The Kiwi


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A record of Northcote Primary School's learning through a virtual field trip. Prepared by Helen Rennie-Younger

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The Kiwi

  1. 1. ‘ The Kiwi’ Room Three’s story Cluster Share March 2007 2006
  2. 2. A virtual field trip embedded within an integrated unit on the Kiwi
  3. 3. We shared all the things we knew about the kiwi We sorted all the facts we knew into a Y chart
  4. 4. Why do they have little wings? What do they eat ? Why do they look for food at night time ? How big are kiwi eggs ? Why do Kiwis have such long beaks ? Where do they live ? We had some question’s
  5. 5. To find answers to our questions we decided we needed to Look in books Ask ‘experts’ Look on the internet Go to the museum or the zoo
  6. 6. How big are kiwi eggs ? We decided to find answers to some of our questions
  7. 7. We used this to compared the size of the kiwi egg with things in our classroom We found a book that showed us the actual size of a kiwi egg.
  8. 8. Shea found that the egg was the size of his hand. Taiga found that the egg was the same size as a piece of mobilo.
  9. 9. We compared the kiwi egg to a hen’s egg. A Kiwi’s egg is 6 times bigger than a hen’s egg.
  10. 10. Shea thought it would be a good idea to show the size of the kiwi’s egg with play dough. Wow !
  11. 11. We looked on the internet and watched a video of an kiwi hatching from its egg.It was so interesting we watched it twice!!!!!.
  12. 12. We decided to present what we’d learnt about the size of a kiwi’s egg on our classroom wall.
  13. 13. We decided to answer another question Where do Kiwi’s live ?
  14. 14. To find the answer to our question we watched a video and …….. … looked at books
  15. 15. We found out that……………. Kiwi’s live on the forest floor Kiwi’s live in New Zealand Kiwi’s live in the forest. Where they live is called their habitat
  16. 16. burrow Leaf litter Kiwi egg We made a display of the kiwi’s habitat in our classroom
  17. 17. We also made a class Y chart which answered some of the other questions we had about the Kiwi eg what they ate and why they had a long beak
  18. 18. We found out the kiwi was endangered and we wanted to know why ?
  19. 19. We found out that the kiwi is killed by ……
  20. 20. We passed the Kiwi around and shared how we felt … mad angry sad cross
  21. 21. I feel angry when possum traps are on the forest floor I feel sad because the kiwi is getting killed I feel angry when people take their dogs into the forest I feel angry because the kiwi will be gone for good
  22. 22. We looked at an Interactive book on the Kiwi Recovery website about 006 the kiwi chick…… …… and found out that people are helping the kiwi.
  23. 23. To show how ‘006’ was helped by people who care about kiwis we organised all the photos we had of ‘006 ’
  24. 24. We put them in order from when the egg was taken from the bush to the Bird Recovery Centre…… where it hatched and ‘006’ the chick was looked after to……. when ‘006’ was released on Limestone Island a kiwi reserve
  25. 25. We looked at some other photos of people helping the Kiwi.
  26. 26. We wrote about what we saw in the photos To help the kiwi a transmitter is put on the leg to track the kiwi in the forest. They look at the egg with a torch to see if it is growing They take the egg . To fix the egg they put nail polish on it. This keeps the germs out of the egg.
  27. 28. When we ran the school assembly we shared some of the things we had learnt about the kiwi and the ways people are helping to save them.
  28. 29. We sent Perky the pukeko our Northcote Primary ambassador on a virtual field trip with Audrie the learnz teacher. Perky Audrie
  29. 30. We all got to cuddle him before he went on his trip.
  30. 31. Every day for a week we met with rooms 1 and 2 to look at the pictures and videos of Perky’s trip with Audrie
  31. 32. We saw how they marked a trail to it so they could find it when it was dark We watched them find Jack a male kiwi and his burrow
  32. 33. We watched them go back at night time and lift Jacks eggs from his burrow They wrapped the egg very carefully and put it in a box with a hot water bottle
  33. 34. We also got to see inside Jack’s burrow it was full of dry leaves and feathers.
  34. 35. The next day we saw a video of Audrie taking Jacks eggs to the Rainbow Springs hatchery in Rotorua where they candled each egg and found only one of the eggs was viable.
  35. 36. They took the photo of this kiwi that had hatched in the morning.
  36. 37. The next day they went to Warrenheip reserve, which is surrounded by a pest proof fence. The rangers caught a young kiwi called Cassidy for a health check.
  37. 38. They showed us where Cassidy’s ear opening is just behind her eye They measured her bill and weighed her.
  38. 39. Then they changed Cassidy’s transmitter to her other leg.
  39. 40. We really enjoyed watching the videos so we watched them again in our classroom.
  40. 41. Throughout the week we received emails and photos of Perky and we……..
  41. 42. sent him emails to tell him how much we enjoyed getting the daily photos and videos.
  42. 43. We decided that one way we could help the Kiwi was by raising some money for the Bank of New Zealand operation Nest Egg programme so… we drew beautiful pictures to sell
  43. 44. Every class in the Kowhai team put their art work in the hall to sell
  44. 45. Room 2 Room 7 Room 1 Room 3
  45. 46. Room 5 Room 10 Room 6
  46. 47. We raised over $350 and presented it to representatives of the BNZ kiwi recovery trust.
  47. 48. Perky returned to school on the last day of the term. We were pleased to see him back. We look forward to sending him off on another adventure next year!
  48. 49. The end