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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Maths: Fence Post Problem

Today during maths we were to finish off tasks we did not finish either this week's tasks, or the previous weeks tasks. In this problem we needed to find out how many corner posts and regular posts would Savelina have to buy to enclose two adjacent paddocks. We found this task quite easy and hard at the same time because there were some bits that we struggled with, like writing a blurb in the DLO. Although in the end we solved it. We learnt a new word, adjacent. It means something or someone next to each other. For this activity, I worked with Fraidoon, Sanujan, and Ofa.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Maths: Money Problem

This week for maths we are busy finishing off work and posting it on our blog. For one of our maths task we were given a maths problem about salary. I worked collaboratively with Sanujan, Ofa and Julian. At first we were doubting each other of which answers we were right or wrong. Then we went over the maths problem with Ms Kirkpatrick. At the end we were all wrong but we learnt a lesson by Occam Razor that If there is no evidence to the contrary, the simplest answer is correct. In this problem we tried to add up all the big numbers without using the calculator and and after we've got our answers it turned out to be right. I think next time we need to agree with each others opinions.



Maths: Ways To Travel To School | Maths Problem

This week for maths, our task was to figure out this statistics problem. We found out that most primary students get to school is by car and most secondary student get to school by bus. After that we survey all the students in Ms Kirkpatrick's maths group. According to our survey most of the student in Ms Kirkpatrick's maths group get drop of school by car and the least amount of students come to school by bus. For this task I've decided to work collaboratively with Sanujan and Ofa.



Monday, 21 May 2018

Writing: Using Our Punctuation To Create A Conversation

This week for writing, our task was to create a fake iphone conversation using iphonefaketext.com. With this website, you can simply create a fake conversation. The reason why we did this was because we were going over our punctuation, and this would be a fun excersice. Once we had finished creating this, we were to write the conversation down in a story format. Meaning that after each sentence, whenever someone new began to speak, what they say will be on a new line. This was an individual task, but a really fun one.


"Hey Michael!" Karma exclaimed.
"Hey Karma." Michael replied.
"How are you man?" Karma asked.
"Good thank you, how about you?" Michael replied.
"Great! Do you want to hang out with Willis and I?" Karma questioned.
"Sure, when and where are we meeting?" Michael asked.
"Meet us at Central Park at 12:30." Karma informed.
"Ok, see you there." Michael said.
"Ok, seeya." Karma replied

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Maths: Mathematical Me

This week for maths, our task was to blog one of the pictures we had taken for week 1's Mathematical Me activity. The picture that I chose was Sanujan testing whether the width of my nose is the same width as one of my eyes. This turned out to be a true fact, and Sanujan and I found this really interesting considering that everyone else had been measuring from one edge of someones nose, to the point of the nose, and finishing on the other side. Although whenever someone measured this way, it would always be false. So when we realised this, we tried to measure the width from one side of my nose, under the point of my nose to the other side. Once we had tried this strategy, we found out that this was the correct way to compare the width of an eye to a nose, and that they measure at the same width.



Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Poetry: Two Day Wonder Re-written

This week we had yet another session of poetry. For this session of poetry we read the poem, Two Day Wonder, by David Hill. This poem shows the differences between feeling sick, and feeling well. This poem included a lot of words that quite a lot of people would never use when writing. So changes needed to be made. Our task was to re write the poem in our own words. Although the poem needed to compare going to school on a day of summer, comparing to going to school on a day of winter, and needed to include more sophisticated words. This was a collaborative task, so I worked with Fraidoon and Sanujan.

Winter
I struggle to wake up, as I resist to get out of my warm bed.
I was stuck in the rain yesterday, now I have a fever, and a boiling head.


I dawdle through the icy smooth floor, chuck on my uniform, and go to boil the kettle.
I felt like I slept for days, maybe I’ll even get a sleeping medal.


I chuck on my bag, and scurry my way out the door.
I need to get to school fast, because I make it back home at quarter past four!


I have half an hour left, so I need to run.
Although I forgot my lunch, looks like I need to purchase a cinnamon bun.




Summer
As I leapt out of my bed I hear the birds carolling and chirping away.    
The bright leaves rush and gush in the breeze as they sway.


The sun peered over me like it was just waiting to give me a hug.
I say hello, stride to the kitchen, and boil the jug.


I assemble and eat my breakfast, and prepare to brush my teeth.
I then walk outside, and put up the christmas wreath.


Then I kiss my mum goodbye and dash my way to school.

But I make sure to check my bag, because that’s the school day rule.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Inquiry: Making The Human Body

This week for inquiry, our task was to learn about the bone structure of a human, and how the skeletal system works. So as a fun activity for this, we were asked to play a small game where you would match all the bones together to make the human body. The best score that you could get was 26, so if you had to move bones more than 26 times, you wouldn't get a perfect score. I played the game a few times, and after many times accidentally clicking a bone without moving it, I finally got a perfect score.


Friday, 11 May 2018

Reading: Harry's War DLO's

This week for reading, we read the story Harry's War. We read this story with my reading group, and had a few DLO's to create. 1. A vocabulary DLO that showed all the new words in the story, 2. an Evaluating DLO that has what we learnt from the text, questions we have after reading, and what the text was about, 3. To create a DLO about the Bulford Kiwi, with different facts, and information about the Bulford Kiwi. For this activity, I worked with Sanujan, Joshua, Jericho, Mataio, Savelina, and Zane.




Inquiry: Mrs Gren DLO

This week for inquiry, our focus was on the human body. To learn about what a living thing needs, we read a short story named Mrs Gren. Mrs Gren is a simple story about an old lady who find everything to be a living thing, because it could more, or breath, or sense, or grow, or reproduce, or excrete, or eat. Mrs Gren is also an acronym. It is made up of Movement, Respiration, Senses, Grow, Reproduction, Excrete, and Nutrition. All the things a living thing needs, or can do. We were to make a DLO with a partner, that explained each word, and what they mean to the human body. If you do not understand one of the words, you can look at the DLO, which explains each one. For this activity I worked with Sanujan, and we had a lot of fun doing this activity.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Inquiry: Comparing Lung Capacity

This week for inquiry, our task was to compare our lung capacities. To compare the lung capacity of students in LS2, we used one breath to blow up a balloon, then we measured the circumference of the balloon. Then we could graph the results to compare them.


Maths: Age Problem

This week for maths, our task was an age problem. We were given a few hints, and then we needed to figure out each person's age. There were 5 characters, and we were only given one of their ages. For this task, we could either work with a partner, with the teacher, or by ourselves. For this task I chose to work by myself.  Once we had found our answers, we were to make a DLO that explained how we found the answer.


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Writing: Reading and Re-Writing Nice Work | A Poem By Judith Nicholls

This week for writing, our focus was on a poem named Nice Work. Our tasks were: Read the poem, find 5 words that mean Nice, Find out what the joke in the poem was, Find out what literary device "As long as a string" is, and rewrite the poem with a different simple word. I started and finished this task just today, and had a lot of fun doing it. The word that I had replaced for NICE was BAD, I chose this word because this is another word that a junior would use, compared to words like WICKED.


Friday, 4 May 2018

Reading: The Unfinished Drink

This week for reading, we learnt about the story of Privet Ted (La Tour Mollet d'Auvergne). A poem written for Privet Ted was our main focus, because it told his story. We had two tasks to complete, 1 was to make a summary of the poem, and 2 was to create a DLO talking about Privet Ted's story. For both of these tasks, I worked with Sanujan, and we both decided to make a small animation for the DLO. This poem is both a sad, but happy poem. The sad part being Privet Ted never returning, but the happy part being him not forgotten. The full poem can be found midway through the animation if you want to read it yourself. Although unlike a real animation, this was done with a few different pictures, rather than over a hundred. In the end we think we did a great job, and that it turned out really well. Hopefully you think the same.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Inquiry: The Story Of Hineahuone

This week for inquiry, our task was to create a storyboard about the story of Hineahuone. This task was to be done with a partner, so for this task, my partner was Sanujan. Sanujan and I work really well together, so he was one of the obvious choices. Although before we could create a DLO, we first needed to sketchnote. Sketchnoting is when you take notes of a story or text by drawing simple pictures. You need to understand the basic parts of the story from only looking at the pictures. We did sketchnoting because it takes up less space on a sheet of paper, and is a fund and creative way to do something that people would find boring. Sanujan and I ended up loving this activity, and hope that we can both work on something like this again.

If you want to read the full story, then read from here down.

According to Maori legend, the world as we know it was formed when Tane Mahuta – the god of the forest – prised apart Ranginui, the father of the sky, and Papatuanuku, the mother of the earth. Afterwards, Tane Mahuta and his brothers slowly went about making all things on earth and in the sky. When they were done, they had created a dazzling and beautiful world, but there were no people to enjoy it.
Tane Mahuta went about convincing the gods that they should make a woman, who could then go on to have children. The gods agreed, so Tane Mahuta took red earth from Papatuanuku, and shaped it into the form of a woman. Impressed, Tawhiri Matea, god of the winds, whispered “take my breath. Give her life”. And so Tane Mahuta bent over the woman he had created, placed his nose against hers, and breathed deeply. Her chest moved, and she sneezed – “Tihei!” The gods were ecstatic, and together they gave her the gift of life – mauriora – and the first woman, Hineahuone, was made.

Today, the hongi is the traditional greeting of the Maori people. It is known as the ‘breath of life’, and is performed by pressing noses – just like Tane Mahuta did to breathe life into Hineahuone. This greeting makes the visitor at one with the tangata whenua, or hosts.


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Reading: Memorial

This week for reading, our activity was to read a Sophisticated Picture Book named Memorial. As story written by Gary Crew, and Illustrated by Shaun Tan. We were asked to make a presentation with a partner that had multiple slides, each with something different. We were then to choose one of those slides to post on our blog, with a link to the original full presentation Here. On the slideshow, you can see a heading that explains what subject of the story we are talking about. For this activity I worked with Sanujan. I chose him because we work really well together, and manage to come up with the same ideas.

Chosen Slide: