Monday, December 9, 2019

Keywords for Christmas

Keywords for Christmas 

jingle bells, family, singing carols, presents, cookies, Santa, carrots, reindeer, Rudolph, Christmas tree, elves, mistletoe, candy canes, chimney, Christmas sweaters, chocolate, ornaments and decorations, “Ho, ho, ho.”    sleigh, Christmas crackers, Christmas pudding, Christmas ham, naughty or nice, sugar plums, jolly, coal, Christmas socks, stockings, tangerine, Christmas traditions, elf boots, Christmas hats, red and green, star, white, fireplace, secret Santa, Christmas lights, Franklin Road, holly, Santa’s sack, North Pole, South Pole, fruit cake, angels, Mrs Claus, gingerbread Christmas house, Christmas wreath, Grinch that Stole Christmas, snow, Christmas tarts, wrapping paper, tinsel, snowman, toy factory, snow globe, Christmas parades, Santa’s workshop, lights, Advent calendar boots, candle, candlelight, Christmas card, Christmas wish, December, entertainment, Yorkshire pudding, unwrap, snowflake, turkey, 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Catch It! - Narrative writing - Mrs Perkin's example

Catch It! - Writing - Teacher Modelling
WALT: Write a narrative using the correct structure and language
WALT: Paragraph our writing correctly
WALT: Use interesting and sophisticated vocabulary

Mrs Perkin’s introduction example:
I awoke from my slumber and stretched my limbs, ready for a new day.  My fellow meerkats and I slept huddled together in a pile to keep warm and cozy for the night.  Fortunately, I was at the top of the bundle so I could yawn, look around and slip away from the group to explore for a while.  I poked my head up from my underground burrow to examine my surroundings. I looked left, right, then left again and spotted the other members of my gang peering at me from a nearby den entrance.  Together, we sprung up from our shelter, stood upright and tread quickly across the hot, dry, clay coloured ground. We eagerly and purposefully made our way to a nearby tree where our precious pomegranate grew.  It hung down by its tough, brown stalk from a high tree branch. My gang and I bounded up the tree trunk and branches with ease, making our way to our pride and joy. It was round, plump and regal. I admired its deep red exterior and firm, smooth skin, stroking it gently.  Then I backed away, allowing the other meerkats to have an up close look at its beauty. After this, we gathered on the ground and looked skyward, up at the magnificent specimen.  

Suddenly, a dark shadow loomed over us so we scampered to safety.  We then realised that this gloomy silhouette belonged to a merciless, menacing vulture.  He landed on a branch next to our beloved pomegranate and wrapped his long talons tightly around the tree limb.  He had a large, ebony coloured body with a wide wing span. The vulture’s neck was covered in thick, white feathers and he had a scarlet coloured face.  His grotesque, hooked beak was the stuff of nightmares. He sounded like a grunting pig. Next he shuffled along the branch and snatched the pomegranate with his sharp claws.  Then he flew away promptly into the distance...


WALT: Write an entertaining narrative - Catch It!

A group of meerkats lovingly tend to a beloved and unique fruit in the middle of the savannah. 
One day, their peaceful existence is disrupted by a vulture intent on stealing their pride and joy. 
Will the meerkats be able to get it back?

Narrative writing

You can write from the perspective of the vulture or the meerkats
Room 3 members, blog readers including parents, teachers and other students
WALT: Identify the language and structural features of a narrative

WALT: Identify where to put paragraphs in a narrative

When to start a new paragraph -
A new character is introduced, when the setting changes, time/day dramatically changes or the event changes 

Intro - The meerkats wake up and head out into the savannah - they diligently check on the pomegranate and look at it lovingly.

2nd Paragraph - The vulture glides into the area, eyeing up the pomegranate and circling the tree - much to the meerkats horror - then he snatches/swipes the pomegranate with his claws and carries it away.

3rd Paragraph - The meerkats give chase and try to catch the vulture to get their pomegranate back.  One of the meerkats grabs onto one of the vulture’s claws and the pomegranate. Then the other meerkats attach themselves to each other to form a chain.

4th Paragraph - The vulture continues to head skyward, with the meerkats dragging behind.  Then the vulture violently shakes his foot, and the meerkats lose their grip on the vulture and the pomegranate.  Everyone separates and flies through the air. 

5th Paragraph - The meerkats toss the pomegranate between them as they fall to the ground.  The vulture desperately tries to get the pomegranate back. He then grips onto it again with his claws, and the meerkats form a pyramid on his back.  The meerkats tumble off his back and the vulture looks back to see if he’s lost them. However, he flies into a rock face.

6th Paragraph - The meerkats catch the pomegranate and start playing rugby with it - running and passing between them.  Then one of the meerkats kicks the pomegranate through the trees that act as rugby posts.

7th Paragraph - They all cheer as he kicks the pomegranate through the trees however their faces quickly droop and darken as the fruit lands on the ground and squishes dramatically.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A day in the life of a kea - Written from the bird's perspective

Hi, let me introduce myself, I’m a cheeky kea, an alpine parrot that lives in mountainous forested areas of the South Island.  Let me tell you what I get up to in my daily life, on a normal day.

When the sun rises over the mountains, it signals a new day.  It is chilly at night but luckily I have a plump body and a thick coat of feathers to keep me warm.  I love to socialise so the first thing I do is fly to a rocky outcrop to meet up with my fellow kea. I usually call out with a long, loud, high-pitched cry, 
“Ke - ee -ea- ea” to converse with my kind.  It can sometimes get very windy in high up areas where I hang out but I don’t mind, I’m used to it.  

After a brief conversation with my peers, I fly off to find some trees and scrub.  I flap my strong wings through the air while searching below me for a promising area to land.  After a few minutes, I spy an area that I believe contains fruits, leaves, nectar and plant shoots.  I am not a picky eater, I will eat a large variety of foods - YUM! Sometimes I might even dig in the soil for insect larvae or excavate rotten logs for huhu grubs.  Huhu grubs are my favourite! I gobble them up instantly with my slender, grey and black bill.

I like to be busy and keep my brain active so I always like to find things to do.  Sometimes my species is seen as mischievous or even naughty but that’s just human opinion.  I prefer to say that we are inquisitive, persistent and creative. Whenever I see humans in MY habitat, I just love to see what you strange creatures are up to.  Some of you seem to really like the cold and enjoy moving down the snow on these strange wooden boards. You also travel in some solid, fast moving objects; I think you call them cars?  Well, those contraptions make great toys for me to play with. I just love to rip and pull on all the black, rubbery parts.  

Unfortunately, I do need to be careful sometimes to protect myself from harm.  These annoying pests called stoats enjoy tormenting and harrassing me. They must think that I look tasty.  Sometimes, much to my horror, these thieving animals even steal and eat my eggs that I safely store in hollow logs, rocky crevices or burrows in the soil.  Seriously, how rude! All my hard work and devotion ruined by these despicable vermin.  

I am a female and I have a mate who is my companion for life.  It will soon be time for me to breed and produce some cute, adorable little chicks.  I am currently preparing my nest, cushioning it with feathers, soft wood chips, dry moss and lichen to protect the eggs and keep them warm.  When the time comes, I will need to sit on my eggs for one whole month. Luckily, my handsome partner feeds me during this time and looks after me so well.  What a lucky girl I am!  

At the end of the day the sun disappears behind the mountains and the cold, harsh weather sets in again.  Most of the time, I like to rest and recuperate when this happens but occasionally I will stay up late to explore.  The forest and mountain areas look very different shrouded in darkness and I like to experience all they have to offer.  Who knows, maybe I’ll find myself a midnight feast!

Well, I hope you have learnt a little bit more about me, the awesome, intelligent and amusing kea.  See you later, I’m off to find another snack...up, up and away!


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Writing - T4 Wk 5 2019

Room 3 members, blog readers including parents, teachers and other students
Inform/persuade/entertain - Depending on the genre of writing the students want to do - see below
WALT: Identify the structural and language features of different genres of writing 
WALT: Plan our writing into paragraphs 

  1. Persuasive writing - The takahe should be bird of the year 2019
  1. Information report about the takahe 
Define takahe (intro), looks like/features, habitat, food/what it eats/prey, predators, acts like/behaviour, climate, adaptations, mating/breeding, migration
  1. A day in the life of a takahe - Diary/recount - Imagine that you are the takahe - what do you get up to for the day?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Explanation writing - Why do Volcanoes Erupt?

Explanation writing
Room 3 members, blog readers including parents, teachers and other students
WALT: Identify the structure and language needed in an explanation
WALT: Plan and organise our ideas 
WALT: Explain ideas clearly in our own words
Magma, tectonic plates, vents, steam, lava, ash, explosion, eruption, mudflows, shaft, crater
Go over the task, purpose, audience and WALTs

Whole Class shared writing 
Why do Volcanoes Erupt?

Watch videos and interactive links looking at why volcanoes erupt.

Identify the structure needed for the explanation.

Why do Volcanoes Erupt?

Paragraph 1 - What is a volcano?
A volcano is an opening in the crust of the earth, usually shaped like a cone.  It can erupt causing lava to shoot out of the crater, along with rock fragments, water vapour and ash clouds. 

Paragraph 2 - Parts/features of a Volcano

A volcano primarily consists of: lava, a crater, magma, vents, a conduit, ash clouds, a throat and a magma chamber. 
Firstly, magma, which is molten rock, is stored in a magma chamber at the base of a volcano. Magma can travel up to
the surface of a volcano through the conduit, the pipe, and then the throat.  Magma and steam can escape through vents or the
crater at the summit of the volcano. When magma reaches the surface, it is then called lava.
Paragraph 3 - Where can Volcanoes be Found?
Volcanoes can be found on the rim of tectonic plates, which is also the edge of where two plates meet.  There are lots of volcanoes located on the boundary of the Pacific plate and this area is called the Pacific Ring of Fire.  Other volcanoes can sit on ‘hot spots’ in the middle of tectonic plates. Many volcanoes are hidden underwater, not surprising since 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water.  New Zealand has a lot of volcanoes because it sits on top of two colliding tectonic plates.   

Paragraph 4 - Why do Volcanoes Erupt?

Volcanoes erupt because of the way the inner layers of the earth are constructed.  In the middle of the earth is the core, a molten metal. The core is as hot as the sun and acts like an oven.  The core also heats up the next upper layer, known as the mantle. Parts of the mantle remain solid while some parts become magma, liquid rock.  The top layer of the earth is called the crust, this is the layer that all living things exist on. Over time, the heat under the crust causes immense pressure which eventually needs to be released.  The pressure is emitted through cracks, weak spots in the earth’s surface. Volcanoes are vulnerable areas where the magma is pushed up and out onto the surface of the earth.    

Paragraph 5 - Effects of Volcanic Eruptions
Volcanic eruptions can have negative and positive effects on the earth.  Lava flows can kill living things and destroy people’s possessions. Volcanic ash released into the atmosphere can make it hard for living things to breathe.  Ash can also release certain gases into the air that can block sunlight and cool the earth or heat the earth up even more. However, over time, ash can help to make the soil fertile for plant growth.  Underwater lava flows also create more land on the earth.