Sunday, 12 November 2017

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek
The teacher said for the girls to go out first. 
I sensibly walked outside, well until I got to the door then  I started running like a tiger was chasing me. I was running in circles, looking for the BEST hiding spot. 20 seconds passed I still didn't know where to hide. I panicked. Then I heard  Shileen say my name. I looked around to find her. When I found her I squeezed myself next to her. I shouted ‘Hello’. Shileen slaps me “shush” she said. I saw Ethan (one of the seekers) walked past us. I tried to hold my laugh, but my laugh still found it’s  way out. He looked back but he still didn't see me. Bushes surround my hiding spot. I saw trees that could touch the sky. I also saw bird poop. I heard children talking so loud that it almost sounded like they were screaming, it was like a herd of elephants were chasing them. I heard Shileen talking, “She does not know how to whisper” I said to myself. I could here the leaves rustling in the wind. Where I hid was cold. I was not comfortable, I felt the rough bark rub on my skin. I felt confident that no one was going to find me. In my hiding spot there was a strong smell of leaves. But I could still smell the fresh morning air. 5 minutes past I was still hiding, then I heard people saying “We are going back to the classroom”. I was so happy, I ran back to the chess board with a big smile stuck on my face.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Art Blogs

Art Blogs
Week 10

I chose these photos to be my money shot because it shows 
People working together (teamwork) to make a beautiful cake and people being responsible citizens by packing up the area they were working in.

Sculpture Reflection 
Week 7-8
Sculpture Reflection 
What is found object art? 
Found object art is making something using materials that can't be bought. Using something you already have to make a masterpiece.
What did I make?
I have made a Butterfly Tree.
I used magazines to make the butterflies.

What was my inspiration?
My inspiration were these two pictures.

I thought of how I can make the butterflies using recycled materials. I found a video on YouTube called  “Origami paper butterfly”. She used coloured paper to make her butterflies 
but I wanted to use recycled items so I used magazines to make the butterflies.

Something that went well was making the newspaper ball because the ball  I made was very round but it wasn't perfect. 

I would change how I’ll make the newspaper ball. It was hard to make it a sphere. Next time I would use a balloon and paper mache it.

This is my plan for my sculpture:
Who I am working with:
Me, myself and I

Where we will work:
Art area

Things I need:
Recycled Items:
2 Paper cups
1 plastic bottles 
Newspaper 
Cardboard 
Egg carton 
Magazine 

Not Recycled Items:
Paint 
Coloured paper
Glue
Masking tape

Steps:
Cut the end and the top of the plastic bottle.
Glue a paper cup on each end.
I cannot find a bottle so I'm just gluing the two paper cups together.
Mix an equal amount of white glue and water.
Rip the newspaper into pieces.
Use the white glue and water mixture to glue the ripped newspaper pieces on the paper cups and plastic bottle.
Use the newspaper to make the texture of a bark.
Let it dry.
While it's drying make a large newspaper ball and use masking tape to keep it in a ball shape. 
When the glue is dry paint the bark brown.
Paint the ball of newspaper green.
Glue the ball of newspaper that is painted green on the bark.
Make magazine butterflies. This is a video of how I will make them. Butterfly origami I will make about 8-12. I will cut the magazine page 10 by 10 cm.
Glue the butterflies on the green newspaper ball. Till covered.


Week 8
Fly on the wall
I worked with Seohyun and Heilee for being a fly on the wall. A fly on the wall is like observing something. We have been taking photos of other classes to capture the heart of Waimairi School. We have been taking photos of Pounamu.
These are some of the photos I took:


Week 5-6
Calendar art
We got to choose between three different types of ideas on how we can make our calendar art. The choices were collage, silhouette and tapa cloths. I chose collage and silhouette. My picture has silhouette of birds on a colourful background made from magazines.
My calendar art:



Week 2-4
Arts Rotation-Drama. 
I have done drama with Danielle. She will give us a scene and we will need to act it out.
Arts Sculpture. 
For Mrs McCabe I needed to pick a sculptor and write about him/her, do 2 see,think, wonders about sculptures and I am now planning to make my own sculpture.
This is my sculptor research:
Neil Dawson
Neil Dawson is a 69 year old New Zealand sculptor.
He was born in New Zealand, Christchurch in 1948.
Neil Dawson has worked as a full-time sculptor since the late 1980s.

Some of his best-known works are The Chalice, a large inverted cone in Cathedral Square, Christchurch and Ferns a sphere created from metal fern leaves which hangs above Wellington's Civic Square.

His best known works are 
crafted from aluminium and stainless steel.

Neil Dawson has produced many sculptures throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Britain, Europe, and the United States. 

Some of Neil Dawson’s Sculptures:

Chalice⤴️

Horizons ⤴️

Ferns⤴️

Capturing a moment in
           time
We have been capturing a moment in time by taking selfies, photos and videos.










Monday, 23 October 2017

My Vacation in Philippines

My Vacation in Philippines

My day starts off at 2:00 am with my brother coming in my room and screaming at me “WAKE UP, WE ARE GOING TO PHILIPPINES”. 
I was sooo excited. I dashed across the hallway to the bathroom and brushed my teeth. I just needed to get changed and put one ☝️ more thing in my suitcase and I am ready to go. I hopped on the taxi and took my seat.

We arrived at the airport, we took our luggage and waited in a line that was like as long as a blue whale. When it was finally our turn we put the big bags on the conveyor belt.
We got on the plane.
The whole flight was about 13 hours. We had a stop at Sydney, Australia. 

When we arrived at the Manila airport we took our luggage and got on a bus and drove to Pangasinan. 

It was 1:00 am when the bus reached my grandparents house. When the dogs saw us they started barking and that's what woke them up. They went to check who it was. It was a surprise they didn't know that we were going to visit them.
When they saw us I couldn't describe how happy they looked. I haven't seen them for 3 years. My grandmother's tears of happiness ran down her face. When I went in the house the memories of me being there came back and filled me up with joy.
We slept in the room that we use to sleep in.

On our first day my brother kept on bragging about being taller than my cousins that are older than him. 
I was trying my best to speak Tagalog. It was hard to speak Tagalog all the time. I couldn't talk in English or they would have no clue on what I’m saying.

Every night my cousins would come over and we would all have dinner together.

On the day of my grandparents 50th wedding golden anniversary we had to wake up on 3:00am. We ate breakfast and brushed our teeth. Then the make up artist came. When she was doing the mascara my eyes were watering I could feel the mascara bristle touching my eyes.
When my hair and makeup was done I got into my dress. 

The anniversary was in a resort. I was one the bridesmaids. While I was walking down the aisle I was holding my dress up with my upper arm
because it was made strapless. When I finished walking the aisle a breath of relief came out. My dress didn't slip off. 
There was this one moment that everyone started crying. My uncle was saying a speech and it made everyone cry. I almost cried.
We were going to go swimming but it was too hot.

When I didn't have anything to do I would go and swing on the hammock. It was my idyllic place.

A few days past. We were going to a birthday. When we arrived at their house I saw a swimming pool. My mum said we could go swimming if we wanted to. I got in my togs. Splash! I jumped in the pool. My little brother got in the pool too.
I taught my little brother how to swim. Before he didn't even want to go in the pool. 

Days flew by.
My last day in Philippines made me want to cry. I felt like a snowman melting away. I wouldn't see them in another three years. I said my last good bye. When we arrived at the Christchurch airport we took our luggage and got on a taxi.
When we got home my smile came back. 
“It’s good to be home”. I said.



























Thursday, 28 September 2017

Sculpture Reflection

Week 7-8
Sculpture Reflection 
What is found object art? 
Found object art is making something using materials that can't be bought. Using something you already have to make a masterpiece.
What did I make?
I have made a Butterfly Tree.
I used magazines to make the butterflies.

What was my inspiration?
My inspiration were these two pictures.

I thought of how I can make the butterflies using recycled materials. I found a video on YouTube called  “Origami paper butterfly”. She used coloured paper to make her butterflies but I wanted to use recycled items so I used magazines to make the butterflies.

Something that went well was making the newspaper ball because the ball  I made was very round but it wasn't perfect. 

I would change how I’ll make the newspaper ball. It was hard to make it a sphere. Next time I would use a balloon and paper mache it.

This is my plan for my sculpture:
Who I am working with:
Me, myself and I

Where we will work:
Art area

Things I need:
Recycled Items:
2 Paper cups
1 plastic bottles 
Newspaper 
Cardboard 
Egg carton 
Magazine 

Not Recycled Items:
Paint 
Coloured paper
Glue
Masking tape

Steps:
Cut the end and the top of the plastic bottle.
Glue a paper cup on each end.
I cannot find a bottle so I'm just gluing the two paper cups together.
Mix an equal amount of white glue and water.
Rip the newspaper into pieces.
Use the white glue and water mixture to glue the ripped newspaper pieces on the paper cups and plastic bottle.
Use the newspaper to make the texture of a bark.
Let it dry.
While it's drying make a large newspaper ball and use masking tape to keep it in a ball shape. 
When the glue is dry paint the bark brown.
Paint the ball of newspaper green.
Glue the ball of newspaper that is painted green on the bark.
Make magazine butterflies. This is a video of how I will make them. Butterfly origami I will make about 8-12. I will cut the magazine page 10 by 10 cm.
Glue the butterflies on the green newspaper ball. Till covered 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Science Blogs

Science Blogs

Week 9/10
Science Blog 
I am designing a playground model.
The things that are working well are that I have made things the right size for my 7-8 cm dolls because before I made them a bit too big.
I am not rushing it to get it finished I am taking my time.

My struggle was that I made the playground equipments look big for my dolls so I had to restart because I couldn't fit all my equipment on my painted canvas. I took everything down. This time I made things a little smaller.

I think I am working well. I am enjoying working by myself because I could make the playground look exactly how I want it to look like.

Improvements I made were that I was more responsible with bringing the things I need because if I had a buddy she would maybe bring it and I don't have to worry. But if I’m working by myself I have to make sure that I bring all the things I need.

Next science making time I would be making.
(In order)
Flying fox. climbing wall, swing, see-saw, merry go round and a basketball hoop.
I probably won't finish it all.
This is my plan⤵️
Playground Model Plan
Playground Equipments 
I will make:
Slide, see-saw, swing, monkey bars, merry-go-round, climbing wall, flying fox, basketball hoop, fireman pole.
Connecting Parts:
crawl tubes, climbers, platforms and bridges.
Extra:
Picnic table and water fountain.

Who I will work with:
By myself. 

Things I will need:
Popsicle sticks in different sizes
String and rope
Modelling clay
Bendable wire
Wooden dowels
Cardboard tubes 
Cardboard and paper
Scissors ✂️,glue and rulers
Coloured pencils ✏️
Toothpicks 
Funny shaped straws
Square canvas
Bottle caps

Before I start crafting:
Have my plan done, bought everything that I don't have, collected cardboard, bottle caps and paper tubes.

Steps:
Finished my plan.
Gather all my materials.
Cover the bottom of my square pot with green paper.
     Make small marks on the green paper to show where I want my playgrounds equipments to be.
Start making my playground equipments.
Add final details.
Ideas

Steps to make the...
Slide: 
Cut a long piece of thin cardboard. 
 Cut a sides for the slide.
Glue the long piece of thin cardboard to the sides.
Cover with paper and decorate.
See-saw:
Cut a skewer to fit two big popsicle sticks.
Thread beads on the skewer.
Glue the ends of a big popsicle stick to the skewer.
Glue the two popsicle sticks to two beads.
Make the handle.
Monkey bars:
Cut skewers for the bars.
Glue the cut skewers to another skewer.(not cut) 
Glue the skewers to a popsicle stick.
Add a popsicle sticks on each end of the popsicle stick.
Merry go round:
Make four clay chairs. Wait to dry.
Make a cross with two popsicle sticks and make a hole in the middle.
Put a 3-4 cm straw through the hole.
Put a 4-5 cm skewer in the straw.
When the chairs are dry paint them and glue them on each end of the popsicle stick.
Climbing wall:
Make drops of hot glue on coloured pieces of paper. Wait to dry.
When dry peel off and glue on cardboard.
Glue the cardboard to a platform.
Flying fox:
Thread a bead through wire.
Cut string and glue on the bead.
Glue a piece of cardboard on the end of the string.
Fireman’s pole
Glue a skewer to a popsicle stick.
Glue the popsicle stick on a platform.

How this use force:
Slide: A slide uses push, gravity and acceleration. The gravity is pushing you from the top of the slide down to the ground. It also uses acceleration, you traveling down the slide.
See-saw: A see-saw uses gravity and balance. The two people on either end have to be roughly the same weight to keep it balance. Each person take turns to be pushed by gravity.
Monkey bars: Monkey bars use gravity. Gravity pulls you and that's why it is hard to get across to the end.
Swing: The swing force is gravity, deceleration and acceleration. Once you start to pump your legs you start to pick up speed and start to swing then gravity pulls you and the swing back towards the ground. But if you stop pumping 
you start to de accelerate.
Merry-go-round: The merry-go-round uses push deceleration and acceleration. It starts to accelerate when you start pushing it. When you stop pushing it starts to decelerate. 
Climbing wall: Climbing walls use both push and pull because your hands pull you up to reach the next plank or your feet will push you to help reach the next plank.
Flying fox: The flying fox uses gravity, push and friction. You have to push yourself to the other side while the gravity is pushing you down. The friction between the handle and the wire makes it not last forever.
Fireman’s pole: The fireman’s pole uses gravity. Let the pole slide between your hands and the friction between you and the pole will slow you down so you won't go to fast. Gravity will push you down to the ground.


Week 8
Science Blog
Introduction: What is force?
Everything needs a force to make it move.
Force is push or pull.
Push is a forward force and pull is a force that goes towards you.
Example of force being used is when a door opens and closes. It uses push and pull.
Gravity is a force that keeps us and everything on the ground.
Without gravity everything would just float away.
Friction is the force that makes it difficult for things to move freely when they are touching each other.
These are Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion:
Inertia: When an object will continue to be the same, until a force changes it.
Acceleration: When an object is increasing speed.
For every action there is a reaction.

What I did:
I have explored rocket balloons with Seohyun and Shileen. The materials we used were a balloon, a 3m string, tape and 10cm straw. 
Our steps:
We needed to find a suitable area to work in.
Thread the straw to the string.
Tape our balloon to the straw.
 Tape our 3m string on two objects to make it 180 degrees.
Blow the balloon and hold.
Let go!!! And watch the balloon travel.
Balloon⤵️

What we changed:
Time 1,2,3 were all the same variables. 
String 3m, angle 180 degree, balloon size 25cm by 19cm, straw 10cm and firm tension. Time 1 was 1.35 seconds, time 2 was 1.01 seconds and time 3 was 1.38 seconds.
First we change the size of the balloon to 20cm by 15cm to see if the acceleration slows down. The time was 1.28 seconds and 1.78 seconds . It didn't go slower so we tried changing the tension to a loose tension. I was surprised because the time was 7.90 seconds and 2.65 seconds. We achieved making the balloon travel slower. Then we tried making it go faster. We changed the balloon type. The balloon looked like a big sausage. The size was 27 cm by 7 cm when blown up.
It was so fast that it was less that 1 second, 0.73 and 0.95. We still wanted it to go faster so we made the balloon bigger. The size was 32 cm by 10 cm but it didn't go faster the time was 0.78.
I learnt that the sausage like balloon goes faster than the regular balloon because the sausage like balloon was smaller when it was not blown up so it is trying harder to get back to his original size, the air from the balloon travels faster.


How can I use this new learning:
I can show this to my brothers and make it so they can play with it. I can also use this learning to make a balloon powered cardboard car.

My wonderings:
I wonder what would happen if we added two balloons.
I also wonder why the second try of loosening the string went faster.

How does my activity use force:
The air from the balloon pushes the balloon to the end of the string.





Week 7
Science Blog
What I’ve done:
I have explored rocket balloons again. The materials that we used to make it was a 3 meter string, a 10 cm straw and a balloon. I worked with Shileen and Seohyun. I also designed a pulley system. I worked with Seohyun in the tiered seating.

What I found out:
I found out that reducing some air from the balloon to make it a few centimetres smaller doesn't affect the acceleration of the balloon. 

What I wonder:
I wonder if the balloon would go faster if I added 1 more balloon.
I wonder how we can slow the acceleration of the balloon but the balloon reaches the end.



Week 6
Science Blog
What I’ve done:
I got to choose between three activities and they are basketball bounce, ping pong ramps, or chair pulley. I chose to make a ping pong ramp because it looked fun. I worked with Seohyun, Shileen and Grace in the tiered seating. The materials we used were bookholders, meter rulers, phone pipes, clipboards and books. 

What I've found out:
I found out that the ball goes down the ramp because gravity pushes it down.
I also found out that the ball will go down a ruler that is horizontal, the ruler has ⅔ hanging at the end of a chair and ⅓ on the chair so the part that is hanging gives it weight and the ruler bends a little so it's not completely straight. That's how the ball goes down.
I learnt that there is science in everyday things you do.

What I wonder:
I wonder if will the ball go down if the ramp was on the moon.


Week 5
Science Blog 
What I’ve done:
I have explored rocket balloons again with Kiri in the room 12 end. We used string, a balloon and a straw. I also made a chair pulley with Vanessa we used rope, basket and two chairs.

What I found out:
I found out when I was doing the chair pulley that the basket moves because it grips on the string and goes to the direction that it is moving.

What I wonder:
I wonder what kinds of things do they use the pulley for.


Week 4
Science Blog
What I’ve done:
I have explored rocket balloons. I used a balloon, a straw and string. I also explored catapults. Grace, Seohyun and I used popsicles sticks, rubber bands, a spoon and cotton balls.

What have I found out:
I have found out that it was not easy to make a catapult that shoots the cotton ball far it was easier to make one that shoots the cotton ball high.

What I wonder:
I wonder if I change the design of the catapult would the cotton ball go further?




Thursday, 15 June 2017

My High Ropes Experience

My High Ropes Experience 
It was my second day at camp. We passed the wooden bridge. We were on our way to high ropes.
My heart ❤️ was bursting with excitement. We arrived at the 30 feet high playground. 

Safety first! We put our helmets and harnesses on. Graham (A Wainui camp helper) checked our helmets and harnesses to make sure their tight. 

When I cast my eyes on the obstacles, I felt like I was an ant. I felt a bang in my legs they were shaking. It was my turn to do the giant ladder. I put my foot on the first plank of wood. I pull myself up. I felt like I was a fat cat trying to climb a tree. When I got up to the 4th or 5th plank of wood, I had a feeling that I was going to fall, like there was a bee in my mind telling me 
“You're going to fall”. 
“Can I go down” I mumbled.
When they (the belayer) were putting me down I was very proud of myself that I got that far. 

We tried another obstacle. I gazed at it for a moment, this looks harder. I got up the rope ladder. Then I was doing the climbing wall “uhhh uggh” I couldn't reach the other plank. I told them (the belayer) that I wanted to get down. 

After high ropes my heart was filled with happiness. I skipped back to camp with a big smile stuck on my face.


Monday, 5 June 2017

Clothing Writing

Clothing Writing

My owner used to love ❤️ me, she used to wear me everyday but I have been sitting at the back of her closet for days. It’s lightless where I lay, but there's a streak of light peeking through the little opening between her doors. I see her with her new dress, she's twirling like a ballerina, that dress is evil. I recollect the memories when she first wore me. I was filled with envy. A few days later she opened the closet door she picked me up and looked at me for a moment. “MUM!” She yelled. “I don't want this dress anymore, you can give it to Tara.” My ❤️ heart was torn to pieces. But there was a bee in my head telling me who is Tara.

Her mum grabbed me and tried to throw me in a basket like I was a basketball. “SHOOT” That irritated my ears. (If I had one) I stayed there for days and days. The purple and blue floral pattern on me now stained and my pink fabric, wrinkled. It smelled a dump site in there.

I was tossed in this monster with a round mouth. Suddenly it started spinning around like a crazy Ferris wheel, but filled up with bubbly water. I was taken out. “That was the worst ride ever!!!” 

Her mum brought me to her car and drove off. When we arrived she gave me to a girl with midnight hair and with hazel brown eyes, that must be Tara. She looked overjoyed when she saw me. She raced to her room a put me on. From that day on she always wore me everyday. I was by someone again loved again.

I my writing I used: Similes: twirling like a ballerina, spinning around like a crazy Ferris wheel, basket like I was a basketball. 
Wow words: lightless, peeking, twirling, envy, tossed.
I need to work on using better and stronger verbs.