Saturday, April 19, 2014

Our River, Our Learning

Our Social Studies topic in Term 1 has been 
'Our Place, Our River'. 
Here's the post about our visit to the river.

 One of our questions was 'where do people find gold in the Inangahua River?' This week we used models, and made drawings and movies to show our answers.

by Liv and Braedyn

We wrote information reports about our river. 

Samuel's river report

Skye's river report

Michelle's river report

The Inangahua River is definitely a special place for us!
Tell us about your special place.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

'Mateship' - An ANZAC chat with Tipperary Station

The commemorations for ANZAC Day on April 25th happen during our school holidays this year, so we are spending time this week thinking about it in class.

While there is traditionally a friendly rivalry between the two countries, troops from both countries saw action together at Gallipoli in World War 1.  

Tipperary Station, a small Australian outback school of 6 pupils, asked if we would like to do a Skype to talk about the meaning of 'mateship'.
Only 6 pupils!

To kick off our thinking, both classes read
'Simpson and His Donkey' by Mark Greenwood
and Frane Lessac.

Both classes had the same book!

During our skype chat we decided that mateship meant taking care of each other, sticking up for each other, being a good friend and sticking together. 
Another word for mateship is friendship!

We looked more closely at two pictures from the book.

What might the soldiers in the boat be saying to give each other support?

How are the soldiers in this picture showing mateship towards each other?

Thank you to our new mates from Tipperary Station. 
We hope we get to learn with you again!

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Shape Song

We've been learning a song that helps us to remember the names of 2D shapes. 
After we learned the verses about the square, circle, triangle and rectangle, we made up our own verse about the hexagon and the oval.

(to the tune of: "Frere Jacques")
This is a square. This is a square.
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It has four sides,
All the same size.
It's a square. It's a square.

This is a circle. This is circle.
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It goes round and round,
No end can be found.
It's a circle. It's a circle.

This is a triangle. This is a triangle.
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It only has three sides,
That join to make three points.
It's a triangle. It's a triangle.

This is a rectangle. This is a rectangle.
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It has two short sides,
And it has two long sides.
It's a rectangle. It's a rectangle.

Can you make up a verse about a diamond or another 2D shape?

Postcript: Miss Robinson's class from down the road in Greymouth took up our challenge! 

Friday, March 28, 2014

What Did We Bring in Our Mystery Kete?

We were finding our news circle a bit boring, so when Mrs McKenzie saw this tweet 
from a teacher in Palmerston North

we started our own Mystery Kete.
Each day, two students take a kete home, choose an item and prepare some clues for the next morning.
We have had some diverse items arriving in the kete, and it's great fun trying to guess what the items might be.

Leave us some clues in a comment - we'll try to guess what your mystery item is!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Learning to Spell with Chunks

We're trying out a new spelling system in B4 this year, 
called Chunk Spelling.
Mrs McK read about it in this blog post.
Each Friday we use our consonant charts and our blend & digraph charts to brainstorm words for 
the next week's new chunk.
Then we brainstorm big words with the chunk in them too.

Finally, we choose words for our spelling notebooks, to practice at home and at reading time during Daily 5.
Everyone is being challenged at just the right level for them!

What do you do to learn new words?
Can you suggest some more big words with the -at chunk in them?

Watch this video to learn about digraphs:

Friday, March 14, 2014

Our Place, Our River

A river runs through our town.
It is called the Inangahua River.
Our river is a special place, and we are finding out that people use it in many ways.

To get ready for our river topic, we visited the river and used our senses to explore our surroundings.
The first stop though, was the art gallery, to view some river paintings by a local artist.
(We didn't photograph the artworks due to copyright.)

When we walked to the swing bridge, we used the right-hand side of the road, facing the on-coming traffic. 
Look how we are walking in single-file, keeping well off the road!

We walked over the bouncy swing bridge.
Unfortunately, there was a wasp nest by that part of the river, so back we went to a safer area.

At the riverside we SAW water creatures, we HEARD the river rushing over the stones, we FELT the cold water and the hard rocks and we SMELLED the country air.
Did we TASTE anything?
Bobby found a minuscule fish.

A water spider

What is your favourite water activity?
Can you suggest some ways people use the river to make their living?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Jumping High

We had a lot of fun at our athletic sports, 
competing in Run, Jump and Throw events.
One of the most keenly contested events was the high-jump.

What type of athletics event do you like best - run, jump or throw?