Scientists have discovered a half male, half female bee.

This condition is known as gynandromorphism.

On its left side, the bee is male. It has a small, dainty mandible, a long antenna, and a thin, delicate hind leg with fewer bristles.
The right side has female characteristics – a shorter antenna, a pronounced, toothed mandible, and a thick, hairy hind leg..It’s a little known fact that – gynandromorphs have been found in at least 140 bee species, as well as butterflies, birds and crustaceans.

In bees, it’s usually only seen after the insects are already dead..

In this case, researchers led by Erin Krichilsky of Cornell University found the bee living in the forest of Barro Colorado Island in Panama.

This was a stroke of luck – because studying gynandromorphic bees that are still alive could help us learn a lot about these fascinating insects.

Cyclone Harold has battered a number of Pacific Nations in the last week.

A state of emergency was declared in Tonga which experienced gusts of up to 150km/h. This cut power and downed trees across main roads. 

In Vanuatu, 160,000 people have been impacted by the cyclone. However, due to the global pandemic, no foreigners will be allowed in to help with the recovery.

In Fiji, tens of thousands of people in Fiji marked the Easter holiday weekend without electricity. The power supply to almost 80 percent of homes in the country is yet to be restored.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said that “between tropical Cyclone Harold and the COVID-19 pandemic our economy and our people have been dealt two body blows to start the year.”

Mining off the Taranaki Coast is still banned.

Last week a mining company called Trans Tasman Resources went to court to try and change the new rule set in place by the government.

The company wanted to mine millions of tonnes of ironsands off the coast of Taranaki.

However, the Court of Appeal has dismissed the attempt by Trans-Tasman Resources to overturn a 2018 High Court decision.

The Court also found Treaty of Waitangi principles were not adhered to.

The judge said that the “kaitiakitanga relationship between tangata whenua and the marine environment and its resources is a relevant existing interest”.

Ngāti Ruanui kaiarataki Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said it was an historic decision.

Forest and Bird chief executive Kevin Hauge said the decision was important as New Zealand considered how to rebuild its economy after the shock of the Covid-19 virus.

Hauge said if the company was successful in getting consents it would set a dangerous precedent.

Today is Tuesday 14th April, 2020. Welcome back from your Easter break.

In our learning today we are going to complete a CLOZE reading activity, write a newspaper article and continue our study of geometry.

READING – CLOZE Activity

Today we are going to read a CLOZE activity around the water cycle. Using the resource below fill in the missing spaces with the correct word.
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  1. Read through the text once.
  2. Use the vocab list at the top of the sections to fill in all the gaps on the CLOZE activity.

WRITING – Newspaper Article

Today you are going to write a newspaper article about an event that happened last week. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Easter bunny will be exempt during Lockdown.

Your task is to write an article suitable article for Kiwi Kids News. Use the information in the original article to guide you. However, remember to use you own words.

When finished leave it a copy in the comments below.

MATHS – Geometry – Perimeter

Watch the video below and then work on the questions below. Write your answer in your worksheet or in a workbook.

Questions – SET 1

Questions – SET 2

Question – Set 3

A LITTLE EXTRA – Bingo Board of Awesomeness

We have developed a little resource at Kiwi Kids to keep your learning at home. Look at the collection of activities below. Today look at the board and select at least one that you could complete. Let us know in the comments below which one you enjoyed. CLICK HERE for more details.