Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Keeping Ourselves Safe

Keeping Ourselves Safe

WE are doing the NZ Police unit, Keeping Ourselves Safe

This unit helps us all identify, avoid, and report physical, emotional, sexual, and online abuse and neglect. This abuse can happen anywhere. This abuse might come from all sorts of people in our lives.

We have been learning about the importance of being confident.

We talked about a situation where you go to a mall and some bigger kids from your school start hassling you near the toilets. How can you keep yourself safe?
We decided...

  • We could make a loud noise, and call out.
  • Make up an untruth and say, "I'm waiting for my Dad who's in the toilets. He'll be out in a minute."
  • Make contact with a member of the public and follow them out.
  • Be confident, and say, "Leave me alone."

Friday, 16 November 2018

The Run on A Seven Part Thriller

That awesome website, recently had a seven part thriller, The Run,  that we followed. 

A plague had infected the world, turning humans into zombies. Our heros, Dennis and Mac, are searching the world trying to find survivors. They have to avoid swarms of zombies in their search.

They pick up two kids, Anna and Jeremiah. Anna has been attacked by the zombies, and she is caught in a between world, half human and half zombie.

If your teacher hasn't discovered Readworks, ask them to set your class up on The Run.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Writing - Point Of View

Through Animal Eyes

We have been working on writing from a point of view. 
We wrote as if we were an animal. 
All animals would have a different point of view in any given 
situation. The tiger stalking and sneaking up in it's prey has 
a different point of view to the deer, who is cautious 
and on guard at all times.

We wanted the reader to feel what the animal is feeling. 
We wanted to carefully set the scene.
We wanted to share what the animal was sensing.
We wanted to provide a purpose to what the animal is doing.
We wanted to use strong, specific adjectives to highlight the types of action.
We wanted to write in present tense. The action is happening now.

The Eagle

Wind ruffles my feathers, as I scan the dusty, dry horizon. Rising warm air currents make circling the skies easy. My stomach growls, begging for food. I haven’t seen anything larger than a mouse in days.

Vultures up ahead have it easy. Animals are dropping in this oppressive heat like flies, exhausted, and hungry for food. Vultures always have it easy; never having to kill their next meal, always having it handed to them, like on a plate.

A scurry in the dust to the right. I turn for a better view, cocking my head to one side, focusing my keen eye on any movement. I fluff my tail feathers out, slowing my progress. I sweep around for another look.

There! A long way from shelter, heading for the dried river bed. A hare, limping, dragging a hind leg.

I pull my wings in closer to my body. My smooth, sweeping  glide turns into an accelerated nose dive. At the last split second I thrust my talons out, ripping and tearing at the flesh of my victim, my next meal.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Community Pantry

We have a new brightly coloured stand on our fence line. It is a community food pantry, The concept is, that anyone from our community can donate food for others who need it. People are donating extra cans or packets of food that they purchased from the supermarket. Other people are donating fruit and vegetables that they have grown in their garden.

Every year, millions of dollars worth of food is wasted and thrown out because some people have too much food, and they can't eat it all.
This is a great concept. Any surplus food can be donated. There is always someone else who needs it more than you.

Thank you Lawton (2 cans of spaghetti) and Erin (a head of broccoli) for being one of the first to donate...

Friday, 26 October 2018

WE made this movie with our Kiwi Can teachers last term. We brainstormed some ideas of what movements we wanted to use. WE based some of our ideas on Disney musical movies we have all seen.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Global Read Aloud

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We are connecting with classes from around the world who are reading Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. We are connecting using Edmodo, Flipgrid, and Blogs.

To begin with, we sent them this video asking them to try and work out where in the world we come from.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Kiwi Can

We love our weekly Kiwi Can session with Mr Matau and Ms Falanitama. We have discussions about how we can all become better people. We practice our school values "Respect for Ourselves, Respect for Others, and Respect for our Environment." We play games that help us demonstrate these values to others.

Last week we had to demonstrate perseverance and determination. Each team had to work out a way to get their whole team over an electric fence. Getting a few people over was easy. Getting everybody over the fence took teamwork and planning.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Duffy Theatre

We had the Duffy Book Theatre perform for us last week. It was a thought provoking show about bullying. In the show, a girl is harassed by another girl over a petty issue.

Duffy is a good friend of the bully. Despite this friendship, he does not stay as a neutral bystander. He has the courage to stand up for the bullied girl and tell the bully that he doesn't like her behaviour. He is not just going to be a bystander.

The three actors played the roles skillfully. The bullying felt real. The bullying felt horrible. The whole audience felt really bad for the bullied victim. They really empathised with her.

I hope we can all learn from this example. It is not okay to just stand back and allow bullying to happen and not try to do something about it.


Asking 'Fat' Or 'Open' Questions

This week in class we are going to have a go at twenty questions to work out what animal the leader is thinking of. 'Closed' or 'skinny' questions are no good for this challenge. The questions need to be 'fat' questions, or 'open' questions. "Is it a cow?" is not going to reveal much information. "Is it carnivorous?" will tell us a lot more.

I have used Lucidchart to create a flow diagram to show how a logical flow of questions could help someone eliminate animals along the way, until they were finally able to work out what the animal was.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

The Beautiful Tiritiri Matangi

Room 14 were so lucky to have a lovely, sunny day to explore the nature reserve, Tiritiri Matangi. Tiritiri Matangi is a protected island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. It has been planted in native trees and many endangered bird species have been translocated there to help them survive. 

 Tiritiri Matangi is now 60% native trees and 40% grassland. It is predator free with all stoats, possums and rats eradicated from the island. In this safe environment, the bird species all flourish and multiply. 

We arrived at the island and were greeted by the knowledgeable volunteers who were going to escort us around the island. These wonderful people give up their own free time to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the environment with others. Vicky was our groups guide. 

 As we first entered the bush it was hard work before we were lucky enough to see any birds. This area was the kiwi nesting sites. Being nocturnal, the kiwis were nowhere to be seen, of course. 

 We had not ventured too far, before we were surrounded by the beautiful calls of many different birds in the treetops above. They seemed to be trying to outdo each other with the beauty and majesty of their song. The sound was exquisite. 

 The Kowhai tree was just beginning to flower. The Hihi bird was fluttering from flower to flower, its tongue, a third of the size of its body, flicking in and out, collecting nectar. 

 Around the feeding trays filled with sugar and water, dozens of nectar feeders were gorging themselves. Humans have to supplement food for these birds because this new forest does not have enough trees with flowers yet. Thank you to Chelsea Sugar Company for giving the island free sugar. 

The government wants to make predator free by 2050. Barbara, our guide, explained that this is not accurate. New Zealand has some bird species like the Morepork and the Falcon, that are themselves predators. Our real goal is to make our country NZ introduced predator free by 2050. 

 Hopefully, we can eradicate all the weasels, stoats, possums, rats and mice from our forests on the mainland. If we can return our forests back to a safe, bird friendly environment like Tiritiri Matangi, and our native birds can flourish and repopulate these areas, we will once again be blessed with the sights and sounds that only a few people can experience now in remote, protected environments like these beautiful islands.

A blue penguin inside its nesting box.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Cross Country Training

Our senior school have just started training for our school cross country. Not many of us are fit enough yet and we still have a lot of work to do before we are ready. 

The goal is to do a little bit more each day. If we can keep running at a pace where we can continue to hold a conversation, that will be a good pace for our training.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Starting and Stopping

We have played around with some marbles. Mr Waller asked, "How do we get a stationery marble to move?" We used our prior knowledge to come up with some ideas. 

  • We decided we needed to apply a force
  • Someone else said add energy
  • Another idea was to either push or pull it
  • We thought that all these ideas was applying some pressure
  • Then we thought about rolling down a hill. That would be the energy or force of gravity.

We are going to make some ramps and roll our marbles and measure how far they roll. This is part of our unit on 'The Nature of Science' where we collect and analyse data. We will make some changes to the ramps we build and measure and analyse what effects that has on how far the marble will roll.
Being a scientist should be fun.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Fair Testing

We are conducting a fair test. To start a fair test, we need a question we want to investigate.

We have a lot of worm farms around our school. We all try and send our food scraps to the compost pile and the worm farms, instead of the landfill. Some schools sell the worm tea that collects at the bottom of their worm farms. It should be good for the environment, right?

Our question is, "does worm tea actually work?"

To make it a fair investigation we need to only change one variable. So...

  • we are going to use the same sized containers with one pinhole punched in the bottom
  • the soil used will come from the same place
  • the containers will be placed beside each other on the windowsill
  • 4 bean seeds will go in each container
  • each group will select the four most strongest looking seeds
  • all the seeds are planted 1 cm deep
  • we will measure 20 mls of liquid for each container at a time
The only variable we will change is that one group will water their seeds with H2O, and the other groups will water their seed with worm tea.

We collected some soil from where the workers were constructing our new library.
We planted our 4 seeds in each container.
We measured 20 mls of either H2O or worm tea.