Thursday, May 18, 2017

Highlights this week, according to Surleen, Murphy, and Caryl.

On Wednesday the 17th of May, we made crystals. It was interesting. I had never made crystals before, that’s why it was interesting for me. First we turned on the fire and placed the pan on top. It heated up in minutes or even seconds. I got to learn if we try again and never give up we can do it, if it seems hard don’t worry, try again and again, it won’t seem hard. I learned lots of new things by making crystals and have to learn more things by keeping focused. By Surleen.


This week (12-18/05/17) I enjoyed Crystal-Making. I learnt a lot about crystals and I'm still learning more about them. Making crystals were also fun but I kinda burnt myself but still had fun (。◕‿◕。) Crystal making is fun and you should try it too! (◕‿◕✿)  By Caryl

Basket ball at lunch

One of my highlights of every lunch would have to be having a game of basketball. It's run by usually Tyrahn and Fou. It’s fun and entertaining. I like to do it, come join in with lebron James And Steph Curryc26-B001BKX0V4-1-l.jpg921da62127ce651a73fa2714e24b1cb7.jpgimages.jpgI hope I see you at basketball. If you don’t know how to play, we will teach you the main parts of basketball. We play on a one hoop court most of the time, so you only go for one spot. I think it's easier. Just ask Fou Murphy and Tyrahn and you can plaaaaayyyyyyyyy! By Murphy

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The key properties of a problem solver

In Room 11 we have been identifying the key properties of being a problem solver. We have been having some meaningful discussions about which properties are the most important and why.

With a buddy, can you describe your decision making process.

For example, We decided that ........... was more important in problem solving ....... because ........

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Term 2: Week 2

This week was Image result for stuffedFULL of learning.

In our unit of inquiry:
A better understanding of the properties of materials leads to innovation and responsible enterprise- this week we explored more about the concept of PROPERTIES.

Mrs Montford brought in some crystals.
Our class had asked her about the crystal she wears as jewellery, she was only to happy to share where she collected them from and what she knew about their formation.
We them researched the physical properties of crystals by observing them using our senses. (Except taste!).
See here for a video made by Ethan and Lucas where they share their learning.



After analysing the properties of crystals we analysed the properties of Hokey Pokey and then observed the reactions of 3 white powders (kitchen ingredients) to a clear liquid.

We built up the vocabulary we need to discuss and identify properties of materials, to be added to as we progress through this unit.

In our math inquiry;
Understanding the patterns and relationships between numbers helps us solve problems- we worked on different problems, working on our times-tables, and number strategies based on patterns and relationships.

Language: We analysed non-fiction text and identified the main idea and key words that we could record to capture the main details. We also played with putting them from note form back into sentences.

Our year 6 leaders spent the day at a Leadership Retreat. Tyrahn said it was fun, Moihi spent time reflecting on his leadership goals, and Fou shared that to be a leader you have to show people how to be, he stated that "If you don't do the right thing, why would anyone follow you?" Then he matched his actions to his words! The overall feedback from all the leaders was that they had fun and have leadership goals they are going to work on. Watch this space!

In class we worked on our Respect puzzle piece working out what respect looks like, sounds like and feels like in different situations. Each student set and self-reflected on their personal Respect goal each day.

Finally we ended the week with an EXPLORATION HOUR-  students got to choose from:


Technology challenges- Work as a team to beat the clock and conquer the challenge! A bit like The Amazing Race- but with way-less travel, use the materials supplied to solve the problem-
Example: Using a cardboard box, plasticine, and a plastic spoon, build a sled to carry one of your team members for 20 metres. You have 25 minutes...Go!
Arty Crafty - Making different kinds of crafts to keep and give away e.g picture frames with watercolour paint/pencil art, stone sculptures mosaic/paint, maybe flax weaving (get someone from the marae or school community to teach or woven paper placemats), bead crafts - key rings, bracelets, tissue paper sun-catchers, bird feeders...
Groovy Gardeners
A chance to get your fingers dirty and make a difference to the school. This spot may include some cooking in the kitchen too for lunchbox goodies. Some building and making signs for gardens too.
Try to get a water retention system going and possibly do different gardens around the school.
Electronics - looking at how circuits work and having fun making some.
Photography - Looking at forced perspective photography.  Creating optical illusions to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is.  We will finish up with a competition of our photos.
Sports activities, developing hand eye coordination, movement skills, game awareness.

Image result for parents wordand Caregivers- Do you have something you would like to add and lead in Exploration hour? Or would you like to join us and explore with a small group each Friday? Contact your classroom teacher and let them know!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Grow your own crystals!

After today's lessons, I thought you might want to try and grow your own Image result for crystals word 


at home (or bring in your materials and I will help you at school!)

Here are some links to get you started:
Sugar Crystals- grow your own rock candy (but don't eat it at school! Image result for surprise face)

Glow in the dark crystals

Salt crystals- 3 different ways.

Copper sulphate/sulfate crystals.

As you try this, think about the different properties of these crystals. What crystal system is its growing pattern- what shape is it? What colour? How would you describe it?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Times-tables ideas- Analyse and critique.

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This is a playlist of about 6 videos. Some people are sharing their ideas about ways they think will make learning times-tables easy.

Have a look through, then answer some questions below.






Which one of these would you like to try?

How does it work? What makes it easier to learn this way?

How is it connected to our central idea: Understanding relationships and patterns between numbers helps us solve problems.

What other ideas do you have that you could share with someone that might help them learn their times-tables?


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If you don't have an idea already, why don't you do a little research? 
Play with some numbers, look for patterns, break them into pieces ... explore!

Let's brainstorm!

https://padlet.com/alanac3/n2qt0kbfq2qp#Wall wisher- share your ideas.