Monday, 15 May 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Room 11 want to wish a happy Mother's Day to all our mums, nanas and aunties out there. We hope our mums enjoyed the special cards we made last week. Don't they look awesome? Inside we wrote metaphor poems about what makes our mums special. We found out that a metaphor is when you compare one thing to another without using "like" or "as" (that one is a simile!)

We analysed an exemplar and wrote a shared poem together first:

Miss Chalmers chose one metaphor from each poem to include here. Aren't they fabulous? (You can click on the metaphors to make them bigger...)

Monday, 1 May 2017

Damon's Holiday Slides

Wow! Check out Damon's writing that he did about his holiday trip to Whakatane and White Island - isn't it incredible? Making slides like this is a great way to practice your writing skills in an authentic way. Why not give it a go and write about your holiday experiences? You could also include photos if you have any!

Damon - you are a rock star! I loved reading about the helicopter ride :)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Kurt's Graffiti Art Slide

The coolest thing happened with Kurt and his family last Saturday. He was in the car with his mum and sister when they came across a Graffiti artist called Monty. They stopped the car and went to check out his art work - check out the slides to see how amazing the mural is!

How fantastic is it that Kurt went straight home to write about what he saw. What a star!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Maui and the Sun

This term we have been learning about Maui Myths and Legends in the Pukeko Team. Can you guess what Disney movie we were inspired by?

One of our favourite stories, that Miss Chalmers must have read at least 5 times this term, is about how Maui slowed the sun. We are still working on our writing, but here is the piece we were wrote together as a class. We were working on using time connectives and past tense verbs. 

A long time ago, in Aotearoa, lived Maui and his brothers. Maui was frustrated because there were never enough hours in the day to do all their chores. One day Maui and his brothers travelled to a deep pit. They found the sun sleeping inside the pit, waiting to be awoken. Just when the sun started to rise, Maui and his brother threw a rope over it! Although the sun was strong, Maui and his brothers managed to capture the sun. The sun was very angry. While his brothers pulled on the ropes, Maui explained to the sun that it needed to move more slowly across the sky so that there would be more hours in the day. Finally the sun gave up - he knew he was beaten. Before long the brothers let go of their ropes and the sun rose up slowly. From that day on, the sun flew slowly across the sky and Maui became known as the man who could tame the sun.  

Our latest piece of art is now up on display in the classroom. Check out the muscles of the children in Room 11 as they catch the mighty sun and attempt to slow him down.