Monday, 24 December 2018

Week 3 Up, Up, and Away Day: 5

DAY 5: Here to Stay

Activity 1: Persistent Pollution [4 points]
In 2016, the World Health Organisation announced that Timaru, a small town in the South Island of New Zealand, had the highest recorded levels of air pollution in New Zealand. Some of this pollution was caused by natural events (eg. fires) but most of it was produced (made) by humans.
Watch this short video on air pollution. It will tell you more about natural and human causes of pollution.
On your blog, share three new things that you learned about air pollution from this video.

  1. If air pollution continues the earth will get hotter and instead of the suns heat go back it is coming in when air pollution continues on and on.
  2. Air pollution can cause poeple to lead to death especially the people that its havong hard time to with their breathing.
  3.  When are pollution is being released green house gases can make the earth hotter and when it gets hotter ice will melt when ice melt when ice melt the sea levels go higher which can make floods.
Activity 2: Changing Climates [4 points]

Over the past decade, the climate in New Zealand (and around the world) has been changing. In fact, the climate has been getting warmer and warmer. While many of us like warm weather, climate change is not good news. Higher temperatures can cause glaciers to melt (leading to flooding) and increase the amount of rain that falls.
Here in New Zealand, we have noticed the change. In fact, we sometimes have torrential (huge) rain storms causing flooding, landslides and road closures. When it starts to rain really hard, Aronui and I usually hide out in our lounge and play games like Yahtzee, Monopoly and Uno. If it rains all day, we will also spend some time reading, watching movies and baking.
What about you? What do you like to do on a rainy day?  
On your blog, tell us about five things that you like to do when it is too rainy to go outside..

  1. A paper plane competitions.
  2. When it rains we could play indoor games like monopoly.
  3. Play on your Chromebook.
  4. Do some work or things you need to finish off.
  5. When it rains people could just draw or read or write then calm down and relax.
Activity 3: Let It Rain [10 points]
Over the past few decades, we have seen an increase in the amount of rain that falls here in New Zealand. We are lucky, however, that most of the rain that falls is regular rainwater and not polluted acid rain. Acid rain is rain that has bad chemicals (pollutants) in it. When acid rain hits the ground it can enter the water system, killing plants and animals. Click here to learn more about acid rain.

Let’s imagine that New Zealand was hit by a massive acid rain storm. Acidic rain fell for three days and three nights. When the rain fell, you stayed inside with your friends and family. When it stopped, however, you and your family decided to go for a walk outside. You opened the door and...

On your blog, write a short story about what happened when you opened the door and walked outside after the acid rain storm. To earn full points, you must write a story that is 8 – 10 sentences long.

There was a big acid storm and the news didn't even warn us that it was coming. but they only said one thing " The acid rain will last for 3 days" every one in our family freaked out. most of them were hiding under the bed some under the table and some under chair. when we were looking outside we saw green liquid outside. Then I said it looks green and burning every thing " Watch out you might get burned close the blinds" said my mum. Day 1 and the storm is still going we had breakfast but no power so then we made a fire in the living room. When we had breakfast we played games inside then we heard a loud thunder and everyone jumped and then ran where they were the last time. It was 12.45pm and the rain still carried on and then I said " The news was right it feels long". So then I ran into my room and started to think about what might happen after we look out side then questions came up to my head. What might happen to New Zealand, Will their be any more power but I was just thinking did some people survive this acid rain and then I went to sleep. Day 2 I woke up around 9.30am and looked outside the acid rain was going a little bit slower and then I just notice that it was he second day and I said "I feet happy when it will end after tomorrow I just wanna play outside ". When we had breakfast but the last one we could have because their was not fire wood and when there was no fire would every one was hungry because most of the food are frozen so we had no choice but to eat the last packets of chip in the cupboard. we ate the chips everyone was full when we saw the rain getting slower we started to play games till night time. Then we all went to sleep. It was the 3rd day I saw the rain getting even slower then we had no breakfast this time and everyone agreed with mum. So when the the rain was getting even slower everyone was very excited to get ready to go outside. So we did the same as last time we played games till night board games to. When I woke up the rain was over I opened the door I see every thing melted like our car, trees had no leaves and bushes had no leaves too. I was shocked and that was one of the most horrifying moments of my life.


  1. Nice work mathew I liked the story that you made about the acid storm so horrifying

  2. Hi Matthew,

    I'm Leslie and I'm a member of the Summer Learning Journey team, reading your blog from home in Canada. It's amazing that I can be a part of your summer program while living on the other side of the planet, isn't it?!

    I admire all of the work you're doing on the activities in the Summer Learning Journey program. Well done you!
    You're doing a very good job of reading the assignments and giving just the kind of responses that are asked for. Excellent work!

    You have good ideas as to what one can do when it's raining outside. Reading and playing games are 2 good alternatives to being outside. Mind you, I always go for a walk no matter what the weather is like. I have an Australian Shepherd dog and she has to be walked several times each day. I just love being outside with her!

    Your story about living through an acid rain storm is very gripping. It would be quite scary to experience something like that, wouldn't it?! I hope you never do!!!

    I'll look forward to reading more of your blog postings.
    Keep up your good work!!