Oct 30, 2013

It's A Bug's Life...what's my address?

HABITATS - a habitat is a special place where a plant or animal lives.

What environments might plants or animals live in? 

What conditions do different living creatures need so that they can survive?

This is a good explanation of what a habitat is and why the habitat is important.

And this Durrell Kids' site also explains why habitats are important.

Have a look at the mini-beasts living on land or at a pond in this interactive website.

This Richard Attenborough BBC video is about the insects in the undergrowth.

Read about the insects that live in the freshwater habitats of New Zealand.

And here is a great video explaining what a habitat is...

Oct 26, 2013

Week Two Term Four - it's all go!

Phew! We are all tired...what a busy week 
- we are all ready for having the day off on Monday for Labour Day!

Calum was here from Golf Southland for our first golf-skills session:

Our swimming practice is going well - on Friday we practised the 25m laps to work out our strengths and goals...most of us are okay with our freestyle and a few of us are going to work to improve our backstroke!

This week many of us were "Book Selling" - giving a 30 second "sell" to the class for a book that we have read for our Book Bingo reading challenge! We try to give a summary of what the book is about (without giving away the ending) and say who we think will enjoy the book most eg animal lovers, sports fanatics, people who like adventures etc.  So far we have collectively read 33 books towards our whole-class 150-book challenge - not bad for just two weeks into the challenge!

Congratulations to Lanney, Sam, Ahliyah and Maximus, who attended the Southland BP Technology Challenge for Years 5&6 at Waianiwa School - the group had three challenges: a golf-ball retriever, stilt shoes and a bird-feeder - all out of only newspaper/string/sellotape/straws! The team used a lot of cooperative skills and problem-solving, what a great day out!

The Year Fives spent two days up at the Edenview Lodge to have go at some painting with Mrs Karen Pringle, tie-dying with Mrs Knapp, drama with Mrs Miriam Erikson, as well as enjoy a bush walk with Mr Lloyd Esler to explore our native trees, birds and see what mini-beasts could be discovered. Mr Allister Gauldie had some team-building activities for the evening programme too. Here are some shots...

Oct 24, 2013

It's a Bug's Life - who is who?

We are continuing to immerse ourselves in Exciting information as we learn about mini-beasts and confirm or correct our prior ideas or knowledge about animals such as insects (arthropods) and spiders (arachnids)...

FIND OUT ABOUT ANIMAL GROUPS - Remember our goal is to recognise that mini-beasts can be grouped in different ways such as insects, arachnids, molluscs.

Classification (or grouping) of animals is the way that scientists can tell animals apart - different animal groups have different features...

The two main groups of animals are vertebrates (those that have backbones) and invertebrates (animals that have no backbone - this is where you will find the groups of insects, arachnids, crustaceans and molluscs.

This cartoon video from BrainPopJr is a good introduction to the main animal groups.

This WhereInCityKids webite has a great explanation about the different classes of animals - read and find out about the arthropods!

The Kidzone website also explains each of the main classifications for animals - it has a lot of info about the arthropods too!

Here is an interactive from the Scholastic website.

This video talks about the different groups (or classes) of living things:

Spiders are arachnids - this is different to the insects! - Find out how they are different!

Wow! We love this animal art!

Have a look at the video that we discovered here on this Amazing Animals blog:

Oct 23, 2013

It's a Bug's Life... Who Eats Who?

Let's keep immersing ourselves in Exciting information as we learn about mini-beasts and confirm or correct our prior ideas or knowledge about animals such as insects (arthropods) and spiders (arachnids)...

FIND OUT ABOUT FOOD CHAINS - we are thinking about why plants and animals are important...

Thanks to http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/content/

Thanks to http://heightstechnology.edublogs.org/tag/foodchain/
This Science Kids NZ website activity will explain about food chains and you can even make your own!

Here is a food chain game that will teach you about food chains as you work your way through the challenge.

This is another food chain activity that will show you how food chains occur in nature.

And this website has information, games and a video about food chains or food webs as well as habitats!

Visit Maggie's Science Connection!
Here is a cool video via You Tube that shows how food chains work!

And this video explains why food webs are so important to ecosystems:

Oct 22, 2013

Today in action! Tues 22nd Oct 2013

A lot was happening for us today...golf skills with Calum Johnstone from Golf Southland, the Technology team were practising their challenges, there were geometry tasks being completed, super bugs being created and a bug-hunt had many of us out exploring the school grounds for common mini-beasts...

...and we had a short writing session, to practise using a technique called Zoom In Zoom Out to help us come up with descriptions for our writing that is inspired by these gorgeous photos of an adorable baby elephant from Google images...

Keep an eye out for our finished pieces of writing as we post them to our learning blogs.

The Year Fives are off to their camp Wednesday and Thursday 
- we thank Mrs Stanway for all of her preparation for this event.  
Thank you also to the parents who are helping 
and to the guest instructors who are helping with activities.

Oct 20, 2013

It's a Bug's Life - who am I?

E is for Exciting Information!

Let's immerse ourselves in the background information 
for our Term Four inquiry: 

What is a mini-beast and why are they important to our world?

First it will be important that we are able to:

- recognise that mini-beasts can be grouped in different ways such as insects, arachnids, molluscs.
- identify some of the specific features that different mini-beasts have.
- explain that mini-beasts are important parts of the food chain for most animals.
- discuss the stages of the lifecycles of some different mini-beasts
- define the word habitat and describe some of the different habitats mini-beasts have.


Photos of mini-beasts, taken by the members of '
National Geographic Kids website

Here are some videos about minibeasts
- from Animal Planet                            
- ants attack a tarantula
- a tarantula kills a grasshopper

while reading about various features of insects.

Have fun as you take the mini-beast quiz!
You will learn about mini-beasts on the way too!

- this will be useful as you complete your research tasks.

Read simple information about mini-beasts and watch more BBC clips of different mini-beasts - these will be helpful as you compare different types of mini-beasts.

All sorts of information and fantastic photos - click on the headings to see great photos and read good information about all sorts of spiders, beetles, bugs and insects.

There will also be a range of other independent activities to carry out 
as part of your DIY tasks 
- we will post about those as we complete them!

Cyber Safety activities

(Parents - there is a link at the bottom of the post to a relevant NZ website that you might find useful)

Kids! Have a look at some of these activities which we used last week to help us learn about being safe and responsible digital citizens:

Watch a quick video - What primary students are doing online

Another quick video - Primary students: things that happen online

Join in with the first adventure of the Three Cyber Pigs (online safety)

And the second adventure of the Three Cyber Pigs (netiquette)

A glossary of cyberspace words that you will hear/see/use as you are online

Build your own Buddie robot as you work your way through a variety of lessons about cyber safety!

Watch this Australian-made 'cartoon video' about being digital citizens:

Play the CyberKids game (NZ site)

Parents/teachers/teenagers - the NZ NetSafe website about cyber bullying    
                                               The CyberKids parent info page

Oct 18, 2013

Term Four Week One - what a week!

Gosh this week flew by! We can't believe it is Friday already!  This week we again hit the ground running after our holiday break and have had all sorts of learning activities happening...

Congratulations to Lanney who was awarded the Senior MVP for showing wonderful persistence in her learning activities; and to Keegan who earned himself a High Distinction award for English and a Distinction award for Maths in the ICAS exams - a super achievement!

Monday: we practised creating mind maps - using these as a thinking tool to organise our ideas will be really helpful to us in all manner of tasks and we will look at other thinking tools throughout the term.

We also began our 150 Book Reading Challenge - we are trying to read that many as a class before the end of term.  Each of us has a Book Bingo chart to fill in with 9 books of different sorts to read - when we finish a book we have to 'sell' it to the class (ie share and review it).

Tuesday was Technology Challenge day - we worked in our g3 groups to problem-solve and create either a golf-ball retriever that could reach over a 3m ditch, or to make stilts that would still be at least 12cm high after the wearer walked a 6m track.  Congratulations to Maximus, Sam, Lanney and Ahliyah, who have been chosen to represent the school at next week's Southland BP Technology Challenge - good luck team!

Wednesday and Thursday were our 'DIGITAL CITIZEN' days - we learnt about cyber safety and worked in our g3 groups to use an ipad to create a presentation that would teach other children about being responsible and safe digital citizens. You can see some more of these on our personal learning blogs!

Here is an example of one of the presentations, made using Explain Everything...
how to be a good digital citizen - a presentation by Team Kahu 2013 from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

Anthony, Keegan and Bethany worked on the latest Take Two News episode about the renovations in the junior block:

Friday found us heading back to the library to continue our quest to read as many great books as possible and we also had our first swimming session over at the pool in preparation for the LMV Swim Festival in late November.

We were sad today to farewell our friend and team-mate Byron as he and his family move on to another area - we have loved having Byron's energy and sparkle in the classroom and we wish him all the very best for the future!

Oct 16, 2013

Geometry - Transformation (translation, reflection, rotation)

Immerse yourself in this blog and build up your knowledge and skills with transformation of shapes! 
This blog post has some key information and below you will find links to online activities 
that you can work on to improve your brain power!

A shape or object can be rotated (turned), translated (moved or slid) and reflected (flipped).
After any of these transformations the shape still has the same size, area, angles and line lengths.

In Geometry, translation means moving the shape without any rotating or change in size- just moving (or sliding the shape to a new place).


During translation, every point of the shape must move in the same direction and the same distance.
You can describe how the shape translated (or slid) - choose one point of the shape to help you.

For example, look at point C of the triangle above - did it first move up, down, left or right? 
How many spaces did it move? What direction did it move next? How many spaces?

In Geometry, reflection means that the shape or object has been flipped across a line of symmetry.

The line of symmetry may be horizontal or vertical or in any direction at all!
Every point of the shape is the same distance from the line of symmetry 
(which can also be called the mirror line) and the shape stays the same size.


Sometimes a shape can be reflected over two or more lines of symmetry...
can you see the horizontal and vertical lines of symmetry in this picture?

In Geometry, rotation means that the shape or object has been turned around a point that may be on the shape itself or near the shape.

The distance from the centre of the rotation to any point on the shape stays the same.


Venture into space to find out more about the different transformations.

Identify the transformation that has happened to the shapes in this icy game.

Try out the Shape Mods activity - can you make the shapes transform?

Take it up a level! Apply your skills and add in the challenge 
of vector coordinates while you translate shapes.

Find out about reflection and how to do it yourself.

Oct 15, 2013

Geometry - learning about transformation (lines of symmetry)

(Thanks to Google Images for these pictures!)
Immerse yourself in this blog and build up your knowledge and skills with transformation of shapes! 
This blog post has some key information and below you will find links to online activities 
that you can work on to improve your brain power!

First, look at these pictures of symmetry in nature - can you see that these things have 
one line of symmetry that runs down the centre of their pattern or shape and the pattern 
or shape is reflected on both sides? The line of symmetry is sometimes called the mirror line 
or the reflection line...can you see why?
This butterfly photo has the line of symmetry drawn on it so you can see it.
Where would the line of symmetry be drawn on the objects below?


 Some objects have more than one line of symmetry - how many can you find in these objects? 
Where would the lines of symmetry be drawn?


Rotational symmetry happens when a shape can be rotated (or turned) on a central point - 
either clock-wise or anti-clockwise - and the shape will still look the same when it has been turned 
(which might be a half-turn, a quarter-turn, a third etc).

How many rotations or turns can you get out of each of these objects? 
Are there any rotational symmetry shapes above?


Click here to find out what the key words of transformation are 
(eg reflection, rotation, symmetry) and what they mean.

Practice identifying lines of symmetry with this robot-fighting mission 
(you may need to give it a minute or two to load!)

And here is a quiz about lines of symmetry using shapes - 
can you correctly count the number of lines?

This link will give you the option of completing a symmetrical design or creating your own.

Find the lines of symmetry in the letters of the alphabet.

Put the lines of symmetry onto the shapes in this activity.

Challenge yourself to create a rotational symmetry design.

Use the RotaSym to see what shapes or letters have rotational symmetry.