Friday, 31 July 2015

Bionic eye invention

I read an article called Bionic eye fitted to patient

The author of this article is Shem Banbury

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?
The main person in this news article is the patient who received the bionic implant, who was 80 year old Manchester man, Ray Flynn.
2. What was the key event from the news article?
The key event of this new article is that those who are blind or suffer from a eye disease are now able to get treated to see again.
3. Where did this event take place?
This event took place in England where Ray Flynn received his bionic eye from professor Paulo Stanga.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Standing by the window

Today for Reading I wrote a poem but you have to read the poem yourself to find out what my poem is about. I hope you like my poem.
Standing By the window
I look forward
that person looks at me
with tears coming
   down their face

The person fades away
as the light gets darker
hiding behind me

Suddenly a herd of
lions roar really
loud like thunder
frightening those outside

Tiny ballet shoes
dancing away
creating noise
through out the day

Trees dancing wildly
clapping  to every
move the ballerinas

Chocolate puddles
form outside
but no one dares
to eat it
Standing by the window

Emotion Poem

Today I have written a poem about 2 emotions which is Dispirited and Euphoria which are happy and sad emotions. This poem includes the 5 senses, similes and descriptive words.

Dispirited is grey like dark gloomy skies hovering over my head wherever I go
It tastes like over salted chips with a sour taste
It smells like the stench of rotten cheese left on the shelf for 10 years
It looks like unpleasant gifts covered in mold and dust with rats in the inside
It sounds like balloons let off without being tied
It feels like you’re a ghost invisible and left out -


Thursday, 23 July 2015

My Holiday Poem

I learnt how to write a poem using the 5 senses.

Holidays are white like the doves hovering in the air

It tastes like melted whitakers with hazelnuts sprinkled on top

It smells like butter flavoured popcorn popping away in the microwave POP!!

It looks like relaxing all day watching watching thrilling movies

It sounds like rain as if little girls were tap dancing  throughout the night Pitter Patter Pitter Patter!!

It feels like freedom and I can do whatever I want
But no can’t


Making a mess in the kitchen is good right?

In Reading today I learnt how to include some interesting language features when i'm writing my poems such as enjambment, irony and euphemism. Here is a poem I have happily written about making a mess in the kitchen.

Don’t clean your dishes
leave them out
For sure they’ll clean up
By themselves
Make a big huge mess
On the kitchen counter
Eat all the food
In less than a minute
OH and don’t forget
To have a food fight

Here comes your parents
Happy and delighted
To see what a mess
You have caused
They glance out the room
With a smile on their face
Well at least that is what
I thought they did
My parents come back in
With still  smiles on their faces
happy to clean such a mess

I have made

Monday, 20 July 2015

World's Largest Swimming Pool

I read an article called World’s Largest Swimming Pool.

The author of the article is Diane Mulhern.

1. What was the key event from the news article?
The key event of this news article is that the largest swimming pool in the world  is so large that people sail in the swimming pool and that the swimming pool costs more than $4 million NZ dollars. It is also the length of 20 Olympic size swimming pools.
2. Where did this event take place?
This event is in San Alfonso del Mar in Chile
3. When did this event take place?
It took 5 years to build the 1013 m pool.
4. Why did this event happen?
This event happened to encourage the adult viewers to travel to San Alfonso del Mar to have a great vacation enjoying the huge pool in front of them.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Science Week

Mad scientists in Glenbrae school

Last Week Term 2 Week 10, Room 7 and the other Glenbrae senior students rotated to each classrooms to learn about the world around us. This was because it was our science week. Our science projects were based on physical and chemical changes of matter.

On the first day of science week as usual we had Mrs. Raj, with Mrs. Raj we learnt about the 3 states of matter which is Solid, Liquid and Gas. We also learnt about the 3 forms of water, the water cycle, evaporation and condensation. The experiments that we did was based on evaporation and condensation. Our first science experiment was about evaporation, Mrs. Raj had already boiled water in a kettle and as soon as it was ready she poured the hot water into a see through glass cup. Then added coffee into the hot water and stirred. Afterwards she got another cup and put it on top of the see through cup. We waited exactly 10 minutes before taking the  cup off, in the meanwhile we were predicting what would happen. When Mrs. Raj took the cup off there were water droplets on the top of the cup which was formed by the steam in the first cup. Mrs. Raj asked us if we had ever wondered if we were to put ice cubes into a cup suddenly water droplets would form on the outside. The reason why water droplets form on the outside of the cup because of condensation. Condensation is when cold air hits the surface of a warm object, as soon as the cold air hits that warm object the water droplets then form.

The next day we stayed with Mrs.Parker, to learn about rising agents. All the materials we needed to make bread were set up on a table in front of the class. First of all we looked at a cartoon to find out whether they are Liquids or not. Afterwards Mrs.Parker poured yeast into a bowl with warm water in it. Then added ¼ of sugar into the bowl and stirred, then left the bowl near the computers for 10 minutes. During the 10 minutes we made a hypothesis about why we need to leave the bread to rise and what we think would happen to the bread dough if we don’t leave it to rise. When the 10 minutes finished Mrs. Parker showed us what it looked like. A few minutes later Mrs.Parker created the bread dough. She asked everyone if they wanted to have a turn to knead the bread dough. I took photos of the students who were kneading the dough and later on I also got to knead the dough. As soon as we finished kneading the dough, Mrs.Parker punched the dough and showed us. Then split the dough in half, we left one to rise for an hour and the other dough went straight into the oven. After an hour we put the second dough into the oven and got the first bread out. When the first bread finished baking, we settled it near the second bread and started making butter. To make the butter we put cream and salt into jam jars and started shaking the jar until butter chunks formed. After that Mrs.Parker generously cut both breads into strips and put the butter on them. When all the bread pieces were finished being buttered we were given 2 pieces of bread from the first bread and the second bread. We compared each bread to each other and I luckily got another piece of the first bread which was delicious. The first bread was smooth in the inside, dense, chewy and tasted sour and sweet. The second bread was rough, had more air holes, less dense and had a crispy crust.

On Wednesday we started rotating around to other classes, Room 7 went to Room 10 to also learn about more rising agents. We started talking about what could we do to prevent a apple skin turning brown. Mrs.T ofa showed us liquids where we could dip an apple into the liquid and leave it in a place where we think that it won’t turn brown. We all worked in our house groups, Kowhai house’s hypothesis was that dipping the apple into vinegar and putting it into the sun would help prevent the apple skin from turning brown. After 10 minutes we checked on our apple and “Guess what!!”, not a single brown stain on our apple. Then we moved on to creating the  scones. Mrs. Tofa, got all the ingredients out and talked about how could we create carbon dioxide out of L&P, Sprite, Vinegar and Water to make the scones rise. To see if the liquids can create carbon dioxide, she put in a tablespoon of baking powder and each of the liquids bubbled up except for the water. After a while we created the dough, my group which were using L&P were trying to get the dough pieces together because it was falling apart and was sticky. Finally our dough was perfect and not sticky, we split the dough into 15 pieces because there were 15 of us in the group. Once we were ready, we carried a tray of scone dough's to the staff room. As we put our scones in the oven, the Sprite scones were in the oven too. The Vinegar scones had to wait 15 minutes before it was going to get put into the oven . As Mrs.Card got the scones out of the oven, the scones smelt wonderful and divine. When we carried the scones back to class, all the groups gathered around their plate of scones and waited for Mrs. Tofa to get some students to hand the scones out. As the scones were handed out, everyone smelt the scones first and then ate them. I really enjoyed baking scones with Mrs. Tofa and I learnt a lot about carbon dioxide.

The day after, the room 7 students went to Mr. Naf’s class. We did an activity that included brown sugar (mixed in water), salt (also mixed in water), spoons, 2 plates and 2 candles. First of all Mr. Naf chose Mrs.Card to come up with him to show the experiment we were doing. Mr. Naf put the brown sugar that was mixed in water on a small spoon and Mrs.Card did the same but with salt mixed in water. Then they lit the candles up and waited for the wax to drip on the plates so the candles can stand. Afterwards they put the spoon right on top of the flame on the candle and the spoon Mrs.Card had started to boil up really fast and evaporating. The spoon that Mr. Naf was holding was slowly evaporating. Soon Mrs.Card’s spoon turned white and there were no salt water anymore. Mr. Naf’s spoon slowly boiled and evaporated, but instead of the spoon turning white, the brown sugar water turned into burnt toffee. We all got a taste of both spoons, but the spoon with toffee on it was not that great. Later on we moved classes after morning tea and went to room 8.

In room 8 the teacher we had teaching us about science was Mrs. Ravi. She said that we would make lemon fizz and predict which cup with warm and cold water would dissolve faster. Mrs. Ravi boiled the kettle and left it too cool down so the temperature is warm. After a while the hot water cooled down so Mrs. Ravi poured some warm water into one cup. Soon after we got cold water and poured it into another cup. Next Mrs. Ravi got Charlie up to help her pour the sugar into the warm cup but at the same as Mrs. Ravi when she pours the sugar into the cold cup. 123, we counted as both Charlie and Mrs. Ravi poured the sugar in the cups and stirred. We found out that the warm cup with sugar in it dissolves faster because of the heat. Later that day we created lemon fizz, first we put lime into a cup of water and stirred. Then added sugar to the cup and stirred once again, even though we didn't get to taste the lemon fizz I still was very excited. After that we did some science competitions. It was house against house, the first activity that we did was writing down information that was outside on the wall and the first group that finishes writing all the information gets 100 house points. That group that won that activity was the one and only KOWHAI HOUSE!!!. We didn't have enough time for another activity because it was time to go to lunch. I really enjoyed creating lemon fizz with Mrs. Ravi and I know that I will be making some more at home.

As I arrived at school the next day I thought really hard on what I had learned during Science week. I learnt how to make lemon fizz, how to make scones as well as bread, all about raising agents, the different sorts of chemical reactions and a lot of information about carbon dioxide. I had so much fun learning all the types of information about science and next time I would like to try experiments that include small explosions if we are allowed.

Inquiry Learning Presentation

Today Glenbrae School had a inquiry roadshow. This when all the classes share what they have learned during the term. We share our learning by creating presentations, posters, diagrams and hand-on activities. I enjoyed sharing the work my group and I made, we created a poster with facts about WWI and WWII weapons. The best presentation was the presentation from Room 10 that made slime, as I touched the slime there were small laundry powder bits stuck on my hand because that was what they used to make the slime smell nice. I also saw presentations about science week, presentations about ANZAC day, Abel Tasman, Semaphore signaling and MOTAT.
          Here is my groups Venn Diagram, that we presented along with our poster.(Click to enlarge photos)

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The flying ostrich exhibit

I learnt different information about a ostrich and I found it difficult to find the information that ostriches and humans have in common. Click the picture to enlarge.