We started the year with a fantastic camp full of great experiences and memories that we have brought with us back to school. Looking at pictures of our three days spent in and around the sea we were challenged to use new and interesting words to describe the things that we had seen.
Our first job was pretty easy, coming up with the NOUNS, we agreed that if we could 'touch' it then it was most likely to be a NOUN, naming word. We listed all of the things we had seen, we included the names of the people we were with and some of the things we had found. What a long list we had! Now for the fun part, using ADJECTIVES to really paint a picture of these things. We decided that ADJECTIVES described something and made us think of it in a certain way. We worked together to try different adjectives with different nouns, we had some funny combinations! We decided on list of descriptions that really reminded us of something great about camp.
What if we put all of our ideas together into one story? Could we do that? Would it work? Would it make my story better or worse?
First we were authors, we wrote together, we used each others writing and ideas and decided on how the story would go. Sometimes we had to vote on what would happen next. Other times we found that we could include everyone's ideas.
A great picture should - help the story, fill up the page, be easy to 'read'.
We illustrated our book. Come and read it in class, we'd love to show you how we read the pictures and read the words. What do you think should happen next?
Telling our story in a different way.
On camp we were lucky enough to stay in the wharenui at Otawhiwhi Marae. We spent some of our Thursday morning looking closely at the tukutuku panels that line the walls. We drew some of the pictures that we liked and we listened to the stories that some of the pictures told. There were no words and we found that the 'pictures' were very simple with the same picture being used over and over again.
We thought about whether we could turn our story into tukutuku panels as another way of sharing our camp experiences.
To begin with we chose to start with the main characters of our story, the crabs. We each drew our characters thinking about what they might look like and what details they needed so that we knew that they were crabs.
Then came the maths challenge!
We had to change our drawing and only use straight lines, we couldn't use the circles we had started with. We decided that rectangles, squares, and diamonds could be our body shapes. Some of us really wanted the claws and the sharpest shape we could think of was a triangle.
We turned our drawings into symbols. This was a tricky process and we tried more than one way to do it.
Asha has used her crab design and repeated it, then she has created a new pattern for the electric eel in our story. She has repeated both patterns to tell the story.
Stuart has tried lots of different designs for his crab pattern before deciding on this diamond shape. It reminds me of the end of our story where the crabs are thinking about calling their friends, the crab army to help them.
Byron has used his drawing of a crab and turned it into these patterns, he was careful to repeat the pattern over and over again.
Jack is repeating two patterns, his crab pattern and his water pattern. "Repeating patterns means counting to make sure they are the same."