Thursday, December 15, 2011

To all my lovely Room 16 students,

Hope you have a fabulous Christmas and New Year.  You have been a wonderful class this year and I have enjoyed having you all in my class.

Good luck for Year 4.  Stay safe and enjoy your holidays.

See you next year :)

Mrs Melville

Friday, December 2, 2011

We are famous!!

Check out this article in our local paper - The Pakuranga Times.  
We were on the FRONT PAGE!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Room 16 Kids Voting for the Elections

Recently New Zealand had our General Election and in Room 16 we were given the opportunity to hold our own Election for kids. We had our own voting sheets that were identical to the ones used in the election. We could vote for one of the 13 parties taking part in the election and the 5 candidates standing in the Pakuranga electorate. Here were our class results:

Here are the school results from the 4 classes that voted:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Try out BW and NL's quiz about Fiji...

How much do you know about Fiji?

Are you ready to do this quiz as if it's the quiz of your life? Get ready, start, GO!

  1. What is the Capital city of Fiji?

  2. A class room
    Suva on viti livu

  3. What is the population of Fiji?

  4. 300

  5. What is the traditional food of Fiji?

  6. Ota ika

  7. What is a celebration celebrated in Fiji?

  8. Hielala
    Independence day

  9. What is the most popular beach on fiji?

  10. Bucklands beach
    Palms beach
    Swimming pool
    Ocracolce beach

  11. What ocean surrounds Fiji?

  12. Pacific Ocean
    Norvegian Sea
    Atlantic ocean
    Indian ocean

Hope it's your lucky day today? Click finish when your done.

Try out KK and CC's Quiz about England...

What do you know about England?

See what do you know about England...

  1. What is the capital city of England?

  2. London

  3. What is the population of England?

  4. 81 millon
    51 millon
    8 millon

  5. What is the main language of England?

  6. Arabic

  7. What is the main religion of England?

  8. Anglican

  9. What is the main celebration of England?

  10. May day
    Chinese New Year
    Rocket launch

  11. What is Englands traditional food?

  12. Noodles
    Fish + chips

Check how you went. Press the finished button below.

Rangoli Bookmarks

Take a look at the bookmarks we made using Rangoli designs which are an important part of Diwali. They are really colourful and we made sure we coloured them carefully and brightly!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Take a quiz

What do you know about Egypt?

This is a multiple choice quiz to find out how much you have learnt about Egypt from your Reading Around the World research.

  1. What is the capital city of Egypt?

  2. Auckland
    The Moon

  3. What is the population of Egypt?

  4. 81 million
    8 milllion
    8.1 million

  5. What is the main religion in Egypt?

  6. Christianity

  7. What is the main language in Egypt?

  8. English

  9. What is the name of the currency in Egypt?

  10. Egyptian pound
    English pound
    Dollars and cents

  11. Which one of these is a festival celebrated in Egypt?

  12. Christmas
    Chinese New Year

  13. What continent is Egypt in?

  14. Antarctica

  15. Which one of these is a traditional food in Egypt?

  16. McDonalds

Click finish to see how many points you got out of 80?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Yum.....Silverbeet Dip!

Mrs Meikle made some silverbeet dip with the silverbeet dip from our garden.  Her's what we thought of it!  Thanks Mrs Meikle!!!  :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Find out about Diwali...

Check out these website links about Diwali.  Use them to help answer questions in the treasure hunt during reading this week:

BBC UK - Diwali

Good Luck!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Scary rubbish statistics!

How long does it take rubbish to break down?  

Today we predicted how long we think it takes for various rubbish items to break down in a landfill.  We were VERY surprised to see the actual estimations that scientists have made.  The statistics made us think very differently about buying products and throwing things away.  


How long does it take to break down?

Our Predictions
aluminum can
50-80 years
200-500 years
1 month
3-4 weeks
cigarette butt
5 months
2-5 years
cotton rag
1 year
5 months
glass bottle
leather boot
80-100 years
40-50 years
paper bag
3-4 weeks
1 month
wool sock
450 years
1 year
tin can
2-5 years
80-100 years
plastic jug
40-50 years
1 million years
Styrofoam cup
rubber sole of boot
200-500 years
50-80 years
plastic 6-pack rings
1 million
450 years

Friday, September 9, 2011

Rugby World Cup 2011 Finally Begins!!!

For mufti day today, we dressed up in our favourite rugby team colours.  Most us dressed up in black and white...but we had some people dress up in Samoan and English colours.  We are having so much fun celebrating the start of the Rugby World Cup.

GO ALL BLACKS....AND WALES (our adopted team).

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Check out these Brain games!!

Check out this link for some great Brain Games...

Ways to reduce our water footprint

Room 16 have brainstormed some ways to reduce our water footprint!

Our 'water footprint' comes from the amount of water we use.  It includes things like showering, flushing the toilet, water used to produce the food we eat and make the goods we buy.  The more water we use the larger our water footprint.  We have brainstormed some ways to reduce our water footprints.  Maybe you could make a promise too to help reduce your water footprint.

We promise to:

·    Use less water on my garden
·    Only have one shower a day
·    Tell my Mum not to drink her favourite coffee but drink tea instead.
·    Have a shower instead of a bath
·    Turn the tap off when I am brushing my teeth
·    Drink water instead of softdrinks etc
·    Reuse water bottles
·    Use water bottles instead of the drinking fountain
·    Wash your face with face cloth
·    Use half a flush instead of a whole flush
·    Use a Toilet Flush Control on your toilet
·    Not to put paint, oil, soap, food, dye, litter down storm water drains.
·    Clean up rubbish on the beach.
·    Not to wear too many clothes so they don’t have to be washed
·    Reuse, reduce, recycle
·    Pick up rubbish so it doesn’t go down the storm water drain
·    Not litter
·    Collect rainwater in buckets around my house to water the garden
·    Have a shower for 4 minutes or less

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Volcano erupts at EPS

KK made a volcano at home out of papier mache.  He bought it in today and showed us how to make an erupting volcano.  It was so much fun.  Here are some photos showing what happened!  Great job KK!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bernard Bear's new home (for 1 week)

Bernard Bear has come to stay in Room 16 for a week.  He thought Room 16 were sitting so beautifully and behaving so well during Junior assembly he wanted to come and visit Room 16.  We are so excited to have him in our class!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Maths Olympiad 2011

Yay!! Today is the Maths Olympiad. On the 10th of August 2011 it was the Year 3 Maths Olympiad. In the Maths Olympiad we had two groups of four people.  We have to anwser 20 question in 30 min.  It was very hard to anwser a question.  When it was done the Maths Olympiad people got a certificate.
It was so great!

Monday, August 8, 2011

NZ Maths Week

Kia ora katoa,

It's NZ Maths week! 

At EPS we will be having a Maths Olympiad for Year 3's on Wednesday at 11.15 until 12.00. Come along and support our two Room 16 teams!

Register on the following website and start clicking to play games, do puzzles, answer tricky questions and win great prizes!!! It's free and anyone at school in New Zealand can play.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

KK's Poppa visits Room 16

KK's poppa came to visit us today and showed us how taps work.  He showed us how drain pipes carry water to taps and then we got to put one together.  It was a lot of fun and we learnt lots about pipes, drains and taps.  Thanks Mr Baker!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Times Table practice

We are learning multiplication and division over the next few weeks. Try out this link to practise your times tables!

Times table practice 

Have fun!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Maori Language Week

It is Maori Language week this week. Try using some Maori words and phrases everyday. Here is a great interactive activity to help you practise.

Mihi atu, Mihi mai - Meet and Greet

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Rainmakers - Story Pyramids

Our shared book last week was called The Rainmakers by Ben Brown.  We really enjoyed the story about a Pukeko who wants to make her swamp more beautiful by stealing a rainbow.  The Keas are the guardians of the rainbows and when they find one missing they go on a mission to find it.  

We did a story pyramid to summarise the story.  A story pyramid has 8 lines with one word on the first line, two on the second line...all the way to eight on the last line.

We hope you enjoy them!

The Rainmakers - Our Story Pyramids on PhotoPeach

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Sound Collector

Our poem this week is called The Sound Collector.  It is about a sound collector who takes all the sounds away.

Check out this link.  It is a rythym created with sounds of New Zealand joy.  Maybe Room 16 can make their own rythym and poems?  Watch this space...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Matariki is on the 4th of June!

On Tuesday the Maori Enrichment children went on a trip to the museum to learn about Matariki.  Matariki is the Maori New Year.  It signifies the beginning of winter and is a time of harvest and celebration.  The children learnt some Maori games that keep the tinana (body), ngakau (heart) and roro (brain) active and healthy.  They also made some Porotiti (a spinning wind instrument) and a koruru (a mask face).  If you wake up early (really early) on Saturday morning you will see the 7 stars of Matariki in the sky!


A visit from the Water Care Lady!

 After lunch on Thursday Sally, the Water Care lady came to talk to us about water.  She talked to us about all sorts of things to do with waste water.  We learnt about where water goes once we have used it, how it is cleaned, and the bacteria and bugs that live in water.   On Monday we visited the Pakuranga Stream and got some samples of water.  We found some bugs like damsel flies, blood worms and snails in the water.  

Here is a movie and slideshow from the visits:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Red Shoes by LT, CC, RD, JZ, SB

The Starfish reading group are learning how to retell a story in their own words.  They used Kidpix and Comic Life to retell The Red Shoes by Jill Eggleton.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rock Festival By CD

I have been making rock animals and people.  I got this idea from a googly idea book because I saw some shells with googly eyes and this gave me the idea to make googly eyed rocks.

What you need:

A rock
Googly eyes

What to do:

First you peel off the paper on the googly eyes and stick on the rock.  Then use paint to decorate your rock.  You could make a mouth etc.  Spread glue where you want the glitter to go on your rock and sprinkle over the glitter. 

If you want to make a car for your rock you need a box that is big enough for your rock.  Then you can make it whatever type of car you would like and decorate it.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Punctuation practise!

Give this game a go to practise your punctuation. It is a lot of fun!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What will we be doing in the holiday?

We have been learning about using graphs.  We have done a graph about what is our favourite thing to do in the holidays.  We collected the information using a tally graph, then we made a graph in kidpix.  We found out that going to Kelly Tarlton's was the most popular and going to the beach was the least popular.

Our fantastic maths graph

We are learning about statistics.  We are showing the information on a graph.First we wrote the question on a peice of paper.  Then collected the information and we made the tally graph.  After that everybody stood up and took their peice of paper and and shared what they found.  Then we used kidpix to make a bar graph to show what our favourite wild animal is in Room 16.  All our animals in our question were wild animals.  The animals are a Cheetah, Possum, Elephant and Giraffe.  The most popular animal was cheetah, the least popular was the giraffe.
Take a look at our graph...

Look what we found out about from our bar graph...

We have done a bar graph of what the most popular game in room 16 is.
First we decided what kind of games we should put on on our piece of paper, then we went around the classroom and ask them what kind of games they like, and we did a tally graph.  We went on kid pix and did a bar graph.  PSP games are first, hand games are second, computer games are third, ball games and sport games are fourth.  After lunch on 13 april 2011 we typed this on the laptop to share with the whole world if they have a computer,a laptop or anything else.  N.L's group feels excited about sharing this with the world and Elm Park School.

What is Room 16's favourite pizza flavour?

We have been learning about statistics and collecting and displaying information.  We have collect infomation about what room 16's favourite pizza is.  We used a tally graph t cllect the information.  Our favourite pizza is meat lovers because, 10 people like meat lovers so it is the most popular pizza.  The least favourite pizza is supreme.  Here is our graph 

Our cool maths bar graph

We have learning about bar graphs and pictographs.  We started with a question, What is your favourite car in room 16? Then we collect information using a tally graph.  We used kidpix to make a bar graph to show the information. 

We learnt that Toyota is the most popular of them all, the second was limo and third was GTR.  RX7 was tied with Holden for last.

Our fantastic bar graph

In our class we have been learning about graphs.EP,AM.CD did a bar graph about what is the most popular age in our class.  We collected the information by doing a tally graph then we used kidpix to make a bar graph with the information.

We found out that 7 year olds is the most common age in room 16 and that 8 is the least common age in the class.

See what our most popular sport is...

We have done a bar graph to find out what our most popular sport is in Room 16.  We collected the information using a tally graph.  We made a bar graph in kidpix.

We found out that rugby was the most popular sport and netball was the least popular. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Room 16's Assembly

Today Room 16 took the Junior Assembly.  
We wanted to share our Pepehas with the children because they mean a lot to us and we are very proud of them!  Look at our movie:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Colgate Carton Race

We are collecting Colgate cartons.  The more we collect, the more sports gear we get.  So PLEASE remember to bring your empty Colgate cartons to school.  
You will get HOUSE and GROUP points!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

JS brings in a surprise!

Today JS bought a skink and a praying mantis to school.  We were very surprised!  He showed us at news time and we had lots of questions like, "Who caught the skink?", "What do skinks eat?", "What are you going to do with the skink?"

JS told us that his mum's friend caught the skink and he found the praying mantis at his house.  JS told us that skinks eat flies, mosquitos and ants.  He said he is going to keep the skink in his room.  We suggested that JS let the skink go in our lizard garden on the field because it would be safe and it needs to be in it's natural habitat.