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Good Spotting!  
Book Review and Christmas tasks 
Walt: summarise and critique a novel.

Key Concept: It is the last week of school! You are going to have the choice to work on one of the following tasks so you can create something and share it on your blog as a Christmas and/or holiday season greeting.

1. Complete a book review on the book, Awful Auntie, which we have been reading as a class this term. Share this on your blog. Choose ONE of the following tasks (you could do this is a pair or by yourself):
1. Create a Christmas or holiday season animation on hyperstudio. You might choose to give this a NZ twist!
2. Create a Christmas song using Garageband.
3. Create some Christmas decorations using the links and texts to the right.


Book review

Other Links

Walt: make connections between texts
Walt: understand chemical and physical changes and the science behind rusting of metals.
Walt: carry out science investigations.

Key Concept: This week, we are learning about rust. We will undertake a science experiment and share our learning on our blog!

Read the text, Fast Rust. Think about where you have seen rust before, and why this object may have rusted.

Read the other texts to help with your understanding.

Create rust during a science experiment and share your learning in a post on your blog! Remember to read others texts you have been given to help you explain your new understanding in your blog post.


BBC bitesize - page 1 only
Reaction Experiment (Read through this experiment - what hypothesis has been formed?)

Detergents and Stain Remover Experiment 
Walt: make connections between texts
Walt: understand chemical and physical changes and the science behind washing products.
Walt: carry out science investigations.

Key Concept: We are continuing our focus on the science behind stains, stain removers, and washing powders. This week, we are learning about detergents and how they work to remove stains.


Read the text, Enzymes FAQs. Enzymes are important in many cleaning products. Find out what their role is!

Using the texts read last week, as well as the new text from this week to help with your understanding, carry out a scientific experiment with the question:

-Which household cleaner does the best job of removing stains from fabric?

[Hint: use this as a starter, or use your own scientific method from last week to start you off].

Remember to take photos as you learn and create! You will need this for your writing task.


Enzymes FAQs

Why we have Soap, by Jane Thomson (Connected 3, 1998)
Remember to use the texts from last week, too!

Stains and Stain Removers 
Walt: make connections between texts
Walt: understand chemical and physical changes and the science behind washing products.
Walt: carry out science investigations.

Key Concept: We are starting a focus on the science behind stains, stain removers, and washing powders. This week, we are learning about stains and the science behind how they are removed.


Watch the advert, Persil, Small and Mighty.
- As a group, decide on topic-related words which will be useful to know.

Read the first text, Soaps and Detergents, History.

Read 2 other texts from the list.
- What connections can you make between the different texts?

Watch the second video, How to remove curry stains - Turmeric Stains.

We are going to create a scientific experiment.
-As a group, begin filling in the scientific method table for your experiment of choice (complete this throughout the experiment).
- Decide on the equipment you will need to complete the experiment. 
- Remember to take photos as you undertaken the experiment.
- Blog about your scientific experiment.



Soaps and Detergents: History (pages 4-9)

Surf Stain Solver
The Chemistry of Stain Remover
Why does turmeric turn red?


Scientific Method Table
Drive folder for photos

Kawau Island / Camp Bentzon 
Walt: gather and use information from a text
Walt: name all the different kinds of wild life on Kawau Island

Key Concept: This week we are learning about Kawau Island. We want you to know as much as possible about the Island, it's history and what lives there!

In only 1 week's time we are going to be on camp at Camp Bentzon on Kawau Island! Cheehoo!  

This week you are becoming experts on all wildlife on Kawau Island!
1. Read the texts carefully
2. Open the task and read the instructions
3. Complete the task to the best of your ability.
4. Create a presentation or posters, sharing your understanding of the wildlife on Kawau island.

History and Wildlife of Kawau Island

Walt: use scientific vocabulary to think critically about science.
Walt: question texts about science and decide whether they are examples of science or pseudoscience.
Walt: make connections between texts.

Key Concept: This is the final week of testing. While we are not testing, we are going to be looking into changing matter in more detail. First, we need to learn how to read scientific texts and learn some scientific vocabulary.


You will find the learning for this week here.

Complete some blog commenting on the 'Tuhi mai, Tuhi atu' class blogs. Remember, you can get to these through our class blog.

Reading Test Practice 
Walt: confidently respond to texts under testing conditions.
Walt: reflect on where we are at in our reading, and where we need more support.

Key Concept: Over the next couple of weeks we are going to work through a number of practice reading tests. This will give you a chance to ask lots of questions and reflect on where you need help.


This week we are going to practice responding to texts under testing conditions.

a. Reading Practice Test 1
b. Reading Practice Test 2

You are going to have time to work through a number of practice tests and then meet with Miss West and Mr Somerville for conferencing in groups.

When you are not with the teacher, complete some blog commenting and free blog writing.
Fast Finisher? 

Once you have completed all the tasks for the week, you will get the chance to do:

1. Read books of your choice

2. Blog Commenting

3. Code.org - Code Studio (start at course 2) Have a go at some coding! - Start at course 2 and work your way through all of the activities until you have finished the course. Here are your links: