Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Scientist Trampus looked at his kelp ball with the dinoscope. What makes it bounce so successfully? Trampus thinks the kelp must be full of air pockets that help it to bounce like a soccer ball does. A slither of kelp was put on a glass slide and again Trampus checked it out with the dinoscope. Can you see the blue glass and the air pockets in the kelp in the last picture. You are amazing Trampus! Keep on with your investigating. What will you think of next?
Thursday, March 25, 2010
We decided to open up Joe's coconut. First some of us tasted the coconut milk. Then Joe gave a few big whacks with a hammer. Inside we saw the white coconut flesh. Most people liked the taste of it. Thanks Joe for the coconut! Now we are writing personal recounts.
Today Trampus brought something else that bounces to school. It was not an ordinary ball because it was made of kelp. Kelp is a type of sea weed and Trampus carved a ball out of it. Have you got a question for Trampus to answer about his ball?
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Today Gene and Callum brought in their ukuleles to share. Both boys can now play a C chord. Gene's ukulele used to belong to his mother. Callum was given his when his grandparents went to Rarotonga. We could see that a coconut shell was used. We were glad we had Joe's coconut to compare it to.
The Amazing Bouncing Egg
Excitedly we raced outside. Trent went to get Mr Carroll. Alex came too. Alex dropped the egg. It bounced. "Yay!" said Mrs Wright. "Do it again Alex," said Damien. "Do it higher this time." Alex dropped it. Splat went the egg!
The Bounce and Crack
We ran outside. Lots of people didn't show respect because they were all pushing to get outside to see the bouncing egg. We sat down in a circle. Mr Carroll came too because he didn't believe that the egg would bounce. Alex picked up the egg and... it bounced."Do it again Alex" said Mrs Wright. So Alex did it again and... SPLAAAAT! "That's the end of the egg," I said. We went back inside.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Room 9 certainly likes to shine all the time! This term we have been thinking a lot about respect and what that means. We have thought about who we respect and why we respect them. We are learning how to respect each other in Room 9, in Outram School, in our homes and wherever we go.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
We played a "Tahi, rua, toru, wha" game. On tahi, we opened our hand. On rua, we held up the thumb on our other hand. On toru, we placed our thumb downwards on our neighbour's hand. Finally on wha, we had to grab our neighbour's thumb while removing our own thumb before it could be caught. Celine, Willow and Rebecca were the champions.
We soaked an egg in vinegar until the shell dissolved. Then we rinsed the egg and left it overnight in water. This morning Trampus drained the water and we passed around the egg. Now we are ready to see if it will bounce. Watch the video to see what happened!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
I reached for the camera during our performance and realised that I had used the batteries for the microphone! So, here is some of the art we shared. The self portraits were part of a study on movement. The imaginary bird art related to the Allen Centre Wiki challenges. We also sang with Tyla, Joe, Trampus and Kimberly singing fine solos. If you have any photos of our performance could you let me have a copy.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Our theme topic this term is "Reach for Respect." We were very sorry to hear that some police officers have been hurt while doing their duties. We have written respectful letters and hope that these will encourage them in their good work.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Trent read a great science book. We tried one of the experiments in the library. A blown up balloon is attached to a straw on a string. When it is released it zooms up the string like a jet engine. We even had races. Why not try this at home.