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Monday, 27 June 2016

Using a range of multiplicative strategies.

In Maths we have been learning to use a range of multiplicative strategies when operating with whole numbers.

The strategies we have been learning are:

- Estimate the reasonableness of large problems like 1 788 – 891. Could 497 be right?
- Use multiplication to solve addition and subtraction problems eg.
  64 – 48 = as (8 x 8) – (6 x 8) = 2 x 8= 16
- Use doubling / halving, trebling/ thirding and adjusting to solve multiplication problems,
 eg.  12 x 50 solved as 4 x 150= 600
- Use an algorithm to solve multiplication problems.
- Solve problems using simple cube numbers .
- Use an algorithm to solve division problems.

Here is a link to my Multiplicative Strategies Assessment which shows that I know why and how I use particular strategies. This doc also has screenshots to show which IXL activities I have completed as part of my learning.

My next step in my Maths Learning is…… To use all of the strategies effectively in all areas of maths.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Visual Art: WALT: Apply knowledge about shapes and patterns derived from nature into an original artwork

 For Visual Art the SOLO level I achieved was: Extended Abstract because I used the three water colour techniques.
The techniques I used in my art work to achieve this level were: Moving water colours , glazing and shading.

My next step in visual art is Is to try shading with smaller objects. Here is a picture of my artwork:

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Year 9/10 Standard: Reading Assessment task

WALT: I can use a range of comprehension strategies that I use deliberately and flexibly, depending on my purpose for reading. (Eg: predicting, questioning, synthesising, locating main ideas, summarising…)
Complete both texts and write the answers in your own words.

TASK 1: Cold Water Survival
The purpose of this task is to read to retrieve information from a text. Read the text below and answer the questions in your own words
Cold Water Survival
A person who finds him or herself in cold water should not remove any clothing, except for a heavy item such as an overcoat.
A person wearing a life jacket can increase survival time by using the Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP). This is where the knees are bent and drawn towards the chest, and the arms are pressed firmly against the sides of the chest. This position delays heat loss by protecting the most vulnerable areas: the head, the sides of the chest, and the groin.
In rough, cold water, an average swimmer without a life jacket should not swim a distance greater than one-tenth of his or her swimming ability. If the swimmer is close to the wreckage of a boat, he or she should attempt to climb onto the boat and should maintain warmth by tucking themselves into a ball.
The 'huddle' position is based on the same principle as the HELP position and was developed for groups of three or more people. The sides of the chest, the groin, and the lower body are pressed together. This formation is particularly useful if small children are involved, as they can be supported, protected, and warmed in the centre of the group.
If swimmers must stay in deep water without a life jacket for a long period, they should remain as still as possible, conserving energy and, if possible, staying in a tucked position. As the bodies core temperature drops, it will become increasingly difficult for swimmers to make sensible decisions. Purposeful muscle movements (e.g., swimming or holding onto a boat) become difficult, and people may be unaware of their situation.
A person with a extremely low body temperature (hypothermia) must always be handled very gently and re-warmed slowly. If the person is conscious, do the following:
  • Remove the person from the water.
  • Shelter him or her from the wind and rain immediately.
  • Create a sheltered, warm, dry place.
  • Remove wet clothing and wrap the person in blankets, space blankets, or a sleeping bag.
  • Huddle together for warmth so body temperature can rise gradually.
  • Give the person warm, sweet drinks.
  • Seek medical aid.
Do not do any of the following:
  • Apply excessive external heat (e.g., fire or an electric blanket) to the person's body.
  • Massage the person's arms and legs.
  • Give them alcohol.
  • Move them.
Write the three areas of the body for which the "Help" position assists in delaying heat loss.
1. Head
2. Groin
3. The sides of the chest
Imagine your boat has capsized in rough sea conditions and you are by the boat and 200 metres from shore. What would be the best thing to do? I would try swim to the shore because [ A ] your 200 meters away from the shore and, [B] even though if you adopted the help position you would preserve heat but you would get carried out to sea.
(A) Try to swim to the shore
(B) Climb onto the capsized boat
(C) Adopt the "Help" position
(D) Call for help
Two advantages of the "huddle" position are:
1. if there is a child they can be warm and safe in the middle of the huddle warms the groin sides of the chest and lower body
Two key things to do if you are in deep cold water without a life jacket are:
1. Stay as still as possible to preserve energy .
2. and stay in a tucked postition
As hypothermia sets in two effects will be noted. These are
1.Becoming unconscious
2. And becoming unaware of their situation.

TASK 2: Sneakairs
TASK 2 - read the text about Sneakairs

TEXT: EasyJet's Smart "Sneakairs" Makes Sightseeing Effortless

What I already know about navigating with maps?
  • You need to know your west, east , south and north.

Who created “Senakairs?”?
Easy Jet 
How do the “Sneakairs” work?
  • the smart shoes work by putting in a destination in the easy jet app that sets the destination in the sneakairs GPS and the Bluetooth module and a vibration motor that are encased in a plastic box and placed beneath the soles. In addition to protecting the electronic components, the box also enables the vibration to spread across the entire foot so that the user doesn’t miss his/her cue to change directions. 
How do “Sneakairs” help tourists visiting a new city or town?
  • It gives the tourist directions without looking at a map and they won't get lost.
What challenge does easyJet need to overcome before “Sneakairs” can go mainstream?
  • Easy Jet needs to make the battery life of the GPS longer so tourist's can explore the more without worrying about the battery dying in three hours.     Make  smart insoles so people can use them in their own shoes. and tweak the prototypes.         
Can you think of any other uses for smart shoes like Sneakairs? - (give at least 2)
  • You could take out the GPS  use the vibrator in the shoe to use for a foot massage.
Can you think of a better invention than Sneakairs to help us navigate places? Why is that invention better than Sneakairs?
  • Phone that is a teleporter and you press a button and it takes you to your destination.

Monday, 6 June 2016

I can describe the structure of a Short Story

 Something I have learned about the structure of short stories is: That they are short, strong and punchy. After reading some short stories two things I will remember when I write my own short story are make it short and punchy and make it entertaining and Make sure that it is a story that will grip people in.

My Short Story

The pieces of my writing that are highlighted green are where I have shown my vocabulary and punctuation goal
My Story...As Juan Jumped back into reality safe from his horrible vision of being caught by the FED’S,  the FED’S  was the nickname for the F.B.I  stands for  Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FED’S were Juan’s worst nightmare  because He was an illegal  Mexican food cartel on the FBI’s most wanted, he was responsible  for thousands of illegal food being smuggled into Washington D.C daily.  Anyway, Juan was supposed to met his friend Thiago in the CBD of Mexico City, but little did he know the FED’S were watching his every move, waiting until the right time to apprend.  

So Juan gathered his belongings, Pistol, Packages of Mexican food and fake ID. He only lived ten minutes away from the CBD so he sprinted not worried about his actions.
He arrived  puffing like a steam train, he spotted his mate, Thiago,  at was at that moment in time the  FED’S came out of the blue with assault rifles, one of the FED’S bashed the gun against  Juan’s  Criminal mastermind of a head.  All Juan remembered  was the face of his friend Thiago, the FED’S threw a massive! party in honour of Catching the Over lord of Mexican food , Juan heard a roaring engine outside his cell, that was when he realised that Thiago, was breaking him out.  Thiago ripped out Juan’s cell wall with the back of a pickup truck. Juan Jumped  into the pickup truck and were never to be seen again. Some believe That Juan and Thiago  returned to their twisted ways, but the truth is they ran off to Hollywood  to start a new life. What do you think?

JUAN & THIAGO’S  NEW LIFEJuan and Thiago  had flown from Mexico City welding their fake passports, firearms , a week's worth of food and Millions of dollars, to create their new lifestyle in Hollywood. With a Total balance of 1 Billion dollars

Monday, 25 April 2016

Term 1 Integrated Learning - Leadership

We have been learning all about What makes a good leader.

Here is a link to the Leadership modelling book. We identified that good leaders show 6 main character traits. These are integrity, goal focused, trustworthy, resilient, motivational and active thinker. The leadership trait that I think I show the most is Resilience because sometimes I find maths hard, but I don't give up until a I complete it to high standard. The leadership trait I would most like to develop is motivational, because I know can motivate people but I would like to become more confident. Something NEW I have learned about leadership is there are different type of leaders, like Richie McCaw and Sir Edmund hillary, are very different types of leaders. The SOLO level that I reached during this unit of learning is relational because i compare & contrast the two leaders but I'm just not ready yet for extended abstract . My next step in learning about leadership is to apply everything that I have learned about leadership to my own leadership roles.

Monday, 4 April 2016

My understanding of Mean, Median, Range and Mode.

My understanding of...

Mean: Is were you have to add up all your numbers and you divide the final number with a number that is divisible by the group of data.
Median: Median is the number that is in the middle of the line or group, sometimes you might need to divide  some numbers.
Mode: My understanding of mode is that mode is the number that you see the most, in the group of numbers.
Range: Is where you have to subtract  the lowest and highest number to get your range.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

I can gather, evaluate, and synthesise information across a small range of texts

In class we have been  doing a reading activity on if the New Zealand flag should or should not be changed, we looked at different sites and reading the ideas of why the two flag's are special and what it means to New Zealand. Here is a link to the doc

WALT: Apply Striking and Fielding activities in a range of sports and activities.

My Strengths

The striking strategies I was able to effectively demonstrate during the games we played were being able to hit a ball reasonably hard and far by standing on my side, and following though with the hit.

The throwing and catching strategies I was able to effectively demonstrate during the games we played were cup my hands if if it was a low or mid section throw/hit, or using soft hands if it were a high ball head high.

My Next Steps

To improve my striking of a ball I need to find some gaps in the fielding, because if I target that spot I can get past the fielder's, and get more time to run.

To Improve my catching and fielding I need to place my self in position because that might give me more of a chance of catching the ball.

The game that I enjoyed the most was was called rounders because you had the hit the ball with a tennis bat and it had base's that you could stop of at like baseball.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Reading author's purpose follow up sheet

This my 9/10 standard authors purpose sheet where we had analyse the text, and find out why the author wrote this and what it mean's. And final step of finishing the sheet was to compare two texts together   and find the similarites and differences. Here is an example

Friday, 4 March 2016

Playing games with the year zero and ones.

The year 8's task for today was to find game's that were suitable for 5 year old's, first we had to fill out a sheet that was going to determine what game we were going to do for the 5 year old's. My friend Dylan and I played whats the time Mr wolf with a group of little kids.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Leadership food forest

yesterday after noon and this morning we have been working in the food forest at school, yesterday where we  weeding the food forest area where we getting rid of the grass and weeds, but leaving the seeds so the food Forest will regrow.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Today we were working in the sweet corn area where we were harvesting the corn and pulling out the weeds as well, the reason why we did this because the corn was ready the other thing was there was deadly berries among the sweet corn area.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The reason why we had to weed the food forest was because the food forest was completely full of weeds.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Leadership learning

This Week I have being learning about the traits of a good leader, my understanding of traits of a good leader are...  

Integrity. Someone who is honest and has good values
goal focused. someone who sets a goal and doesn't give up until they reach it.
Resilient.Someone who never gives up
Trustworthy. some you can trust that they will help you reach your goal
Active thinker. Is actively thinking about what they can do to reach their goal.
Motivational. Is able to motivate a person or team to complete their goal.

This is my understanding of what the traits of a good leader are.