Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Aileen and Me - Keywords

We have been learning how to identify keywords that help summarise the main points and ideas of our text.

This word picture was created in Wordle. Can you identify the keywords of this story. Maybe you could predict what the story is about. Have fun!


Wordle: Aileen and Me

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Painted Movies

We have created movies of our stories using Microsoft Paint to illustrate them, Easi Speak microphones to record our voice and Windows Live Movie Maker to put them together into a movie.

These programs are simple to use and as we create them it doesn't put any pressure on our schools wireless network which is a complete nightmare for most things. Ms Matthews uploads them at home.

Our reflections of our achievement has helped us to think creatively about timing of our pictures and fluency and expression with our voice. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed making them.

Here are two from John and Corien. The others will be posted onto our kidblogs (link at the side).

Please leave us a comment and let us know where you are from so we can visit you. Regularly we visit blogs and start a learning conversation.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Writing Awesome Blog Comments

We have been reflecting on comments that have been written on our blogs and other school's blogs. From this we have explored many ideas from other schools and looked at Comments for kids to write our own success criteria for an 'Awesome Blog Comment'.

We have decided on 6 points for our success criteria:

1. Write your comment including a greeting, content and a closing.

2. Always use correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and spacing.

3. Compliment the writer in a specific way, ask a question or add new information.

4. Write a relevant comment that is related to the post.

5. Do not reveal any personal information about yourself in your comment.

6. Always proof read your comment and edit before submitting.

Remember that people from around the world will be reading what you have written.

Maddy P has been using our criteria to peer assess blog comments before we post. Please have listen to her podcasts. After reflecting on the podcasts we realise that Maddy should have given feedback using the language of our criteria.
Our reasons for doing this is that we value our connections with our global community and want to make many more.

Please don't leave without writing a comment and a link to your blog so we can visit you. Maybe you can add to our criteria.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

School is Cool

This week we have been learning about creating storyboards for our Conflict and Resolution documentaries. We have also been pondering camera angles, different shots and movement to enhance the effect of our movies as well as maintain audience interest. John, Ben and Madison, our experienced documentary crew,  organised a School is Cool project  to practice our skills. They also helped us to reflect on our creations with their feedback. We hope you can learn from our practice, enjoy.

Thank you for visiting our blog, please don't go without leaving a comment with a link to your blog, so we can visit you.
Room 3

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Conflict and Art

Room 3 are creating a piece of artwork with the idea of illustrating War and Peace, Conflict and Resolution. They are having a great day putting their ideas together. This is their work in progress, enjoy!

We will post the finished pieces with the strategies and tools that they used to create their masterpieces.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Our theme this term is War and Peace embedded in the rich concept of Conflict and Resolution.

Maddy, Abby and Jessie have created a video about our visit to Waiouru Army Musuem.

The hosts to our school were very funny, interesting and full of information. We highly recommend a visit to this musuem.

Stephan and Matthew have also created a video. I loved the rainbow at the end and their lovely message. We will remember them!


During our LEP program we created mosaics. It was a really fun creative time.  Listen for the beautiful singing.