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Friday, August 18, 2017

Cow Dung Custard

Kia ora Bloggers!
This term we have Miss Dixon on Thursdays and Fridays and each week she reads us a new story from the book Unreal! by Paul Jennings. Here is an activity we got to choose to do about the book.  It's a paragraph  about one of the characters called Greg.


Greg is a boy that lived with his dad in a small town near the ocean.Greg had a awfully ridiculous nickname that he hated.Greg has bold black hair and freckles that covers his face like autumn leaves. His name was Cow Dung Kid.His dad was a veggie lover.Every weekend Greg was sent to collect cow dung,bat droppings,pig droppings,sheep droppings and much more.Greg’s dad would always remind him to get it nice and sloppy but Greg was very annoyed about it.Greg’s dad would make batches of dung and would mix them together and would use it for his horrible veggie patch.All the people in the town hated the smell of the batches.Greg’s dad grew veggies enormously big like peas the size of golf balls and beans as long as your arm.The worst batch was batch 72.It had wombat droppings,rabbit droppings and bat droppings with a little bit of lizard.Dad was making a new batch that was very awful. It was light yellow.Greg said is looked like custard,Cow dung custard.Greg hated that smell so much.




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Learning how to read scientific reports

Kia ora
We are learning how to read and write scientific reports. We have been doing experiments and writing about them. This is a reading activity we did. We had to be able to match a thesis with a hypothesis.
We are learning how to understand the structure and language of a report about a scientific experiment #3 Understanding that a hypothesis is a brainy prediction based on what you already know.
In this exercise you need to match a thesis with its hypothesis.  Use the ‘Fill tool’ to colour code the matching xsazideas.
                               Thesis                                                                      Hypothesis
I know this……                                                                         So therefore if I do this I think this will happen…
I know that a puddle of water is a small amount of water lying (usually) on the ground. I know that water is a substance which is found on our planet and that it can exist as a solid (ice), liquid or a gas (water vapour). I know that the main reason water changes from one state to another on Earth is because of  temperature -heat or cold. On Earth a sunny day is when there are no clouds, the sky is blue and the temperature is usually warm or hot.
I predict that when I mix vinegar and baking soda together that a chemical reaction will occur and that I will be able to notice this. I might feel hotness or coldness, notice smoke or bubbles, smell something, hear some kind of noise or  find that the taste or texture of the foods has changed.
I know that heavy things usually sink and light things float. However, container ships are heavy but they still float so there must be more things that have an effect on floating than just weight. Blutack is a squishy material that is quite light. It usually comes as a wide, flat strip but you can shape it into a round ball, a sausage shape, an O shape etc or you could flatten it out into a thin, wide shape like a leaf or saucer. Leaves usually float and ships look a little like a leaf shape.
I predict that when I take an ice cube out of a freezer it will begin to change back into liquid water (this is called melting) because it will no longer be colder than 0 degrees centigrade.
I know that an ice cube is water which is frozen. I know that that liquid water freezes into ice when the temperature reaches 0 degrees centigrade. An ice cube will stay an ice cube as long as it stays in a freezer.
I predict that if I make a puddle of water somewhere on the playground on a hot, dry day that the puddle will dry up and disappear quite quickly.
I know that everything we eat is made up of different kinds of chemicals.Sometimes when you mix different chemicals together they react with each other in different ways and the substances will do things that they didn’t do before (chemical reaction) and become different to what they were like before (chemical change). You will be able to notice things happening by using your 5 senses to  listen, smell, feel, look at and sometimes taste what is going on. I know that vinegar and baking soda are both food substances and I learned that they are chemically different
I predict that if I take some ice cubes out of a freezer and wrap them in different materials, I will find that one material will keep the ice cube frozen for longer than the others. This material would then have proven itself to be the best insulator.
I know that liquid water changes into a solid (ice) when the temperature reaches 0 degrees centigrade. I know that a freezer will keep water solid because a freezer’s job is to keep food at a temperature just below 0 degrees centigrade.
We are going to use Bluetack as our material. We will use the same amount of Blutack to make three different shapes. One will be a straight, rectangular strip of Blutack, one will be a compact, round ball and the third will be a rounded  saucer shape like a boat. We predict that at least one of these will float.
I know that insulators are materials that can be used to protect yourself from too much heat or cold. When we put clothes on because we are cold, the clothes are insulators which help our bodies stay warm. If you put insulating material like Pink Batts in the ceiling of your house, in the winter the Batts help keep warm air inside the house. In the summer, The Pink Batts help stop hot air coming into the house so they help to keep us cool. Many  food containers like Thermos flasks and Chilly Bins are made out of insulating materials to keep food hot or cold.
I predict that when I put some liquid water into a freezer it will change from a liquid state into a solid state (ice) because the temperature in the freezer will be below 0 degrees centigrade.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Paul Jennings

Kia Ora Bloggers!
This term we are learning about Paul Jennings. Paul Jennings is an author that writes short stories.We had an activity about the short story 'Skeleton on the dunny'. It was a funny short story that I enjoyed because it had lots of funny words and it made a picture in my head. I chose to do a word search about it. Here is my work below.




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Scientific writing

  Kia ora

We are learning how to read and write scientific reports. We have been doing experiments and writing about them. This is a reading activity we did. We had to be able to match a title for a report with a wondering question.

Freezing Water.
What will happen when you mix vinegar and baking soda?
Floating and Sinking.
What will happen to an ice cube if you take it out of the freezer?
Kitchen Chemistry.
Which materials make the best insulators?
Disappearing Water.
What happens when you put a container of water into a freezer?
Keep Your Cool.
What will happen to a puddle of water on a hot day?
Ice Cube Experiment.
Does Blutack float?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Zoofari!!!

Kia Ora!
This week we on Wednesday we travelled by bus to Auckland zoo for a Zoofari!
Here is some photos of us going down to Auckland (which was very tiring) and a picture of one of most CUTEST TIGERS!!! We also got to see some of the old cheetahs there when they have their morning walks through the zoo.There was also a cool playground at the zoo too next to the kunekune pigs pen.My group was Kirsten,Tylah,Carlos,Depla and I and our parent was Jason.

I am working on a report about red pandas and I saw one! They were fluffier than I thought they would be,Did you know one patch of a red panda's fur can cover one whole retriever dog! They need their fur to keep warm in winter where we are currently in now.

Farewell Bloggers! Ka kite ano!




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Animal report

Kia Ora Bloggers!
This week we have been learning to write reports about a animal. I have based my animal on a rare animal called an Okapi (Oh-Ka-Pee). The digital learning object I based it on is called a thinglink.
Here is my work below


Monday, June 19, 2017

My friends

Guten tag bloggers!
Here is some quick photos I did with a few of my best friends and above them is some words I could describe them (:  (By the way I have lots more friends than the ones below)




  The Flash ;o                                                                        The Brains :D
                 


My Magnificent teachers (;