Thursday, 25 August 2016

Week 6 - Sharing your love of Writing

Kia ora Kidsedchatters,

Well recently I have been looking through all of our awesome Kidsedchatnz topics. It was inspirational looking at the great topics.  However, one thing struck me. Writing, we haven't had a chat dedicated just to writing in a wee while.

So this week we are chatting about your writing.  The work you produce either in class or at home.  I can't wait to hear and read about the brilliant writing that occurs in classrooms right across Aotearoa.

Before the chat watch the videos below. They are inspirational writers talking about their experiences when writing.


Q1: What is your class writing about at the moment?  What is your daily motivation?

Q2: What are your learning goals in writing at the moment?

Q3: How do you know when you have reached or met your writing goals?

Q4: What do you do when you are finding writing difficult? Are you able to solve it independently?

Q5: Do you agree with the quote from the first video "Inspiration is nonsense"?  Why or why not?

Q6: Share a piece of your writing.  This could be a doc, photo, or in a tweet.

Q7: What skills do you think a good writer needs to have?

Q8: What are your favourite topics to write about and why?

Q9: If you were to design a perfect writing lesson, what would it include and how would it motivate others?

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Sharing our interests & learning

Many times we limit ourselves because we fear what other people might think. The result is that we might not share things that we find interesting or even all the amazing things we have learnt.

Here is a great video to watch and to think about. Always remember that you are awesome!


Q1. What are your interests, talents or passions?

Q2. Do you get to share about your interests in the classroom? How?

Q3. Do you enjoy sharing your interests/ learning with others? Why? Why not?

Q4. Who do you share your learning with? 

Q5. In what ways do you share your learning?

Q6. Share some learning right now... on twitter! Add a link, photo, write about it, anything you like.

Q7. Do you think it is important to share your learning with others? Why? Why not? 

Q8. What are the benefits for you, as the learner, when you share your learning? 

Q9. Share with us your most favourite app or online tool to share your learning. Why is it your favourite? 

Go and find a tweet to reply to. Start a conversation with someone new. Say "Hello" and respond to their tweet!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

The Olympic Games

The Summer Olympic Games are held every four years. This year it is hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to 21, 2016. Many athletes and their teams are selected to represent New Zealand.
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You can watch the Official Olympics 2016 Theme Song Music Video. You might like to pay attention to the words written at the bottom.


Q1. Do you agree with the words in the video? Which 'phrase' do you like? Why?

Q2. Name some of the Olympic sports. Which one is your favourite?

Q3. What is the Olympic torch?

Q4. What are the Olympic Values? What is their meaning?

Q5. Who wins medals?

Q6. Are the gold medals real gold?

Q7. Why do we have the Olympic rings as the emblem of the Olympic Games?

Q8. What is the Olympic motto?

Q9. Who is your favourite Olympic hero? Why?

Q10. Imagine your own Olympic success in the future... which sport do you think you would be participating in?

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Thursday, 4 August 2016


From 8 - 12 August we have New Zealand Maths Week, therefore KidsedchatNZ will be talking about Maths.

Below is a whole lot of different Maths tasks/challenges that you can complete during the week. You don't have to complete them all, just pick whichever ones suit your level.

The tasks/challenges are:
1. Throw a pack of cards out onto the concrete and put them into order as fast as you can. They need to be placed in suits from 2 to Ace.
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2. Design your own money!

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3. Turn this triangle upside down by moving only three of the 'coins'

4. Make 3D shapes using ice-block sticks / toothpicks and play dough
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5. Use ScratchJr and make a short story or conversation
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Q1. Tweet a picture or video of some of your challenges this week.

Q2. Leave a reply on someone's tweet. Remember to comment on their challenge.

Q3. Reflect on your challenges. How do you think you did? What was hard? Easy? Enjoyable?

Q4. Write your own word problem for other people to answer.

Q5. Try and answer someone's word problem. Make sure you reply back saying whether they are right or wrong.

Q6. What have you been learning about in Maths? Tell/Explain a Maths strategy that you have learnt this year?

Q7. What are some of your favourite activities that you have done in Maths this year?

Q8. Why is it important to learn about Maths?

Q9. What are some of your favourite Maths Apps that you use in class? Why do you like them?

Q10. Write a short story or poem using these 4 words: Reflection, Triangle, Half and Money