COUNTDOWN MOVING NEXT TO OUR SCHOOL IS A BAD IDEA!
Lots of people like supermarkets. I've heard that countdown might be moving next to our school. I don’t think that it is a very good idea. There will be litter, there will be lots of traffic and it might disturb classes. Read this to find out why I think that.
There will be lots of litter. Have you seen litter around the supermarkets before? Well, that’s what will happen to our school. As people walk past, they will throw rubbish onto the ground and it will drift into the school. Then the kids and teachers will have to use some of their time to pick up the rubbish.
Secondly, there will be lots of traffic. That’s a big one. The road patrollers will have a pretty hard time controlling it. Big trucks are very dangerous to children. Cars and trucks will be going all day long and parents will be late picking up their children for there will be too much traffic.
Lastly it will disturb classes. Loud trucks may disturb children while they work. Children will get distracted and they will fall behind in their learning. Then adults may take them to another school because they think that Parkvale is a bad school.
Some people think having a countdown near our school is a good idea because they can do shopping while they drop their kids off at school. Although this is a good side, there is lots of downsides. My opinion is it’s a bad idea.
So that is why I think countdown coming to our school is a bad idea. There will be lots of traffic, lots of litter and it will disturb classes. Now that you have read this, I hope that you think countdown coming is a bad idea.
Lots of families and people have pets and I think dogs are the greatest. My opinion is dogs are the best for most people. They are easy to look after, great company and awesome watch dogs. Read on to find out why dogs are the best pet.
Dogs are easy to look after. There is no dirty cage that you have to clean out. Washing them is really easy. Just wash them with the hose. Also, they can live outside in a kennel if you want them to, not like budgies.
Secondly, dogs are great company. They are very playful and they will play with you a lot. You can also teach them tricks because they are very intelligent. They are very affectionate towards you if you treat them nicely.
Lastly, they are awesome watch dogs. They have really good hearing and will hear almost anything. Dogs are very loyal. When you are out for a walk they will defend you from any danger. They also have a very loud bark so they will warn you if anything bad is about to happen.
Most people think dogs are smelly and messy. However they aren’t. They are very clean and you can wash them if you want.
That is why I think dogs are the best pet. They are simple to look after, awesome company and amazing watch dogs. Now that you have read this, I hope that you will zoom of to your nearest pet shop and buy a dog.
As we drove to the pharmacy, nervous thoughts filled my head. Was it going to hurt? I felt my ear lobes. They were soft and fuzzy. I knew that they would never feel like that again. We arrived at the pharmacy and went inside.
As we went up to the counter I started to get butterflies in my stomach. The man asked me which earrings I would like. I went with the diamond ones. He went into a small room at the back of the shop and after a lot of searching he came back with the earrings. Then he led me into the small room and sat me in a chair.
First he cleaned my ears with antiseptic lotion. Then he inserted an earring into a sort of needle thing. He asked me if I was ready. I thought about it for a while, then nodded my head. I felt the needle press against my ear and then go straight through. My brain screamed “OWW!” but then I realised it wasn’t so bad after all. The man got ready to do the second one.This time it was really fast and it hurt a bit more. Then he gave me a mirror so I could see myself. I looked really different.
While he talked to my mum about keeping them clean, I thought things over. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Feelings seemed to be bottled up inside me. My ears felt hot and stingy. Mum and I thanked the man and went out to pay for some stuff. On the way home my ears turned red and they felt really itchy. That was the weirdest experience of my life!
In Room 20, we have been doing Taniwha art for our production. This is my art. We looked at some pictures of other taniwha, but we each had to create our own unique one using maori patterns and designs.
Have you ever wondered how the sun affects earth? Well in this explanation you will find the answer to that and maybe some other facts. We take the sun for granted and find out why by reading this.
Plants and animals
Plants need sunlight to grow. They also need the water cycle to grow. The sun is related to the water cycle because it plays the part of evaporation. The water cycle makes the rain plants need and the sun provides the sunlight for them. The plants that are grown are sometimes given to animals and humans. It helps us survive.
Heat and light
Do you know how hot the sun is? It is 15,000,000 Celsius at the core and 5,600 Celsius on the surface. The sun gives us heat even though it is 93 miles away. It takes eight minutes for the suns light reach our planet. The sun is so bright that if you look at it with no protection for more than 3 seconds it will cause permanent eye damage.
Day and night
Without the sun, it would always be night. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Or so we think it rises and sets. The earth is spinning all the time. It takes 24 hours for the sun to complete 1 rotation. The sun stays where it is and we spin. That's what makes the sun rise and set. It is also why we have day and night.
Is the sun a star?
Yes it is. It is one of the many stars in the sky. The sun is actually a medium sized star. The other stars are very very big. They don’t seem big to us because they are quite far away. It is possible that there are other solar systems in space besides our one.
Well, as you can see, the sun affects earth in many ways. Without the sun we would not be living.
Snip, snip! Scissors sliced the wool that we were fiddling with. We were in room 18 and we were making Poi. Once we finished getting the wool ready, we started a four plait. Georgia and I did my plait.I hadn't done a four plait before and it was a little bit tricky but I did OK. When we finished our Poi,I was pretty happy with mine but I think I made it too short.
After morning tea, I did Myths and legends. We listened to a man telling Maori stories. It wasn't what I was expecting but the man was a great story teller.
Finally, after we had our lunch, I did Rakau ( Maori stick games). First we learnt a game called Maui, Matau.I think I was pretty good at it and it was really fun!
At the end of the day all of rimu hub met in the hall to say thanks to the people who came and taught us all those things. I thought the day was pretty fun and I learnt lots too!
Creak! I pushed the rusty door open. I stared inside the house. The hallway was draped with cobwebs and spiders crawled all over the peeling wall paper. Eyes peeped out from the corners and bats flew over head. The dusty pictures of dukes and duchesses seemed to stare at me with their penetrating eyes.
Slowly, I crept inside. Slam! I jumped. Then I realized it was only the door. I came to the end of the creepy hallway, where it split into 3 ways. I went to the left. It was only a short way to the end of the corridor. A spiraling staircase reached right up to the very top of the house. I started to climb. After a long time I reached the top. A single door stood on its rusty hinges. Cautiously, I turned the handle. The door opened to reveal a tatty four poster bed, standing in the middle of a dusty bedroom. I dumped my bag on the bed.
“I’m hungry.” I thought. I went down the stairs again, in search of a kitchen. I came to the 3 passageways. This time I took the middle one. As I trudged through the winding hallway, I began to wonder if it led anywhere. Finally I came to an archway. I passed under it and found myself in the small kitchen. I looked around for any food. None. I decided to go down to the larder. I saw a door next to the stove, so I went over and opened it. I started to descend down the long staircase. When I reached the bottom, found myself in the shadow of a huge pantry. “There must be loads of food in there,” I thought. Cautiously, I opened the pantry.
Yaaaah! A giant skeleton fell out and collapsed on top of me. I screamed in horror. Why was that skeleton there? Well it is a haunted house after all, but something seemed strange. In the back of the pantry a painting hung on the wall. The eyes didn't bore into me like the other paintings I had seen in the hallway. They were nice eyes. “ Who are you?” I wondered aloud. “and where did this skeleton come from?”
“ I am Duke Pentapenta.” an eerie voice said. I jumped suddenly realizing that it was coming from the painting.
“W w what?” I stammered.
“ I’m duke Pentapenta,” the painting repeated. “ and that is my son’s skeleton. I shall tell you my story...
Well, one stormy night, in this house my boy was murdered. It was all so fast. Someone crept into the house and killed him just like that. There was a shrill scream and I raced upstairs just in time to see my son’s limp body thud to the floor. A dark figure swept out the window just as I arrived in the room. After that I put his body in this cupboard along with a picture of me. When I died my spirit went to this painting, so that is why I can talk. That is my story.”
“That is so sad!” I said when he finished.
“ There is another reason I am sad. This house seems so lonely. I want it to be lively, like when I was alive.”
“Well, I might be able to do that for you!” I replied. “I could turn this into a haunted house theme park!”
“That would be great!” The duke exclaimed. I rang up the council to ask them. They said yes! The next week was spent getting the house ready. Some fake ghosts and skeletons were put in hiding spots around the house and a sign went up in the front yard advertising “A Haunted House!” It was a big hit! Loads of people came from all over the place. Duke Pentapenta told his story to anyone who opened the pantry doors. It was the best haunted house in history!
Water is all over the earth. It is the life source of every living thing on the planet. If we didn’t have the water cycle we wouldn’t be able to survive.
Water can be lots of different things. It can come as vapour, ice, snow or liquid. The water cycle has 4 steps.
The sun heats water from the sea and it turns into vapour.Then it rises into the air. For example, say I spilt some water on the ground out side. Then I left it for a while. By the end of the day the water will be gone. That’s because it has turned into vapour and risen into the air.
As water vapour rises into the air, it starts to cool, turning back into a liquid. Then it condenses into clouds. Example: if you left a glass of cold water on the table and then went out for a walk, when you came back,the glass would be wet on the out side! The water hasn't leaked through the glass. When the warm air hits the cold glass, it turns back into liquid.The same thing happens in the air.
When the clouds are too heavy with water vapour, it rains. Precipitation can come in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow. The reason it can be hail or snow is because the higher the vapour goes the colder the air gets. This freezes the vapour and it makes hail or snow. The gravity from the earth pulls the water down. Its just like a bucket of water tipping over!
When water lands back on earth, it will either soak into the ground and become groundwater or it will run across land back into lakes or oceans where the cycle starts all over again.
The water cycle is a continuous process that is happening anywhere, anytime. Without it no life would exist on our planet.
I’m quaking at the top of the slanted wooden pole. I glance down. Everyone below me look like ants. The knotted rope is the only thing helping me keep my balance.Staring at the trapeze in front of me I think, Will I be able to leap a whole metre?‘ You can do this Malena!’ I told my self. A look of determination crossed my face. I threw myself at the trapeze. The jump was in slow motion for me. Half way there I thought I wasn't going to make it. Finally I gripped the bar with my finger tips! “ Well done Malena!” Came the shouts from below. I swung back and forth a few times and then released the bar. My harness lowered me slowly to the ground.Rushing to meet me, my friend gave me a hi-five. Once I had the harness taken off, we trooped outside. For 10 minutes after that I was shaking like an earthquake, freaked out but glad I did it!
By Malena. This is the success criteria I used:
*Beginning grabs the readers attention by starting at an most exciting bit
* Creating suspense by keeping the reader thinking till the end
* Used exciting word choices verbs (doing words) Specific nouns (name words)
I stood on the sand dunes, the wind blowing in my face, as I looked around the little beach.What a perfect day for swimming! I was about to race onto the beach with my surfboard when something caught my eye. Something was moving on a rock near the waters edge! I decided to take a closer look despite the sickly feeling in my stomach. I crouched low to avoid being seen and started to move forward. I moved like a ninja through the long tufts of grass, passing behind sand castles and hiding behind rocks. Finally I reached my destination. I rose to my knees and peeked over the top of the grass that I was behind and almost fainted. The creature in front of me was absolutely HIDEOUS!!!!!!!
It’s huge mouth was filled with rows of dirty brown teeth. 2 Giant sharp fangs jutted out from the top of it’s jaw.Just imagine mealtimes with it.! A big fin on it’s back looked like a bone sticking out. Two smaller fins were attached to the sides of it’s scaly skin. It’s short stubby tail kicked back and forth slowly. His sunken in eyes bored right into me as if he was trying to read my mind. And that pong!!! If I wasn't so frightened I would of run away yelling!
I wondered if it was strong. Well those teeth must be able to rip a hole in metal! It must have trouble swimming with such small fins. It wriggled a bit. I wondered if it would lunge at me. I tried to look away but I couldn't. It was using some sort of hypnotic force on me.
I wished it would go back to where it came from. Suddenly, like it was reading my mind, it did. It took one more glare at me and then slipped off the rock into the crashing waves. I was glad it was gone. I decided it was to cold to go swimming today but it was really because I couldn't risk getting my leg chomped off by that creature! I climbed back up the sand dunes and started toward the car, but before I did I took one last look at the ocean. And I’m pretty sure I saw a giant jaw with rotten teeth raise up from the water.