Will a paper towel stay dry in water?- Science

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Audryarnna seeing if the paper towel is dry. 

In class we’ve been learning how to write up science experiments using a scientific process. Below was our first go. It was a good start.

Will a paper towel stay dry in water?
Prediction
I think the paper towel will get wet in water.

Equipment
A bowl
A glass cup
Paper towels
Water

Method
Fill the bowl with water.
Put the paper towels inside the glass cup.
Put the glass cup open end into the water.
Take the glass cup out of the water.
Take the paper towels out to see if they were wet or dry.

Diagram
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Results
When Mr Madge took out the paper towels from the cup they were all DRY.

Conclusion
My prediction was wrong because paper towels were dry when Mr Madge pulled them out of the cup. I think they stayed dry because…

What next ?
We could use different materials, different cups, warm water.

Making 3 – mathematics

Maths Trick

Mr Madge shares a maths tricks.

To make mathematics more interesting I’ve introduced maths tricks Thursday. Every Thursday I’ll introduce a maths trick to show how cool maths can be. Students can then use these tricks (formulas) to impress their friends. Here’s today trick:

  1. Choose a Number.
  2. Add 5.
  3. Double the result.
  4. Subtract 4.
  5. Divide the result by 2.
  6. Subtract the number you started with.
  7. The result is 3.

Explore this trick further here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gmail in Whareiti

GmailLogoI’ve just created gmail accounts for all the students in Whareiti. It’s a great opportunity for the students in the class to explore the applications in the Google suite. The class will be learning about safe use of the Internet and especially social media to help keep themselves safe. We’ll use the resource provided by Netsafe called OWLS.

Meet class Whareiti

20170505_093525Together we start term two. Meet class Whareiti. They’re a year 7 & 8 class at Woodville School.

Greetings #3 – Spanish

In our Spanish lesson today, we have been learning more greetings. We are using Spanish lessons with Paco. Main ideas covered today:

Main ideas covered:

¿Cómo se llama ella? = What does she call herself?

Ella se llama _____. = She calls herself ________.

¿Cómo se llama él? = What does he call himself?

Él se llama ______. = He calls himself ________.

Se llama ________. = He/she calls him/herself _______.

¿Cómo se llama usted? =What do you call yourself (formal)?

Whareroa farm visit

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Pirita and Layton looking for stream life

As part of our study of water we visited Whareroa farm. We looked at water catchments and did stream studies to look at what lives in the stream. There are lots of regenerating shrubland, coastal views and kohekohe forest on walks that are suitable for children. We also had a great time doing orienteering and being shown around by members of the Kapiti Coast District Council.

Give me four clues – problem solving

Can you solve the problem below?

I am thinking of a number between 1 and 100. What’s my number? 

Look at the eight clues below.
Can you sort out the four clues that enable you to deduce my number?
Which four clues are not necessary, even though they are true?

Clues 

  1. The number is greater than 9.
  2. The number is not a multiple of 10.
  3. The number is a multiple of 7.
  4. The number is odd.
  5. The number is not a multiple of 11.
  6. The number is less than 200.
  7. Its ones digit is larger than its tens digit.
  8. Its tens digit is odd.

Challenge:
Choose your own secret number between 1 and 100.
Write exactly four clues so that your friend needs each of them to guess your number.
Try it out on your friend.

Remember, avoid clues that double-up and therefore are not needed such as both ‘it’s even’ and ‘it’s in the 4 times table’. Your four clues must lead to just one number between 1 and 100.

Frisball – Physical Education

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Vallerie looks on as Cameryn and Aroura battle for the ball

All term to help maintain our fitness, improve coordination and team work we have been playing a game we’ve christened as frisball. I introduced the class to indoor frisbee at the beginning of the year – hence the ‘fris’. As the school hall was divided into thirds we changed the frisbee to a netball, as a netball court is divided into thirds. We’ve blended rules of both games and arrived at a very fast game, enjoyed by all.

Dry paper towels in water – Science

Science paper towels dry (400x225)In room 5, we had a science lesson for the year 5 & 6s while the year 7 & 8s were at technology. The current focus is water, so why not do a water based science experiment and learn how to write up the process. Together we wrote up the experiment below, to help model for students.

I asked the students if a paper towel would stay dry in water? No it won’t, it will get wet was the overwhelming response, not one yes! Well, Mr Madge weaved his magic, and would you believe it, (Alex couldn’t) I put a paper towel in a bowl of water pulled it out and it was dry. They were a few amazed faces. How did I do it?

Prediction
I think the paper towel will get wet in water because that’s what they are designed to soack up water.

Equipment
A bowl
A glass cup
Paper towels
Water

Method
Fill the bowl with water.
Put the paper towels inside the glass cup.
Put the glass cup into the water.
Took the glass cup out of the water.
I took the paper towels out to see if they were wet or dry.

Results
When Mr Madge took out the paper towels from the cup they were all DRY.

Conclusion
My prediction was wrong because paper towels were dry when Mr Madge pulled them out of the cup. I think they stayed dry because…

What next?
We could use different materials, different cups, warm water.

 

TENA KOUTOU – Waiata

In room 5 today we are continuing to learn waiata. You can listen to our attempt here. The second waiata we’ve learned is called TENA KOUTOU. Mr Madge played it on the ukulele, with Pirita the lead singer while the rest of the class backed him up. This waiata is used to greet and welcome people at a pöwhiri or used just as a welcome song. It is easy to learn
because each line is repeated or echoed. It is often performed with one person leading.Tena Koutou

Coordinate Challenge

We’ve been working on coordinates in class as part of our geometry work. Here’s a problem for you to try out. Don’t give up – persevere!Coordinate puzzle

Can you position these ten letters in their correct places according to the eight clues below?

Coordinate puzzle 1

Clues:

The letters at (1,1), (1,2) and (1,3) are all symmetrical about a vertical line.

The letter at (4,2) is not symmetrical in any way.

The letters at (1,1), (2,1) and (3,1) are symmetrical about a horizontal line.

The letters at (0,2), (2,0) have rotational symmetry.

The letter at (3,1) consists of just straight lines.

The letters at (3,3) and (2,0) consist of just curved lines.

The letters at (3,3), (3,2) and (3,1) are consecutive in the alphabet.

The letters at (0,2) and (1,2) are at the two ends of the alphabet.

Want to try it out online? Click here, and scroll down the page.

SOURCE NRICH

 

Aboriginal art

Aboriginal Turtle (400x400)In room 5 we’re continuing to create Aboriginal art. In the pictures we’ve been colouring a sea turtly. We’re now working on a frog to stick with our topic theme – water. We’ll show you more as they’re created.

Maths evening

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What strategy would you use?

Last night we had a very successful maths evening with parents and their children. The evening was for parents and students from years 5 to 8. The evening focused on looking at the various strategies that students are being taught to answer maths problems. There was lots of engagement and participation. We’ll be organising a maths evening for the junior school next.

Kiwi Fit – triangles

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Triangle from Kiwidex in action – catch that ball! 

In room 5 we’ve been doing a lot of fitness activities this year. Here’s a game we played today. It was fast, fun and was helping improve our coordination and fitness.

Triangles

triangles.JPGEquipment: One large ball per group.

Area: One square per team – marked by lines using cones or chalk markings – as in diagram.

Formation: Teams of 4, 1 child at each of 3 corners, 4th child inside the square

Instructions: The ball must be passed along the sides of the square – no diagonal passes. The player without the ball must move to the vacant corner to give the player with the ball the option of 2 passes. The player in the centre attempts to intercept passes – if successful she changes with the passer e.g. Number 1 can pass to 2 or 3, if 3 takes the pass she can pass it back to 1 or to the vacant corner – so 2 must sprint to the vacant corner in case the pass is made there. If 2 does receive the pass at what was the vacant corner then Number 1 must run to the vacant corner and be ready to take a pass.

Variations: Can you create some?

Visit Kiwidex

 

 

Staying afloat

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Swimming lessons at the Aquatic Centre

As part of room 5’s Physical Education programme, the students have participated in swimming lessons at the Kapiti Aquatic Centre. They are being taught by qualified instructors, whose aim is to develop confidence in the water and the development of stroke technique.

Grettel takes them out!

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Grettel the Jujitsu champion

Grettel from room 5 had a busy day on Saturday. Here’s  her recount of her day. On Saturday the 4th of March I had a Jujitsu competition at Kapiti College. There were 5 people in my division. Ev’a who is part of my club had the first fight, I fought the person she lost to. Then I won that fight through an Americana which is a submission. Then there was a fight between two girls from up north. I fought the winner of that fight and I won which meant  I won our division. I felt proud and couldn’t wait to tell my hero Mr Madge on Monday.

Greetings #2 – Spanish

Learning with ZEAL

We are learning Spanish this year? In our second lesson, we have been learning more greetings. We are using Spanish lessons with Paco. Main concepts covered today:
Buenas tardes = Good afternoon.
¿Cómo te llamas? = What do you call yourself?
Me llamo _____. = I call myself ______.
¿Y tú? =And you (familiar)?
Hasta mañana = See you tomorrow.

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Coding in class – Moana

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Today in room 5 I taught the students more about coding, and we used Moana from the recent Disney movie as our motivation. There was lots of collaborative work and fun happening. We were learning to:

  • Define “coding” and “computer science”.
  • Identify key computer science vocabulary.
  • Make connections between computer science concepts and the real world.
  • Identify places to go to continue learning computer science and coding.
  • Be inspired to keep learning!

Using a compass – mathematics

using-a-compass-400x225As part of room 5’s geometry unit we’ve been working on the theme of position and orientation. The students in the photo have been learning how to use a compass. It was a new learning experience for this group and worthwhile. They found it a fun thing to do, and said it should help them on school camp later in the year.

If you want to learn how to use a compass and map, try looking at this webpage or watching the video below:

E TORU NGA MEA – Waiata

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In room 5 today we started learning waiata. The first waiata we learned was called E TORU NGA MEA. My Madge played it on the ukulele while students sang. This waiata is about the importance of guiding your life by the principles of faith, hope and love – aroha. We discussed the concept of aroha where it means more than love, and the values of whakapono, tümanako, and aroha. You can listen to our first attempt here.