Monday, 31 March 2014

Art-tastic update

Our 'Koru' influenced 'tree of life' pictures are starting to look fantastic, with the students really developing some strong blending and dabbing skills. Half of the class are painting sunsets and the other have decide to paint sunrise. Hopefully we are able to finish these off this week for you all to see.

How did they end up?

For those that guessed it (not many) the amazin raisins was in fact a culture of wild yeast that we grew. All of the groups managed to unscramble the mixed up bread recipe and make some chocolate buns. Those that worked out the correct amounts, baked great looking and delicious buns and those that got some measurements wrong ended up with not so great buns! It was an awesome end to an amazin mystery in Room 3. Here are some pictures.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Weekend word problems

Mr Tai brings 24 strawberries to class in a box. A greedy student steals three quarters of them. How many strawberries does the student scoff?

At the speed chocolate eating contest, each contestant has to eat as much of a chocolate bar as they can in 15 seconds. Mr Spice eats three quarters of a chocolate bar and Mr Chittenden eats seven-eighths  – who wins the contest? Can you prove your answer in a number of different ways?

Riley Putt. and Braith Castle were on a 60km cycling trip. Near the end of the day they travelled 4/5 of the distance. How many kilometres had they travelled?

Mr Web needed to paint the ceiling of his bedroom that has an area of 11m2. He found a tin of paint that was 2/3 full. If a full tin covers 18m2, does Andrew have enough paint to paint his ceiling?

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Amazin Raisins

Here are some photos of our mathematical, measurement day of problem solving.

Mixed up recipe

Room 3 had a busy day today learning about measurements, following instructions and procedural writing. It was all down to our old friends the amazin raisins. We found that we had actually brewed up a culture of wild yeast and now had a starter for making bread. There was only one problem though. Someone had got onto mr Spice's computer and mixed up our recipe. The students had to get into groups use iPads and google to work our what the original measurements were. Here is a copy of the mixed up recipe. Can you work it out? All of our groups did in the end. We used grams, millilitres, cups, teaspoons, tablespoons, kilograms, and litres.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

New Art Project

Room 3 have started a new art project inspired by the 'tree of life' by Gustav Klimt. We are drawing a tree and using a Maori influenced Koru design. Then we are using dabbing and compatible colours to paint our background focusing on texture and painting either sunrise or sunset. Here is a finished one as an example.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Swimming Sports

Yesterday was the school swimming sports and Room 3 had a strong showing in many of the events. A big well done to Finn, Ellie, Seobahn and the rest of the class. Today we were busy writing recounts of the action. Check out some of the student blogs for their versions.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Blog Spotlight

Here is a great post by a student in our class on their own blog. Natalie is writing a series of adventures around her Guinea pig ''Mr Smiggles" and his travels. See if you can guess where he will go next!
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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Interactive Auroa School map

Room 3 has been busy collecting information for our interactive map of the school. Click on the links in the map to visit various places. We still have a little bit of researching to go before it is finished, but we thought we would put it up for you to have a look. You can get back to the map screen by clicking on the map button.

Leave a comment and tell us what you think. Enjoy

Amazin Rasin update

The amazin Raisins sat all week up the front of our class and they have transformed. They all started to float to the top and the water became bubbly.

We then poured them into a bowl, added some flour and mixed it in. The strange thing was that after a while the flour started to grow? I wonder what this could be? Maybe we will find out next week!

Jerome's last day

Jerome had his last day because he was heading off to Masterton. Room 3 threw him a great big goodbye party. We each brought a plate, hid in the class and surprised him with a great big cheer.
We will all miss Jerome!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Weekend word problem


Harry has 89 league cards, he buys a packet with 36 cards in it. How many  cards does he have now?

Damian has 89 rugby cards. He buys another packet which has 63 cards in it. How many cards does he have now?


Charlotte had 234 stickers and she swapped 89 of them with Renee and gave 11 to Katelyn – how many stickers would she have left?

Lara has $148 saved. She earns $144 doing jobs for her family. How much money does she have now?


Nicole has $3982 in her bank account. She goes on a mega spending spree and spends $895. How much money does she have left?

Jordan wants to buy a new bike which costs $600. He has $488 saved. How much more money does Jordan need to save?

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Amazin Raisins update

It's been a couple of days and some strange things are starting to happen with our raisins. They have begun to rise towards the top of the jar. Why could this be happening? What could be causing them to rise. Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Amazin raisins

A mysterious jar of sultanas and water appeared at the front of our room this week. Everybody is wondering what is going on? What will occur in our jar? Keep checking our blog to see what is going to happen with our amazin raisins!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Using an iPad and air display for Math

Room 3 tried out using a cool App called air display for our Maths today. Here is a video of Rico solving a multiplication question. We hope you enjoy.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Interactive Maths Knowledge game

Here is an interactive maths game from Room 3. You can play this in team, against each other or against your parents. The game is simple choose a letter from the home screen (A-T) then answer the question. When you click the answer and amount of points will come up. then click on the little square house and it will take you back to the home screen. Not all of the rewards are points, you can lose you points or steal points from another team! Check the key at the beginning to see what each symbol does. It's based on stages 5, 6 and 7 of NZ maths curriculum.

Click on the Math Storm lettering to start the game.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Weekend word problems

Room 3 had 5 rows of 6 chairs. How many chairs were there altogether?

 Rico had to share out 15 lollies to his 3 friends. They each got the same amount. How many did each friend get?

28 children are in the class – they each bring $9 for a present for the teacher. How much money do they have for a present?

At the school assembly there are 27 rows of chairs with 33 chairs in each row. How many students can they seat in the hall? Hard At the school prize-giving,

Mr Spice had 276 chairs – he wanted to put the chairs in rows of 23 – how many rows can he make?

In the Guinness Book of World records the largest chocolate bar has 63 squares in each row with a grand total of 435 rows. How many squares of chocolate would the chocolate bar have?

The primary school are going to stay on a picnic!!!
There are 472 children at the school. Each car can take 5 children. How many cars do they need to take the whole school to the picnic?

How to create a custom blog title using comic life

Here are some students from Room 3 demonstrating how to make your own custom blog title in comic life and upload it to your own blog. We hope you enjoy the video. Please leave a comment if you found it helpful.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

New Art Project

Room 3 has joined forces with Room 4 for a new exciting art project. We are making cages made of string to hang from the roof of our classroom. First we got some balloons and inflated them. Then we tied a knot in the end and cut some small lengths of string. We dipped the strings in glue and wrapped them around our balloons. We will continue the rest tomorrow and keep you updated. In the meantime here are some pictures to keep you interested.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Maths using explain everything

Room 3 has started using explain everything for some of our strategies in Mathematics. Here are some different videos of students solving word problems using rounding and compensating.

Swimming action

The weather is still warm and Room 3 are training hard in our lead up to the swimming sports. We are working on our fitness and skills that will help us become better and more confident swimmers in the water. We are lucky enough to have our own heated pool in the school and we make full use of it everyday.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Interactive descriptive writing

Room 3 are looking at descriptive writing this week and it gave me an idea about how to make it more interactive. Here is a little pick-a-path adventure. Click on the dark blue links to escape the haunted house. But be warned it's scary. This works best with Google chrome. The links may not work with other web browsers

Friday, 7 March 2014

Student Blog's are now activated

Most of the student blogs are up and running. You can find a link to them from the sidebar of this blog. We hope you enjoy the articles and information we put up. Please remember to comment so we know we are doing a great job!

Weekend Word Problems

Freddie had 39 mini cookies and brought another 25. How many does he have now.

Bailey brought 25 coloured pencils and lost 3/5 of them. How many pencils does he have left.

A bicycle factory has 42 wheels left. How many tricycles can they make if each one uses exactly 3 wheels?

Jos has $5.50 and Rico has $3.30. How much money does jos need to give to Rico so they have the same amount?

Madaline has 13 boxes of 27 cookies. How many cookies does she have altogether?

Jordan picked 7.6kg of apples. Later he picked another 11.8kg. How many grams did he pick altogether?

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Athletics day action

Today we had our athletics day and it was Auroa up against some tough competition from other schools. We ran hard and fast and came through the day as the number 1 school. We retained the shield for another year. Well done!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Descriptive writing

I slowly stepped away from the window and turned my attention to the door. I put my sweaty hand on the rusty door and slowly turned the handle. The hinges squeaked as I pushed it open and peaked through the door. A very old lamp was hanging over some sheets. I pulled them off. Just some old furniture. Cobwebs covered the entrances to different rooms  in the house. Then I looked up the windy staircase.

As I slowly walked up the creepy old stairway I looked around. The wallpaper was peeling off the walls. Suddenly I heard a rattling sound coming from the old pipes. A rat came out of a little hole in the staircase and...

By Riley

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

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