Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday SODA - 5 word sentence

Today for our SODA (Start of Day Activity) we had to look at a picture and write a 5-word sentence about it. Here is the picture and our sentences.

  • There's an old rocky temple.
  • Rocky cliff beside a forest.
  • An incredibly old castle pillar.
  • It's a pile of rocks.
  • A fun rock tower party.
  • Made by ages of old.
  • Piles of rocks stand strong.
  • It is covered with snow.
  • Old stone outpost long abandoned.
  • Do not cross these rocks.
  • Ancient ruins of crumbling history.
  • An unfinished little rock house.
  • It's absolutely solid as rock.
  • Stacks of flat grey rocks.
  • Cool old crumbling rock structure.
  • Ancient ruins of crumbling stone.
  • Do not climb these rocks.
  • A really big rocky mountain.
  • Please don't walk on rocks.
  • Old, grey, crumbling, broken Stonehenge.
  • Block by block standing proud.
  • It is Stonehenge's big brother.
  • Forbidden access to rocky landmark.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Lorax Part Two

Today (Tuesday) we looked at the Once-ler

What kind of person is the Once-ler?
  • Greedy; wanting more of everything; loves money; selfish; disrespectful to nature; ignorant; careless; self-centred; bully;
  • Greedy; selfish; disrespectful
  • Rude, selfish, greedy, stupid, stubborn
  • Mean, horrible, cruel, vicious
  • Mean and selfish,
  • Greedy man who will do anything for money; selfish, silly man with a ‘stupid’ idea

Why won't he listen to the Lorax? 

  • He’s ignorant; didn’t think what the Lorax had to say mattered; forgot what you need to live
  • Thinks his business is better than the environment; he wants to be famous
  • Because he is stubborn
  • Because he wants money; wants to make his company bigger; he is selfish and only cares about what he wants
  • He thinks money is better than nature; he thinks everybody needs Thneeds; if he doesn’t listen to the Lorax he will be rich; he wants more money;
  • Because he wants a lot of money and won’t stop until he gets it

The Lorax says to the Once-ler, "You are crazy with greed." Why does the Lorax say that?
  • Because he wants heaps of money, heaps of Thneeds, and wouldn’t listen
  • Because he wants everything his way
  • He said everyone needs a Thneed before he had even sold one
  • Maybe because he was crazy for cutting the trees down; for not listening and cutting down the trees when he was told not to;
  • Because he’s greedy; he’s chopping all the trees down to get rich;
  • Because it’s more important to look after the environment than neglecting it for ‘pieces of paper’; the Lorax knows what will happen;

Do you agree or disagree?

  • Agree: the place was a paradise; he ruined it
  • Disagree: he wasn’t crazy with greed; he became crazy with greed - no one tried hard enough to stop him, it wasn’t just the Once-lers fault
  • Disagree: he’s greedy not crazy

What do you think?

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Lorax Part One

Today in class we looked at the Lorax - we will be talking about various issues that arise in the book - and discussing our response to them.

What was the land of the Lorax like before the Once-ler arrived?
  • beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, lovely, happy
  • beautiful, clean, populated, smog-less, exquisite, fresh, pure, nature-filled, fruity, fishy
  • beautiful, paradise
  • colourful, peaceful, loads of animals, sunny, heaps of trees, lots of fun
  • beautiful and romantic; perfect; colourful trees; lots of growth

Did it seem like someplace you'd like to live?
  • yes - wildlife, safe environment
  • yes - because it was clean and fresh, and it seemed cleaner than 100% pure NZ
  • yes definitely - because it’s a beautiful place
  • yes - nice and peaceful and lovely; lots of things to do; trees look fun to climb
  • yes - the trees are pretty and colourful and silky
  • yes - really beautiful singing fish and environment
  • yes - it looks cool and has trees and singing fish
  • no - because of the singing fish every morning

What parts of your own environment would you be sad to see go?
  • the park on Simpson Cres, our wildlife, our mountains, the beach
  • grass, trees - they provide oxygen, entertainment, and shelter, Kapiti Island - it provides an area for native birds
  • the trees
  • Kapiti Island - nature reserve filled with birds; Otaihanga reserve; the clear sea at Pukerua Bay; Reikorangi animal park; Matthews Park
  • Pohutukawa trees, kiwi, Kapiti Island
  • rivers and seas - places to swim
  • Pukeko

How to create chocolate out of nothing

Today in maths we tried to work out if the YouTube video about creating chocolate out of nothing really works.