Monday, 9 May 2016

Matariki - Student Collaboration!

During their first week back at school we hooked into our prior knowledge about Matariki, and then combined this with some new knowledge by each group reading a different journal about Matariki.  

The students wanted to share their knowledge with their buddy class in Hong Kong.  They decided to use Google Slides after collaborating on a Google Doc to share their understandings during their reading sessions.

Groups of students working on the same Google Slide after collaborating on Google Docs.

Below is a series of slideshows from the students.   You will notice that the slideshows are not perfect, but provide an important snapshot of where their learning is at this moment in time.

During this process, students had to problem solve how to take a screen shot of their art and then embed into a Google slide.  With their teachers help, students were able to make connections to key words that would help them find the answers.  One search was worded:  'Screenshot with Chromebook'

Then we needed to problem solve how we were going to embed the Google Slide into a blog post.  With some detective work, we found you could publish the Google Slide to the web and copy a code that we then embedded into the blog post.  We had to change to HTML format to put in the code so it would work.

We also learnt how to reduce the size of our Google Slides so they would fit on the blog page.  All in all, a whole lot of reading, writing, art, ICT skills were developed this week and we are very proud of our efforts.

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Maths Challenge - Plotting Coordinates!

Today in Room 10 Group 3 we were learning about how to plot coordinates on a grid and join these to make a 2D shape. 

After some discussion, instruction and a little practise the team decided two of the boys would go head to head, to see who could complete the challenge first.... 

At the end of the challenge they realised they hadn't read the part that asked them to make the shape symmetrical.   Once they realised this, one team was able to quickly turn their shape into several triangles.

Watch the video below to see how it rolled out.
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The team on the right at the last minute was able to make their shape symmetrical.

May The Fourth Be WIth You....

On May the 4th this week our school had a dress up with a Star Wars theme.

Here are three of our girls looking suitably attired!

Princess Leia, Padmé Amidala & a Jedi!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Thank You NZ Opera For Bringing Us The Elixer Of Love Opera!

Today we were lucky enough to watch an opera called "Fish 'n' Chips" by New Zealand Opera.  To watch the actors singing see our video at the bottom of our post.

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We loved the opera so much we wrote thank you letters.... here are a few......

Maria @ Rangikura

Turua @ Rangikura

Malcolm @ Rangikura

Visit our student blogs to see more thank you notes from students in Room 10.

Blog contributors to this post were:

Video taken by:  Izzy @ Rangikura

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Duffy Book Assembly

Today Mr Roberts organised a cool assembly where we
 would given our books.

This is the team who decorated our box of goodies!

Check out our school Duffy Book song.... It's AwEsOmE!!!

 We were so happy to receive our books!

Monday, 11 April 2016

We Decorated Our Duffy Box!

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This is our Duffy box that we drew on.

Cricket Skills

In Room 10 we have been learning how to bowl and bat so we can play a game of cricket.

Navarone bowling to Havana...... 

Lining up ready to bowl....

Over arm bowl... Kiwi style....

Lining up ready to bowl to our batter.....

Friday, 8 April 2016

The Importance Of A Topic Sentence

Week 10 saw Team Respect learning about the importance of a topic sentence to let the reader know what they will read about in the following paragraph.

This group has been gathering information together on weaving by reading several texts.  They became interested in which materials are best for weaving.  Māori use harakeke to weave many things. Below you will see an example written by Mya.

If you would like to read Mya's original post click the following link:   

Example of  a topic sentence, followed by information shared in a paragraph.

Reading with Musharraf

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I have chosen to read the number one best seller Artemis Fowl . I chose this book because I think it will be interesting.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Following Instructions

Last week Team Respect wrote some instructions on how to make a box by weaving paper.

They have asked Team Support and The Achievers to read through and follow their instructions to see if they did a good enough job.

Let's see how they got on.....

Cutting out the strips.....

Some students shared their instructions on their blog.

Weaving away...

Boys showing how it's done....

Deep concentration.....