Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Well, it is now that time of year when school has finished and everyone is preparing for christmas. We have had our last 3 assembly's and it was wonderful to see room ten pupils ackniwledged for all their outstanding achievements in Te Reo (Maori), english, the arts, science, cooking, hard materials and many more. I would like to say that it has been a wonderful year with all of the students from Room Ten MIS and I look forward to hearing of all your successes in the coming year. Have a wonderful break and remember......
Don't fear failure, give everything a go, and always give it your best!

Kia Kaha
Miss F

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Roller Coaster Sharing

Room 3, 6, and 10 have been making Roller Coasters for about 7 weeks now. We held a sharing time today under our dome, this was a great chance for everyone to show off their designs and their tracks. We also judged the Roller Coasters and came up with 3 that really stood out....

This team was the overall winner as their Roller Coaster had height, gravity, variables in loops and different uses of all the elements. It was fast and really was an exciting run. Well done Boys from Room 3.

This Team won the prize for the most stable and well built frame as well as a neat track. Well done Girls from Room 3.

This Team won the prize for the most compact and busy track that had a number of interesting jumps and turns. Well done Girls from Room 10.

All 3 classes worked extremely hard on their Roller Coasters and all deserve a big congratulations.
Room 6 Had an outstanding Roller Coaster that had a crocodile mouth and some amazing original designs, unfortunately it was ruined.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Our new Friends

Check out the new Blog we are about to add to our Blog roll.....

This Blog says "We are an eager group of learners who are excited about sharing our thinking and learning this school year. We are 5th and 6th graders who live in California."

Monday, November 30, 2009


In Room 10 we are making roller coasters. After we make our roller coasters we will make roller coaster posters. They are posters that have heaps of information on roller coasters. Here are some of the finished or near finishing their roller coaster projects. The information we needed to find out was: all the forces, first roller coaster in NZ, Who invented the roller coaster, what is the fastest roller coaster and how much does it cost to ride. The last thing we needed to do was design a new roller coaster with a theme. The first poster is about Phineas and Ferb. The middle poster is called the Wotwots rollercoaster. We found out the fastest roller coaster is the Kingda Ka (206 km/hr) from New Jersey and it costs $50 to get into the theme park and children are $30. We have all put in a lot of effect into these posters.

By Jade and Bonnie

Friday, November 27, 2009

Rainbows End Review...

My favourite thing was the Fear Fall because of the feeling going out of my comfort zone and the roller coaster. At the end of the roller coaster I got a headache from hitting my head on the safety belts that went over me. The log flume was fun but it went very slowly, but at the start of the tunnel it went fast and the slide went really fast and you got a picture at the slide on the end of the log flume.The power surge was cool it looked like I was going to hit the pole when I came up and went around and when I went upside down I felt like I was going to fall out and some people had money falling out of their pocket. At the end of the day, I had a lot of fun.
By Shenae

Monday, November 23, 2009

Roller Coaster @ Rainbows End

Wow ... the Roller Coaster at Rainbows End was awesome! Did you go on it? What are some of the similarities and differences you notice between this Roller Coaster and our paper Roller Coasters? (ha ha ha other than the fact ours are paper!!)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Social Dancing

Every Year Morrinsville Intermediate has Social Dancing. We learn dances like the Cha Cha Slide and the Foxtrot.
We practice hard twice a week for about 4 weeks until the Year 8 social. The Year Sevens practice as well as it is good for them to start learning the moves a year ahead ... to keep them on their toes (so to speak!)
The Year 8 Social is a lovely opportunity to celebrate the end of year 8 and the exciting journey of College ahead.

Aroha's Quilt

This year we have already showen Megan and Nicole's quilts ... Now it is Aroha's turn. Aroha has been working hard on her design. She is planning to add beads to some of the Koru designs to represent her whanau (family). We all look forward to the final quilt.... well done Aroha!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Roller coasters - Almost all done

We have been trying hard to complete all our roller coasters before our trip to Rainbows End on Monday the 23rd November. We are working together well and solving problems as they occur. It has been very difficult to keep our roller coasters safe and we have had one or two semi squashed which is very frustrating. We have had to reinforce columns and stabalise with diagonal supports.

4000 visits

Create your own Animation

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What can we learn from Picture Books?

Room Ten has been looking into picture books. We have looked at sophisticated picture books, books with a message, picture books with no words. Today we worked in the Library with Mrs LeHeron and she asked us to look at picture books and decide how small children could learn from the content. Danielle.S read Windows by Jeannie Baker (it has no words) and decided it would be great for children to learn that things change in life.
Shenae read Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton by Trent Lauren Child. She decided this would be good to help teach:
  • how to be well mannered
  • how to have a good attitude
  • how not to be snobby

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Team Trip

Room 10, 3, and 6 are very excited to be heading off to Rainbows End in 5 days time. We have been building our own paper rollercoasters and learning all about the forces behind them. It will be a great opportunity to start celebrating the end of year as a team and put all our knowledge about roller coasters into reality by looking and feeling the physics behind roller coasters.

Monday, November 16, 2009

MIS Production Blog "Ratbags"

Click HERE to link to the Morrinsville Intermediate production 'Ratbags' blog for photo and video updates.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ready? .... set? .... go!

Tyla, Shenae, Jade and Bonnie have worked very hard on their Roller Coaster and have 2 tracks leading down to the checkered flag at the bottom. Shenae's favourite part is the funnel because the marble just spins around for ages. Jades favourite part is the spiral and likes how fast it goes around. Bonnie likes the loop because of all the stored potential energy that has been turned into kinetic energy makes the marble not fall out when it goes upside down. Tyla enjoyed the making process and deciding where everything went and is quite proud of her chectered finish flag.

A Happy Ending

During our roller coaster unit some of the students have been very creative with their ideas and roller coaster design. Here is Leo, Matenga, Grant and Hax's creative jump ending. It took them 4 tries to place the box in the right place..... it looks great!

Friday, October 30, 2009

CanTeen - Room Ten supports the cancer society!

Our vision:
CanTeen’s vision is to bring together all young people living with cancer.
Our mission:
CanTeen’s mission is to support, develop and empower young people living with cancer.

To find out more visit

We spent $4 to buy a bandanna to help support child cancer.

Our thoughts.....

Bonnie said - "It's good to support the people who need help"
Jade said - "I am helping people get better"
Thomas said - "The bandannas are cool and it's nice to help"
Megan said - "I bought a bandanna beause I want to help the cancer society and the bandannas are really colourful!"

Pikikids - an evaluation

Pikikids was our latest web2 tool to experment with. We did not have a whole lot of time and have found it frustrating that not all of the comic strip show in the space on the blog. There is a lot we could do with this as a presentation medium however it is difficult to display on the blog. We will now save this for presentation that will be printed.
a comic strip!
a comic strip!

New web2 tool - Pikikids

a comic strip!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Piako Cultrual Festival

Yesterday we had the Piako Cultural Festival. It involved kapahaka (Maori performance group) groups from these schools Tatuanui, Tahuna, Morrinsville Primary, David st, Motumaoho, Tauhei, Kiwitahi, Learning Curves, Morrinsville College, and our school Morrinsville Intermediate. It was a long day in the sun. We all enjoyed watching different schools perform. Our performance was at 1:40 . We performed a warm up wiata (Maori Song), 6 other wiata and 1 haka (Maori war dance - men only). We performed our best and were pretty good. It was nerve racking standing in front of lots of people, but after awhile I got use to it. The piako Cultrual Festival was really cool.

By Megan

Christina and Jessica's teaching resource about Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces

Christina and Jessica were given a task to create a teaching resource based on centripetal and centrifugal forces as the had previously learnt a bit on this topic. This resource is being used to educate and tech the rest of the class. This is a great resource and will be used in conjunction with other practical tasks. Ka Pai!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Livestock Day - Photo Gallery

Livestock Day @ Morrinsville Intermediate

Livestock day was held today at Morrinsville Intermediate School. This is an annual event where students are able to bring in their pets (dogs, cats, turtles bunnies etc), livestock (calves, goats, sheep), and craft items. All are judged by outside school judges and prizes are awarded. If students did not bring in an animal they competed in games while the others were showing their pets and livestock.
This was a great day held by all and many great accomplishments!
More to come soon ... keep posted for more pictures and reflections.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Our new friends in Scotland

Some students from Room ten had a great discussion with Mrs Knott in Scotland yesterday about our paper roller coasters. Lets go on and check out her class blog and leave some comments.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Testing, testing.... 1st roller coaster finished

Keep posted for the voice thread to go with this....

Roller Coaster Construction - the fun stuff!

Yes we are under way with building the actual roller coasters. We have managed to build our frame works and now working out where to put funnels, loops, and turns.

It has taken a while but the fun begins now!.

Climate Change / lightbulbs - Blog Action Day

By Geordie and Quinn

What do you think of Climate Change? - Blog Action Day

By Shannon, Megan, and Christina

Climate Change website - Blog Action Day

We like the Eco Kids Earth Day Canadian website because it has lot's of exciting challenges and pictures.
It has competitions and an Eco calender. The printable colour in pictures are cool. From this site we have learnt that geothermal energy is the cheapest and renewable which makes it sustainable. The Eco kids earth Canada is for teachers and kids there is lot's of fun activities on the website.
Check it out...
By Leo and Hax

Climate Change - Blog Action Day


Air pollution


These are all examples of possible impacts that might affect us and our environment because of climate change...

But why would this happen?
Average global temperature has increased by almost 1ºF over the past century; scientists expect the average global temperature to increase an additional 2 to 6ºF over the next one hundred years.

What's the big deal???
One degree Fahrenheit over one hundred years, that’s not a lot!
Or is it???

This may not sound like much, but it could change the Earth's climate as never before...In fact at the peak of the last ice age the temperature was only 7ºF colder than it is today and glaciers covered much of North America!

What is the cause of all this temperature change though?

Pollution, such as gases from cars and fumes from big industries is one of the big problems.Another is when we burn coals, oil or gas for our electricity this creates Co2, a gas that creates global warming...

In fact 1000 tonnes of co2 gas every 23.5 seconds is the current rate for the country of India alone. That is an increase in the past 2 years.
One person dies every 4.3 seconds in this poverty filled land, and sadly the poor will be the ones most affected by global warming.

So remember...

By Jessica

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Room 10 Yr 7 students perform .....

Room 10 Yr 7 students perform their song (with rap) that they composed about Fairies and Goblins in Ms Fergusson's Music class. Listen carefully to the lyrics to see if you can follow the plot.
We are looking forward to the Yr 8's song at the end of the year..... ROCK ON!

Yr 7 MUSIC Class

Thanks to Mrs Fergusson