Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Super DoopeR!

wow - great posts some of you - giving feedback on each other's work - wow - Room5ian - great effort! And your science fair sounds amazing too - you should all talk more about your ideas and give each other feedback. You are so innovative and talented you can learn off each other.

Literature circle for all who are keen on socio-dialogical collaboration.

Anyone interested in Alice in WOnderland? Whats it all about? I bet it's another real code cracker.

Have fun learning people! All ideas and enthusiasm welcome.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

world cup year begins in earnest

the greatest team in the world - the ALL BLACKS - Mr Henry announced his first team of the year to take on the understrength French team in Auckland this Saturday - you may as well know i am a fanatical AB supporter.
i love the ALL BLACKS and i hope we finally win the world cup again after a twenty year wait....but no pressure ;>)

homework quiz

a. Name 2 monotremes, 1 prosimian, 3 ungulates, 1 pseudopod.

b. During WW2 who were the leaders of Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the USSR, USA, NZ, Australia, Japan, China, Hungary, Turkey, Greece, Canada?

c. Explain who you think was the most powerful or influential of the Roman emperors.

d. What is 3 plus 2?

e. Who is the coolest person in Room5?

Monday, May 28, 2007

fave poetic writing

fave poetic writing? who do you enjoy reading and why?

diamond girl suggested Dr Seuss - i agree his work is amazing - and despite being simple looking, it has depth to it when you really think about what his message is.

please suggest other authors or works and state why you like them or think they are worth studying. we can do author studies on the people we come up with. or, we could just enjoy their work. :-)

i am so impressed with those of you who are interacting with the blog in a meaningful way! well done!

[anyone noticing it seems to be all girls???]

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Narratives and Room5

SO, you've just spent a whole term writing a wicked narrative based on your adventures on Kakepuku - now we've discovered Mr Woody might actually like poetry - so, can you help him to learn about the famous poets and the most renowned narrative poems?

Inchcape rock is one such poem - one group of expert reader Room5ians has begun to learn about literature circles - they may help guide us through the tricky task of unravelling some of the English speaking world's greatest writing....

[for mr woody and teachers - kids may look too]

what wikipedia says:

"Narrative poetry is poetry that tells a story.

Narrative poetry is among the oldest, and perhaps the oldest, genre of poetry. Many scholars of Homer, from Quintus Smyrnaeus forward, have concluded that his tales of the Iliad and Odyssey were composed from compilations of shorter narrative poems that related individual episodes, and which were more suitable for an evening's entertainment."

the link above has some of the famous narrative poems in it - one of them was read at my wedding to my darling beloved Sasha :-)
can you guess which one?
the following link has a lesson for us to do in class [or at home]
have fun, young bards - you are the best!

Blimmin' dirty French spy terrorist swine!

you weren't born when all this drama went down in NZ many years ago, but what can you tell me about the Rainbow Warrior, some dirty French terrorists and their signficance to NZ history?

This article has some clues in it....[the link comes from my cousin, who now lives in London]:

"The French intelligence officer who led the 1985 bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace ship protesting against nuclear tests in the Pacific, now lives in America where he heads an arms firm selling weapons to the FBI, Pentagon, and the department of homeland security, the Guardian has learned...",,2087877,00.html

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

manolo guevara likes to... bunnies at the gardens, run on the beach and chew bones.

manny would also like to meet other dogs to play with. it is his idea to have pet day at peachgrove during animal camp in october...

he looks rough, but he's a sweetheart. he thinks it's mean that people scowl at him when he's walking nicely on his lead just because of biased news reporting and ignorance. in fact, its other supposedly 'safe' dogs who attack him - foxies, border collies, etc - he doesn't react at all.

he says, don't judge a book by it's cover and do help the SPCA - he came from there after being taken off his naughty first owners who didn't feed him when he was growing up - now he is just over a year old and very fit and healthy - two walks a day and two feeds of high quality dog food. on top of that, he is lavished with love.


visitors welcome!

welcome to all visitors to our blog - please leave a message if you are a real person and are interested in blogging, wikis, web2.0, personalised learning, differentiation, education in the 21st century, or whatever it is we're blogging about. we'd love to extend our network of contacts to geunine folk with good intentions. we hear occasionally that poeple are reading our blog, but we never actually get much, please leave us a constructive or positive comment.
we will love it!
mr woody

p.s. this includes parents of room5ians also...

Monday, May 14, 2007

term four field trip

fear not - i haven't forgotten about the Kakepuku trip, but as well as that, i am trying to organise the term four camp option that i will be running with Miss Lewthwaite.

we are proposing ANIMAL CAMP. a four day adventure around the Waikato and Auckland, taking in all sorts of experiences like:

Auckland zoo

Kelly Tarlton's overnight stay

Maungatautari Ecological reserve


Auckland Museum

all these options will depend on bookings and logistics, but if you have any other ideas, let us know!

Sunday, May 13, 2007


The SPCA need our help as they are unfunded by government or local council. They do a fine job protectign animals in need - if you ever want a pet, consider saving someone who needs a loving home. We are thrilled with our boy, Manny.

Other organisations also help - The Humane Alternative and Cat Protection Society, to name a few.

WE can make a difference.

Spelling help

Some cool word game ideas are linked here for us to use in school during word study time.

a wee challenge for you - remind me to put this up on screen in class.

writing advice online

These links are to sites with indepth writing advice for those of you who are beavering away at home on your "Kakepuku Catastrophe!"

narrative guide for students


writing a story

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

butterfly alphabet

Photography in Room 5:

1. Take 7 photos to introduce or tell a story about Peachgrove.

2. Find pleasing artistic images within the detail of your surroundings - snap close ups of shapes or patterns and see if your classmates can guess what they are. the photos should look good as art as well as being hard to decypher...

3. Take photos of 'things' that look like letters or numbers and try to write your name using these images.

Monday, May 07, 2007

science fair

1. The observational drawing topic is NZ native flora.
2. The photography is based on the theme "glass".
3. Wall charts are to explain the workings of digital technology. e.g. digital watches, ipods, computers, etc.

[4th secret wallchart topic for eejits - explain how something [meaning, anything] works - these will feature in the mountain group competition, but won't be eligible for Waikato science fair entry.]

For the other two categories [technological invention or scientific investigation] you can come up with your own topic, but you need to see me first.


Well done today to KittyKat with her wonderful photos. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's work.

Excellent work Sam reading your groups writing so eloquently.
Thank you to the other lads who shared their writing in the writers guild reading circle.

Well done to SkipperBob for handing in her Kakepuku Catastrophe so promptly, and in such a well presented folder.

Great work to the enviro helpers and agents last week with the enviro orbiter tour.

Keep up the good work Room5ians!

post any noteworthy efforts here.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

new post for a general catch up in MAy2oo7

well done room5ians - you continue to impress:

the enviro agents working hard with their seconded helpers

Room5ian is on devastating champion form as well as coming second in local trash to fashion comp - what a recycled sensation!

"Step" - how low can you go!? and candygirl in second place close behind.

emjay with her cool blog and extra work for you to learn french - emma too.

and all the rest of you for being simplay marvellous

can you add more room 5 super stars here with reason why they are great? also ask questions here.