Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Can water defy gravity?

This term we have been learning about change and Myth busters. First we had to get into groups and then we had to choose an experiment. 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Matariki should be a public holiday.

This week was the start of Matariki- Matariki is a Maori celebration that happens when the stars of Matariki(seven sisters) appear in the sky. After a discussion we have decided that Matariki should become a public holiday so that people can spend time together and learn about our unique Maori culture. Here is my persuasive letter to ask Ms Arden for her support.

1076 Street St
Tāmaki Makaurau

Rāapa Tekau Ma Toru Pipiri

Dear Ms Ardern,

My name is Tareeq Smith and I am a Year 6 student at Halsey Drive School. This week we have been learning about the significance and importance of Matariki. We have discussed the issue and finally decided that Matariki should get some significance and it deserves to be a New Zealand national public holiday.

I believe that it is important to acknowledge the importance of New Zealand’s bi cultural history, by making Matariki a public holiday. The Maori culture is entirely unique and special to New Zealand, therefore it is our responsibility to teach people about the stories, language and history of the Maori people. Matariki is a celebration of the new year, signalled by the arrival of the seven stars in the sky. By teaching children the stories, they are going to want to learn more and it will be passed onto the future generations. It is crucial that as Kiwis we need to keep our history so it is not lost.  

Currently in New Zealand we only have 9 public holidays, 5 of those days shops are still open. This means that many hardworking families don’t get to spend much time together.  Out of 9, only 3 of these holidays are related to New Zealand’s events or history. Making Matariki a public holiday where all the non essential workers are given the day off to spend time with their whanau. By organising large public events on Matariki it would bring families and communities together while teaching them about its history.

Without doubt, making Matariki a national holiday it will help communities to get to know each while allowing busy families to spend more time together. It will also help to spread knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s bi-cultural history. Ms Ardern if you can please show this to everyone at the parliament, thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Tareeq Smith

What did I do/Learn?
W.A.L.T: use persuasive language
For example counter arguments, facts

W.A.L.T: use the correct structure for a letter.
What did I like?
I liked using step by step construction because it was a bit easier.
What would I do differently next time?
I think I could use different punctuation next time.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Monday, 28 May 2018

The Shadow Troll

“Wait I’ll be back” I said “ok”shadow responded I left to only to go and get a drink and I came back to the soccer field. My shadow was gone I yell out his name “SHADOW WHERE ARE YOU!” Then I look down to only see one thing and that was a note it said “ come to my shadow prison if you would wish to see your friend again sincerely yours the Shadow Troll.” “ The shadow troll, I must go and get  my shadow back!”

I prepare myself for what I’m going against. I got my gear ready and grab my handy torch considering it is the Shadow troll it will be dark. I walk outside and see on the highest mountain peak I see the shadow prison “ I’m coming shadow” I said… Meanwhile at the shadow prison “looks like your friend is coming to save you” the shadow troll called with his deep threatening voice “he’ll save me just you wait.” “Not if I send my shadow wolves” “go my wolves go find that BOY!” “AWHOOOO!” “What was that” I said with nerves. Then I look in front of me “oh no.” “ Its shadow wolves” they start running at me but then I realised “ you guys are shadows you can't hurt me but I can certainly hurt you.” I swiftly grab my torch put it on high and shine it through the wolves. They started to incinerate now that there out of the way time to continue my journey.

“YOU WOLVES ARE USELESS! NOW GET OUT OF MY LAIR YOU CANT EVEN DO A SIMPLE JOB!” “ I won’t let him get to me or you” said the shadow troll
I’m almost halfway there I just have enough time to get to shadow I finally make to the shadow prison I try my hardest to open the door but it won't budge I try find another opening then I see a window “please be unlocked” I try opening and its unlocked and to my eyes I see imprisoned shadows “I’ll make sure these other shadows are freed and then I will grab shadow. I made my move I jumped through the window and see then see the Shadow Troll snoring away like a whale.  I slowly walked over to shadows cell I opened the cell “CREEK” “oh no” I tugged shadow out of his cell and we sprinted to the window. “Lucky no alarms went of am I right.” “BEEP… BEEP… BEEP” all the shadows got released and the shadow troll is enraged “WHERE ARE MY SHADOWS!!!” “YOU... SHADOW WOLVES GET THEM” the shadow troll screamed. “Not if we get you first go shadows” all the shadows stood up and charged at the shadow troll and threw the shadow troll into the sea.

After that all the shadows returned home to their rightful owners
and never had see the shadow troll ever again and they all were happy in the end and had to celebrate after defeating the shadow troll.

WALT: Write a narrative

  • An interesting title
  • A hook sentence which captures the audience
  • An opening paragraph to introduce characters and story setting
  • Organise the story into paragraphs - Build up, problem, solution, ending
  • Language features
* Verbs and adverbs
* Descriptive language - Adjectives, similes, metaphors, personification
 * Time connectives - eventually, finally, after that, suddenly, meanwhile, then,
  • Interesting dialogue which adds to the story  

Have I remembered to...
  • write mostly in past tense using third person narration
  • Including interesting details and descriptions at each part

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Snapping Turtles

                                                Snapping Turtles.

Snapping turtles live in shallow freshwater. They live in Canada, to as far as Mexico. It’s natural range extends from southern eastern Canada to southwest to the rocky mountains. They prefer water with muddy bottoms and lots of vegetation so that they can hide more easily. Snapping turtles spend almost all their time in water, but do go on land to lay their eggs in sandy soil.

Eats: Snapping turtles are omnivores. They eat fish, worms, snakes, crickets, frogs and plants. Snapping turtles can go days without food, even weeks! When food is available though, they will eat all they can and may become quite fat. They also have a powerful beak and it has no teeth.

Hibernation: Snapping turtles enter hibernation during late October and emerge sometime between March or May depending on temperature. To hibernate, they burrow into the debris or mud bottom of ponds or lakes, settle beneath logs, or retreat into muskrat burrows or lodges.

Looks:  Snapping turtles have a hard, rocky shell that is used for hiding and protecting itself. They have a scaly, dry skin that helps them camouflage in dens and mud.

Endangerment:  Threatened by hunting, road mortality and habitat loss, the snapping turtle is in decline in Ontario. Found primarily in the southern part of the province, snapping turtles are a legally hunted game species with an allowable take of up to two snapping turtles per person, per day.

Adaptations: The common snapping turtle is its long and flexible neck. These animals can stretch their necks almost over halfway of the back of its shell and snap its prey with it its strong jaws. The beak –like jaws with sharp cutting edges enable it to tear its prey apart easily.

Behaviour:  Snapping turtles are most vulnerable as hatchlings. Once they reach a certain size there are few natural predators of snapping turtles, though they are often hit by cars when searching for new ponds or nesting sites. In captivity they can live up to 47 years.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Why does a chameleon change colour?

Why does a chameleon change colour?

you ever wished you could blend in with anything? Or spook someone or disappear. If this is what you wished you were a chameleon. Chameleons are lizards and they live in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, deserts and rain forests. They also have two eyes that can look in different directions at the same time.

Scientist used to believe that chameleons change colour to avoid their predators. But now we know that they are really fast. They can
run up to 21 miles per hour (33 KM) but scientists think that they found the real reason why chameleons change colour. They change colour to reflect their mood. They change into darker colours like black, blue, red etc... If they are angry that can also help to warn predators. Chameleons change into light colours if they want to attract a mate.

Scientists also believe chameleons change colour to change their temperature. Chameleons change into light colours if they are hot eg: green, yellow, green, pink etc… They also change into hot colours if they are cold. There are also 160 different species of chameleons amazing!

Overall scientists have now learnt that chameleons don't change colour to camouflage but to change their temperature and reflect their mood. They also have a special layer of cells called iridophores under their skin. These special cells which contain pigment and and reflect light, are made up of hundreds and thousands of guanine and crystals. They can also relax an excite there skin and change the structure. These reflect light and to create the variety of colours we see today. Does changing colour still seem cool to you?

W.A.L.T: Write an explanation.

What Makes A Good ANZAC Soldier.