Thursday, February 28, 2013


We have been setting our learning goals for the year. We will be flying to great heights this year and achieving our learning goals.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Desert Habitats

We have moved on to desert habitats.  We have begun to look at animal adaptations to different habitats.

The Great Horned Owl lives in a desert habitat.

Homework for Weeks 3,4 & 5

Desert habitats

Our cacti and owls. The horned owl can hear a mouse 100 yards away, it eats 250 different types of animals and it nests in cacti to keep itself safe. All these adaptations help it survive in the desert. The cactus stores water and has very sharp thin leaves that protect it as well as reduce evaporation.

We got our super cool templates for this project from 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Rainforest Habitats

We have started our topic study on habitats. We have taken a brief look at rainforests, but we will take a more indepth look later on.
So far we know there are three layers in the rainforest. We can name some animals and plants that are found in these layers.
Here are some of our monkeys with their banana books about the rainforest.

We got our super cool templates for this project from

Friday, February 15, 2013


Our Super Heroes learning group (Rooms 5,7 and 8 aka Fantastic Five, Super Sevens, Great Eights) has been working together during fitness. We are skipping and have been having a great time improving our skills and fitness, as well as showing others what we can do.
leanneg1969's Skipping term 1 2013 album on Photobucket

Thinking skills

Thinking is a Key Competency in the New Zealand Curriculum.

In Room 8 we are learning to identify our thinking skills (metacognition) and develop our use of higher order thinking.  This will not only help our learning, but give us a better understanding of the world around us.
We are using Bloom's Taxonomy to identify and describe our higher and lower order thinking.  'Remembering' is a lower order skill but you need this skill to help higher order thinking like 'understanding' or 'analysing'.
The signal bars on each thinking skill shows the order (create being the highest and remember the lowest).
Each day we are attempting to identify a thinking skill we have applied to our learning and over time hopefully we will find it easier to identify more thinking involving analysing, evaluating and creating.

Thanks to for this thinking resource.