Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Learning how to read scientific reports

Kia ora
We are learning how to read and write scientific reports. We have been doing experiments and writing about them. This is a reading activity we did. We had to be able to match a thesis with its hypothesis.

We are learning how to understand the structure and language of a report about a scientific experiment #3 Understanding that a hypothesis is a brainy prediction based on what you already know.
In this exercise you need to match a thesis with its hypothesis.  Use the ‘Fill tool’ to colour code the matching ideas.
                               Thesis                                                                      Hypothesis
I know this……                                                                         So therefore if I do this I think this will happen…
I know that a puddle of water is a small amount of water lying (usually) on the ground. I know that water is a substance which is found on our planet and that it can exist as a solid (ice), liquid or a gas (water vapour). I know that the main reason water changes from one state to another on Earth is because of  temperature -heat or cold. On Earth a sunny day is when there are no clouds, the sky is blue and the temperature is usually warm or hot.
I predict that when I mix vinegar and baking soda together that a chemical reaction will occur and that I will be able to notice this. I might feel hotness or coldness, notice smoke or bubbles, smell something, hear some kind of noise or  find that the taste or texture of the foods has changed.
I know that heavy things usually sink and light things float. However, container ships are heavy but they still float so there must be more things that have an effect on floating than just weight. Blutack is a squishy material that is quite light. It usually comes as a wide, flat strip but you can shape it into a round ball, a sausage shape, an O shape etc or you could flatten it out into a thin, wide shape like a leaf or saucer. Leaves usually float and ships look a little like a leaf shape.
I predict that when I take an ice cube out of a freezer it will begin to change back into liquid water (this is called melting) because it will no longer be colder than 0 degrees centigrade.
I know that an ice cube is water which is frozen. I know that that liquid water freezes into ice when the temperature reaches 0 degrees centigrade. An ice cube will stay an ice cube as long as it stays in a freezer.
I predict that if I make a puddle of water somewhere on the playground on a hot, dry day that the puddle will dry up and disappear quite quickly.
I know that everything we eat is made up of different kinds of chemicals.Sometimes when you mix different chemicals together they react with each other in different ways and the substances will do things that they didn’t do before (chemical reaction) and become different to what they were like before (chemical change). You will be able to notice things happening by using your 5 senses to  listen, smell, feel, look at and sometimes taste what is going on. I know that vinegar and baking soda are both food substances and I learned that they are chemically different
I predict that if I take some ice cubes out of a freezer and wrap them in different materials, I will find that one material will keep the ice cube frozen for longer than the others. This material would then have proven itself to be the best insulator.
I know that liquid water changes into a solid (ice) when the temperature reaches 0 degrees centigrade. I know that a freezer will keep water solid because a freezer’s job is to keep food at a temperature just below 0 degrees centigrade.
We are going to use Bluetack as our material. We will use the same amount of Blutack to make three different shapes. One will be a straight, rectangular strip of Blutack, one will be a compact, round ball and the third will be a rounded  saucer shape like a boat. We predict that at least one of these will float.
I know that insulators are materials that can be used to protect yourself from too much heat or cold. When we put clothes on because we are cold, the clothes are insulators which help our bodies stay warm. If you put insulating material like Pink Batts in the ceiling of your house, in the winter the Batts help keep warm air inside the house. In the summer, The Pink Batts help stop hot air coming into the house so they help to keep us cool. Many  food containers like Thermos flasks and Chilly Bins are made out of insulating materials to keep food hot or cold.
I predict that when I put some liquid water into a freezer it will change from a liquid state into a solid state (ice) because the temperature in the freezer will be below 0 degrees centigrade.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Learning how to write reports about a scientific experiment.

Kia ora.

We are having a science fair this term so we needed to learn how to write a report about a scientific experiment. Our teachers chopped a piece of scientific writing into bits and we had to sort them out into the right order. We had to match the structure clues with the correct sentences and paragraphs. It was tricky. When we were finished we used the report to carry out a floating and sinking experiment using Blutack.The Blutack wouldn’t float unless we squeezed  it into the shape of a boat. It was fun. Here is a picture.

Friday, June 30, 2017


Kia ora
On Wednesday and Thursday, we went to the Auckland zoo. We went because our school got chosen to go on Zoofari. We slept in the old elephant house by the tarantulas. We drove down on a bus, 
it took about five or six hours. When we were halfway there we stopped to have lunch 
and go toilet, after we ate we could play around. When we got to the zoo we unpacked the bus and put all our stuff in the old elephant house.

Me and my friend are doing a poster about a brown kiwi. I went and saw a kiwi at the kiwi house and found out more about kiwis. Two things I found out were that a kiwi egg can take up most of the kiwis body and that kiwis do not have fur on their body they have feathers. 
Poroporoaki Pai     


Friday, June 23, 2017

Kiwi Kids News

This is one of my Kiwi Kids News articles. 

We use a site called Kiwi Kids News to find out what is happening in the world.
We use this site to learn more about the world and what has happened in the world. 
I read an article about the new Waterview Tunnel in Auckland. This happened on the 21st of June, 2017.
Waterview Tunnel opens in Auckland

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?  

NZ Prime Minister.

2. What was the key event from the news article?  
Waterview Tunnel opens in Auckland.

3. Where did this event take place?  
In Auckland by the Waterview.

4. When did this event take place?
June 21, 2017.

Monday, June 19, 2017

why people should fundraise for homeless people

Have you ever slept outside by the road with nowhere to go or have any shelter? I don't think so. Hi, my name is Rico and I am going to talk to you about why people should fundraise for homeless people, in 2006 the number of homeless was 33,295 people and it started to grow - in 2013 it was 41,075   
Thirdly would you ever want to be homeless or have no one by your side to help you with something hard in life. Where do they live, some people live in their cars on the side of the road and even in parks or under bridges, it is very dangerous.
Firstly, it is sad to see people outside starving, cold and needing a home. with no friends and family to protect them. Do you ever think about how long they have been suffering
outside with no money?         
So how can they be helped? The Government have given the homeless people some money in Auckland so they can find cheaper houses and to make sure that they can live a longer life and have shelter over their heads
Two, they did not choose to be outside for the rest of their lives without being taught how to protect themselves or how to do anything or anything to help them throughout their lives.  
Finally, how can we help them, we need to start fundraising and making a big pot of food to make them feel happier and better than they are now because we all need to live and have a happy life. I hope you will help too so we can make sure everybody has a nice cosy home to go to at the end of the day

Learning Journey 2017

Hi my name is Rico and this is my Learning Journey for term two.
Learning Journey 2017

At age level
Term      1      2     3      4

Spelling -
Grade Spelling
Term   1      2      3     4  

Stage 6 by end of Year 5
End Stage 6 by end of Year 6

Stage 7


Stage 6




Stage 5

13-14 yrs


Stage 4


Essential List
Term 1   2    3    4
Stage 2-3





Writing - Expected Levels
Year 5 - 3B by the end of Year 5
Year 6 - 3A by the end of Year 6












Basic facts