Monday, January 8, 2018

Summer Learning Journey

Summer Learning Journey - 8/1/18 - Day 1 - Week 3

Week Three: The Post War(s)
Era (1951-1999)

Cool Kiwi Fact #4: New Zealand is one of the few countries
with two national anthems: “God Defend New Zealand,”
which was adopted in 1977 serves as the co-national anthem
alongside “God Save the Queen,” which is normally played only
when a member of the royal family is present.

Day 1: White Picket Fences (The 1950s)

In the 1950s, things settled down in New Zealand. There were
no international wars or intense, national conflicts. Many kiwis
were able to settle down, get married, buy a home and start a family.

Activity 1: Meat and Three Veg
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It was common for women in the 1950s to stay home with
their children and raise their family. They were called
‘housewives.’ Many housewives followed a simple
rule when they prepared the evening meal:
the ‘meat and three veg’ rule.
This meant that they prepared dinners that included three
different vegetables and a type of meat (eg. beef, lamb, or chicken).

On your blog tell us if you think that the ‘meat and three
veg’ rule is a good one. Do you like the rule? Would you
enjoy eating a typical 1950s dinner? Why or why not?

I would like to eat meat and three vegetables because
I like eating meat with vegetables and because I can get
fit and I’ll be slim.

Activity 2: What’s in a Name?
During the 1950s the population of New Zealand grew by
400,000 people. That is huge! In fact, so many people were
having babies that many people refer to this period in our
history as the ‘baby boom.’ Popular baby names in 1950s
New Zealand were:

Christine John
Susan David
Margaret   Peter
Judith Michael
Jennifer Robert

Read through the lists. Are these popular names in your school?
On your blog, tell us which names are currently popular in your
school. Please provide, at least, three girls’ names and three boys’
names that are popular.

When I was going to school, the name ‘Jennifer’ was the most
popular girl’s name and the name ‘Matthew’ was the most popular
boy’s name.

In my school we don’t have popular names.
Almost everyone is named different names
from their own families and cultures.  

Bonus Activity: Snail Mail
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In the 1950s, most people communicated with one another
by writing letters. According to the NZ history website,
New Zealanders sent over 200 million letters and postcards
between 1950 and 1960. That is an average of 87 letters per person!

For this activity, imagine that you are living in New Zealand
in the 1950s. Use Google Draw* to design the front of a
postcard that you could send to a friend. Try to include
elements of Kiwiana in your design (e.g. Pohutukawa trees,
Hokey Pokey ice cream, etc). Post a copy of your postcard
picture to your blog. Be sure to describe what you have drawn
on your blog beneath the picture.

*You will need to make a copy of the Google Draw
template to create your postcard.

My post card is about how paua is very special in our culture as Kiwis.
Paua shell is very rare and beautiful that everyone loves to share and
use at their houses. To the family and friends that I will be sending
this card to, they will see how important the paua is to our country.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Summer Learning Journey

Summer Learning Journey - 28/12/17 - Day 5

Day 5: Coming to an End
Activity 1: VE Day!
After six long years of fighting, World War II finally came
to an end in 1945. The entire country was ecstatic and
parties were thrown all over New Zealand to celebrate VE Day
(Victory in Europe). Imagine that you were living in New Zealand
in 1945 and you had to plan a VE day party at your house. Who
would you invite? What would you do to celebrate?

On your blog, tell us all about your (imaginary) VE party.
If it was me, I would invite all of my closest friends and
family over to my house for a big barbecue. We would
eat hamburgers and play basketball in the driveway.
Some of us would probably walk to the local beach
to play soccer on the beach and to go for a swim
(if the weather was warm enough)!

What I would do at my VE party
I would invite ally of my family, my closest friends and
my teachers over to my house to have a big feed we
are going to eat pizza, McDonald, lusipi, taro, manioke, pig
and then we'll go to a park near the beach so the little kids
can go and play on the park and the parents look after the
little ones we’ll the big kids go to the beach and swim and
well take some of the food and drinks from the feed.

Activity 2: Making a Fashion Statement
In the years following World War II, things slowly returned
to normal in New Zealand. Soldiers returned home and
settled back into regular life; and national sporting teams,
like the New Zealand cricket team, got back together and
started playing matches again. In the late 1940s, men and
women would go to watch these events, men wearing hats
and suits and women wearing dresses, hats, and gloves.
Compare the pictures of common clothing from the late
1940s to what you wear now (i.e. in 2017). Are they similar
or are they quite different?

On your blog tell us which of the two styles you prefer and
why. The pictures above were taken over 65 years ago! What
do you think people will be wearing 65 years from now?

I believe and think that people will be wearing exactly
the same clothes. This is because as I am now, looking
at the women above, some women are still wearing
them especially to work and at church too. The little
girls clothes, I have a few dresses like that that I wear. I believe that
history will repeat itself and so are our clothes style.

Bonus Activity: Sweet Tooth

When World War II ended, a number of people from Europe moved
to New Zealand looking for
a peaceful place to live and raise a family. When they came, they

including hamburgers, pizza and other delicious foods.

I usually have a chocolate chip cookie with my tea. I love biscuits!
What is your favourite sweet treat or dessert? Use google to find a recipe for it.
Type the recipe out on your blog. Make sure you also include a picture.

I chose cake pops because I like eating cake pops and because it is my favourite dessert
. I also love cake pops because you can make different shapes like hearts, christmas presents,
snowman and roses.
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  • Chocolate Cake, prepared (I used ½ of a 9x13 devils food box cake)
  • Chocolate Frosting (amount depends on moistness of cake. I used two big spoonfuls.
  • 2 boxes Premium white chocolate ( I used Baker's brand)
  • cake pop sticks
  • sprinkles

  1. Add cake to a large bowl.
  2. Crumble until it resembles fine crumbs
  3. Add in frosting a little bit at a time until cake is moist and can hold a ball shape,
yet still slightly crumbly.
  1. Use your hands to incorporate the frosting into the cake crumbs.
  2. Use a mini ice cream scoop and scoop out two balls of cake mixture.
  3. Roll the mixture into a tight ball and place on a plate.
  4. Repeat until all the cake mixture has been rolled into balls.
  5. Melt 2-4 ounces of white chocolate in the microwave.
  6. Dip the tip of the cake pop sticks into the white chocolate
and insert into the cake balls about half-way.
  1. Freeze for about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile prepare all of your decorating supplies.
  3. Melt the remaining chocolate in a large cup. Make sure you have enough chocolate to
completely submerge the cake ball.
  1. Remove cake balls from freezer.
  2. Dip cake balls carefully into the chocolate until covered.
  3. Let the excess chocolate drip off. Swirl and tap gently if needed.
  4. Add the sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet. It will harden quickly.
  5. Stick the decorated cake pop into a styrofoam block to finish setting.
  6. Place into the freezer to speed up setting time.
  7. Cover with a clear treat bag & ribbon for gift giving, if desired.
  8. Store in a single layer, in an airtight container.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Summer Learning Journey

Summer Learning Journey - 27/12/17 - Day 4

Day 4: Another World War (1939-1945)

At the end of the 1930s, the world has been shaken
once more by the start of another World War (WWII).
World War Two started on the 1st of September, 1939
when an army from Germany invaded a country called
Poland. Two days later, England and France declared war
on Germany and WWII began.

Activity 1: An Eventful Experience
WWII was made up of many battles and events.
Follow this link to read more about the timeline of WWII.

Choose two key events and find out some more
information about what happened on those days.

On your blog, write a short summary of two events, including
the names of people involved and where the event happened.

On the 3rd of September
Britain, France, New Zealand and Australia proclaimed
a battle on Germany.

Activity 2:  A Call to Arms
Over the course of WWII, approximately 140,000
New Zealanders were sent overseas to serve in the war.
Many were sent to fight in huge battles, including the
Battle of the Atlantic that lasted for 2064 days
(over 5 years)! The Battle of the Atlantic came to
an end in 1943, in large part due to the heroic
efforts of people like Lloyd Trigg, a pilot from
New Zealand. He was awarded a special medal
from the New Zealand Government for his bravery.
It is called a Victoria Cross (‘VC’ for short). A total of
22 New Zealanders have been awarded VCs.

Click on this link to find a list of VC winners. Choose
one from the Second World War, and read about him.

On your blog tell us about him. Who was he?
What did he do to earn a Victoria Cross medal?

Charles Upham is probably New Zealand’s most
famous soldier because his actions during the
Second World War led to him becoming one of
only three people and the only fighting soldier
to have won the Victoria Cross twice. Upham
earned his first VC in Crete in May 1941, and
his Bar at Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt, in July 1942.
Upham become the only New Zealand combat
officer sent to the infamous Colditz camp in 1944.

Bonus Activity: Women at Work
Both men and women served in World War II.
Many women choose to enlist as nurses and be
stationed overseas caring for wounded soldiers
. My nana was one of those nurses. She (Dorothy)
spent much of World War II working on a large Red
Cross ship that was stationed off the coast of Cairo, Egypt.   

For this activity, you are going to imagine that you are
just like Dorothy and that you are working as a nurse
on a large medical ship.

One day you are walking along the deck of the ship
when you hear a loud bang. You start to run as you
see smoke coming from the far end of the ship.
You run towards the room where your patients
are waiting to receive treatment from the doctor.
Just as you arrive at the door to their room you
hear another loud bang and you…

Complete the story provided above. To earn full points
you must write, at least, 8-10 sentences. What happens next?

I started looking at all the patients to see if they are ok and safe.
Another nurse came running to me, if I knew what was happening,
I can tell she was panicking, I had to be strong. When she smile,  
I told her I will be back. I went back outside to see what we
can do to help out the patients. I can hear people running
around and the boat is just about to sink. I called out to the
nurse to get everyone ready to be transported out.
I found lifeboats. I went back to the others and started moving
as many as we can. All of us made it out of the sinking boat that
was targeted by an enemy ship.