Thursday, 31 March 2016

Flax Flowers

Maori Protocol When Flax Weaving

This morning the Room 13 and 14 ALL students worked together to create Harakeke Puti Puti or Flax Flowers. 

WALHT make a flax flower
I can:
  • Say the Maori word for flax
  • Say the Maori word for flower
  • Use my hands to bend the flax to make a flower

To begin our lesson, we looked up online what the Maori Protocol was for flax weaving and together we pulled out the main rules or ideas. Below we compiled a list of what we should be mindful of when making our Harakeke Puti Puti
  • You should say a prayer of thanks before harvesting the flax 
  • Cut the flax on an downward angle
  • Never cut off the centre shoot of the flax
  • You should never walk over or step on the flax
  • You should not weave where you eat (keep food and drink away)
  • Your first weaving project is given away
  • You must wash your hands after weaving
  • You should never burn the scraps or leftover flax, it is returned to the ground

Dare to Be Different Day!

Yash, you writing superstar!

This week we did a "Walking Water Experiment" - we wrote down some observational notes and then started our own explanation writing. Here is Yash's explanation... what do you think?

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Week 9 - No Homefun

No Homefun this week for Room 14 - enjoy a week off!

Miss G :)

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

WOW is an understatement!

These Creative Tasks have been amazing! Look at what Room 14 students have been up to at home this week... 

Elme created her very own volcano at home... How cool is this? We did an experiment today using red coloured Vinegar and baking soda and watched it fizz up instantly after we added to the two ingredients together. We had lots of squeals of delight as we watched the volcano erupt!

We have our very own Masterchef in Room 14... This week Amelia cooked for her WHOLE family. She cut up all the vegetables herself and put the chicken into the oven (with a little help from Mum of course :)
Amelia - how do you feeling about cooking for Miss Glen? That roast looked DELICIOUS!

Damon has created a super awesome board game - it must have taken a long time to create! It is called "Wolf Moutain"
Damon explained the instructions and a few of us even got to have a go playing it. 

Monday, 21 March 2016

Place Value

Have you ever wondered what Room 14 gets up to during our guided maths time?

Sometimes we get a little bit confused and record our numbers the wrong way around so today some of our students worked on understanding what place value means.

Miss Glen wrote down some numbers in word form, then it was our job to write these numbers using digits. To check that we really understood what each number represents, we made the number using our place value cups. 
Around the lip of each cup is the numbers 0-9. Each cup has numbers in different colours to remind us that the numbers are split into hundreds, tens and ones. 

It was a fun and easy way to check for understanding!

You could give this a go at home too - all you need is a couple of felt pens and cups! 

Please leave a comment below!

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Some outstanding homefun projects!

Kia Ora Room 14!

Here is a picture of a few of our Room 14 students who have completed one of the Creative Challenges from their Homefun. 

I have been blown away by the amount of time and effort gone into each of these mini projects. It is so neat seeing the children proudly present their work to the class. 

Keep up the awesome work!

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Sunday, 6 March 2016

How can we be a good friend?

This morning in Room 14 we looked at Writing "Collaboratively"

WALHT: Collaborate through our writing

We wrote about what it looks like/sounds like/feels like to be a good friend using our giant pieces of paper and Y charts to help us. 

We worked very well together taking turns to write and share our ideas! At the end of our writing time, we came back together as a class and shared our ideas. Perhaps you could ask your child to explain what they wrote about?

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Special Request

Toilet Roll Holders and Handy Towel Cylinders

Could you please bring in any toilet roll holders or handy towel cylinders for Thursday this week. We need enough for one per child as we are going to be creating our own characters to star in our own stories. 
You might like to have a think about what/who your character might be… Here are some ideas:


Thursday, 3 March 2016

We are all different but the same!

Today in Room 14 we spent time identifying the different cultures in our classroom and what made us unique or special.

I took some photos of a few of our students who have very distinct features that are unique to their cultural/ethnicity. It was so neat to see all of Room 14 crowding around the images to have a look at the differences in our facial features. 

When put together like the images below, it allowed us to look at our unique faces and how each cultural is different. It was quite a powerful mini lesson and made for some interesting discussions, but we all realised that we are all different but the same!

Thank you to Keira, Hamish, Alex and Kurt for being my models!

Please comment below - what do you think about these cool images?