Thursday, October 31, 2013

Educreations Maths Question

Last week, I got to create this educreations video. It shows the working out of a question. Watch and enjoy:-)

My Friends Presentation

This is a presentation showing all of my friends and what they are like. I hope you enjoy and find out about my friends. Remember, you can click on their names and it will take you to their blog so you can check out their work as well. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rousie Re-tell

This week, the task was to read a story (Rousie) and re-tell it in one paragraph with a maximum of 10 sentences. So here it is:

Rousie is a girl who lives on a farm and this October her Dad has brought down a mob of sheep to get ready for the October Shearing. They use her Dad’s old horse and the dogs to keep the sheep in place. Rousie has to wake up early to start on the sheep since there are 15000 of them! Her job is to keep the floor clean of wool, sort the wool and keep everything tidy for the shearers. She works all the way through to lunch then have a break and back to work! At the end of the day, she watches as the bales of wool drive away on a truck. She is happy with them because the wool means money for the farm and for the sheep. Rousie is very happy.

Labour Weekend

Last weekend was Labour weekend. I wrote a post last week about Making Pizzas for Labour Day and  a bit about Labour Day. It is a long weekend (Saturday - Monday) celebrating and remembering 8 hour days. On Monday it is a public holiday and most people don't work on that day.

For my family, Saturday night was cool but Sunday and Monday were just normal days. on Saturday night, my brother and I cooked sausages and steak on the barbecue. It was heaps of fun and at the end, it was very delicious. My little sister decided to set up a small picnic on the concrete outside our house, which made the night much better.

I enjoyed Labour Weekend better than all the others but next year I hope that as a family we could go down to the beach or have a really fun, family Monday. :-)

Narrative Writing - The Theme Park Breakdown

“Come on, let’s go Mum!” Emma cried as she jumped up and down on her parents bed. It was a long weekend so the family had decided to go and check out the new theme park in town. “Just wait Em, the park won’t close.” Her Mum was always so tired in the morning, sort of like her on school days, but this was different, this was AWESOME. Emma finally got her parents out of bed but it didn’t get better after that, her parents took soooo long to have breakfast in fact her Dad got into the shower an hour after they had woken up!

The theme park opened at 8.00am and Emma had planned to be there at 8.00am. “Mum, it’s already 8.39! All the rides will be full by the time we get there…. Plus we still have to pick up Rose.” Emma was walking around by the door with the car keys yelling. “You know, the rides will still be there and so will your best friend.” Mum replied so calmly like it was only 7.00 in the morning and the theme park opened at 12.00!

That was it, Emma ran out the door and started running towards Rose’s house. She only lived a few streets away so how tiring could it be? She was wrong it only took 5 minutes in the car but she thinks she took about 15 minutes. When she finally got there she grabbed her friend by the hand and started running fractionally back to the house just in time for her parents to walk out the door, “Oh, hi Rose, how are you today?” Her dad asked not even thinking about how she got there, “I’m great, thank you Mr Marge.” Rose was always so happy. They all jumped into the car and off they went.

By the time they got there, the sun was high up in the middle of the sky and there were a lot of people. “Mum can Rose and I go and check out the new ride?” Emma asked, “Which one, all of them are new, it’s a new theme park!” “The one called Invader Territory.” Emma and Rose replied at the same time, they had planned the order of the rides together in the car. “Okay, stay safe and we will meet you by the popcorn stall at 3.00pm. Okay so that gives you around 3 hours.” Emma smiled and nodded then walked away looking very excited.

“Rose, doesn’t the Invader Territory looks so awesome!” Emma hadn’t stopped talking since they left the parents. “Of course, I can’t wait!” Rose was so happy and chirpy that she did a little jump every time she finished a sentence. “Rose, Rose, Rose, when we get to the ride, you can’t jump out of your seat okay…. Stay in your seat and keep your belt on!” Emma was only joking and teasing so they both laughed and carried on walking.

When they got to the ride, to their surprise the line was empty, it was also good for them because they didn’t have to wait. “Hello two people please!” Rose asked but was so happy and excited that she could hardly even hold the tickets when they were given to her. Emma and Rose took a seat and the ride began. It was so much that Rose nearly took off her belt to stand up!

BANG!! Emma and Rose nearly fell off the ride, they saw that the ride had broken at the front and at the back. “I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to break it!” Rose cried because she thought that it was her fault since she wriggled so much. When the ride finished, they both ran to find Emma’s parents it wasn’t 3.00pm yet but they needed to tell them.

“What happened, it isn’t even 3.00pm yet!” Her mum asked as she looked at the worried two. The two girls told Mum everything and after about 10 minutes they were talking to one of the managers, telling her everything that had happened. “Ohh, don’t worry about a thing! That silly builder, he thought that it would be cool to build a ride that would break at the end to scare everyone!” The manager was named Jordenne and she was very kind. “We are going to get rid of it because we have had sooo many people come and complain and we needed just one more person to come and complain for us to be able to demolish it.” The was a sigh of relief from the girls and from the parents.

The rest of the day was great, the rides were awesome and it was so much fun. At the end of the day just before they dropped Rose off, they got to go to KiwiYo, a frozen yogurt place. “Thanks heaps Mr and Mrs Marge! I had so much fun.” Rose said with of course, an excited smile on her face. “Yeah thanks Mum and Dad, I really had fun!”

The End

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Writing Test Practise: Can This Summer Get Worse?

It was a hot summer and work was harder than ever. The rice was dying quicker and the workers were getting slower and slower. Richard Henan, owner of the crop farm was getting worried. Every night after a long day of work, he would send his workers home, have a quick dinner, shower and hop into bed. He had a few sleepless nights worrying about everything, about his workers, about his crops and about his health. Would this be the summer that it all goes wrong?

On the 4th day of the 2 weeks, things weren’t getting better at all, in fact they were getting much worse. Richard had to send all of the sick workers home for 2 reasons, 1 So that the other workers wouldn’t get sick and 2 So that they can get some rest and hopefully get better soon. On the 5th day, about 5 of his workers came to him and cried, “I’m sorry boss, but I just can’t cope any longer.” Richard sadly flicked his hand as a sign to say, “Just Go Home!” He didn’t mean to be cruel and because his workers knew him well, they left without feeling hurt at all.

By the 6th day, he had only 10 workers left, out of 75! That’s hardly anything and to harvest 10 whole fields in 2 small weeks, that was nearly impossible! In the next week, only 2 workers remained, Richard Henan was not only surprised but slightly annoyed as well, not at the workers, of course but at himself for not thinking properly at the situation.

He didn’t want to, but he ended up calling some of his family and friends that were on holiday to help him. Within the next day, he had another 30 people helping him. He really hoped that they wouldn’t get sick or dread being there working while they were supposed to be on holiday. Richard was delighted when he heard his cousin say, “Richard, thank you SOO much for letting us come here, the weather is so hot and wonderful compared to the country we have just come from! Plus this keeps us fit and working!” Richard was very surprised but replied back, “Ohh, no, thank you…. You have helped me so much, I thought that I would have to give up on these crops!”By the end of the 2 weeks, his family and himself had harvested nearly all of the grains and his workers were all back to health. The summer had turned out after all. To thank his family and workers that had lasted, Richard cooked them all a big dinner with of course, lots and lots of rice!

The End

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Making Pizza for Labour Day

Last week, during Extension, we all got to make pizza. The whole activity was based on Labour Day and how it all started. First we researched a bit about Labour Day and then we got into partners and started planning. We planned about what we would put onto our pizzas to make them related to Labour Day.

After lunch, we finished off our planning and got to work. We used tomato paste, cheese, ham, salami, pineapple and capsicum. My partner was Khaia and it was heaps of fun working with her!

To start off, we spread the Tomato Paste onto the pizza base, we then made a circle in the middle of the pizza with salami ready to write our 28 with ham. The reason for 28 is the first time Labour Day was celebrated was on the 28 of October so we thought we would do that. We also put 28 pieces of ham onto it and put 8 pineapple pieces and 8 bits of capsicum showing the 8 hour working days. (What Labour Day is all about) *

To finish off we put a boarder of ham and salami all around the edge of the pizza. Just before we put the pizza into the oven, we took a picture then in it went. After waiting for a bit, we took all of the pizzas out of the oven and started cutting. Khaia and I went around the school giving out pizza to some of the teachers and came back just in time to eat our delicious pizza!

I really enjoyed making those pizzas but the thing that I enjoyed the most of finding out about Labour Day and being able to go away not only with a slice of pizza, but knowing what this weekend is all about!

* Labour Day was created so workers would only have to work for 8 hrs. Lots of people agreed that everyone should only work for 8 hrs all the time so that they could spend time with their families. But the council would not agree to this but agreed to having a day that nobody would work. (Labour Day) It was Mondayised in 1910.

Here is a short movie that Khaia and I made. It shows what we did ...Enjoy:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fish Farming Re-tell

In a village called Togori on the island of Makira in the Solomon Islands lives a boy named Richard Bekaraifaka and his uncle is the Bigman (or Chief) for their village. In Togori, their fish is very important to them and they fish each day but only if the weather is fine and the sea is calm, but if the weather is bad or the sea is rough, they have to go without fish. Richard’s Uncle, Isaiah decided that he was going to make a way for people to catch fish even when the weather is bad. So he told the village that he was going to dig out some ponds and attach some pipes from the river to them to keep flowing with water so the water would go from pond 1 to pond 2 to pond 3 then back to the river. It took the village 1 and a half years to dig out the ponds because they could only dig early in the morning and in the evening since it was so hot during the day. Once all the pipes were attached and the ponds were full they were able to put the fish in. Richard and his family still have to look after their ponds and his job is to feed the fish and make sure that no branches or sticks get stuck into the pipes to stop the water from flowing. Richard is very happy that he helped his uncle because now, the whole village can enjoy fish for dinner even when there is bad weather. He has lots of jobs but he favourite is catching fish and eating them for dinner!


My Friends

This year I have lots of cool as friends! They are cool because they all have different talents and they are kind! My friends that are in my class are IronJordenneAsenaSelaJenniferMao and Hannah.  My friends that are in the other classes are AtaMeleaneQuasiaJosephineLesieli and Khaia. I really enjoy having all my friends because I never have nobody to play with and they are all great! The thing that I like the most about my friends is that they all make me laugh and most of them are in to the same things as me. Here is a Comic Life that shows some of my friends:

An Organic Orchard Re-tell

 Marjorie Clark runs an Organic Orchard in Kerikeri and by Organic, she means not using poisonous chemicals and spraying her plants. She told School Journal that nature was like a see-saw and taking those sprayers off made nature swing a bit.

When she first started her new "way" things went completely wrong. The insect pests like red  mite and thrips that had usually been killed by the sprayers where coming and ruining the fruit and plants. Then, the green beetle came, the green beetle was a beetle that was giving a lot of people in the North trouble. They still didn't spray, even though it was really hard. In a year or two, the green beetle had almost disappeared. They knew that some time before, the DSIR2 released a parasite that attacks the eggs of the green beetle. Marjorie and her husband thought that because they didn't spray, the parasite had multiplied and controlled the green beetle for them.

Slowly, other predators such as the Australian paper wasp, the praying mantis and the predatory mites moved in, things were back in balance and the red mite and thrips had disappeared! Their fruit was still marked from insects but things were getting better.

Things were getting much better and all the insects were moving in and helping out. Marjorie was very happy. By the end of that year, the orchard was much better than with the sprayers!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Goldi & The Family of 3

Once upon a time, there lived a girl, her name was Goldi. Goldi lived in an orphanage but wasn't an orphan. When she was 6, her Mum got a job being a celebrity assistant and at the time, Goldi was really excited because she thought that she would be able to go to awesome places and soon turn into a pop star! But it all changed when she actually started to work. Her mother’s boss wouldn't let any kids with her and she wanted Goldi’s mother, Madison to live in America. Goldi was devastated! She cried herself to sleep for the first few nights her mother was gone and of course because she was in a new home. Madison’s boss had called it lucky but both Madison and Goldi called it horror when they found out that the orphanage was taking in any kids that had parents who weren't there to care for them, but Goldi’s mother could look after her, Goldi had said before her mother left. That was when Goldi moved in to the orphanage.

On October 15 was Goldi's birthday and for the past 3 years, she had to just sit in her room as usual and sometimes, if she was lucky, call her mum. This year was different though, she was double-digit and she wanted it to be special. So the morning of her birthday, she ran away hoping to catch a plane and go to her mum, of course she knew that wouldn't happen but she just wanted to get out.

She ran and ran and ran until she couldn't run any more. She walked very slowly and tiredly until she came upon a house. It looked nice and smoke was coming up from the chimney so she went in.

What she didn’t know is, that morning a family had left their house unlocked to go for a walk. The family was a family of 3, Mum, Dad and child Rose. Rose went to her Mum’s school (She was the principal) and her Dad was the head of the police so their family was pretty important. They had left their house with warm milos, hot toast and cocoa-pops.

When Goldi went in, they were still gone so she ate all the food, broke their TV, spilt milo on their couch and fell asleep in Rose’s bed. Of course, the family was very surprised to see all their breakfast eaten, a big puddle of milo on their couch, the TV all fuzzed, the remote broken in two and a strange girl sleeping in their bed!

They woke her up immediately and started asking questions. When the whole story had come out, the family was actually feeling very sad for the girl. They let her stay with them and ordered for her Mum back, a good house and a great job.

By the next week, Goldi was with her Mum sitting on their new couch in their new house. Goldi went to Rose’s school and her Mum worked there so it really was…
A Happy Ending!

Matching Farming Photos

This morning, Keas (My Reading Group) did an activity about matching farming photos. It was pretty hard but we got there in the end. It was a team activity so we were all sitting around a table looking at photos and just thinking HEAPS!! The job took us about half an hour and the hardest part for me was
 probably trying to find the photos when we actually need them!

The thing that I don't really know about farming is the different virus's that animals can get and the different things that they can eat. So I really hope that I can find out all those things some time this term.  Here are some pictures of the activity when it was finished.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Immersion Assembly

This Immersion Assembly, we found out that the topic for this term is What in the WORLD in going on? There were a lot of movies and actually, Team 3 was the only team that didn't have one! Our team, team 4, is studying Farming so I look forward to finding out more and more facts about Farms not only in New Zealand but all around the world!

This Term, I hope to be able to learn loads of facts about farms and then go and tell someone what I have learnt. Also I want to show you what Team 4's movie was like so here it is...... ENJOY!!
I'm A Farmer and I Grow It! from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.


This Holidays were okay...... During the first week, I went to Riverside Camp which is run by Mr Burt. The camp was at Willow Park in Eastern Beach and this camp was my seconded since I went last year. Camp was 5 days long (Started Monday morning, ended Friday around about midday) and went well because it didn't seem to go fast and it didn't seem to go slow. On the first day we got into our teams, thought of a team name and chant and settled into our cabins.

Sadly, on the first day, while I was playing soccer, my foot was misplaced by the ball twice! My sore foot did excuse me from some of the games which I hated. On Tuesday night, I went home feeling soooo yuck! On Wednesday, my Mum took me to the doctor which sent me to Hospital just to check my foot as well. Luckily I was out of Hospital on Wednesday night and was able to go back and stay at camp.

On Thursday night, we had our concert where each team performed. It was a great concert and everyone had a GREAT time. On Friday we announced our winners from the points that had been given out throughout the week and guess what? MY TEAM WON!!! It felt pretty cool to go back home with a win!

That was the first week, in the second my cousins from Tauranga came up and spent Saturday to Friday with us. It was great to see them because we are pretty close since our Mums and twin sisters. Also during the week, we were actually renovating our bathroom. It looks great now but needs just a few more finishing touched to look FANTASTIC!!! 

So these Holidays weren't the best, but weren't near the worst either. It was a great camp and my highlight was the concert on the last night and the quad bikes that they had. My low-light was of course hurting my foot but still was a awesome camp.