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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.

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.


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.

Moko-Ika-Hikawaru Taniwha

L.I: To lear about te traditional history of the Tamaki River.

We hand drawed a taniwha. The taniwha we were hand drawing was Moko-Ika-Hikawaru.

In the history of the tamaki river there was a taniwha called Moko-Ika-Hikawaru. Moko-Ika-Hikawaru was from the Ngati Paoa Tribe. This taniwha had eight tails. After learning a little bit of the tangiwha we got some ideas on how our taniwha is gonna look like and where it is gonna be in the moment. After doing our taniwha we did our detail to make it look good.

I found this activity interesting and fun because I got learn a little about the history of the Tamaki River. Also it was fun because we got to hand draw the taniwha.

Brochure Outside and Inside

L.I To make a brochure explaining why you should recommend staying at Kokako Lodge.

We made a brochure trying to convince people to go to Kokako Lodge. 

Kokako Lodge is the place we went to camp for three days. We explained the outside of Kokako Lodge and the inside areas in Kokako Lodge. Outside we explained the address, phone number, and how long it takes to get there. Also explaining why you should recommend staying there. And also explaining there are instructors that take care of you and do the activities with you. 

On the inside there are activities that you can do and explaining what is in the cafeteria and what resources they have in the kitchen. Also explaining how many people can the cabins fit inside each cabin. The cabins can hold about 83 people in each cabin. Beds are provided in the cabins but not beding things like sheets, pillows and blankets. Things you are needed to bring is food to eat and pack of clothing and resources that are necessary to pack.

I enjoyed this activity because I got to do brochures to people on why you should recommend going there.

Statistical Investagation

LI: To read the text, gather sort, graph and analyse the data

Our maths group created a diagram which shows the top six rivers in Auckland from smallest to largest. We used our collaborative skills to find out the data of each river. We put these rivers in this order from shortest to longest… We used our knowledge to come to the conclusion on what river is the longest out of the 6 rivers in Auckland, which is the Whau River, the Puhoi River, the Tamaki River, Waitakere River, Hoteo River, and the Wairoa River.

The rivers that go in order is the Whau River which is 6km, Puhoi River 13km, Tamaki River 15km, Waitakre River 16km, Hoteo River 28km, Wairoa River 65km. This the order is goes for the rivers in Auckland.

I enjoyed this activity because got to learn how long some rivers are in Auckland.


Key Competencies

LI: To create a comparison of the before and after experiences at camp

For this activity we did a key competencies. This challenge was to think about when would we need to use the key competencies. We needed to think when we need to use the key competenciesfor the challenge would face us at our camp.

The four key competencies were, thinking, relating to others, use language symbols and texting, managing self, and particapating and controbuting.  Thinking is when do you think we are gonna need to use thinking at camp, relating to others is when do you think are you gonna relate to others, using language symbols and texting is what type of language do we use around others, managing self is when we think you are gonna have to manage yourself, particapating and controbuting is when am I gonna controbute or when do I particapat.

I enjoyed this activity because got to learn more about people and got to do fun activites.

Main Ideas

L.I To identify the main ideas in the text

This week we have been learning how to find and collaboratively decide on the main idea in a text by negotiating. We read the text Lester and Clyde. This was a text about the consequences of pollution. Our group think the main idea was pollution always has a cause and effect towards you and the enviorment. 

We found this activity interesting because we had to agree on what are the important ideas.