Saturday, December 12, 2009

Add Your Wishes

What good memories from this year can you share? What will you be doing in the holidays? Click Post a sticky at the bottom of the wall, and then double click on the green part of the wall and start typing. Say who you are and click OK when you are done. Many people will look at the wall, so make sure what you write is appropriate for others to read.

Outdoor Education Week

We had a wonderful week of Outdoor Education. Team 17 will leave their comments and memories as they look at the photographs. These and more photos at Flickr.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Brilliant Blogger of the Week

Our Brilliant Blogger of the Week is Alex. Alex has written an interesting blog, full of detail and personality. I would like to see you include other media like photos, Voki or a slideshow. It was easy to read, and fun. Fantastic blogging Alex!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Kakariki's judgement on Karaka.

LC BR KM KP KG CT RR
NO LI NO LI YES NO LI YES NO LI YES
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
2 1 0 0 0 0 0
NO NO YES NO NO YES YES

Winner: Kristine
We all voted for Kristine because her blog was interesting.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kahunrangi votes for Kakariki blogs

  • Did they talk about the learning intentions?

  • Was it interesting?

  • How many spelling and grammar errors did you find?

  • Did they explain the forces and motion of their marble track?

AB

SK

JK

LMB

PN

CG

1. Yes

No

Away

No

No

No

2. Yes

Yes

Away

Yes

Yes

Yes

3. None

1 to 2

Away

2 to 3

1 to 2

None

4. Yes

Yes

Away

A little bit

No

Yes

Winner : Alex 4 votes

2nd: Phenoix 2 votes

3rd: Cara 1 vote

Latana 0 votes

Shweta K 0 votes

James Away

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Predicting Patterns

Can you predict what the 20th shape will be?
asked Camilla.

She has created a pattern of vertical and horizontal rectangles.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Blogger of the Week

My Marble Track


Last week, Room 17 were making marble tracks (so is the whole Middle Syndicate) , we still are. I made a marble track with Rebecca and ours is called 'HORROR TRACK' because it is always falling apart and because of the black paint it has and the dull colours.

In our topic, we are talking to a class in the USA. They are kids from Sportsville, Virginia. There school is called Ni River Middle School. They are year 7 students as well. We have sent them letters so they will know a little bit about us. Now we are doing projects in groups about New Zealand, the flag, native birds and the National Anthem and many more. I am in the native birds group and we are writing about the New Zealand native bird, which is the kiwi, we are going to use powerpoint to do it.

For reading, we were studying about snow and hail and how it is formed. I am doing How Hail is Formed. Hail is kind of like snow because it goes up and down in the the clouds becase wind pushes it back up because it is so light, but when it gets heavy enough to drop down from the sky to the ground then it drops and that is how hail is formed.

In maths we are learning about place value and number line.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Amazing Marble Tracks

Intermediate and junior classes have come to admire your science and technology projects, well done. They are creative and made to look fantastic too!

Photos and videos of your marble tracks are on this VoiceThread. There are also photos of when you explained to other classes how you planned, then made them. They show gravity pulling, and tracks pushing as the marbles rolled their way to the lowest point.

Now look at these photos and think about what you have learnt building your own marble track, and how you could have used some of the ideas other kids came up with. Some have even made changes since these photos. Comment using either text or voice on 3 different photos. Remember to use the drawing pencil too.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Taniwha Art

We are exploring Taniwha as the subject for our art unit this term. We started with a story read by Mr Wood, "The Forgotten Taniwha". In groups we explored some readings on taniwha and put the interesting information we found on stickies on the whiteboard to represent the scales of a taniwha. Each of us told the class what we had found. We then drew different features of taniwha afters researching a range of images. Lastly we drew a pencil sketch of a taniwha. Next week we will explore crayon and dye techniques when drawing our taniwha.




Book Image from: http://www.penguin.com.au/lookinside/spotlight.cfm?SBN=9780143520030

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Forces and Motion

Our topic this term is Forces and Motion. Today in groups we explored how many different ways we could get a marble to move.

These are our ideas about what forces make marbles move.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Welcome back Team 17


Welcome back Team 17. This term we are exploring forces and motion 4 science. We will write explanations & study tanifa 4 art. We also have our USA class 2 meet.

This is my message to you in text. As you are only allowed 160 characters including spaces, you need to be creative and to the point with your wording. http://www.voki.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Digital Storytelling using 5 Photos

Team 17 have just begun learning to plan, write and create digital stories using multi-media. We used only 5 photos to tell a story. We used Audactiy to record our narration and MovieMaker to put it all together.
Our success criteria were to:
- tell our own digital stories using multi-media.
- use 5 photos to tell a story with a beginning, middle and ending.
- use creative commons photos and credit our sources
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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Summary of Readers Theater Responses

Team 17 did an awesome job of their first readers theater podcasts, but they didn't stop there. Showing that they are good learners they self-assessed themselves, and here is a summery of the results.

Your first name?
phoenixRiverBenRebeccaLatana-mareeShweta KYoung-BloodKristineDamonAlexkarenLishaJadeLosalineKatrinaKatrinaJamesKasanitaDuotShweta CLindaCaraMacane
What story did you read?
Little Red Riding Hood
730%
Goldilocks
313%
The Gingerbread Man
626%
Three Bears
730%
What was your role in telling the story?
Pig Cow and old manNarratorNarratorFoxMotherSound Effects and The little old womenThe WolfGrandmaWoodsman and sound efectsNarratorgoldilocks1st pigstory tellerstory tellerThe Third pigThe Third pig...
How well did you read with confidence?
None

Excellent
1 -
None
14%
2
00%
3
730%
4
1043%
5 -
Excellent
522%
How well did you sound like the character?
Not at all

Excellent
1 -
Not at all
00%
2
14%
3
835%
4
1043%
5 -
Excellent
417%
How well did you express the feelings with your voice?
Not at all

Excellent
1 -
Not at all
14%
2
29%
3
626%
4
730%
5 -
Excellent
730%
Did you practise enough?
Not at all

Excellent
1 -
Not at all
00%
2
29%
3
730%
4
313%
5 -
Excellent
1148%
Can you hear the punctuation in your reading?
Not at all

Excellent
1 -
Not at all
00%
2
29%
3
1148%
4
626%
5 -
Excellent
417%
How well do you feel you participated and contributed to the group production?
Not at all

Excellent
1 -
Not at all
00%
2
14%
3
522%
4
835%
5 -
Excellent
939%
What could you do produce a better podcast next time?
zDont know Re-Read get what is going on Remember What I am Reading and remembering where I am in the story. I could change my voice into a fox voice instead of just using expression with my voice with punctuation . To hear the punctuation. Maybe express more feeling. speak louderI could have lowered my voic...
Did you enjoy this reading experience?
Yes
2191%
Was ok
29%
No
00%

Friday, August 28, 2009

Readers Theater


















Self-Assessment: Listen to your story and afterwards fill in this online self-assessment. Be as honest as possible, remember a good learner recognises what they do well AND what they need to improve on.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Iron Brion's Beef & Lamb BBQ Express




We were lucky enough to have a visit from Iron Brion, he taught us the importance of a healthy, balanced diet.

After the show we were given hamburgers, they were made of bread buns, beef patties, lettuce and tomato.

Iron Brion taught us what the four food groups were and that everyone needs iron. I enjoyed the show and there were questions about what we had learned. The four food groups were meat and meat alternatives, fruit and vegetables, milk and dairy products, and cereal and bread. By Cara.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Winners of the Week 5 Digital Photography Compitition

1st Place








2nd Place








3rd Place








Some assessment comments by Team 17:
Kasanita said, "Its got interesting colours and it fulls the whole back round and its got alot of detail."
River said, "It has good contrast and its diagonal."
Latana-Maree said,"contrasting and is taking the whole spaces."
Rizal said, "It is well taken and it fills up the screen and it is colorful."
Karen said, " good contrasting colours and focus."
Rebecca said, "It looks interesting and it looks really good with the grass for it's back ground."
Macane said, "It look's interesting when you look at the picture,and it's colour has mixture."
Sweta C said, "It has a good contrasting colour,good composition."

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mr Wood's Muffins

Mr Wood promised to baked some choc-chip muffins as a prize for our photographic competition. We are learning to take digital photographs in focus, using colour contrast for effect and composition using the rule of thirds.

Who will be the winners of these yummy muffins?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Little Red Riding Hood Readers Theater

We have been learning use Readers Theater to re-read with expression.
We know this when we:
  • read with confidence
  • be the character
  • show the feelings
  • practise lots
  • notice punctuation

"Little Red Riding Hood" was read by: Shweta K (Little Red Riding Hood) , Rebecca (Wolf and Grandma), Cara (Mum), Alex (Huntsman), Ben (Sound Effects), Damon and Phoenix (Narrators).

Answers to our Dairy Farming Inquiry

We have been researching dairy farming as a New Zealand resource. To do this we have been using the Bailey Road School Inquiry Process TEACH.

Here we have presented some of our findings as a cow on our topic wall.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Photo of the Week

We are learning to take digital photos and be eco-artists at the same time. By taking photos of trash around the school we hope people will see how much litter there is.

This week we are focusing on composition. Composition is the way we set up our photo, the angles and colours we choose. A good rule is the rule of thirds, which means we try use two thirds of the photo frame.

This photo is the best of the week, it has good composition, good colour and an interesting photo.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

How we made the Mad Cows

Well first you will need the materials.
1. Cardboard; to work on, it goes under the paper and when you draw and dye it
2. White paper A3; if you have it
3. Ink Dye; different bright colours
4. Black and white crayons

Instructions:
First you get the cardboard to put over your desk to keep it clean.
Then you get the paper about a A3 size of paper.
Next you get a dark color crayon like black, blue or purple and you must have a white crayon too.
Draw shapes for the body like a circle for a head and a rectangle for the body.
When you have finished drawing your cow, go over it as dark as you want with a dark crayon like black. Remember don't fill in blank spaces, the ink dye will go there.
Use you white crayon to make line and marks where you don't want dye to stick.

What we did with our cows was we just did shapes for the body, legs and face.
Then when we had finished we painted different coloured dye on top.
The crayon doesn't need to be perfect because the dye fills in the gaps.


By Ben, Duot and Phoenix



Friday, August 7, 2009

Mad Cows

We used crayon and dye to create these fun dairy cows.

In our Social Studies we are researching dairy farming.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Trash Photo Assessment Week 3

We are learning to assess our digital photographs:
Once your week 3 trash photo is in your new blog post, you need to write a reflection. Your reflection is an assessment of how well you achieved the Learning Intention and Success Criteria of that lesson. (LI: We are learning to take photographs that use contrasting colours to make the image stand out).

Our Success Criteria are:
  1. The background colour of the photograph is a contrasting colour to the piece of trash.
  2. We can explain what a contrasting colour is.
  3. The photograph is in focus.
  4. The trash image fills the frame of the photograph.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Visit from our Featured Artist

Martin Horspool a New Zealand artist who creates 3D sculptures of robots from recycled junk. Today he visited us and talked about his robots, how and why he makes them. He also spoke about creating balance and personality in his robots.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bryan tells us about TEACH

This term we are learning about the inquiry process. T stands for "tune in". Its about asking questions and getting all the information you need. E stands for "explore", researching information and using effective key words. A stands for "acquire", gathering information. C stands for "communicate", choose and sort your information and credit your sources, and present your information creatively. H stands for "how did it work", "have I answered my questions? How well did I do it? And all the letters stand for T.E.A.C.H.

By Bryan

Friday, July 3, 2009

Trash 2 Fashion



Thanks to Westpac who helped sponsor this show and great supporters of the Team 17 digital classroom.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Choir at Dress Rehearsal

During our school Trash to Fashion rehearsal, the middle syndicate choir members performed a song they are singing on Thursday night.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Reflecting on our blog with Wordle

What does this Wordle "word cloud" reflection tell you about our class blog writing?

Team 17 are learning to use Wordle word clouds to reflect on their blogs.