Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Butterflies

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Fly Away

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Monarch butterflies are amazing creatures! They've got beautiful, beautiful wings in colours of orange, white, and black. Can you imagine being a butterfly? It would be cool to fly and suck up nectar.

Butterfly life-cycles have four stages which are egg, larvae, pupa, and adult. When the monarch butterfly is ready to lay her eggs, she will lay them on a swan plant. When the eggs hatch, they will eat the leaves.

Out of the egg emerges a beautiful caterpillar coloured white and yellow. It eats until it gets fat like your pinky finger. It is now ready for the next stage.

A caterpillar spins silk around itself to make a chrysalis. The caterpillar begins it's pupa stage by transforming into a butterfly. If you see a chrysalis, don't take it off the swan plant because it won't get to be a butterfly.

When the butterfly comes out of the chrysalis, it waits for it's wings to dry. while waiting, it goes to suck up nectar and when it's wings are dry, it can fly away.

I think that butterflies are amazing insects. My favourite is the Monarch.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Monarch Butterfly's Lifecycle

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Do you know that butterflies have a fascinating life cycle? Butterflies have four parts to their life cycle.

Female butterflies lay eggs just like all other female insects. They lay their eggs on a swan plant so the baby can eat once they hatch.

When the egg hatches, a little baby comes out and the baby is called a caterpillar. Caterpillars wriggle and squiggle just like a worm but they come in different colours. The caterpillar eats the leaves from the swan plant and gets bigger and bigger.

When the caterpillar is fat, it spins silk around itself to make a chrysalis. It begins the pupa stage. In the chrysalis, the caterpillar evolves into a magnificent butterfly.

When the butterfly comes out of the chrysalis, it's wings are wet and it has to wait for them to dry. As soon as the wings are dry, the butterfly flies away to freedom and starts it's new life.

Butterflies do have a great life cycle. Don't you agree?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Life Would Suck Without You

The school year is almost finished and we'll miss each other. We thought it would be fun to make a little video to show how we feel about our friends. It is our first time experimenting with a green screen!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

My Holiday

In the holiday, I went to my mum's house.

I stayed at my friend's home and then in the morning I had to go home. I had a great time. We played "Midnight" and watched movies with popcorn and chips.

It was my mum's birthday and I bought her a cup with lollies inside.

Then I stayed at my uncle's house.

Echoing Hissing Sounds

Assemblies are always fun but this one was different! It was an immersion assembly and this means it was a theme assembly.

As I sat down in the hall, a sound echoed in my ear. Then I saw Mr. Burt and I realized that the hissing sound was coming from him but his name was Mosquito Man.

Then there was Mr. J dressed up as Mega Moth. He got chased by Mr. Burt.

I hope we have another assembly like this.

Watch Out For Those Itchy Backs

Guess what happened yesterday at assembly? Mr. Burt was dressed up as a mosquito. Mr Barks was a queen bee and had 5 babies. Mr J was a slow snail. He told us how the shell got on his back. His back was itchy one night and when he woke up he had a shell.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mr. Blood Sucking Burt

We waited so long for the hoidays to finish. At the start of the term, we went to our term assembly. I like immersion assembly because the teachers wear costumes.

Mr Burt came crawling up from the aisle and tried to suck people's blood because he was a mosquito.

After waiting so patiently, Mr. Barks' team finally did their act. They were funny because Mr. Barks was a queen bee and he was having babies!

After the assembly, I felt motivated for the day to learn more about our term topic - Little Critters.

In The Hall With A Bunch Of Bugs!

Excitedly, creeping into the hall, I sat down and everyone went quiet waiting for the immersion assembly to begin.

We heard a hissing sound coming from the aisle and a weird voice behind us. I turned around and Mr Burt was dressed as a mosquito. I got a really big fright from Mr Burt! He was crawling on his hands and feet down the middle of the all scaring all of the kids.

Entering the stage, Team 1 performed Eency Weency Spider. Ms. George had a spiderman mask on and Ms Wild was squirting water. Team 1 also performed Little miss Muffet. Ms Wild, who was Miss Muffet, looked weird jumping off the chair after the spider scared her. Their performance was cool.

As Team 4 entered the stage, Mr. Barks sat on a chair on a table on the stage. I just knew that they were going to perform a funny act. Mr. Barks was playing the queen bee. When he said, "Wait for it," he would pull a teddy bear wrapped in a sheet pretending to be a baby bee, from his abdomen. Team 4 performed a really funny act.

I liked watching all of the acts. They were all very funny!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Made Me Laugh

On the first day of term 4 we went to an immersion assembly to see what we are learning about. We saw the teachers dressed up as minibeasts and little critters.

Then I saw Mr. Burt dressed as Mr. Mosquito Man coming through the door. He was a scary mosquito looking for Mr. J.

Mr Barks was a fabulous queen bee and he had bee workers who fed him and cooled him down. He gave birth to baby bees with toilet paper wrapped around them. Then he had twins. I felt happy and I was laughing when he gave birth to twins!

Performing Insects

With excitement we went to the hall. I was happy because immersion assembly is always funny because the teachers dress up as the theme!

Out of no where, Mr Burt crawled into the hall and went up close to kids and pretended to suck their blood. Mr. Burt was a mosquito! He crawled and chased Mr. J as fast as he could but unfortunately he didn't catch him.

Finally, it was team 4's turn. Mr. Barks, dressed up as a queen bee, was funny because he was talking about himself and giving birth to baby bees.

I thought that the immersion assembly was the best because I love insects and I'm excited to learn more!

Performing Bees and Blood Sucking Mosquitos

Once room 12 got to the hall for immersion assembly, we saw teachers who were dressed like insects. Most of them were pretending to be a ladybug or a bee. only some of them were butterflies.

Crawling out of nowhere, a large mosquito was trying to suck other people's blood! Turns out that the mosquito was Mr. Burt!

When it was team 4's turn, I already knew their performance was about bees because they were dressed like bees. Their performance was my favourite because it was hilarious when Mr. Barks was pretending to have baby bees...but they were only just teddy bears.

I had a great time at immersion assembly. I thought it was fabulous!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Creepy, Crawly, Assembly

Immersion assemblies are the best because they are funny and we get to see the teachers dressed up to tell us the theme of the term.

Hearing a hissing sound, I gazed around me to see who that was crawling up on the stage. I saw Mr. Burt in a huge mosquito costume. I thought he suited it!

When team 1 and 2 finished, it was team 3's turn. They had a name for their performance and it was called New Zealand's Next Top Bug. it was funny because when my teacher, Mrs. Barks, finished her speech, her husband shouted out...I love you!

Team 4 was a hive of bees It was funny because the only boy teacher was the queen bee and the girl teachers were slaves. They had to dance and wait for Mr Barks to give birth to a baby bee, and then another, and finally...twins!

I had a feeling that it was going to be an interesting term!

Acting Like Insects

On Monday, the first day of term 4, all the teachers were acting like insects.

My favourite act was Mr. Burt. He was dressed like a mosquito. He was walking on his legs and arms. When he walked close to the children, they were scared.

Then it was the tall Mr. J. He had a big shell on his back. Then he told his story about how the shell grew.

Then it was the other teams turns.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cracked Me Up

At immersion assembly at the beginning of term 4, Mr J looked like a super hero and the sign on his suit was MM. I said to my friend, "What does MM stand for?" He replied back, "I don't know." So I thought to myself that it was just a sign and I didn't care at all.

As soon as team 4 had their turn, they cracked me up for a while and then I calmed down. When Mr Barks got up on the stage, I saw that he was a queen bee with bee slaves. The bee slaves were the other teachers in the team. Then Mr. Barks gave birth to babies that were teddy bears wrapped in toilet paper.

Insect People

Excitedly walking to the immersion assembly, I couldn't wait to see the performances. Immersion assemblies are always exciting because teachers dress as the theme.

As everybody started to quiet down, I heard a weird noise coming from the back of the hall. It was Mr. Burt. He was dressed as a mosquito. He was walking down the middle of the hall scaring children.
After team 1 was called to the stage, I was wondering who miss Wild was meant to be. She was little Miss Muffet. When they performed little Miss Muffet, it was funny because when the spider frightened Miss Wild, she screamed and ran away.

Finally it was time for team 4's performance. I had a little feeling that Mr Barks was going to be a queen bee because of his costume. He had a girls wig, a queen's crown, and a rather large abdomen. Their performance was so hilarious because he was giving birth to baby bees.

This was the best immersion assembly I've ever seen. I hope there will be another one as funny as that!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Feeling Absolutely Great

As room 12 walked to the immersion assembly yesterday, they were very excited.

Suddenly Mr. Burt came crawling along with a mosquito mask and he was trying to suck Mr. Jacobson's blood.

Then Mr. J came up to the microphone. There was a huge snail shell on his back. So he told us it was very itchy.

Finally team 4 was on the stage and Mr Barks was dressed as a girl. He pretended to be a queen bee, plus he gave birth to baby bees.

After assembly, I felt absolutely great because of all the acts that the teachers did.

Sleep Over

During the holidays, I had a sleep over at my cousin's house and we played games and watched T.V.

My cousin and I were watching television and what we watched was Songs. It was totally cool as we were singing along.

After watching T.V., we went outside to play handball. As we were playing we wanted one more thing. We wanted more people to play with!

It was a totally boring day. I hoped that when I slept over it would be an exciting sleep over!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Water Safety

Wow! What a great way to end the school year...water safety lessons! The weather is warming up and soon we'll be begging our parents to take us to the beach to cool off in the refreshing ocean water, or maybe we'll be lucky enough to go kayaking and sailing. Either way, we'll need to know how to be safe. Today was our first lesson and we were taught how to find a life jacket that fits properly, and what to do if we fall into the cold waters and our bodies are starting to cool down too quickly. Crossing our arms and legs is the best thing to do if we are on our own, but if in a group, we should huddle together.







Slithering Up The Aisle

At the start of the term, we had an immersion assembly. We were excited because all the teachers were dressed up like insects.

I liked Mr. Burt because he was a mosquito and he was trying to suck student's blood as he was coming into the hall.

Out of nowhere, a slow snail slithered up the aisle and told us a story. The story was about his back because there was a shell on it. He got it on his back by itching it.

After the assembly, I felt happy.

Dancing Bees and Glamorous Lady Bugs

After a long holiday, we excitedly went to Immersion assembly.

Everybody was so shocked to see Mr. Burt being a mosquito chasing Mr. J. around the stage!

Team 1 started their show first. I enjoyed their show because it was exciting to see Ms. Wild being Miss Muffet. The other Team 1 teachers were spiders scaring Miss Muffet.

As Mr. Burt said team 3 was up on stage, my eyes went bright to see them. Mrs Barks was funny when she said, "I'm the prettiest bee in the world."

I liked the Immersion assembly. It was fun!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Snow Mountain Wipe-Out!

I went to Snow Mountain with my family because it was the holidays.

I was like a legend, but suddenly I fell. My board went one way and my leg went another way. I felt angry because I thought that I would never fall down.

My leg hurt a lot. I could not walk so they put me on the ski-doo and went down the hill.

When we got to the doctor, they took an x-ray of my knee. They put a cast over my leg and gave me crutches. I felt excited about using crutches!

Drills and Skills

A week ago, we had our Drills and Skills day. Players from the Auckland Rugby team came and helped with the event.

My favourite activity was the tackle bags. They are shaped like cylinders and are padded. We all tackled a tackling bag with each shoulder, then we could pick any shoulder to tackle the bags with.

After, we went and had some refreshing Milo because we were getting too hot. We sat down and drank it. The Milo was tasty.

I felt real worn out after tackling and runing around...although, it was a lot of fun getting tired!

Yummy In My Tummy

Do you enjoy eating insects? If you said -"no," you should have said - "yes"... because you eat them mixed in with your everyday food!! Yes it's true!! Take a look at this list...

Ketchup - 30 fruit fly eggs per 100 grams
Canned Corn - 2 insect larvae per 100 grams
Blueberries - 2 maggots per 100 berries
Peanut Butter - 50 insect fragments per 100 grams
Curry powder - 100 insect fragments per 100 grams
Wheat - 1% of grains infested
Sesame seed - 5% of seeds infested
Coffee - 10% of beans infested
*Some red food colouring such as cochineal and carmine are made from crushed beetles called Dactylopius coccus. This colour is used in some fruit drinks and lollies!!

Popping Out Baby Bees

On the first day of term 4, we went to Immersion assembly. The school went to see what topic we were learning about. We were learning about little little insects.

Wondering what will happen first, I thought it was going to be boring until I heard a scary voice. It was Mr. Burt dressed up in a scary mosquito costume. Mr. Mosquito was trying to sting the Mighty Moth.

Finally it was team 4's turn. They decided to be in a bee hive and Mr. Barks was the queen bee while all the other teachers were the workers. Every time he told us a fact... unexpectedly...out popped a baby bee!

I had lots of fun at assembly and I thought the funniest part was team 4!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

She's A Lady....whoa whoa whoa She's A Lady

We are part of Team 3, and the following video clip shows the Team 3 teachers performing their immersion assembly act titled....New Zealand's Next Top Bug! Hope you enjoy it!

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Ewwww Gross

We watched this video clip last week as part of our Minibeast topic. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we did!

My Birthday

On the last day of the holidays, it was my birthday. It was an exciting day for my family and I.

My auntie Blin, two annoying brothers, cousin Mia, and my mum came to my birthday. We went to Buffet King, which is a restaurant in Manukau. We ate for about two hours!

Getting tired of eating, I begged my mum to go home to watch two movies. One of the movies was about war, and the other movie was scary. In fact, the first time I watched it, I kept on screaming!

After watching the movies, I turned the t.v. off and went to sleep.

While I was getting ready for bed, I was thinking to myself and wondering if my birthday next year would be as exciting as this year.

Our Silly Teachers

On the first day of school, Pt. England walked to the Immersion assembly. Mr. Burt came inside the hall dressed as a little critter. Mr. J. was dressed as a moth.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dressed As Insects

In the assembly I talked to my friend Uili.I told him, "This will be interesting because teachers are dressed up as insects."

All of a sudden Mr.Burt was a mosquito. He came crawling in pain tying to suck blood on the way to the stage.

Later on it was team 3's turn. They were ladybugs and all of them shared info. One said "Ladybugs have yellow blood."

Mr.J was a snail!!! He was telling us how he woke up with a shell on his back. He said that when he woke up his wife said, "Max, you've got a shell on your back."

I felt happy because I had laughter inside of me. I hope I have another assembly like this next year.

Immersion Assembly

We began our term with an immersion assembly on insects. All the teachers,as usual, dressed up and performed an item.

Entering the hall on his arms and knees, Mr Burt pretended to suck kids blood. He was dressed as a mosquito.

Later Mr.J told an interesting story about growing a shell on his back. He said that his back had been itching for days. He also said he started rocking back and forwards in bed.

The team four teachers acted as a colony of bees. Mr.barks was dressed with a crown and wig. He was a queen bee while the others were dressed as worker bees. Then he pretended to have baby bees. Lastly he gave birth to twins.

Still laughing to myself, I left the hall feeling happy because of the funny acts I could remember.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Milo Rugby Drills and Skills Day

What a special treat it was to participate in the Milo Rugby Drills and Skills day put on by the Auckland Rugby Union. Pro-Sport Rugby Academy & the Auckland ITM players came and played a variety of skill building games with us! We had so much fun!!











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Mighty Mariners-Jonita

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My movie is about all kinds of pioneers,voyagers and explorers who traveled to find new lands!I hope you enjoy!!

Rocky's Mighty Mariner animation

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My movie is about three brave vikings who where sent to find land and ended up finding new land.

Wyatt's ship Animation.

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This animation is about ships moving from home to discover new lands. I put some sound effects and a voiceover. Hope you like it!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Playing With My Cousins

Skipping with my cousins, I simply said, "Let's play another skipping game." After we finished, we went inside to look for something to eat. We were so hungry. After eating a wonderful meal, I was imagining four people skipping in the middle and one each on either side.

Later on, we went back outside to play dodge ball at the park which was the best game I played with my cousins.

After playing dodge ball, we stopped and went back home to play games on sky. We played scramble word. Playing sky games was cool.

As soon as we finished playing games my dad called me so we could go and pick up my mum. It was a fabulous day!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Terrible Pirates

This term we've been studying Mighty Mariners - and with a topic like this, you just know that we wanted to include Pirates!!

Here is our Term 3 class video. We've done it in the style of the old fashioned silent movie - so sit back and enjoy!!


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Crazy Monkey

When I ripped the banana with my teeth, I felt like a crazy monkey chewing this yellow, horrible, skin. Once the skin was off, I was ready to eat the creamy, tasty banana. It was so fantastic that I drooled and stuffed the whole banana in my mouth.

My Kitten

A few days ago I was really bored so I decided to play with my pet kitten named Gumpey. When I first got him, he was very small and I said to myself, "He's shaped like a short sausage dog."

That night, Gumpey ran away. I still remember his fluffy black and white fur. I really miss Gumpey.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Using The Stars

A long time ago there were people who looked for new land to live in. They used big ships. They did not have maps so they used stars to help them find their way.

Matrix In The Water

When my mum asked what movie we were going to watch, I said Step Up 3. They were dancing using hip hop moves with the beat of the music.

After we watched Step Up, we went to the pools. Charlie and I were doing matrix in the water.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Every Second Saturday

On a bright, sun shiny day, my mother pulled my blanket off me, told me to get changed, and get into the car. So I did. I was so happy because every second Saturday, we have a healthy dinner which is lettuce with chow mein. For dessert we have chips, lollies, chocolate, and ice-cream. we call it "Sweet and Healthy Night."

When we arrived at Pak'n Save, my mum told me that I could get any sweet that I wanted. I chose to get some sour cream and chives chips instead.

Later on in the evening, my uncle gave me the Hannah Montanna movie because he knew that I liked Miley Cyrus. While we were watching the movie, we had some sweets.

Saying Goodbye

Oh Sunday at 4:30 in the morning, we had to wake up because my dad had to go to Australia so he could work to get money to pay our bills.

We had to wait at the airport for five and a half hours. Finally his plane arrived. We hugged him goodbye and my brother was crying. We drove home.

It is very hard to live without a dad for one year. It was a very special moment on Sunday and everyone was feeling the same emotion.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Invention of Boats

A long time ago, villagers invented boats. They put their heads together and decided to make a raft.

They grabbed some logs and rope. Then they lined up the logs and tied the ropes around the middle and the two ends. They called it the raft, but they realized that the raft wasn't good enough so they invented a bark canoe.

The people ripped off thick pieces of bark and shaped it into a canoe and that's how it got the name bark canoe.

Sky Diving Adventure

I was going sky diving and I was fine until I crashed into the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I was floating but I was not safe. Two hours later, I was hungry, thirsty, and tired.

During the night I was getting stung by jelly fish. I thought my life was going to end when I saw a shark...well I thought it was a dangerous shark. It was a log. I slept on it and it saved my life. I felt so lucky.

Finally in the distance, I saw a sailing boat. I called but they could not hear me. So I had to swim to them. When I reached them, they let me in and we sailed to shore.

Nana's Birthday

Two weeks ago I went to my nana's house for her birthday. She was turning fifty five.

At my nana's, while I was waiting for the birthday to start, I went into the kitchen to look at the delicious cake that they were baking. The cake was heart shaped. When it was finished baking, my auntie said that I could help decorate it.

After that we had to wait for the rest of the family to get there. I couldn't wait to eat because I couldn't stand the smell of the food - it was too tempting. Finally my uncle arrived.

As soon as he came, everybody ran to the table. Then my cousin Tom, from Australia, said the prayer, "Thank you God for this glorious day that my nana turns 21 and make sure that everybody has a good time, in Jesus name, amen."

For dessert, we had cake and ice cream. The cake was delicious because of the melted chocolate running down the sides. It was so chocolately, I couldn't even finish it!

A while later, we had a dancing battle. I had to dance for my nana, along with my little brother T.J. and my big sister Lata. My dance battle was with my uncle's girlfrined. She burned me out. So then I learned my lesson...I know now not to mess with her!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Up At Sunrise

Saadiya is participating in Ramadan, and here is a recount of one of her mornings!


I woke up at sunrise because it was time to eat rice and meat. I ate the delicious food that my mum cooked for me.

I asked my mum if I could hold Ahmed, the baby. She said yes. When I held Ahmed and he cried, I gave him back to mum. My mum put him in the bouncer and told me to bounce it.

While my mum was eating, I had to bounce the baby. Then I went to drink some milo, brushed my teeth, and went back to sleep.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Celebrating an Anniversary

On the weekend, my papa, nana, brother Jayden, dad, mum, and I celebrated my nana and papa's anniversary. They have been married for 45 years! That is a very, very long time!

They had a sultana cake, but Jayden and I had chocolate cake. It was very yummy.

Early Boats

Before cars, trains, and buses, there were boats. Boats were very important for traveling on seas, rivers, streams, and lakes. Early boats were made from logs, wood, and bark.

The first boat that was made was called a raft. Rafts were made from many logs lashed together with rope. They were good for going on calm waters, but they were not so good for strong waters.

Another early boat was the bark canoe. People soon realized that they could make a boat from bark. The problem with it was that the sides kept on flopping in or out. So people put sticks, called spreaders, along the sides to hold them out.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Pirates Raiding The Village

Once there were two pirates, a captain, and a first mate. When they were at sea during sunset, they spotted a ship and decided to ambush it. as they got closer, the first mate realized that it was a group of ships and decided to sail back to land.

When they got there, they wanted to burgle the village. They decided to get cages from the ship and place them everywhere. As soon as they trapped most of the villagers, they took their jewels.

Later that evening, the Pirate Captain ordered, "Set the sail!" The friendly ship saw them and their captain decided to have a war. The pirates lost!!! Their ship was captured and the remaining crew were stuck in a dingy, pushed out to sea, and never heard from again.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Splashing in the Great Blue Sea

Saturday was a really sunny day, so my mum said, "Lets go for a walk after breakfast." We were supposed to go to Glenn Ines but it looked like it was going to rain so instead, we biked to the beach .

We parked our bikes by the stairs and went down to the water and played on the rocks. My brothers and I were throwing shells which splashed like rocks in the great blue sea.

When we finished, we rode our bikes back home and had lunch. We had a great day!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Angry Captain

An angry captain ordered his men to bury the loot because the ship got loose and floated away. Later on, the men built a raft and sailed away to find the missing ships. Finally after two days, they found their ships and sailed back to the other men.

Just Before Sunset

The captain required the men to bury the loot of silver and gold because the ships had drifted out into the open sea. The crew buried the treasure on an uninhabited part of the island so no one could steal it and sell it. Building the raft out of tree logs, the captain sailed out to find his ship. Just before sunset, they found the ships and sailed back to load the treasure on board.

Bellowing At His Crew

Angry because his boats were missing, Captain Drake took his anger out on the crew by bellowing at them to bury the treasure. He got some logs, found some vines, and started lashing them together to make a raft. Excited after discovering his ships, he sailed back and dug up his treasure and put it on board.

Digging Up Loot

Commanding the men to bury the forbidden loot, he realized that he needed to locate his ships. While the men were burying the loot, the captain was busy building a raft to find his ships. He took some men with him and after all their hard work, they eventually found the ship. Digging up the loot, they carried it on board.

Drifted Away

Realizing that the ship had drifted away, he commanded his crew to bury the gold and silver. Some of his mighty men chopped driftwood to build a strong raft so they could paddle out to find their ships. Digging out the treasure, they dragged it on to the ship.

Fantastic Re-crafted Paragraphs

Once again we have been re-crafting sentences within a given text of writing. We took sentences from a story about Pirate Frances Drake who had returned from robbing a mule train to find that his ships were missing.

"He ordered his men to bury the looted gold and silver. Then he made a raft, paddled out to find his ships, and brought them back. That night, his men dug up the treasure and put it on board."

Check out our versions of this paragraph and let us know what you think!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Treasure Of Tortuga!

We read a story called "The Treasure of Tortuga!" After identifying the main idea of some sentences in one of the paragraphs, we got together in groups of 5 or 6 and re-crafted the paragraph. Check out the 5 paragraphs that we came up with...you'll be amazed!

Boy on the Beach

At sunset, a boy on the west coast beach tripped over a black leather wallet. As he tore open the wallet, he saw that it contained a map and some strange instructions on paper that was brown because of it's age.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Leather Wallet

Skipping around the shore, a boy noticed a leather wallet sitting on the sand near his home. As soon as he picked up the wallet, he opened it and found two folded pieces of paper. When he unfolded them, he discovered that one was a map, and the other had instructions.

An Ancient Wallet

Strolling along the shore, a boy discovered an ancient wallet sticking out of the golden sand. As he opened it up, he noticed two pieces of fragile paper. They contained a treasure map and strange instructions. The boy was very surprised.

Mysterious Parchment

Along the golden, sandy beach, a boy was walking his dog when he discovered a leather wallet peeking out of the sand. Anxiously opening the wallet, he found two pieces of folded parchment.

Soggy Wallet

One sunny afternoon, a boy was digging in the sand when he suddenly noticed a soggy, old, leather wallet. Carefully, he opened it, searched through it, and discovered two odd papers.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Shook Off His Fright

Kupe and his friends went out to sea to hunt down the great octopus that had taken all their fish. Kupe saw the great octopus starting to come and eat them so he jumped up, shook off his fright, and killed the beast.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tricking the Octopus

Kupe packed some food for a long journey to hunt the octopus down. He got the waka's ready for the long, tiring trip. Then they sailed out to sea.

One sunny, hot afternoon, an octopus emerged from the depths of the sea and wrapped his tentacles around the waka. Kupe had a good idea. He remembered he had packed some containers so they could get some water. His crew threw containers overboard and the octopus thought it was a person so he dived down to get it. Kupe had enough time to slay it.

No Fish Today

The people of the village were going fishing and didn't catch any fish. Kupe went to catch fish and he did not get any either. He noticed some slime on the hooks and he knew it was an octopus.

They chased the octopus into the dark ocean and slayed it.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Unfortunately for the Octopus...

Kupe took several villagers on his waka to catch a wheke - also known as an octopus because he was stealing their bait. Kupe went out to sea to kill the octopus.

A while later, the big octopus emerged from the sea and tried to attack Kupe. Unfortunately for the octopus, Kupe stabbed him until he died.

I think Kupe is really amazing.

Hunting In A Waka

Long ago, Kupe went hunting in his waka for an octopus. One evening he saw the octopus and he grabbed his knife. Suddenly Kupe tried to kill the octopus.

When he was finished killing the giant octopus, he went back to his land.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Shiny Creature

On a sunshiney day, Kupe along with several friends, and his wife headed to sea. They went out to sea because they were hunting for a white, shiny octopus who had been stealing their fish.

As they were journeying Kupe noticed a slimy creature which was the octopus. It burst out of the murky sea and crashed into the boat. Then Kupe simply grabbed the knife and stabbed the octopus.

When it was done, the crew and Kupe were so tired, they didn't want to do something like that ever again!

Slithering Tentacles

The Hunt

Kupe and his crew set off to find the giant octopus.

Before long, they saw a dark shadow under the water so they went closer. The crew watched in horror as the tentacles slowly slithered up the side of the waka. Kupe struck at the tentacle and sliced off a chunk of flesh. He slayed the octopus.

Kupe and the crew were relieved that the octopus was killed. As they were cheering, Kupe's wife said, "Look...land!" So they headed to the new island and she called it Aotearoa.



***With a little editing help from the teacher, Jacob has used some good words to describe what happened when Kupe was at sea.