Friday, 18 August 2017

Celebrating the Cook Island Language and Culture

Celebrating the Cook Island
Language and Culture

Room 5 Performing a Cook Island 
Drum Dance during Assembly

Thanks Mariana for all the help!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hobbies Taster


Hobbies Taster Slideshow

Tamaki Makaurau has so much to offer! My kids were thrilled to find out about some of the activities below and were even more excited to learn that they were all for free. This meant that all they needed to do was convince their parents and whanau to accompany them there so they could enjoy it together.
16 Fantastic FREE Things To Do In Auckland

Monday, 7 August 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 2

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 2

Week 2 had lots of practical tools that I found superb. Here are some of the focuses/tools that I will definitely keep using:

These were all great for use in my work.

Some of this can be used with my learners now but are mostly for older year groups.  

I can even see myself using this one in my personal life. Or is that overkill? 😂
Google Sheets 

Below is the map we created of our ideal holiday destinations- Fun!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Parts Of Speech Poem

I found this poem really helpful....

The Parts of Speech. A Grammatical Poem By Mary Morel.
Every name is called a noun as field and fountain, street and town.
In place of a noun the pronoun stands as he and she clap their hands.
The adjective describes a thing, as magic wand or bridal ring.
The verb means action, something done, to read and write to jump and run.
How things are done the adverbs tells us as quickly, slowly, badly or well.
Preposition shows relation as in the street or at the station.
Conjunction joins in many ways, sentences, words or phrase and phrase.
The interjection cries out hark! I need an exclamation mark!

I saw this poem and loved it. I wish I had been encouraged to learn it as a child. Most children struggle to remember the different parts of speech regardless of how many times they are taught. What kids do find easy though is to learn a rhyme or a song so this is a great way for them to remember the different parts of speech. Although the children in my class are working towards learning it by heart and aren't currently able to fully comprehend all aspects of the poem, we have it on a poster in the class and have read it out loud as a group. We also did an exercise where my students provided alternative examples for each part of speech. This is a work in progress and we set the time during our writing sessions throughout the week to revisit the poem to specifically focus on each area.

We also watched this video.