Friday, 27 June 2014

Term 2 2014 Reflection!

My end of term reflection

WALT: evaluate our learning honestly.

This term we have not done a reflection at all! So we decided to do a reflection on the term. Here is mine.

What is an effective learner?
An effective learner is someone who listens and works hard and effect their learning in a good way.

What were the highlights for this term? Why?
My highlights were cross country because I pushed myself to not walk. My second favourite highlight was doing my writing sample because I had to work really hard and I think I produced a brilliant piece of writing.

What were your greatest challenges this term?  Why?
Probably my writing sample and my effort in cross country because I had to push myself really hard.

How are you going towards acting with integrity? Why?  How could you improve?
I think I am going very well with showing integrity because I always try my hardest to do the right thing. But honestly I could work on picking things up at pack up time.

What are your goals in our learner disposition wall?  Where to next?
My goal is get to Self agency because I want to have time to do other things as well as my priorities. 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Grasshopper tennis!

WALT: improve our small ball skills like catching, throwing, and hitting.

Description: We have been participating in a tennis programme with Big John (John Salisbury) from Tennis Manawatu. He has taught us some tennis skills that help with controlling and hitting the ball
Why? To reflect on how we are going with the tennis skills we have learnt. We will share this during our Student Led Conference.

When? Week 8
Who? The World

Task: complete the rubric with targets to show your reflection. Make a comment to the questions below?

What are you most proud of and why?
I am proud of all of my work at grasshopper tennis but out of them all I am most proud of my racetrack because I have improved since our first session and can now do it with out the ball falling off my racket.
What challenged you the most and Why?
Probably the lobster activety because it was hard to catch the ball with two rackets.

Next time, what is a goal you can work towards?
Getting better at hitting the ball over the net accurately.

Buddy comment: Well done you have done a good job and I can see that you have good skills. Keep it up! Grace.S 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Heat and temperature writing.

WALT: Inform the reader about what you are writing about.
I comment:buddy comment:teacher comment:
state the main point in the first part of a each new paragraph
I have tried to
achieve this but
I am not sure
weather I have
achieved this or
I like the way you used lots of description in your writing
You have tried to start with main points for each body paragraph.
include evidence (facts, experiments etc) to support my main point
I think I did
well at this
and I have tried
hard to get my
voice to come
I like this because you
writing is
brilliant so your
voice must come through
very well.
I really like your examples and how your writer’s voice and sense of humour is coming  through in all types of writing.
explain the evidence and how it proves my main point
I had trouble
doing this
and it is the
hardest to do
I think I have
achieved this.
  • I like
    the way
    have tried
    and you have not just given up
    on this.
You have tried to explain how/why your example proves your point - this is really tricky, well done.
Practise writing a linking sentence to my next paragraph
I think I need to work on
linking my
writing between
I like the way 
your ideas link
in you paragraphs.
Your ideas link in your paragraphs.A next step is linking between paragraphs.
infuse style: topic-specifc vocab, second/third person, present tense, transition words
I think I have
done well but I
need to work
on this a bit
I like the way you admitted that you had
to work on this
and I agree with you!
Great style. I wonder what other transition words. from the list you could use in an explanation?
We had to write a description about some sort of energy. I chose to write about heat and temperature and how they cannot be the same. I hope that my writing informs you of how heat and temperature are not the same and you like the strong language that I have been learning to use. Here it is.

The question is, are heat and temperature the same thing? Well they utterly most definitely cannot be! Heat and temperature are different in many ways but we sometimes overlook that. In this explanation I only tell you about some of them.

Everything is made out of tiny little things called atoms. The atoms in heat are very excited and when they touch another object the atoms in that object have a party. That is how some objects change form. When they get excited they heat up just like your body does after you have been running.

Heat, (for a starter) is warm energy. For example, the sun has lots of heat energy which travels to earth on a wave called a heat wave. On an extremely hot day if you carefully look just above the ground you may see a fuzzy, wobbly little line. This is a heat wave. On a cold day you simply cannot. A heat wave is called a HEAT wave because it is extremely hot. This means that heat energy is hot as well. We know this because temperature is a way of measuring this warmth (and coldness).

Temperature is a way of measuring heat energy. A thermometer is something that tells you the temperature. Here are two picture's of one.


Thermometer A is at a high temperature. You can tell this because the top of the coloured area marks what the temperature is and the higher the top is the hotter it is. Thermometer B is at a low temperature because the top of the coloured bit is very far down. If you count the little lines from the bottom up to the top the coloured bit then add on a ºC to the number you counted up to then you will have what the temperature is! For example, if you counted 18 little lines then the temperature would be 18ºC. ºC means degrees celcius.  If you have a fever you use a thermometer to tell how sick you are. Again the higher it is then the hotter you are and the hotter you are the sicker you are.

So therefore heat and temperature cannot be the same thing because temperature is a way of measuring wam heat energy and cannot be the same as heat.
I think I have done well and achieved the success criteria but I could improve on my links.

Integrity Sample!

WALT: communicate a message with others.
WALT: show integrity.
What? Make a Puppet Pal to show our understanding of integrity.
Why? To show what we know about integrity, to share during our Student Led Conference.
When? Term 2, Week 1 - 7
Who? The World
DESCRIPTION: We have been learning about integrity.  We want to share our understanding with others. So we made some  puppet pals with our clay figures we made on art day, to show our understanding of integrity.

What? Make a Puppet Pal to show our understanding of integrity. Why? To show what we know about integrity, to share during our Student Led Conference. When? Term 2. Here is the link to our video. . This is a photo of our storyboard.
WALT: communicate a message with others.

Create a story board showing the beginning, middle and end of our message.
I think we did really well with creating the story board because we followed it well.
Use Puppet Pals as a tool to share our message.
We did well at doing this but I  know we could probably work on working as a team.
Keep our audience engaged.
We could work on adding a bit more humour in  our video.

WALT: show integrity.

Everyone in our group has contributed evenly.
We said that everyone could act their own character but, Cooper's characters were a stone and a phone so he didn't talk in the movie.
Integrity is the main theme of our message.
We did well at this because it was hard not to do kotahitanga.

Feedback/feedforward: Wow cool movie ana, I really like how they handed the phone to  the teacher and I like the clear voices that you used as well.-Lili

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Science sample!

WALT: show our understanding of how energy works. 

My friend Bella and I made a poster about kinetic and potential energy and heat energy for our science sample. We created a small door to a science lab with two questions to answer. You can only answer one of the questions. We worked really hard on it and we hope that you like it! Please leave a comment and tell us what you think!

DESCRIPTION: Each week we have been learning about a different type of energy.  For example, States of Matter, Kinetic and Potential, Radiation, Conduction and Convection. 


Gathering Data
I can gather information using my 5 senses
I can gather information to make a prediction
I can use my information to draw conclusions
I can share my findings using evidence I have gathered

Task: Make a video (no longer than 30 seconds) about on example of   
energy. i.e. States of matter, Potential and Kinetic energy, Newtons Cradle or forms of energy like Radiation, Convection, Conduction.

What makes a good poster:
clear writing

I think we did well at putting lots of detail in in our poster and really letting other people interact with our learning. We could work on making our writing a little bit more clear and putting on photos. Overall I think we did a great job!  

Feedback/Feedforward: I really liked the way you made a colorful poster that grabs the readers attention, I also liked your description. You did a great job! 
From Hannah K 

Wednesday, 4 June 2014


WALT: Rote learn my spelling words by creating a mnemonic for them.

Task: To create a mnemonic for five of your spelling words.

Task description: We had to create a mnemonic for five of our spelling words. A mnemonic is when you chose a word and then make a sentence with the the first letter of each sentence, spelling out the word. For example,  Fiona Let Us Find Feijoas Yesterday= Fluffy. I used five of my words (ranted, cried, radiant, panted and aroma) and created one for each of them. Aroma is my favourite because it is true that All Rumors Only Make Arguments, but maybe I could improve the one for ranted.

What I learnt: by using a mnemonic that makes sense, then it is easy to remember the mnemonic so you can spell the word.

 Here is a picture of mine.

I think I did well at creating mnemonics that make sense and are appropriate. Peer feed back: I think you have made up great mneonics, you have also done a great desciption.