Tuesday, 28 August 2012

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Reading EEKK in Daily 5

We have to sit with elbows and knees touching so we can whisper to each other.

Reading Stamina - check it out!

How to make a Greek Shield

Nathan explains how you can make your own Greek Shield.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Visit Room 10 Raumati Beach School

Check out this cool school blog - http://room10atrbs.blogspot.co.nz

They have been experimenting with Wordle and word patterns.

I think we could have a try too.  Make sure you visit them and leave a comment on their blog to say thanks for the idea.

I wonder who will be the first to find out where their school is?  Leave a comment with your guess.


Can you hear some good description of Tāwhiri-mātea? What does he look like? What is he doing? How is he doing it and are there any activated nouns?


Develop our characters

We looked at how to describe the Māori god of the weather Tāwhiri-mātea with more detail so we could add it to our myths.  See if you can hear some activated nouns.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Ancient Greek Shield

Learning in class

In our class we think about our learning by using our planners. Jojo is evaluating her week and Eli is practicing taking videos.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Myth - how hail was made

This is a myth written by Jess.  I love the words she has chosen and the way she has read with expression.  Stunning work Jess.

Hoplite Soldiers

We learned about the Hoplite Soldiers and made shields with designs on.  They represented the Greek Values we identified with.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Street Talk to share our learning

We have looked at Street Talk from Russel Street School earlier in the year.  Could this be a better approach than a documentary for sharing our knowledge?

What learning would we need to do before we could create a news report like this? 
How could each of our groups share their learning and it still tie together as a whole programme?

Write comments below to help us decide what workshops we would need to organize to prepare us for this challenge.

What did the Romans do for us?

Watch this television episode carefully.  How could we use this approach to share our learning about what the Ancient Greeks did for us? 

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Good Fit Books

How do you choose a book that is a 'Good-Fit' for you?  That is one you can read and are interested in?  Take a look at this video to see why it is important to get a good fit. 

Would you wear gum-boots to dance ballet? 

Check out how to find a 'Good-Fit' book on our very own Leap into Books Blog.

Week 6 Whakatauki (Maaori proverb)

This is our whakatauki for the week.  Click on the MP3 link to hear how it should sound.  Leave a comment to explain what you think it means to our learning.

Fill the basket of knowledge.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Hoplite War

On Friday, the Athenian Goddesses (Allana and Elaine!) declared war on the Hoplite Army.  The Athenians had the advantage of modern weapons (Nerf Guns) but the Hoplites knew how to work as a team.  They overlapped their shields and moved together to protect the whole group rather than just themselves.  The designs on their shields represented the Greek Values they most identified with.  Thanks to Stu for his help with these.

This challenge reminded us of what the Ancient Greeks have taught us.  They showed us that team work is very important.  We can see this also in Māori Values or Kotahitanga and in the Springston A+ Characteristics.  We will tell you more about what we have learned next week.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Monday, 13 August 2012

Olympics Facts - Did you know?

These are the interesting facts that Chloe found about the Olympics.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Greek Helmets

Check out our home learning challenge - to make an Ancient Greek helmet!  They will go with the shields we are making.  We will have to work together in formation to protect ourselves from Allana and Elaine shooting the Nerf Guns at us on Friday!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

The Three Bears - Reader's Theatre

This was our first attempt at doing Reader's Theatre but you can hear us working hard on our expression.  We worked well as a team to produce the story and practiced until we got it right.  

This was also our first try at doing the video ourselves.  What do you think we could do to improve for our next video?  Write us a comment with some advice so we can get better.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Lachie teaches the class!

Elaine was really excited when she learned how to make a movie on the iPad.  See - learning can happen anywhere, any time or any place!  We hope you are doing some learning right now!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Tena Koutou

Check out our song.  We can use this video when there is no ukulele to sing by.  Remember this is an echo song.  Think about how to pronounce the words.