Friday, November 27, 2009

Build your wild self writing

In room 18 we went onto a website: build your wild self where we created a wild self and wrote descriptive passages about it. Here are some.

Lurking in the gloomy waters of the deep Atlantic Ocean, hiding in cold and dark underwater caves, waiting for unsuspecting fish to swim past the entrance, this terrifying creature with waving tentacles can put a hole in the side of a boat and tear any prey into confetti pieces in a matter of seconds.
Six black eyes allow him to see further than any other animal in the world; they are as round as a full moon. His mane is as yellow as the sun, at night time it glows in the dark as bright as a light. His ears are as fluffy as a feather and feel really soft. He has arms as green as an avocado and has tentacles as wriggley as a worm on a hook.
His name is Mike.
EP, GF, TN, LF

It all started in the Amazon Jungle, when something went Zooooom. I looked behind, it was there, the monster master of the Amazon Jungle; the Hiss-ho-mon-zeb-at-tree-boa; in other words Te Batman.
She had huge ears like the red river hog and hissing cockroach antennae that were grey and sharp. Her eyes were like green frosted cucumber slices.
It slithered its way over to me with its slimy wet curled up snake tail and weak zebra arms.
It pushed me to the ground and flapped its giant bat wings to show it was angry.
I jumped up and stared at him; he didn’t move; I blinked and she was gone. SPLASH! She had slithered into the creek as fast as a lemonmarco shark. Seconds later I felt a drip of water on my shoulders and her breath on my neck. Her bat wings like gigantic elephant ears could fly at an amazing speed, flying higher than Mt Everest but her beautiful pink T shirt helped her stand out. I screamed in terror, she was horrible. I quickly ran away and pretended it was a dream.
CS, BB, ML, FBH, RW

Dressed only in a red T shirt this terrifying beast looks worse than it sounds. The animal is called a Gir-fen-sha-ger-do-ira-rat.
On its head are two fuzzy rabbit ears and at the bottom of its terrible face are razor sharp shark teeth. It has strong wings and spiny haired crab legs. The tiger arms on it are huge and muscley. As they reach out and clap together, the animal disappears leaving his horrifying mouldy smell behind him.
BM, KG, SC, AH

This horrible creature lives in the Dark Cliffs of Doom. I was looking for a native tree when...I stumbled upon the Rattle snake. Then I looked up... I saw this 50 foot high gingery thorn sharp haired monster. He was wearing a green guitar shirt that smelled of dirty laundry. I guessed, Snakey Guy was his name.
He had cockroach antennas, six black bulging eyes scattered across his forehead. The tip of his tail clattered away like a baby’s rattle. Snakey Guy had the human boy face of a two year old child, eleven fish spines with dead flakey skin hanging off the end blowing in whistling wind. His hairy ape arms dangled at his side. Suddenly there was this rumbling sound and as Snakey opened his mouth wide open, a huge pool of vomit came out of it and covered me in a pink oozing liquid. This was a sign of extreme anger.
TH, RD, HW, JD

Looking away from the lions, the safari group turned in the opposite direction and saw the 6 metre tall scarey looking creature. It looked like something the sea would give up but its skin was very well prepared for the pure heat of the African Desert. She had curved, dark, strong reindeer ears sticking out of a human head. Her straight, long, silky brown hair was tied up in a pretty pony tail. Her ears were quite. Delicate butterfly wings stood out like a rose between thorns. With a wave of her butterfly wings, a roar from her fierce fossa snout and a couple of jiggles from her jelly fish mane, she was off into the blue sky to scare another safari group.
HO, GT, AO, KH

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Things we enjoyed about Term 3



The things we did not enjoy in Term 3

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rockvan


Rockvan came to our school this term...what a great week we had learning to play bass, electric guitars and drums...all culminating in a rock concert on Friday afternoon. These are some of our comments about the incredible week we had.


The thing that I enjoyed was learning the drums and performing song "I Fought the Law" by The Clash to the school. AWESOME!!!
RD

Rockvan was the thing I enjoyed most this term I played the drums for the first time it was really cool to experience this type of instrument not just percussion.
HW

Rockvan was so cool because I got to play the drums. The drums had so many cool sound that I could play with.BB

Rockvan was awesome because we got to have a concert at the end of the week and we performed our song to the whole school.AM



I really enjoyed lerning the bass guitar because it wasn't to hard to learn because there were only 4 strings. I was really nervous that I would muck up on stage...... but I didn't!!!! GF

I loved playing the drums at the concert it was rocking the world!!!!!They had lots of cool sounds that I loved to play!!!42 I think?M.L

The base was fun to play because I have never had the chance to play the base guitar in my life and i'm definatly going to get a base guitar!!!T.N

I really enjoyed rockvan because they helped us learn a instrument and on Friday we got to peform a concert to the other pods which was AWESOME!!! I really liked playing the base guitar aswell because it was easy to learn and only had 4 strings.
E.P !!!

I realy enjoyed playing the bass guitar because I have never played the bass guitar before .I also enjoyed you guys teaching me how to play the bass guitar I would like to play the bass guitar agin .J.p

I really liked RockVan because it was a great opportunity to try a new instrument I had never even touched let alone played before. The drums were really fun and it was cool that they had different settings! I found the guitar and bass really easy ad fun and the teachers were awswome!B.M

Rockvan was a great oppertunity for kids as we got to play instruments we don't usually get to play at school. Playing the electric guitar was an exciting experience that I will never forget!!!!!!:NM

I really enjoyed Rockvan because I always wanted to learn the drums and they gave me the opportunity to. I also really enjoyed the concert!! C.S

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Clocks and time

Our topic for this third term has been CLOCKS.
As a class we looked at how clocks developed from the early sandclocks, sundials and candle clocks to the precise clock mechanisms we have today.The highlight of this unit was to spend a day building our own clocks according to the designs we had researched and planned beforehand.
We encountered many difficulties on this day from dust sticking to our wet paint, to not getting the numbers even and to realising just how hard it is to paint thin lines with a wobbly hand.
Many of the clocks were made for our dads as gifts for Fathers Day and I'm sure they would have been delighted with their personalised clocks and will treasure them for many years to come.
Have a look at how our clocks turned out!



Sunday, July 26, 2009

Science Electives

We're fortunate at our school to run electives one afternoon a week for the whole of Term 3. One of the electives on offer is science experiments.
For our first session we looked at surface tension and related experiments. Check out this great experiment from Brainiac via You Tube!




During this lesson we made our own "Non Newtonian liquid" using cornstarch and water. It was amazing because when we hit it quickly it was rock hard and yet it also became runny enough to slide off our hands, as these pictures show!










MILK SWIRLS and SURFACE TENSION
We also had a heap of fun making milk swirls when we took a saucerful of milk, added a couple of drops of different food colourings and then a drop of dishwashing detergent to the centre of the milk. Wow we made some fantastic patterns and had great fun seeing if we could get the swirling to continue by adding more dishwashing liquid, more milk or more "anything"!




Can you believe it, we're also MUMMIFYING SAUSAGES! Yes, that's right, we are dessicating(drying out)a variety of sausages with bicarbonate of soda; a bit like the Ancient Egyptians did when they mummified their Pharoahs.
Each week we recoat out sausages in fresh bicarbonate of soda because we have found that the bicarb. becomes quite saturated and encrusted from the fluid it is drawing out of the sausage. We also measure the weight, length and circumference of the sausages to see if there are any differences from week to week.
Follow this table to see what the results show on RD,O and SL'ssausage:

Pre mummification
Weight: 0.1g
Length: 6cm
Circumference: 8.5cm
Features:Colour Red
Smell:chicken but not roasted
Teacher’s/student’s comments: RD: I can't believe we actually get to do this. Can we put the insides in a sarcophagus too? Mrs H: NO!

1 week later
Weight:0.1g
Length: 6cm
Circumference: 6cm
Colour:Dark red
Smell: mouldy dead rat
Teacher’s/student’s comments: Not sure about the accuracy of your circumference measurements, boys...we’ll have to check them this week! (Mrs H)

Have you ever tried making icecream using ice, salt and plastic packets?
We did last week.
Into one small packet we placed 1/2 cup of milk, chocolate/peppermint or strawberry essence, a spoonful of sugar...and zipped it closed.
This small packet we placed inside a larger packet with a couple of cups of ice and about 6 spoonfuls of salt. We ziplocked this one closed as well and then started squeezing the milk against the ice.
Some of us squeezed a little too enthusiastically and our bags popped (luckily we were doing this outside!) but those who persisted squeezing GENTLY ended up with some delicious icecream.
One packet of ice contained no salt and that one never became ice cream...it remained milk. Why was this do you think? We know..but we'd like to hear your comments! (A clue...it has to do with the effect salt has on the melting point of ice)
So, with very cold fingers and full tummies, we think we could make quite a lot of money from our new found knowledge!



Static Electricity
Have you ever bounced on a trampoline and touched a friend, only to have them shock you?
We explored this shocking effect by looking at the flow of charge from a positively charged body to a negatively charged body. At first we tried using our socks to charge the balloon but as this wasn't particularily successful at giving a big enough charge, we caught onto the idea that by rubbing the balloon on our own hair, we could create a bigger charge.
Using the positively charged balloon we then lowered it over a dish of pepper and made the pepper dance by being attracted to the balloon. When we were quiet enough we could even hear the crackle of the pepper as it was attracted upwards onto the balloon's surface. Of course, if the balloon touched the sides of the dish, it was discharged and would no longer attract the pepper upwards.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

creme the egg marble run

In the middle of Term 2 a few boys in our class were very keen to build a marble run. This has been one of those of projects that has gone from strength to strength and is by no means completed yet. We now have a full wall of marble tracks in our classroom and by the end of Term 2 our track had gone aerial! One of the clips that has amazed us has been this one from You Tube. Watch this space for videos of our own track during the course of Term 3!