Thursday, May 31, 2012

Abstract Art With Collin

Here we are again working on our movie making skills! This time we decided to teach you how to blow paint to make abstract art.

Van Gogh's Ear

We filmed our first video of Van Gogh's severed ear a couple of weeks ago. Since that time, we've watched our video and had discussions about how we could improve our skills. We also listened to Mrs. Burt who had some good advice. We decided to re-film our video and we are sure you'll agree that while we are not new....we are improved!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Our Time With Miss Hart

Miss Hart is an American student who came to NZ to learn about our school and how we learn. We had fun shooting a video with her, working on artwork together, and improving our writing skills. We hope that someday she comes back and stays with us longer!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Don't Venture Out Alone

Enyahlee enjoyed writing about the Velvet Worm. Her teacher helped her with the final edit.

Never again will I venture out alone into the dark night by myself because Velvet Worms might sneak up to me. They live in wet forests in NZ. They are creepy and strange, and if you can believe it....they've been on earth for about 540 million years!

The Velvet Worm is long like a centipede and it has fat, stumpy legs. It's body is bumpy and looks like a person covered in goosebumps on a cold day. Long, sensitive antennae stick out from it's head.

Nearly blind, it has to use it's feelers when searching for food. It attacks it's prey by shooting out yucky glue from two nozzles with immobilizes the insect. Inside it's moth are concealed weapons...FANGS! Slowly the worm eats the newly captured creature.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Want To Freak Out Your Little Brother?

This is a story that Marilyn wrote after watching a video about Velvet Worms. Her teacher helped her with the final edit.

If you have a little brother and you want to freak him out, then the wet forests of New Zealand are the place for you! When you look around, you just might find the creepiest, strangest worm. It is the Velvet Worm.

I discovered that a velvet worm is covered in little bumps. It reminds me of a chilly day when goosebumps popped up all over my arm. I expected it to slither like a snake but it looks similar to a caterpillar because it has short, stubby legs.

When the Velvet worm attacks it's prey, it's nozzles shoot out sticky glue like a gun shoots out bullets. The creature is surrounded and trapped. The worm shows no mercy. Quickly it brings out it's sharp fangs and makes the bug into a yummy milkshake. Once satisfied, off goes the worm to find it's next meal.

I will never, ever go into the rain forests of New Zealand alone. I hate Velvet Worms!!!

Naughty Cat

Bad Kitty

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Severed Ear

Another first from the students in room 12!! This talented group of kidlets filmed, directed, and edited this show stopping performance independently.....this means.....they did this ALL BY THEMSELVES!!!!

Meet Miss Hart

We have a special guest helping out in our room for a few days....and she is all the way from the USA - Miss Hart! A small group of children took her for a little tour of our school and had some questions for her. This video was put together COMPLETELY by the students!! They did the filming, the editing, the music, EVERYTHING without the help of an adult. We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

Primary Colours

It was finally team 5's turn to present their lesson at our immersion assembly. Mr Barks sprinted to the front of the hall to talk about primary colours. He was wearing funny and colourful clothes.

The primary colour that Mr. Barks talked about first was red. He said, "Red makes me feel so angry." His eyes grew dark as coal and his body began to shake with anger. I felt terrified!

Yellow was the next colour. He said, "Yellow makes me feel like turning on some music and dancing!" He started to do a crazy boogie and his arms and legs looked like an octopus's tentacles shaking around like it had been electrocuted!

Next was blue and Mr. Barks said that blue makes him sad. Teardrops poured from his eyes and he slowly staggered over to Ms. Wild. She because she is such a lovely woman, she wrapped her arms around Mr. Barks and comforted him.

A Magnificent Lesson

At the Art Alive Assembly, I was waiting patiently for team five's item. I looked around and all of a sudden, Mr Barks leaped off his seat and galloped like a race horse to the front of the stage. I started to laugh because he had unusual, and colourful clothes on. I found out that he was going to talk about primary colours.

As Mr. Barks slowly slipped on a red glove, I saw his eyes grow dark and his face became furious like a cloudy and stormy sky. His voice got deeper too. He stomped up the stairs and we could feel the earth shake like a giant walking past us, and then he disappeared behind the corner. I wondered what would happen next. A moment later, I heard a scream and it sounded like someone was having a thorn pulled out of their foot.

Yellow was the next colour. Mr Barks had a chicken hat and found out that there were yellow feet on it. "Phew!" That is lucky because yellow makes Mr. Barks happy, and when he's happy - it makes him want to dance. Suddenly music blasted out from the speakers and then he started to do a funky dance. He was wobbling his hands and feet around like an octopus.

The last colour was blue. Mr. Barks said that blue made him sad and before we knew it...he started to cry! Then he started to weep. He staggered over to Ms. Wild, who is a very kind woman, and she stood up and tried to calm him down as if he were a baby awakened from a nightmare.

It was a magnificent lesson and now I have knowledge stuck in my head about the primary colours.