Friday, 27 June 2014

The Vege Car: Reading activities for Week 8, Term 2, 2014


The Vege Car by Peter Stevens
WALT: Use inferencing strategy to find answers to questions based on the text.
Success Criteria: I know I have used the inferencing strategy when I have done the following to look for an answer:
*look for clues around the text,
*re-read the text,
* sound out the question and look for key words in the question, *discuss with a buddy.
* form a picture of the question and then try and answer it.
* read on while looking for the correct answer.

Activity 1 - Reading Response
Read this article and then answer the questions based on the text.
1. Why did James Nui decide to build a car that didn’t use petrol?
James nui decided to build a car that didn’t use petrol because he wanted to protest against the war in Iraq and to save money.
2. What are some of the dangers caused by the nasty gases that come out of the
cars that use petrol?
Some of the dangers caused by the nasty gases that come out of the cars that use petrol is that it emits nasty chemicals into the earth that could cause illnesses.
3. How did James Nui prove that his Vege car was as good as any other car?
James nui proved that his Vege car was as good as any car by driving from one end of the country to the other.
4. If you decided to get more information on the Vege car, what would you do?
If I got more information on the vege car, I might buy one.
5. Where were James Nui and James iti when they got a speeding ticket?
James Nui and James Iti were somewhere in between Christchurch and Blenheim.
Activity 2 - Vocabulary
Write down the meanings of these words and then make sentences with these words.

1. working  - the action of doing work.
2. surprised - something unexpected.
3. opinion - a view or judgement formed about something.
4. important - of great significance or value.
5. grumbling - complain or protest about something in a bad tempered but typically muted way.
6. vegetable - a plant or part of a plant used as food, that is healthy.
7. natural - existing in or caused by nature, not made or caused by mankind.
8. reliable - consistently good in quality or performance and is able to be trusted.
9. interested - showing curiosity or concern about something or someone.
10. different - not the as another or each other.

Activity 3 - Article Review
Write an article review for this article and take a screenshot of a picture from the article and put it up on your Blog after it has been checked by your teacher.

Article Review:

This article is about a man named James Nui. He made his car environment friendly by changing his oil from toxic gases to vegetable oil, and it was also recyclable. He also did that to protest against the war in Iraq. Then him and his eldest son, James Iti proved people that the car that went on vegetable oil could actually work by driving from one end of the country to another. They even stopped at the Parliament house in Wellington.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014


Pollution is when people litter instead of throwing their rubbish into the bin. There are three types of pollution: Land, Air and sea pollution. These are all bad for the environment.

Air pollution is when mufflers on the back of vehicles emit smoke that is bad for the environment and human beings. The smoke is gas and gas has chemicals in it.

Land pollution is when we litter on the ground, and other people have to pick it up.

Sea pollution is similar pollution. People litter, and when it rains, the rubbish gets into the drains that leads to the sea, and the rubbish eventually ends up into the sea, killing all of the marine life in the sea.

Sea pollution can also be caused by boats that use diesel or gases that have chemicals in them that also kill the marine life.

Pollution is bad for people and animals.

Monday, 9 June 2014

The Water Cycle

The Water Cycle
This is what happens in the water cycle.
Heat from the sun causes water on earth ( in oceans, lakes etc) to evaporate ( turn from liquid into gas) and rise into the sky. This water vapour collects in the sky in the form of clouds. This process is called evaporation.

As water vapour in the sky cools down, it becomes water again. This process is called condensation.

Water falls from the sky in the form of rain, snow, hail or sleet. This process is called precipitation.

Oceans and lakes collect the water that has fallen. Water evaporates back into the air and the cycle continues.

This is the link where I got the information from: