Monday, 30 April 2012

Send an e-mail from home

Isaac has been testing out his ICT challenges by sending an e-mail from hoe. He attached this photo.

Jeremy's Homework

Check this out.....
Here is my home learning model. It is a model of a house [history]. There is grass, sand and dirt for the roof because that's what olden day houses look like. The framing is cardboard because it  is a model!




Meet the House Hippo - is this an endangered animal?




Add a comment with your thoughts....
A step up the Ladder of Success for everyone who adds our class blog URL, first name and age.  Give reasons for your opinion - explain why you think what you do.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Whip off down to Wix School - let the quadblogging begin!

Here it is - day one of writing effective comments on our quadblogging buddy blogs. 

Our first school to focus on is Wix.  Remember what you found out about them and think carefully about the comments you write.

1.  Are they positive and encouraging comments?
2.  Are they questioning comments?
3.  Are they constructive comments?  (what they could improve)
4.  Do they make sense and have correct spelling / punctuation?
5.  Would you feel good to get this comment on your post?

Visit Wix Primary School this week.....


 

Saturday, 28 April 2012

What did we think at the beginning?

At the very start of our inquiry on 'Time is running out!' we stood on a line to show what we thought.  We had to be A+ adventurous to stand by ourselves for what we believed and A+ articulate to explain  the reason for our opinion.

Allana is interested to see if our opinions change as we progress through our inquiry. 





Here are some reasons to support our opinions.


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Jess explained that we should preserve animals for future generations.

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Phelix thought that it was important to look after both insects and mammals as they are both part of nature.

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Isabella thought about the consequences of having no bees - we would have no honey!

Fuel the Brain Educational Games | Play Sammy's Symmetry Shuffle

This is a really cool symmetry game that I got straight from our Quadblogging Team at Wix Primary.  Thanks guys, it will really support what we have been learning in class.


Fuel the Brain Educational Games | Play Sammy's Symmetry Shuffle

24,002 Blog Visitor Party

We celebrated 24,002 visitors to our blog on Friday. 


We had to think carefully about how to say this number and think it is a pretty large number of visitors.  Thanks to Eli and his mum for the yummy fudge and Graeson and his mum for the chocolate cake.  

Let's plan another party for our new target - 30,000!

 



Time has run out for these fossils!

Wonderings - time is running out!

If we believe that time is running out for the endangered and threatened species - what do we want to find out?  Record your wonderings on this wallwisher.  You might have more than one wondering.

We will try to answer these wonderings during our in inquiry. 
Make sure you add your name at the top of your wondering.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Sacred Heart School Challenge









Room 3 Sacred Heart School
This Thursday and Friday, your challenge is to visit our quadblogging buddy and search their blog to find out all you can about them:



1. How old are they?

2. What country and city do they come from? (Can you find it on a map?)

3. What is their teacher's name?

4. What makes their school special?

5. What things on their blog do you love and would like to try?

6. What do you want to find out about them?


Find out all you can and write this information or your questions in a comment below. Remember to add your name, age and try adding our URL.

Brookburn Primary School Challenge












Brookburn Primary School:
This Thursday and Friday, your challenge is to visit our quadblogging buddy and search their blog to find out all you can about them:
1. How old are they?
2. What country and city do they come from? (Can you find it on a map?)
3. What is their teacher's name?
4. What makes their school special?
5. What things on their blog do you love and would like to try?
6. What do you want to find out about them?
Find out all you can and write this information or your questions in a comment below. Remember to add your name, age and try adding our URL.



Wix Primary Challenge








Wix Primary Year 3
This Thursday and Friday, your challenge is to visit our quadblogging buddy and search their blog to find out all you can about them:

1.  How old are they?
2.  What country and city do they come from?  (Can you find it on a map?)
3.  What is their teacher's name?
4.  What makes their school special?
5.  What things on their blog do you love and would like to try?
6.  What do you want to find out about them?

Find out all you can and write this information or your questions in a comment below.  Remember to add your name, age and try adding our URL.

Meet the Quadblogging Team!

Like I said - we have joined Quadblogging and now we know who is in our team - yippee. 

Including us, there are four different blogs from around the world for us to be visiting on a regular basis.  If you want to be reminded about Quadblogging then click on this link for a cool video to explain. 

Our team includes...

Room 3 Sacred Heart Cathedral School









 











 











Your challenge for Thursday and Friday is to visit these three blogs and find out all you can about these classes.  Next week we will take turns to visit one blog and leave effective comments for them.  I can't wait!

Visiting Plan:
Week 2:  Wix Primary (30th - 6th April)
Week 3:  Springston E-Team (7th - 13th May)
Week 4:  Brookburn Primary (14th - 20th May)
Week 5:  Sacred Heart School (21st - 27th May)






Tuesday, 24 April 2012

2 x Table Poem

Isabella has a really cool way that you can learn your 2x tables. Have fun trying and write her a comment to say how you are going.


Wonky Donkey Adjectives

We listened to the Wonky Donkey on Allana's iPad and thought carefully about the adjectives (describe a noun) that were used.  In our writing for explanations this term we will need to use more specific and scientific adjectives to describe things.  

Take a look at our work...





Angry Verbs





Out teacher checks out lots of good ideas from other teachers on Twitter and she got this great idea.  


We played Angry Birds and thought about what verbs are and how adverbs add information to how the birds were doing things.  


See our display and find the verbs in a bubble and the adverbs underlined.

















Learn your 11x Table Poem

Here is another 11x table poem but from Chloe.  You can tell what lots of us are working on.


Learn your 11x Tables Poem



We wrote poems to help us learn our tables.  I hope you enjoy this one from Georgia.  Write her a comment to tell her what you think.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Holiday Family Fun - Jeremy



Jeremy made a great model to represent the events we remember during Anzac Day.  What parts can you see that make you think of Anzac Day?  Write him a comment to share your ideas.

Holiday Fun - Sophie

Can you guess what Sophie got up to in the holidays.  Try guessing in a comment and she will tell you if you are getting close.

Holiday Family Fun - Isaac


Take a look at Isaac's mind map about Anzac Day.  This might help us with our challenge this week. Click on the picture to make it bigger.


Anzac Day Resources

Anzac Day Website resources - click here


Friday, 20 April 2012

Check out what Isabella found!

On her holiday in the North Island, Isabella found some very large caterpillars and butterflies.  I have posted the butterfly image that she sent me.  


Isabella has completed one of her Term 2 ICT challenges by e-mailing something to us at school.  You could get a head-start on yours by writing her an effective comment.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Check out Street Talk

Russel Street School - Street Talk

This school has some really great ideas for using technology in our learning and sharing with the world.  Take a look at their Street Talk.  What would we need to learn and practise if we wanted to try something like this in Term 3?


Quadblogging - what's it all about?

I have signed us up to be part of a Quadblogging Team.  Take a look at this video to find out what it is all about. 

I am waiting eagerly to find out who might be in our Quadblogging Team and where they come from.  Write a comment to tell me what countries you might like the rest of our team to be coming from!

Visit our Blog Posters

Our challenge in Term 2 is to get more people visiting our blog and leaving commnents. 
To do this we might need to advertise our blog - starting with our families. 
One of your ICT challenges is to develop an advertising poster for our blog in Comic Life. 

What skills will you need? 
What workshops will we have to run? 
Who can you get good ideas from...?


ACTION:


Check out his blog and write him a message to say what is effective about his poster.


Write a comment on this post about what you think we should use for an effective poster.  Try using the Junior School tool - a fist list.  That means one idea for each finger.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Senior Choices Term 1

For the last five weeks of Term 1, the senior learning team opted into Senior Choices.  They included things like our gardening team, mosaics, checking out the iPads, gymnastis, science, sports, weaving and Simon's cool band.  Take a look at some of the weaving my team produced and have a listen to the very first performance of the band - with the lead rapper missing!  Oops, the video won't load.  I'll try that again later ..... I bet you can't wait!

Friday, 6 April 2012

What have we learned this term?

Click here to see our very first Glog!

Balloon Popper Addition Game




Try this cool addition game to review your basic facts.  Watch out, it might begin easy but it soon gets tricky.  Can you keep up? Link here or on the image.


Thursday, 5 April 2012

Holiday Blog Comment Challenge

Well done to Sophie for being the Super Blog Comment Star as she has just made a comment from home as her first holiday challenge.  I have a prize for the person or family who make the most blog comments over the two week holiday break.

Remember... comments must have...
1.  A positive point
2.  A question or comment on how to improve the post
3.  Your first name and age
4.  Correct spelling and punctuation

Learn your tables

I really loved the U-Tube song Rachelle showed us in assembly to help learn doubles so I found a few to help with our tables.  I hope you have fun using them.  For our other maths resources just click on the post label at the left of the blog - Maths.





Learn your 10x table
Learn your 5x table
Learn your 11x table
Learn your 3x table
Learn your 4x table
Learn your 6x table
Learn your 7x table
Learn your 8x table
Learn your 9x table
Learn your 12x table
Remember your mixed tables

Don't forget that you need to know the division facts too so try going backwards.
If I have 45, how can I make it in the 9x table?  9 x 5 = 45

What can we learn from Cave Man paintings?

Learn about the Romans

Brodie's Treasures

Bella's Treasures

Live a Crazy Life

Eli's Treasures

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Holiday Home Learning

Must do:

1. Read every day (Blue & Green groups books from group box)
2. Work on spelling and tables
3. Have family fun – take photos and e-mail for the blog with writing 
         (1-2 sentences) e-mail to   allana.taylor@springston.school.nz


Can do:
4. Research ANZAC DAY and present it in any way – mini project
5. Complete your own mini research project
6. Weaving – bring your projects in for Liz’s display in the office

Have a go at the Dance Mat touch typing programme in the tab at the top of the blog.  It will improve our typing skills for all those great pieces of writing in Term 2.


Message from Carol

Carol has been watching our blog and has a message for us... 
Click here to hear Carol's message.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

What do you treasure?

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Bria's scrapbook

Jess' precious scrapbook pages

Jess has preserved her memories in a scrapbook page for the future.  


Angus' Treasure Box

Georgia's Treasure Box

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We have been using Allana's iPad in class.  How can we use this idea to share our learning next Term?  Write a comment with your ideas.


Monday, 2 April 2012

Voice Messages from Monday

These are the voice mail messages we were sent on Monday.
Daniella - click on this link to hear her message.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Surprising Challenge

This was found in the newspaper.  
Are you up for the challenge?  Would you go?  What would you take if you were limited to 10 things?  What would you hope to find or even hope you wouldn't find?
Use this as a writing challenge this week and over the holidays.  We will post all responses to the blog.

Voice Mail Messages

Try out the new tool on the side of our blog - VOICE MAIL.
Here is our very firs voice mail - from me!  click on the link to hear it.
Message from Allana

Co-ordinates for maths - yipee

Our Asttle test results showed we need to learn about how we can use co-ordinates to find a position on a map. This is exciting because we get to play Battle Ships, draw things and play games in maths this week.

Here are a couple of ICT games you can play.  Remember they can also be acccessed on our maths tab at the top of the blog.



Billy Bug 1 - Feed Billy by putting in the correct co-ordinate.
Dinosaur Hunt - Search for bones by using the co-ordinates. 
Catch the Fly - Experiment to see what happens in different quadrants!  This one is tricky.