Monday, 9 November 2015

Homework - Week 5, Term 4

Hi everyone!

Your homework is now available on google docs. Here's how to access it:

1. Go to Google Docs (click here <-----)
2. Sign in using your school gmail address and password
3. Look for the doc titled "Term 4, Week 5, Homework" (because Miss Chalmers is still learning too, it might be under "writing" instead of "homework" - oops!)
4. Complete the set tasks. If you don't have access to a computer, don't worry, you can have 30 minutes before school each day from 8.30-9am)

From Miss Chalmers

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Let's Makey Makey!

In the holidays Miss Chalmers went to a three-day conference called U-learn. She had so much fun and got lots of new ideas about exciting things to include in the classroom. One of the workshops included something called a Makey Makey. After seeing what it could do, Miss Chalmers emailed Miss Harland straight away begging for some money! Here's a video of us playing with our new purchase. Yes, you saw correctly - we invented a FRUIT PIANO!

What is a Makey Makey?

A Makey Makey is a circuit board that introduces children to basic computer programming. Alligator clips are connected to anything that works as a conductor. You can then programme the computer to do a whole range of things like play music or computer games!

In half an hour of "playing' what did we learn?

- basic computer programming skills
- technical language like "conductor" "alligator clip" and "anchor"
- creativity - our brains are already overflowing with ideas about what to make next!
- questioning - "why didn't it work?" "what went wrong" "how does the wire sense our touch?"

Friday, 9 October 2015

Should Animals be kept in Captivity?

Last term Room 15 spent a lot of time learning about persuasive writing. Persuasive writing is when you are trying to convince the audience to agree with your opinion. We also learnt how to structure our writing using the OREO format. That means we need to write our opinion and back it up with reasons and examples. And yep, you guessed it, we got to eat OREO cookies too!

One day we watched a funny video about a Walrus doing sit ups with it's trainer. You can watch it right here:

Interestingly enough, what was only meant to be a short "brain break" turned into a full on discussion and debate. Some students thought that the video was very funny, but animals shouldn't be kept in captivity like they are at sea parks. Other students said that having animals kept in captivity, like at Auckland Zoo, meant that they would be safe and well looked after. Sometimes zoos even helped with conservation projects in the wild. Why not read our persuasive stories about animals in captivity below? Otherwise you can check them out on our Writing Wall when you're next in Room 15. 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Amazing Arcades

Room 15 and the rest of the Pukeko Team had a blast sharing their arcade games with the rest of the school today. We think the rest of the classes had a good time too. Here are the few snaps that Miss Chalmers managed to get:

Monday, 21 September 2015

Pukeko Team Cardboard Box Arcade

This term Room 15 completed a really fun and exciting Technology Unit to do with designing cardboard box arcade games. We learnt so much over the course of the term about what technology actually is and how it affects our day-to-day lives. We also learnt about the process of creating technology, right from the initial idea, to researching possible solutions, designing a product and creating the final piece.

Here's a link to the video that got us started. It's called 'Caine's Arcade' and it's a very inspiring story about what one person can achieve:

And here's a link to the video of Room 15 and 16 trialling their final cardboard box arcade games. Tomorrow afternoon classes from around the school will be visiting the Pukeko Team Arcade to play our games. We can't wait!

Daffodil Art

Have you seen our bright and cheerful daffodil art yet? We started this artwork following Daffodil Day earlier in the term. It's now on display in Room 15 and available for purchase as calendar art. Forms were sent home last week, but more are available from the office. Make sure yon't miss out!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Technology for Homefun

A few weeks ago the children in Room 15 were given a very interesting task for Homefun. We've been thinking a lot about what the word "technology" means lately. We know that technology can be anything made by humans that is designed to make our lives easier. Our Homefun task was to create a structure that would hold a book up (and not a little book either!) We could use any "bits and bobs" that could be found around the house. Miss Chalmers gave us one hint: triangles are strong. Check out what Devon and Dominic created:

Home Fun ‘Making a book holder’ by Devon

When I got my home fun I was really excited that I get to build something. 

  • I made a plan, showed my dad and we talked about what I was going to use to make my book holder. 
  • We talked about using wood, cardboard and paper.  I decided on wood because it would be a lot stronger than cardboard or paper. 
  • My dad helped me cut the wood and find everything that we needed.
  • I used nails and glue, we had to glue part of the wood to the big piece, then put a little piece on the front to hold the book in place. 
  • It worked the first time
  • I decided to add a book mark so I wouldn’t loose my place when I was reading. 
  • When I had to show it for ‘show and tell’ Miss Chalmers said how proud she was of all of us for completing our home fun, she didn’t think we would use wood to make them. 
  • I felt happy and excited, I think my friends were all happy for me that I made it. 
  • Miss Chalmers said that we could paint them if we wanted to, I wrote Ford on the back of mine and painted it light blue.  I like light blue. 
  • When it is dry I am going to take it home and give it to my mummy for a present because I love her!
‘Home fun - plan/ make a book holder’ By Dominic

When I read my homefun last Monday I thought it was going to be hard because I didn’t have that many things to make it.  I decided to start collecting some boxes so that I could use them. I got some really strong card board, I made a plan, I showed my mum and she helped me with it.
My dad helped me make one and tried to make it into a triangle, he couldn’t do it so he put 3 sticks at the back so it didn’t fall over. My dad tested the one he made and it fell back, one piece was longer than the other piece, he put it away because it didn’t work.  The next day my mum and me made  the cardboard into a triangle, we tested it and it worked because it had a little frame so it wouldn’t fall down.  This was the one that I planned, I asked my mum to help because she did it the way I wanted.  
When I had to show it to the class I was feeling really really proud!  It was a really challenging task, I’m really pleased I did it, I didn’t give up, I tried and tried until I got it right which was only 2 times!
Miss Chalmers said that I could paint it, I painted it a light sky blue.  I was trying to be careful but I still managed to get some paint on me. 
When the paint has dried I’m going to take it home and use it at home when I read. 
I love this kind of ‘home fun’!

Check out the fantastic designs that these children came up with too: (pictures to come from Logan and Keanen)