Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Historical File-Band Aid

I have been reading a story set in the future called Space Nuts At Light Speed by Simon Cooke. Just like in this story, I have written a historical file about an object we use on earth, that someone could read about in the future.

Band-Aids are used when people might fall over and get a little scrape.The Band-Aid was invented in 1920 by Earle Dickson, who's wife always got cuts and burns while cooking. Earle was an employee at Johnson & Johnson, when he passed his idea on to his employer he started to produce and market the Band-Aid. Earle Dickson had a successful career and became the vice-president of Johnson & Johnson, then retired in 1957.
In the future I don't think people will use band-aids, maybe by then someone would have invented a machine that you can just put your sore under and it will be okay.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What Happens to Your Food?

In our yr 5 & 6 extension group, we have been finding out about kids on the other side of the world who don't have water that's clean or have no water at all. Soon we will be going to the museum to see the Aqua exhibit. It's purpose is to help people understand how important water is and that we need it. We have found out about a bottle, the life saver bottle, that if dirty water is put in to it, it will come out clean. Then we started thinking up our own ideas of how we could get clean water over to the people that need it. Finally we got in to groups, we each had a part of the digestive system that we had to animate. I got the small intestines, this is where the nutrients from your food goes. The other parts that people got were the mouth, oesophagus, stomach and small intestines. Then there is a little surprise at the end. Anyway, the whole point of doing this was to see a healthy persons digestive system, and soon we will be moving on to doing a, child's digestive system that has poor health and is malnourished.

I think our movie was quite good, it showed clearly all the parts of digestion, made people laugh and we even made a trailer to go with it
(that is the small part at the start). But I think there was still room for improvement, that was in our voiceovers. They were very well written, but unfortunately you couldn't really hear them. So on a scale from 1-10 I would give our movie a 8/10.

Term 1 & 2 Reflection

This has taken me a while but here is my reflection of term 2 and some of term 1. It shows things I liked, disliked, was good for my learning and something I would like to change or improve on.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Plight of the Sea Turtle

For reading my group, the Kiwis, have been looking at an article called,"Plight of the Sea Turtle",. This presentation shows the seven species of sea turtles and two facts about each one. The seven species are, the Kemp's ridley, the Green sea turtle,Flatback, Olive ridley, Loggerhead, Leatherback and Hawksbill.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Badminton Coaching

“I hope we don’t have to try and hit the shuttle in to the bin this time”, I said nervously to Vivienne. Room 17 were on their way to the second badminton coaching sesion, and after last week I was positive that I didn’t have a future in the sport. This week we had a different coach, her name was Donna and she is ranked 20th in the world! Hopefully this session would go better than last week.

When I first heard that we were going to badminton I was quite relaxed and thought it would be easy. Clearly I was wrong. I don’t know how but nearly every time I tried to serve, the shuttle just ended up on the ground, and the times that I actually did hit the shuttle it hardly got a metre away or it just went in a completely different direction. Now I know badminton is way harder than it looks, maybe that’s just me.

Even though it was hard I still learnt quite a lot, like that the name of the thing you hit is called a shuttle and three different ways to hit the shuttle. There is the forehand,backhand and my favourite, the overhand. You use the forehand when the shuttle comes on the side that you are holding the racket in and just do a soft hit. Then there is the backhand, you use this hit when the shuttle is coming towards you on the opposite side you are holding the racket on. You have to take it across your body for this hit. Now finally my favourite, the overhand. This hit is when you have the racket behind you and then you bring your elbow forward and strike at it. It’s kind of like when you are playing volleyball and you smash it over the net.

When I was with my partner Ashleigh we were in quite a small space, and I managed to get pretty sweaty and tired. I didn’t realise how much running you have to do in badminton, or maybe we were just hitting it wonky? At the end I felt like a deflated balloon.

When I first came in to badminton I thought it would be easy and I was also a bit nervous. But I just had heaps of fun, learnt lots and I think I improved. As I said at the beginning, badminton is definitely not the sport for me, but I still had a good time and it was great fitness. Now I am really keen to go back to badminton again.

Monday, August 8, 2011

All Blacks

This is a presentation showing information about the All Blacks.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Irish Rugby Team Web Page

This is a Picasa slide-show about the Irish rugby team.

Will the RWC Tournament Benefit NZ?

I believe that New Zealand hosting the Rugby World Cup 2011, will benefit our country in many ways. Firstly, we will obviously get money for NZ and that means we can help Christchurch to rebuild, we will get more money for the school, and businesses,especially pubs and bars, will be very successful. Another positive reason, is that this will help NZ socially. There are teams coming from all over the world, so they will have supporters with them. So maybe if they like it here they will come back again. Overall, if New Zealand wants to make the Rugby World Cup successful they have to," Keep Their Eye On The Ball!!".