Thursday, 18 June 2015

The Digestive System

Description: In class we had to choose from 3 science choices. The food chain with Troy, The digestive system with Suzanne and animal adaptions with Ebony. I chose to learn the digestive system with Suzanne. For the digestive system, we learnt lot's of interesting facts that we have never have known before. To gather all of this amazing info we made movies on what we have learnt about the digestive system.

Success Criteria
Our movie has:
*lots of interesting details about digestion that our audience won’t know
*clear explanations about each stage of the digestion process (talking clearly and loudly, using specific science vocabulary)
*clear images 
*humour/interesting detail to keep the audience engaged

Here is our video I made with Katelyn, Ashlee, Hannah and Gaby:

Big Idea: Here is a brief summary of what how the digestive system works. Digestion is all about breaking food down into tiny bits so it is small enough to travel all the nutrition around in your blood to feed your body and give it energy. All the leftovers (non nutrition) are placed together into this thing we call "poo". Watch the video above to see what happens inside our bodies and how the food travels around our body.

Feedback/Feed forward: I like how you added in some humor in the video. My favourite bit is the very end bit when your voice is very clear to here.You could work on making the video have a bit more information about the rectum and how it works. @^__^@ Ashlee

Evaluation: I think we showed a lot of creativity and excellence in our movie. We have added a lot of detail and info into our movie that the audience might of not known. Honestly, I think these facts will  come in handy in the future. I think we need to speak more entertainingly so that our viewers won't get bored. Other  than that, I think we have done a really good job.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Kapahaka Reflection

Every Monday at 2:00, the Kapa Haka kids practise in the hall. Rosie has formed a new Kapa Haka competitive group for competing in competitions. This group is called "Tematangi" Tematangi practises twice as much as the original Kapa Haka, Te Roopu.
  1. Kapa haka is the term for Māori performing arts and literally means to form a line (kapa) and dance (haka). Kapa haka is an avenue for Maori people to express and showcase their heritage and cultural Polynesian identity through song and dance.

    Big Idea : 
    At kapahaka I enjoy learning about the songs and how the songs relate to our culture. I also love to learn the moves of traditional dances.

    I am most proud of being able to join the Kapahaka for the past few years and being able to perform in front of an audience.

    I find pronouncing the Māori words challenging because Te Reo Māori is much more different than the english language. If you pronounce a word wrong, the word will have a completely different meaning.    

    I am managing this challenge by listening to what everyone else sings, then I copy what they say. If the person that I am copying is incorrect, the leaders would correct us.

    A personal goal for me is to be able to prove that I know all the meanings to the songs and the pronunciation correct by the end of the year.
    Our school wide focus this term has been around showing excellence. I show this at kapahaka by striving to the best of my ability and trying my best to get the movements correct.

    Feedback/Feedforward: Amazing Aye you have done very well with pronouncing the words because 
    I have not noticed you having any trouble lately. The thing I think that you need to work on is speaking LOUDLY so that the crowd can hear you.#Olivia AKA  🍍's BFF

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Maths Portfolio Sample

Description: In class we have been tested on a series of math questions. Each Stage Group in maths had different questions. For example: Stage 5 had to use one number, while stage 6 had to use two. For stage 6 maths, we were tested on questions like: "Write two numbers that have a sum of exactly 30." These questions were laid out as Rebel Sport prices.


Big Idea: The strategies that I'm learning at the moment is: R/C, E/A and P/V. If you don't know what these strategies do or what they mean, here is my explanation. R/C stands for "Rounding And Compensating" We basically round a number from our equation, then add how many numbers we rounded in the first place. If that makes no sense, here is an example: 63-39=?    63 - 40 +1 =24.
E/A stands for Equal Additions. This is the same as R/C but except from add after the equation, we add before the equation. For example: 63-39=?      64-40=24. And P/V stands for Place Value. 

You are probably wondering what answers I got. Well, here are my answers as well as what strategies I used.

1) (P/V) 
345 + 379 = 724
300 + 300 = 600
40 + 70 = 110
5+9 = 14

2) (Trial & Error + Equal Addition)
(It took ALOT of trial and error, so here are only a few of the equations that I worked with.)
                    155-119 = 156 - 120
+1   +1 
                      215 - 119 = 216- 120
+1  +1
                  215 - 115 = 220 - 160
+5   +5

3) (Trial & Error +Algorithms, with help from Bella)






4) (Algorithms)

WOW Aye, you are defiantly showing a lot of stratagies and  what you have been very good at. You could work on showing 
the Reversibility strategy. I really think you have shown us what you know and what to work on. You have done a lot of work on this as I have seen you in class. Amy

Evaluation: Thanks Amy. I really think I have learned a lot of strategies that I have never have known before. I think I might need to use more strategies that may be a good match for the equation. Other than that, I think I have gotten a better understanding of different strategies. I hopefully can use these strategies in High School or College or my job!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Writing Portfolio Sample

Description: My writing goal is to use a range of different sentences. One of them is complex sentences. I am gonna try get better at this goal by using a range of different sentences and try combining them together. In Troy's writing class, we watched a movie about a mouse trying to get adopted. We had to retell the story in our own way and try to add complex sentences in the story.  Here is the movie we watched. It is called "Mouse For Sale":

Big Idea:  Here is my story. The complex sentences are highlighted red. If you don't know what a complex sentence is, here is a brief explanation. A complex sentence is a sentence where it has two clauses. One of the clauses is an independent clause (which means it can stand alone) and the other is a dependent clause. For example: Because my coffee was too cold, I had to heat it in the microwave. The underlined part is the independent clause. The dependent clause can't stand alone so it is added to a independent clause.

Here is my writing. Hope you enjoy!:

Great Job Aye, I really like your writing! I love all the complex sentences that you have used. They make your writing much more interesting! Next time I think that you could make smaller paragraphs because they are sometimes a little big! Great Job! Hannah K 

I honestly think that I have developed an understanding of complex sentences. Before, I had never heard of a phrase like "complex sentences". I think I might need to work on using different types of sentences like: " Compound, simple, compound- complex etc" I'll work towards this goal by thinking more about how they work and which way will imporve my sentence. - Aye

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Reading Portfolio. Sample

For today's Tic Tac Toes I have done "What's a Prefix?" Tic Tac Toes are reading activities that we can choose from to improve our literacy. Tic Tac Toes are cut into to groups. "Expanding Vocab" and "comprehension". I'm in Expand Vocab.  Since in class we had to do a portfolio sample I decided to do a sample on this Tic Tac Toe. If you're wondering "what is a prefix?" let me explain. A prefix is is "affix" which comes in the beginning of a word. For example: if the prefix was "un" and you added it onto the beginning of "happy", you will get "unhappy". The "un" changes the meaning of happy to the meaning of "un" which has the same meaning as "not".

Here are my words that has the letters "TRI" in them."Tri" means "three." On a bicyle you add the letters "tri" and it makes "tricycle" A trycycle means it's a bike but with "three" wheels.

Triathlon (3 stages in a "triathlon")

Trigger  (Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")
(Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")

Airstrip (Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")

Strike (Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")

Tribes (Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")

Stride (Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")

Trip (Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")

Trial (Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")

Triangulate (3 corners in "triangle")
(Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")

Trickster (Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")

Triangular (3 corners in "triangle")
(Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")

Tripod (3 legs on a tripod)

Trifler  (Just has "tri" in the word. Does not mean "3")

Sucsess Criteria: (Expand Vocab)
Read on
List of words
Base or root word
Cause and effect
Comparisons and contrasts

Big Idea: We had to make a list of words with the letters "TRI" We had to find as many words as possible.

WOW Aye!
Those are awesome words that start with tri. I think I could use some of those words in my writing. Just a question what would you do if you could not find a device or a dictionary book how will you be able to find some new tri words? But you have done a very VERY good job.
Sophie W

Thanks Sophie for the feedback and feedfoward. Just to answer you question: I think I would look around  me and see if any objects or related objects might help me get more ideas. I think I might need to work on trying to get more juicy words and hopefully use these words in my writing. I will work my way up to this goal by looking in the  thesaurus and maybe think about more complicated words that have the same meaning as the basic one. I also think I am doing well using the sucsess criteria because I use most of these strategies to find out about new words. Hopefully I will still remember these strategies when I get older! :D