Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tane's presentation

Today Tane shared about some new creatures that have been discovered. It got us thinking all about how new animals are named.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Water Cycle

One of our questions from our inquiry into water was 'How is water made?'. Today we did an experiment to show how the water cycle worked.

We made this model to show our understanding. We also created our own illustration and posted it on our own blogs. Click the links on the side to check them out.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sorting Out Our Inquiry Questions

This week we have been learning to:

  • Change 'I wonder statements into questions'
  • Construct and add to our initial questions
  • Sort them out into categories (Safety, Comes from, made out of/ makes and other)

Do you have any other questions about water that we might be interested in?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Poem of the Week

Today Ella illustrated our song. It is the Marvelous Toy that Sophie our student teacher taught us. We even shared it with Willard home residents when we went to visit.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Piano Accordian

Today at C.R.E Jacob came to visit. He plays the piano accordian. We listened to him play some songs. He can even play Humpty Dumpty and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

Discovery Time Week 5

WALT: manage ourselves and the materials

Success Criteria:
doing the right thing with the materials
use the equipment safely
sharing the equipment
looking after the equipment

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kai teaches us how to count in Japanese

In handwriting we have been having a go at writing numbers in different languages. Today we tried Japanese. Kai in our class taught us how to count to 10 in Japanese.

Cross Country

"Today it was cross country. It was a bit hard at the end because I ran a little bit to fast at the start" Zara
"It was hard at the end because I had already done the whole track and I went slow. Next time I will save some of my energy until the end" by Lachlan
"I went better this year because I didn't sprint really fast at the start, just medium pace. That meant I went faster to pass people at the end. I came second" by George
"I found it quite fast at the start then I slowed down and needed to walk a little bit" by Cooper
"It was hard because I felt longer than last year" by Tane
At the end I felt puffed because I had run the hardest I could" by Sophie B

Year 3 boys finalists...First Place was Jayden and Second place was Thomas from our class. Way to go Thomas!
Video captured by George

Making Paper

Today we made recycled paper. First we had to rip up the paper into small bits. Then we added water. Then we mixed it up with a beater.

The next day we put the mix onto a screen and squeezed out the water shaping the pulp into a flat square shape. Then turned it onto some baking paper and left it to dry.

How long do you think it will take until it is ready? What will we be able to do with it?

Monday, May 21, 2012

More FM Joke-Off

We nominated Thomas to represent our class with a joke. We thought it was really funny.

Next Monday at 7.20am on More FM our schools collection of jokes (including Thomas') will be played. Then our school will go up against other schools in the Manawatu to be in to win $4000 of computer gear. All you have to do is vote for us on the More FM website which will soon have all the jokes posted for voting.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Digi-nauts Treasure Hunt

On Friday we did a treasure hunt around the school. We had to follow the directions from the clues. We had to collect the made up words from the Lorax that were on each clue.

WALT: follow directions and use prepostional language.

It was easy to follow the clues because it tells you where to go.
The clue on the path was hard to find.

Poem of the Week from Week 2 & 3

 Written by Anon
Illustrated by Vincent
Written by Dr Seuss
Illustrated by Aria

Poem of the Week

Written by Jill Eggleton
Illustrated by Thomas.

Blockers and Drivers

Today we learned about drivers and blockers in our learning.
We found out that everyone is different and that things that are drivers for some people are blockers for others.

Can you share your blockers and drivers?

Monday, May 14, 2012

WALT: write a simile

Today it was raining and Cross Country had to be canceled. We sat out in the rain instead and wrote stories describing how it felt.
I was sitting outside and watching the rain fall from the sky. The rain is like chocolate chips falling from the sky. When its hits the ground it breaks. The rain sounds like little mice creeping on the ground.
By Atlanta

 Ebony says: I like your simile Atlanta. I think it makes your story sound more interesting a I can imaging what the rain was like from your description. Well done.

WALT: Participate and Contribute

Today we learned about what it means to participate and contribute. Watch the movie and see how we did.

Digi-nauts...How do you think you participated and contributed?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Poem of the Week

Written by Jill Eggleton
Illustrated by Rileigh-Kaye.

DT- WALT: be responsible

Discovery Time this week... WALT: be responsible

How did you show responsibility this week at DT?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Grasshopper Tennis

Today we had our first session of Grasshopper Tennis with Big John.  It was a lot of fun.

Write a comment about what you enjoyed the most?  and what you found hard?

Autumn Art

Monday, May 7, 2012

Blog Spotlight

Check out some fantastic learning in Room 2. Leave them a comment about their learning!

Your Thoughts

WALT: write a simile

Can you use a simile to describe something in this photo?

Sunday, May 6, 2012


WALT: use prepositional language to describe an object and its position

We had to use instructions to get our buddy to make the same shapes and arrangements. It was hard because we couldn't look at it.

What are some words you used to describe your arrangement?