June 29, 2016
by msnathan

Mahi Kāinga: End of Term 2 (almost!).


Wow, I can’t quite believe we’re almost half way through the year! I feel like it has been flying by. For our last piece of homework I’d like you to do a bit of a round up/reflection on the year so far. Here are some things you might want to consider:

  • Highlights
  • Lowlights
  • New learning
  • Things you are proud of
  • Times when you had to be resilient and persevered
  • Funny moments
  • Quotes

You can present this in anyway you like. You might want to make an animation using Wideo or Moovly, you could create a Thinglink or a Prezi, a piece of art, a game, a blog post, a video or even a cake! Choose a way that you’d like to interpret of present your ideas that suits you best. If it isn’t blog based, maybe take a photo post it there or bring it in for us to see.

Things to think about:

  • You might want to look at the previous post to see what other students have said about what makes a good piece of homework.
  • Think about including reasons why you think or say the things you say.

June 13, 2016
by msnathan

Mahi Kāinga: Week 7 – 8, due Monday 20th June.

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On this blog post, leave a comment telling us one or more criteria that could tell us if a piece of homework is ‘good’? Have a think about what you think ‘good’ means here. Will it be the same for everyone?

Here’s our list of homework options for this week. Remember, there must be evidence of a finished thing or what you’re in the middle of working on either on your blog, in a doc or in a hard copy to me by Monday. This could just be a blog post talking about what you’re working, screen shots, planning for a project, etc.

Student Ideas

  • Make and share a video of your pet
  • Make an animation of last weeks project
  • Make/construct a project (this could be coding, building, craft, lego, animation, etc)
  • Make a movie (here’s some stop motion apps to check out)
  • Design your own sport
  • Get better at something and blog about it (see last week)
  • Find a new hobby
  • Design a apocalyptic bunker
  • Design your dream home
  • Design a car
  • Repeat the baking challenge.
  • Watch and review a movie/some movies. Create your own rating system and look at other movie reviews to get an idea for what language to use. Get some inspiration here, hereand here.

100 Word Challenge

Have a go at this weeks 100 Word Challenge. You can find the prompt here. Remember to write your piece of writing on to your blog and proof read your work before posting. Once you have written it, login to the 100WC site with the details I have emailed you and submit your writing!

Weekly Quiz

If you’d like to do the Weekly Quiz for your homework this week, see me for a handout if you’d prefer to have a hard copy

March 14, 2016
by msnathan

Mahi Kāinga: Week 7 – 8, due Monday 21st March


Your mahi kāinga this week is to design ‘something’ to sell the house that you’re currently designing in our maths activity. You can do this on your blog (a post, slideshow, Prezi, Thinglink, Canva) or you could create a physical brochure/flyer/poster to bring in.

Things to include:

  • An address
  • A catchy title to draw the reader in
  • Images (you can find them online or draw them)
  • What the house comes with (eg stove, dishwasher, curtains, etc)
  • What else is in the area (eg schools, parks, shopping, etc)
  • 1 – 2 paragraphs persuading the buyer to come and look at the house
  • How the buyer would contact you

I would suggest looking at Trademe and/or the Property Press to help you think about what language to use when selling your house.

March 7, 2016
by msnathan

Mahi Kainga: Week 6 – 7, due Monday 14th March

cat ipad

There are two tasks for mahi kāinga this week:

  1. Gaming: create a blog post about some of your favourite games and what you liked about them, or games you have seen/heard of and would like to try (and why). Also maybe discuss a couple of features of games you have played and don’t like. Comment on 3 blog posts with feedback and ideas.
  2. Finish your Thinglink and have a go at embedding it into your blog. I will post a tutorial for how to do this 🙂 When you post it, make sure to include what the idea is that you’re trying to persuade people of!

February 29, 2016
by msnathan

Mahi Kāinga: Week 5, due Friday 4th March


Your mahi kainga this week is to make a case for either changing the flag or keeping it the same on your blog. You can do it by writing, making a video, embedding a slide show (use Google Slides for this) or design an infographic. Thing about what your point of view is and why.  Here are the alternative flag designs to get you thinking.

If you’d like to discuss or debate your ideas you can join the discussion in our Google Classroom.


February 19, 2016
by msnathan

Maihi Kāinga: Term 1, Week 3-4 (Due 26th Feb)


This week for mahi kāinga (homework), we’re going to continue getting our blogs set up & making them awesome. It would be really great to have people from our school or around the world visiting our blogs and then coming back for more. But how do we make sure our blog is awesome?

Here are your tasks for the week: 

– Go and look at the winners of last years student blogging awards. You’ll find them here. Use them to get some ideas for making your blog awesome. 

– If you haven’t already, create an about page telling readers about yourself and how you’ll be using your blog.

– Create a post that people will want to come and read. A tip for getting people to engage with your blog is to ask a question for them to answer in the comment section!

– Leave a comment on one other blog from our class. 

– Leave a comment on this post telling me what you think makes a blog awesome and one that people will want to read. 

Don’t forget to complete your MathsMates sheet and bring it in on Friday for marking!

November 6, 2015
by msnathan



Hooray, Room 27 is participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the very first time! Our word counts goals have been set and we’re all feeling excited about a month of no editing or proof-reading. In fact, we’re banishing our inner editor until December!

A few things to remember:

– This is your homework for the rest of the month. Monday of Week 8 will be our final writing day and then we’ll have a wrap party to celebrate (woohoo!).

– Check your word count and update it on your NaNoWriMo page daily or every couple of days so we can keep track of how the class is doing. To check your word count select tools and then word count or type command + shift + c

– Make sure you have updated your word count goal so that it no longer says 30,000 (unless you want to make that your goal!). To do this, log into your NaNoWriMo page, select My NaNoWriMo in the top menu and then Edit Novel Info in the side bar.

Happy writing!

October 30, 2015
by msnathan

Mahi Kainga Week 3 – 4 (Part One)

Here’s the first bit of your homework, a reflection on last Thursdays Brave New World session on Minecraft. It would be great if you could fill it out sooner rather than later so we can use it to plan for next week. I am putting the class user account and download details in our Google Classroom for those who are using them.

Have a great weekend!

October 23, 2015
by msnathan
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Mahi Kainga Week 2-3: Due Friday 30th October

primary-school-project2Image via here (definitely worth checking out this school design!)

This week your homework is:

1. Finish writing your blog post explaining our school design project so far. Remember, it must be clear what the project is and it must be clear that you’re trying to create a school that is inclusive & empowering.

– You can use photos, edit/embed your interview videos, create a Pinterest board, make a survey or anything else you can think of. Here is the start of a school design Pinterest board from last year, email me if you’d like the login details.

2. Login into Edmodo to chat with our friends from Florida and now Chicago, too. Check to see if anyone has responded to your posts and respond to one of the introductions from one of the kids from Florida and Chicago. 

3. Share a link to your school design blog post onto Edmodo, asking the other students to give you feedback. 

Extra for Experts

– Visit some of the other blogs from our class and give them feedback about their school design blog posts. 

– Do some research for our next Brave New World Minecraft session. What might the next mission be? How do other Minecraft communities work? Maybe practice building and gathering resources in your own world.

– Build up your maths knowledge and points by working through some problems in Khan Academy.

If you have forgotten any of your usernames or passwords, or would like to know how to get onto Pinterest and make a board, email me at rnathan@kns.school.nz

August 21, 2015
by msnathan

Mahi Kāinga o te Wiki 5-6: Due Rāmere 28 o Hereturikōkā te tau


Let’s say you build a ship using 100 pieces of wood. You name this ship “Ship” (obviously you’re a creative genius the likes of which the world has never seen). Every day, you take one wooden piece off Ship and replace it with a metal one. Eventually, you’ve replaced every single piece with a metal one. Now, what if you take all those wooden pieces and built a completely identical ship which you also name “Ship”? Which Ship is the real Ship?

If you’d prefer, you can watch a video explaining this here.

– Your first task is to add your thoughts about this paradox (something that seems to be ridiculous but when you look closely it appears to be true) in the comments section. You can either leave a comment or reply to someone else’s comment. Think about: do you think Theseus’s Ship is still his ship when parts have been replaced? If a new ship is built does that become the ship of Theseus? If so, when do you think it stops being Theseus’s Ship and starts being something new. Try to be detailed and clear in your response.

– Next, go to the Thunks website and read through some of the questions and statements then choose one you would like to debate on your blog. Post the ‘thunk’ on your blog (either copy and paste it into a post or retype it) and write what your thoughts are on it. Be detailed, give examples, think about it from different points of view before coming to a conclusion and reflect that in your writing.

– Discuss the ‘thunk’ with 2 or 3 people at home and summarise their thoughts on your blog.

– Choose three other blogs to read their philosophising and leave a comment with your thoughts on the ‘thunk’ they chose. Then, once some other people have also commented on it go back and leave one more reply. Also, try to reply to the comments people leave on your blog, too.

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