Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hands on Homework - Week 9 Task

This week for your Hands on Homework you will not only be able to be creative and so me how talented you are as an artist, but you could also win yourself a new computer, iPad, $10,000 cash for KPS and best of all you could be flying down to the Coolest place on EARTH ... Antarctica. All you have to do is Doodle 4 Google.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Art Afternoon - RIMU Syndicate

Every Thursday we have our ART afternoon. This is a chance for all the children in the Rimu syndicate to have a go at Art and explore a new media. This term we are focussing on Collage. 

Literacy Observation - Hide N Seek

We payed a game of hide n seek in the school native reserve this morning as motivation for our writing experience. We discussed Why we write, What writing we could generate, then began to structure our stories.


Probability - Dice rolling OR 4 moves

We played a game to test a theory of probability. On a 100 square board who would win if, 1 payer uses a dice and moved the number shown or would a person moving 4 squares each time win.

The first results where fairly even. So we tested the theory and game again.

These are the second round of games results. They clearly show tat moving 4 squares each time was faster to get to 100



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori - 2013

Check Out These Great Websites -

100 Maori words every Kiwi should know AND Take the Maori Language Week QUIZ  -

Place Names NZ, English and Maori - 

Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori - Main Site

Language Club - 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ask3 - Video Instructions

Finally I have found an easy to use video screen capture app that is simple, clean, shares with others seamlessly, all students can access without hassle, and I can see and mark the work that students are uploading. It also allows others to comment on the videos that have been created. Student voice, teacher voice, feedback and assessment. This app ticks all the boxes. 

Book Writers - ePub Book Publisher

I have spent a lot of time and money, on trying to find a really simple book creator that allows me and my students to do everything that we want it to do. It needs to be easy to use, have few buttons but lots of options, be clean looking, save with ease, share to a range of places with one click and most importantly be able to save it to our own and others iBook libraries. 

We think we have found all of this and more with 'Book Writer'. It is by far the easiest to use ePub creator I have seen for my year 3/4 students. I did a test run with a year 5/6  class to see if it was easy to use and simple to share. 

iBooks book shelf - Perfect for saving and sharing your best work. 

Hands on Homework - Week 8 Task

This task is to share our love of books and writing with others. For this task we will be sharing with the students in Kotahi Kowhai and Rooms 18 and 19. 
We will start the task in class with Mr Ward and complete it as our Hands on Homework for the week. 

You will be creating FUN, SIMPLE, EXCITING, FUNNY picture books using our new app, Book Writer. We will save the books as ePub books in our iBooks library and then we will share them with the Year 0/1 students and save them into their class iPad libraries. 

1). Learn the app - Don't worry it's easy to use and Mr Ward is pretty clever and quick at explaining things. 

2). Explore books that the Year 0/1 students love to read to help us with our own ideas. 

3). Brainstorm your ideas and get an idea of what you may be writing about.

4). Begin creating your new book. You have all week, BUT you need to put good thought into it. These kids want to read some great stories. 


Assessment TASK - How could we decide on the best books/stories ? Let me know.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Make Believe - Think it, embellish it, and write about it...Our own ads.

So today we used this well known ad from Toyota NZ to help us craft our own stories. We love how the ad is full of imaginative ideas that are embellished beyond belief. SO we thought lets create own our versions of the ad and let our own imaginations run wild. 

We will post our own versions on the students blog pages. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Maths - Bar Graphs for Statistics.

                                      We used an app called teaching graphs
 to make a simple bar graph this morning. It is a simple to use app that helps you learn about reading and also creating graphs. We surveyed everyone in the class and displayed the results on the Bar Graph. Here is the screen shot of an example graph.

All the students uploaded their own survey results onto their blogs.

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