Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Great Flounder Expedition

WOW what a blast it was to go out on our very own tamaki estuary to catch baby flounders. Why are we catching baby flounders you ask? Well the fish population is decreasing because more and more greedy people seem to catch fish and put them in stores to sell or even just take it home with them and cook it. But the flounder team and I weren't doing that, we were catching baby flounders to put them into our school fish tank. We saw that the fish numbers were decreasing so by catching fish and putting them into our tank, they will have a better chance of surviving.

How long will we be keeping them for? We will be keeping the flounders up until the are and adult and then we can release them, then they will have a better chance of surviving. How many did we catch? Well we caught more than 50 baby flounders but we could only keep 12 in our tank and the rest were put back into the ocean, but 9 had been given to Kauri Flats school because they only had caught 4. How did we feel before, during and after? Before we went out into the water we had did a karakia (Prayer) we all felt excited and amazing that we had the chance to go out and save the fish. During while we were pulling the net along the surface the whole of Pt England had walked down to watch us for a bit and sing a waiata/himene and while they were singing I felt the energy come from them and all the blessings and thoughts that were going on. The aftermath was incredible because we caught so much flounders, a bit of sardines, crabs and a lot of rocks and shells.

 Who were involved? Well there was Roimata, Aysha, Aliyah, Daniella, Lyi Sorn, Angel, John Armour, Justus, Angelo, Isaac, Hosea, Whaea Saf, Tyson, Peter, Sarah, Mr Vogt, Mr Somerville, Mr Jacobsen and myself (Danielle). What did we do with the fish? Well we took the fish back to school and chose the decent sized ones and put them into our tank, and the rest went back into the awa (River) and some went to Kauri Flats school. How did you feel at the end of the day? I felt exhausted and so did everyone else because pulling the net was heavy and a bit difficult because we were sinking into the sand.

Also on behalf of the flounder team we would like to say a massive thanks to all the helpers and mostly to peter for flying all the way to Auckland (NZ) just to help us with our expedition and also lending us your fishing net (He only had 2 hours of sleep because of his flight here, that's why he is amazing. If you don't know who Peter is he is a professional at fish (which means he knows a lot about fish, how to catch them and lots of interesting facts about all the different types of fish there are. So that was our wonderful adventure and everyone needs to keep our awa clean and not be so greedy for fish and other sea animals/creatures.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Tablemaster score

Here is a screen shot of what multiplication I did. I practiced my 13 time tables and it was difficult but after trying it a few times I got the hang of it. In my screen shot I took it shows the answer the I answered the fastest and the slowest. So my fastest answered question was 1 x 13 and my slowest was 5 x 13. In the right hand corner it shows you/me how long it took me to answer all questions. It took me 39 seconds. Next time I will make sure that I practice in getting a faster time. At the bottom  it shows my results. So this is my score for today and if you want to play and practice your time tables click the link HERE and it will take you straight to the site.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Our film festival experience

Well it's that time again where the whole of Pt England will be going off to watch all the different Manaiakalani movies that other schools made. It was quite challenging to get the movie done but the challenges that I experienced was trying to be active in 2 different places at once, because there were 2 movies that I had to film. Room 5 and I have only started filming last week (week 8) and got it done asap. What I really enjoyed was being able to film in 2 movies that were completely different. Also actually getting both movies finished in time even though there were some difficulties of people being away when we needed them so much. Next time when I make another film for our Manaiakalani film festival, I will make sure that I get more involved and also build my confidence up as I tend to get really nervous. I won't give too much away because you need to wait patiently for the Manaiakalani film festival and then you will see what our movie is all about (for extension and home class). So be there and enjoy.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Ratio and Proportion Word Problems

WALT: explain or show the steps we took to solve each problem.
This week room 5 numeracy class and I have been learning our ratio and proportions. This is our task and we had word problems that we had to solve. Some questions were quite tricky when it came to ratio, but I still practice and I am getting quite good at it. If you want to give it a crack then go ahead and try some of my questions and put your answer in a different way and in your own words.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Taking Flight: Using your imagination

"I was travelling in the 'Radio-Flyer; when I unexpectedly appeared in space. As I was travelling through space I came across aliens. The aliens had knifelike teeth, beady eyes, really short but was big headed and had the most foul smell ever. The alien army was ready and so was I. So I grabbed my space gun and executed them. It all came down to me and the shameful leader. As I stared into his beady eyes, I was prepared to remove my gun from my capsule. We both circled continuously until he ordered the last alien standing to attack me from behind, but I swiftly moved out of the way and the alien had clashed into the leader. Their leader was down and I was victorious.

Here is the video.

 This week we are learning to hook the reader in using precise language in our writing. This video here is about a boy and the grandpa that use their imagination and go on a fantastic journey in the radio flyer. Now after watching this video I had to pick one adventure that they went on and use my imagination and write it down. My writing is about how the boy and his grandpa went into space and fought aliens. So watch the video and imagine yourself in one of those adventures. Please comment nice things. Have a nice day and imagine hard.

Using precise language

Walt: engage our readers by using precise language in our writing.

This term room 1 literacy and I have been learning about how to use precise language in our writing to hook the reader in. What is precise language? Precise language is something that authors use when they write their book. Like for example:
Not Precise language- John was cold and he put his jacket on to keep him warm.
Precise Language-  John felt the cold chill slither up his spine. So he swiftly grabbed his cozy, warm and soft jacket and put it on as slow as a sloth.
Which one of these do you think are more intriguing and which one isn't. If you picked the second one then you are right. The second sentence has words that describe about the coldness. So this is my presentation about precise language.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Multiplication Pyramid

WALT:   explain or show the steps we took to solve each word problem (Ratios & Proportions) 

This is here a multiplication pyramid. The pyramid is used as an exercise. So this is my multiplication pyramid.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Monday, 4 September 2017

Geometry: Practicing reflection

Walt: rotate, reflect and translate shapes.
 This photo here is a question that I had already done. It is about reflecting the image you see. This was the easiest question there was.However this here was quite tricky for me but in the end I figured it out. I didn't understand it at first but once I chose my answer and got it                                                                                    wrong, it told me why the answer was The line y = 2.

We are learning to understand the different types of transformations there are like reflection, rotation and translation in geometry, but not only geometry, there are other things in maths that you need these things. So our walt (We are learning to) for this week is, Walt: rotate, reflect and translate shapes.