LI: To follow the instructions to make your own origami diya (diva lamp).

The photo above shows my origami diya (diva lamp). Our first challenge was to watch the video that shows how to fold an origami diya (diva lamp). Before we could start we needed to use a ruler to measure a 20cm square piece of paper to make our own origami square. I found this challenging because because it was very heard to do some steps.

I found this activity fun also because I got to collaborate with my group.

Diwali Celebration

LI: To use your smart searching skills to find out what Diwali is and how people celebrate around the world.

Our challenge was to write create a DLO that tells others what Diwali is and how people celebrate around the world. Something I found interesting was the nice patterns that were used, also the colors were very  interesting since they only use bright colors for there designs.

I found this activity fun because I learnt facts about a new celebration.

The Inchcape Rock

LI: To find and summarise the story behind the poem.

The main characters of this poem are Sir Ralph 

(Captain of the boat), Abbot of Aberbrothock (The owner of Inchcape Rock). This poem is about a person named Abbot of Aberbrothock and placed a bell. Another person named Sir Ralph wanted to cut off the bell because Aberbrothock was being blessed to much. Then Sir Ralph cut off the bell and went off to steal more treasure to become rich. Then the weather became windy and rainy. Then his boat crashed into Inchcape Rock, the waves rushed side to side on his boat. The last thing he heard was the sound of the devil ringing his knell.

Our challenge was to unpack the story behind the 17 verses of the poem Inchcape Rock by Robert Southy. The part I found interesting was the sound of the bell under the seas because it was very strange to hear.

I found this activity very interesting because of the new story I heard about  Sir Ralph.

What Happened Down the Stairs?

LI: To understand the 5 senses can be used to strengthen a description

Our challenge was to co construct a text using the olfactory, auditory, gustatorial, visual and kinethetic senses to describe the story behind the shoes in this image. This time we were able to speak and sat facing our partners. 

Once we had completed this part of the challenge we joined together with another group to share our writing and make sure what we had written made sense and had met the language feature challenge.

I found this activity because we were able to communicate with our partner but the shoes story we weren’t able to talk to eachother.

The Shoes Story

L.I To use the 5 senses and personification to help us paint a picture with words. To understand that personification is to give an inanimate object human qualities.

Our challenge was to co construct a text using personification and the senses to describe the story behind the shoes in this image. We sat back to back and weren’t able to talk and would have to either join our ideas on our doc or either switch our sentences up and change it. Half way through Mrs Anderson challenged us to include a rhetorical question and a simile or metaphor to the stories what what I added was only a rhetorical question.

Once we had completed this part of the challenge we joined together with another group to share our writing and make sure what we had written made sense.

After that part of the challenge was finished we used the punctuation points game to see what things I have. We marked anothers group punctuation after proof reading ours. We then had a chance to check our own work against the points table. That was fun because every point our partners missed menat we could take a point off theirs.

I found this activity interesting because we weren’t able to talk to our partner while writing our ideas.

Collaborative Art

LI:  To use different types of warm and cool colours to recreate a world-known painting from Van Gogh.

This week’s art is about Van Gogh and his famous art piece “The Starry Night”. The Class was divided into 2 groups of 16 people, 1 of each group remade “The Starry Night” in warm colours and cool colours digitally. Each group divided 16 pieces of the Starry Night with each person in the group. Working as a collaborative team we gathered all or pieces to 1 DLO to finally reach our desired outcome. I found this activity interesting because we all had to try and find the mtaching colours and the same size of the lines.

Procedural Writing

L.I To write an clear instructions that show how to make an hangi.

A hangi is a traditional way of cooking food underground used by Maoris.

  • Equipment/Materials
    • volcanic stones
    • iron
    • shovel
    • wood
    • gloves
    • lighter
    • cloth sacks
    • twig/kindling
    • metal basket 
    • barrel of water
    • lighter
  • Ingredients
    • Vegetables (Taro Leaves, cabbage, potato, carrots, kumera, pumpkin, stuffing)
    • Meat (ox, pork, chicken, beef, lamb)
  1. Dig a pit for the food and make sure it is slightly bigger than the food tray.
  2. Gather sticks and volcanic stones.
  3. Pile the wood and stones on the ground on top of eachother.
  4. Light the wood and let it burn for about 3 – 5 hours.
  5. Place tinfoil, banana leaves, or taro leaves on the food tray.
  6. Place the meat and vegetables in the tray.
  7. Place the hot rocks into the pit.
  8. Lower the meat tray into the hole first.
  9. Lower the vegetables on top of the meat tray.
  10. Soak 5 sacks and 1 sheet of material into a barrel of water.
  11. Place the wet sheet over the food.
  12. Cover the food baskets and the wet sheet with the wet sacks.
  13. Cover the pit with dirt and let it cook for about 3 hours.
  14. Scrape off the dirt after 3 hours and take off the sacks.
  15. Wear gloves and carefully remove the food baskets.
  16. Take the food out and enjoy. 

Saftey Message: MAKE sure to always watch your hangi incase an accident.

Today we unpacked how to follow and write a set of instructions. To do this effectively your instructions need to be explicit and the steps to follow ordered. Each step begins with an instructional verb and should be written in a way that is easy to understand.

I enjoyed this activity because I got to learn more about hangi and the steps on how to make hangi.


Kauri Die Back

LI: To gather statistics and protect the Kauri Tree from getting the Kauri Disease.

The following week after camp we did a research about the Kauri Dieback. Then we created a DLO about the Kauri Disease on how we can prevent it from destroying our nature. Though we can do things such as… to stop the disease from killing our tree. 

I found this activity interesting because I got find out more and learn more about a kauri die back.

Research about Scurvy

LI: To understand what a balanced diet looks like and why it is important for human health.

For our first Inquiry topic for Term 2 we did a study about what a scurvy is, how can people get affected, and what can we do to avoid it. We wrote did you know facts to help us be able to learn about scurvy such as, Did you know…? Scurvy is caused by lack of Vitamin C for at least 3 months. I was mostly common for pirates/sailors.I found this activity interesting because I got to learn about vitiman C and why it is important to eat your vegies.

Class Rules and Expectations Poster

LI: To follow the classroom rules and expectations (including wet day proced ures)

This week we did a PB4L poster discussing about the Class Expectations and Rules and why they’re important to follow. This poster is also about respecting the teachers and pupils in the classroom. An example of this is no running in class. It is important to follow this because someone could get hurt or you could hurt yourself.

I found this activity interesting because I wrote the class expectations of what you are expected to do.