Wednesday, 16 May 2018


I am learning to locate the main ideas within the text.
I will have been successful in my reading when:

  • I have read each of these articles
  • I have written two or three complete paragraphs to summarise the key ideas within these three articles.

  1. What is the abbreviation for the International Space Station? Answer = ISS
  2. The International Space Station orbits the Earth how many times in a day? Answer = 16
  3. How high above the Earth is the International Space Station’s orbit? Answer = 400 km or 320 km
  4. Many countries have worked together to build the International Space Station. How many countries does the article state? Answer = 16
  5. Why is the International Space Station one of the brightest objects in the night sky? Answer = Because of its large solar panels
  6. What direction does the International Space Station move in? Answer = clockwise around the earth
  7. What is the main purpose behind the Columbus lab on the International Space Station? Answer = scientific experiments

8. How did ‘Columbus’ get to the International Space Station? By a spaceship called LCC-cargo carrier

The International Space Station is the biggest object ever flown in space. It travels around the Earth at an average speed of 27,700 km/h, completing 16 orbits per day. 16 countries worked together to build the Station. The biggest ISS project is the Columbus science laboratory, where astronauts can carry out scientific experiments in weightless conditions. Its large solar panels make it one of the brightest objects in the night sky. It rises above the western horizon until it sets towards the east. The International Space Station (ISS) is used for many scientific experiments. Columbus was delivered to the ISS by Shuttle Atlantis. Six crew are now able to live and work on board Scientists are also able to study the behaviour of many different materials in microgravity. Some experiments take place outside Columbus, in open space


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Weaving Poem

WALT focus on meaning as a clue to work out the meanings of complex, irregular, academic, content specific vocabulary.
WALT locate and respond to information within a text
What I found difficult in this task was writing enough for my poem. It was a struggle to find out enough information about the three fates. I also struggle with weaving my basket because lots my reed snapped. Next time I need more practise on working out the meaning of new vocabulary.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Divisibility rules

Divisibility rules

A number is divisible by three if digits in the number add to the multiple of three.

eg: 7413 7+4+1+3=15. 15 is a multiple of three therefore 7413 is divisible by three.

A number is divisible by six if it adds to a multiple of three and is even.

Eg: 7362 7+3+6+2=18. 18 is a multiple of 3 and 6 and is even therefore 7362 is divisible by 6.

A number is divisible by 9 the digits will add to a multiple of 9.

Eg: 78534 7+8+5+3+4=27. 27 is a multiple of 9 therefore 78534 is divisible by 9.

Water safety

Tokay Gecko Report

Tokay Gecko report

Animal name: Tokay Gecko. Moko Moko. Gekko gecko.

Habitat: The Tokay Gecko lives in tropical rainforests
on cliffs and trees and as pets amongst human habitation.

What is the term of offspring?: Hatchlings

Is it endangered?: No but all gekko-geckos are at
risk and soon will be endangered.
There are two main threats to Geckos:
Predation and habitat destruction.
All New Zealand Geckos are vulnerable to predators
like hedgehogs,weasels, stoats, ferrets, cats, possums and pigs.

What does it eat?: 
tokay geckos eat just about anything they can overpower.
In the wild they mostly eat insects and other lizards.
In captivity they eat things like crickets, mealworms,
cockroaches, waxworms, hornworms, silkworms and small mice.

How big does it get?: the Tokay Gecko can get to
14 inches in length.

What are its predators?: The Tokay Geckos main
predators are snakes.

Some interesting facts about the Tokay Gecko are…
They have padded toes with sticking power.
Each of its four feet has five toes.
Each toe has fine hairs 1/10 mm long,
with 5,000 hairs per sq mm each hair has
400,000 branches that end in a spatula like shape
about 1/50,000 inch long.
Each hair is strong enough to support an ant's weight.
One million hairs can support a small child.

Another interesting fact is that Tokay Geckos have
folds of skin that prevent them from casting a shadow
while resting on a tree.
By opening up the skin fold completely,
it allows them to blend in with the tree bark.

Another important feature of the Tokay is its ability to cast off its
tail in defense and later regenerate a new one.
The cast off part will continue to move for several minutes,
giving the gecko time to escape.
It takes approximately three weeks for these geckoes to
completely regenerate a new tail although it is usually never
as long as the original tail.

Tokay Gecko poem
I am light blue like the sky
with tiny spots of rust.
My eyes, big yellow crystals
that look like specks of dust.
My great long tongue
a pink which is quite bright
although it's not that scary
it'll give you such a fright.
My claws are small but very sharp
they help with catching tea.
My great long tail as magnificent as can be and
if it gets ripped off it grows right back, oh handy!
I am the Tokay Gecko all mighty and brave
mess with me and you shall meet your grave.

We will have met the success criteria when we
  • Can work out the meaning of new vocabulary.

  • Can independently locate information within a text.

  • Can create a poem to reflect our acquisition of new knowledge -
  • -and vocabulary.