Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weather Skype with 1D in Texas

We skyped with a class from a suburb of Dallas, Texas, USA to talk about the weather.
In New Zealand, it was 8.30am on Tuesday - our day usually begins at 8.50am so we had an early start. 
In Texas, it was 2.30 pm on Monday! 

What did we find out?
In New Zealand it is spring.
In Texas it is fall (autumn).

We measure temperature using degrees Centigrade (˚C).
They use degrees Fahrenheit (˚F).

In summer, an extremely hot day in Reefton might be 35˚C (about 95˚F).
A really hot day in Dallas, TX might be 100˚F.

This morning in Reefton the day was quite cool, and the temperature was about 10˚C (50˚F).
The temperature in Dallas, TX was about 80˚F (27˚C).

We had some time to compare notes about our classes.
We have 20 students. We are Year 1, 2 and 3s, and we are mostly aged 6 and 7, with one 8 year-old.

1D has 22 Grade 1 students, all aged six.

Both classes love doing Daily 5 at reading time!

Winter is the favourite season of Brooks, from 1D
Braedyn from B4 said his favourite season is summer.

We live in a community of just over 900.
1D live in a community of 35,000.

We live one hour away from a beach, but we have a school pool, a town pool and the river.
The children in 1D would need to drive for nine hours to get to a beach! However, they have a rec centre, and lakes, and backyard pools.

Which place is generally hotter - Reefton or Dallas?
What is your favourite season and why?

Monday, October 13, 2014

What's the Temperature Where You Live?

In maths this week, we are looking at temperature.

Here in New Zealand, it is spring.
The days are getting warmer. 
But would a person living somewhere else call our weather warm, or would it seem cold in comparison to where they live?

We are hoping that visitors to our blog this week (and next) will comment on what the temperature is where they live. 

Let us know:
Where you are
What time of day it is
What the temperature is (please show C or F)
Do you think your day seems hot, warm, cool or cold?

Hint: To write the degrees symbol ˚ using your computer, hold the Option and K buttons together.
If you are using an ipad, hold down on the zero key to make the symbol.

Here is a handy tool for converting ˚F to ˚Celsuis

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Big Slurp

We are lucky to be part of the Milk in Schools programme, and we enjoy our cartons of milk each day after lunch break.
Today we took part in 
'The Big Slurp', 
for World Milk Day.

Did your class take part in 'The Big Slurp'?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Fish of Maui

The students from B4 have been working with Mrs Wright in Drama this term.

In the story, Maui (a Maori demi-god) hides away in his brothers' waka (canoe) when they go fishing. 
They row out from Te Waka a Maui - the South Island, 
(also known as Te Wai Pounamu) 
and Maui fishes up a huge fish which becomes the North Island - Te Ika a Maui 
(the fish of Maui)

Here is our play, called "The Fish of Maui'.

B4 students - what was your part in the play?

Do you have a favourite legend of Maui?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Discovery Time

A few weeks ago we 
read a post by our blogging buddies, E7,about their Discovery Time.
The B4 students were quite taken with this idea. 
On their own initiative, they wrote some persuasive letters and the result is 
we now have Discovery Time in B4!
It's a great time to practise our Key Competencies - 
Managing Self
Relating to Others
Using Language, Symbols and Text
Participating and Contributing.

What do you love about Discovery Time?
What new activities could we try?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Our Fractions Party

Two of our B4 students are shifting away this week, so we had a small farewell for them.
We are also learning about fractions in maths, so we made it a 'fractions' party!
We had to work out how we could cut up or share out the treats so everyone got a fair share.

Is it a fair share?

Half each!

Making sure each person gets a third of the Pebbles.
Each person gets one third of the Pebbles.

One third of 21 is seven.

Goodbye Korbyn and Ethan. 
We hope you have a great time at your new schools.

How many sweets were in the packet if my half share is 8?
How many sweets were in the packet if my third share is 6?