May 16, 2016
by msnathan

Mahi Kāinga: Week 3 – 4, Due Monday May 23rd May


Here are the guidelines and options for this weeks mahi kāinga! You can choose one or more of the following challenges.

Recipe Tester

Treat yo self (or someone else) by choosing and making a delicious recipe! Here’s what I’d like you to do…

  • Choose a recipe that you love or find a new one that looks good, either online or in a recipe book.
  • Innovate on your recipe. Add new flavours, substitute ingredients, change some ingredient amounts but not others, dip it in chocolate, liquify it, do a mash up of two different recipes. Post this new recipe on your blog with photos and comments on how it turned out.


Get something or learn something new

  • First, pick a thing. It could be a thing that you already know how to do or something totally new. It does need to be something that can be measured in someway. Some examples are: juggling, running, saying the alphabet in a new language, drawing, making the perfect cupcake, origami, perfecting a photoshop edit.
  • Write a blog post explaining what your thing is and how often you are going to do it to get better at it (daily, every second day, three times a week, etc).
  • Document evidence of you doing the thing and your results. Post this on your blog either throughout the week or as a round up post at the end.

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 🙂

May 30, 2015
by msnathan

Homework Week 6-7: Due Friday 5th June

cookingImage via Pusheen Tumblr

Time to get into the kitchen! I know that this will excite some of you and terrify others but this week we’re going to cook something for our family. Cooking for and sharing food with our family and friends is something that is important in all cultures, it is a great way to spend time with and care for each other.

This week I would like you to find a recipe that you would like to make. It can be a meal for anytime of day, including baked goods. Remember to check with your parents as to when would be a good time to cook and whether you will have access to the ingredients and equipment you need.

Once you have chosen your recipe, set aside sometime for cooking and sharing it. Share it with one or more of your family members. You could use this opportunity to cook dinner or brunch for your family this holiday weekend!

Write about the experience on your blog and include:

– A link to the recipe

– A statement about why you chose this recipe

– A photo of the finish product (you could also include a photo from the original recipe for contrast!)

– A review from the family members who tried your dish

– A statement describing how your cooking went, what went well, what didn’t go so well, what you’d do differently next time, any ways you’d change the recipe.


– Read your recipe thoroughly before choosing it and before cooking to make sure you’re prepared and have everything you need.

– Think about whether you want to challenge yourself. Are you going to cook something you’re familiar with? Is there something you’ve always wanted to try and now is your chance? Is there a particular cuisine (French, Italian, Indian, Ethiopian) you’d like to investigate? Do you want to try a traditionally difficult dish such as soufflé, turducken, macaron or baked alaska?

– Think about presentation. The first bite is with the eye!

Want to learn more about some awesome young chefs? Check out this article on Teen Vogue!

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