Thursday, April 17, 2014

Totara hub sports

Writing Purpose: To Entertain
Type of writing: moment in time

WALT use our senses to describe

  • (see, hear, smell, feel, taste)
  • different sentence starters / some short sentences
  • action verbs (crash / crashing, scratches / scratch / scratching, smack / smacks / smacking bounce / bouncing, sprint / sprints / sprinting, dodge / dodges / dodging)
  • present tense (I am, he is, we are)

As I followed my group leader to our first station I got worried. The person taking the station started to talk to us. He was telling us how to play the game. I stood up and went to stand behind the line as he had said. He was choosing the people who would be the taggers in the middle and I put up my hand. I didn’t get chosen but that didn’t matter. The whistle blew and I ran as fast as I could. I saw someone coming to tag me so I quickly dodged them and kept going. I had made it to the end but I was worried about going back. The whistle blew again everyone started to push their way through. Everyone in the front seemed to get tagged first. I saw the line right in front of me so I ran as fast as I could. Finally, I had made it to the end. Woohoo, the whistle just blew and the game had finished. Time to go to the next activity.

Argo floats

An Argo float is a device that sends messages about the temperature and the salinity of seawater to databases. When it is done it goes to the surface and sends it to scientist to learn more about the ocean. In the ocean there are about 3500 Argo floats in the water. An Argo float does not just bob around on top of the water. Argo floats are programmed to travel up and down in the water. Because they can do this they can sample water at different depths. Their height is 1.2 meters and they weigh about 40 kilogrammes. They are made in the United states, France and Germany. Argo floats can live up to 5 years. During its lifetime it can move thousands of kilometres until the battery runs out. It sits about 1 kilometre below sea surface where it won’t  be hit by any ships going by. Every ten years, it will dive 2 kilometre's under water and then float up while gathering information. This takes around 6 hours. When their batteries run out they sink to the bottom and that's the end. Then the cycle starts all over again. Every year they release around 800 new ones. Argos are an international project. There are around 30 countries involved. Oceanographers use the Argo data to learn more about the worlds ocean. Scientist also use the Argo data to track changes in sea water. This also helps them to know which parts of the sea are getting warmer and colder. Scientist may then be able to make predictions of what will happen to the water. This includes the water to rise and an increase in tropical storms. In winter the Argo floats that are around Antarctica must stay well below the surface. the Argo floats around there have special sensors the detect ice. When the water is close to freezing, the Argo float will stay below and try again in a week. It takes about several months until the ice melts, and the Argo float can get to the surface to send it’s data.

This is a picture of an Argo float. It has some labels to tell you what is on it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Animal art

This is my number art. My number is 20 and 
my animal is a lioness. The two is basically the face
and the zero is the tail made into a loop. I hope you like it. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Camp moment in time

Walking into Flax rock I got butterflies in my stomach. We got to the room and everybody looked up to see how high the roof was, and it was pretty high. The instructor told us what we would do first and chose two people to help him show the parents what they would do. The first thing we had to do was to see how far around we could get without going over the green line. Me and Maddison got closest to the end. Next we all got put into a harness and it felt weird in between your legs. The parents got a station each and two kids to start with. The first person to get to the top was Ben. Soon, nearly every one had got to the top. People took turns to take pictures of people climbing up. I went to the dark one and it was finally my turn. The parent there hooked me up and I started to climb. I was proud of myself because I had just passed half way. “ Nearly there just one more step and” I had made It to the top! I got pulled back down as the rope burned my fingers from all that climbing. I had some lunch and then started climbing again. A few more people had got to the top and It was nearly time to go back to school. We lined up ready and left. Almost everybody in the class had climbed to the top. I had a lot of fun and it was probably the best thing I’ve done in the whole year.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Somewhere today

This is my poem  called Somewhere in our school today. There are four pictures and they are all pictures of things around the school that have happened. I hope you like it.