It was with some sadness that the Neinsteins farewelled their role as this blog’s curators yesterday! We have absolutely loved the chance to share our learning stories with an already established audience. We have been excited by the collaboration and projects that have come from this week and we can’t wait to watch where in the world this blog goes from here!
We do have one last request for our “Flat Neinstein” who is currently at the Olympic Games in London and looking forward to going to the Paralympics shortly…
We want to bring Neinstein home by having him make short jumps from classroom to classroom back to Dunedin New Zealand… Would you be willing to post our mascot/logo in the form of an A4 piece of paper and share a little piece of your learning with us?
If so, could you please leave a comment below and the Neinsteins will be in touch…
I had so much fun at the Ukelele Jam on Friday. More than 400 children arrived at George Street Normal School ready to jam on their ukeleles together! It was a fantastic morning and I wish we could do that sort of thing more often. ukelele day
Thanks to Mrs Caldwell, our music teacher for organising the day!
Dear Ms B
This morning we took my Dad down to yachting and saw this sign that has been put up especially. We have won three gold medals in rowing at the Olympics and they are all from the South Island! I thought you would like it!
We have absolutely loved being a part of the Pass the Blog project and have especially enjoyed the feedback and suggestions from teachers from other places. THANKYOU!
Earlier this week, James and Ryan shared a draft of their news post. They got feedback and then went out and edited/ refined their first draft. If this was a written text it would be their second draft.
Ms B is really proud of the boys who worked through their lunch breaks to produce this text…
Ella and her mum, Camilla, came into our class to show us ‘Boo Bubbles.’ Camilla told us that boo bubbles are made of dry ice. Dry ice is a solid form of gas called co2. Dry ice is -75 degrees Celsius – very cold. You cannot hold solid dry ice in your hand.
Camilla held a piece of dry ice up and it looked like it was smoking. This process is called ‘sublimation, which means the solid form is turning back into gas. Then Camilla put the dry ice in the cold water. The water looked like it was boiling. There was lots of white gas forming on the top of the water.
When we dipped the hose, attached to the container of dry ice and water, into the bubble mixture the gas created solid looking white, purple coloured bubbles. The bubbles popped on our hands because our hands had grease on them. We pulled our sleeves over our hands and held onto the bubbles. I noticed when I held the bubble that it slowly shrank and when it got tiny it burst. When a big bubble burst I saw a puff of steam, which was actually just the co2 gas.
Shania is back with us after spending over 6 months in Dunedin and Auckland hospitals. More recently she has been in the Wilson Centre for rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Shania has returned to Dunedin and our School. She said that her favourite thing was coming home and seeing her cat, Felix.
Shania is usually back at school for 1 hour before morning tea.We love having her back learning with us.
The Neinsteins continue to use Skype to break down their classroom walls and reach out to experts, other classrooms and to explore the world.
This month they are learning with their friends from Broadlands School which is near Taupo. They are teaching the Neinsteins a waiata called Puti Puti. During their first skype session during Maori language week, James greeted Room 5 and shared his mihi. They then sang a waiata.
Room 5 replied with Ethan’s mihi and a waiata called Utaina. They then offered to teach the Neinsteins a waiata called “Puti Puti”. To top it off, Room 5 created this fantastic teaching video that the Neinsteins have used throughout the week to master the words.
Today, the Neinsteins skyped back into Room 5 at Broadlands. It felt like they were just calling friends! Room 5 showed the Neinsteins the actions to Puti Puti today and are once again going to put together a teaching video for them.
The Neinsteins can’t wait to video them performing Puti Puti so that Room 5 can see the amazing influence they have had on them!
Earlier this week we asked our readers to let us know what they are enjoying about the Olympics and how they think their teams will go. In maths today, we took the data and began graphing it.
Out first question was what Olympic sport are you most enjoying?
This graph shows us:
that swimming is the most popular event.
gymnastics and rowing are enjoyed equally as much.
the people who replied like many different sports. This shows how different people’s interests are.
My squad landed here at Gallipoli today and the Turks welcomed us with some shelling, hundreds died right there in front of us! I’m just glad I wasn’t one of them.
Then we had to dig our trenches while the Turks fired upon us. My mate Jacoe was shot in the arm twice and sent to the infirmary.
I met Jack Simpson today, I helped him load an injured soldier onto his donkey and then he took him back to the infirmary.
And also when we were training a bomber attacked us, when the bomb went of our General said a bad word, it was pretty funny but we finally found him and took him hostage.
Three days here and I’m scared straight I can’t close my eyes and every time I here a noise I grab my gun! Even the mice in the trench are scaring me.
Anyway today when the whistle blows we charge at the Turkish trenches and hope to take them. WWWHHHOOOAAA the whistle just blew I grabbed my gun and took a couple steps towards our tanks but then I must of got shot because I blacked out.
I woke up in the infirmary with Jacoe by my side he told me that Jack Simpson found me and took me to our new trenches.
Today Jacoe and some other of the ANZACS were shot dead by Turkish Machine Gun fire near ANZAC Cove I could just imagine how sad Mrs. Dulis is going be when she gets the telegram.
Pretty soon I’m getting an award for saving and bringing Jacoe’s body back to camp for his Funeral.
Now I’ve got fourteen medals and trophies but this one is definitely one I’ll remember.
Last night while I was asleep I herd these weird noises like dogs barking and donkey’s hooves trotting but now I know why, reinforcements came while we were asleep with tracking dogs and more donkeys.
Man as soon as a gun fired they screamed and barked it was almost funnier then when the general swore.
The new donkeys were so clean compared to the ones that have been here since the start. Anyway Gallipoli are still pushing my buttons with loads of bombs and bullets every couple of minutes!
Tomorrow me and a couple other hundred ANZACS are going to try push further up into Turkish boundaries we are gonna have to climb up the cliffs to the Turkish tents its crazy but it may just work.
Today is the day we take Gallipoli oh sorry journal I got to go it’s time!
Hello I’m another Anzac soldier called Ralph, Jake has died he was shot while he was climbing up the cliff and fell down and fell into the the rocky beach his body has been buried in Flanders Field along with the other thousands of men who died today.
We are learning to produce video texts as a way of sharing our news. Ms B was so excited when she found this video that the boys made during lunchtime. Please view it as a first draft and give them some valuable feedback… They have one very proud teacher who is hoping her neinsteins can develop their own next steps…
Can you, our readers help us to develop our Vlogging Skills by giving us feedback?
On Monday we began to tune into our new inquiry… We launched our cups of knowledge by sharing in a cup of water and thinking about water and how it fits in our daily lives. We have put a sample of our current knowledge into our cups and will add to them as we learn more. This term, we will watch our learning grow by asking ourselves “So What?” on a daily basis. Watch our cups of knowledge fill up and flow over…
I liked having time to think about what I think I know and think about what I don’t know. It was fun having time to present our cups of knowledge, drink water and take photos.
This year our inquiry is all about our planet and how its Spheres interact with each other. During the first half of the year, we acted like geologists. We went on field trips, interviewed volcanologists and investigated buildings and Second Beach.
This term we have begun to think about the water on our planet, after all – It’s not just rocks! Like St Mary’s School, we began to think about our wonderings. Normally these are just displayed on a wall in our room but we thought it was pretty cool that readers began to contribute to Room 6’s learning so we thought we would display our wondering wall here…
Please click on the picture and help us with your expertise and experiences…
What would be your best day ever? I think my best day ever would be to go to Sydney (Australia). What I would want to do first is to go to the Sydney zoo and to look at all the koalas and kangaroos. I’d pick would be my three sisters, my Mum and Dad to come with me.
When I would get to Sydney I would also want to go to theme parks, shopping and other different places but I would want to go to the Sydney Opera house as well. The thing I like about the Sydney Opera house is that the building goes in spirals
I would also want to go to all the different places in town to go shopping and to drive around all the different places I haven’t been. Going shopping in Sydney would be the 2nd best thing to do in Sydney for me.
I think my favourite thing in Sydney would be going to Sydney the zoo and looking at the koala’s and kangaroo’s. But looking at the rest of the amazing like, the Sydney Oprah house shopping, and the theme parks and going to town I’ll still will like going to the zoo the most that’s what my best day would be.
The Neinsteins are learning to share their news in video format instead of print this month. This has meant that we have had to learn a lot of technical skills as well as think about our purpose and audience. Today, after many technical issues we finally finished our first vlog. It is a little bit old as we are talking about something that we did last week but we have learnt heaps. Now we want our readers to help us by giving us feedback so that we can improve the Neinstein News.
Writing is something that the Neinsteins work really hard on. Today we want to celebrate writing and would really appreciate feedback and suggestions…
We are reading and working towards writing a range of persuasive texts in “Writing Workshop 3” at the moment. These include advertisments, letters to the Editor, written debates, posters and labels. Today we wrote an argument from the Three Bears to Goldilocks explaining why they were going to press charges against her. We had to support our arguments with information… What do you think?
31st July, 2012
We have been considering the morning that you broke into our house and whether or not to press charges against you.
Research shows that delinquent behaviours in childhood often lead to extreme criminal activity as an adult. We are sure that you are aware of the broken chair, the messed up bed and the half-eaten porridge that you left behind. The very least you could have done was apologise and replace the chair!
Some people might say that we are being unfair and too hard on a little girl but we have decided to press charges against you.
As we have shown you have committed a number of offences including breaking and entering, theft and vandalism.
What did you think of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Games? Did you go? Are you watching the games? We would love to know what you think of them.
The Olympics are a great way for strong and courageous athletes to show their talent off to the world and even earn prizes and gain world records.
Though fake, the Queen, Queen Elizabeth jumped from a helicopter in the opening ceremony. For some reason she was impersonated by a man. Was there not a woman who looks like the Queen prepared to jump out of a plane? Mr. Bean (Johnny English) was playing the one note over and over again, then the music stopped and he filled in by playing a solo on the piano.
We found out when we skyped Marc this morning that normal people were chosen to perform in the opening ceremony. Marc was of them. He is a friend of Mrs Caldwell’s and he took our flat mascot with him to the Olympic stadium.
All of the pre-dancers had a chance to audition and more than half made it into the dance sessions. It took more than a year to learn the steps with over 100 sessions taking around 45 minutes each to complete, but well worth it because the moves were almost automatic to the dancers.
So far some of the athletes have even beaten their PB (personal best ) by more than 2 seconds. The weights from weightlifting were very heavy and around 100kg. Some weightlifters could only carry for around half of the expected time. Though some failing but still chugging away this year’s olympics will be a very close one.
It was so exciting to see our Flat Neinstein not only at the opening ceremony but IN in it!
Flat Neinstein is our class logo/mascot.
He has been on an amazing, top secret adventure in the past week.You see, not only did he manage to make it to London in time for the Olympic Games… he actually rode in the pocket of one of the awesome performers!
Today we skyped with Marc at the start of the day and he told us all about the opening of the games and the many hours that he and the rest of the cast spent practising this. (Watch out for this post tomorrow!)
Neinstein will be off to a few games over the next week and will then be off to the Paralympics! How lucky is he?
We will be looking for hosts to look after Neinstein on his journey home. We hope that he can visit every continent and maybe a few islands in between! Let us know if you can help him get home in September!
To celebrate Maori language week, Room 9 went to a Marae called Araiteuru Marae to learn about the Maori culture and marae protocol. At the Marae, we did lots of fun things. Some of them brought us out of our comfort zone. Some things like the hongi. The hongi is when two people lightly touch noses. Translated into English, it means the breath of life. We had to hongi all of the staff there and so did the teachers. After that we sang the staff there sang a waita to us. Once we had both sang we got split into three groups and went off to do activates.
On the first activity we did, we all shared our Mihi’s. The first activity that my group did was making whistles out of small bits of bamboo and if you blew into it the right way you could get a good sound. The second activity that we did was the Titi Toreau. Translated into English, Titi Toreau means ‘Stab, stab, rip ’. The Titi Toreau is a short stick that was used by the Maori to kill people. The other activity that we did was the raku (translated into English means stick). It is a Maori weapon that that we used to learn how to hit and block with. It is longer than the Titi Toreau but it was still used for fighting.
The Marae was a lot of fun because we learnt lot of new skills and things about the Maori culture and we are going to teach them to other people in our school so they will know. This was the first Marae visit that St Clair School has had and we hope to have lots more.
The Room 9 Einsteins are so excited to be a part of this global project and think it is so funny that the blog has literally been passed over the hill from Mosgiel to Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand!
We are a class of 31 Year 5 and 6 students who absolutely love blogging and the audience feedback it provides. It is this feedback that really helps our learning because everything we share is “for real” and we take on board what suggestions people give to us.
We are about to start vlogging and think that we might share the beginnings of our journey here so that we can get some real help and advice.
In the meantime, here is a “window” to our classroom…