Thursday, 26 September 2013

Raft Building

Raft Building

It was so cold! The raft was in the water wobbling and I bobbed down next to it, while Kapri was holding on to me.  Instead of sitting, I lay down on the raft as I was so exhausted from everything going on. However I felt comfortable and confident about raft building and that it would be a fun experience.

As we set out on to the water, I was about to bail off the raft because we couldn’t stop the raft from moving about in the rough water. Luckily for me I had my life jacket and my helmet on.

As we started to paddle towards the waterfall, my bottom kept on hitting the rocks. Suddenly I fell from the raft and into the bitterly cold deep water. There were rocks  beneath me and I couldn’t get up, I felt like I wanted to cry. My bottom was sore and it felt like everything was against me.

The water was moving so fast, that I couldn’t stand up and I was shaking like a blender. Everyone that was on the raft noticed that I was shaking and they were laughing. Woosh! The water kept on coming at me and it was splashing me in my eyes blinding me.  

It was super windy, the wind was blowing the raft from side to side as it looked like it was going to fall apart. Finally the instructor was nice enough to hold the raft so we could float and I was able to pull myself back onto the raft using all the energy that I had left in me.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Landforms in the library

Landforms in the Library

L.I. Locate the dewey numbers related to our topic this term

Fill in the dewey numbers in the table below

Dewey Number
Earth Science
551.2 & 551.21
551.46 & 577.7
551.4 & 551.432
551.48 & 551.482

Monday, 23 September 2013

How to write a bibliography

How to write a Bibliography

L.I. - Know how to reference a book correctly

When we are doing research we need to find corroborating sources of information.  A good way to do this is to find a book and a website that give you the same information.  This means that the information in most likely to be accurate.
At the end of the presentation it is important to cite the books and websites you have used.  This activity shows you how to present the book. information.


Using the scans from books used in our volcanoes unit, write the bibliography entry.

Surname, First name. (year) Title. Publisher: Place of publication

Using the scans from books used in our volcanoes unit, write the bibliography entry.

Surname, First name. (year) Title. Publisher: Place of publication
  1. Edward, John.(2005) Plates Tectonic and continental drift.Evans brother limited: London

  1. ©Netzely, Patricia D. (2003) volcanoes. Kidhaven press. Farmington Hills. M.I

  1. Firestone mary,(2006). volcanologist. chelsea house Published. USA

  1. Rae,Alison. (2005) Earthquake & volcanoes. Evans Brothers limited london.

Library Activity_Using Index

Using an index
L.I. - Library/Research skills
Using an index to find information quickly

Most non-fiction books have an index.  Like a table of contents, it lists the books contents and relevant page numbers, but in much more detail.  It presents the topics in alphabetical order to help your search.  Below is an example from a health book.


aerobics                    2-14
breathing                 9-10
carbohydrates      36
co-ordination         20-25
cycling                       32
diet                              30-40
diseases                   45-65
doctor                       40-44
drinking                    63
drugs, harmful      70-75
drugs, medical       60-65
exercise                    11-20
fat                               35
fatigue                      76-79
good health            80-90
happy                       91-92
hospital                    40-44, 48-65
hygiene                    93-94

illness                           45-65
incapacitated           45-65
injuries                         60-65
inoculation                 96-98
lungs                             9-10, 60-64
medicine                      45-65, 96-98
mental illness            99-120
moods                          99-104
pharmacist                 60-65
physical activities     121-150
rest                                 151-155
self-discipline              115-120              
smoking                       121-124
sport                             15-20
strength                      12-14
vigour                           140-150
vitamins                       64-65
weight                           30-35

Before you start highlight 4 words you don’t know and look them up in the dictionary.

hospital -An institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people.

fatigue-Extreme tiredness, typically resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.

happy -Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.

hygiene-Conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, esp. through cleanliness: "poor standards of food hygiene".

Why are there two index entries for drugs?
fatigue                      76-79
drugs, medical       60-65

Which two entries will help you find out about tiredness and how to cope?
injuries                         60-65
mental illness            99-120

Which pages would you turn to in order to find out about injuries?
vitamins                       64-65
good health            80-90
Which two entries would you use to find out more about healthy eating?
vitamins                       64-65
good health            80-90
Which pages would you turn to in order to find out about the bad effects of smoking?
smoking                       121-124
On which pages would you find out about hospital life?
hospital                    40-44, 48-65
rest                                 151-155
doctor                       40-44
medicine                      45-65, 96-98
Why do you think there are two ranges of page numbers for lungs?
lungs                             9-10, 60-64

On which pages would you find out more about the healthy effects of sport?
sport                             15-20
strength                      12-14
vigour                           140-150
weight                           30-35
exercise                    11-20

Library Activity_Sub-Question


L.I. Thinking about sub-questions when researching

When you are looking for information there is always one main question that you have to answer.  Then, as you think about the main question and start reading other questions will occur to you.  These sub-questions give direction to your reading.  They keep you on track.  It is a strategy good readers use to help them locate information quickly.

Match (cut and paste) the main question with the sub-questions that relate

Subject: Film
What were the main reasons for the success of a movie that you have recently seen?  Write your own review of the movie.
What type is it, adventure, crime, comedy, romance?  What was it’s storyline?  What was the complication and the interesting consequences?  Were the actors convincing?  How effective was the cinematography?
Subject: History
What was life like in your town or suburb at the beginning of the 20th century?
What aspects (transport, communication, work) were different in the past?  What aspects have stayed the same?  How has entertainment changed or stayed the same?  What are the most notable buildings from this time?
Subject: Geography
Why has the grey nurse shark become the only protected species of shark?
Why has it become the world’s first protected shark?
Does it deserve a dangerous reputation?    
Why was it hunted so freely in the past?
What does this species look like?
 Why is it now on the endangered list?  

Subject: Social studies
How do farmers manage the land to prevent soil erosion?

Why is it such a concern?  What are the effects on a farm of soil erosion?  How can erosion from water be controlled?  How can wind-breaks help?  Why is it important to keep plant growth in the soil?  How can farmer protect the soil during dry periods?
Subject: Media Studies
What do you think are the qualities of a successful TV series for teenagers?
What was it’s nature: was it a particular event that had great impact on the main character?  How did this give excitement and interest to the novel?  How did it affect other characters?
Subject: Reading
Why is a major complication essential to a novel?  Show how is has affected the plot and the development of major characters in a novel you have read.

What do teenagers want from their series?  Why are the relationships between characters so important?  What settings are favoured?  What qualities do the lead actors have?   Why do some local series do well overseas?

Write your own sub-questions for these main questions

How does a glacier effect the land?
How does Glacier effect the land?
What effect have humans had on the volcanoes of Auckland?
What effect can have the human on the Volcano of Auckland
What factors can change the course of a river?
What factors can change the course of the River?

Spelling activity_Sentences


Classic: My mum loves to listen to Classic musics.
Basic: I am learning my basics facts everyday when we have our maths groups.
Permission: I need my parents permission to sleep over my friends house.
Mermaid: My little cousin loves to watch the movie: little mermaid.
Relax: I need to relax my feet from all that hiking up the mountain.
Peer: Me and Kapri are the same age.
Envelope: I need a Envelope to put my letter so, I can send it to grandma.
Cutlery: When you come camp you might have to bring your own cutlery, so you can wash it yourself.
Announce: There was an announcement that we have to bring our cross country permission slip tomorrow.
Anchor: An anchor is to keep the boat still.

Comment: I find this sentence activity good for me because it helps me understand what that word means.

Using the glossary

A helping hand from the Glossary

L.I. - Library/Research skills
Using a glossary

Sometimes a book also has a glossary at the beginning or the end.  This gives short explanations of specialised or difficult terms used in the book.  The following is an example is from a book about the moon.






Sputnik 1

in astronomy, the reflective property of planets
a small rocky object found mainly in a belt or flat ring between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars; also called a minor planet because it is so small (the largest are only 200 km across).
a large flat plain on the moon caused by lava flows and marked by ridges, depressions and faults; all 14 maria are on the side of the moon that faces Earth.
a natural (e.g. moon) or artificial (e.g. spacecraft) object that orbits around a larger astronomical body.
the first artificial satellite, which was launched into space to orbit around the Earth in 1957.

Name an artificial satellite. Sputnik 1
What is another term for a minor planet in orbit between Mars and Jupiter?
What is the term for an object that orbits around another larger planetary body? Satellite
What is the term used for a large flat lava flow on the moon? Mare
What term is used to describe the characteristic light reflecting from a planet? Albedo

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

xtra maths results

I am proud of my self, that I am learning my basics fact and even though I have 2 wrong, I'm still proud.