Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Term 1 Week 8 - Minibeasts that fly.....the ladybird

This week in Room 3 we have been learning about the ladybird, also known as the ladybug beetle.
We found out what they look like, what they eat and how they move, as well as some other interesting facts!
Did you know?....
* that not all ladybirds have spots? Some have stripes and some don't have any markings at all!
* that the most common ladybird has seven spots. Three on each side and one in the middle.
* that ladybirds are the colour they are to stop them from being eaten by predators. Their red or sometimes orange bodies tells predators to stay away, "I taste terrible". They can also 'play dead' to stop themselves being eaten.
* that ladybirds live in forests, cities, grasslands and alongside rivers.
* that they hibernate from autumn to spring. As the weather gets colder they hide away to sleep until the warmer weather comes again in spring.
* that ladybirds are farmers' best friends because they love to eat green fly (aphids) which otherwise would eat all the farmers' crops. One ladybird can eat up to 5000 aphids in its lifetime - yum!
* that ladybirds cannot chew up and down like us, but they have to chew from side to side.
* that ladybirds can smell with their feet and antennae!
* that as they get older, the ladybird's spots fade.....just like our hair goes grey as we get older.
* that ladybirds fly....extremely fast. They can flap their wings more than 85 times EACH second - speedy!

We used what we had learned to make ladybird fact books.

These are some examples of what we wrote:
A ladybug was in my garden and it has three legs on each side - Mehek

A ladybug has seven spots. It is red - Levi C

I am holding a ladybug. It is red and black - Ansu

Ladybirds eat greenfly. They chew from side to side - Levi G

Ladybirds eat greenfly. Farmers love them because greenfly eat plants - Connor

I like the way that it moves its legs and its wings and it moves its wings again and again. It looks like it has six spots and is it red - Alaynah

I found a ladybird in my garden. It has antennae. The ladybird looks like a beetle. It has six legs - Ember

We also finished off our minibeast masks from last week and flew into the garden to take a look. Have a peek below...

Friday, 17 March 2017

Term 1 week 7 - Minibeasts

At the end of last week we went onto the school field to set some minibeast traps

Unfortunately they got taken down during the weekend....but never fear! We found more minibeasts in the compost bin by the school garden :).

Mrs Law collected some of them up for us to have a closer look at. WOW! There were black, shiny beetles, earwigs that ran away to hide under the bits of soil, wiggly worms and LOTS of ants! 
We used this experience in our writing this week - trying to think of great describing words (adjectives) to make our stories more interesting. 

We then made some minibeast masks - bees, ladybirds and butterflies. Have a look at our blog next week to see the finished products!

At the start of the week it looked like autumn had really kicked in, but we were so lucky on Friday with blue skies and sunshine! To celebrate we joined Rooms 4 and 5 in a massive water fight! It was great fun and certainly helped us cool off :). 

Term 1 week 6 - Visit to Eastgate Library

We love getting out and about in Room 3. This week we headed across the road to the library where we had lots of stories read to us by the librarian and were shown where different kinds of books are kept.
Did you know you can get a FREE Library Card for any public library in Christchurch? With this, you can borrow up to 30 books, CDs or DVDs. They even have toys you can play with when you are there too. All you need to do is fill in the form at the library and they will give you a card....simple!

Term 1 Week 5 - Linwood Ave is a Duffy School!

Linwood Avenue is a Duffy School. This means that we are very fortunate to be given free, various books throughout the year. We get to keep these and enjoy them at home with our whanau.  We also get to meet various actors when they come and perform plays as part of the Duffy Theatre, and meet great role models when they come to talk to us at Duffy Role Model Assemblies.

On Friday, the Theatre group came to perform a play about the importance of reading and what happens if we mix things up.

Here are a few photos...

Have a look at what else Duffy in Schools does here.