Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Democracy In New Zealand

For the last activity for our Elections task I created a DLO on Democracy in New Zealand. In my DLO I have made a flow chart. I have included the definition of Democracy and the site I got the definition from. I also included what "Demo" means and "Cracy" means. I learnt that Democracy is originated in Greece. 

Election - Helen Clark

For our second Election activity we had to research a Prime Minister from the Past. I did Helen Clark. I learnt that Helen Clark was New Zealand's fifth longest-serving Prime Minister. I think Helen Clark has the a splendid and proud leader because she was the first Labour Leader to win three consecutive elections. The DLO above shows you a profile of Helen Clark and how she changed New Zealand. 

Election - Jigsaw

For the election that is happening now every intermediate students are studying about election and what happens in a election. We have learnt all the parties that is entered in the election . In LS2 we have been working collaboratively on a activity called Election Jigsaw. We had to name all the political parties and name the leader, the electorate (what place they are representing), a picture of them and the picture of the party logo. For example Nationals leader is Bill English his electorate is Cultha-South land. LS2 have found out that the two main parties are Labour and National.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Read an E-book Day

Read an eBook Day

Today is E-book day. LS2 celebrated E-book day by going on Read an book day. E-book day is about celebrating people reading modern storytelling. E-book day is on the September 18th and today is the day. If you want go on the E-book site the link is here. I read a Nonfiction book called The Missing Mitt. I found this book really interesting because it was based on sport and I am really into sports. This year I was a part of the Inter-school Baseball and I really enjoyed it. #EbookLove

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Learning to use synonyms

Today for writing we were focusing on synonyms. A synonym is a word that means exactly the same as another word for example It was so hot outside. Another word for hot could be boiling. Above shows the DLO Freeman and I have made about Synonyms. It shows you powerful words Freeman and I have used. I learnt that another word for funny is bizarre. It was a bit hard because there were a lot of synonyms for us to chose from.  

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Why It's Important To Speak Out Against Bullying?


Today for Inquiry we were discussing how to stand up and to speak out to bullies. It is really important to stop someone bullying a child. If someone's bullying someone else you should tell the bully "cut it out you're just looking for attention" or you could say to the victim "let's go play somewhere else". Children should be using their WITS which is Walk Away, Ignore, Talk to an adult or teacher, Stand Up. Above is a short film that Fradion, Jay-Don and I did about bullying. 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Why it's great to be me?

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It's great to be me because I can do little achievements to reach my big goal.I think one of the things that I should do to reach my big goal is I should study hard and to never give up.Today I have found out more about me. One of them were our goals. My goal is to pass my NCEA test, go to University and become a qualified Pilot. After that we got into groups of 4 and made a word cloud about why it is great to be the age (11-13) we are now.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Poem - Two Day Wonder

Two Day Wonder

There is a clever contrast between the way the poet describes yesterday and today.  List all the words that give you a feeling of being sick, sad, depressed or bored. Yawned, Silent, Dragged, Sulked, Grumbled, Drooped, Still,

Now list all the words that describe feeling well, happy, bright and active from the second verse. Shine, Dances, Better, Swish, Gallops, Hurry, Flying, Clatter,

The lines from each verse matchup also.   List five of the opposite images.  This first one is done for you.
The street stretched silent, footpaths still. - Car swish, skateboards clatter.
1. The dog sulked in his basket. - The dog gallops round the house.
2.Clouds dragged, low and slow. - Clouds hurry, high and flying.
3.The world yawned and grumbled. - The world shines and dances.
4.The bike lay on the drive - My bike waits by the garage.
5. Washing dropped on the line. - Shirts, sheets, socks, stream in the breeze.

This is called juxtaposition.  Look this word up in the dictionary and copy the definition here.
  1. To put things that are not similar next to each other.

Today for Reading Ruru read a poem called Tow Day Wonder. It had two parts to the story which was talking about how the day was yesterday and today. After reading the story we had to list all the words that gives us feeling of being sick, sad, depressed or bored. There were six words in the story. One of the words was Sulked. After that we had to do the same but we had to do it to the second part of the story. The fun part was matching up the verses from both parts of the story. One example is The world yawned and grumbled which was from the first part of the story and - The world shines and dances which was in the second part of the story. They are similar because they talk about the world. At the end we had to look up the work juxtaposition on a dictionary. I learnt that juxtaposition means to put things that are not similar next to each other.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Evaluation Of My Animated Digital Story

Evaluation of My Animated Digital Story
The digital media outcome will be an animated digital story in ‘Scratch’, relating to the context of Healthy Living in the Tamaki community.
The animated story must include the following:
  • Information on that informs readers about concepts relating to Healthy Living in the Tamaki community
  • At least two sprites
  • At least two different backdropsMy Animated Digital Story is about why Littering is a problem
    My Animated Digital Story relates to the context of Healthy Living in the Tamaki Community because littering is unhealthy to the community and if it keeps on happening our home will be polluted.
    My Animated Digital Story informs readers about concepts relating to Healthy Living in the Tamaki Community by telling them why it is important to stop littering.
    My Animated Digital Story includes at least two sprites.  I did three sprites. These sprites are a soccer ball, a girl name Hannah and a Referee.
    My Animated Digital Story includes at least two different backdrops. I did two backdrops. These backdrops are a Soccer Field and a Basketball Court.
    I think that readers will enjoy my Animated Digital Story because It is going to show them some sports that will help them become healthy and encourage them to enjoy exercise.

    Changes and adjustments that I could make to improve my Animated Digital Story Include better backdrops, sprites and a longer Animated Story.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Key Into Inference - Map From Bedroom to Kitchen

This week for reading my group (Ruru) has been doing Key into inference. I read text 5 which was Kim. It was about a boy name Kim who came home in the night without anyone in his house. He looked around his house and didn't hear or see any of his family members. When he went to the kitchen he brought out a torch from the kitchen draw and shone onto the table. On table there was a letter which said ‘Have gone to the vet, we shouldn’t be too long’. After reading the text we were given questions to answer like what time of day was it? My answer was the time of day was night time because in the story it says he stood for a while, until his eyes were used to the dark. We had to use part of the question and part of the text to get our answer. At the end there was a activity we had to do. We had to Draw a map showing the directions from our bed to the kitchen for a drink of water if the power was out and we couldn’t see. The DLO above shows you my how to get from my bedroom to my kitchen in my house.

Senses - You've got 2 minutes

I see the basketball going swiftly up in the air like a nuclear bomb heading towards the big hoop of heaven. I smell the awful and revolting odour from sporty armpits as they travel past me. When I run past the office I smell the aroma of the coffee wafting through the air. I hear the enthusiastic cheers after a three pointer is scored. I feel  the strong breeze of the basketball as it aims for the hoop allowing me to taunt in victory. I taste the awesome little crumbs of burger I had for lunch but it is victory that leaves the best taste in my mouth.

L.I - To think about how I can work/phrase my ideas so that they are clear.

Today for writing we were using the senses which is See, Smell, Her, Feel, Taste to write about what happens at lunch times. We had only 2 minutes to write about what we See, Smell, Hear, Feel, Taste. It was easy to write in 2 minutes because in Writing we always practise writing in 1 minute. I think next time I could write more sentences.

Fraction Extraction

This week for maths we are learning to divide fractions. We were given a maths problem and we had to work out the answers. When we are dividing fraction we also have to multiply the fraction numbers. The method we use to multiply our fraction numbers was cross multiplication. Sylis and I have shown you our cross multiplication working out. I think using the cross multiplication method is easy to use.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

CARE Award - Gold Respect Award - Stan Walker

Today I was focusing on my Gold Care Award. I did one of my Respect task. The task was to research Stan Walker's song Climb. In the DLO above I have told you some information about the song climb and facts about Stan Walker. I have listed Stan Walker's albums. My best album is Inventing myself. I think you should listen to the song. 

Career - Aeroplane Pilot

This week we are focusing on Careers. We are searching about what we wanna be in the future. Last week we had to write the difference between Careers and Jobs. Careers is something you wanna be for the rest of your life and a job is when you do something to earn money to pay your bills. For example my Career is to be a pilot. I want to work in a pizza shop to earn money to pay my uniform for being a pilot. Working in a pizza shop is a job because it's not something I would want to work for during my whole life. This week we are choosing our career and writing about the job. The DLO above shows you some information about being a Aeroplane Pilot. 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


This week is maths week. In LS2 we have been making Flextangle and Hexaflexagon. My favourite part of making our Flextangle was colouring it. After colouring it we had to fold it and scoring the lines that was shown. After that we had to make into a Flextngle. The picture above shows you the Flextangle I have made. I think next time I could fold and score my lines more carefully.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Tech - Digital Tech

Today at tech was spectacular. We had to finish off our animated story about Healthy Living in the Tamaki Community. I made a animated story about a girl who exercise by playing soccer. I think making animated stories is awesome.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Galloping Greyhounds

This week for maths we were given a maths problem. We needed to find common denimiators to work these fraction problems. Tiava and I work together to solve the problem. After solving the problem we had to pick one of the questions we were solving in the maths problem and blog it. The DLO above shows you how much money would a trainer make if the greyhound came first, second or third.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Rewindable Learning

Today for dance we were rewinding our dance that we did yesterday with Zoe ( dance teacher). We were each split into three groups and each had a song which was Stay'n Alive, I See Red, and Footloose. We each performed our dance we did yesterday to our classmates. We rewinded our dance evaluation and practised it again and again. I was in the Stay'n Alive group. We did well because we worked as team. We performed move by move. We got some good feedback from our teachers. I liked I See Red because they use most of their feet to dance. I think dance today was outstanding.

'A' or 'An'

Today we were learning when to use a and when to use an before a word. If a word begins with a vowel (a-e-i-o-u) or a silent h for example I want an apple for morning tea or I want an ukulele to play with. When we use a we use it for words beginning with all the other words except for the vowels. The DLO above shows you what we use 'an' or 'a' for. I have also included pictures.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Key into inference - Comic Strip

Today for reading my group (Ruru) did Key into inference. We had to correct our answers with all the text we have been reading this term. I was reading a text called On the bus. The story was about Wade who takes his pig on the bus and the bus driver does not allow the pig on the bus so Wade waits for another bus. When the bus arrives Wade carefully makes his way past the bus driver and went to the back of the bus. Wade tries to make his pig go asleep. Our task was to make 3 box comic strip showing what might happen if the pig woke up. 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Families and Siblings


My siblings are happy, enjoyable, and crazy. I love my siblings they are very awesome to be with. The only thing I don’t like is my brothers being so annoying to me. Brothers sometimes make you exhausted.

37 words in 1 minute

Sometimes we get into a big argue. My sister is just a normal person to me. She’s doesn’t get into to much trouble. What you don’t know about my sister is if I really annoy her and make her angry I will be dead already. I still love my siblings. I think my siblings are very precious even though they are so annoying and deranged.

64 words in 2 minute

Our challenge today was to write our ideas clearly so that they make sense. We had only 4 minutes to do this in, and 1 minute to check our writing. Our task was called 2 words... 1 minute'. We had to choose one of the words then power write for 1 minute, count our words carry on for 2 more minutes, count our words, then finish with 1 more minute. It was exciting writing powerful words to stories. It was difficult because we only had 1 minute to write.

Poem - Dad meets the Martians

Dad meets the Martians

Retell the story of the poem in two sentences. The dad meets the martians who came from Venus. The Martians and Dad both went on the martians saucer and the dad’s ford.

What could the storyteller not explain? The story couldn’t explain why the martians would want to drive Dad's ford.

List three of the interesting verbs from the poem. The three verbs from the poem I found interesting was addressed, pulled and imported.

List three of the contractions from the poem and then write them out in full. The three contractions from the poem I found was I’d - I would, He’ll - He will and It’s - It is.

Today for Reading we had to read a poem called the Dad meets the Martians. It was a really interesting poem. It was a bit funny. After reading the story we had to answer questions. First we had to retell the poem in two sentences. It was difficult because we usually retell stories in a lot of sentences. Soon there were questions. One of the questions we had to answer was list three of the contraction from the poem.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Winter Learning Journey - Assembly

During the holidays I participated in the Winter Learning Journey. It was a lot of enjoyment because we got explore more things about New Zealand. My best part about the Winter Learning Journey Activities was learning about the native animals in New Zealand. Students who participated was awarded certificates in assembly. There were a lot of people that took part of the Winter Learning Journey. There were students from year 5,6,7, and 8. Rachel told us there was over 5,000 blog post and blog commenting during the Winter Learning Journey. We couldn't believe it. The fun part was the prizes. The prizes went to 6 people who got the most blog posts and blog commenting. In first place was Daniel and Oh Hsen, second place was AJ and Alex and third place was Eric and I. Daniel and Ohsen (first prize winners) had over 500 blog comments. Thank you to Rachel for all the hard work she has put into the Winter Learning Journey. 

Tech - Digital Tech

Today for tech we started on making our own animated story on  scatch. It took us a a long time to find our backdrops and sprites. Our animated story had to be based on Healthy Living in the Tamaki Community. First we had to read the project insturction on how to create our animated story. We reflected back to our Abbey and Devin animated story to get an example. My animated story is on picking up rubbish. I have learnt that we had to include a minimum of three pages.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Writing - Lunchtimes At PBS

Let me tell you something about lunchtimes at PBS. First we all wait until the 12:30 bell rings. When we hear the bell we are told to go and eat our lunch. Some of us eat very rapidly like we haven’t eaten in days so they can run and play their favorite lunch game, handball. As soon as we have gulped all of the food into our mouths we run to the handball grid as fast as a cheetah. We hear a lot of yelling and shouting. Some of us are angry for losing, and some of us are feeling satisfied from winning. All the juniors are all rumbling through the playground like a group of buffaloes. Fans of basketball are just shooting the ball into the hoop every second. Teachers in the staff room are drinking their coffee and relaxing away from all the noise they have been listening in their class rooms. Inter school rugby boys are all around the field running and kicking the big, curved ball. Boys are just running and hitting shoulder to shoulder and practising their drills. Some boys are in really bad pain, but still laughing in delight waiting for revenge.

L.I - To think about how I can word/phrase my ideas so that they are clear.

Today for Writing we had to write a story describing lunchtimes at PBS. We had four minutes to write which was a bit difficult. After our four minute of writing we had to read it to ourselves and share it to our partner. While writing my story I have practised proofreading my story with myself and with my partner. I have also practised adding more powerful words to make my story is more realistic and interesting. The fun part about today was checking each other's work and looking for mistakes. I think next time for writing I can try and use more words and language features to hook in my readers.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Maths Problem - It Pays To Win

Today for maths Mrs Kirkpatrick gave us a maths problem to solve. Sylis and I solved question one, two and three. Soon we had to make a DLO only on question three. Doing this maths problem we had to use our timetables knowledge and our addition and multiplication knowledge to solve the maths problem. It was a bit difficult to solve it out because we had to add and multiply big numbers. I had a very awesome time solving our this maths problem.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Things You Need In Your Car

Today for Reading Ruru did Key into inference. First we read a text called The Car. It was about a mum and a daughter who were driving and their car broke down in a middle of a flat empty land. They couldn't see any vehicles in sight. It was getting cold so they went inside their car and payed a game called I spy. It was hard to play because it was dark so they sand their favourite song. Soon they couldn't believe what they had saw. They saw a vehicle. They vehicle which was a toy truck winched their car onto the truck. So they went onto the truck and headed for the next town. After reading the text we had to answer questions about the story. My favourite question was why wasn’t it easy to play I spy? Soon we had to draw a box of emergency essentials that you should have in your car. I had to do some research before getting pictures.

Friday, 28 July 2017

CARE Awards - Gold Respect Award - Life At P.B.S

For one of my Gold Respect CARE Award task I had to create a collage of life at P.B.S. It shows you our Kiwi Sport which is Taekwando. My favourite photo is the Black Out Day photo because we did some fun activities. We also got see the haka performance from the Kapa Haka group.

CARE Awards - Gold Confidence Award - Winter Learning Journey

Today we are focusing on working on our CARE Awards. I have done one of the activities for the Confidence Gold CARE Award. For this task I had to enter an art, science, or other competition. I entered a competition called the Winter Learning Journey during the holiday's. We had to blog the work we were given and comment on other peoples work on their blogs. I did both. The DLO above shows you one of the activities I did for the Winter Learning Journey. I had to research someone one famous person from New Zealand and I picked Pat Walsh.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Strategy Practice

Today for maths we had to found out strategy's that we need to learn lots of. Sanujan, Miki's and I strategy was based on multiplication and division. It was very difficult at the start but when we practised more we go the hang of it and was fast at solving equations with the strategy. We managed to do five examples of the multiplication and division remainders. This really helped us with our multiplication and division remainders. 

Why is it important to keep oral storytelling alive?

Storytelling has been passed down from many generations. It is important to keep storytelling alive so that people learn about the tradition and the culture.
Today for our Myths and Legend task Tiava and I researched and also watched videos about storytelling. We had watched videos on why is is so important to keep oral storytelling. First we had to write down important words we found in the videos we watch and list them down. After that we had to write a 25 summary with words we listed. From watching the videos I have learnt the importance of storytelling.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

How Maui Slowed The Sun

This term for reading we are focusing on myths and legends. For out task today we had to go on Storyboardthat and create a comic strip about how Maui slowed the sun. We made this comic strip to show you rather than telling you. For this task we had to work in partners so I worked with Tiava. First Tiava and I had to read on how Maui slowed the sun to help us create our comic strip and make it look good. It was really amazing creating our comic strips because there were a lot of diffrent items to use. The problem was finding the settings for our scene because most of the photo were modern. What I learnt from the story How Maui Slowed The Sun is that Maui and his family had to rush doing all there chores before the sun sets.

Warm Up - Ordering Decimals

Today for our maths warm up we played a ordering decimal game. We had to order the decimal lowest to highest. There were three level and I completed all of them. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey - Bonus Activity

On your blog, post a video or write a description about your week. What have you learned? What did you like about the trip? What didn’t you like? Was there anything that surprised you?

To earn full points for this activity, you must talk about what you learned, what you liked and what you about your great kiwi road trip.
During this week of doing the Winter Learning Journey I have learnt a lot about New Zealand then before. I have enjoyed researching about famous people and researching about the native animals in New Zealand. My favourite activity was doing something relaxing which my one was reading. I have learnt that the New Zealand flag was first built in 1902 which means is is 155 years old. I have also learnt that More pork's (The animal I adopted) females weigh more than male More pork's. Female More pork's weighs 175g. I have learnt a lot of new facts. Did you know that Hectors Dolphin is a native animal in New Zealand. Are you aware that Howard Hughes (The person I choose to do for the famous person activity) was born in Houston, Texas in December 24, 1905 and died on April 5, 1976. I really enjoy participating in the Winter Learning Journey blogging programs.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey - Otago Central Rail Trail

You and your tour group have enjoyed your day in the mountains but you’re ready for a change of scenery. You ask Curious Kiwi to take you to Central Otago, a region of the south island with lots of rolling hills and flat, brown grasslands. While in Central Otago, you decide to join the Otago Central Rail Trail – a 150 km long cycle trail. Curious Kiwi and I (Rachel) cycled the Rail Trail in April and we loved it!

On your blog, tell us whether you would like to cycle the Otago Rail Trail one day. Does it sound like fun? Why or why not?
Yes I would like to cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail and ride 150 km one day because it sound fun and I like riding bikes. I would like to do this amazing event to loose some weight and to also be fit for my rugby training sessions. If I went cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail I will take a couple of friends so it can be a lot of enjoyment.

Winter Learning Journey - Poem

Let’s imagine that you were on the first waka to arrive at Shag Point. You had never been to New Zealand before and you had no idea what to expect. Write a poem describing how you would have felt when you arrived in New Zealand. Would you have been excited or scared? I would have felt pretty nervous, I reckon…
Feeling afraid and scared
All the mens surrounding me had a beard
I didn't know what to do but walk
I could hear whispering and talk
I walked step by step slowly
I had no friends I was lonely
All I said to the people was Hi
And then when we had to go I said Bye

Winter Learning Journey - Matariki Festival

After visiting Shag Point, you hop back in the van and drive all the way up the east coast of the south island until you reach the town of Picton. You get out of the van and onto the Interislander ferry. It travels back across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and every winter the city hosts a huge Matariki festival to celebrate the Maori New Year. This year part of the festival is being held at Te Papa, a big museum in Wellington.
Read about the Matariki festival at Te Papa.  There are so many different things to see and do at the festival this year. On your blog, tell us about three of the events. You can choose any three events that you wish.

The places I would go to is the Matariki festival which is on July 8. The amazing thing is you could watch the fireworks shows. I would also go to the Matariki light trail behind Te Oro and the diffrent dances that happens.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Winter Learning Journey - Beached Whales

For this activity I had to read a article about a place called Farewell Spit. Recently a number of whales accidentally swam into the spit and became stuck on the beach. Sadly the whales were unable to swim back to ocean because the water was too shallow. The local people around there tried to save the 'beached' whales, but sadly a lot of them died. I had to tell what the local people did to try and save the beached whales.

1. Put wet towels/clothes on them

2. Pour buckets of water on them

3. They grab their chilly bins, water bottles, cooking pots and mixing bowls to fill with water to keep the whales wet.

4. Campers offer their towels , t shirts, and sarongs to drape over the whales.

5. Good News - All of the volunteers that helped worked until nightfall.

Winter Learning Journey - Bonus Activity - Hector's Dolphin

Hector’s dolphins are a very special native animal found only in New Zealand. They are the smallest dolphin in the world measuring 1.5 metres long. Sadly, many Hector’s dolphins are killed every year when they get caught in large fishing nets by fishermen. I think killing Hector's Dolphins should be banned in Farewell Spit because they are at risk of becoming extinct. I think killing the fishermen who fish Hector's Dolphins should be banned because there a lot of diffrent places to get fish.

Winter Learning Journey - Whale Rider Trailer

For this activity I had to watch two trailers of a movie called Whale Rider and then I had to write a summary of the movie on what is it about. I also had to rate it out of 5 based on the trailer.  [1 = bad movie, 2 = okay movie, 3 = pretty good, 4 = good movie, 5 = excellent movie].

The movie is about a girl's twin brother who was supposed to be the next chief in their tribe because only mens were allowed to become chiefs of the tribes. Sadly, the twin the brother dies when he was is born, but that custom was changed after the twin brother dies and the sister survives. I would rate this movie 5 out of 5 because this is a movie I would like to watch.

Winter Learning Journey - Short Story

For this activity in the winter learning journey, I have to pretend that I got lost in a forest all by myself. I have to write a short story (8-10 sentences) about what might happen next. I had to make sure I had to include about what you might be feeling, seeing and doing after you realise that you are all alone in the forest.

It was sunny day with a beautiful sun and beautiful clouds. As my friends and walked through the forest I dawdled slowly to check out this amazing native tree. It looked very attractive. Suddenly, I couldn't hear laughter and noises as I always hear from my friends. I looked back and non of my friends were there. I was alone! I was very frightened and nervous. I shouted and shouted but had no signal of my friends. I was very exhausted from this long day so I sat down at went to sleep. I said to myself that they will come back. As I woke up the other day I heard noise. I thought it was my friends. I jumped up with excitement, but it was not my friends. It was a helicopter. I was thrilling. I waved my flag and shouted help. Lucky the man in helicopter heard me. The man let down a rope ladder and I grabbed it and went into the helicopter.