Thursday, 10 December 2015

Meri Kirihimete

As 2015 draws to a close... all of us in 'theONE6' would like to wish all of you a


Merry Christmas!

We have LOVED connecting globally this year and have great fun Mystery Skyping, sharing learning, and chatting with many kids from various parts of the world!

Especially to ...

Pernilla's class in Sweden, Mr Dorland's class in Surrey, Canada, Ms Nathan's class in Wellington for our Dubsmash rivalry, our Global Read Aloud collaborators Mrs Shultze in Wisconsin and Mrs Karg in Texas, a BIG kia ora to Laura's class / school in Connecticut, Mrs Vanderwal's class in Toronto, our #NZreadaloud peeps we connected with in Term's 1, 2, and 3 especially Susan Brocker and Ella West our authors of 2 awesome books ... and there are likely more ... this is from us to you!

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Kowhaiwhai Creativity


Combining art, maths, and a bit of culture!

An awesome activity using the kids understanding of reflection, rotation, and translation to create an original kowhaiwhai pattern.

First thing they all do is inquire into what kowhaiwhai is and complete a little bit of research to get an understanding of its cultural significance.

Then we shared some 'koru' shapes - specifically trying to come up with some 'different' shaped ones so we could create a truly original pattern.

After the kids had used up a lot of newsprint practicing koru - they came up with a shape they liked ready to make their stencil.

Then they went about figuring out what transformation they wanted to use for their pattern.

After the patterns had been created we started the dye process.

Select 3 colours, apply the lightest one first, apply in the space not directly on top otherwise it will turn poo brown, let the colours mix on their own, and then leave to dry.

Once the dye part is complete, they leave them to dry. When dry the 'inking' begins. The trick with this stage is "don't rush it". 

Take your time, persevere with this, get your corners and edges smooth and it will turn out KA PAI!!

Here is ONE which is complete!

As the others get finished I will add them to this post:) 

Ka pai with this one above Sharn - STUNNING:)

Love the simplicity of yours Mikayla:)

Chloe your 'roundy' one is effective too:)

Waimarama - this is stunning - love the 'warm' colours:)

Pearl yours is effective too the way you used rotation.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Mystery Hangout Mania!

We LOVE Mystery Hangouts!

This morning saw theONE6ers' settle in for what will likely be our last Mystery Hangout for the year!

Today we were trying out a different platform too called easy was that! Like creating a private living room for the Hangout to take place!

As usual we started by finding out which Hemisphere they are in, then used longitude lines to break it down to East or West. After we had found out they were in North West Hemisphere we asked if they were in Canada...YES they were. 

We then kept narrowing it down using longitude and latitude until we found out where they were!

Surrey in British Columbia, Canada.

After we finished the Mystery Hangout we chatted for a bit and our kids performed the Tikatonu Haka for them. Thanks Mikayla for starting that off...if you hadn't we might still be waiting!

A big KIA ORA to Mr Dorland and his Grade 6 kids for spending some time with us this morning. Some were amazed that it was after lunch Tuesday for you while it was 9.30am Wednesday for us! 

Here is a short video of PART of the hour long Hangout:)