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.

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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!