Sunday, 13 August 2017

The New Zealand Election

This week in KidsedchatNZ, we are talking about the upcoming New Zealand election. 
New Zealand's next general election is taking place on 23 September. 

Have you been learning about what it is and how it all happens at your school? We are looking forward to hearing all about your learning.

Q1: What is an election? What type of election do we have in New Zealand?

Q:2 Why do we have elections in New Zealand?

Q3: What happens during an election?

Q4: What do you think would happen if we did not have elections and people did not vote?

Q5: Who is the Prime Minister of New Zealand? How did he become the prime minister?

Q6: Why do you think it is important that people vote in elections?

Q7: If you became Prime Minister what is the first thing you would change?

Q8: How do you think our government can make New Zealand ‘more awesome’ like the Kid President?

Q9: What do you think the Prime Minister’s main job is during the day?

Q10: Even though you can’t vote what are some ways we can make sure our voices get heard?

Looking forward to reading your opinions on Wednesday.

See you then!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Native New Zealand Animals

This week we are looking at Persuasive Writing and sharing an opinion
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The Māui dolphin
One of the world's smallest and rarest dolphins. An endemic sub-species closely related to the Hector's dolphin, it is now found only in the shallow coastal waters off the west coast of the North Island. In 2012, it was estimated that between 48 and 69 mature animals remained.

Opinion, Facts and Thoughts

  1. What are some native animals to New Zealand that are in threat of extinction?
  2. How do we protect and look after our native animals in NZ?
  3. Where are you most likely to see New Zealand’s native animals?
  4. Many people believe that to save animals from extinction they should be bred in zoos? Do you agree/disagree with this statement and give one reason why.
  5. When zoo bred animals are released back into the wild there can be serious problems. What might some of these problems be?
  6. Zoos are …...a life sentence for animals. What do you think this means?
  7. Why do you think animals in the wild die before they reach maturity?
  8. ...the only way to save our endangered animals is to study and protect their habitat. Why?
  9. Should we have zoos or wildlife parks? Why?
  10. If you could chose one animal to study what would it be and why?

See you all on Wednesday at 2pm.