Tuesday, 22 August 2017

GEGNZ student summit

Today the 11th of August the year 7 and 8 extension group had the privilege  to go to this years GEGNZ at Ormiston Junior College. The first and second session were a little boring and the last was alright. Ormiston Junior College was such a big school and had all these things that a kid would ever want in a junior and senior school. Anyway the extension group and I had split up into 2 groups and they were the p.e.n.n crew and the scratch crew. We had the chance to go to different workshops around the school and we had saw some cool rooms.

But first we had to go into this big theater that was built into the school and we had to listen to Ormiston Junior College  sing us a waiata as a welcoming gift. Then after that we had a father and daughter speak about their mind blowing adventure under the sea and they were known as the "Young Ocean Explorers." Next we had a house keeping talk and then straight after that we moved onto our first session and my group and I (scratch team) moved onto Osmos, makey-makey and lots more.

Later on when we were released from the house keeping talk the p.e.n.n group and the Scratch team headed their separate ways. The p.e.n.n group went on to show how our school does p.e.n.n for 45 minutes and as I said the scratch team went to a workshop to see what other people were talking about. So our 45 minutes was up and it was our turn to present what we did and it was a tutorial on how to use scratch and to show them how to create the game "beat the goalie". I was quite nervous at first but then half way through I was confident. It was pretty annoying because the internet connections was really bad but we got through it and finished. Sadly we didn't have enough time to finish presenting our presentation all because of technical difficulties.

It was a pretty big and a splendid day at Ormiston Junior College. Wow and that school is amazing. Anyway thanks to Tyson and Miss Va'afusuaga for helping Mrs Langitupu for making it possible for the year 7 and 8 extension group and I to go to an really exciting event. So that was the extension group and I's long day.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Online Profile Web

Kia Ora my name is Danielle and this is my Online Profile web page. Today we had to make up our own and to tell people what we want to be. This here is my own I created and everything there is all true. I thought of making one up but i didn't want to.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Reflecting on my speech

This is my speech reflection. Here I have told you what I think I did really well when I said my speech and I few things that I need to work on. My speech was about animal abuse. I was so scared to say my speech in front of my literacy class. I was happy that I received feedback from my class and it was great to hear what people thought I did good.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

The end of my fantastic trip around New Zealand

So this is the end of my fantastic trip exploring and learning more about my home country New Zealand. Sightseeing, interviewing and learning about the native people and animals/mammals in New Zealand and so much more. I would like to thank Rachel and some other people who have set up the winter learning journey for all Manaiakalani kids to blog in the holidays and go look and comment on other peoples blog. So huge shout out to those people. Also good luck to everyone who has competed in the winter learning journey and I wish you guys the very best.

What I've learnt in the holidays? So I've been catching up with my maths and writing. I figured that I needed to work extra hard this term and so by practicing what I'm really bad at will help me instead of using the calculator (that other people use).  What I've learnt during my trip? I've learnt that we have more to New Zealand than meets thy eye. Like for example I never knew that we had dolphins that were only found in New Zealand called the Hector dolphin, learning about the most amazing places to visit like Tane Mahuta or Rangitoto. Anyway that's what I've learnt during my free time and the winter learning journey programme. What I disliked about it? I have no dislikes about anything, everything was great even during this really wet and cold weather. What surprised me on my journey? Well everything surprised me and I couldn't remember all the things that surprised me because there are too many to count. That's the end and I hope you enjoyed being on my journey with me, and also I hope that it was fun for you as it was fun for me. Again huge thanks to Rachel and her team for putting all of this together. KA KITE ANO!!!

Rating three haka performances by the All Blacks

So I have watched 3 All Blacks performances they did for the rugby world cup and I am rating those 3 from the best to the worst (I mean alright).

So first would have to be this one because they were fierce and they weren't embarrassed to do their pukana.  I pick this one because not only were they just fierce and did their pukana but it was intriguing, everyone was cheering like they always do and they were in sync. So that's my first one. Click Here to watch the video.

In second would be be the one against the All Blacks and South Africa last year. Why is this one in second? you might be asking... well this one became second only because they didn't have enough energy out into it. I know you're probably thinking that they need their energy for their game but were talking about the haka right now. The haka should be performed with kia kaha and not embarrassment.
So that's my second one. Click Here to watch the video.

And finally in third place would be the All Blacks against Argentina. Well the only reason this haka was in last place only because nearly all of them weren't taking it seriously and didn't do it properly. You're probably saying "How does she know anything about doing the haka?" well I am in the kapa haka group and my tutor is Whaea Saf. Anyway the All Blacks weren't projecting their voice and so that's why I chose this one as last. Click Here to watch the video.

That's all and if you disagree with my that's find and so you should write what you think in the comment below.

Why fishing in Farewell Spit should be banned

There are dolphins called the Hector dolphins and they are only found in New Zealand at Farewell Spit. The Hector dolphins is the smallest dolphin known and measures up to 1.5 meters. Hector dolphins are very rare and the numbers go down every year all because of fishermen. Do you think fishing in Farewell Spit should be banned? well here is what I have to say about that. All fishermen should be banned from fishing at Farewell Spit because they are killing hundredths of Hector dolphins with their fishing nets. As I've already said these dolphins are rare and they should not be killed every time a fishermen goes out there. So that's why I think that people should stop fishing at Farewell Spit. If you agree/disagree with me then write in the comments down below and tell me why you agree/disagree.

A Hector dolphin caught in a net and the next one is a Hector dolphin that died.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Adopting a native bird

I have the chance to adopt a native or non- native animal. I would adopt the Great Spotted Kiwi. The "Great Spotted Kiwi" is native to New Zealand which means that it is normally found in New Zealand. 

About the "Great Spotted Kiwi":
What kind of animal is this? The Great spotted kiwi is a flightless brown kiwi.

What do they eat? The Great spotted kiwi eat mostly small invertebrates, especially earthworms and larvae of beetles and cicadas; they also eat centipedes, spiders, beetles, weta, snails and freshwater crayfish. Some small fallen fruit and leaves are eaten.

Where are they normally found? They are normally found in the northern- western all the way up to the Southern Island. They life to live in forested areas, scrub lands and grass lands.  They usually sleep in burrows, hollow logs or under dense vegetation.

How big can it grow?A kiwi is about the size of a chicken. There are five species. The largest is the northern brown kiwi, which grows up to 20 to 25 inches (50 to 65 centimeters) and weighs 3.2 to 11 lbs. (1.4 to 5 kilograms). The smallest is the little spotted kiwi. It grows up to 14 to 18 inches (35 to 45 cm) and weighs 4.3 lbs. (0.8 to 1.9 kg). 

Does it have any other names? The other names that are used for this kiwi is Rora or Roroa.
Population: There are about 15,000 of them, with about 55% in Northwest Nelson, 30% in Paparoa range and 15% in the Southern Alps. 

So thats some facts about the Great spotted kiwi. So in the comment section below tell me what kind of native or non - native animal will you adopt. 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Interviewing my brother

Kia Ora so today I am going to interview my brother about the five things he enjoys doing out-doors. Kia Ora Jacob so what are the five things you enjoy doing out-doors.

Jacob: I only have three favorite things I like doing out-doors.

Me: Thanks for letting me interview you and maybe next time you can think of 2 more things that you like doing out-doors. That's all from me and have a good day, Ka kite ano

Questions that I would ask Laura Dekker

Here are five questions I would ask Laura Dekker if I was to interview her about sailing around the world.

1. Who inspired you to sail?
2. Why did you sail across the globe?
3. When did you start sailing?
4. What kind of things did you see or experience while you were on your long journey?
5. Did you enjoy your journey?

So those are the five questions I would ask Laura Dekker if I had the chance to interview her.

Rangitoto,KareKare and Tane Mahuta

Taking a sightseeing around NZ it is time to look at three special places.
1. Rangitoto- Rangitoto is the youngest Island in New Zealand. It is an Auckland icon and has a lot of history. It has been a favorite place for taking trips, walking, sailing and also discovering many mysteries based on the island and the natives of New Zealand (Maori). 

2. KareKare- KareKare is one of Auckland's most astonishing beaches and forested areas. Karekare beach is located on Auckland's west coast between Piha in the north and Whatipu in the south. Karekare waterfall, known by the Kawerau people as ‘Te Ahoaho' or ‘pendulous white thread', is nestled a short walk from the main beach arrival area.

3. Tane Mahuta- Tane Mahuta is the largest and oldest living kauri tree in New Zealand. Tane Mahuta ('Lord of the Forest') is New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree.According to Maori mythology Tane is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother. Tane was the child that tore his parents apart. As told Tane Mahuta said that it was too cramped between Papatuanuku (Earth mother) and Ranginui (Sky father).

If you were to ask which was my favorite place out of these three then it would be none of them. Why you maybe asking? Well it is cause I love all of these places so I couldn't really chose of which one was the best. So that's the end of this trip and I hope you enjoyed and learnt about these most incredible places.

Five things I enjoy here in NZ

Here I am going to tell you five things I enjoy here in Aotearoa (NZ).
1. I really, really, really love going to Rainbow send. (if you don't know what that is, it's an amusement park.)
2. I enjoy going to the museum to discover more about my country, the past and my culture (Maori).
3. I also enjoy taking long walks around the coast of Mission Bay beach.
4. Going to the zoo is really cool because you get to see a lot of endangered animals and get to experience things that you've never experienced before.
5. The sky tower is the tallest man-made structure in NZ and you can base jump or you can just have an amazing view of the city.

Monday, 3 July 2017


Here is my photo of my Sudoku I completed in about 1 minutes and 30 seconds. It was tricky but I think I made some mistakes. If there are any please comment below. Thanks you and try a Sudoku puzzle for yourself.

Multiplication Pyramid

Here is my multiplication pyramid that I did during numeracy. How to do this? the two number together like 5 and 1 you multiply them. So for example you do: 1 x 5 = 5, then 5 x 3 = 15 and so on. Now you get what is happening here. I hope this helps you with your multiplication.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

My design of a new NZ flag

This is my design for our new NZ flag. I drew this on sumo paint. Why I drew this flag? I drew this flag because it has 2 koru joined together and it also has a islander design in the middle. So not only is it Maori but it also has a pacific design on it too. The words on it tell people who we are (we are Maori), it tells them where were from and that we are strong together. Maybe you can draw a flag of your own that has a meaning behind it, so good luck bloggers.

3 facts about New Zealand

1. New Zealand is the land of Maori's (kiwi's) and so did you know that there is about 4.4+ million people that are New Zealanders. 69% are European, 14.6% are native, 9.2% are Asian and 6.9% non Maori pacific.

2. Over 400 years ago Maori's voyaged (sailed) thousands of miles across the vast unknown pacific ocean. Also to this day or even very moment, the Maori cultures now part of New Zealand's national (world wide) identity.

3. The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tenths and Hundredths

WALT: recognize and understand tenths and hundredths.

This week my maths group Calculators and I have been learning about tenths and hundredths. In this task we also had to write the decimal, fraction and mixed number. With the matching one we had to draw a line from the number on the right to it's name on the left. 

Instructions on how to play my scratch game

How to play my scratch game:
1. To move your space craft use the arrow keys.
2.As there are enemies you need to get rid of them so to do that you use the space bar to shoot.
3. If you are hit/touched by the enemy then you restart.

Your score is always set to 0 so each time you hit an enemy then you get 1 point. If you are touched by them then your score is set to 0 again then you have to play to gain more points.

What I've read about space traveling

The challenges of making my scratch game

The challenges that I had for my scratch game was to shoot the bullet out of my space ship, getting the right co-ordinates right and making my enemies vanish when my bullets hits them. Those were my challenges. How I solved them: I solved my problem by watching a video of how to shoot bullets from our space ship. Click here to see the video. Well those were my challenges and out of al of them shooting them was the hardest. Also if you want to see my scratch game click HERE and see what my friends and I have done.

Making my game was really difficult and so when I was finished making my game I started to play on it and then suddenly it stopped working. I was really frustrated but in the end it still didn't turn  out well. The extension group and I are all beginners in coding so we were stuck on thy shooting and making the aliens disappear.

First Challenge: Getting the alien to disappear
Second Challenge: Shooting
Third Challenge: Getting the right co-ordinates

Thats all of my challenges That I had during the making of my group and I's scratch game.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Key Competency - Managing self

WALT: 1. Show how much progress we can make in one maths session 2. Articulate what we are learning about .
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Today our class is focusing on our Key Competencies. Our aim was to stay on task and see how much progress we make for maths in one maths block. This should set the standard for how much work we complete each time we have numeracy.

Here is my maths work I have completed today.

What I found out about space

This is what I learnt about space and what and exo-brake is. Everything I have learnt about it is right above and to me it is quit interesting. The photos above show you the exo-brake being launched and how the make it. I hope this is interesting to you and I hope you like it. If you want to visit the website I wet on to look at space travel and others, click HERE to go straight to that website.

Friday, 26 May 2017

3 days without the year 8's

For the past 2 days the year 8's have been off at camp and the year 7's, a couple of year 8's and I have been back at school doing some great activities like: making truffles, relays/races of stacking cups up and putting them pack down and so much more.

One the first day we all got in our team groups and they were Munchies, Churries and Fobalicious and then after that we had did our chant and I thought that Churries chant was the best. We had lovely teachers who ran different stations and they are Mrs Judd, Whaea Kelly and Mr Slade. They stations were paper work and posters, marshmallow buildings using past sticks.

The second day the munchies and I moved onto team building with Mrs Judd and Mose. What we had to do was to build that tallest tower or building using marshmallows and pasta. Sadly no one had got any points because people had gotten frustrated and wrecked their tower/building. After that was the cup challenge where we had to stack cups using an elastic rubber band and some strings. When that was finish the stacking cup challenge was last before we moved onto making truffles with Whaea Kelly. After lunch was great because we got to play soccer, tag and netball after lunch. Well it was just yesterday that we did that stuff.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Group Padlet

W.A.L.T: Discuss and justify my response to a range of text.

This here is a padlet that my group and I put down our ideas/opinions about what we think if zoos are good for animals or not. We also have to find evidence in the text given to us.

My 9 sentence story

There was once a kind girl named Dezarae. Dezarae likes to walk to the shop. She buys a lot of lollies and she likes to chat with the shopkeeper and her name is Anahere.

After school Dezarae would invite Anahere over to play on her trampoline, but this time Anahere refused to play. She felt awful that she decided to make new friends, and so she did. As she walked home she saw Anahere and Anahere explained why she refused to play with her. “My family told me to make you jealous” explained Anahere. Anahere was a little happy about but Dezarae wasn’t happy at all. So Anahere and Dezrae never talked again or both Anahere and Dezarae would start to argue.

This is my 9 sentence story. This week room 1 literacy and I have been learning about simple, compound and complex sentences. Simple sentences are words that form a complete thought. Compound sentences are 2 or more sentences joined together by a coordinating conjunction. Complex sentences contain and independent clause and a dependent clause joined together by a subordinating conjunction.
Green is simple sentences
Blue is compound sentences
Red is complex sentences

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Place Values, Fractions and Decimals

WALT: Use our knowledge of place values, fractions and decimals to solve word problems.

This week room 5 maths and I have been learning about fractions, place values and decimals. It is the first week back of school and so we are taking it easy for now. We are learning to use our knowledge of place values, fractions and decimals to solve word problems.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Scratch game reflection

This is here our reflection about our scratch game my group and I have created using scratch. In this presentation we had to write out the problems we had and how we fixed it. Also we had to put a picture of our sprites.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

My Visual Mihi

Kia ora, nau mai haere mai.
Ko Maungarei te maunga
Ko Tamaki te awa
Ko Waitemata te moana
Ko Ruapotaka te marae
Ko Ngapuhi toku iwi
No New Zealand ahau
Ko Pt England School toku kura
Ko Deane toku whanau
Ko Dina toku papa
Ko Sandy toku mama
Ko Danielle toku ingoa.
No reira tena koutou, tena koutou tena koutou katoa.
This is my visual mihi

Friday, 31 March 2017

Fractions working out

Here is my fraction working out. My maths teacher Mrs Ilaoa had given my group and I a maths task about fractions. We had to see which fractions are bigger than the other by multiplying and dividing it. 2/6 and 3/10. So what we have to do is now figure out how to see which one is greater than the other. So we do: 6 x 10 = 60, 60 ÷ 10 = 6. Then: 1/6 = 10, 2/6 = 20, and so on. I think you've got the hang of it so I won't go on but you get thy idea.

Language features

This here is a google drawing image that I did. It is about language features. We read the text called "The whale child" Click here to read the text. So in this task I had to describe what the text really meant like- The waves were like giant glass towers... So then I had to write down what it really meant. This story was interesting and really hooked me in. I hope this does the same for you.

Friday, 24 March 2017

A Piece of paradise

This here is about how rain helps plants to grow and how the sun helps as well. Well I have explained in my own words about how the rain and sun help plants to grow. I am going to tell you one thing about it. So water is valuable and that we shouldn't waste it. It helps crops to grow like for example farms. I hope this helps you know a little about how the rain and sun help plants. Please leave some feedback and tell me what I should've add or what I can fix up.

Thursday, 23 March 2017


This here is my think-board. I had to solve out what 5.3 - 1.746 was. In the middle is the question with my answer 3.646, the box above is how I solved it, the box on the right is telling you what strategy I used, the box at the bottom is a word problem that I had to write and the box on the left is other ways to solve it. So that's why there are multiple boxes.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Decimals,Percentage's and fractions

Week 7 in my maths class... We have been practicing our decimals, percentage's and fractions. The first few questions were easy but then it had gotten harder throughout the presentation. You could try solve the equations on my presentation but figure out a different way to solve it. Is it easy or hard. Make sure to comment.

Friday, 17 March 2017

A splendid day at the polyfest

This is my story about my first time going to the polyfest. It was amazing and I really enjoyed it. I am pretty sure that everyone else who went had a good time too. If you want to find out my favorite highlights and what I enjoyed then read on for more.

One highlight is about the Maori stage. The Maori stage was fantastic. There were stalls to buy shirts that relate to Maori, stalls with Maori taonga (pendant) and a place where you could get a moko(a girl in our class kept on saying modo). Food stalls and so much more.

My second highlight was travelling around to explore a lot of amazing things that was happening. My favorite part about exploring was getting a moko because that brought out the true Maori part in you. With a moko was great and that was my favorite part about exploring every stall.

My third highlight about the polyfest was watching the performances. Really it was only the Maori stage that had the most performances but there were other stages that mostly had talking based on their culture. The importance about polyfest is that it’s a competition for all colleges to express themselves and show everyone about their culture. Polyfest is a cultural competition that happens every year.

Going to the polyfest was my first time and my first time was the most amazing thing ever. Also a huge thanks to Dezarae’s aunt Leslie for looking after us on a fantastic trip and a huge thanks to all the other parent helpers who came along and looked after our wonderful tamariki. So that’s my story about my first time going to polyfest. Enjoy.

Friday, 10 March 2017

The 3 Kete of Knowledge

Here is my poster about the 3 kete of knowledge. Here is a short story about Tane, his brother Whiro and the 3 kete  of knowledge. These kete's keep us balanced. Our Mind, body and soul. These are the kete's:
The kete-aronui which held all the knowledge that could help mankind
The kete-tuauri which held the knowledge of ritual, memory and prayer
and the kete-tuatea which contained knowledge of evil or makutu, which was harmful to mankind.

Review about the movie Hidden Figures

How awesome it was to go and see the movie Hidden Figures for the year 7 and 8 extension group. It was amazing because I had gotten the best seats in the theater. About hidden figures: Hidden figures is  a movie about 3 African American ladies that had proven themselves to the world that black people are not mean or thieves and that the can be useful. 

At the movies we bought some popcorn,lollies and drinks. While we were waiting we were watching the movie trailers that were playing on the big screen that everyone could see when the walked into the movies. Finally it hit 10:40 and the doors to go inside the theater were open.  It was only the extension group and quit a few of elderly men and women behind us.
As it was my first time watching Hidden Figures was great. I thought that the movie was going to be boring as I don't really like documentary or things about N.A.S.A (no offense). I thought wrong about the movie Hidden Figures. Once we walked out of the cinema's, I was so unhappy that I couldn't just go back and watch it.

Review- Hidden figures movie review- Likes: What I liked about the movie was when they had made it into space and was ready to go to the moon. Also I liked that all the racism and hate to black people was over, thanks to mathematician Katherine Johnson, aspiring engineer Mary Jackson and unofficial supervisor Dorothy Vaughan. Dislikes: What I didn't like about it was that all the racism that spread to all the white people. 

Maori god family tree

Maori god family tree: This family tree is about the Maori gods. Tumatauenga, Tawhirimatea, Tane Mahuta, Tangaroa, Rongo, Haumiatiketike, Rehua, Ruaumoko, Hine-nui-te-po, Punga, Kaitangata, Ikatere, Tu-te wehiwehi and last but not least Maui. The parents of these children are Papatuanuku the earth mother and Ranginui the sky father.

Myths and Legends about NZ

WALT:research the various myths and legends that were used to explain features of our environment.Features such as our land, our oceans our natural resources.  
My Presentation is about the Maori gods and how then north island was made. Well go ahead and check every slide out, and don't miss a thing. I also have a slide about the Maori god family tree. There is also a slide that has info and tales about Maui. We are learning to research the various myths and legends that were used to tell/explain features of our environment. Features such as our land, our oceans/seas and our natural resources.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Place Value Houses

WALT - Add decimals to 3 decimal places
This here is showing you how I put big numbers into their place value house. Putting big numbers into their place value house, it really helps you when you trying to figure out place value problems.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Alphabet multiplication

WALT -  Understand the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages.

This is a a alphabet multiplication google drawing. Each letter in the alphabet has a number. So for example, if you spell "cool" then you have to look to see what letter has what number. E.g - C= 3, O=15, O=15 and L=12. So you have to multiply all those numbers and see what you get. So that's what alphabet multiplication is.

Friday, 24 February 2017

How to have a fun weekend

Don’t have anything fun to do in the weekends? Well I’ve got a few ideas here for you to try out. Read on to find out more. I hope this helps you have a tremendous weekend.

Bring a friend or more over to play with: Play games with them
Go play outside with them or go to a theme park. Playing with a friend can really help boost your mood. Having a friend around is great because now you won't be lonely.

Go watch a movie at home or at the cinema. Eat some junk food and all that unhealthy stuff.
(If you can’t afford to go to the movies then watch a movie at home)
(If you don’t have any movies at home then act one out) (Do a play)

Go to the beach with your family and friends. Maybe just friends even. Go swimming or build something from clay or sand. Maybe just do what you think is fun to do at the beach. What do you like to do at the beach?

Can you think of anymore ways to have a fun weekend? Well I hope this helps you and that you can show others how to have a fun weekend. You can even make up your own ideas of how to have a fun weekend. Well that's me, Ka kite ano

Friday, 17 February 2017

Explanation Reconstruction

WALT - Identify the structural features of an explanation text

This is my post about How glass bottles are made. You're probably wondering, "Whats the point of this?"
Well room 1 literacy class and I had to reconstruct the story about how glass bottles are made. This writing is called explanation writing. Mr Wiseman which is our literacy teacher had already written about it but had mixed them up. So what we had to do was put each paragraph in order. This is how I put mine in order.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Maths: Word Problems

WALT -  Illustrate (draw/show) the steps we used to solve each problem

This week room 5 maths are learning how to show/draw the steps we used to solve a maths problem. Here is my showing of how i figured out 264 - 92. It's really easy to solve and show how I/you worked it out. My question was: A train has 264 people on it. 92 people get off the train at the next stop. So how many people are on the train now? My answer was 164. I used and algorithm, which was much easier.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Number of the week

WALT -  Illustrate (draw/show) the steps we used to solve each problem
This week room 5 maths will be learning to draw or show the steps we used to solve each equation/problem.
This presentation is about the different ways we can think about a number in many different ways. We went on a site that generates a number and the number that you/we got and then you/we make it as a problem and solve it.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017