Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Another friend of Allanah's, Barry, has written a book called Derek Comes to Stay. It is the story of a pukeko who comes to stay with Pa and Nanna. Listen to the enjoyment in the children's voices as I read the story.
It will be fun to make our own story next term.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Here she is in traditional abya that women wear.
She went for a camel trek through the desert.
This her view from her apartment.
She teaches in a number of schools. This is one of the classes in a girls' school.
Jocelyn asked us if we would record ourselves talking about some New Zealand icons so her students could learn about New Zealand and hear New Zealand voices as they learn English.
I will add more to this post as we finish them. Here are the ones we have done so far...
Daniel talks about rugby.
Conor talks about the Black Caps cricket team.
Grace tells us about pukeko.
Harriet tells us about geckos.
Jack tells us all about sheep.
Summer tells us about tuatara.
Tarn tells us about the All Whites Soccer Team.
I am asking other teachers who follow our blog to add their resources to it so it becomes a good place for us all to practice our basic facts.
The wiki is open and needs no password. Just click edit and add your website.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Today Mini-Dylan and I are at Koraunui School in Wellington for the Champions Interactive Whiteboard Conference. I am going to give a couple of presentations to teachers all over New Zealand. I will be talking about using wikis to promote learning in Science.
They put a powhiri on for us as we arrived. It was excellent. We should try and have a kapa haka group like that. What do you think.
After we had had a bit of a chat I took the laptop outside for a bit of a tour. The teachers loved our playground and our trees to play in.
It was an excellent connection. Their teacher, Brian, was the teacher who introduced us to our phones. We like using our phones when we read.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Do you want to see if you succeed against the Idol judges?
Then give Sum Dog Idol a try out!
I played as a guest but if you want to sign up ask your parents if you can and then it will remember your scores and your levels.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
We had lots of fun at these wicked games.
We raced each other. We had to skip five times with a skipping rope, go over the ladder and hurdles and shoot two goals.
The Dots game is when you turn over a dot to a flat side or a bumpy side.
Remember to search in iTunes for Allanah to find our other podcasts.
Monday, March 22, 2010
It is a pretty excellent video don't you think.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
This podcast can also be found on iTunes- to find it search iTunes for Allanah.
When Mum says,
"I'll be there in a minute."
She really means,
I'll be at least another half-hour."
But when Mum says
"I want this room tidied NOW, or there'll be trouble."
She really, really means it!
A poem by Margaret Schroder
New Zealand School Journal
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
She is keen to help us learn more about the way we make connections with others. I told her about our theme this term, 'Connections'. She volunteered to make us a Voicethread asking us about the way we prefer to make a connection with others.
We are going to answer the questions on her Voicethread. What a great way to make a connection. We are thinking about speaking in clear, string voices so it will be good practice for us.
Here is a link to the full screen version.
Monday, March 15, 2010
He asked me what school I went to. I said Appleby School. He seemed like a nice man.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I spent the weekend discovering Wellington. On Saturday Mini-Dylan and I went to Te Papa to see the Pompeii Exhibition. What do you know about Pompeii?
On Sunday we visited the Karori Sanctuary where I saw my first wild tuatara and a few magnificent kaka.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tomorrow we are off to talk to another group in Palmerston North.
What have you been up to. Did you all remember to bring your homework back? Are you having fun with Jodie as your teacher?
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
She flew and Mini-Dylan flew over the Marlborough Sounds on the way to Wellington. It was a beautiful day for flying and Allanah was happy that Mini-Dylan decided to come too to keep her company.
Touch that I like.
Touch that hurts and which I want to stop.
Touch which is confusing and which I want to stop.
Constable McKitrick told stories from his childhood that helped us understand these different kind of touching.
You can tell your stories in the comments.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
This morning we had the pleasure of making a connection with Brigatine School in New Jersey. They had lots of fabulous questions to ask us about New Zealand and we learnt interesting things about Brigatine as well. I was able to take my laptop outside and show them a little of our school. They were particularly impressed with the swimming pool and our favourite climbing tree.
Here is a direct link to the video in QuietTube- like YouTube but without all the related videos.
We followed up by answering some more of their questions on their blog.
I think we did very well as we lost our internet connection six times during the call. Would anyone like to buy us a new server- we are very deserving!
Monday, March 08, 2010
We were going to find out more about where they are but our internet was playing up yesterday so we couldn't look at Google Earth or their website. We will just have to do our best and see how it goes.
It is fun to make these kind of connections with other children in different places.
Sunday, March 07, 2010
I like topic because I like to learn about the world. ZS
I do heaps of maths because I love it. DR
I love art because you get to express yourself. GB
I like to read because it makes you smart. SS
Handwriting is perfecto! SS-C
I don't enjoy homework because I would rather be doing something else. HK
I love sharing ideas in all sorts of places. CC
I prefer writing quickly to writing neatly. LW
I am good at listening because I don't talk so much. JM
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
The idea is that each child gets a username and password which I have already organised. Then you log into the site and play other eight year olds from all over the world at basic facts.
Last year 432 million maths sums were answered and 38,000 schools participated. This year Moturoa will be one of them.
I hear that it's lots of fun. Click on the screengrab to go to the site, then click the yellow sign in button and you are there.
I have downloaded an app for my iPod Touch so we can even play on that as well.
P.S. If I had known it was going to be this popular I would have done it ages ago. A whole heap of kids wanted to play on through playtime and lunchtime. Raewyn told us that the senior class at Upper Moutere are staying late at school and going to play until midnight tonight. Not many maths books will motivate kids to do that!!!
You can see how happy Tarn is to beat some other child in some other country.
Monday, March 01, 2010
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