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My First Day of School.
This is one of my first days at school with my brother in our hut.
this is my first year at school with my buddy lamb

Maginot Line

Directions: Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow. Refer to the text to check your answers when appropriate.

The Maginot Line was one of the largest military structures ever built, second only to the Great Wall of China. It was a series of bunkers, forts, turrets, and obstacles that spanned more than 450 miles of France's border with Germany. Built between 1930 and 1940, it was one of the world's most impressive forts, yet it proved to be almost useless.

The Maginot Line was named after the man who argued for its construction, French Minister of War Andr Maginot.  Andr Maginot had fought with the French against the Germans in the First World War. Much of this conflict took place along the Western Front, which was a line of trenches across which the two sides faced one another.  Both sides dug in deep and each lost many men over little ground. Conditions were horrid for all and there was a stalemate for many years as neither side was able to move the other.

Maginot never forgot these awful conditions. He wanted to build a line of defenses that would give the French an advantage in a similar conflict. He feared, rightfully so, that the Germans would attack France again. Germany's population nearly doubled France's. The line of defenses that Maginot pictured would allow a smaller French army to hold off a larger German force. In 1929, Maginot convinced the French Parliament to fund his vision.

Though calling it a line makes it seem thin, the Maginot Line was in fact quite deep. It was fifteen miles wide at some points and varied in structure. There were outposts disguised as houses. These were manned by troops and rigged with explosives. There were antitank rails and obstacles. These were planted in the ground to prevent tanks and trucks from passing. There were bunkers armed with mounted machine guns and anti-tank guns. These were for pushing back attackers. And there were many large and small fortresses along the line. Each had mess halls, lots of supplies, and air conditioning. The Maginot line would give the French a supreme edge in the case of a head-on invasion by the Germans.
Unfortunately for the French, the Germans did not attack head-on. They positioned a decoy army in front of the line to distract the French. While the French waited, the Germans snuck a larger force through Belgium. Belgium is France's northeastern neighbor. The French did have some defenses along their border with Belgium, but this part of the Maginot line was weak. The Germans made quick work of these defenses. Within five days of their initial attack they were well into France.

Once they were in France, the Germans attempted to seize the main forts along the Maginot Line. They were not successful. The forts had proved to be strong, but they failed to hold back the Germans. The Germans had taken Paris, France's capital city. Soon after the French commander ordered his men to stand down. He commanded the French defenders to leave their bases along the Maginot Line. These soldiers were then taken to POW camps.

While the Maginot Line did not work in the way that the French had hoped, they did benefit by having built it. Belgium and England were strong allies. England had pledged to protect Belgium. Belgium declared itself a neutral country, one which wanted to stay out of wars. When Germany invaded Belgium to bypass the Maginot Line, they violated Belgium's neutrality. This led to England entering the war sooner.

Though the Maginot Line is no longer used militarily, many of the buildings remain. Some of the forts are now wine cellars or mushroom farms. One was turned into a disco club. Today the Maginot Line is often used as a metaphor. People may refer to a failed project in which someone placed a lot of hope as a Maginot Line. Also, the Maginot Line lives on as the best-known symbol of the common saying that "generals always fight the last war."

1. Which of the following statements is true? 
a. The Maginot Line provided absolutely no benefit to the French.
b. The Maginot Line is still used by the French army today.
c. Maginot's experiences during WWI led to his support for the line.
d. The French were betrayed by the Belgians during World War II.

2. Which best expresses the author's purpose in writing the fourth paragraph? 
a. To persuade readers that the Maginot Line was not at all thin.
b. To inform readers of the types of defenses along the Maginot Line.
c. To describe what the inside of the Maginot Line looked like.
d. To compare and contrast defenses along the Maginot Line.

3. Which best describes the weakness of the Maginot Line? 
a. It was built from cheap material and could not resist attack.
b. Poor screening let spies take control of the forts from within.
c. The line was not fortified along France's border with Belgium.
d. The French underestimated the power of newer German tanks.

4. Which of the following is a false statement? 
a. Andr� Maginot fought against the French in the First World War.
b. Andr� Maginot served as the Minister of War for France.
c.  The Maginot Line is named after Andr� Maginot.
d.  After WWI, Andr� Maginot believed that Germany would attack France again.

5. Which best explains why Andr� Maginot wanted to build up France's defense rather than their offense? 
a. After WWI, France and Germany became history's greatest allies.
b. France needed protection from the Germans and the hostile Belgians.
c. Maginot feared that French commanders might invade Germany if they had the power.
d. France had far fewer people than Germany and needed to save manpower.

6. Which best defines the meaning of the word stalemate as it is used in the second paragraph? 
a. When troops lose morale because they miss their families
b. When two sides are locked in a draw
c. When breathing is made difficult by foul odors
d. When one side has a large advantage over the other

7. Which best expresses the main idea of the last paragraph of this text? 
a. It describes how the Maginot Line is still used today.
b. It restates the main points of the text.
c. It discusses how the French used the Maginot Line during World War II.
d. It explains how the Maginot Line is used as a symbol.

8. How did the French lose control of the Maginot Line? 
a. The Germans overtook the fortresses with military power.
b. The Germans tunneled into the fortresses using new technology.
c. The French were starved out of the fortresses by German siege.
d. The French surrendered the fortresses.

9. Which was not part of Germany's strategy to invade France in World War II? 
a. Position a decoy force in front of the Maginot Line
b. Sneak troops into France by tunneling underneath the Maginot Line
c. Bring a large army through Belgium
d. Move very quickly

What does a decimal look like

Interesting morning of showing what a times tables looks like. 
My Weekend

In the weekend i went to Parakau for my my uncle's 50th birthday he is from NSW Australia and we are all staying there for 2 nights and 3 days with all my cousins At nana Carels
Day1:” Come on Mum and Dad we got to go!” As i rushed out the door
“Okay Okay i'm coming.” Mum and Dad responded.
On our way there i was playing subway surfers cause the dive was like 30 minutes. When we arrived at the house there wasn't enough room for all of as because there were heaps of people there we had tents so Addon, Naku, Mum, Dad, Shelby  and I started putting up the tent. When we finished that we played a game of touch, bat down and cricket, A lolly hunt with My uncle Dave when we finished all of that it was time for dinner we had blood and guts. Its was about 9o’clock when dinner was over and we were all tired so we packed up and went to bed
Day 2 (Uncle Karls Birthday) :
It was so late when I woke up it was around 12o’clock when I woke up but I didn't know where the boys were so I asked my aunt Mini she said “there are in the batch going on Lee’s Ps4.”
“there's a ps4?” i replied
“Well there is now” she replied back
“Okay thanks bye.”
I arrived at the batch and they were all playing nba 16 all of as had quarters each it was 5 minutes a quarter. It was 1o’clock when we had lunch there was chicken, salad and more. When we went back into the batch we helped our uncles for the haangi I did a karmarama. When all of that was finished we went out to play a game of held gridiron. I scored  all the touchdowns. We got a little bored so we went back on the game. after a hour or so it was time for dinner (haungi.) When we had our kadakia. We went in I took half of the stuffing I love it. After we at it was 9:30 so we had a game of spot light.     Laith  with his cousin Karl was the first in I was the last in with my cousin Xa (Xavier). It was 10o’clock when we started to get tired so we stopped and everyone went to bed.
We all had to wake up early to get everything packed up. We started with the tent then the floor etc etc. When that was done we had some spare time we needed to tip the ice out of the coolers then a idea came up. ICE BALL FIGHT! it was everyone against everyone all of as was soaking wet so we had the change. When we were done we packed up and went home.
                                                     THE END!

Asian Carp

Directions: Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow. Refer to the text to check your answers when appropriate.

The United States has a lengthy history of going to war. It is a nation born from war. Pick any year since 1776, and the odds of America being involved in at least one war is over 90%.  Every US President has faced war. Still, it may surprise you to hear that the US government is at war with a fish.

Asian carp were introduced to American waters during the 1970s. Southern fish farmers began importing them to help clean their ponds. Asian carp are phenomenal cleaners. Unfortunately, it didn't take too long for them to escape from these ponds, perhaps from flooding, and get into the Mississippi River. From there they have followed their natural tendency to swim upstream. This tendency may lead them into the Great Lakes and Canada, a nightmare scenario for fisherman.

Asian carp are large fish. One species, the silver carp, can grow to be 100 pounds. But despite their size, they feed from the bottom of the food chain. That means that they eat plankton and algae. A one hundred pound fish can eat an awful lot of sea scum, and some of it is toxic. The carp are resistant to the toxins, but we aren't. Some Asian carp are hazardous to eat because they have so many algal toxins in their systems. They also have lots of tiny bones in their meat, which makes them difficult to prepare. Asian carp is not a popular delicacy.

Introducing the Asian carp into waters that have not known them can be devastating. Beneath the surface of the water is a unique ecosystem. This system rests delicately on a balance that has evolved over millions of years. Then along come these big, hungry bottom feeders to mess up everything. They breed rapidly and densely populate the waters. Worse still, they compete with the native bottom feeders. The native bottom feeders are smaller. Larger, tastier fish like salmon eat them. The native bottom feeders are an important part of the ecosystem. When the Asian carp outperform them, the whole food chain suffers, all the way up to the people.

Not only do Asian carp mess up the food chain, they mess up people. Seriously. An Asian carp will bust you in head. Remember that silver carp can be 100 pounds. There is a reason why they are also known as "flying carp." This particular species of Asian carp has a tendency to jump when frightened. They can jump up to ten feet in the air, and the sound of boat motors frightens them. Watch out watersportists! In 2003 a woman jetskier collided with one and broke her nose and a vertebra. She almost drowned. In 2008 a teenager broke his jaw on one while tubing. Many others have been injured by these flying logs. Asian carp pose a serious threat to water skiers and boaters.

In 2007 the U.S. Department of the Interior declared all silver carp to be an injurious species. In 2010, the State of Michigan passed the $30 million CARPACT. In 2012 Congress approved the "Stop Invasive Species" act, legislation written solely to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp. The government has been on the offensive against these large-bellied invaders.

But Asian carp are difficult to catch. Since they eat from the bottom, they do not go for lures or baits like most large fish. The best way to stop them is to keep them out. The Great Lakes are connected to the Mississippi River through the 28-mile Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. For Chicagoans, it is the final point of resistance.

A series of multimillion-dollar electrical barriers have been built along the canal. The barriers are effective at keeping adult carp at bay, but some fear that baby carp may pass through. The United States Army Corps of Engineers has been deployed along with EPA. In 2009 they poisoned the entire canal with rotenone, a chemical that kills fish. The $3 million operation netted over 90 tons of dead fish, and a single carp.

Some think that Great Lakes must be cut off from the Mississippi River. The Michigan Attorney General sued to have the canal closed. The Ontario government and some Great Lake states have also taken legal action. But the courts have been persuaded by the value of the canal as a shipping conduit thus far. In the meantime, the barriers continue to hold, but how long can they? The carp have the Great Lakes under siege. Is this a war that we are destined to lose?

1. Which statement best expresses the main idea of the second paragraph?

a. Asian carp were brought to America during the 1970s to assist Southern fish farmers.
b. Asian carp are remarkable cleaners, which makes them highly desirable fish to have.
c. Asian carp were supposed to clean ponds but they escaped and are headed north.
d. Asian carp are excellent at swimming upstream and cleaning up plankton.

2. Which is not a reason why Asian carp is an unpopular menu item?
a. It is hard to prepare because of all the little bones.
b. They are a very fattening fish.
c. Some of them are toxic and unsafe to eat.
d. They are bottom feeders.

3. Which statement would the author most likely disagree with?
a. Asian carp outperform many native bottom feeders.
b. Asian carp could disrupt the ecosystem in Lake Michigan.
c. One species of Asian carp is the silver carp.
d. Asian carp are disliked because they eat salmon.

4. Which best describes the text structure of the fourth paragraph?
a. Chronological order                                                b. Cause and effect
c. Compare and contrast                                             d. Problem and solution

5. Which person would be most threatened by silver carp in a local water source?
a. A waterskier                                                            b. A chicken farmer
c. A bungee jumper                                                     d. A beachgoer

6. Which best describes the word resistant as it is used in the third paragraph?
a. To be allergic to something                                     b. To be unaware of something
c. To be unaffected by something                              d. To be attracted or drawn to something

7. According to information in the article, which event happened last?
a. Asian carp escaped from southern fish farms.
b. The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal was poisoned with rotenone.
c. A teenager broke his jaw on a silver carp while tubing.
d. Congress approved the "Stop Invasive Species" act.

8. Which of the following statements is false?
a. Silver carp have been declared an "injurious species" by the government.
b. Silver carp are also known as "flying carp."
c. Silver carp can grow to be 100 lbs.
d. Silver carp can jump up to twenty feet in the air.

9. Which statement would the author most likely agree with?
a. It would be best for the fishing industry if the canal were closed permanently.
b. The electric barriers will keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes forever.
c. The Great Lake states agree fully on a solution to the Asian carp problem.
d. Closing the Chicago Sanitary and Ship canal would have little economic impact.
10. Which title best represents the author's main purpose in writing this text?

a. America: A Nation at War
b. Asian Carp: Threatening the Great Lakes
c. Asian Carp: A Beautiful and Powerful Fish
d. Misunderstood: Protect and Defend the Asian Carp
Weekend Ride

My body filled with excitement as we pulled into the driveway. We were going to the farm for a bike ride just my dad brother and I. Dad told us to wait here while he went to pay the guy for letting us ride his track. When he came back me and my brother had already gotten into a fight, and I had started crying cause he had smacked me in the back of my head. When dad hopped into the car he
told us to stop fighting or we would just leave right now with out setting a foot on the track. So from then on my brother didn't talk to me at all, which I was pretty alright with at the time until I wanted something but he wouldn't give it to me.

We finally left the office and headed down to the main track, dad told me to just take the first lap slow but of course I didn't  listen and nearly flew of my bike. After I couple laps of the track I started to get the hang of  all the berms and jumps, and started hitting a couple of them. Then I heard a loud roar I looked up on the hill and saw my dad riding down. I started to. Put the hammer down so he wouldn't catch me be then he did and pulled me over, to ask if a wanted to do a trail with him. I said yeah and waited for my brother to ride past me so I could tell him where we were going to go while dad went to get a quick drink of water. I opened the little Fench  gate or what ever it was so we could ride through it to get onto the main trail track. I started my bike up and started following behind my dad around the trail then i looked down and all I could see was a massive stream thingy I started gassing it and so did my dad then SPLOSH I was covered from tip to bottom in water I could hear my dad in front of me laughing as we kept on going. He had sprayed me with water and now I was really angry because the trail was 35 minutes long and I was all ready wet.

By the time we got back from the farm it was about 10 thirty and we still had to unpack the car and the  traller. And by the look on dads face he didn't want to unpack either one of them cause he was so tired and sore. I hope not long from now I will get to go back there for another ride and hopefully stay the night. Best day ever!!!! I thought the rest of the night.

In the holidays I went to Coromandel we went down the 309 road we stop to see the wild pigs they stank.There was a hooray man who came out with a baby pig we all hoped out cause they were not in a cage they were just roaming around. We went to the baby pig and held it, it was so small and it didnt like me.So then i gave it to my aunty she neally droped it we got in the car and drove off.
It was Saturday 23rd January 2016.  I woke from the sounds of the Onetangi Beach waves at Waiheke Island hitting the shore.  I slowly got up and started thinking where is mum?
Then I remembered she had gone to drop my brother and dad off at the ferry,  as they were going to pick up our new puppy.
I made my way down stairs and said good morning to everyone when I then found my cousin and said “wanna go for a swim”?
Of course she said yes, because it was high tide and the water was so warm so we got into our togs and went for a really long swim.  
By the time we got out of the water it was already quarter to 1 and mum and i had to pack because our ferry back home was leaving at 2:30 pm.
I raced upstairs and packed my bags, when my mum got a call from my dad saying they were down at Te Awamutu and they had our new puppy. I was sooo excited so mum packed the car, we said our goodbyes then off we went.
We got onto the car ferry and had an hour trip back to Auckland. When we got off the boat my best friend Abigail was standing there waiting because she was coming to stay with us for a week! I was so excited!
She got in the car then off we went. After a 2 hour car trip we finally arrived at home.  I showed Abigail around the house, then because we were so tired… we went to bed. During that week we did lots of different things and a lot of swimming but over all it was a great holiday.

The blue triangle house in at the bottom on the right and side is our batch
I was on the plane heading to invercargill  and once we were in the air the plane seem like was getting smaller by the minute soon we were there me and mum have been pretty much from top of the north island to the bottom of the south island.

Well one day down there me my mum auntie and cousins went to the museum and we saw lots of things there like old dial up phones, really famous paintings, tuataras, and we saw burt man Munro's motorbike well a copy but we did see the real bike in ehayes hardware store which was a very big place.
It was early on a Saturday morning and my mum dad and I got up around 6:00am because we were going to Auckland to the I max theatre. We were going  to watch  star wars,  the force awakens.  Before the movie started the screen was neon blue and neon green. After about 2 hours when the movie had finished we went to this MASSIVE arcade.   I raced my dad on a bike simulation it was really cool then I went into this star wars battle pod which was a simulation it was fun.

Directions: Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow. Refer to the text to check your answers when appropriate.

Garbage cans are not magical portals. Trash does not disappear when you toss it in a can. Yet, the average American throws away an estimated 1,600 pounds of waste each year. If there are no magic garbage fairies, where does all that trash go? There are four methods to managing waste: recycling, landfilling, composting, and incinerating. Each method has its strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a quick look at each.

Recycling is the process of turning waste into new materials. For example, used paper can be turned into paperboard, which can be used to make book covers. Recycling can reduce pollution, save materials, and lower energy use. Yet, some argue that recycling wastes energy. They believe that collecting, processing, and converting waste uses more energy than it saves. Still, most people agree that recycling is better for the planet than landfilling.

Landfilling is the oldest method of managing waste. In its simplest form, landfilling is when people bury garbage in a hole. Over time the practice of landfilling has advanced. Garbage is compacted before it is thrown into the hole. In this way more garbage can fit in each landfill. Large liners are placed in the bottom of landfills so that toxic garbage juice doesn't get into the ground water. Sadly, these liners don't always work. Landfills may pollute the local water supply. Not to mention that all of that garbage stinks. Nobody wants to live next to a landfill. This makes it hard to find new locations for landfills.

As landfill space increases, interest in composting grows. Compositing is when people pile up organic matter, such as food waste, and allow it to decompose. The product of this decomposition is compost. Compost can be added to the soil to make the soil richer and better for growing crops. While composting is easy to do onsite somewhere, like home or school, it's hard to do after the garbage gets all mixed up. This is because plastic and other inorganic materials must be removed from the compost pile or they will pollute the soil. There's a lot of plastic in garbage, which makes it hard to compost on a large scale.

One thing that is easier to do is burning garbage. There are two main ways to incinerate waste. The first is to create or harvest a fuel from the waste, such as methane gas, and burn the fuel. The second is to burn the waste directly. The heat from the incineration process can boil water, which can power steam generators. Unfortunately, burning garbage pollutes the air. Also, some critics worry that incinerators destroy valuable resources that could be recycled.

Usually, the community in which you live manages waste. Once you put your garbage in that can, what happens to it is beyond your control. But you can make choices while it is still in your possession. You can choose to recycle, you can choose to compost, or you can choose to let someone else deal with it. The choice is yours.

1. Which best explains why the author begins the text by talking about magical garbage fairies?

a. He is putting a common misconception to rest.
b. He is trying to get the reader's attention.
c. He is addressing his concern in a serious way.
d. He is supporting his argument with evidence.

2. Which best defines the meaning of incineration as it is used in the text?

a. To bury waste materials in a large hole
b. To allow waste products to decompose and become fertilizer
c. To burn waste materials and harvest the energy
d. To turn waste materials into products like book covers

3. Which was not cited in the third paragraph as an issue with landfilling?

a. Landfills are smelly.                                           
b. Usable materials are wasted in landfills.
c. Landfills may pollute the water supply.          
d. It is difficult to find locations for landfills.

4. Which conclusion could best be supported with text from the passage?

a. Each method of waste management has its drawbacks.
b. Recycling is without a doubt the best way to handle waste.
c. Incineration is the best way to process waste.
d. All large cities should create massive compost piles.

5. Which best expresses the main idea of the fourth paragraph?

a. Landfills take up a lot of space.
b. Composting is good for the soil but it can be hard to do.
c. The process of composting is very complicated and scientific.
d. There is a lot of plastic garbage in landfills.

6. Which best expresses the meaning of the word compacted as it is used in the third paragraph?

a. Garbage is burned before it is thrown in a hole.
b. Garbage is put in trucks before it is thrown in a hole.
c. Garbage is crushed smaller before it is thrown in a hole.
d. Garbage is put in a can before it is thrown in a hole.

7. Which best expresses the author's main purpose in writing this?

a. To convince readers to recycle and compost
b. To persuade readers that recycling is a waste of resources
c. To compare and contrast recycling and landfilling
d. To inform readers of methods of waste management

8. Which is not included in this text?

a. A description of how trash is collected
b. A description of the uses of compost
c. A description of the two methods of incinerating trash
d. A description of how landfills have advanced over time

9. Which best explains why composting is not feasible on a large scale?

a. People wouldn't want to touch all of that gross rotting food.
b. It would smell too bad in densely populated cities.
c. It would attract rodents that would spread disease.
d. Plastic would get into the compost and turn it into a pollutant.

10. Which title best expresses the main idea of this text?

a. The Magic of Recycling: Bringing Back What Was Once Lost
b. Methods of Waste Management: Pros and Cons
c. Recycling, Landfilling, or Composting: Which is Best For You?
d. Do Your Part: How to Save the Earth by Recycling and Composting

It was an early Tuesday morning and I was awoken by the beautiful sounds of the chirping birds and the seagulls squawking. The early morning warmth filled the air around me whilst the wind howled outside. I looked out the window to see the golden sand which wrapped around the house and the blue waves which pounded against the beach. As I slowly awoke the smell of the salt water stiffened under my nose. It was time for my morning swim, I slipped into my togs as I walked down the beach the crusty sand seeped in through my toes. I dipped my feet in to the cold water one by one, I walked out further and further until my feet could no longer touch the ground I started to swim, the seaweed curled around my feet and got stuck in my toes the feeling was disgusting. After I had swam out to the boy  I slowly and carefully made my way back to the beach. Taking my time.  The sand stuck to my feet and the grains of sand from my towel stuck to my body. I entered the pass code to our gate before walking up the drive. Now it was my favourite time of the day time to walk Roxy (our dog) and to go get some breakfast we walk down past the beach, over the rocks and through the shops until we made it to Jam to order our breakfast. Before long it was time to go back to the house. We walked Roxy back and went for a swim, the water was as calm as the wind curling around the willow tree nearby. I love going to stay with my grandparents at there house in Auckland it is always a lot of fun and I enjoy it more and more each time.

As I climbed up to the top of the old wooden bridge, I gazed down and saw the clear rocky bottom. It was a gorgeous day at Pataua South.
We were camping with our family from the 10th-17th of January. We had just kayaked over to the bridge and were just about to jump off from the second time that week.
"You go first!" I yelled to Dad, He jumped in with a big SPLASH!!! "Come on!!" He yelled. I slowly moved my gaze towards the beautiful water below. Without a second thought I jumped SPLASH!!! I slowly fought my way up to the surface. The water was as warm as a spa on a cold winter’s day. I started to swim towards shore, but then quickly realised that I was going nowhere. If anything I was being dragged out to sea. Eventually I made it back to shore but I was all the way round the point. 
"Was that good?" asked Mum "Yeah awesome!!" I replied
"Can I jump with you?" asked my Aunty "Sure!!" 
My Aunty suggested that we jump off the very very top!
I wasn't too keen on it but you only live once.
I climb up hesitantly. I could see the stunning golden sand through the crystal clear water. 1 2 3 JUMP!!!!!!!!!!! I landed in the water with an almighty splash. As soon as I arose out of the water and the current was already whisking me away.  I found the out the best way to get in to shore was to swim under the water.
That was by far the best day of the week. Before jumping my stomach was in knots but as soon as I jumped the first time I was absolutely fine.
I had a wonderful day and I can't wait to do it again.  
I was walking down a beach with golden sands, and a crystal blue sky with fluffy white clouds drifting over the sun. The water was cold, and there was a warm breeze swarming around me. The birds flew above the beach and over the ocean, to be what seemed like an unknown land separated from the rest of New Zealand. As you look onto the sand dunes, you see all kinds of wildlife such as birds and small insects. There were small ripples in the water and in the sand. Walking along the beach, your eyes can't help but wander over and gaze at the shells along the seashore. Your feet slowly sink into the sand. When you stare out at the sea you can see the fish jumping into the air, and splashing the water as they dive back down, beneath the ocean's surface. The beach is magnificent place, but at some point, you have to leave.        

I woke up to the sea gulls screeching and the sea rolling and then I remembered where I was. On our boat!. I got up, pushed at my brother to wake him up. He finally got up groaning then went back to sleep, so I waited by playing on my Ipad. At least an hour went past until everyone suddenly got up. Breakfast was Milo cereal and milk. After breakfast I motored over in the dinghy to our cousins boat.

I stayed there all day. We played monopoly and the card game scum. When it got hot we all jumped off the boat and did bombs, when we got hungry we had crackers and fruit. I finally drove back to our boat and had a dinner of curry and rice. Next we all went to bed. I probably fell asleep first because I was so tired. 

The next morning I leaped out of bed. And woke everyone up to go for a swim. First my brother jumped in followed by me, my Mum and Dad. It was freezing when you hit the water then warmer after a little while. I got out shivering all over but I wasn't really cold.

We sailed back and heeled over for about 1 hour until we got back to te uenga bay. I helped moor the boat by pulling the buoy up and hooking it around the cleat in the anchor well. then left for home.

  I think the boat was really fun!!!  

In the holidays one of the things I liked the best was going to kaitaia. We went up north to see my family we got there just in time to have dinner with my nana
 we had a yummy home-made pizza. it was such a hot night I couldn't even sleep I was lying on the slate and all the windows and doors were open and I was still sweating like a dog! then the next day it got even hotter so we decided to go to the beach! the water was so nice and cool in the rock pools we were swimming in. my cousins had the same AMAZING  idea to come as well we didn't know this until they got there and said. 'Kia ora!" we had an awesome swim. We came back and had another swim in my cousins (different cousins!)  pool. it was so hot and sunny it seemed like we were in a huge oven that was blue green red and white. we swam our hearts out and had a delicious hearty dinner of beefy hamburgers.  I stayed the night at my cousins house we played skate 3 ALL NIGHT  and we also had mountain dew and we were on instagram and YouTube as well. then we had a midnight swim.  We had more beef patties and then swam (yes again!) then we had lunch (McDonald's) and then finally we had steak, sausages and shrimps.

I had a great time I love kaitaia I would go and live there.

If as an animal I would horse because I want to run free with other animals and find out what its like to be free.
If i was a Animal I would be a cheetah . I would be a cheetah because they are really really fast.
If I was an animal I would be a Eagle. Because I would be able to soar the skies and eat delicious mice!

If i was a animal I'd be a eagle  because I could fly to the limitless sky.

If I was an animal I would like to be a Cheetah. I would sprint as fast as I can to catch my pray and and fell the howling wind cross my face as I run.
If i was an animal I would be a hawk. I would be a hawk because I think hawks are awesome and I could eat most small animals. I also would be able to travel the world with my hawk wings.

Red Shouldered Hawk

If I was an animal i would be a polar bear because i like to hibernate.I eat anything possible at anytime!  
If I was an Animal I would be A Lynx because I like  its name  and its really fast  and they are my favorite  and I like their color  

If i was an animal I would be a horse. I would be a horse because they are fast!!!
If i was an animal i would be A panda because i could laze around, sleep all day and eat bamboo shoots.

If i was a animal i would be a black panther because they can swim and they are really fast.!!!
If I was an Animal I would be a Monkey. Because I can swing from tree to tree all day and eat bananas in the wild!!!!
If I was an Animal I would be a Cheater because they get to run all day

If I was an animal I would be a tiger shark. Because I love swimming and eating. They can also swim in fresh and salt water!!!

If I was an animal I would a New Zealand Hawk, so I could fly on the wind currents.

Nonfiction Reading
Honey Badgers

This is an image of a honey badger sleeping.

Directions: Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow. Refer to the text to check your answers when appropriate.

What's fiercer than a lion but smaller than a beagle? The honey badger, one of the toughest mammals in Africa and western Asia. Honey badgers stand less than a foot high. They are only a couple feet long. They weigh just over 20 pounds. Yet they have a reputation for toughness that is far greater than their size. Some honey badgers will chase away lions and take their kills. I guess that goes to show you that size isn't the only thing that matters in a fight.

So what makes the honey badger so tough? They have speed, stamina, and agility, but so do many animals. They aren't stronger than lions, so how do they stop them? The thing that sets the honey badger apart is their skin. Their skin is thick and tough. Arrows, spears, and bites from other animals can rarely pierce it. Small bullets can't even penetrate it. Not only is their skin thick and tough, it is also loose. This allows them to twist and turn to attack while another animal is gripping them. The only safe grip one can get on a honey badger is on the back of their necks.

Honey badgers have long, sharp claws. These claws are good for attacking and even better for digging. Honey badgers are some of nature's most skilled diggers. They can dig a nine-foot tunnel into hard ground in about 10 minutes. They love to catch a meal by digging up the burrows of frogs, rodents, and cobras. They also use their digging skills to create their homes. They live in small chambers in the ground and defend them fiercely. They will attack horses, cows, and even water buffalo if they are foolish enough to poke around a honey badger's den.
You don't get a reputation like the honey badger by running from danger. The honey badger is fearless and a tireless fighter. They will attack any creature that threatens them, man included. Because of the honey badger's reputation, most predators avoid them. Some animals use the honey badger's rep to their advantage. Adult cheetahs have spotted coats, but their kittens have silver manes and look like honey badgers. Some scientists believe that their coloring tricks predators into avoiding them. Wouldn't you walk the other way if you saw a honey badger?

You might be wondering: "If honey badgers are so tough, how did they get a name that makes them sound like a piece of candy?" The answer makes sense. Since honey badgers have such thick skin, bee stings rarely harm them. So honey badgers love to raid beehives. I can't blame them. Who doesn't like free honey? Honey badgers chase after honey aggressively. So much so that beekeepers in Africa have to use electric fencing to hold them back. There's nothing sweet about that.

Beekeepers aren't the only people who have grown to hate honey badgers. Honey badgers may be fun to read about, but they are nasty neighbors. They attack chickens, livestock, and some say children, though they usually leave people alone. But if a honey badger moves in your backyard, there's not a whole lot that you can do about it. I mean, are you going to go and tangle with an animal that eats the bones of its prey? An animal with teeth strong enough to crunch through turtle shells? An animal that never tires, gives up, or backs down? Yeah, I wouldn't either...

1. Which best expresses the main idea of the third paragraph?
a. Honey badgers have sharp claws that they use for fighting.
b. Honey badgers digging skills assist them in many ways.
c. Honey badgers use their claws to defend their homes.
d. Honey badgers will defend their homes to the death against any animal.

2. Which statement would the author most likely agree with?
a. What makes the honey badger so tough is their speed and strength.
b. Honey badgers are large in size and tireless in fighting spirit.
c. What makes honey badgers so tough is their thick, loose skin.
d. Honey badgers got their name from the sweet taste of their meat.

3. Which best defines the meaning of the word burrows as it is used in the third paragraph?
a. Lily pads or other seaweeds in which animals hide
b. Holes or tunnels in which animals live
c. A nest or animal dwelling in a tree or bush
d. A water supply where small animals come to drink

4. Which best expresses the main idea of the last paragraph?
a. Honey badgers are a nuisance to the neighborhood.
b. Beekeepers and honey badgers do not get along well.
c. Honey badgers have very strong jaws and teeth.
d. Honey badgers eat chicken and livestock.

5. Which best describes one of the author's main purposes in writing this text?
a. To persuade readers to join the efforts to protect honey badgers
b. To compare and contrast honey badgers with beagles and lions
c. To describe how honey badgers select their partners
d. To explain why honey badgers are so tough

6. Which statement would the author most likely disagree with?
a. Honey badgers like to raid beehives to eat honey.
b. Honey badgers are not the biggest animals, but they may be the toughest.
c. Honey badgers disguise their young to look like cheetah kittens.
d. Honey badgers are not afraid to fight with humans.

7. Which person is most likely to be disturbed by a honey badger moving in next door?
a. A beekeeper
b. A biologist
c. A bus driver
d. A salesman

8. Which animal is the honey badger afraid to attack?
a. Lion
b. Water buffalo
c. Poisonous snake
d. None of these

9. Which is not one of the honey badger's strengths?
a. Thick skin
b. Powerful jaws and strong teeth
c. Poisonous claws
d. Tireless fighting spirit

10. Which title best expresses the main idea of this text?
a. Battle on the Savannah: Honey Badgers Vs. Lions
b. Little Badger, Big Fight: One of Nature's Toughest Scrappers
c. Ace in the Hole: How Honey Badgers Build and Protect Their Homes
d. Little Game: Interesting Animals That Live in Africa

11. How do cheetah kittens' silver manes help them to survive? Quote evidence from the text to support your response and explain your answer completely.

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