Thursday, October 30, 2008

Describing my bean: Day 11

Picture by Murdoch.

My bean smells musty like a old tea towel left in the bath. When you smell it the disgusting scent stays in your nose like a permanent tattoo. My bean looks like a octopus with only one leg because of the little dots on the side, which remind me of suckers. It tastes like, well I don't know what it tastes like because I'm not allowed to take it out of the cup because it is growing, but I think it would taste like damp washing that was carelessly washed without soap. It sounds like an awkward silence, like nobody has talked for years. It feels hard and soft at the same time, like a cat, because a cat has soft fur and a hard nose.

By Lucy.

More Descriptive Writing

My bean look like a cicada shedding its skin. The bean looks chocolate in the middle of the seed.
It smells like the tank farm because it stinks! When I listen to my bean I hear the sea, like I would in a sea shell. When I touch my bean I get the hebie jebies, where my body goes all tingly and hair on the back of my neck stands up straight and tall. I feel happy when I look my bean, like when I open a present.

By Tim.

My bean look like a mutated jelly bean or a mutated rocker growing two minute noodles. It smells like a dead warthog coveredd in flies with worms in its ears and nose. My bean looks like a poo. When I touch my bean it gives me the hebie jebies. It feels like plastic. It tastes like grass. When I look at my bean, it makes me feel all good like at Christmas.

By Hendy.

Bean Report - Day 11

I see a green leaf. It looks like a snake slithering up the side of the cup. It grows silently like a snail slides. It does not smell bad like some of the other ones, so I am lucky. It makes me feel excited like at Christmas when I open my presents.

By Oscar S.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Descriptive Writing

(Patheticus Maximus)

All this week all I've heard is BEAN BEAN BEAN! Water the BEAN check on the BEAN what about the BEAN has changed? Ay yi yi, why couldn't we have a more interesting plant?! Like a venus fly trap, or a bird of paridise! No... It had to be a small, blackish greyish purple speckled bean.
I wish the bean was a different colour, that might help. I wish the bean was the colour of fire and when you touched it, you got a warm feeling in your stomach, and when the plant sprouted, I wish it was golden with silver mists shimmering in it's depths and moonlight dust all over it like diamonds, and it grew fruit that was the colour of cream, yellow and amber mixed together. And it's taste, oh it's taste! It would taste of ambrosia, orange juice, whipped cream and vanilla icecream all mixed together for one glorious moment...
But no, it had to be a small, blackish, greyish, purple speckled bean.

By Murdoch

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Snap shot of Term One and Two

By Alex.V
Samera and Chris showing how to use the same shape yet producing different pictures.

Wow it's great to read so many happy new friends reading our blog. I do agree growing beans in the class to start the term was fun but Room 16 have also been very busy doing other things throughout the year, so I thought it only fair to share with our loyal followers. Also I am trying to see if Miss Burt is good teacher (doing this s0lo - look no hands!) and if I get this up I get a chocolate fish from my teacher (Miss Burt). Any way enough about me, have a look at what Room 16 have been up to since the start of the year.

In term one our class started to use paint as a drawing tool to draw pictures of our baby. This picture was done by Rahiri. The best part of using this drawing software was not getting paint all over the tables! The butterfly was painted by Ariana, her very first time using paint.

Term Two was really cool because the whole school took part in Trash To Fashion. Our class we grouped into designer teams and we planned, made mock clothes and had a mini fashion show in our class. Our families were able to see all the art work we created and the parents loved all our work! We must say our clay work was pretty fab!!!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Baby Silvie's Visit

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Room 16  is part of the ROOTS OF EMPATHY PROJECT - each term a baby has been coming to our class. Her name is Silvie. When Silvie comes to visit the Room 16 children, we talk about what she is doing.  We have talked about her milestones over the year and I must say, she has grown very big.  Jill is another teacher who runs the project and helps us to understand different kinds of feelings that we may have but can not talk about.   

I am sad today because it is Baby Silvie's second to last visit.  I think baby Silvie has changed by getting bigger.  I also noticed that she makes a lot of noises now.  She can also say "mum."  She still kicks her legs as she goes round the circle when we sing the ''hello baby Silvie and how are you'' song.

For Baby Silvie's last visit I think a party is a great idea and we should make sure we weigh and measure her.  I wonder how tall she is now?  I am looking forward to Silvie's last visit.  It will be a lot of fun!   

By Elle.

Ariana shares her thinking about Baby Silvie:  
Baby Silvie has grown very big. She can say ma ma ma and even pull her self up. Silvie can pick up toys she want to play with and even let her mum know when she is hungry! Today the whole class got to see our baby eat mushed up apple!.... it did not look that nice - but she liked it.  

On her last visit I would like to share all the things we have learned. For me, I learned some important things like - do not drop a baby, never leave a baby on a high chair and that babies can drown in a teaspoon of water. Learning about baby Silvie has helped me to look after my friends and babies as well.   

By Ariana and Miss Meleisea.

P.S: Thanks Jill for choosing our class to do Roots of Empathy!

Day 4: Bean Growth!

Guess what's happened?  My bean has started to sprout! I have drawn a smily face on my cup using a black vivid, and the bean is the nose in my smily face.  The sprout is big and white and is growing downwards, so it looks like snot hanging out of the nose!  It looks really funny.
By Keaston.

On day four my bean has made tiny changes. The only thing that has happened to it is the colour. The skin on my bean has faded away - like the sun falling into the ocean and disappearing! It has also put on a lot of weight - thats right a FAT BEAN! Watching my bean grow  makes me feel like a caretaker! 
By Tori.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Room 6 Visits Room 16

The newest members of Grey Lynn School are in Room 6.  Today they came to visit our class!  Here they are looking cute and very ready to learn!
Thanks for coming to see us, Cheryl and Room 6!  We hope you saw our beans!

Day 3: Progress Report

I thought that today my bean had not changed much, but then when I looked harder the crack had grown.  My prediction is that a few of our beans may start sprouting tomorrow.  

We haven't just been growing beans, though.  We are also growing water cress.  All the little water cress have sprouted and they look like tadpoles!  Soon we can eat them!

By Freeman.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Day Two: Predictions for our beans

Waina: I think my bean is going to grow big and tall just like a tree

Misty: The runner bean might crack so it can grow a root or it might start to sprout

Joe: I reckon nothing is going to happen to my bean and now I'm thinking that it might die!


Growing Cress

In Room 16, we are also growing water cress.  For the water cress we got a clear bowl and put some paper towels in it and put some water in too, but we made it was only damp, not wet.  Then we put the water cress seeds in the bowl and made sure that they were spread apart. We put a book and a paper towel on top of the bowl to keep it warm and left it for a few days.

By Joe

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Growing Runner Beans

Today we've just planted our runner beans.  The first thing we did was we each got given a cup.  We rolled up a paper towel and placed it inside the cup.  After we'd done that, we scrunched up 2 or 3 paper towels and put them inside the cup.  Next we placed one bean in the cup, halfway down.  Then we wet the paper towels so that they were damp but not fully wet.  We wrote our names on the cup and placed the cups on the windowsill.  

I think that the runner bean will start to crack and turn into a sprout.  I also think that the roots might grow soon.  That will be really exciting!

By Pepe-Marie

Mangere Mountain Visit

On Tuesday the 15th of October Rooms 16, 11 and 8 went to Mangere Mountain for a school trip.  We went there because we are learning about different uses for land and how it changes over time.  Mangere Mountain is a mountain that erupted 18,000 years ago, and it is 48, 000 years old. While we were there, we went for a walk and explored the mountain.  We made Maori gardening tools, visited the food garden and medicine garden.  It was really interesting and we had a great day.

By Casey

High: Going up the mountain.
Low: Going back to school.
Interesting: Seeing the medicine garden.
By Tatsuki

High: Carving the gardening tools.
Low: Walking in the sun for too long.
Interesting: Finding out that local plants can cure.
By Casey

High: Looking in the medicine garden.
Low: Getting thirsty on the long walk.
Interesting: I think it was cool how some plants can be medicine.
By Jericho

High: Walking up the mountain and seeing the cool view.
Low: The heat on the walk since I was wearing black.
Interesting: Carving the tools that could be used for gardening.
By Loimata

Monday, October 20, 2008


It's the one, it's the only, Room 16 blog, coming to you straight from Auckland City, New Zealand, the Earth, for those of you who are little aliens!  Room 16 is a class full of Year 4 and 5 students, and if you thought Hannah Montana had talent, you should see us!  This is why... one of our students was the main character in a 365 person school play, 3 people competed in the inter zone cross country, and another 3 competed in the inter zone rugby league and came fourth!  So you see, Room 16 is full of talent!  We hope you enjoy our blog, and remember, ROOM 16 ROCKS!!!!

By Murdoch

P.S: By the way, it's Hendy's birthday today.  He turned 10!