Sunday, 8 December 2013

We are thinking like scientists!

We can turn our wonderings into questions. We carry out investigations to try and find out the answers to our questions. Sometimes this means lots more questions and investigations! 

Using strategies to solve maths problems

We are learning to use what we already know to help us solve tricky problems. Check us out!

Wow! What clever mathematicians we have in Owl City. Thank you for sharing your learning with us Ella, Pania and Nikitah-Holly.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Owl City 2013 Highlights

Wow! What a busy year we have had. Here are a few of our highlights. We hope you enjoy our movie as much as we enjoyed this year!!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer

You can practise it at home, during blog reading time…

Have a read of the lyrics and then have a look at the clip…

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer 

had a very shiny nose. 

And if you ever saw him, 

you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer 

used to laugh and call him names. 

They never let poor Rudolph 

join in any reindeer games. 

Then one foggy Christmas Eve 

Santa came to say: 

"Rudolph with your nose so bright, 

won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" 

Then all the reindeer loved him 

as they shouted out with glee, 

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, 

you'll go down in history!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Hands on Homework

Week 6

We say good morning and good afternoon to each other and all sorts of people everyday. 
The first part of this weeks hands on homewor task is to record yourself saying hello in at least 5 different languages. (try and practice the pronunciation so you can teach us!)

The second part is to find out a little about the people who say good morning in 1 of the ways you have practiced. You can share your leaning however you choose...maybe you could tell us, make a poster, record yourself, make a movie

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Temperature Investigation...

Our yoghurt mix ready to go. We wonder if the temperature (cold or warm) will change the flavour and feel of the yoghurt. Will the yoghurt go thick? We put some yoghurt into the yoghurt maker as a control because we know that works!

Owl City making our yoghurt

We are using the same flavour of yoghurt
for all of the experiments in our investigation.

Make sure it is well mixed!

I wonder if the yoghurt mix on the deck will go thick?
Add caption

Make sure they are even…
everything except the temperature is the same

Careful, that water is hot!

Monday, 11 November 2013

I-time planning

Wow Owl City! You have made such a great start to planning your week. I love the responsibility you are showing and how you are driving your leaning! You are practising what you need to to reach your goals.

We have been planning our daily maths and reading time all term. It was quite tricky to get everything done because we didn't always have the 'big picture'. Sometimes we would leave our must dos until the last minute but only have a short time to finish them because of R.E and Buddy Class. Now we plan our whole week on Monday.

Have a look at our new weekly plan, this is a preview for next week...
First we put in when we are seeing Kerri, then we add the must dos and if there are any gaps, we put in some can dos.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Some very clever mathematicians!

Jaiden and Thomas are showing us how to solve 6 x 15 using what they know about place value and their 5 times tables. Congratulations guys! Excellent clear explanation!

Friday, 1 November 2013

How yoghurt is made

We looked at lots of different explanations and noticed what was the same and what made them successful. We generated our success criteria from all this thinking.
We had to do some finding out about how yoghurt is made then we planned our writing using the i-pad
WALT: write to explain.

As a class we wrote this together!

How yoghurt is made

Yoghurt is made by introducing good bacteria (like acidophilus) into milk.

Milk is collected from the farmer. It is pasteurised to kill all the bacteria in the milk. When milk is pasteurised it is only heated for a very short time so the milk still tastes the same. 

Next the good bacteria is added to the pasteurised milk. Mix the milk and bacteria and leave somewhere warm but not too hot because the good bacteria will die. Leave the warm milk and bacteria overnight so the bacteria have time to eat the lactose.

The bacteria eats the lactose and makes acid. The acid makes the milk thicken and go sour. This thickened, sour milk is yoghurt.

This is how you make yoghurt. Cool the yoghurt and ENJOY!

What is learning?

What is a good learner? 

  • When someone is talking, look and listen and don't interrupt them
  • being focused on our learning
  • strive for excellence - when someone is talking you are facing your shoulders to the person so they know you are listening and you try your best at everything you do.
  • Put your hand up when you want to have a go at talking
  • Showing kotahitanga
  • managing our time
  • showing integrity and responsibility - not talking on the mat and being kind and stuff
  • striving for your term goal
  • doing your best

What is one of your learning goals?

  • Getting better at understanding and using fractions
  • Getting better at my basic facts
  • Getting better at focusing on the mat and not calling out
  • Getting to the top of the stage 5 basic facts chart before the end of the term
  • Trying harder and to focus on all of my learning. 

What would I notice about you if I was watching you being a good learner?

  • always give it a go and try your best
  • try you best at everything
  • head is down and you are working
  • don't give up and sit back, try your best.
  • participating in a group - sharing your ideas, listening and working together
  • having fun
  • Taking responsibility and managing yourself
  • Taking risks - trying new things, so you so can say 'like I can do this now' and get good at stuff
  • showing integrity - doing the right thing even though nobody is watching.
  • Taking responsibility for your choices

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

We have been reading explanations and looking for key words. Wow!
Check out our wonderful word clouds!!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Keyword word clouds

We are finding the key words in our reading.
Keywords ‘unlock’ the meaning in a sentence.

Here is an example:
The dolphin is a mammal
The key words are dolphin and mammal

Good readers notice key words.

To help us practice we are making word clouds using the key words from our reading.
Use this link to help create your word cloud. 


ü  Choose your symbol 
ü  Add your text where it says Enter Text to Go Inside Symbol Here and click on 'Preview' to see what it looks like. Have a play with the font and colours to make your cloud look super flash!
ü  Take a screen shot of your word cloud and this will place it on the desktop.
ü  Your last job is to move your fabulous word cloud into your folder on the server. Please put it in the reading part.

Have a great time and enjoy!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Hands on Homework (due Moday Week 4):

The ‘hands on homework’ challenge for you this week is to create a collage for the cover of your writers notebook.
Task: To create a visual collage
Purpose: to personailise the cover of your writer’s notebook
Goal: To combine photos, pictures, words, drawings, artifacts etc into a picture about ‘my life’.
Your writer’s notebook is your space to live like a writer!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

How is yoghurt made?

We have spent some time thinking about, reading about and finding out what makes yoghurt. This is going to help us in our investigation into 'how to make great yoghurt'

Check out this site, it gave us lots of cool information. all about yoghurt


Here are a whole lot of words we know about measurement. What other words could we add?

Our first yoghurt!

Yoghurt 1 by Kerri Satherley

We are writing to explain

We want to write to explain...

We have been reading explanations during reading and are noticing what makes a good explanation. Here is a text we have read together and found the features of a good explanation.

Why does the earth need the Atmosphere 
There is a has a title

The earth needs the atmosphere because it keeps the air in. The first sentence tells what it is going to be about it about

The atmosphere stops the earth from becoming too hot or too cold.

If an atmosphere can keep air in it can keep dangerous rays of sun and meteors out. So the atmosphere is like a big blanket over Earth which keeps good things in and bad things out.
There is some precise and specific words (special words about the topic)

An atmosphere makes water so we drink and if we didn’t have water we would die. The body paragraphs add lots of details

As a result Earth is the only planet people can live on. The last sentence wraps it all up and is a bit of a summary

We created our own success criteria.