Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Power of Words By Deandra, Teina & Quitah

This week for Cybersmart we had a serious discussion about 'The Power of Words'. We

  • discussed words/phrases that are commonly used to hurt a person online. 
  • discussed reasons of why people hurt others online through the power of words. 
  • role played different scenarios related to 'the power of words' and discussed positive solutions to these situations. 
We had to create a DLO of a situation that relates to hurting others through the power of word's and show possible solutions.

We enjoyed this lesson as it raised some in-depth discussions and questions about cyberbully and how people use mean words to communicate and hurt others online. It's important that we are taught some important strategies on how to respond to people when they are writing mean things about us or to us online.

This is a cybersmart lesson that will continue on next week and we look forward to the second part of this lesson - THE POWER OF WORDS.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Conquering the Summit - Thanks to Kids Can


Today some of the students from Tamaki Primary School were given an awesome free trip to Rangitoto Island, courtesy of Kids Can, Tasti and Fullers Ferries. It was so great seeing the children all bright eyed and very excited in the morning, all smart and warm in their Warriors Jackets (thanks Kids Can!).

The bus ride and ferry terminal were filled with the enthusiastic and very loud voices of approximately 60 students, all eager to start the adventure! The photo below is of a large group of the students taking part in a new and noisy game of 'Pukana' which was a lot of fun and also provided some entertainment for the tourists walking around the Cloud this morning!
We had our own chartered Fullers ferry for the journey over and all of the children received a Charlie's Bottle of Water and assorted Tasti snacks which were promptly devoured on the ride over to Rangitoto. For some of the students it was only their first or second ride on a boat so again the energy levels were very high as we made our way out of the harbour. Many of the students had never been to Rangitoto before and were a little bit daunted when they saw the summit we were heading for way up in the distance.  

The wonderful group of volunteers supporting us were from Tasti and once we had sorted the students into their groups we started off on the ascent. After a false start where the leaders tried to take us to Motutapu Island we made our way onwards and upwards through the stunning volcanic rock and interesting vegetation. The older students were practically running their way to the top - which provided more rigorous exercise for the teachers than expected!

It was an invigorating, educational, talkative and fun ascent and descent with a quick stop at the top for lunch. A lot of the children were knackered by the top but still found the energy for games, loud conversation and lots of joking on the way down. Needless to say we did not see any wildlife and other visitors to the island definitely heard us coming! It was so heart-warming to see the excitement and joy in the students and I was so proud of them all for showing resilience and perseverance. The thank you speeches at the conclusion of the day made me proud to be part of such a great group of students and so thankful for organisations like Kids Can, Fullers and Tasti that support our students to experience these types of amazing adventures. The students will remember this for many years to come!!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Figurative Language/Phrases by Deandra, Lauren and Kraven - Isis

For this task we were encouraged to used figurative language to describe a main character from a myth we have read.

My group and I read the a myth called 'Love Finds a Way'. The main character in this story is a lady called Isis. We focussed this task on Isis.

To find out about Isis please view our group presentation. 

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Descriptive Sentences Library Hunt - Paige's Favourites

The Year 7 students had a great time in the library this week with the wonderful Mrs Manuyag! For written language we are beginning to write our own myths. To help us with our descriptive language we looked at books in the school library to help us find good examples to help us write our own descriptive sentences.

Here are Paige's  

Descriptive Sentences

Today at the Library we looked for books that had descriptive sentences. These are some of my favorites.

1. The forest was silent and still 
2. Standing as motionless as the rocks and roots about him 
3. The light grew dim as the wood drank down the dusk 
4. Watching his surroundings take on the colour of night

Samoan Language Week - Nita's Colours

For Samoan Language Week, Kia Manawanui students investigated different words in Samoan - here is Nita's DLO.

These are the colours in Samoan. This will help you know the colours but in Samoan.
Colours in Samoan
WALT: learn the colours in Samoan
Learn the colours in your own time anywhere any time.

Raechal's Favourite Mythical Creature

To help our students investigate myths and legends we incorporated a movie study into our inquiry unit. 

WALT  apply critical thinking skills to complete a movie study.
Yesterday we watched the movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. We are using Bloom's taxonomy to elaborate more on our thinking about the movie. You have to use critical thinking in able to complete bloom's taxonomy. The stage that I am on right now is applying.