Thursday, March 29, 2012

What's new pussycats?

You can be on the front cover!

With this magazine generator.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Getting the bird in the cage

Right,next one:

Getting the bird in the cage

Draw a picture of your favorite bird on a small index card. On another card the same size, draw a cage. Now tape the two cards, drawing sides out, on opposite sides of a pen. Spin the pen between your hands or fingers. Is your bird still free or did you catch it and put it in the cage?

Why does the bird appear to be in the cage?

It appears to be caged because of how your eyes and brain work. When you see the image of the bird, your brain holds onto the image for a short time--even though the image appears and disappears quickly. The same thing happens with the image of the cage. The two images actually overlap in your brain so the bird appears to be in the cage.

The technical name for this effect is persistence. It is what lies behind every movie and every TV program that you see.

Monday, July 19, 2010

I write like...

Do you write like William Shakespeare?
Do you write like JK Rowling?

Find out your writing style with this website - I write like.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hummingbird webcam and youtube

Here is a hummingbird youtube for you to watch.

Here is the Phobe Allen hummingbird webcam.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Hummingbird nest on webcam

Phoebe the hummingbird is sitting on her new nest with two new eggs. The nest is the size of a golf ball and the eggs are the size of tic tacs.

Here is Phoebe's nest, in a rose bush in California.

Look under the webcam picture, see the word Menu in blue? Just to the right is a "full screen" icon. Click on it.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Your age by chocolate


1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than once but less than 10)
2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)
3. Add 5
4. Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator
5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1760 ..If you haven't, add 1759..
6.. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.
You should have a three digit number
The first digit of this was your original number
(i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).
Add two.

The next two numbers are
YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Challenge: William Shakespeare

Your challenge is on William Shakespeare.

What type of poetry did he write? Show an example. When did he live and what is he famous for? Where is he from?

Do a paragraph of neat handwriting, put a word bank list at the bottom of the page and include an illustration, either a hand drawn one, or one printed for the Internet.

Hand in your completed page this week in a plastic sleeve.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Make your own newspaper clipping

Have a look at this picture:

You can make this by looking at this site.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Fun computing links

Look what I just made!

Here are some cool new links for you!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Matrix puzzle

Matrix Puzzle:

There are 5 houses of 5 different colors. Each house is occupied by a man of different nationality. The 5 owners each drink a different type of beverage, smoke a different brand of cigar, and keep a different pet.

The clues are as follows:

* The Brit lives in the red house.
* The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
* The Dane drinks tea.
* The green house is on the left of the white house.
* The green house’s owner drinks coffee.
* The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
* The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
* The man living in the center house drinks milk.
* The Norwegian lives in the first house.
* The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
* The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
* The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
* The German smokes Prince.
* The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
* The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.

Question: Who owns the fish?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Challenge - Owls

When you think of owls, do you think of Harry Potter like I do?

A raffle ticket for leaving me a comment to say you have completed this challenge.

Chocolate - my personal favourite

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more scrumptious and delectable...

Your task today is use descriptive and creative adjectives to describe chocolate!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Adobe Photoshop Elements

In computer club you can turn this...

into this...

This is Giancarlo's Fiat X1/9 that he is rebuilding. Many years ago, it used to be mine:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Dead Sea - challenge

Your new challenge, following today's Science experiment on floating eggs, in on the Dead Sea.

Dragon Eggs

We are raising baby dragons in 4S. Please bring in your blown egg, beautifully decorated for us to hatch in class this week.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Your teacher says:

What do you think?

Does this happen in your backyard?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Circle the cat game

This fun link to Circle the cat was given to us by lovely Momo.

Spirit Bear - Challenge

Your second challenge will be to research the Spirit Bear.

What makes it so unusual?
Where does it live?
How many are there?
How big is it and what facts can you tell about it?

After you have researched the Spirit Bear, write down what you have learned, in your own words and in your own handwriting. Include an illustration, either hand drawn or printed.

A challenge is one page of work that you do BY YOURSELF. It is not a project or a typed piece of work. You must write the information in your own words. Have a look at the one Gy did tomorrow. It is beaut! She did it all by herself. She can have another raffle ticket. Well done Gy and all the students who attempted the first challenge on dragons.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

This morning we are going to read Edward Lear's delicious poem, The Owl and the Pussycat.

It's a "nonsense" poem first published in 1871. It still rocks!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Pywacket plays against an Australian rep side player

Alessandro has represented Australia twice so far. Here is Pyewacket challenging him to a game of pool.

Pyewacket has LOTS of youtubes

When I was one

Here is Pyewacket when she was little. This picture reminds me of the A.A. Milne poem:

When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.

Sailing solo around the world

Abby has a new post. She is another 16 year old who is attempting to sail around the word, solo.

She has had to stop , and is going to restart. She is in California, USA.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Finally Friday - shall we do some... experiments?

Today we will have a Science experiment.

Soak Some Potatoes

Slice a small potato lengthwise into several pieces that each have two flat sides. Place some of the pieces in one dish and the rest in another. Fill both dishes with water. Add two tablespoons of salt to one of the dishes, and label it "salt water." Let the potatoes soak for 15 minutes.
Compare the potatoes. Is there a difference in firmness? Why?

Look for further info here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Typing Teacher

Try this typing teacher!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mrs Tiggywinkle by Beatrix Potter

We will be studying the literature of Beatrix Potter this year. Here is Mrs Tiggywinkle.

A new tall poppy Jessica Watson

Sixteen year old Queenslander, Jessica Watson is sailing single handed around the world. We will be following her adventures in our daily end of day cooperative reading session.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Welcome to 4S

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Aaron Carter The Clapping Song

Watch Aaron perform it here.

"The Clapping Song"

[Chorus 1]

3, 6, 9
The goose drank wine
The monkey chew tobacco on the streetcar line
The line broke, the monkey got choked
And they all went to heaven in a little rowboat

Clap Pat - Clap Pat - Clap Pat - Clap Slap
Clap Pat! Clap your hand...
Pat it on your partner hand... right hand
Clap Pat! Clap your hand...
Cross it with your left arm
Pat your partner left palm
Clap Pat! Clap your hand...
Pat your partner right palm
Clap Slap! Clap your hand...
Slap your thigh and sing a little song

[Chorus 2]

My mama told me if I was lucky
That she would treat me
If I was goody
My Aunty told her, I shoulda told her
No I'm not kidding
That's what she told her

3, 6, 9
The goose drank wine
The monkey chew tobacco on the streetcar line
The line broke, the monkey got choked
And they all went to heaven in a little rowboat

Clap Clap!
Clap your hands and prepare to Pat
Take your right arm
Pat your partner?r palm with your right palm

Take your hand back and clap
Take your right arm
Cross your right arm with your left arm
Pat your partner?r left palm with your left palm
Now back with a clap
Take your hand to your palm and slap your thigh
And watch the fun materialize
As you sing this little song:

[Chorus 2]

[Chorus 1]

[Chorus 2 (x2)]

That's what she told her
I don't believe It
Yeah right
Can you believe it?

[Chorus 1]

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Word cloud

Here is the hyperlink if you want to make a word cloud: wordle.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

origami project

Today's cute origami project is the cat.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Mobius Strips

Mobius strips

Cut a 5-cm strip lengthwise from an old newspaper. Holding the strip out straight, give it a half twist (180 degrees) and glue the two ends together. Take a pen and carefully draw a line along the centre of the strip. Where do you end up? Is the line drawn on the inside or outside of the paper? Now cut the strip along the line you drew. How many chains do you get? Now try cutting a half-twist strip, one-third of the way from one edge.

Your piece of paper is called a Mobius strip, which is a shape described by a branch of mathematics called topology. When you twisted your strip, the inside and outside became one continuous surface. And when you cut the strip, it became one longer chain but still had only one continuous surface.

Try the experiment again and give the paper a full twist. Then try one and a half twists, and see what happens.