Friday, 30 December 2016

Summer Learning Journey-Day 10-Week 2

Day 10 – School DaysC:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\School Diary image.jpg
After meeting with the local family yesterday you are inspired to learn more about how people live in different countries. You and your family decide to go out and visit a local market. When you’re there you meet a student who tells you all about what it’s like to go to school in their country. The student also gives you a page from their diary that shows you what a typical school day is like for them.
Here is an example of a school diary for a student from Germany.
Day 1
Day 2
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
9:30 - 9:40 a.m.
9:40 -10:25 a.m.
10:25-11:10 a.m.
11:10-11:30 p.m.
11:30 – 12:15 p.m.
Physical Education
12:15- 1:00 p.m.

Activity 1
Think about your school and what you typically do in a day. Compare it with the diary from the German student. What is similar? What is different? In your blog, tell us:
The difference is that Gbs starts school later (8:55-9:00). Also that our school doesn’t take language classes unlike the German school and we have more break time. Our break times are usually 25 minutes or 30. My class schedule usually starts off with a fifteen minute fitness. Afterwards we have a whole hour of reading. Without me explaining too much, I have our class time table of what we usually do during the day which there is a image of in the last activity.

  1. Whether you would rather go to school in New Zealand or in Germany
I would rather go School in Nz.
Why you feel that way
I feel this way because of the majority of time we get to play outside. In Germany they only require 10 minutes of break time. Also because Nz schools are offered free milk from Fonterra.

Activity 2
Think about your favourite subject at school. In your blog tell us:
  1. The name of your favourite subject
My favourite subject is Writing
  1. Why it is your favourite subject
I find that Writing helps me imagine more creatively. Also because I am quite great at writing, judging by my grades. I personally love to write narratives, persuasive texts, reports and poems.  
Bonus Activity
Once you have looked at the other school diary, it is time for you to make one of your own. What do you in a normal school day? Use the template below as a guide and post your own personal ‘Day in the Life of…’

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Credits to my teachers- Though I didn't create the time table, I admired our class time table and I wanted to share our Room 7's daily routines. 

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Summer Learning Journey-Day 9-Week 2

Day 9 – Meet my Family
Today you are going to visit a local family. The size and the composition of families vary a great deal from country to country. In places like Japan, Canada, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Germany, families are typically quite small. Most parents have 1 to 2 children and once children grow up and get married they usually live separately from their parents. This is not the case in the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Malaysia or in Chile. In these countries, the families are often larger and members of the extended family live together for most of their lives. Scroll down to ‘meet’ a typical family from Canada.
Canadian Family
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This is my family - the Williamsons. We’re a pretty typical Canadian family. When I was younger we lived in a small town (Almonte) in the province of Ontario, Canada. Approximately 5000 people live in Almonte. It is located 30 kilometres from Ottawa, the capital city of Canada.
My family is currently made up of five people. My dad, Ron, is on the left-hand side of the picture. He is married to my mom, Leslie (she’s the one in the blue dress). My parents have been married for 35 years! Together they had two children, Leigh (the one in the wedding dress) and me, Rachel. I’m the one in the black dress. In this picture my sister, Leigh, has just gotten married to her fiancée, Andrew (he’s the one in the grey suit!). This picture was taken in July 2012.
Activity 1
Now that you have met my family it is time to think about your own family. On your blog tell us about your family. How many people are in your family? Do you have any brothers or sisters? What are their names?
I have several members in my family, literally. All together there are 15 people in my family including my parents. If you haven't figured it out already, there are 13 children in my family which is including myself. I have 8 brothers, the youngest being 2 and the oldests being 16. I have 4 sisters, the youngest being 6 and the oldest girl being 19. In my family there are 2 sets of twins (Viliami and Kuea. Sione and Mateaki). All of my siblings name are Tongan, we are all named after a relative of our parents. For example, I was name after my Dad’s mum. My dad’s name is Sione Vikilani, who my older brother is named after. My mum’s name is Nolini.
Saia- 2 years old
Manu- 4 years old
Soane- 8 years old
Viliami and Kuea- 9 years old
Siosifa- 14 years old
Sione and Mateaki- 16 years old
Mele Palu- 6 years old
Telesia- 11 years old
Luisa (Me)- 12 years old
Maryanne(Meleane)- 17 years old
Lucinda- 19 years old

This photo was taken last year, after church.
Meet my family :). See if you can match the faces to their names. Good luck.

Activity 2
Some families are very large and some are very small. Some of the smallest families are found in China where parents are allowed, by law, to have only one child. This is quite different from countries like America (U.S.A.) where some families have as many as 19 or 20 children. It is rare but it does happen!
In America, there is actually a family with 19 children who have their own television show called ’19 Kids and Counting.’ All 19 children have the same two parents (Jim Bob and Michelle) and every single one of the children has a name starting with the letter ‘J.’ The oldest children is a boy named Josh and the youngest is a girl named Josie. Amazing!
If you’d like to see a small clip from the show, follow this link: 19 Kids and Counting
Imagine that you were one of the Duggar children and you had 18 brothers and sisters. What do you think it would be like to have so many sisters and brothers living with you in one house? On your blog please tell us what you would like and what you wouldn’t like about living in such a large family.
It is really great to have a big family, coming from a girl who lives with 12 kids. But there are also cons to living with such a big number of people.
Good reasons-
  1. Your siblings got you back no matter what
  2. Sooner or later, your siblings would be able to drive. Which means movies every week ;)
  3. Cleaning becomes much faster with more hands
  4. As the older kids getting jobs, there is more money to support the family
  5. It’s more fun with lots more siblings
Bad reasons
  1. Sometimes the attention could fall upon the youngest or the oldest
  2. More mess in the house
  3. More money spent on getting food, clothes, shoes for the children
  4. Anything good you receive could end up being turned over to someone or taken by your siblings
  5. The food runs out quickly. You buy 4 loaves of bread, 3 gone in one day.

Bonus Activity
Choose a family member and conduct a short interview. In the interview ask them five questions about themselves:
  1. What is your name?
  1. Where were you born?
  1. How many siblings do you have?
  1. What is your favourite thing about living in New Zealand?
“Uhm..Health care, like we get to go to the doctors for free and I think that's pretty cool. I like wealth fare for people who are struggling, people are taking care of people other than other countries”- Her own words
  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

Spain. Because of the culture, the food and their churches.

Summer Learning Journey-Day 8- Week 2

Day 8 – Sunshine and Swimming Togs
Good morning! It is Day #8 of your journey and, according to the local weather station, today is going to be cloudy and wet. Back home in New Zealand it is sunny and 28 degrees Celsius today.  It is a perfect summer day! Think about what you like to do in the summer time and complete one or more of these activities. C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\sunshine picture.jpg
Activity 1
What are your favourite things to do in the summer time? For this activity you have two different options: (1) You can take a picture of yourself doing one of your favourite summer time activities and upload it to your blog along with a description of what you’re doing or (2) you can write a paragraph that tells us about what you love doing in the summer on your blog. It is completely up to you!
During the holidays, I love to spend as much time as I can with my family. Whether it is indoors, playing on the PS4, watching movies together and playing board games. Or outdoor activities, volley ball, touch, dodge ball, storm in the heights and going to the pools, movies, beach. Anything is fine with me just as long as I get to have fun with my family and friends.
Activity 2
Ask someone in your family or one of your friends what their favourite five things are to do in the summer time. On your blog, write the title ‘Summer Activities’ and, below the title, tell us about the five things that they love to do. C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\Video Blog.jpg

Older sister- Lucinda
  1. Shopping-Going Sylvia Park to buy new clothes
  2. Beach, pools
  3. Watching movies-At the cinemas or at home
  4. Having a good 2-3 hour nap a day ;)
  5. Relaxing with family- Family outings, celebrations
Bonus Activity
Instead of taking a picture or writing to us, for this activity you are invited to make a short video blog (3-4 minutes). On the video blog please tell us about your favourite summer time activities. Upload the video to your blog. Make sure that you write a short description below the video so that people know what the video is about.
I love being indoors and outdoors, with my my family, As I said in the first Activity.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Summer Learning Journey-Day 7-Week 2

Day 7 – It’s Time for Breakfast!
You made it safely to your hotel and feel fast asleep. You’ve now woken up and are ready to start your day. Before you start, however, you need to eat some breakfast. Imagine that you and your whanau have walked out of the hotel and into a restaurant across the street. At the restaurant you are offered a traditional breakfast meal. Scroll through the examples below to see a picture of what is commonly eaten in your country for breakfast.
Germany – Brotchen (bread), cheese and salami platter
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Activity 1
Compare the picture of common breakfast foods in the country you’ve chosen with what you typically eat for breakfast here in New Zealand. I usually have a bowl of sultana bran cereal with trim milk and a cup of tea. What about you? On your blog, please tell us:
  1. What you eat for breakfast
I preferably like to eat toast with scrambled egg. I also like drink milo along with my meal. If i’m not eating toast and eggs, I eat cereals such as coco puffs, rice bubbles and fruit loops.

  1. What people in your chosen country eat for breakfast
The people of Germany prefer to mainly eat bread rolls. Bread rolls such as Brotchen (bread), with cheese and salami platter. Also with marmalade or any kind of jam, with a warm beverage.

  1. Which of the two breakfast options (your breakfast or the breakfast in the other country) you prefer. Why do you prefer it?
I prefer the German breakfast, even though I haven't tried some of the food. Though judging of the photos of the meals, I am very sure it tastes better than it looks. Also because I’m quite tired of eating the same cereals everyday.
Activity 2
Some of the most famous foods to come out of New Zealand include kiwifruit, lamb, whitebait, oysters, tuatua (shellfish), kumara, bacon and egg pie, hokey pokey ice cream, lolly cake, anzac biscuits and pavlova. Take a picture of you (or someone you know!) eating one of these famous ‘kiwi’ foods. Post the picture to your blog. Underneath the picture tell us what they are eating.

As you can see I am eating ice cream, what you might not see are the hokey pokeys in the ice cream which were hidden deeper in the ice cream.

Bonus Activity
According to numerous researchers and fitness experts, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. They argue that people who eat breakfast will have more energy, be in a better mood, be able to think more clearly, do better at school and end up healthier than people who don’t eat breakfast.
Interestingly, not everyone agrees. In fact, some people believe that breakfast is not the most important meal of the day because people often eat too much food at breakfast time, gain weight and become unhealthy. They think that it is better to skip breakfast and eat a number of small meals later in the day.
After reading the arguments presented above, what do you think? Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Why or why not?

I agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gives you the energy you need to start the day -as stated. It is better to go school or anywhere, non- cranky or grumpy just because you missed you morning breakfast.

From my experience eating breakfast really does give me the energy I need to start the day on a high note.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Summer Learning Journey-Day 6-Week 2

Day 6 – Hola!
Kia ora! G’day! Selamat! Guten Morgen! Hola! Welcome to the beautiful country of your choice. Before you leave the airport and go to your hotel, you will want to learn how to say hello in the language of your country. Look at the table below to learn basic words and phrases that you may need when you are travelling around the country.
Canada, United Kingdom, Australia
Chile, Mexico
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Thank You
Terima kasih
Do you speak English?
¿Habla usted Inglés?
Sprechen sie Englisch?
Adakah anda bercakap Bahasa Inggeris?
Eigo o hanasemasu ka?
Hal tatahaddath alanjlyzy?
Praat jy Engels?

Activity 1
Once you have read these phrases you will be ready to leave the airport and head to your hotel. Take a moment and imagine how you might feel if you were standing in the airport in a foreign country and you had to figure out how to communicate with people in a brand new language. Would you be scared? Would you feel confident? Write a short poem that describes how you might be feeling (i.e. excited, happy, scared, nervous, etc).
I’m a nervous wreck
Loads of sweat running down my neck
Trying to understand, listen to every word they say
It’s like speaking to a predator, yup i’m the prey!
Leaving a good reputation, ought to make my day
I’ll be waving delightfully, skipping screaming “YAY”
The end of my poem

Activity 2
Take a selfie that captures how you might be feeling. I think that I would most likely be feeling scared.

I would be feeling quite left out and confused. But mostly left out because I have no idea what they are saying, and I would just want to know what exactly they are saying. Also because I would want to fit in as well.
Bonus Activity
Translate the following five basic travel phrases into Spanish, German, Malaysian, Japanese, Arabic or Afrikaans. Use the Google Translate website to do the translations.
Type the English phrase into the box on the left. Choose the language that you want it translated into on the right and then click the blue ‘Translate’ button. It will translate the English word or phrase into another language. Pretty cool ‘eh?!
Good morning = Buenos días, Guten Morgen,Selamat Pagi,おはようございます,صباح الخير, Goeie more (Same order as above!)
Good bye = Adiós, Auf Wiedersehen, selamat tinggal, さようなら, وداعا, totsiens.
How much does this cost? = ¿Cuánto cuesta este?, Wie viel kostet das?, Berapa harga ini?, この費用はいくらですか?, كم سعر هذا؟,Hoeveel kos dit?
When is the next bus? = ¿Cuándo pasa el próximo autobús?, Wann fährt der nächste Bus?, Bilakah bas seterusnya?, 次のバスはいつですか?,متى ستأتي الحافلة القادمة ؟,Wanneer is die volgende bus?
Where is the nearest hospital? = ¿Dónde está el hospital más cercano?, Wo ist das nächste Krankenhaus?, Mana hospital yang terdekat?, 一番近い病院はどこですか?,أين يقع أقرب مستشفى؟,Waar is die naaste hospitaal?