Thursday, February 27, 2014

Week 4, 27th February

Today we learnt:

- the difference between it's and its 

It's Thursday today and we have Mrs Vincent. (Flynn) 
Its tail fell off. It is a cat. (Adam) 
It's actually quite hard thinking of sentences to use  the word its. (Mrs Vincent)

- proper nouns include people's names - including their initials and titles, and the names of countries, cities and place names - including specific geographical features.  

JK Rowling
Harry Potter
Justin Bieber 
Sir Edmund Hillary
Mr Fowler 
Miss A Murphy 
Mrs HK Vincent

Sweden, Spain, Syria, South Africa, Stewart Island
Manurewa, Manukau, Mount Maunganui,  Milford Sound

We also learnt that some words don't need a capital unless they are part of a place name, for example:

I live near a river. I live near the Waikato River. 
We went to the beach for a holiday. We went to Cook's Beach for a holiday.
The sea was very rough in the storm. The Tasman Sea was very rough in the storm. 
They sailed across the ocean. They sailed across the Pacific Ocean

We  practised enunciation and speaking clearly, and had a tongue twister competition saying:
She sells sea shells by the sea shore. 

The winners were Ebony and Thomas, and their prize was one jelly bean each. 

We talked about alliteration and made up some examples of alliteration we could use to describe features of our school: 

- creamy crocodile cake  (from last week)
- Hannah handed Sam her handy hammer in hard materials. 
- graceful green grass 
- hungry Huia 1 
- screechy, singing cicadas 
- clicking computer keyboards 
- clouds skim  and skid across the sky
- creepy crawly cockroaches
- scorching Sahara Desert (from Sean's story)

General News: 

We have house captains for the year.  From this class we have  Nathan, house captain of Tawa, and Thomas is vice-captain of Kowhai.  Flynn is vice-captain of Tawa.

We have had Kia o rahi trials, but we don;t know who has been selected yet. Kia o rahi is a big game of other games put together, such as netball, soccer, rugby, touch and basketball. 

Ice block day is tomorrow. We buy ice creams and ice blocs from the GST (Gardens Support Team). 

Water polo has started again. Nathan, Adam, David  and Olivia from Huia 1 are in the team. We have played one game, and we won against Strathallan. 

Rugby 7s have started, but the team is still being selected. 

Yesterday we had parent teacher interviews. 

We have new classrooms opening this week, so there will be a lot of changes happening.

We have new librarians; Ebony, Redhriane and Diya are librarians from Huia 1. 

Mrs Vincent's favourite quote of the week so far.  
(Observe the correct use of  it's  and the semicolon, too. )

Here is the link to  Mrs Vincent's Music Classes blog, where you can follow some of the music we also  get time to do on a Thursday afternoon as well.

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