.
In a flash, Māui was surrounded by burning flames, and dashed out of the cave.

Māui changed himself into a hawk and flew into the sky, but there was no escape from the big wall of flames. They came so high that they burned the bottom of his wings, turning them a brilliant, bright glowing red.

Māui dipped towards the river, hoping to get away from the heat of the flames, but because it was so intense, the water started to boil.

As Māui began to get desperate, he called to Tāwhirimātea to come and help him, “Tāwhirimātea, atua o ngā hau e whā, āwhinatia mai. Tāwhirimātea, god of the weather, please help me!”

Suddenly, a great amount of clouds appeared in the sky and a great amount of rain poured down on him. The burning mountain of Mahuika was no longer burning.

Even though Mahuika had lost lots of her power, she was not going to give up that easily. She got her very last toenail and threw it furiously at Māui. It missed him and sailed up into the air and landed into a trees behind him. It planted itself in the Mahoe, the Tōtara, the Patete, the Pukatea, and the Kaikōmako trees. The trees honoured and held the flame of Mahuika like it was a gift.

When Māui returned back to the village with the fire, but not in the way that everyone expected. He brought back some of the dry wood of the Kaikōmako tree. Māui showed them how to rub the sticks together to create the fire. The rest of the villagers were happy to be able to cook and have the warmth of their fires once again.

Māui had helped his curiosity in finding the start of fire, although he nearly paid the worst price of all to do it. To this very day, the Kahu, the native hawk of New Zealand, still has the red burned tips on the bottom of his feathers, a reminder of how Māui risked his life to feed his curiosity and bring back fire to us all.

This is the story of how Māui brought fire back to the world.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Storyboard: How did we get water?

This week we have done story boards. We had the choice of three different topics but my group chose this one. We had to take pictures of ourselves for six different scenes in the story. We were allowed too make it a little like a comic strip and make it like they are  saying things. It was also fun playing with the brightness to make it more like in the actual story, especially with the first picture.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

This week we have been doing measurement for maths and this is what I did for one of our activities.

Tragedy at Sea

This was my weeks reading activities. The book was about a type of dolphins related to Hector's dolphin called the Maui's dolphin.

Why is water important?

Why is Wai Important?
There are many different ways that the inhabitants of this world use water, although not everyone knows about all of them. Here are some that you will know, as well as some that maybe you don't know, but I am going to tell you about anyway because all of them are important.

The first thing we use water for (and possibly the most important thing) we need it to stay hydrated. If we don't drink enough water then we will only survive for about three days, depending on what you are like. It can make us very sick if we drink it and it is polluted, which is why we need to keep it clean and fresh. Another thing we use it for is washing. We wash cars, clothes, dishes, and even ourselves! All of these things together use a lot of water, probably more than half of what most of us use.

Not only do we need it to drink and wash with, so do animals. They can also get sick if they drink polluted water, but if they don't drink water at all they will become dehydrated, even though some animals can survive a very, very long time without water. So when you think about it, animals are a lot like us, with the way they all need water to survive and stay healthy just like we need to do.

Other living things that need water are plants. It gets to the leaves and flowers through their roots from the nutrients in the soil. This is also quite important because we get a lot of our food from plants and although we can survive longer without food than we can without water, we still need it at some stage. Also, we need them to breathe. They breathe in carbon dioxide and out oxygen, while we do the other way around, breathing in oxygen and out carbon dioxide, which means that we help each other live.

So water really is important, even though some people may just take it for granted. We have to understand that water is being polluted because of rubbish and that if this keeps happening there will be no fresh water left to drink and wash with. So please, stop polluting our water because it is very important for us and all the living things on planet Earth.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Limerick Poems

This week we have been doing Limerick poems and I decided to do them about different bodies of water.