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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Into The Book: Pollution Is Personal

Into The Book: Pollution Is Personal 6 July 2017

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In this reading activity we had to use making connections to answer questions about a passage. The passage I read was about the pollution and how big of a problem it was becoming. For this activity we had to read the passage and pick what summary connected to the story best. I got nearly all of the questions right and succeed in saving the city. I learnt that there are lots of different connection people can make but only one relates more and ir relevent. I found this activity very fun and I hope to play this more in the future.

Reading Comprehension: Making Connections

Making Connections to Text 6 July 2017


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  1. Why is it important to connect to the text when you read?
    It gives our brains to store new information about the story
  2. How do connections make it easier for your brain to find information?
    Making connections give us more ways we can understand different things


  1. What is self-to-text connection?
    Self-to-text is when you connect something that has something in your life to something in the book


  1. What is a text-to-text connection?
    Text-to-text is when you connect the story to something similar you have read before

  1. What is a text-to world connection?
    Text-to-world is when you connect the story book to something you have proably seen on the news or on the internet

In this reading comprehension we learnt about the importance of the making connections and why it is so useful and helpful. The reading comprehension asked questions and we had to explain our answers to see if we understood the passage. In this activity I learnt the differences between self-to-text, text-to-text and text-to-world. I found this very useful and I hope to use more strategies like this in the future.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Explanation Writing: Pōwhiri

What is a Pōwhiri? July 2017

WALHT - write an explanation writing about a Pōwhiri

Success Criteria:
  • I must double check my work
  • I must use the correct pronunciation
  • I must make sure everything is grammatically correct
  • I must explain what the topic is and give relevant facts

A Pōwhiri is a Maori welcoming ceremony that Maori people use to welcome people into  families, schools, funerals and maraes. Recently it has been used in more situations like a new role in a new workplace or welcoming someone important from another place.

The welcoming ceremony involves speeches that are given from people who are related to the cause or the people who are hosting it. The person or people who get welcomed also give a speech. A Pōwhiri also includes lots of singing and dancing. People would perform popular Maori songs that are appropriate for the cause and dance according to the song.

At the very start of the Pōwhiri people who would host it would perform a “Call of Welcome”. This is where an older women from the hosts would perform a call and lead the person or people they are welcoming into the marae or hall. They would walk very slowly and pause every now and then to remember the ancestors who have passed.

People are also to be respectful and sit down in a special seating order, they would also have to stand up when they are told. Males would have to sit on the outer side of the group and females would sit in the inside.

At the end of the Pōwhiri the guests and people would do a Hongi. A Hongi is a traditional maori greeting were people press their noses together. The Hongi is very popular in Maori culture and especially in Pōwhiri’s.


To conclude, the Pōwhiri is a very important and popular welcoming ceremony in the Maori culture, and the people who are attend whether they are Maori or not should respect and adapt to the Maori culture and their ways.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Polyhedron Shapes

Polyhedron Shapes

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Faces: 6 Faces: 5

Vertices: 8 Vertices: 6

6 + 8 - 2 = 12 5 + 6 - 2 = 11

Edges: 12 Edges: 11

For Maths Time we had to make polyhedron shapes with maths counting sticks and glue tack. A polyhedron shape is any shape that is solid and has many faces, it would normally have 6 or more faces. We also learnt a formula that we could use to find out the amount of edges a shape has. The formula is F + V - 2= E. The "F" represents the faces, the "V" represents the vertices and the "E" would represent the edges. For example we could use a cube. A cube has 6 faces and 8 vertices so 6 + 8 - 2 = 12. So that means a cube has 12 edges. I found this really interesting that we could use a simple sentence to figure out the amount of edges a shape has.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Explanation Writing: Howick Historical Village

Howick Historical Village 28 July 2017


WALT - Write an explanation writing


Success Criteria:
  • Include information that happened throughout the day
  • List the events that happened in order
  • Include expensive words to keep my writing interesting
  • Include information about the topic


Howick Historical Village is a re-creation of villages and houses from the olden days of Howick Village. It is a living museum and takes us back to the times 1840 - 1880. It shows the everyday life of villagers and soldiers of people who used to live there back in the days.


Yesterday the classes of the senior side got the opportunity to explore and learn about the lifestyle of the people in 1840 to 1880. The Howick Historical Village talked about how students and kids used to attend school and the huge differences that have been made. They also included information about how things worked and operated back then.


Back then the majority of people’s life were spent working and doing chores rather than education and school work. People mostly focused on the process of growing up and learning the needs of becoming an adult. They also said that the children would go to school up until ages 11 to 12 and then start working and looking for marriage.


Women back then focused on the jobs of cleaning clothes, milking cows, and sewing and mending ripped blankets and clothing. They were also in charge of making condiments like butter and cheese. Men on the other hand did the more harder jobs. They were to cut down trees and chop wood and they were also in charge of making and building houses, making weapons and other things like that.


The houses and villages were also very different and well designed. The houses back then were made out of wood and mostly had one level. Back then if you were rich and had lots of  money you would be able to afford a house with two levels, and maids. The interior of the houses were also very different compared from now.

Obviously lots of things have changed over the years but it was cool to see how people lived and survived back in the days. It was also very interesting to see how things were so different back then and how things worked without electricity, buttons or switches. I would hope to go again next time later in the year to see how more things have changed.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Fruit Juice Names

Fruit Juice Names



For Technology we had to come up with a Fruit Juice name for our Juice Box. We had to list down a fruit juice flavour, words and noises that people make when they drink their juices, and combine the different noises and words together. We had to pick the best one and use it as our name brand for our Juice Box. I chose the combination "Peachy Bliss".

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Polygon with Matariki Stars

Polygon with Matariki Stars 22 June 2017

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During Maths time we made polygon shapes with the Matariki Stars. We had to get an image from the internet and use Google Drawing to connect lines to the stars to resemble polygon shapes. A polygon is any 2D shape that has straight sides and no open. In the end,  I ended up making 7 different types of Triangles, 3 quadrilateral shapes, 1 heptagon, and one pentagon. I found this activity really fun because we were combining Matariki a topic we were learning about for a few days with maths.