Oh NO! What started out as a normal class trip to our special mountain - Kakepuku - has ended in disaster.
After all the learning, careful planning, survival preparation and excitement, we finally headed off in the school bus with mr Dyer to climb our maunga. We drove towards Te Awamutu, across the beautiful rolling Waikato dairy land,parked up and got ourselves into our expedition teams. With backpacks stuffed with only the most important survival gear, we wandered off across the farmland towards the verdant slopes and regenerating bush.
Some of us moaned at the growing heat and the ever steepening slope. Others revelled in the freedom from the classroom, surrounded by birds, native trees, and our ever-rambling teacher, Mr Woody.
Once across the farmland, having encountered the odd inquisitive jersey cow and skittish newly shorn ewe, we clambered across the last bit of number eight wire and entered the bush zone.
Even though it was shadier, the incline made it hard going. Rewarewa and kohekohe sheltered us from the scorching sun, but our shirts were soon drenched with sweat. We all sighed with relief whe we broke into a clearing and got to sit down to rest and drink our precious cool water.
Mr Woody was twittering on about fantails, wood pigeons, skylarks and various obscure invertebrates when suddenly....
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT???
[Complete your own retelling of the story after this point. We will draft it at school and write it in our writing books. After that initial introduction we will plan and write daily diary entries on our personal blogs.]
vocab to remember for the disaster explanation - earthquake, plate tectonics, horst and graben, tsunami.
Use Y-charts to stimulate your creative writing. Draft, edit and try out your writing on a friend. Does it make sense? Is the explanation full enough without being boring? Do you make sentences interesting and describe things well? Paint a picture with your words. Write about what you see in your head.