Oct 31, 2016

The quote for our DRIVE inquiry this term 'Survival of the Fittest - How do plants and animals survive in extreme conditions?'

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Oct 26, 2016

Reading Response Videos

We have been working with an NRL (National Rugby League) magazine reading resource - full of information and activities based on the different NRL teams.

Here are some of our videos:

2016 Keep calm and be healthy from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.


2016 STORM NRL - eat veges! from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.


2016 How to be a healthy person from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.


2016 The nutrition team from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.


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Oct 17, 2016

After the Hurricane - writing task

We are following up our discussions from last week about the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, by turning our language into descriptive writing.

We are using this 1899 Winslow Homer painting 'After the Hurricane' as our descriptive writing prompt.
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For our writing, we have talked about our sentences needing:

  • 'bare bones' - to build the sentence - the subject/s - the noun/s - the what and the who
  • 'muscles' - to give the action to the sentence - the verbs - the how 
  • 'flesh' - to hold it all together and make it look good - the adjectives and adverbs that help add detail - the why, where, when etc
We are aiming to write complex sentences, using adjectival or adverbial phrases, to really push ourselves with our use of precise language and to help the reader with lots of details so they can picture the scene as they are reading. 

Watch this space to see our writing turn up in the comments section...we think you will be impressed!


Here is another of his paintings that perhaps shows what was happening before the hurricane struck...'The Gulf Stream'... we can certainly see that the weather and ocean conditions are getting stormy.
Our best wishes go out to all those who were affected by Hurricane Matthew - we hope you are now safe and that all goes well for the clean-up and rebuilding.

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Ponotanga - Integrity

Our values of respect, responsibility and excellence all come together to help us be learners with INTEGRITY (ponotanga)...



As said by author CS Lewis - "Integrity is doing the right thing even when no-one is watching."





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Today's real life maths pic

Using math language...What do you notice? What do you see?

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Oct 11, 2016

Life Education classroom

This week we are pleased to have two sessions with Theresa and Harold the giraffe in the Community Trust of Southland-sponsored Life Education Trust's truck classroom...yes, it's on a truck! 
Our focus is Identity and Self-esteem...how we make choices that have positive or negative consequences, and how those choices determine our reputation and protect our identity. 
Today we are talking about our personality characteristics and how some can build a good, positive reputation (how other people think of us) and other characteristics might give us a bad reputation. 
We have learned that it is up to us what sort of words, actions, attitudes and behaviour we display to build our own reputation. That also includes what we do online (internet) or with texts and apps like Snapchat - we must always use our devices with integrity and care. 





Oct 7, 2016

DRIVE Term 4: Survival of the Fittest #1 Discover

Science: ecology: How do plants or animals 
survive if living in extreme conditions?

NZC Levels 3&4: We are learning to:
  • Recognise that there are life processes common to all living things and that these occur in different ways. 
  • Begin to group plants, animals and other living things into science-based classifications.


IMPORTANT IDEAS: 
  • Living creatures are classified scientifically. 
  • MRS GREN is the acronym used for the living processes that all plants and animals need for survival. 
  • Each species adapts their own special features for survival in their different habitats. 
  • There are many different habitats on Earth and some have quite extreme conditions. 
  • Natural habitats can be affected by the actions of people.
Think about it...just what does it mean to be a living thing?




DISCOVER
  • Is it alive? How do we know? MRS GREN will help you remember the seven life processes that living things do:    some information       
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Video about why nutrition (food) is important for living things:


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