We are very excited to welcome Mr. Webb’s Room One from Taranaki, New Zealand to our classroom blog on Monday, and equally excited to visit their classroom blog to learn about them and their country. That is the beauty of blogging, making connections all across the world. Please visit Mr. Webb’s classroom blog here.
We will be spending some time learning a little bit about New Zealand on Monday before we visit Room One’s blog, but I thought I would get us started with a few basics on some differences between New Zealand and the United States–and the state of Michigan in particular.
New Zealand is a country that is located in the southern and eastern hemispheres. It is an island nation, and is located approximately 900 miles east of Australia.
Michigan is located in the northern United States. It is surrounded on three sides by very large lakes, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Huron.
In New Zealand, their summer has ended, and Autumn has begun. That is because they are in the Southern Hemisphere, and because of that, the seasons are reversed from what we have in the United States.
In Michigan, we are FINALLY coming to the end of a long and snowy winter, and are ready for Spring. The snow is beginning to melt, and we are starting to see grass again. We’ve missed you, grass.
This is a picture of part of our playground.
New Zealand is a strikingly beautiful country, with breathtaking mountain ranges, gorgeous ocean views, and incredibly lovely green fields and valleys. There were so many beautiful pictures of New Zealand it was very difficult to choose just one to share.
Michigan has its own unique beauty, with low rolling hills and lakes dotted everywhere you go. We are particularly fond of Lake Michigan, and we like to spend our free time during the summer spending time along its shores.
Those are just a few of the differences between us here in Michigan and our friends in New Zealand. I’m sure there are many more, especially about the types of food we eat and games we play and how we spend our day in school. However, there are even more similarities, because we all love our friends and family, are excited about learning new things, and have hopes and dreams and goals we are aiming for.
Welcome Mr. Webb’s class! We look forward to meeting you!
And of course, welcome any other class who stops by. We love making new friends from around the world.