Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Garden Club Harvest Sale


On the first day of summer The Garden Club harvested their fresh meadow green silver beet.

Mr.Wood took them to the teacher's staff room so we could sell them to teachers and raise money, so the next time we grow our garden we could afford to buy seeds to keep on the fantastic progress.

They have been growing for 7 weeks and we have decided to harvest them. So that the next time they are fully grown (in week ten) we will harvest it again and hopefully it would be a lot bigger.

I would just like to thank all the Garden Club members for making sure the garden is always watered and 
healthy as it is their responsibility.

Post and Photos by Mapili

Why we blog

Today we got a question from a university student in Germany who wants to use our blog as an example to show her teacher. She had some questions for us and we answered her in this blog.

When did we started blogging?

We started blogging in the beginning of the year. We first had just a class blog that we all added to. Now we also have our own blogs.

Why did we started blogging?
We wanted to learn more about the internet and e-learning. We are also able to share our writing and learning with our families and the world.

Do we like blogging?
We do like blogging it's really awesome, we love writing our own blog. And we love reading and commenting on other class blogs. We really like getting comments.

How we use it? Our teacher (Mr. Wood) made us our own personal blogs and the class so we just log in and write a blog post about our learning or our own interests. We always put something about what we are learning each week on the class blog.

What we don't like about blogging?
We don't like it when we write a whole big paragraph and when we write the same thing on the blog it looks really short.

Will we continue blogging when we're older? Most of us promise we'll keep blogging.

Thank you Helena for asking us about our blogging.

Do you have any more questions for us???
Written by: Akansha and Shradha

Sunday, November 28, 2010

How To Make A Quill Pen

On Monday the 29 November, a student named Mapili, who made a Quill Pen by followed these steps.

Step 1: Find a large feather and ink.

Step 2: Cut the Quill diagonally ( an angle ) .

Step 3: Dip the Quill into the ink well.

Dab the Quill on a spare paper to prevent blobs.

Step 4: Write gently and try not to smudge.

Written by Mapili,Pearl

Photos by Mapili.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

What have you learnt?

Podcast Week 7

Shawn, Priyasha and Akansha decided to do a video podcast this week.  What did they do well? How could they improve?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Trash 2 Fashion Challenge

Team 17 had a challenge today to create fashion from old newspapers, be creative and work together as a team.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Podcast for week 6

A bit later than usual but we had an exciting week. To find out more listen to our podcast.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Vinegar Volcanoes

Vinegar Volcanoes
The Blog Dogs have done a volcano experiment like the one we read about in School Journal P2N2 2002, "Make a Volcano" by Jan Trafford this week. In small groups Team 17 compared them, and made 'Same / Different' T-charts of the two methods?

The group members choose roles of 'Narrator - Recorder - Actor - Supervisor' before planning their ingredients and method. Once they had set-up and practiced, ready were to record. The teamwork and cooperation in the groups was amazing. 

What do you think of our volcanoes below?

Volcano experiment

Hi my name is Nicholas and we did an a experiment. In my group was Kiu, Sam and Isaiah.
first we got a bottle and painted it to make it look like a real volcano.

Secondly we put half a cup of baking soda and a few drops of food colouring. We got a camera and filmed Sam pour the vinegar, when he poured it in the volcano exploded and went everywhere.

By: Nicholas

***The Best Volcano Experiment Ever***

Our group had Shawn, Henrica, Mapili and Sharnika. We were doing a volcano explosion experiment. What we were trying to do is making a volcano explode using chemical reactions.

Our ingredients were:
A small bottle
A bit of baking soda
1/4 of a glass cup of vinegar
1/2 of warm water
3 drops of red food colouring
and scrapings from crayons.

We took a video and 2 photos on our experiment. We had to do an re-actment since we didn't press the record button long enough. But this time we had more explosion.

In my group is Me (Loretta), Saylor, Jan and Viola we made a volcano erupt.

These are the ingredients
1 half of backing soda, red food colouring and vinegar.
This is our test that we did.


Today Team 17 made volcanoes.
We had to get into a group of three. The people in our group were Pearl, Akansha and Priyasha.

How to make a volcano is to, get all the stuff you need.

What you need are:
1. Baking soda
2. Bottle
3. Vinegar
4.Measuring cup
5. Red food coloring
6. People

1. Get a bottle
2. Half fill bottle with baking soda
3. Pour it in the bottle hole
4. Few drops of food coloring
5. Mix with half cup of vinger
6. Pour over it with baking soda
Here is a video of our volcano eruption.

By Pearl, Priyasha and Akansha .

Our Mini Volcano

On the 19 November 2010 Catherine, Sheetel and Shradha made a mini volcano.

These are the stuff that you will need:
-Baking Soda
-Red Food Colouring

And this is what happened.

The Garden Club's First Harvest

On the 19th of November 2010 the garden club got their first harvest of silverbeet.

We had 20 big bundles of silverbeet. We still have some silverbeet growing as we harvested the big silverbeet leaves. We have such a big group and have a roster for each day, lunch and morning tea.

Each garden club member took home a bundle of silverbeet, and we gave one to our principal.

Previous garden club posts here.


Today we did a experiment about volcanoes we used:

-Baking soda
-food coloring
-Drink bottle

By:Steven, Aj, Eugene and Anitesh.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sign Language

Recently Team 17 members discovered an article in a School Journal about sign language, and because everyone was so interested we decided to learn more about it.
Below are videos of some of our students trying out their own sentences in sign language. They are saying "Hi, my name is ______. I like playing ______."





Eugene and A.J

Jan and Henrica introduce themselves and sign 'sing' "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."

What do you think of our sign language, can you understand it?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Podcast for week 5

Winning website

Today we went to the TVNZ6 Netguide Schools Multimedia Challenge awards at TVNZ building. We were finalists in the primary website design part.

We had to come to school at 8 oclock and left at 8:30 and we came back at 11:00.
It was cool shaking hands with Julia and Jeremy from TVNZ6. We also shook hands with Anne Tolley the minister of education. Jonathan Cotton gave us the prizes, our prize were MONOPOLY City 3D and $100 gift vouchers from Warehouse Stationary.

Our website is http://india-rocks.wikispaces.com/

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bailey's Got Culture Festival

Today we have just had our culture festival. Yesterday we had a dress rehearsal and the dress rehearsal was so cool. Here is the second half of the performance photos.

This is a little movie that I made.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Our bird feeder

Cisco, Sheetel, Shradha and Catherine made a birdfeeder. Shradha took the photos, Sheetel and Catherine mixed the peanut butter and seeds, and Cisco shoved the mixture into the pine cone.

If you want to make a birdfeeder this is what you need:
-pine cone
-peanut butter

Once you got your things ready, you can start making your bird feeder
1. First mix your seeds with the peanut butter (make sure you get plenty of seeds.)
2. Once you mixed the mixture, get the pinecone and shove the mixture in ( get them right in so it gets tricky for them to eat.)
3. Get the piece of string and tie it tothe pinecone.
4. Tie the pinecone ( that is being held by the string) to a tree ( the highest you can go)
5. Just wait till you get some birds coming to your birdfeeder ( this might take a while, like days)

And you are done . This is a slide show while we were creating the birdfeeder.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The garden grows more !!!

These 2 weeks have been amazing we have lots of plants and the plants have grown so big. Now we also have eatable flowers called marigolds. We think that the silverbeet and beetroot has grown big. Myah and Catlin love watering the garden every Monday.

Written by Myah and Catlin
Photos by Sharnika and Sheetel  

Our first garden club blog post here. See how we grow.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Podcast for week 4

Mapili, Catherine and Sheetel present Team 17's week 4 podcast. Shawn recorded and edited the podcast in Audacity.