Friday, 24 October 2014

Explanation Writing

This week for written language we wrote pieces of writing related to this term's inquiry topic - Technology. We wrote a explanation writing about a certain need in our school or community.

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I believe that our school needs netbooks because it has helped us develop our writing and it has been proven throughout the three years that our school has been with Manaiakalani. This is important to us because computers have already made their way into our generation and we have been greatly affected from it. If you asked every student that owns a netbook, they would choose to use their netbooks instead of writing in a book. Would you agree?

Can you fit all your ideas onto a piece of paper during a writing test?
Personally when I was younger I could never get enough time to finish my writing during a test, even when I did, the teacher usually couldn’t read it because my writing was too messy. This is a major disability for people who have great talent, but messy writing. Netbooks help me type all of my ideas and it is easy for a teacher to understand after a writing test.

Netbooks have been a great step for many schools to take. It has adapted from many other things including dictionaries, books, thesauruses, and many more! Schools are changing! This can help each student adapt to their environments in good ways. This affects others because I used to always get sore hands during a writing test; so I would stop writing and wait for my hand to feel better. With netbooks you can type as much ideas as you want, without the disadvantages of using a pencil and writing.

Being noticed online. This a great advantage that is given to Manaiakalani schools and this is being used by letting us work to our netbook motto: learn, create and share! After our students finish producing our work we get to blog it for the world to see. This is something that has been introduced since our netbooks were first introduced and it helps us gather the courage to share with others online and in real life.

Netbooks have been very important throughout our lives and many lives more to come. Something as simple as laptops can affect a whole education system. If you ask other students then you would most likely get the same answers as listed above. I recommend that most people should rethink their thoughts about netbooks.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tuakana Teina Narrative Writing

Me and my buddy Edith worked together using pictures from the Art Technology group. We used them as places and characters in our story to help us create this writing. Take a look!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Prefixes Task

This is a task that shows our understanding of prefixes, Take a look!

A prefix is a word part that is added to the front of a base word to change the meaning of the word.


  1. My mum said “do not be ____Unkind____ to your sister.”
  2. I have to ____Unzip___ my jacket before taking it off.
  3. It is wrong to ___Mistreat____ animals.
  4. I asked him to ___Rewrite____ his maths sums because I could not read them.
  5. I enjoyed watching the ___Preview___ before the movie began.
  6. My little brother was often told not to ____Misbehave___.
  7. It is good to ___Reuse___ supermarket plastic bags.
  8. I had to ___Redo___ my homework because I spilt my cereal on it.
  9. I practised the word so that I would not ____mispell___ it in the writing test.
  10. I reread my favourite book every year.
  11.     The recipe told me to reheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  12. I really dislike having to tidy my room.
  13.     I was on a prepay mobile phone contract with vodafone.
  14.     I answered wrong because I misunderstood the question.
  15. Every morning mum drops my little brother at preschool.
  16. Whaea Petra was unable to close the P.E. container door.

Match the base word with the correct prefix to make a new word.


Use each of the words with their prefix in a sentence.
  1. I had to recharge my phone so i can go on it
  2. I had to unload the things in the car
  3. I was disconnected off the internet
  4. I didn’t qualify for the finals
  5. I wrote a mistake
  6. I overloaded my bag
  7. I recharged my netbook
  8. I unloaded the truck
  9. I was unhappy when i fell
  10. I have an  eating disorder

Prefixes Poster

For this task we needed to create a poster that reflects our thinking about what prefixes are with my partner Sam, Take a look!

Graphic Whale Organiser

For this task we needed to state the different cause and effects of a recent article that my reading group read. Take a look!

Graphic Whale Organizers:

Running low on whale poop
Carbon-dioxide absorbing plankton die
Years of overexploitation of whale meat and blubber
Populations of whales plummet
Phytoplanktons dying out.
Disturbs the ecosystem's food chain.
Iron in short supply
Phytoplankton can’t grow.
Whales can only defecate near the surface
Its nearby where the phytoplankton need them.
Whales defecate
Help plankton grow.
Whales continue to defecate iron
Removes 200,000 tonnes of carbon per year.
Adult blue whales consume two tonnes of krill per day.
More poop for Phytoplankton
Japanese allows whaling
Whales near to extinction, leading to no food for phytoplankton

Friday, 22 August 2014

Poem About the Ocean

This is my poetry and picture that represents the inquiry topic for the term, Tagata O Le Moana! Take a look!

A Normal Day, A Normal Life
By Jayden

Savage waves,
yearning for victims.
The fear of the unknown,
longing to join me,
The endless cycle of depression -
waves crashing on the shore.
A soothing death,
My pity of the men I drown,
scattered among the remains of others
at the bottom of the ocean.

Ranginui’s tears,
ashamed of his son.

Roaring solitude,
exaggerating my strength,
Searching for famished souls,
Screams echoing my wrath.

The blood of the courageous,
inside of my enemies,
Soon to be devoured.
My brutal ignorance,
Death is second nature.

Tawhirimatea’s pleas,
forgiving brotherly vengeance,
Unending appetite,
backfiring pity.

I am a monster,

I am the sea.

Hungry as ever,

You better flee...

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Arts and Crafts: Sword

During our time in Arts and Crafts, my group did quilling. We used a pencil to quill the paper into a object of our choice. Take a look!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Marine Conservation Organisations

We have been learning about the different marine conservations and we have been identifying what they do for us and for the world, take a look!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Staying Smart With Mobile Phones

We have been learning to stay smart with our mobile phones, this has helped us because a majority of people in our class owns or uses a mobile phone. Take a look!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

My Personal Connections With The Ocean

Personally, we needed to use our prior knowledge on our inquiry topic and think of different things and ways the sea means to us and our community, Take a look!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Simile Vs Metaphor

We have been learning about the differences between a simile and a metaphor. After that we needed to elaborate on that and use our new knowledge on what we learnt. Take a look!

Buddy Activity Vocabulary Display

We have been extending our prior knowledge on our inquiry subject 'Tagata O Le Moana' which means 'People of The Sea', Take a Look!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Writing Description

For this task we needed to create a piece of descriptive writing that relates to this terms inquiry topic which is 'Tagata O le Moana', Take a look!

Waves march against the sand as they scream for war before being forced to retreat from their march as they grasp for the remains of life before them. As the beacon of sunlight shines upon the scraps of driftwood and seaweed, the wrath of the army wasn’t over as the tide began to close in on the remaining grains of sand. An unfought war was nearly over.

 The bitter air foretells the approaching storm; there to celebrate the endless victory of the ocean. An aroma of salt-water indicates the tide’s cycle nearing it’s end, like a phoenix at the point of rebirth. The putrid smell of the moss gasping for a breath of air as the sun sets across the horizon.

 Engines moan at their driver’s as they return to whence they came. Crashes and smashes show the water trying to seize the land. Although the beach was empty, you could still hear the crying of the birds scavenging the remains. The water was tainted a slight green hue, this was a cause of waste and pollution already starting to take effect.

 The rusty surfaces of the railing are blocked from the slight touch of the steadily increasing power of the wind, sweeping the dust off my skin and revealing goosebumps hiding under the layer of dust like a cave exploiting it’s coal. A treasure chest without a lock.

 Rain taunts the tip of my tongue as it freefalls from the sky. The insides of my mouth are begging for a drink as the dehydration nearly causes me to succumb to the thirst. The taste of fish overcomes my taste as I stare into the empty, moonlit sea. It was time to go home.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Maori Language Week

For this task we needed to use this presentation to help us learn more about the Maori Culture because it is Maori language week this week, Take a look!

Tagata O le Moana (People of the Sea) Making Connections/Vocabulary

For this task we have been learning how to make connections to specific words that relate to the sea and our inquiry topic 'Tagata o le Moana', Take a look!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Narrative Writing Reflection and Presentation Tasks

For this task we started off using a plan to organise our ideas into a single piece of writing. We also needed to work in groups to allow us to combine our creative thinking to create a piece of writing. After this we needed to make a presentation and make pictures that suit each of the different scenes and it suits our writing. After we finished that we needed to do a reflective task on what we did that week, Take a look!

Friday, 20 June 2014

6 Hats Current Events W7 T2

For this task we needed to do a current event about any event that we found on the the news websites that were provided for us. 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Looking at Friendships

For this task we needed to list different things about positive friendships and negative friendships. This is to show our understanding of what kind of friends we already have question some of our friendships, take a look!

Shakespeare Timeline

For this task, to prepare for the upcoming novel our group will be reading, we needed to learn about the timeline of William Shakespeare, one of the most famous writers of all time, take a look!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Tamaki Cluster School Tournament

Tamaki Cluster School Tournament

The Tamaki cluster competed in a tournament starting off with four pools for each team to compete before their semi-finals. All teams came ready for a bright day before and after the tournament held at the AMI Netball Centre on Wednesday the 4th June, 2014. The Tamaki 2 (Year 7's) team placed second in their pool and Tamaki 3 (Year 8's) came first in their pool. Sadly Tamaki 1 (Also Year 7's) came last for their pool, as the Tamaki motto goes, Humble Winners, Gracious Losers. Also the Year 5 teams played, although I do not know the results of their team. Either way every team tried their hardest and had a fun, hot day in the sun. 

Friday, 30 May 2014

Jayden and Sam Smart Surfing

We have been learning about the different types of vocabulary regarding safe searching, take a look!

Jayden, Kraven and Sam Samoan Language Week Presentation

For Samoan Language Week, we had to find out a variety of different things that are in Samoan. Some of this includes numbers, body parts, facts and many other things, Take a look!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

GoAnimate: Difference between a Scientist and an Inventor

Using GoAnimate, me and my buddy Sam created a short template about the difference between a scientist and an inventor, Take a look!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Jayden and Sam Open and Closed Questions

Me and my buddy Sam have been learning about the difference between open and closed questions. 
Then we needed to find a way to show our skills on GoAnimate, Take a look!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

8 Events Template

We have been summarising the main events of the movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs to help us understand how he invents and why he does it, Take a look!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Homophones Presentation

We have been learning about how to define the different homophones and a picture to suit the word. Take a look!