Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Sun & Moon Before & After Views

We created this VoiceThread to share what we have discovered during our Inquiry this term. Please feel free to add your own ideas, positive comments or questions.  Your comments will become visible after Mrs McGhie has approved them.  

Book Trailer by JJ

This term we have learnt about book trailers. Book trailers are special video advertisements, sort of like film trailers, only these are for advertising books. We have been having a go at making our own book trailers. Here is one about "The Tale of Despereaux".

Friday, August 6, 2010

Room 16’s Hundredth Day of School.

On the Hundredth Day of school we made hundredth day hats with 100 things on them and the number 100 on the front. Mrs McGhie has made hats like this before with her last year's class and they were so popular she thought we’d like to make them too. When we visited Room 4’s blog we saw that they had made 100 Day hats too so we were quite excited about that! We counted to a hundred. We visited other classes blogs and saw what other classes had done for their hundredth day at school. We did lots of activities like a 100 dot to dot and playing 100 games on the wiki. Our class watched a video on Youtube. It had people from the age of 1 to 100 playing the drums. (Thanks to Room 4 Waiuku Primary for this video link). Some of the people in the video had to sit and some could stand. Some were tall and some were small. We read poems about 100. We also changed all the different parts of our Calendar Maths to show 100, such as our Place Value Houses, our Tally Chart and our Place Value Money.

By BHF & Mrs Mc

Hearing Aids!

Some of the children in Frogs reading group have been reading all about hearing aids and how they work.  They also asked some of the experts in Room 14 to help clarify any information they were unsure about.  They created this summary of all of their new learning.

People that can‘t hear properly needs hearing aids. Hearing Aids help them to hear properly. Hearing Aids are things that people put behind their ears. This blog post explains how they work. Hearing aids are powered by a battery. Hearing Aids have lots of things on them like: an ear hook, an amplifier, microphone, volume control, on/off switch, battery and ear mould. That is all the things that are on a hearing aid. Hearing Aids are about $1000. You can buy them at the place where you get your ears tested – the hearing clinic. There are lots and lots all over the world. Hearing Aids are never found in two dollar shops because they are so expensive. Our ears get infections. If your ear gets an infection it is best to go to the hearing clinic. Hearing Aids can not be put in water otherwise they will stop working. They have to get a raincoat or umbrella or hat when it is raining to keep the hearing aid covered. Hearing Aids are easily broken so you have to take very good care of them.

Written by HM & IL

Illustrated by JB & KMcC

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Our Thinking - What if we could visit the Sun?

This morning for Oral Language Mrs McGhie made us put some of our thinking hats on and share our ideas about this question with our buddy.  Here are some of the ideas our class came up with. Mrs McGhie thinks that we have very creative ideas.

Yellow Hat Ideas
It's big and  nice and warm and you could get a sun tan.
You wouldn't need to keep booking hair dressing appointments because the sun would turn your hair blond straight away.
No aliens could visit the sun because they'd burn up.
You wouldn't have to get a haircut becausethe sun would burn it off.
You could go to the Sun and then come back and tell the scientists about what you had seen on the Sun.
Because you won't be able to go to school you'd have to teach yourself while you're on the Sun.
You could see everything in Space if your were on the Sun.
You could see if there was a comet coming down to your planet and tell everyone there was a comet coming.

Black Hat Ideas
You'd get a sun tan.
You'll have to put LOTS of sun cream on.
It would be really hot and you might get really burnt.
You'll have to get lots of sun screen before you go up there - it would cost A LOT of money.
You couldn't put your space ship on the Sun because it would blow up.
It would shine in your face and you might go blind.
It's bad to go in the Sun because you might end up in an explosion.
Your friend might be an alien and they might blow up AND even with lots of sunscreen you wouldn't be able to cover yourself up enough and you might go red.
There will be heaps of storms on the Sun.
If you stay on the Sun for a big amount of time you could die.
If you put your feet on the Sun and you were in a space suit the suit would get all burned and you wouldn't be able to breathe.
You wouldn't be able to get there because your ship would only have enough fuel to get to the Moon.
You would have to take ages to get your food and then go to the Sun because it takes ages to get to the Sun.

It would be hard to get back to Earth because it's a long way away.
You wouldn't be able to go to the bathroom because there is no bathroom on the sun.

 Red Hat Ideas
Happy because it would be really fun.
Excited because it would be the first time on the Sun.
I'd be sad because I'd burn up.
I'd be curious because it would be probably the first time I've studied the Sun when I've been on the Sun.
Happy because I'd be warm.
Sad because my space ship might burn up.
Terrified because I'd be scared I'm going to die.
Nervous because I don't want to die when I walk my first footstep on the Sun.
I wouldn't feel anything because I'd already be dead.
I'd feel happy because then I could relax there.
I'd be happy because it would be my first time on the Sun.
Sad because I died at a young age.
I would feel boiling because the Sun is very hot on its outsides.

Green Hat Ideas
When you fly to the Sun you might land in an explosion so you'd need to go to a safer place like a black dot on the Sun.
I want to turn myself into a Zac Power agent so I can get a special gadget and zap the sun so it won't do nuclear blasts.
Go in a special spaceship with water guns on it and squirt water at the Sun to put it out so it's safe.
I'd go in a space ship made out of metal because sometimes metal doesn't get burnt.
Make a spaceship that wouild move as fast as light so it wouldn't get burnt up and we'd have special space suits that don't get burnt up.
Put a shield around the space ship made of see-through metal to bounce the heat back into the Sun.
I would go on a broomstick and I would have a wand and blow up the sun.
But if you put it out you won't be able to do scientific things on it.
Make a robot jet pack so if you got there and your ship explodes you could fly back to Earth on your jet pack plus you'd be able to fly above the Sun so your feet wouldn't get burnt.
You can invite aliens to a space ship and jump around.
I'd turn myself into Superman.
I'd go in a super dooper teleporter that never blew up and protected me.
If we didn't have the Sun it would be really dark all the time.

Blue Hat
Thinking about all our ideas we wondered if travelling to the Sun would really be possible and we decided that it probably wouldn't be because you'd burn up and the Sun is really too hot.  It takes 11 months to get there and people just haven't gone that far in Space yet.  Some of us think that it may be possible hundreds of years from now when technology is better and some of us think that it never will be.  We also wondered what would happen if the Sun blew up or went out or wasn't there any more.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Our First Few Weeks of School

We've had a great time during our first weeks at school. We've read "The Hole in the King's Sock" by Dot Meharry and "Is That An Earthquake" by Jennifer Cooper.

We have learnt a new place value game called "Traffic Light". It's fun and it helps us to learn about 3 digit numbers. Today we learnt a new place value game "Close to 100" but we find that one a bit tricky at the moment.

We have been learning about the Treaty of Waitangi and Mrs McGhie read us a really cool book about the Treaty House - the house in the book could talk!!! But, we know that it doesn't in real life.

We've written a recount about what we did in the holidays. We had to use the 5 W and 1 H questions to organise our thinking.

We are going to be learning all about New Zealand this term. Please keep visiting our blog to hear all about our exciting learning.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Preparing for the New School Year

The new school year starts in New Zealand in just a few weeks time. There will be a new bunch of friends joining Mrs McGhie and we are lucky enough to be moving into a brand new classroom. Our cluster map has reset itself and Mrs McGhie has made changes to the appearance of the blog in preparation for her new class. Please pop back in a few weeks time when we will resume or regular blogging.