Thursday, 10 April 2014


WALT: ask questions as we read to make sure we understand what we read.

 Remember we can question before we read…
What is this going to be about? What do I already know that will help me understand? what do I want to find out?
 We can question as we read… 
what does that mean? what is going to happen next? what else do I want to know?
 We can question after we read…
does that make sense? what have I learned? have I answered my earlier questions? what else do I want to know?
  • I learned to: get better at reading by asking questions before I start to read.
  • Most challenging was: when I have to find the information to answer my questions.
  • Next step is to: my next step is to read more so I get better at reading.
Memphis, you have though hard about your reading and what is going to help you. I agree that reading more, reading at home and reading all of the text we are reading in a group will help you. You know what you need to do and I am looking forward to next term as you develop as a reader!
You can use prediction and questioning before you read to help you to 'tune in' to your text. This helps to make sure you understand why you are redding.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

sharing our stories

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Sharing our Stories

We have been creating a variety of art pieces this term. These pieces are all about ourselves and sharing our stories. We have used different media like collage, watercolour, crayon and clay to create our art. We are beginning to make choices as artists. Each piece of art shares a little about us.

WALT: share our stories and ideas through art.
WALT: explore a variety of media and make choices about
how we want our finished piece to look

Success criteria: * our message is clear
* our art represents us
* we have tried different media
* we choose the media to create the
effect we want

I Think
My Buddy Thinks
my message is clear
my message is clear

my art represents me
my art represents me because my art is really good

I have tried different media
i have tried a different media

I choose media to create the effect I wanted
i choose a media to create the effect i wanted

my favourite media is… because
my favourite media is the water colour paint because the water colour paint is really fun

Memphis, I am pleased you are enjoying art and you have had a great time exploring the different media creating some very successful pieces. You are beginning to make choices as an artist and selecting the media you want to use to create the effect you want, like in your portrait.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Term One Value

Kotahitanga (Unity/Togetherness)

Values are deeply held beliefs about what is important or desirable. They are expressed through the ways in which we think and act. In fact everything we do reflects our values!

WALT:     Show kotahitanga with our little buddies from Busy Bees

Task:         Create a poster showing kotahitanga
Success Criteria:
  • Include a clear Image
  • Include our name and our buddies name
  • Show and explain kotahitanga (working together)
  • Our poster makes sense

How am I going showing?
I think
My buddy thinks
i am really good at friendship.
you do beacuse i see you hanging out with him.
if my buddy needs to use my ipad i will let him use it.
i dont now about that.
i show team work so good
you do.
Looking out for each other
when people get hurt i help them.
you always do that. i know.

* Yellow Hat
What of the above attributes above do you feel is strongest for you? i think looking out for each other is the best because when you look out for each other no one will get hurt
* Black Hat
What of the following attributes do you feel you need to improve on? i think we need to work on teamwork because we need to nail it.
* Red Hat              
How do I feel about kotahitanga? i think its awesome

I am pleased that you think kotahitanga is awesome and that we need to work on teamwork because we 'need to nail it'. You are a kind an caring you man and you look out for your little buddy and classmates  especially when they are hurt or sad. Your next step is to remember that kotahitanga is a value that can be shown anywhere, anytime, in and out of the classroom and we need to think about how what we are doing is effecting others.