Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Blooms Taxonomy - Novel Study: Task Two:

Novel Study - Blooms Taxonomy

Comprehension: Task two:
What genre of book is this? List three evidences of this:
The genre of this novel “I Am Not Esther” is suitable for young adults or teenagers. It is fiction because it is based on a true story but is like it is true as well as in the novel!
- Because of the language content throughout the novel.
- Because of the way Fleur Beale has structured this novel.
- Because of the formate and the descriptive words she has used.

Comprehension: Task Two:

Tell in your own words about the beginning of the novel in a 45 second speech to the class or on a paper!

I am in the Reading Group Chapter 7 and the novel we read is called “I Am Not Esther.” I am going to explain the beginning of this book for 45 seconds in Esther’s perspective.
I can’t believe my mother is leaving me with some PEOPLE I haven’t met before. She’s leaving me with I don’t even know what to say anymore! Time passed and mum was gone. She had already left and I hated to see her go! Mum never did this to me. She will come back for me right? Oh, who am I even talking to? No ones even here! (sigh). When Uncle Caleb picked me up. I hated it! When I got to the house. Aunt Naomi changed my name and said that it was Esther. I was so angry! I didn’t want to change my name to that name! Just because they are religious and they believe in GOD! Doesn’t mean I do!!! I am being pushed down a really, really long pathway and I don’t want to be down there! I just want to be back to my normal life where. I live with my mum and we’re happy living together.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Blooms Taxonomy - Novel Study: Task Two

Novel Study - Blooms taxonomy
Comprehension: Task Two:
What genre of book is this? List three evidences of this:
The genre of this novel “I Am Not Esther” is suitable for young adults or teenagers. It is fiction because it is based on a true story but is like it is true as well as in the novel!
- Because of the language content throughout the novel.
- Because of the way Fleur Beale has structured this novel.
- Because of the formate and the descriptive words she has used.

Blooms Taxonomy: Task One: Knowledge

Novel Study - Blooms taxonomy
Task one: knowledge
Name all of the characters in the novel and describe them.
Miriam - She is a open minded girl, who speaks what she feels and says what she tells her mind! But then one day, she stood up for herself and told them exactly how she felt. Now, she is DEAD to their family.
Magdalene - Magdalene(AKA Maggie) is Esther’s best friend. Because when Esther first moved there, Maggie wanted to be friends with her already!
Esther - Esther is a substanced ordered young girl who is just like Miriam, but she just speaks her mind. Esther was the name Aunt Naomi changed it to because they are religious and they believe in God. Kirby(AKA Esther) prayed for the first time saying that God, will keep Zillah safe!
Daniel - Daniel is the oldest and most maturest
Aunt Naomi - She is Esther’s Aunt and she had just given birth to a young baby girl named Zillah.
Uncle Caleb - He is a strict but fun uncle to Esther. But is also a fun dad to Magdalene, Daniel, Zillah, Rebbeca, etc.
Mrs Fletcher - She is a teacher at school who is like a school council monitor who Kirby talks to at school and she trys to help her find Kirby’s mum!
Ellen - Ellen is Esther’s mum. Who abandoned Esther and left her with people she never met before! But then later on in the nel, she then realises  that she made a mistake. She want s to
see her daughter one more time!

Section One: Knowledge
Make a word search containing 10 or more words in your novel.

Section Two: knowledge
what other books have the author written? list them below:
- Fierce September
- Slide The corner
- Dear Pop
- Deadly Prospect
- Fifteen and Screaming
- Ambushed
- AP Destination Disaster
- Walking Lightly
- Driving A Bargain

Friday, 24 May 2013

Caprice - My Oobleck Experiment

This is my Oobleck Experiment. We had to MIX cornflour, water and a drop of blue food colouring. We had to use our hands as tghe wooden spoon to mix it all together. Be sure to leave me some next piece of work!!!!

Caprice - My Novel Study I Am Not Esther

WALT self manage our reading time while maintaining meaning and understanding in an extended text.

I am in the Chapter 7 Reading group.  This week we are reading the novel I am Not Esther.  It was written by Fleur Beale.

You can find all of my work in my novel study doc in my Reading folder.  It is titled ‘Novel Study Task Sheet - Term 2 Week 2-3.

Reading Plan:

We have decided to read the following parts of our novel on these days:

Day One: Page 1 to Page 30

Day Two: Page 31 to Page 55

Day Three: Page 56 to Page 80

Day Four: Page 81 to Page 109

Day Five: Page 110 to Page 159

Day Six: Page 160 to Page 200

By the end of day six, the novel should be finished!

Reading Tasks:

These will be completed each day, after I have read my section of the novel.

Task One:
Choose 2 new words you have come across while reading today.  Write the words.  Write a direct quote from the book using quote marks and write the page number you found it.  Now write down what you think it means, then find the meaning of the word in a dictionary or online dictionary and write it down.
1. Write a description about the main character in  the story
Fellowship - A group of people meeting to pursue a shared interest or aim. My Definition - To worship a God or God’s.
Hysterics - A wildly emotional and exaggerated reaction. My Definition - Reaction
Uncontrollable laughter.

Task Two:
Write a summary of what you have read today.  Remember a summary should be written in your own words and should be quite brief (short).
A young girl named Kirby who is abandoned by her mum. Kirby’s mum goes to Africa while Kirby is left with her mum’s sibling who change her name to Esther. But, she is very uncomfortable with that change in her life. She is being pushed down a pathway she doesn’t want to be in and suffers the change her mum had to go through whilst she was a child. Kirby is snatched away. There is no TV or radio. No mirrors. She is forced to have her hair in a plait and is forced to wear long, modest clothes. And must behave in a ‘Godly’ fashion. Can she keep up with it?
Task Three:
Task Four:
The daily questions

Daily Questions

Day One:
Describe the main setting. In this story it is set in Wellington, at a happy house. This house is filled with religious human beings.
How important is it? Well, to Aunt Naomi. This house is very important because of all the fun times she and the family had during the time they lived in that house. And they still live there as well.
Does the setting help set a mood? Yes. This setting helps set a happy mood for Aunt Naomi, Uncle Caleb and the children. But most of the time this setting sets a sad and blue mood for Esther(AKA Kirby). This is because she doesn’t want to be there!!! Will she STAY or will she GO?

Day Two:
Analyse two characters.  Describe their physical characteristics (what they look like) and their personality traits (e.g. friendly, kind, horrible, nasty).  Use a Venn Diagram to complete this task.  
He is the oldest but most maturest BIG BROTHER any little brother or sister could ever have. He asks if he could take the family out for a walk, he asks if anyone needs help and that’s what a REAL BROTHER would do!!! He is very kind, mostly happy and when he’s angry. He doesn’t take it out on anyone. Daniel is a friendly, loving, helpful, trustworthy AND he is a BROTHER!!!

Day Three:
What is the plot?  Explain what the conflict (problem) or goal is and how the character is trying to solve or achieve it.
The problem is that Kirby(AKA Esther) is abandoned by her mother and is forced down a path she doesn’t want to be down. She is like a tree standing tall at one time, then getting cut down at the other time! She is rushed in the race, she doesn’t want to wear long, modest clothes! She just wants things to go back to normal!

Day Four:
How have the characters developed since the start of the story? At the start of this novel Esther(AKA Kirby) moved out to live with her religious family. She didn’t know any of these children. The only people she knew was Aunt Naomi and Uncle Caleb. But then going towards the end of this novel, she get’s to know everyone and becomes great friends(cousins) with Magie(Magdalene).
Has anyone shown a different side? Yes. Ever since Aunt Naomi went into hospital to give birth to Zillah, uncle caleb felt weak and incomplete. This is because Aunt Naomi used to be a great comfort to him, and I guess he just wasn’t the same anymore.
What would you do if you were that character? If I was Uncle caleb, I would harden up and just keep in mind that Aunt naomi will be fine with Zillah(new born baby) up at the hospital. Knowing that she has lot’s of nurses and doctors around her to help her get through it!!!

Day Five:
What do you predict the ending will be?  Why do you think this?  
I think that Ellen(Kirby’s mother) will come back and KNOW that she made the wrong decision to leave her CHILD with some of her siblings.

Day Six:
What is the theme of your novel?  What message, moral, or lesson is the author trying to get across.  Was the theme explicit or implicit (did the author make it obvious or did you have to use your inference skills to figure it out?).

I thought that Fleur Beale wrote this novel because when you read it. it really feels like she wrote this because she might have been down that pathway in her childhood. Most of the time I had to use my inferring skills to find out whether or not she would stay with Maggie or go and be free! the moral of this novel is that if you are left alone in this HUGE world with people you don’t want to be with, the MOST MATURE thing to DO is to stay with them and just keep in mind that you’re not the only person in this world SUFFERING from the nightmare that you cannot wake up from!

This is my NOVEL STUDY DOC I did the past week. This is the reflection on a Novel I read called I Am Not Esther. Be sure to leave me some interesting comments including FF and FB for my next piece of work I post! Stay Cool!

Monday, 20 May 2013

What Is Self Rising Flour: Internet Version

Self-rising flour has an almost magical sound to it. And if you look at recipes that call for it, you’ll see that they do not call for the addition of salt or leavening agents, though biscuits, cakes and breads made with seem to rise up just fine. The reason for this is that self-rising flour is actually nothing of the sort. It is flour that has a leavening agent – baking powder – and salt added to it during packaging. Since the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the flour, you will get the same nice lift to your baked goods every time you use it.
If you don’t have self-rising flour and you have a recipe that calls for it, you can make your own by combining 1 cup all purpose flour with 1 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt. Similarly, if you only have self-rising flour, you can reduce the baking powder and salt called for in a recipe that uses standard all purpose flour.
Now that being said, it is also worth noting that there are several brands of self-rising flour that have a lower protein content than all purpose flour (11% protein). They are effectively cake flours (8% protein). Wheat protein, or gluten, is what gives baked goods much of their structure, but it can also cause a bread to be too dense or tough. White Lily and Presto are two examples of self-rising brands that use a low-protein cake flour as their base, and if a recipe calls for one of them, you should use cake flour in place of all purpose in the conversion given above.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Where Did They Go - Jaffa Experiment

This is my Where Did They Go - Jaffa Experiment, Deandra, Charday, Salome, Sau and I did. Be sure to leave US some comments including FF and FB!!!

How To Play Wild, Wild Taxi - Caprice and Unique

This is Unique and my Procedural Text about How To Play Wild, Wild Taxi. I recommend that you SHOULD play this game because it is a lot of fun, BUT it take lots of focusing. Be sure to leave me some comment including FF and FB!!!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Where Did They Go - Jaffa Experiment.

This is our Group Experiment Reflection. This presentation has information on the time limit, the purpose and more! Be sure to leave me some comments including FF and FB!!!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

My Maths Goals For 2013

After sitting our e-asTTle test this term we analysed our group pathways which helped us identify our group Maths goals for this term. Here are my group Maths goals:

The red represents the gaps I made

The yellow represents the strengths I have

The blue represents the things I have to achieve


The green represents the questions I achieved.

These are our goals we need to achieve:
WALT explain the meaning of digits in numbers up to 3 decimal places.
  • WALT order decimals and fractions up to and equivalent of 3 decimal places. 
  • WALT express a fraction as a decimal (and vice versa). 
  • WALT express quantities as fractions or percentages of a whole. 

Caprice - Blog Commenting

This is my Blog Commenting Presentation I did with the help of Cluster Blogs, and Classroom Blogs. You should check out our classroom blog to get through to our students in Room 7. At Anyway. Be sure to leave me some comments just like I did to these people's blogs in my presentation. Including FF and FB as well!!!

Monday, 13 May 2013 Donates 100,000,00 Dollars To Maniakalani Education Trust

Faith,Taylor,Jayden and Mavis got the chance to experience another way of  learning with the Manaiakalani.
A fantastic piece of new which came to us as "Someone donated some money to the Manaikalani education trust" Well we found out that someone was Mr Will.I.Am
I hope you enjoy reading my awesome experience below 
Please leave a comment!!

Thursday 6 May 2013, was well... the best day of our life!!! I’m not being dramatic or anything but a group of students got the chance to see that Mr.William James Adams,otherwise known as Will.I.Am . He has donated $100,000 to the Manaiakalani Education Trust. We were told at first that it was an anonymous donater but when we arrived we got the news that it was Will.I.Am himself who had donated the money.It was something worth experiencing.

When the cheque was presented we were thankful and honored for his helpful donation towards the Manaiakalani Education Trust. His inspirational words motivated us all as students to keep moving forward in life.

The words that he preached today was "My mission is to help transform disadvantaged youths, and I hope my donation to the Manaiakalani Trust will help these young people gain the skills they need for tomorrow's job market."

We acknowledged that fact the he shared a small portion of his life with us about growing up with  only his mum to raise him and about the fact that music and arts literally saved his life. He told us that his dream was to look after his mother and siblings.

When he told us what his dream was we felt like we could do something with our life. Meeting or hearing him wasn’t just hearing or seeing him as a celebrity but we got to hear and see him as a person who motivated himself to succeed in life.

We came back to school feeling glad we got to be part of something worth remembering, we got to be part of something we could tell our friends with pride and experience.

Friday, 10 May 2013

My Reading Group Goals For Term 2

  • After sitting our e-asTTle test this term we analysed our group pathways which helped us identify our group reading goals for this term. Here are my group reading goals:

  • WALT use skimming and scanning skills to locate specific information(Find, Select, Retrieve)
  • WALT use our knowledge of strategies to solve read unknown words so that we gain meaning from the test.
  • WALT make inferences to help us identify the main ideas and to evaluate the authors purpose for writing the text.

Spelling Progress: Term Two: Week One

Term 2 2013

Spelling Progress Term 2