Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Week 2 - 100 Word Challenge

Our prompt for our 100 Word Challenge this week was:

...suddenly I saw... 

Here are some of the stories we wrote:

One night I was sleeping in my bed.  I saw a scary tree branch shadow through my window.  It was stormy and windy.  I looked out my window and suddenly I saw a monster climbing up my house wall.  I started screaming and ran into my Mum and Dad's room.  Then I snuggled into the middle of their bed.  Next thing I know it was morning, I was so relieved.  I went into my own room, looked out my window and there was no monster so I went into the kitchen and ate a whole jar of cookies!  "Yum, yum yum."
By Katie

Suddenly I saw cops outside my house.  There were thousands of cops surrounding our house.  It smelt like buring lights from the cars, it looked like a whole crowd of angry rhinos.  They had their shields up, their guns were in their hands.  Some cops didn't have their shields because they had machine guns.  My heart was beating like millions of machine guns.  One of the cops knocked on our door.  They said that there is a robber in our backyard.  Our backyard is humongous.  We are never going to find them.  We started looking...
By Aaron

One scary, dark night I went camping with my Dad.  We went to the scariest place.  We set up the tent and went to bed. In the middle of the night suddenly I saw a pig with a gun and a chainsaw.  He came out of a cave with a BLAST.  He went bang, bang, bang and I ran into the tent.  He went roar, roar, roar.  He crashed down our tent.  Dad woke up and said, "Run!  Run for you life!"  We ran and ran until we found the three pigs house made of brick and hid there!
By Joshua  

On Friday 13th it was a dark, stormy night.  Lightning struck and missed a girl by inches.  The girl was called Dianne.  She believed in ghosts and zombies.  She was lost and suddenly she saw a dark hooded figure behind her with a machine gun.  For the first time in her life Dianne was scared.  He heart was beating so fast she couldn't feel it.  Dianne ran to the end of the street, "Wait!" said an unfamiliar voice.  She realised it was the dark hooded figure.  She stopped and the hooded figure was waiting.  The hooded figure pulled out his machine gun and...boom!  Dianne opened her eyes and saw a dead boy lying on the pavement.
By Tanzee

One day I was sitting in my spa enjoying my 20 million pancakes, watching my flatscreen TV when suddenly I saw my Dad in a Weetbix commercial!  I dropped my breakfast, jumped out of the spa and ended up hugging the TV screaming, "We're gonna be rich, we're gonna be rich!"  I managed to get over it.  When my Dad got home I said, "How much money did you get today?" And he gave me two dollars!  My mouth just fell open.  Then he said, "Can you help me get the other 20 million dollars out of the car?"
By Paige     

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Week 1 - 100 Word Challenge

This week we started our 100 Word Challenge. 
The 100 word challenge is a weekly creative writing challenge.  
Each Monday a prompt is given, which could be a picture or a series of individual words and we can only use up to 100 words or 5 sentences to write a creative piece of writing. 
We then spend 20 mins writing.  
Each week some of our stories will be showcased on our blog.
Here are some of the stories we wrote today!
This was our prompt:

It was a very nice sunny day and I was fishing. Next to me was my best friend, Jelly. I felt my rod bending but it was just a puny great white. Then Jelly felt a tiny tug...I know it was a big one! He pulled up this mutated sloth. It looked like an eel!! Jelly pulled out his uzi so I closed my eyes. I could hear around 20 shots. I though he must hate sloths! But when I opened my eyes, he was on the ground dead and the sloth WALKED away!
By Quinn

It was was a sunny day, Steve went out fishing. He paddled until he got to the middle of the ocean. He pulled out his fishing rod. Suddenly he felt a really strong tug. He pulled out a big ugly fish. It looked like a worm...the eyeballs were poking out, it smelt like a rotten egg and it was as slimy and slippery like soggy biscuit. He pulled out his machine gun, shot the bottom of his boat, he sunk!

By Aaron

One sunny afternoon Steve was fishing in a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. He took bait and quickly put it on the hook of his fishing rod. Then he flung the hooka attached to the rod into the water. he waited and waited and waited and then suddenly he got a bite on his rod, it was going all over the place like crazy. Later after all that pulling he finally pulled the rod out of the water. He couldn't believe his eyes, it was an ugly worm-like eel thing. He didn't like the look of it!

By Riley

It all started on a sunny day. Sophie was fishing on her boat in the middle of the ocean. Suddenly her rod moved and bent and when she tried to heave was too strong. Then with a mighty pull, she pulled her rod out one last time...and there was a slimy abomination. She gazed at it with horror. It's eyes were as big as dinner plates and when she took the hook out, there were teeth as small as ants and the mouth was as huge as a ball. After that day she never went fishing again.

By Abhilasha

On a sunny day Max went fishing in the middle of nowhere. He put the fishing pole in the water. He waited and waited and waited until he couldn't believe his eyes when he pulled out a giant sea monster. He was frozen and the fish was wiggling, his teeth were as sharp as swords and his eyes were as big as a basketball. He tried putting it back in the water but it was too late. The fish ate him. He tried getting out but he couldn't. Then he had to stay there forever...will he get out?

By Abimbola

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein!

Today is a very special day - it is Albert Einstein's birthday.  

Albert Einstein is our class mascot for many reasons.  He is widely considered to be the most intelligent person in history but interestingly if you had asked Einstein himself about that, he would have disagreed.

"I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious."

From Einstein we learn the value of asking questions.

Although Einstein is know for his achievements in Maths and Science, he believed that being smart is not about knowing everything.

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."

He believed that creative pursuits such as art and music are just as important as reading, writing and maths.

Albert Einstein shows us the importance of perseverance.

"I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right." and "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."

And he even had lessons for teachers.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein!  We look forward to learning more from your wisdom.

It's Pi Day!

Today is special for another reason - it's Pi Day.

Pi is a number used in Maths, especially for Maths involving circles.  It is written like this:

In number form, Pi is written as 3.141592653 - but that's just the beginning.  Pi has an infinite number of digits.  You'll never be able to write them all - they continue forever.  That's why we need the symbol!

Pi Day is celebrated every year on March the 14th.  Get it?  March (the 3rd month), 14th => 3.14

Pi Day this year though is very special because if you add in the 15 from 2015 you get Pi to the first 4 places => 3.1415

And if you're really keen and celebrate it at 9.26am then you have Pi to 7 decimal places => 3.1415926

Happy Pi Day!  Will you eat some pie to celebrate?  Actually I wonder if that's where it gets its name ... what do you think?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Te Tuhi - Stories from the Pacific

Last week our class visited the Te Tuhi Art Centre to participate in the Stories from the Pacific workshop.  In this workshop we explored symbols that represent our identity and how Pacific tapa cloths are created.  Then we made our own versions of tapa to display aspects of our own culture.

A big thank you to Jeremy from Te Tuhi who taught us everything we needed to know.

Check our our slideshows below.

Working in Different Ways

This week, we are working on an Investigation Challenge about the blue whale.  The challenge includes heaps of different types of activities to help us get a better understanding about this animal. Check out our challenge requirements below:

To complete the challenge we are working on pairs.  Have a look at the different ways we are learning in the classroom.  We are working in different ways, on different activities, in our own time - and we are loving doing it :)