Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Samoan Language Week - Main Idea

Since it is Samoan Language Week, Mrs Anderson created some activities about Samoa's traditions/culture. For this activity, we listened to a speech by Mata'afa Elia Autagavaia talking about how we should preserve the old traditions of the Samoan dances, and to tell the next generation how to correctly dance in Samoa.  

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

BEDMAS - Order of Operation

LI: Order of Operation
In maths we have been learning about the order of operation or BEDMAS. BEDMAS contains of Brackets, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction. I knew about BEDMAS so it wasn't as challenging but it was great revising it.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Different Types of Clocks - Tech @ Tamaki College

At tech we started our new rotations. The year 8's went to Ms Ferguson. In this rotation, we will be making clocks. Today we were looking at the different types of clocks such as the digital clocks and alarm clocks etc. 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Dance - Exploring Shapes

Today for dance we were exploring angles, shapes, and levels. My partner and I watched a YouTube clip which gave us amazing ideas on what shapes we could use for our dance routine. We tried to copy some dance moves but some were very difficult, while others were really simple. We  had to keep our bodies in order to transition to another move. 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Statics - What sort of litter are we dropping?

In Inquiry we were adding up statics about rubbish in Auckland. Javeylor and I were looking at the amount of rubbish that Auckland citizens are dropping. It was interesting because the litter that we are dropping most is wrappers. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Main Ideas - Recycling

In reading, we watched a video based on recycling. After watching the video we were told to figure out which idea was vital, very important or just important. After watching this video, I was convinced one of the vital ideas was to put the correct items into the recycling bin, aswell as clean items since it could get the workers sick. 


In reading we were focusing on how to summarize. A summary is like a shorter version of a text. We read an article called, "Eco Rangers Save The Planet". After reading parts of the text, we wrote down 20 important words from the text, then we lowered it down to 6, then created a short summary using them. 


Today in writing we were focusing on metaphors. A metaphor compares two different things from one another. Example: She is a walking dictionary, this could probably mean that she is very educated with her vocabulary. 


Today we played a game based on fractions. I thought this game was helpful since it revised my fractions knowledge.  

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Dance - Free Flow and Bound Flow

For dance today we looked at free flow and bound flow dance moves.  Free flow is when you  move freely using your bones. It felt as if we were imitating snakes. While bound flow is when you move like a robot, using your muscles.  Mia and I made shapes like circles, triangles and squares with our arms. We used different levels for each shape. The hardest shape was the triangle since our hands had to be straight. The easiest shape was a circle since it was curved. Next week I am hoping to create new shapes like a heart or a diamond. 

Should People Use Sports To Promote Change? - My Opinion

Yesterday Fifta, Zahra, Mia and I read an article "Tour Like No Other". This article discussed the protest that was made to stop the Springboks from playing with the All Blacks because of the segregation between the different races. The Springboks is the South African rugby team, and the All Blacks is the New Zealand rugby team. After finishing the article and watching some videos, we were asked to make an informed opinion. Should people use sports to promote change? 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Flying Feet - Problem Solving

This week we were solving maths problems that included multiplication, division and some adding. This DLO shows how I solved the problems, I think that the problems were very interesting because you had to figure out a way that you could solve it. 

E-ako Maths - Multiplication and Division

Today for e-ako maths, I focused on my multiplication and division. I played a game which asks me multiplication and division questions which needs to be answered in 1 minute. Next time, I should work on harder and more challenging activities. 

World of Maths

Yesterday Charles from the World of Maths came to Panmure Bridge School. He brought some fun games that were based on maths. We were split into groups with LS2 and LS1 students, in my group were; Mishaan, Fifita, Alice, and Sakina. The first game that my group played was Mouse in the House. Mouse in the House was challenging our logic and reasoning skills. My favorite game was Which Way Home. This game was challenging my addition facts. It was easy, but very fun because everyone joined in. What I enjoyed most about yesterday was the amount of teamwork and collaboration. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences

Today we played a game based on simple, compound and complex sentences. I think that revising our simple, compound and complex sentences is great since we need to use these sentence structures in our writing. 

Monday, 15 May 2017

As Fast as Lightning - Similes

This week's language feature was similes. In this activity, we had to match the the correct similes together. I think this activity was great to revise our knowledge on similes, but it was quite easy since my group knows what similes are. 

Reducing Organic Waste

This DLO talks about ways I can reduce my organic waste. One way I personally could reduce organic waste is to plan my meals for the week. This helps as it prevents me from throwing out my organic wastes such as lettuce, and using it instead in meals.  

Friday, 12 May 2017

Chocolate Hedgehogs - Tech @ Tamaki College

Today at tech we made chocolate hedgehogs. We used a packet of plain biscuits, peanuts, melted chocolate, and 100g of butter. Although it looked very different to what we usually make, it was delicious. In the end, we put our melted chocolate on top of our chocolate hedgehog and refrigerated it for 5-10 minutes. 

France Bans Extremely Thin Models - Current Events

France has banned extremely thin models. This is my DLO summarizing the information I read, it also includes me and Fifita's opinion about the ban. I think this is a great opportunity for the models to live their own life.  

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Music - Dance T2W2

This term for music, we are focusing on dance. Mishaan, Mia, and I made our own warm up routine today. A warm up helps loosen our muscles, and increases our heart rate, our breathing, and our flexibility which helps our body when we are doing sports and dancing etc. Next week, I think I need to talk more and share more ideas to my group. 

Taekwondo - T2W2

Today was our first session of taekwando. Taekwando is a Korean martial art. Steve taught us how to punch and kick fast. I am looking forward to what Steve will teach us next week. 

Personal Passion

My personal passion is playing soccer. This is one of my Excellence and Innovation CARE award tasks. I think I have improved on soccer this year since I am playing more often. 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Speech Bubbles In Graphic Novels

In a graphic novel, you must have speech bubbles. This shows us how someone is talking, if the radio is 'talking', if someone is thinking, if someone is singing or what the time is. For an example: if it is the next day or later that day, it would be in this speech bubble: 

Making Connections - "When The Wind Blows"

After we finished reading "When The Wind Blows" we made connections with this text to a text, with the world, and our reaction to the story. 

True/False - When The Wind Blows

Distinguishing Fact from Fiction

There are some elements of the story that are true and based on real events.
There are also some un-true things that feel or sound like they could be facts

Sort these Story elements into Fact and Fiction:

There was a cold war between former allies - True
Nuclear fallout can kill you after the bomb has gone off - True
England was afraid of a Russian / American nuclear war - True
America is a democracy - True
There was a nuclear arms race - True (America and Ru ssia)
People believed in Mutually Assured Destruction- True
The Russians let off a nuclear bomb - False
Russia is a democracy - False
After 14 days you can leave the nuclear fallout shelter - False
A nuclear refuge (like the one in the book) would protect you - False

We read a graphic novel that had some true facts the cold war, but some of the facts were false. I highlighted the false facts red, and the true facts true.

Problem Solving - Doubling & Halving

LI: To use known and try new strategies to answer math questions. 
For maths we are focusing on strategies. We were looking at doubling and halving. I thought that this activity was easy because I know how to double and half, but it was good revising the strategy since it might be helpful.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Chunky Word Challenge 'Ight'

This week's chunky word challenge was 'ight'. We found words that have chunks that have 'ight' in them. These are some of the words I found in a word cloud.  

Monday, 8 May 2017

Is Recycling Really Helping Our World?

We were asked, is recycling really helping our world? This padlet shows our knowledge before reading any texts or information about the topic, this is called prior knowledge. After gathering all of our information, we will synthesis. This is when we gather all of our information and make it into one big idea. 
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Similes Illustration - It's as slow as a snail

Similes compares something with something else by using 'as' or 'like'. For this DLO, I showed an example of a simile. This simile compares how fast something is going, with how fast a snail goes. 

Friday, 5 May 2017

Truffles - Tech @ Tamaki College

Today at tech we made chocolate and coconut truffles. We used chocolate, coconuts, condensed milk, chocolate chips and coco powder, and oreos. 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ivory Trade Ban - China Current Events

In this activity we were looking at current events, in particular the ban of ivory in China. China is planning to ban ivory trades by the end of 2017. They are doing this because they are trying to prevent elephant extinction from happening. To ban ivory trades, they are closing down 24 factories and 128 shops. I feel as if this is a good thing, but at the same time a bad thing, since tons of people would lose their job. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Pizza Pieces - Fractions and Decimals

In maths we were turning fractions and decimals into a whole with different ways. I turned fractions into decimals and decimals into fractions because I know how to convert them.