Fossils

Fossils
Fossils are formed when an animal dies and falls to the ground. That’s when other animals in the world stomp all over the bones. The bones are covered in dirt, creature waste, mud and rock. The rock forms around the bone and sucks out the water from the bone. So when people find fossils they’re actually rock because the rock takes the shape of the bone.

Dinosaur Hunters
The first almost or fully complete dinosaur was the famous Ichthyosaurus. Discovered by Mary Anning and a dog that probably reminded her of her father. Then the dog disappeared because its job was done. Most people don’t think that 12 year old girl found the rare Ichthyosaurus but she did find the creature in 1812. Some people say it was her brother Joseph, not the dog, who helped her find it on the cliff of Lyme Regis.

At first Joan Wiffen found only sea creatures. In 1975 Joan Wiffen found her first land dinosaur fossil in the Mangahouanga Stream near Napier. She used it to prove there were actually dinosaurs living in New Zealand a long time ago. After several years Dr Ralph Molnar confirmed in 1980 what Joan had hoped. That she finally found a tail bone of a land dinosaur. She found a tail bone of a theropod. After a while she had more successes of finding air and land creatures. She found the following: sauropod, pterosaur and a bit of the foot from another or maybe the same theropod.

by Stella

If you want to know more about Mary Anning you could read Stone Girl Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt

If you’re in a New Zealand school you could read Level 3 School Journal, September 2012

Edmodo

Edmodo is a great way to learn.
If your teacher is sick or away you can talk with your teacher on Edmodo.
Your teacher can also ask you to do something like watch a YouTube video to show what you are learning to do in Math.
We could also get some homework (A.K.A in Room 1 as working at home*).
If students are sick or away from school for any reason they can check in to Edmodo to find out what is happening in class.
Edmodo is not like something that should be blocked in schools it should be considered a “Great Way to Learn”.

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* There’s a difference between homework and working at home. Homework is just stuff you have to do at home. Working at home is continuing with classroom learning or starting something new by yourself or with a friend because you’re interested in it or you want to do it.

Mostly by Zac (with a bit by Mr F when he was at home sick)

Cross Country

It was finally Glenview School cross country at the nearby park. On the 29th of May the whole school came together to run it.
First came the Juniors. I watched them speed around the field like a cheetah. My friend came third. Next was the middle syndicate’s turn. Mila came first she is also my friend. Then it was the year five turn. I felt scared. We warmed up. Then Miss Mau said, “line up”. Mrs McMorran had the clappers.
Clap,we were off! Feet were stamping. I was almost at the first corner where I saw Mrs Jennings. Puffing to the second corner noticing Mrs Martin . Leya whizzed to the front like a flash of lightning. I heard all the parents yelling. I was just going to slow down when Miss Pope told me to keep going. I was running like a greyhound. Speeding to Mrs Peden , she was saying, “You can do it”. I was running to do my second lap.
Speeding past all those cool teachers made me feel like I love running. I saw Kylie and Mac by my side. I was racing Kylie to the finish line. As our feet touched the line my heart was pounding like a beating drum. It was a tie! After that I got a drink. What a sporty day!

by Riley-Grace

A Very Special Frog

The Maud Island Frog. They are an endangered species.

They don’t have webbed feet, but when they swim they doggy paddle.

They lay their eggs in hollow rocks
The baby frogs don’t do the same process as other frogs do. The dad frogs look after them until they lose their tails.

They were moved in chilly bins to Motuara Island so they will have a less chance of becoming extinct. That was in 1997 and there were 300 moved.

By Paiahua

Time Lapse

After reading the Neinsteins’ blog during quad blogging we decided to try a time lapse of our own. Here’s the first …. there’ll probably be many more.