July 26, 2016
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Mahi kāinga: Week 1 – 2, Due Monday August 1st

For our mahi kāinga this week we are going to analyse the news. As a critical thinker is important that we engage with the news, ask questions, look deeper, reflect on and even disagree sometimes with the news we read. That is how we can have a deeper understanding of what is going on in the world around us. This is participating and contributing and that is one of our key competencies. Remember, that even the most unbiased news article is still only one persons version of events!

1. Choose an online news article* to analyse and make sure that it either has a photo or you can find one elsewhere that relates to the story. Here are some places to look: Stuff,Scoop, NZ Herald,Dominion Post, The Guardian, The Wireless, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, A Mighty Girl, TIME For Kids, The Learning Network (NYT), Nick News,DOGO News.

2. Write a blog post on your blog that includes an image about your news story, a link to the original story and a brief summary of the story in your own words. You can include your ideas, thoughts, and opinions in your summary.

3. In the blog post, after your summary, use the thinking hats  (remember you don’t need to do the blue one) to analyse the story. You can talk about the news event itself but you also might want to talk about how the journalist has written about the event. What messages were they trying to get across and how do you know? Do you agree or disagree with how they’ve reported it? Why?

4. Include a ‘call to action’ in your blog post either at the end, beginning or even more than once that encourages the reader to comment on your post and engage with what you’re writing. It could be a general ask for people’s thoughts or you might have something more specific in mind.

5. Comment on 3 other blog posts about the news from our class. Use the blog commenting rubric below to make sure the comments you leave are interesting, engaging and are thinking beyond just what you read.

June 29, 2016
by msnathan
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Mahi Kāinga: End of Term 2 (almost!).

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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
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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

May 31, 2016
by msnathan
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Mahi Kāinga: Week 5 – 6, due Monday 6th June

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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 (New)
  • Make an animation of last weeks project (New)
  • 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 from last week
  • 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, here and 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

April 6, 2016
by msnathan
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Mahi Kāinga: Week 10 – 11, due April 15th

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Your mahi kāinga for the next week and a half is to complete some of the tasks from Week 5 of the Student Blogging Challenge.

This weeks challenges are all about being fair when we use images and sounds we find online. It’s super important (and just good manners!) to make sure that when we use something we haven’t created ourselves that we give credit to the place we found it or people who created it.

Watch the video above, it shows an example of how people might feel when they don’t get proper credit for their work.

Tasks

  • Complete at least three of the Student Blogging Challenge Activities. Remember to leave a comment on the Student Blogging post to show you have done them.
  • Check that your blog address is showing up properly as a link on the Student Blogging List. If it is missing, use this link to sign back up.
  • Continue to leave some comments on other blogs, both from our class and classes from other schools.

February 19, 2016
by msnathan
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Maihi Kāinga: Term 1, Week 3-4 (Due 26th Feb)

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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!

June 26, 2015
by msnathan
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Homework Week 10-11

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A cruisy end to the term for homework this week!

– Please fill in the survey for Jamie and Oli’s trip planning, you can find it in our google classroom. It would be really helpful to do this over the weekend so they can keep planning next week.

– Have a look through your blog and find your favourite post you’ve done so far this year. Copy the link and paste it in the comments below.

– While you’re there, tell us your favourite memory of Term 2 and your current favourite song!

Next week…

– You will be presenting your PechaKucha on Tuesday afternoon so take some time to work on it before then if need be.

– Your trip proposal will also be due Thursday next week. You will have some class time to work on it but use your time at home wisely to help you keep on top if it.

May 30, 2015
by msnathan
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Homework Week 6-7: Due Friday 5th June

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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.

Tips!

– 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!

May 24, 2015
by msnathan
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Homework Week 6: Due Wednesday 27th May

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Follow this link to her TED Talk.  You don’t need to sign up, but you do need to record your name. Please use your real name so that I can keep track of who has watched it! I have used Zaption to add some questions for you to think about while you’re watching. When it stops, answer the questions before continuing the video. Zaption will record your answers for us to look at later!

Please complete this by Wednesday morning so that we can reflect on it in the afternoon.

April 24, 2015
by msnathan
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Homework Week 1-2: Due Friday May 1st

Welcome back! To start out homework off this year, I would really like to hear from you as to how you would like to learn in Room 27 for the remainder of the year. Please fill out the form below to give me your feedback. Be as honest as you like, the more information you give me the more we will be able to make any changes to our program!

Once you have done that, visit at least 3 of the blogs from our class and leave them a thoughtful and detailed comment on one of their blog posts.

Don’t forget to complete your Maths homework and reading log, also 🙂

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