Moment in time writing

WALT: Write a 'moment in time piece' of writing.

The tentacles that had not bubbled up to the surface for millennia, rose from the deep dark caverns.

I heard towers tumbling and cars crashing as I watched my beautiful house being torn apart with misery. Was this really the end? I heard sirens blazing. The police had come. But were they going to be any use against the gigantic creature?

I looked straight at the Kraken. I looked straight back at me. A shiver went down my spine.  It was bigger than anything that I had ever seen in my life. It had massive grey tentacles and two bulky, red, glowing eyes of evil. I feared this was the end. Maybe I’m dreaming?

I smelt the vile stench or the gooey slime as it spread across the once beautiful city. The smell is so bad that I could hardly breath.

I tasted the gooey slime. It tasted like…… hmmm? Maybe rotten eggs, but ten times worse? It was like the world was going down in a matter of seconds.

I felt like one of the tall towers were going to fall on me. The wind brushed past my little ear. Could this be the last time I ever felt the wind?

I woke up on my bedroom floor. My heart pounded like thunder. My brain was sore and I was extremely confused. Maybe it was a nightmare?

I opened the curtains and there it was.


WALT: Use reference books/tools

The Problem with Plastic  

WALT use reference books/tools. WALT  use appropriate skills and technologies to find and use a range of texts for specific purposes   (assessment task)

Possible resources:
Plastic Fantastic SJ 2007:3:3
Accidental Plastics Connected SJ Level 4 2013
You may be able to find others to help you complete your research.

You can present your learning on a google doc (this one) or a presentation. PLEASE link your presentation onto this document.  

What do you need to research?

You should find information about these questions?

What is plastic?
Plastic is a material that is made from petrochemicals.

     2. Why is it a problem for the environment?
Plastic is a problem for the environment because it is ruining our seas, oceans, beaches, forests, cities and wildlife and if wildlife from the sea or land die we won’t have as much food. Also plastic is put into the landfill but there is too much plastic and it takes a very long time to break down so it is taking up more and more space.

     3. What facts can you find about the amount of plastic we use, how it is made, how it breaks down?
We use a lot of plastic every day e.g  chip packets, plastic bottles.
An average American person throws out about 84 kgs of plastic per year.
It takes about 450 years to break down.
Plastic is mostly made from petrochemicals.
Plastic can be made into any shape.

   4.What can you do to help?
Buy bulk packs instead of small chip packets, use containers, use reusable bags instead of plastic bags and use drink bottles instead of plastic bottles. Try to reduce rubbish.
   5.  Create a glossary of at least 5 technical words used in your research.
  • microbead   A small particle of plastic, usually between 0.05 millimeters and 5 millimeters in size (or one hundredth of an inch to about two tenths of an inch). These particles can be found in exfoliating face wash, but can also take the form of fibers shed from clothing.
  • plastiglomerate   A name some scientists have proposed for a category of rock created when plastic melts and fuses with chunks of stone, shell or other materials to create a long-lasting record of human pollution.
  • polyethylene  A plastic made from chemicals that have been refined (produced from) crude oil and/or natural gas. The most common plastic in the world, it is flexible and tough. It also can resist radiation.
  • zooplankton   Small organisms that drift in the sea. Zooplankton are tiny animals that eat other plankton. They also serve as an important food source for other marine creatures.
  • pollutant   A substance that taints something — such as the air, water, our bodies or products. Some pollutants are chemicals, such as pesticides. Others may be radiation, including excess heat or light. Even weeds and other invasive species can be considered a type of biological pollution.
  • oceanography  The branch of science that deals with the physical and biological properties and phenomena of the oceans. People who work in this field are known as oceanographers.

7. Create a bibliography of resources you have used to present your answers to this question.

Tiny Plastic, Big Problem-Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
The Problem with Plastic www-The Problem with Plastic www

Dance 2017

I’ve enjoyed learning from Dean and having some fun.
I have surprised myself because first I thought that the dance wouldn't be very fun but it was.
I found the Hip Hop routine really fun because I liked the actions and the music.

Coming Up

WALT: Rewrite the story from a different character's point of view.
Truck  Driver 🚚
It was a bright summer day when I was delivering some hay to a countryside farm. I heard loud sirens blazing everywhere. There had been a huge car crash on the way to the farm so I had to go on the detour. Unfortunately, I had to cross the old, creaky bridge. If I didn’t get the hay delivered on time I would be fired. As I drove towards the old bridge, I saw some crazy children jumping into the river. As I slowly crossed the bridge I heard a loud, almighty CRR-CRACK. Then I tried to get back but my wheel was stuck. Wood splintered. Metal screeched. My heart was thumping with thunder as I tried not to panic. ¨HELP!!¨ I yelled.

Then it happened. Another almighty CRACK. My truck hung for an instant. Then It went straight into the water. I tried to pull up my windows up but it was too late. I went under the cold, black, eternal aqua. I held my breath as I tried to open the door but the pressure of the water didn't let me out. My life flashed right before my eyes. My nose was burning and my lungs were bursting for air.  I gathered all my remaining strength and reached out for a rock. Then I suddenly blacked out.

I woke up on the river bank with people surrounding me. Someone was giving me mouth to mouth. I was extremely dizzy. I opened my weakened eyes. I saw some blurry figures. Then I realized that they were some of the kids that were playing in the river. It took an instant until I realized that they had saved me. “He’s the rescue submarine, I’m more like a toy one”, the little one said. I just laughed. That was the luckiest day of my life.

Term 1 2017 Goal Review and Next Steps

Parent Goal(s)
Strategies I can use are:
Eg What strategies have you used to improve? Have you made progress? How do you know?
Next Step
Eg My next step is……...
  • Public speaking
  • Presenting to audience
      E.g-Slideshows, speaking
  • Practise
  • Make slideshows/ Passion projects.

Student Goal(s)
Strategies I can use are:
Eg What strategies have you used to improve? Have you made progress? How do you know?
Next Step
Eg My next step is……...
  • Be involved in the literacy quiz and be a team captain.
  • Keeping up high achievements on key areas.
  • Leadership role-Student Council
  • Get into a sport team- Football or basketball

  • Read more books
  • Show lots of leadership
  • Work hard to improve
  • Stay focused

Multi cultural week

WHAT: I was involved in a range of learning experiences for Multicultural week. I did chopsticks and Chinese traditional spring card making and I also learnt about Israel and Russia.

I learnt that in Russia there can be no light in Winter and no darkness in Summer in some places
I enjoyed using the chopsticks even though I already know how to use them. I also got 24 marbles. The marbles were very slippery.
I was most fascinated by the wooden building in Russia that was built with no nails.


A question I have is...
What is the tallest building in Russia?

Superhero Narrative


This term we have been working on superhero narratives

So what?

Firstly we created a superhero. My superhero's name was Agent Air (AKA AA) and my sidekick was Fireboy. AA's enemy was Tentacle-man. Then we wrote a story. My story started when Tentacle-man robbed 5 million dollars from the bank.

Now what?

Now I have to conference with a buddy, get feedback, edit and then publish.

Year 5 Woodend camp

Year 5 Woodend Camp

Last Tuesday-Wednesday was the year 5 Woodend camp.
My favourite activity was orienteering because our group was the first group to finish. Also I enjoyed driving the go-karts because it was the first time I tried the go-karts. My favourite free time activity was gaga dodge ball and I won a couple of rounds. We also did an adults vs students touch game but the adults won (by cheating).


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Last weeks value lesson focus was bullying. 

So what?

One of the activities was making a poster based on one of the pages in our values lesson booklet. So Sam and I made a poster based on the anti-bullying band.

Literacy Week

Literacy Week


This week was literacy week. We did many activities such as Golden Ticket Hunt, Scavenger Hunt, Stop, Drop and read and dress up day.

So what?

My favourite activity was Stop Drop and read because I really like reading. I also enjoyed dress up day and there were lots of Star Wars, Superheros and Harry Potter characters.

2016 Kauri athletics

2016 Kauri athletics


Last Wednesday we had our Kauri athletics day.

So what?

We started at 11:30 and we did four rotations.
I started at high jump then sprints, shot put and then long jump.

Now what?

Now we have one last rotation and the relays.


IALT: learn idioms and to use them in my writing.

Currently I am learning idioms in word study.

So what?
Every week we do an idioms worksheet. We also use idiom websites to help us.

Now what?
Now I now a few idioms so I can make my writing more interesting.

Star-fish swimming

IALT: I am learning to develop my swimming skills.

Recently we did two weeks of swimming lessons at starfish.

So what?
In lane 2 I learnt freestyle(roll and breath), backstroke, breast-stroke and butterfly. I also learnt pencil dives.
I enjoyed dolphin swimming and also trying to swim at the bottom of the pool.

So what?
I need to improve on treading water and butterfly.

Reading E-asttle test

Yesterday the year 5 students did a reading e-asttle test.

So what?
Some of the questions were challenging and the articles were long. Lots of questions were about vocabulary.

Now what?
Now the teacher knows what level I am at in reading.

Reading E-asttle test

Yesterday the year 5 students did a reading e-asttle test.

So what?
Some of the questions were challenging and the articles were long. Lots of questions were about vocabulary.

Now what?
Now the teacher knows what level I am at in reading.

Word study

I am learning to understand how words are formed using roots, prefixes and suffixes.

So What?
I have learned that words that have the root hydra- and aqua- mean water. For example aquamarine is the colour of the sea.

I have also learned that words that have the root spect- mean look / see. For example spectacles are glasses.

Now what?
I feel that I have an excellent understanding of the root words aqua, hydra, and spect.

Collage art

In term 2 we did some learning on NZ habitats and species.

So what?
One of our activities was collage. First we had to chose a NZ habitat and draw it on a piece of paper. Then we had to paint the drawing and chose three animals. An endemic, native and introduced. My animals were the whio or blue duck(endemic), black shag(native) and the australasian bittern(introduced). Then we had to trace our animals on a piece of paper and then collage it and stick them on our painting. I think I did a really good job.

Student led confrence

This week on Tuesday I did my SLC

So what?
I shared my writing, reading and math goals and also my care value strengths and wetland habitat art. My writing goal was to use the correct report structure, my reading goal was to expand my vocabulary and my math goal was to learn how to do the long div algorithm. Something I was proud of was my ANZAC trench diorama.

Now what?
My next learning goal is to get prepared for the term 2 open day. I am currently learning to figure out the area of triangles and unusual shapes in math.
IALT: develop my reading comprehension skills

Recently I took an asTTle reading test. I read a number of texts and answered a range of questions to check my understanding and comprehension. The aim is to take a test at a level where I will make some errors so that I can identify what I need to work on to be a more successful reader.

I have looked at the results of my test and identified 3 goals for this term.

My reading goals are:

[1] Consistently read to understand the meaning of a text
[2] Make a conclusion or an assumption
[3] Know what different words mean

# 1 and 2 are about understanding the text, especially by thinking about the text more ‘deeply’.

# 3 is about developing my vocabulary and being able to use the information around a difficult word to make sense of it.

You can help me with [1] and [2] by asking me about the book I am reading at home;
  • about the characters, setting, plot and resolution (fiction)
  • Get me to explain why I believe the characters have acted in certain ways and how this influences the plot and outcome of the story
  • Ask me to make a conclusion about different aspects of the story and encourage me to make assumptions about characters, events, moods and what might have happened in the text if the character [s] acted, behaved, made different choices.

You can help me with [3] by;

  • encouraging me to explain in my own words what I think a word means
  • helping me to identify parts of a word that might help explain its meaning (e.g., in submarine the ‘sub’ means under so that will help with making an educated guess about the meaning of the word
  • encourage me to come up with words that have a similar meaning, or look in a thesaurus for words with similar (synonyms) and opposite meanings (antonyms).

Writing reflection.

This week I am reflecting on one of my writing goals

IALT: Improve my writing by learning how to:

* use a variety of sentence starters

This week I have been focusing on how to write a drop-in clause

Here is an example of a drop-in clause

Mr Forman is our teacher.
He loves his red car.
Mr Forman, who is our teacher, loves his red car.

Mr Forman is the subject of the sentence.
We change ‘He’ to ‘who’
We place commas around the clause we ‘drop-in’

Here are two examples of a drop-in clause that I have created.
[1]Samuel, who likes to play tennis, is awesome.
[2]Amber the cat, who was a black tabby cat, yawned slowly.

I rate my understanding level at 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
My confidence level with using these types of sentences independently in my writing is

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

My Writing Goals for term 2, 2016

IALT: Improve my writing by learning how to ;

* organise my writing into paragraphs
* use a variety of sentence starters
* use the correct language features of a narrative - dialogue

 To help me with this goal I am using a 'Sentence Starter Menu'
It will help my writing to be more interesting and to hook the reader in more.

Highlight of Term 1 2016

My highlight of the term was multi cultural week because we did many fun activities. One of the activities was to draw our flag on a piece of calico. I did south Korea because I come from South Korea. My partner was Blake. I did all the drawing and Blake did all the painting. Then we had to make a poster about our flag. I had to do the whole poster because Blake was painting. I am really proud of my work because I put all my effort into it.



On Tuesday we did some art with Mrs. Boston.

We read Maui and the sun and then we had to make our sun art with pastel and chalk. First we drew the sun on black paper with white chalk. Then we coloured it in with with pastel. We had to use warm colours(red, yellow, orange, brown). After we had finished, Mrs. Boston put black dye over our picture so all the white chalk got washed off but the pastel didn't. It looked amazing.

For our next art I would like to do origami.
Multi-cultural week

On multi-cultural week we made some flags and posters. Blake and I were partners and we worked on South Korea. We found lots of interesting facts. I drew the flag and Blake did the painting. While Blake was painting I did the poster. After Blake had finished he helped me on the background. I learnt that half of Korea has the same surname and that the South Korean national bird is the Korean magpie. The Korean magpie looked much cuter than the New Zealand magpie.

This is the book I am currently reading. As part of my reading goal which is to be able to read for longer periods of time and retain meaning. My goal is also to read a variety of genre. This book is fiction. The next genre I am going to read is non-fiction. I love the Geronimo Stilton books because the words have different fonts. The book I am reading is an awesome book because it is a mystery book.



2 = Cross country, Beep test

0 = Link my writing

1 = Get my CARE gold award

Comic book

WALT: Use Comic Book to show what we have been doing