Whio live in one of the most challenging environments in the world – a fast flowing river!
They are the Central North Island white-water specialists.
They have a lip on the end of their bill to protect their bill when feeding for aquatic insects amongst the rocks.
They are perfectly camouflaged – they are blue/grey in colour and look just like a rock!
They have big webbed feet for swimming in the rapids – even day old chicks can negotiate the biggest white water – born to surf.
If you find Whio you will find a healthy river.
They can’t live in just any old waterway; they need fast-flowing water, high water quality, plants along the bank and lots of underwater insects.
Our inquiry unit is based on Ducks for Term 1 & 2. How cool that we can now study this Duck as part of our inquiry. Next week we will do some writing about the Whio Duck, be sure to come in and read your child's writing.
Miss G :)
If you would like to know more please visit the site above or you can watch this short clip.
We are learning how to - ask and answer questions.
As part of our follow up from last Fridays exposure to our natural surroundings in Wattle Downs, we were then able to generate some questions about the different types of things we saw. We set up 5 bus stop stations where we had 5 items from things we had seen or come across on our walk. We were then put into buzz groups consisting of both Room 9 and 10 students where we had cards with 6 question starters - Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. Using the items at each station, we had to come up with a question to ask about that item. We ended up with some pretty inquisitive questions, which is what inquiry learning is all about! "Who feeds the ducks at the pond?" "Why do some ducks look different to others?" "How come grass is green?" We hope that the questions and ideas that have now been generated by our students will lead us further along our inquiry process! We look forward to seeing our inquiry art develop from this!