Totara Syndicate opened their classrooms this morning for parents and Year 4 & 5 students to come and see BYOD in action. We showed our Word of the Week Literacy Tasks, our Treemendous Inquiry and our web sites for our Novel Study.
Slime Time By Denver and Riharn.
Today was our first science chemistry lesson and it was really fun. We made slime by mixing Guar Gum and Borax solution together. Everyone loved it.
Our experiment didn't work so we left the slime overnight to see if it would thicken, but it didn't.
That was a shame.
We think it didn't work because we didn't add enough Borax solution.
This groups slime worked!
Paige, Aja, Georgia and Lily made us some vanilla biscuits to enjoy.
Paige and Ethan play in the Connect Four Championship. Well done Ethan- Champion for the second year running!
Last night we presented our production -In The House. The children did a great job bringing their characters to life and they received many laughs from the audience.
Here are some photos and reflections from Room 1.
Liam M- I liked that it told everyone that we should preserve our culture .
I liked the future tech item because it was very descriptive.
AJA -I really liked all of the ads. They were amazing but think the third was the best of them all. My favorite characters was Barry Crump, Fred Dagg, Billy T and Mrs Speaker. I had a giggle when she walked out.
Lily - I really enjoyed the taniwha dance, How Lucky we Are, the digital video and all the jokes. I learned how to get self confidence and believe in myself. My favourite part was Barry Crump, Fred Dagg, Billy T and King Winston because the were very funny and it was a great laugh.
Paige - I really liked the production. It was funny and silly. I also felt confident speaking in front of a large group of people. I think we should have got more people with speaking roles instead of always looking at the TV, but all together it was a good production.
Peter- I like being Winston Peters getting loads of laughs, doing what I love, speaking in front of loads of people.
Nikita - I liked Winston Peters because he was funny and I liked the taniwha dance.
Tayla - I enjoyed the gumboot and Taniwha dance. I felt a little bit confident doing the dance.
Claire- I really enjoyed doing In the Beginning and the taniwha dance. I learnt that you have to do really big movements if you are not saying anything so that people know who you are and what you are doing. My favourite part was when people watched the ad that I helped to make.
Brandon Ferreira-I really enjoyed the taniwha dance because I was in it and I enjoyed the ads and the jokes and the car and the masks.
Ethan Stockhammer- I enjoyed the taniwha dance because I was in it. I also enjoyed the gumboot dance. I was a reporter and one of my answers for how could we improve was we don’t need to.
Jacob HITCHCOCK- I enjoyed the whole thing! The Taniwha dance was fun, I enjoyed singing the “We Don’t Know How Lucky We Are” and the “Gumboot Song” and as a reporter, I got great feedback. They all said “I don’t know how you could improve! It was too good!”
I really liked the production. It was really fun and I enjoyed the water dances and Burry Crump was really funny and and I learnt how to to clear actions and I think totora did really good.
I really liked it and I was in the water dance and it was really fun and I am really confident now too go in front of big crowds.
Liam B -I think the gumboot dance was good. We need more practice we were out of time.
GEORGINA - I really liked how we did the gumboot dance, but I think there should be more dance moves. The taniwha dance, and I like all the dance moves, and I also think that all of the dance moves matched the taniwha dance. I had a giggle when Mrs Speaker walked out to bow.
Max -I really liked how we had Barry Crump's toyota as a prop. I learnt that we really need to be quiet during performances I don’t have a favourite part.
Hi I'm Nikita and I'm Cheyenne.
In Term 3 we have started getting ready for our production, called In The House.
We have made Barry Crump's Toyota and we have also made some masks for the In the Beginning skit.
Posted by Holly and Brooke.
We have been finding out about geometry and we made these Hexaflexagons. They were hard to do, but really cool.
You cut out the net, then carefully crease every line. Folding it the right way was the tricky part.
Holly wrote a play and got a group of people (Brooke, Peter ,Cheyenne,Joseph and herself) to
perform it. We did it in front of the class and it was really fun.
Week 5 Blog by Jacob and Ethan.
This week we have been presenting our fabulous speeches! Everyone presented amazing speeches and three finalists from each class are going to present in the syndicate final on Monday.
Also we have been experimenting on kinetic sand, a thing that’s 98% sand and 2% silicone oil.
Two students and one teacher from Albany Senior High came to teach us about kinetic sand. If you build to a certain height, you would get some snow (Which was white lights!) at the top. And If you dug a hole you will get some water! (Blue lights!)
The kinetic sand showing contour lines.
Posted by Paige, Lily and Remy.
This week we have been working on our calendar art. Room 1 decided that as we have made such cool masks in Art with Mrs Gunnel that we will use them. First we took a photo of them and then designed a background for it.
Here we are hard at work putting our calendar art together.
Posted by Max. M. and Brandon F.
On Monday Des Hunt came to talk to Totara . He told us how to be a good author by rewriting sentences to make them more interesting.
He also showed us some cool chemistry . We Learnt some helpful stuff about writing!
At assembly today the children who did ICAS Science assessments recieved their awards. Well done Year 5's.
On Friday Room 1 came to show the kids their Taniwha masks at assembly. This is a photo of them presenting their masks. Well done Room 1.
Blog posted by Chantelle, Lucia and Claire.
On Monday the 24th of July, Totara syndicate played a game called Matimati. Two players stand an arm's length away from each other, and each have five tries to strike (gently) each other on the shoulder (with an open palm). If one of the two players doesn’t keep their feet grounded, then it is the other players point. Every time one player manages to strike the other one they get a point. Matimati was used as a training method for Maori warriors.We were doing it to help us read someones body language and develop our reactions.
Chantelle tries to get a point.
Claire just misses.
A point for Lucia.