Sunday, August 31, 2008

Simple Machines

Over the next four weeks we are going to be looking at simple machines. Click on the picture to be taken to a great website full of information and activities about simple machines.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Some Descriptive Writing

Today Room 12 was busy writing descriptions about the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Their goal was to write descriptions in an original way using strong adjectives and verbs. Here are a few pieces written by children who gave their best:

Crowded people watching the ceremony as striking fire wooshes by. Drums shatter and make a hugely loud sound. Footprint fireworks are heading to the birds nest then BANG, fireworks streaking out into the night sky! Thousands of people watching lights flashing with glee.
By Wilfie

Lights collide together with fire and creates something new. Drum sticks glowing like one million fire flies. My eyes start to burst out. The fiery tubes start to jump. My eyes burst even wider as the hands hammer down on the drums with a tube of fire. I'm amazed.
By MacKenzie

I saw the start of the Olympic Games. I saw drummers thrashing their drums and flashing footprints. There were holographic Olympic Rings and exploding stars. A flame ran around the nest with the crowd going wild. Man I wish I was there!
By James

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Breaking News!

Here is some humorous writing written today by Phoebe about her experience of winning gold at the Olympics:

Triathlete Phoebe Young has won a gold medal for the New Zealand Team. The match had been presented in Beijing.

Phoebe swam 3 cm, cycled 15 cm and ran 10 cm. She went so fast that she broke the world record by 15 seconds!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fraction Games

Have a go at these fun fraction games! Just click on the pictures to be taken to the website.

For "Tony's Fraction Pizza Shop" and "Clara's Fraction Icecream Shop" games read the instructions first then click on the pink PLAY NOW button at the top left hand corner.

The Olympic Rings

We looked at the Olympic emblem - the five interlocking rings which represent five different parts of the world. Baron Pierre de Coubertin (the founder of the Modern Olympic Games) designed these rings in 1913. To help us remember the colours of the rings we made Olympic biscuits.

The recipe:

Plain biscuits
White icing (icing sugar, vanilla essence, water)
Blue, yellow, black, green and red M & M's or Peebles

Spread the biscuit with the white icing, place the Peebles or M & M's in the same order as the rings on the Olympic emblem and ENJOY eating :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Share the Excitement of the Olympics!

The Olympics are underway. I found a great way to keep up to date with the NZ team's results. Check out this website:

It keeps you to date with the latest news from our Olympic Team in Beijing. You can download the Olympic Tracker to your desktop.

Also thank you to all the parents who have come to the interviews. I hope you all found them as beneficial as I have. Please remember that Room 12 has an 'open door' policy. If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to come in and see me after school or give me a call.