Monday, 24 April 2017

I am learning to describe where I come from

WALT:Write a description of where we come from.
WALT: Paragraph our ideas
Ideas to include:
The ethnicity/culture of my family - grandparents, parents and you
When your family immigrated to NZ and why
Your families home language/religion/beliefs/traditions/celebrations
Special traditions and possessions that are important to your family.
 Eg: war medals, family crest, photos of great-grandparents……..

Relational thinking
Explain how something from your past has influenced/impacted or affected you.
Eg: Visiting relatives in China - How has this impacted or affected you?
Eg: Going to a special place - How did this affect you?
Eg: Taking part in a cultural performance/dance/festival - How did this affect/influence you?
Eg: Going to church - how has this affected you as a person?
Eg: Getting given something special or important from a family member - How did this
affect/impact you?
Eg: Taking part in a special activity with your family - how did this impact or affect you?

Extended Abstract Thinking - Choose 1 of these
I can evaluate why my culture/family history/traditions/values and beliefs are so important
I can predict how my culture/family history/traditions/values and beliefs might affect my
life in the future
I can evaluate why family (grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, uncles/aunties etc..)
is so important
I can make a generalisation about family history/traditions/values and beliefs

Write your description below:
I am writing a description of where I come from.  I will be describing
my family history and my culture, my family's religion, my family's
migration to NZ and my special taonga that are important to me.

I am Maori, Samoan and have a little bit of Chinese and Australian in me.
My Mum is Maori and my Dad is Samoan. My Grandma came from Samoa,
she came to NZ to work for money for her family in Samoa. My
Great-Grandpa on my dad's side came from Australia and his
dad was born in England so that makes me English as well.
My poppa came from China on a boat and met my nana on that boat.  

My taonga is my Mum’s korowai (a cloak with feathers) that she
made with bird feathers, we take it to funerals or graduations and
other special occasions, that is one of my family’s traditions.
I am a mormon and go to church every Sunday, this has influenced
me to go to church every Sunday now and when i’m older.

I’ve visited relatives in America for a family reunion and we just
got together and had special activities.  One of the activities we did
was to go to a very beautiful  beach, talk and eat s'mores together.
This reunion was very special because I got to learn about my family
history, such as my ancestors and my culture.

By Micah

Student Assessment -
I think I am relational because I have explained how my family
reunion affected me by teaching me about my family history.

I am writing a description of where I come from. I will be
describing my family's background and why they came to NZ.  
I will also describe my family’s traditions and religion.  

My family and my ancestors are from a state called Goa in India.  
Goa is a small place in India.  In my family the tradition we do is
we sing authentic Goan songs and dance at weddings and
celebrations.  Even though my family is Indian we do not
celebrate Diwali. At home I speak English but my mum
speaks to her family in Portuguese.  When my mum lived
in Goa, India, they spoke Portuguese because Portugal was
in charge of Goa. My Dad speaks to his family in English.
My grandparents from my dad’s side live in Mumbai, India
and my dad was born there but my grandfather from my
dad’s side was born and spent 1 year of his life in Africa.  
My grandmother from my dad’s side was born and spent
4 years in  Burma in southeastern Asia. My Mum and my
mum’s parents were born and raised in Goa. My family's
religion is Roman Catholic.  We are Christians. My dad came
here in 2002 and then went back to India and then after
my parents got married they came back in 2003.

We migrated to NZ from India to experience a different
lifestyle and different cultural background that we thought
would be interesting.  My uncle and his family came here a
few years before us and my grandparents have been here
before also.  My family is very important to me because
they are always trying to push me to work to my best ability.
This year when I went to India I learned that my great,
great grandfather had built a house in Goa and he
supervised and helped build it and that teaches me to
always finish what you start and to persevere in any
job you do.  In the future, I would like to be an engineer
and my great, great grandfather taught me to always try
your best in any work you do.

By Nicole 

My reflection - I think I am relational because I described many ideas about myself and my family and I explained my ideas in detail.  

Monday, 10 April 2017

WALT: Identify adjectives and body language to describe our feelings

WALT: Use interesting words to describe our feelings
The wait was nerve-wracking
Bursting with excitement
Disappointed (when leaving)
Astonished (amazed)
Flabbergasted (surprised)
Exhausted, drowsy, worn out, sleepy
Rattled (shaky, nervous)
Disorientated (confused, not sure where to go)
Shocked, stunned, dumb founded (surprised)
Worried, anxious, concerned,
Frantic, panicked
Distracted (not concentrating)
Puzzled, muddled (confused)

Body language
Butterflies in my stomach – nervous
Stomach rumbling – hungry
Palms getting sweaty – nervous
Snakes in my stomach – nervous
Brain’s popping – overloaded with surprise
Heart thumping – scared, nervous
Stomach dropped to my feet – disappointed, scared, frightened, worried
Jumping up and down – excited
Body exploding – excited, overjoyed

Mouth dropped to my feet – surprised, shocked

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Our trip to Mt Albert Wave Pools - Keywords that we might need

WALT: Identify keywords that we might use in our recount about the Wave Pools

Chlorine, Mt Albert Wave Pools
Water, awesome, hydro slide, people, shouting, sessions, laughing, instructors, boating, diving, lifeguards, floating, life jacket, jumping, survival, milk bottles, garbage bag, splashing, ropes, transparent, flutter board, cafeteria, swimming, waves, children, spas, safety, parents, lessons, boat, teacher, inflatable, rubber, swimming togs, goggles, spare clothes, swimming cap, towel, free time, uniform, Room 8, bus, useless, caves in the pool, wave machine, river, fountains, screaming, drains, deep water, shallow water, lanes, laps

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Leonardos reading group - Comparing and contrasting a New Zealand and Chinese New Year

WALT: Write a comparison between the Chinese and NZ New Year

We are writing a comparison, comparing the Chinese and NZ New Year. We will be comparing the time of each New Year, how people feel, how it is celebrated, the meanings and traditions behind it and why it is celebrated, costumes and gifts.

Paragraph 2 - The time of the Chinese and New Zealand New Years - Sahil
The Chinese follow the moon calendar.  The moon/lunar calendar is based on the time the moon takes to go around the Earth.  The moon cycle is about 29.5 days. The Chinese New Years changes every year according to the lunar calendar. Whereas in NZ New Years is always held on the same date.  New Years Eve is on the 31st of December and New Years Day is the 1st of January.  The year in NZ is based on how long the Earth takes to rotate the Sun which is approximately 365 days.    

Paragraph 3 - How people feel on Chinese and New Zealand new years - Khushi
In NZ, on New Years, people feel happy and excited.  They remember the year and think about any good/bad things that have happened.  People make New Year's resolutions - things they hope to achieve in the following year.  In China, New Years is an important and happy time.  It is a time when bad luck is swept away and good luck is welcomed.  New Years brings new hope for the following year.

Paragraph 4 - How the Chinese and NZ new years are celebrated - Vanessa
In NZ and in China, New Years is celebrated with our family, family friends, cousins and friends.
In China, they clean their houses to sweep away bad luck and sometimes paint their houses red for good luck. Whereas in NZ, we go out for dinner and have parties.

Paragraph 5 - Costumes/clothes - Tanishka
New Zealanders wear their normal clothes on New Years Eve but the Chinese people wear red clothing because they say it brings good luck.

Paragraph 6 -Gifts - Kyza
In China they give red envelopes that have money inside and the envelopes are red to bring good luck.  Chinese people give fruit baskets and sweets but in New Zealand there are no gifts given.

Conclusion -  Micah
It is important for the Chinese people to celebrate New Years because it brings them good luck and it brings families together.  It is also important for New Zealanders because they make special resolutions that they can try to achieve to help them in the future.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Raphaels reading group - Comparing and contrasting between a Chinese garden that has been built in NZ and the Halsey Drive School gardens and seating areas

In a Chinese Garden – Pt 2 No 4 2010
WALT: Write a comparison between the Chinese garden in the story and the Halsey Drive School gardens

We are writing a comparison between the Chinese garden in the story, ‘In a Chinese Garden’ and the Halsey Drive School gardens.  We are comparing the types of plants and flowers, the tools used, the materials used, the reasons and meanings why the gardens were created and where the gardens were made.

Paragraph 2 - Comparing the types of plants - Alex
In a Chinese garden there are tiny flowers and Halsey Drive School has the same. Halsey Drive School has a native bush because we appreciate the nature of plants. Swan plants, flax and different types of flowers can be seen around our school. Halsey Drive School and the Chinese garden both have flowers.  The Chinese garden has lotus flowers.  Halsey Drive School has pohutukawa plants because we appreciate native NZ species.

Paragraph 3 - Comparing the types of tools used - Nidheesh
To make a Chinese garden the Chinese people used saws and hammers.  At Halsey Drive, saws and hammers were used to make our seating areas too.  In New Zealand we use drills, mowers, cranes, diggers, nails ,etc.  The Chinese didn’t use nails because the timber was fitted together using traditional mortise and tenon joints.

Paragraph 4 - Comparing the materials used - Hersh
There are a lot of materials used when building a Chinese garden and the Halsey Drive garden such as dirt, rock, wire, etc. In the Halsey Drive garden they have used wire and dirt/soil.  In the Chinese garden they have used equipment such as timber, terracotta tiles, bark and wood. Overall I think that a Chinese garden is important to the Chinese people and also very detailed but the Halsey Drive garden is also nice.

Paragraph 5 - Comparing where the gardens (or parts of the gardens) were made - Akshay
Some of the Halsey Drive school garden has been created in front of the year 2 classes.  Most of our garden (the native forest) was  grown on the field. We also have a vegetable garden behind our pool.  However, some Chinese gardens are grown across a lake. Their bridges and pavilions were built in China and shipped to NZ.

Paragraph 6 - Comparing the reasons and meanings behind the gardens and why they were created.  - Harshit  and Seung Joon
The Chinese garden was created so the Chinese people can understand their culture and history.  Dunedin’s Chinese scholar garden was a gift to the people of New Zealand from the Chinese community.  The Chinese garden is  a memorial to the Chinese people who came to New Zealand in the 1860s.  The Chinese garden is a peaceful place where people think, read and write. The Halsey Drive school gardens are a clean place to enjoy nature.  One of our gardens is filled with fresh fruit that we eat. We don’t grow any vegetables yet but we are going to do that later in the future. Our garden was created in 2014. It was created by room 10, the 7 year olds of the school.

Conclusion - Nicole and Eliza -  Evaluate - Is it important that the Chinese garden has been built in NZ?  Yes/No?  Explain
We think the Chinese garden is important to build in NZ because it will show NZ about the Chinese culture, what’s special and it will show us their heritage, history and what’s important to the Chinese people and it will also show their families.  It will teach us (the people living in NZ) about the lifestyle and culture of the Chinese people and what is important to them and their heritage.  The Chinese gardens Chinese name is Lan Yuan.