Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lost Cat in the Forest

The Scared Cat

The Witch and Ginger Cat

Puss in Boots and the Giant Slime

In a frosty and spooky forest there lived a girl and a boy who went to cut some wood. Their names were Julia and Jack. Julia went down to the river and started to fish. Suddenly a mysterious creature pulled her in and dragged her down deeply to the floor but luckily she had goggles and the breathing pipe. She swam back up pulling the creature that was clinging to her leg. "Help help!" she cried and also shouted at the same time. Jack quickly made a lasso and threw it over her head and with a mighty pull he tossed her into the air and caught Julia in his muscular arms. They were so scared when they heard rumbling and thought it was a wild beast. It was just a cat. When Julia and Jack saw the cat they were shocked to hear it talk. "Hello I'm Puss can you give some food and water. I'm very hungry." At midnight they went for a long walk. Suddenly a giant slime came and devoured Puss and said "This is what you get for setting fire to my village and now I'm all alone." Jack and Julia were terrified to see what had happened to their friend Puss. His real name was Puss in Boots. So Julia ripped open the slime and scooped its heart all up. "Yuck, yuck, yuck" she screamed. Luckily Puss was alive but had been in the filth for a very long time. He almost suffocated. So Puss in Boots had a bath because he smelt like pool Off went Julia to the river again and off went Jack and Puss to cut some wood down for their fire.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A great big THANK YOU to the Pakuranga Rotary Club!

We were so lucky once again this year to have the Pakuranga Rotary Club support us with our learning! Two wonderful Rotary members came and gave each of us in year four our very own dictionary! We've been using them to learn new words and their definitions so that we can use them in our writing and in our conversations with others. Thank you Rotary are FANTASTIC!!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kidnapped by a Pirate - by Adriel

Silently moving through the night's fog, a dark shadow came closer and closer. It was a pirate ship! You could hear the sound of nothing but small waves slapping against the sides of the boat. Then out of nowhere came an angry voice. It was coming from the ship captain who had a problem. She was furious because she had no treasure. It wasn't long before daylight had come again and the irate ship had reached an island in the middle of the pacific ocean. The captain was excited because now she could hopefully steal treasure from the people. She came up with a cruel and cunning plan. The pirates were sent off to steal valuable items from houses. One nasty pirate was told to kidnap a child to hold ransom. When their arms were full and they could carry no more, the pirates boarded the ship. The child was weeping and wailing for her family. The pirate told her to shush........

This is the start of a story that Adriel has written after looking at a picture that her teacher gave her. The picture was of a pirate ship sailing at night through the fog. Adriel spent time thinking about what a narrative needs to have....a beginning, middle, and end. She thought about vocabulary words and details as well as different ways to begin her sentences. Her teacher thinks that she has done a fabulous job creating mood and taking her audience on an adventure.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Edible Insects

Listen as John summarizes a news article that we read at Kids News about the health benefits of eating insects. Check out the link to read the full article.  We've also included a recipe for anyone who is interested in doing some baking!!

listen to ‘Power flour’ on Audioboo

Chocolate Chirp Cookies, makes a dozen or so cookies.
  • 2 ¼ cups cricket flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 12-ounce pkg. chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dry-roasted chopped crickets
Preheat oven to 375 deg F.
In saucepan heat 1 12-ounce pkg. chocolate chips until melted. Or melt in small bowl in microwave.
Dip dry-roasted crickets into mixture and lay flat on drying pan or plate.
In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla; beat until creamy.
Beat in eggs.
Gradually add cricket flour mixture and mix well.
Stir in chocolate covered crickets.
Drop by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Where I'm from-Adriel

What I have learned in my writing - Waimaria

Watch My Latest Lesson!v. Rima

Seini - Numbers close to ten

Waimaria - adding when a number is near a tidy 10

Hey Diddle Diddle by Yvarna


Little Bo Peep by Kura


This Little Piggy by Olivia


If I Had A Donkey by Isaac


Do You Know The Muffin Man by Amber


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Billy Where I'm From

Clothing in Maori-Waimaria

Birds in Maori - by Venetia

Room 12 helps edit Talita's story!!

Today our class had a look at Talita's story that she has been working on...she isn't finished yet. We thought that she had some great ideas, her ideas were in order, we liked the 'problem' and we wanted to know how it would end.  Our job today was to help her edit and we were able to get more details and more rich vocabulary added to her story. Boy oh boy did we work hard!!! Our teacher was sooooooooo excited because we showed her that we CAN think of and write awesome details if we concentrate!!!   Have a read and let us know what you think.

Once there lived a woman whose name was Charlotte. Charlotte had long brown hair that flowed down her back like a waterfall.  One sunny but breezy day she was looking around the little country town where she lived. It was a busy town full of many cute shops, lovely garden cafes and art galleries. In between two enormous pine trees across the street, she spotted her handsome boyfriend chatting with his cousin Tom. She rushed over to Jeff and pounced on him like a kitten and said “Hey I think it’s time get married.” He replied, “Yes let’s do it next week.” Charlotte was so excited that she fainted. Handsome Jeff caught her in his strong, muscular arms and carried her to the nearby park bench and set her down to recover.

 The days passed quickly and before she knew it, it was time for the wedding. Charlotte was magnificent in her glittery white gown and her guests admired her great beauty. The fragrance from her bouquet filled the church as she floated down the aisle. The Priest performed the ceremony and said “I now present you as husband and wife.” Jeff took her in his arms, dipped her, puckered his lips and gave her the biggest smooch the world had ever seen!!!  

On their honey moon at the hotel, Jeff found out that Charlotte had another boyfriend who she unfortunately hadn’t broken up with before her wedding. Jeff was so furious that he ripped off his wedding band, threw it on the floor, and stomped towards the door. With his mighty hairy hands, he grabbed the handle and tore the door right off it’s hinges.

Charlotte burst into tears and it felt as though her heart was broken. She fell to her knees and begged Jeff to return.

Ole King Cole by Adam


Baa Baa Black Sheep


Little Miss Muffet by Vinolia


Peter Pumpkin Eater by Danielle


Humpty Dumpty by Yvonne


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

Adriels trip to Rarotonga

Little red hen Waimaria

Venetia Camping Adventure

Duckle Duckle Daisy by Talita


Where Im from-Adriel

Yvarna where I'm from

Do you know the muffin man? by Amber


It's Raining, It's Pouring by Billy


Ding Dong Bell by Adriel


Five Little Monkeys by Rima


Christopher Crump by Christopher


Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Whale In Town by Kura

Where I'm from by Adam

Patricia's story about the crazy girl that wanted a frog

Where I'm from-Lani

Where I'm From by Zack

Ducks by Waimaria

The whale and a town by Kura

Where I'm from-Olivia

Saturday, August 24, 2013

lomio-lee spilting numbers

Canada presentaition-Adriel

Primates by Amber

Months of the year in Maori-Venetia

Primates - By Seini

Maori months of the year - Waimaria

Maori months of the year-Adriel

Patricia helps mum make pie.

In the Weekend my mum baked some pie with nuts,pineapple,strawberry & Kiwi Fruit. She also made some cake with the same fruits. We helped my mum make it and bake it. as it was  just finishing cooking I ate a piece it so yummy 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Lomio's Medusa and Perseus

Where I'm from-Seini

Vinolia Theseus and the Minotaur


Adam - Minotaur Audioboo

Isaac - Primates

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Waimaria - Where I'm From


This is a recording of the first part of my retelling of Persephone.

Persephone by Rima

Zack - Audioboo of Perseus and Medusa

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Adriel explains part of Midsummer Night's Dream

Adriel read the story version of Shakespeare's play 'Midsummer Night's Dream.' She is explaining what Shakespeare meant in one little part of the story.

Olivia explains part of Midsummer Night's Dream

Olivia's reading group read a "story" version of Shakespeare's play 'Midsummer Night's Dream.' She is explaining what Shakespeare meant in one little passage of the story.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Will Theseus Succeed Against The Minotaur? by Seini

This is only part of Seini's story retelling the Greek Myth about Theseus and the Minotaur. We know you'll enjoy what she's written so far...and you'll have to check back another day to read how it ends!

In a far away land called Crete there lived a King named Minos. Minos had a pet but this animal was not like others. It ate the flesh of humans. Whenever Minos got bored, he would start a war with his neighbours the Athenians. Minos gathered his army to share his message that they were going to start another war. The king boarded the ship and they sailed away. When they arrived at the sandy shore, the king of the Athenians hurried to Minos to make a really important deal. He said, "If you stop all this trouble making we will send 14 kids to be fed to your minotaur every nine years." The next day arrived and it was time for the 14 kids to be gobbled up by the Minotaur. They sailed off and when they arrived their faces looked sad. Ariadne the daughter of Minos was really interested in Theseus. Minos said, "Oh nice to meet you. You're not going to be eaten yet so you just enjoy yourselves." But they were still sad. When everyone was sleeping Princess Ariadne tiptoed up to Theseus's room and slid in a note. She went to wait for Theseus and she brought some rope and a sword to kill the Minotaur. She demanded him to take her away once he killed the Minotaur. In the morning, the king shoved the kids into the Labyrinth and locked the door but luckily, Ariadne had a spare key. Theseus told the others to stay at the door and Theseus searched every corner of the maze.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Grotesque Face That Will Turn You To Stone - by Yvonne

Yvonne wrote a retelling of Medusa. She edited her story with her literacy group and teacher to make sure she had engaging details and delicious vocabulary. WOW....what an amazing piece of writing you are about to read!!!

Long time ago there lived a King named King Polydectes. He was madly in love with a gorgeous creature who's eyes sparkled like stars in the night sky and her fragrance was like a field of flowers blooming in the spring. Danae was her name. Danae had a son called Perseus and he was enraged with the King's plans to marry his mother. King Polydectes knew that Perseus would not let him near his mother so he thought up an evil plan to get rid of him. Perseus was sent on a deadly quest to murder the gruesome gorgon Medusa and slice off her snake covered head. He travelled and searched everywhere but had no sight on Medusa's secret lair. Then right in front of his face, the gods Hermes and Athena appeared. They saw that he was having trouble so they gave him a golden sickle, a glimmering shield, a bag to carry her head in, and also some winged sandals that made him fly. Perseus thanked the gods and flew to find Medusa's cave. Nearby he met three witches that shared one single eyeball and one tooth. When they weren't looking, Perseus snatched their eyeball and demanded that they tell him where Medusa's secret lair was. One of the witches pointed to a cave that was just across from them. Perseus knew that if he looked into Medusa's eyes then he would turn to stone so he thought of a way to find her. He looked into the shield and saw a reflection of himself and this gave him an idea. He was going to use it like a mirror so that he could see Medusa's face. Then he walked down the cave and saw Medusa. With a mighty swing of his sickle, he sliced her head off. He grabbed her head and stuffed it in the bag. When he came upon King Polydectes's castle, he showed Medusa's mysterious head. The King looked into Medusa's grotesque face and suddenly turned to stone. Perseus and his mother lived happily ever after.

Deadly Gaze of Medusa - by Amber

In a beautiful Kingdom in the hills, there was a King named King Polydectes. He was deeply in love with a beautiful creature named Danae. She has a son called Perseus and Perseus did not want the King to marry his mother. King Polydectes was thinking of an evil plan to get Perseus to leave because he and Perseus didn't like each other. The King told Perseus that there was a secret mission for him to do. The secret mission was to slice off the snake covered head of Medusa! Perseus accpeted the mission and went to find Medusa's secret lair. When Perseus was lost a flashing light streaked across the sky and the gods Hermes and Athena were there. They gave Perseus a glimmering shield, a golden sickle, a satchel, and some winged sandals. Perseus thanked the gods and they disappeared. Perseus flew above the hills searching for Medusa. He discovered three witches who shared one single eye and tooth. Perseus snatched the eye off the three witches and demanded that they tell him where Medusa lived. They told him where she lived and Perseus soon found her home. Silently he crept inside her cave. Once Perseus found the fearsome gorgon, he sliced her head off and placed it in his satchel. He flew back to the castle and presented the head to King Polydectes who gazed into Medusa's deadly eyes and instantly turned to stone.

Perseus's Dangerous Quest - by Olivia

Olivia has been learning to add interesting vocabulary to her stories and to make sure that all the main events of the story are included so that the reader isn't confused. She worked with her teacher to add in some extra details. Hope you enjoy!

King Polydectes was madly in love with beautiful Danae and wanted to marry her but Perseus, Danae's son, didn't want King Polydectes to marry her. The King sent Perseus on a dangerous quest where he would die and he could marry Danae. Perseus was to cut off Medusa's snake covered head and bring it back to the King. Perseus travelled over high mountains, through low valleys and across beautiful meadows and hot deserts. Suddenly the gods Athena and Hermes appeared before him and gave him a golden sickle, a shield, a bag to put Medusa's head in, and winged sandals. Off he went high above the clouds. Then he located the three witches and snatched their single eye that they shared. He demanded that they reveal which direction Medusa lived. They agreed and pointed the way. Perseus slilently crept inside Medusa's cave and used his shield as a mirror. He found her, chopped off her head, placed the snake covered head in his bag and flew back to King Polydectes. When he got there, the King was shocked! Perseus showed him Medusa's head and King Polydectes instantly turned into stone.

Perseus The Strong and Mighty Son - by Danielle

Far away in a beautiful land there was a king named Polydectes. He was madly in love with an adorable creature named Danae and he wanted her to be his bride. Danae's son Perseus was strong and mighty and he did not want King Polydectes to marry his mum. The evil King wanted Danae all to himself so he plotted against Perseus. He sent Perseus on a deadly mission to chop off the head of the snake haired monster Medusa. Perseus travelled to find Medusa and was about to give up but then he spied Hermes and Athena - the gods.Hermes and Athena gave him winged sandals, a sickle, a satchel and a shiny shield. After that, he came upon the three grey evil witches so Perseus silently crept up and snatched the eyeball that the three witches shared. Next he demanded that they tell him where Medusa's secret cave was. He flew across the sky searching for it. Soon he came upon her cave. Perseus planned to use his shiny shield as a mirror to see Medusa's  reflection so that he wouldn't have to look into her eyes and be turned to stone.  He slid his hands against the rough walls of the cave and was almost ready to spew from the smell of the green slime on Medusa's body. Later that night, he saw the evil smelly creature and swiped his sickle across her throat. He put her head in his satchel and set off back to King Polydectes. He stumbled through the door and then held the head up to Polydectes eyes and the king was transformed into a stone statue. "Yay my mighty son, you saved me!" cried Danae. Danae and Perseus lived happily ever after.