About Me

My name is Danielle and I attend Berkley Normal Middle School as a year eight. This blog is all about my learning in school and out of school. There are six people in my family my Mum, Dad, Myself, Amy, Hannah and Patrick. My family lives on a dairy farm where my Mum and Dad work. My hobbies are Irish dancing and swimming. My favourite is Irish dancing so I get to do competitions in Auckland and this year I'm aiming to go to the nationals. My favourite subject at school would be maths because there is always are right or a wrong answer; unlike english when you have to keep improving and keep improving . My favourite tech art is food because I really enjoy cooking and I would love to be on junior master chef. Every year my family go camping with about six other families. We take tents and our boats and go ski biscuiting and fishing and one time we went to Cape Reinga. My favourite year camping was when we visited and snorkeled at the Poor nights New Zealands' best snorkeling attraction. My family love fishing and we belong to a fishing club so we do competitions sometimes. We have been to Fiji and England and they are both great places to visit we went tobogganing and built snowmen in England and we went snorkeling and swam with Manta rays in Fiji. I hope you like my blog and please comment on some of my posts.

Monday 30 March 2015


Last week on Wednesday my school went on New Horizons. My New Horizon was Waimarino Kayak Adventures. Here is a piece of writing that I have written about it:

We climbed up Mt Mounganui
Activities weren't limited and ranged from the blob to high diving boards, rock climbing and kayaking.
I went flying on the blob
My favorite activities were the rock hopping day, the blob and the kayak slide.
A challenge for me to do was back flip off the high diving board
River challenges were set in place for us to participate in
In the river we floated under waterfalls
Never would we give up trying
Optimistic children had great fun at waimarino

Thursday 19 March 2015

Student Blogging Challenge: Week 3 - Activity 9

The Zoom Game 

The zoom game is when someone posts a close up picture on their blog. Then the first person to comment writes where the object in the picture might be as if it it is being "zoomed out." The next person will zoom out the picture even more; this can go on until you get to space. For example if the picture was of an orange then you could say the orange is on a glass plate, then the next person could say something like the plate is on a marbled table and so on. When you play this game please read all of the comments before you write your on and be as creative as you want.

Builder's Measuring Tape 1
Photo By jkfid
Builders Measuring Tape 1
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Student Blogging Challenge : Week 3 - Activity - 11

Photo By Patrick
Miss E's Irish step dancing shoes.
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Click on the photo to do the puzzle

Tuesday 17 March 2015

The Block

The Block was a day where my team Aranui ( which is made up of 4 classes,)  split into ten groups to challenge each other in different activities e.g wall sit, tug o war, making a shelter, quiz, preparing for lunch, and decorating your shelter. Our day was focused on our PYP Unit Of Inquiry : How we organise ourselves, looking at The central idea: Individuals can impact on a community's ability to function effectively, and our three Lines of Inquiry: 
No:1 The form and function of communities
No:2 Understanding our role and responsibilities
No:3 The Impact of different communities on society

Each activity led into each other. We started with the quiz, if you won the quiz then you chose what you wanted to help you build your shelter, 2nd place gets 2nd choice and so on. Once we finished our shelter we started Tug o war and came 6th equal with 3 other teams. We were only aloud 10 people in our team to participate in that activity. Then in the next one we could only have 10 people again so it was compulsory for the person who sat out on the tug o war to participate in the wall sit. Next we decorated our shelter. This was called 'Pimp Your Shelter' again winners of the tug o war chose their decorations then 2nd place, 3rd place, 4th place , 5th place and finally 6th equal. While some people were still doing the wall sit we started to decorate our shelter and prepare lunch.

My group worked well on remembering to bring everything however there were going to have filled rolls but the two people who were bringing either fillings or buns weren't on the same page so we ended up with cream bins and ham, cheese and lettuce. We did well on the wall sit encouraging each other to say on longer. I would change how we made the shelter because there were more effective ways than how we made it. Other groups made it over a piece of string which I thought was a good idea. The block relates to the central idea and lines of inquiry because we needed teamwork and we worked as a community. It relates to the first line of inquiry because our group had to form and function well in order to do our best. It relates to our second line of inquiry because we had to know our roles and responsibilities within our group. We related to the central idea because we needed a leader who would help our group work together that impacted our group by us working together.

Some Photos from the Block

Sunday 15 March 2015

Student Blogging Challenge - Week 3 - Activity 3

Spotted Dolphin
Picture By Tim Ellis
 Spotted Dolphin 

This is the place where I stand
With it's blue waters and long fishing rods; waiting for a catch
Shining silver dolphins
Playing, leaping, flipping in the rocky wake

The crystal clear water filled with schools of colorful fish
Sightings of red crayfish peeking out of the holes in the grey rocks
Sprays of white wash, fly at me; covering me in sea salt
Where gulls seek there dinner

This is the place where I feel safe
It is here I have learnt to stand alone
And it will always remain deep in my heart
Even when I'm somewhere else

Inspired by Andy Williamson

This is my Turangawaewae Poem I wrote in class last year; when I saw this picture I remembered I had written this poem so I decided to use it.
Do you relate to this picture?

Thursday 12 March 2015

Student Blogging Challenge No.1

Challenge No.1

Good Commenting: this weeks focus is good commenting so I thought I would share this video with you.

Do you think there is anything else to add to the video?

I think that he could add:

Put a little bit of feedforward at the end - What could the do to improve their post, but say it in a nice way.

Blogging Challenge No.8

As you know I am involved in the 2015 student blogging challenge. One of the tasks for this week is to add a ClustrMap to your blog. I have added mine to my sidebar so you can see where my visitors are mostly coming from; you can also click on the picture or the link above for a bigger and more detailed map. It will be interesting to find out where my traffic sources are coming from. I would really like to get a visitor from as many countries as  I can and as many visitors as I can so please tell your friends about my blog and start seeing my map grow.

Sunday 1 March 2015

Adding and Subtracting Fractio Review

The game is good for practicing adding and subtracting fractions but you don't get given many questions so you have to do it twice or more times to get the hang of it. I think the target audience are kids with prior knowledge on adding and subtracting fractions but need some practice. If you want to know how to add and subtract fractions then watch the tutorial video below. I think that this game could be made better by making the board bigger with more questions and having the dice with only the numbers one two and three and having each number twice on the dice so you don't go as far as quickly therefore answering more questions. Why don't you try the game below and then comment in the box below what you think.
By Danielle

Click on me to play the game
Click on me for a tutorial