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Friday, 11 December 2015

Game Writing

The Soaring Seagull

Hi, crab here, or, should I say Mrs Crab here. Crab or Mrs Crab, I will always have an unfortunate end. You see, I’m not just some ordinary Crab. I feature in an arcade game named The Soaring Seagull. It is much worse than it sounds. The thing is, because I am a crab, and because seagulls eat crabs, well, let’s just say we aren’t the best of friends. It is a very popular game, which increases the risk of my death. It is a miracle that I even survived the first level! Although I have survived I feel myself grieve for my family and friends every night, and then there are the times when I feel like I want to be free, that I need to be free. I want to fly like a bird, soar like a seagull. But no, I will never do any of that. Never. Ever.

Until now. My master plan has not a flaw. First, I gather flax from the beach. Then I bind the strands together so that they are shaped like wings. I hunt for long sticks and find two. Then I put them together. Behold the amazing, crabflyer. On the beach there is a cliff, I will run, holding my glider and jump off the edge. The contraption will then fly with me holding it, which means I will fly. Of course there is also the slight risk that the glider will not fly and I will go plummeting down a 200 foot drop to my certain death, but let's not worry about that.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and take flight!!! I soar through the air. It is the best feeling in the world to feel. Until… OMG!!! I let go! Noooooo!!! I’m falling, and just when I think its going to end, I keep on falling. Huh, there is this weird glary light beneath me, is it god, am I dying? The answer to both of those is no, the light is the sun, and… wait, the sun? Oh, I was upside down. But that means I’m flying. There is a platform above me. I gingerly step onto it. And there, in the flesh, are my friends and family. Oh silly me, they never died, they were just taken away. Go away thoughts, I need time to have a proper family hug.

Minecraft Slide

Here is my Minecraft Slide.

Maths ShowMe

Here is how I worked out the area of a shape. Here is the link.

Game Reflection

In class we have made earthquake games. Unfortunately my game kept on deleting so at this stage I do not have one. At first I used GamePress, but I couldn't figure out how to make characters move. Then I tried GameFroot. My game kept deleting so I never got to make a game. Next time I am going to try a different website.

 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Athletics Writing

This is my Athletics writing. Hope you like it!!!

A Foot’s Athletics Journey

Hi, I am a foot. A left foot. And everybody knows that no-one uses left feet. It is quite boring, just having to sit there while the right foot gets to run and jump and climb. And… to make it worse, the right foot is such a show-off, he 
even calls himself Sir Used-a-lot. But this is the one time of year when I get a turn too. Today.. is Athletics Day!

First up I have whatever humans call jumping into a pit of sand, Long-jump I think it is. Anyway, the human on top of me runs up to the pit and leaps, yep, you guessed it, from the right foot. Then, she jumps again, I land in the pit. Wait a sec... OMG!!! She jumped from me, the left foot!!! But, why??? I will never know.

Next on the menu is Running. I step over this weird red material to get to the grass on the other side. On the way I see Bing and Bong squabbling over who tripped their human over. My human takes me to a white line on the red stuff. Then she stops. A loud squeaking sound fills my ears. My human sets off. What are we doing? Where are we
going? I have no idea. 

She comes back around to where we started and I am getting sore. I hope with all my tiny heart that we are stopping now. We are. Thank goodness for that. What??? We’re going again? Oh, we’re going to the hill, we must be finished for the day. But no, I was wrong.

My human soon returned to the red track thingy. My human walked over to this weird blue bouncy block. She walks straight past Ding and Dong. “ Nooo!!! Nooo!!! Stop!!! Stop!!! I don’t wanna go! I don’t wanna go!” screamed Ding, The weakest of the two feet. “ Shush, Ding” Said Dong “ I’m trying to figure out what we are doing.” There was silence for a while. “ Aha, we’re doing High-Jump.”

It is High-jump time. And, my human’s turn. Oww ow ow ow. Why does she have to run so bumpily? Phew, now we’re in the air. I love the feeling that it gives me. It makes me feel so free. Like I could do anything in the whole world and escape injury. Then, reality hits me in the form of a soft blue mat. I have landed. I can’t even look to see if the pole fell down or not. I wait till I am in line again before I look. Should I or should I not? That is the question. I make a split-second decision that involves me looking at the pole. I do. It is still up!!! My next turn comes up fast and I willingly take off into the air. I tried my hardest but I couldn't help brushing the pole, causing it to tumble to the ground. Yaaay I got 5th overall!

Next was hurdles, I won the first and second heats. Then was the final. “Go,” announced the person on the start line. I try to cover ground but I slip. It's ok though I got my balance back. I sprint up and leap, I leap and leap and leap I fly through the finish line in second yaaay.

Next was shot put. I try my best, even though I don't get to do much. Woohoo! We got second place overall. Take that Dong. In your face.

Then we have lunch. I watch the sprint finals, envying the feet that get to run. Next up was discus. There was a very long line. When it was finally our turn we sort of fail. Oh well there's always next time.

Last to be done was javelin. My run up was fun but the actual throw was hard work. A good thing to receive after that hard work was a 2nd place ticket, which is what we got. Oh yeah!!!

Now it is time to go home. My mum is here now. She picks me and my sister up and we all leave with the satisfaction of a successful day.




 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Athletics Reflection

I am really proud of myself this athletics because I got 4 2nds and an extra point for doing the run. I am also very proud of my house, Kiwi. I really hope that Kiwi gets the most points but I also know that the other houses did really well.

It was an amazing day and I can't wait till next year!!!😄

Spelling

Here are my spelling words.



Thursday, 5 November 2015

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Chocolate writing

In class we have been designing our own chocolates. Here is my writing about my chocolate.

The Caramel Choc Fudgeinator 

Soft nougat on a biscuit base layered in chewy caramel coated thickly in crisp chocolate with a hardened caramel star on top. The chewy caramel melts in your mouth while the star gives a flavourful crunch. Your teeth sink into the nougat which gives a sweet softness.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Spelling Test

Today I did my buddy spelling test. I got 100%!!! Here are my words.



Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Fear Writing

In class we have been writing about one moment in time that we felt fear. We tried to include what we felt, heard, said, what someone else said, what we thought, what we did, what someone else did, and what we saw. 

Here is my writing!


Dentist Days



My heart is thumping and my brain has burst. My hands are shaking and my mind is prepared for the worst.

As my family and I trudge into the courtyard on a sunny day at 10:00. I see the horrific place. The place at the bottom of my favourite places list. The place called Ross Intermediate Dentists.

By now I have arrived at the Dentistry Building. I press the green buzzer. The doors creak open. I walk in, and this is what I see…

A receptionist peacefully writing on a computer in an empty room with three chairs and a plant in it. The Dentist’s Assistant strides down the corridor and beckoned to me to follow her. I did. She led us into room 4.

My sister was up first. I occupied myself by reading the posters on the wall. Then, before I knew it, it was my turn. I sit on the chair and position my head. The chair is lowered so that I am now lying down. I opened my mouth wide. The dentist peered in…

“ Well what have we here.” Announced the dentist. “ Lovely brushing on these teeth. Now, tell me, have you had any wobbly teeth lately?” I answered no. “ Well, you’re going to get some very soon,” she declared. “ Now, lets have a peek at the other side of these teeth.” She moved her gloved fingers around my mouth. “ Oh dear.” She murmured. “ Oh dear.”

The pain, I could feel it already, piercing deep into my gum, red-hot and flaming, burning around the rest of my mouth. I need a filling.

The procedure starts. First, a weird minty paste is spread around the area of the needed filling. Then, the dreaded syringe comes out. It is filled, then taken to me. “ Now, lie still and relax, this won’t hurt a bit.” The Dentist assured me. She advanced towards me and prepares for the situation. The syringe sinks in…


I see a blurry black shape lilting from side to side. I blink. Suddenly, my vision is back. I can see everything in the room. The mysterious black shape must have been the Dentist fussing around me. I change my thoughts to my mouth. My lip feels like it has been blown up. Not destroyed blown up, enlarged blown up. I realise that someone is talking to me. “ What?” I question. “ You’re all done honey,” the Dentist repeated. I feel relief wash over me like a bucket of ice-cold water. It’s all over. I never, ever want that to happen again.    

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Production Writing

WALT: To hook a reader so they want to read more.

Here is the start of my story about the Production.

Flying In Fear

Snakes. They are the worst thing. EVER!!! Especially when they are inside your stomach. They writhe around in there, burrowing into precious space. Okay, zoom out time. I stand side-stage in the Regent, preparing for my Wearable Arts showcase. I hear the familiar tone of music sending me the message to step upon the stage. There are snakes in my stomach. I can’t breath. I can’t do anything. I try my best to draw breath from my world of worries.


I stumble on stage. For a minute, I am blinded by an unknown light source. Then, finally I get my vision back. And this is what I see...

Reflection: I think I met the WALT very well. Next time I could explain the snakes a bit better.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Term 3 Maths

WALT: Add and subtract numbers with decimal points, and Fractions.

Example below       = Question 1        = Question 2

3.6 + 5.5 =

3 + 5 =8


0.5 + 0.5 = 1


1 + 0.1 = 1.1


8 + 1.1 = 9.1

3 4/10 + 7 9/10 =

3 + 7 = 10

1/10 + 9/10 = 1


1 + 3/10 = 1 3/10


10 + 1 3/10 = 11 3/10

I think that I met the WALT very well.

Next time I can work on  explaining the problem more clearly.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Reading Inquiry

Here is my Reading Inquiry slide. It has all of the info that I have gathered and a photo of my finished product. Here it is.

Also, here is another photo of my Inquiry.


Thursday, 6 August 2015

The Learning Pit

In class we have been learning about the learning pit. We decided to show what the learning pit is and how we have changed our thinking about the learning pit. Here is my learning. Hope you like it!!!


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori 2015 Toku Tinana

It is maori language week and in class we decided to do something about it. We agreed to label  the main body parts on our body. Hope you like it!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Matariki Sample

“Matariki Sample”
Purpose: To share our learning about Matariki; what is it?
 And how we can celebrate Matariki in our own way?
WALA: Matariki

Choices:
  • Retell the story of Matariki like a play
  • Write a story about Matariki
  • Make a model about Matariki
  • Create a piece of art about Matariki
  • Learn and sing songs.
  • Create a movie about Matariki to share (it could be a legend or about Matariki)
  • Create a facts Kahoot about Matariki
  • Create a TV commercial advertising Matariki
  • Create a debate about this statement: “Matariki Day should be a National Holiday”

Task:
  • Choose one of the above activities
  • Ask yourself: Will it suit my buddy? Is it appropriate for the amount of people in my group?
  • Research some facts about Matariki: What, When, Where, Why, How, Who?
  • What resources do you need?
  • Prepare the things you need for Friday morning for buddy time
  • On Friday you will have from 9:30 - 11am to complete it with your buddy
  • The following week you will have more time to edit / practise / put on the final touches
  • Be prepared to share with the whole-school on Thursday Matariki Day
Groups:
Phoebe, Freya, Ruby & Kalia (Rm 3)



Annaliese, Noah, Mason & Troy (Rm 4)

Toby, Lenni, Ryder, Jack (Breakout rm 4/5)

Hannah,Abby, Manaia, Addisyn (Rm 6)

Samantha, Halle, Aroha, Layla (Rm 6)

Azahra, Cohen, Luca, Mac

Emily, Renae, Emma, Max, Samuel (Rm6)

Emily S, Charlotte, Liwan, Porsha (Rm4)

Angus, Mason, Kairo, Benji, James (Rm 3)

Richard, Shrawan, Max, Shaun, Jackson (Staffroom)

Bella, Jayde, Miracle, .. (Rm4).

Billy, Gordon, Jayden (Rm 3 office)

Kate, Tahu, Braydon (Sick bay)

What do you enjoy the most and why? I enjoyed making the art with my little buddy and my best friend.

What challenged you the most and why? It challenged me when we had to paint the blue sky all one way.

What do you need to get better at and why? I need to get better at not putting to much paint on my paint brush.

How can adults help you with this goal? They can encourage me to do art at home.




Thursday, 25 June 2015

50 Posts!!!

Yaay, I have 50 posts!!!


Flood Writing

In class we have been writing about the flooding in the North Island. I wrote a story from the perspective of a girl that had to be evacuated in the flood. I hope you like it!!!

The Flood

I lie down in my bed, listening to the lullaby of the rain drumming softly above my head. So peaceful, so relaxing. I do not know that my wonderland is about to disappear.

 First, the gentle shower turns to rain, and that rain turns to torrential rain. Then the torrential rain turns to hail, and finally, the hail turns to a thunder and lightning storm. Somehow, I know that this storm will not stop soon. And right I am.

I finally drift of into a disturbed sleep, the only thing I dream about is the storm. The big huge storm. The only thing in my mind. The Storm.

I am unexpectedly woken by a splash of water on my head. “ Alright, Alright I’m getting up.” I open my eyes, expecting to see my super annoying brother, Leo in the dim twilight. But I was wrong, there was no-one there except for me. I hear sloshing water. “ Come on man, own up, I know it was really you.” No answer. I BET that he is hiding under my bed with a jug of water. I look down. The first thing I see is the water, swishing around the floor and lapping greedily at my bed legs. I realize that there has been a flood.” Oh no.”

Panic starts to set in.” Leo? Are you here? Leo?” I know what to do: GET OUT!!! But I can’t, what if I drown? Oh well, I will have to go anyway. I wade through the water and open the door. It takes mere seconds for more water to rush in. I slip and slide through the doorway and fall over when I get outside. Whoops, there is 1 incy-wincy thing that I didn’t think of. Where exactly am I going to go? Yes, I most certainly DID NOT think of that. Maybe I could make my way through the mud and water and up the hill to my gran’s house, she shouldn’t have flooding because she is up so high. Sure, like I can make my way up THERE without collapsing from exhaustion. But I have to try. 

The murky water trips me up, makes me tired, and blocks my path. I shake my head in disgust.” I hate this place now” I say, my voice barely audible. I continue to stagger towards the hill, using the trees that remain to pull myself forwards. I look around me, I see badly damaged trees and bushes, 2 small dots on the horizon, and most of all water. Wait - 2 dots on the horizon, one for each person. Before I can stop myself I yell” Mum, Dad, over here.” 

I hear nothing. That is, nothing except for the rain, that is STILL going. I mean like, yeah okay there is a storm going on, but still, what do you expect, I’m an 8 year-old girl with no food or shelter. Haven’t you done enough? I guess that the answer was no, because the rain kept coming, it was like the rain was never going to end, ever.

Dawn is rising and I am coming up to the hill, and then I see that the hill has problems too. Waterfalls of water cascade from the top of the hill and and crash down onto the already overgrown flood. The dull mud outlines where the slippery slope is on the hilbank. I persuade myself to keep going the way I am and not change direction over to where my family is. This is going to be a very hard climb. Whoops. I fall over and lose all of the work I’d done. Then, the powerful current drags me over to the left, I am gasping for air, because the water is pulling me down under the surface. 

I want to scream but I can’t because I’m underwater. I know what Mum would say: Don’t fight with the current, let it take you away. But I just can’t think in this murky, wet, world. Now I’m thinking, how on earth do these sea animals survive in such a place. I have no idea. In all that time that I was thinking, the water has slowly been pushing me up towards the surface of the water.
I finally stand up and then I realise that my family is straight ahead of me.”Mum, Dad, over here” I call out desperately. And this time they hear me.


 “ We’re here darling, stay where you are, Dad will come and get you, we’re going to gran’s house. When I catch your unfortunate older brother, he will be grounded for 3 years.” Mum called from in front of me. Relief washes over me like a bucketful of water. It’s alright, I’m safe, and so is my family. Still, we have to get there, I suddenly realise that we are there. There he is, disheveled and wet, you guessed who it is, it is Leo. Gran is looking at me expectantly.” What,” I say. “ I said, aren’t you glad that you are safe? Asked Gran. I say “ I sure am.”

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Maths

Today we did maths and my group had to figure out a word problem.



 I learnt that if you want to add a number to make a tidy number, if you are doing subtraction, you have to add the same number to both of them.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Leaf Writing

Autumn

In Autumn, the wind blows and leaves fall.

Dancing with the wind, swishing and swooping, the leaves flip and dip and twist and twirl, down to solid earth.

 The leaves that got squished are in great pain, the lucky ones will still remain. Some of them get swept by the garden hoe, some of them crash into my window.

 Until the last leaves come down, with the very boring colour of brown. Down comes the very last leaf, now there are no leaves on the family tree.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Eel Writing

Eel

Hi, I am an eel. A gigantic eel. Obviously, if you’re a huge eel, you’re going to have some incy-wincy problems getting around the place. For example, if you are 5 metre long eel, how are you supposed to get through the mazes of rocks in the Manawatu River? Also there are these strange creatures that I call twolegs that make fun of my thin, long body. Well, what do you expect, I’m a 5 metre long eel.

 
Being an eel in the Manawatu River is not your ideal job. I already have poor eyesight, and the murky water does NOT help. The only creature in the river that is nice to me is my best friend Hannah the eel. 


On the plus side, we get to play pranks on the other creatures to give them payback for being mean to us. But still, it is quite depressing, people laughing at you, bullying you and being just plain mean to you. Especially the twolegs. They scream and run away from you and most of all, laugh at you. Right, so thats what usually happens in the daytime. So now I will show you a day in the life of a gigantic eel.


I was slithering along the river bank, when a big blobby twoleg face appears above me. I try to keep calm. I’m just thinking that I’m lucky I’m a good swimmer when Hannah appears out of nowhere and hisses “ Come on, we need to give that stupid,” She didn’t even finish her sentence before a mighty roar erupted from behind us.“That stupid what?” roared the Fat Fish. “ Fat Fish,” Hannah whispered.” No-one calls ME stupid and gets away with it.” The Fat Fish yelled. “ We just did,” I shot back. “Who said that!!!” demanded the fat fish. We didn’t even have time to answer before a deadly hook was lowered down into the water. It severed the Fat Fish in the neck and winched him up into the air. “We’d better go,” I stated. “It sure has been an eventful day.” Then we swim away into darkness.

Well, that is the story of the Fat Fish - See you later

P.S I’m getting really hungry - it must be dinner-time

P.P.S Yum Yum Yum Nom Nom Nom

Maths Sample

“Maths Sample”
Purpose: To share our maths strategies with our parents and evaluate how well we are doing in maths and find out how we can improve. Our parents can then help us at home.
WALT: (highlight one)
  • count on from the biggest number when adding two numbers together (e.g. 3+8 as 8, 9, 10, 11).
  • explore the different ways to manipulate numbers when adding 2 digits (e.g. 18+18+18 as 20+20+20=60-6).
  • explore the different ways to manipulate numbers when adding and subtracting 2 digits (e.g. 71-48 as 73-50).
  • explore decimal place value (e.g. how many 10ths, 100ths and 1000ths in a whole number).


Task:
  • Choose your maths goal so far from this term
  • Use the Show-me app to “show” how you can solve the maths problem
  • Can you solve the problem using a different strategy?
  • Speak clearly into your ipad - keep your ipad still
  • Get a buddy to view it
  • Save Show-me as: ‘Your Name’ Term 2 Maths Sample
  • Get an adult to check it.
  • Copy embed code, paste into the HTML section on your blog.


  • Copy and paste title, purpose, task
  • What is your maths stage?
  • Put a target on your stage for this term:  


Stage 4
Counting on & back with 10’s as the unit
Early Stage 5
Simple part whole strategies to 100
Stage 5
Simple part whole strategies to 1000
Stage 6
Wide range of part whole strategies


What do you enjoy in maths and why? I enjoy learning new things and understanding them.


What challenges you the most and why? I think that the most challenging thing was understanding decimal numbers.


What do you need to get better at in maths and why? I need to get better at place value in decimals.

How can adults help you with this goal? They could help me by letting me do place value  at home.


Friday, 5 June 2015

Writing Sample

“Writing Sample”
Purpose: To share our writing goals with our parents and evaluate how well we did so we can improve. Our parents can then help us at home.
WALT: PIES
Task:
  • Choose your favourite story so far from this term
  • Reread to make sure it makes sense, does it match my walt?
  • Do some more writing to finish (3 paragraphs minimum)
  • Fix up spelling, paragraphs, capital letters so that it’s ready for a reader
  • Get a buddy to read it
  • Publish writing (do a good copy of it)
  • Get an adult to check it.
  • Put it on your blog



  • Copy and paste title, purpose, task
  • What is your writing goal?
  • Put a target on your goal for this term:  



Generating Ideas
  • thinking, planning, brainstorming, building
Organising Ideas
  • thinking, mapping, sifting, sorting, re-wording
Words
  • adding detail, language features, nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, both technical and precise.
Sentences
  • simple, short, long, complex, compound, variety, connectives, adverbial, adjectival.
Re-crafting
reading, re-reading, re-crafting, adding punctuation, adding, taking away, seeking feedback.


Skeleton


Hi, I am a skeleton. Being a skeleton is not a very good job. Having once been able to move around, you’re not used to staying in one place for the rest of your lifetime.  You’re used to people gasping in awe at you, not people screaming in terror. Also, I reek of dead rats ond other dead animals. As I said before, being a skeleton is not your ideal job.


On the plus side, at least we don’t get tired, but I guess it is rather boring, just sitting there doing nothing. I sometimes sit and envy the sand, getting to flow freely and dance with the wind.
Of course, I’ve given up hope that I’ll ever move again. But I was wrong. One day a man came along and picked me up. I was excited, was he going to take me back to my body, but no, he took me inside of a stuffy enclosure that had 4 walls and lots of mini-men and  mini-women. They all took turns touching me and holding me. Their hands were so warm and soft, that I tried to shiver with pleasure. Obviously I had no results. They then put me on a table with some beach things. I thought “ What are they doing, are they trying to make  me feel like I’m in my home? Are they making me stay here for life?” I don’t know.


After that, I did virtually nothing. (when I say virtually nothing, I mean VIRTUALLY nothing, so I got to do something). But, on the downside I alway got put back in the same boring old spot. Always. Sometimes the mini-people come over to where I am, they never pick me up but I have not given up hope, that one day a kind mini-person would take me back to the beach.


And I never will.


Well I’ll scare you later. (not on purpose, but you’ll probably be scared of me, won’t you)


Copy and paste your favourite sentence here: Why is it your favourite sentence?  I sometimes sit and envy the sand, getting to flow freely and dance with the wind.  I like this sentence because it has an alliteration and a personification.


What challenged you the most and why? I think that the challenging bit was coming up with the idea of the story.


What do you need to get better at in your writing and why? I need to use all different types of sentences in my writing and I want to use more onomatopoeia.  


How can adults help you with this goal? They can help me by encouraging me to write more stories at home so I have more experience writing.