Thursday, 9 November 2017

How To Make A Masterpiece (Print Art)!

How To Make A Masterpiece (Print Art)
By Rhea

You Will Need/Materials ~ Pencil, Rubber, PVA Glue (Gluestick is optional), Card, Printing Paint, Rollers (Hard & Soft Roller), A piece of Calendar Paper, Scissors, Card to glue onto, Paper to plan onto, Paintbrush, Something to put underneath the art when painting e.g. newspaper, 1 piece of paper to put paint on, A piece of paper the same size as your card to glue onto, Patience.

Step 1 ~ To make your art, you firstly take your paper and pencil and start planning. Your planning can include what you want to overlap or a picture of your art. You also need a main idea and this can be a scene or animal e.g. beach, environment, animal, person, object. It is important to have layers and make things overlap, as it creates a 3D effect.

Step 2 ~ After you have created a plan, get some card and start cutting out your shapes and objects. Make sure to use your space efficiently and make your main things bigger and little details smaller. If you are doing animals, make sure to cut out little circles for their eyes.

Step 3 ~ Thirdly, after you’ve cut out your shapes and objects, get your gluestick or PVA glue and stick it onto a piece of card you have not cut.

Step 4 ~ Once you have glued on your objects, get some PVA glue, a paintbrush and then paint your whole art piece with the glue. This is called a ‘glue wash’ and it ensures that your pieces don’t fall off during the printing process.

Step 5 ~  After you have painted all your art in the glue and let it dry overnight, get your printing paint in the colour of your choice and pour a little out onto your calendar paper. Grab your soft roller and just dab it in the paint. Get another piece of paper and start rolling your roller on it so that you get an even layer of paint around it.

Step 6 ~ Take your art and start rolling the paint onto it. You can have more that one colour as as well. Keep dipping your roller into the paint so it has an even layer.

Step 7 ~ Once you have a coat of paint on your cut-out art, flip it over onto a piece of paper the same size as your card with the cut-outs. Get your hard roller and roll it on the back of the card so that the paint imprints very clearly onto the paint.

Step 8 ~ Peel off your card and you will see your printed masterpiece. You can do more colours and keep printing for a 3D effect, but that's optional.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Where Can You Find Tundra?

Rainforest Cause & Effect Map!

The Tundra (An Arctic Desert)!

Freshwater Ecosystems!

What are Freshwater Ecosystems?
By Rhea and Sofia

What do they include?:
  • Freshwater ecosystems include lakes and ponds, rivers, streams, springs and wetlands.

  • The characteristics of a river or stream change during the journey.

  • Some plants that live in freshwater ecosystems are water lilies, algae and duckweed, which float on the surface.
  • Cattails and reeds grow along the shoreline of many freshwater ecosystems.
  • Some mosses and ferns grow in lakes or slow-moving rivers. Mosses grow as deep as 60m in the clear lakes of the South Island.

  • Freshwater ecosystems are a home to snails, insects e.g. dragonflies, eels, flounder, molluscs and crayfish.
  • All the animals have different diets e.g. some animals prey on invertebrates and other animals feed on dead or decaying organic matter.
  • Many of the animals move around a lot while other types, such as sponges, spend much of their life attached to a single spot.

  • Freshwater ecosystems near towns and cities also face threats from pollution and chemicals.

Freshwater Ecosystems Explanation (By Rhea):

What is a freshwater ecosystem? Have you ever thought about it? Well, a freshwater ecosystem is a subset of the world’s aquatic ecosystems and they can include lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, springs and wetlands. They are all spread out at various locations around the world e.g. Lake Victoria is in South Central Africa, Lake Taupo in Taupo, New Zealand. Some of the characteristics of a freshwater ecosystems is that it can be contrasted against marine ecosystems, which have more salt in them. Did you know that another characteristic of a freshwater biome is that the appearance of rivers and streams can change during their journey?

All of the plants that grow in the freshwater environment have adapted to living there. According to Kids Do Ecology (KDE Santa Barbara), water lilies, algae and duckweed float on the surface of the water and cattails and reeds grow on the shoreline of many freshwater biomes. In fast streams and rivers, many plants have special structures so that they don’t get carried away by the water. Some aquatic plants have strong roots that keep them anchored securely, while others have stems that bend easily with the movement of the water. Other plants that live in this environment are mangroves, pickleweed, muskgrass and water celery.

Animals… something that you think would normally live in a zoo. Well, have you ever thought about animals that live in a freshwater biome? Some of the animals that live there are fish (The most common ones are salmon, trout and bass), frogs, toads, salamanders, otters, beavers, birds (Like ducks, geese and swans), turtles and insects (Ticks, leeches, dragonflies etc). According to Kids Do Ecology (KDE Santa Barbara), some animals need fast-moving waters to survive whereas other animals cling to rocks with their bodies so that they don’t get washed away. KDE Santa Barbara also says that estuaries (The tidal mouth of a large river, where the tide meets the stream) have a lot of animal life and are often a protected area where young creatures seek refuge.

Sadly, humans have started to destroy these biomes. A few decades ago (In NZ), humans could go up to a freshwater streams and drink from it but now you can’t. Freshwater ecosystems near towns and cities are very close to or are polluted and face threats from chemicals. Also, building dams can be good and bad because they store water for us but they also harm animals like salmon. Freshwater helps humans, plants and animals and we shouldn’t take it for granted because they are a home to a lot of different species.

Good Job Rhea! I liked the way you put lots of information into your writing. Your next step is to add a bit at the end - Dawn

I like how you added lots of information and detail to make your writing interesting yet factual. Your next step is to add a couple of sentences in the end to tie your writing together. GREAT JOB!!!! - Nikita

A Helicopter Ride!

A Helicopter Ride
WALT - Use DADWAVERS to add more detail

My heart raced as the helicopter floated up, speeding to the top of The Remarkables.  Inside the helicopter, I sat cramped in between my mum and some lady I didn’t know.  I think her name was Liz.  “Mum, look at that fantastic view of Wakatipu lake!” I said into my headphones.  Soon we landed at the top of The Remarkables and I jumped out, eager to see the mesmerising view.
I ran to the edge of the mountain, instantly pointing to different sights.  After about five minutes I paced around, inspecting all the rocks and moss. They were all very interesting. We spent at least ten to fifteen minutes up in the mountains.  “I wonder how long we have left for this tour?” I thought to myself. “That was so much fun,” I told my mum as she grinned. Very soon we all walked back to the helicopter, squashing in like sardines in a tin.

The order of the letters: DADWAVERDS

After Editing (1st Paragraph):

My heart felt like it would plunge out of my chest as the helicopter hovered up unsteadily, advancing to the top of The Remarkables.  Inside the helicopter, I sat confined in between my mum and some lady I didn’t know.  I think her name was Liz.  “Mum, look at that fantastic view of Wakatipu lake!” I breathed into my headphones.  Soon we touched down at the top of The Remarkables and I lunged out; keen to see the mesmerising, toy-like view of Queenstown.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

A World of Words!

A World Of Words:
LI - Use a text structure appropriate to the text

Coming back from a long game of rainy netball, I run upstairs and my cow onesie glows like an angel in my spacious closet. Wearing that, I seize my beanie, grab my literature heaven and head to the kitchen to make myself a substantial cup of hot cocoa.

I jump onto the couch, happy to let myself free into the world of words, where a glorious land awaits me. As the hot chocolate is placed on the coffee table, the shimmery white and coal black blanket comes up and the dog ears are unfolded as my perfect Saturday begins. I am consumed into the volume, and I experience fairies, trolls, kings and queens firsthand. I’m nearly eaten alive, have the fear of getting captured and I also make new friends. I hope this fantasy never ends.

As I meet new people, the despairing reality hits me. I decide to spend my last moments in glee. I meet dragons and villains, and people like Peter Pan. This splendor is excellent and I don’t want to leave because going back to the Otherworld is harder than it seems.

Today we had to write a free verse poem on something you like doing without using any key words and I picked reading. I liked the way I used a lot of good vocabulary and I think I can work on rhyming more.