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Hi My name is Lewis I am a student at Ngatea Primary School Hope you like my blog.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Thames valley athletics

On monday 25th november I went to thames valley with people from our school/cluster. The day didn't start that well when I got smashed into dead last, in the first heat, since I was dropped from the 80m, I didn't have anything to do until 1.30, so I helped rake the long jump and watched other events and things like that. When it finally got to 1.30 I went to the 200 m start and waited, I saw some huge people, I was doubting myself. Anyway I got third in my heat. Then in the finals I thought I was a goner when I was put on the outside lane, but it turns out I actually got first. Not by much though, anyway, I was in the relay team but I swapped my spot out for Robert, since he is better at 100m and he didn't make it into tthe relay team but that is a whole nother report..

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Report on China

Intro
Have you ever wondered about China, like how big it is? What is its population? What are the main cities? And things like that. This is a report that will cover some of the basics, and more to the geography side of things.

Environment and geography
China is roughly 960 million square metres, it is the second largest country on earth (land total not population, china will win almost every time). It also depends on lakes and rivers and things like that, they also have an influence on the land mas. China has a vast landscape, that includes forest steps to rain forests in the north.  In the damp south there are mountain ranges such Karakoram, Pamir and the Himalayan mountains that separate India from China.

What China owns
China is a supreme state found in east asia. It has the world's highest population with over 1.35 billion, it is a lead by a communist part, with its “home base” or so to say, set up in Beijing, has legal rights over 22 other provinces, 5 independent regions, and four direct controlled cities, Tianjin, Chongqing, Shanghai, Beijing.

Minerals and deposits
China is the world number one with metals and base minerals the most common  12 minerals are: tungsten, antimony, titanium, vanadium, zinc, rare earth, magnesite, pyrite, fluorite, barite, plaster stone, graphite.
China claws its way up to second and third  place when it comes to tin, mercury, asbestos, talcum,coal and molybdenum, number four and five nickel, lead, iron, manganese, and platinum.
China comes into third with deposits, it holds 45 important minerals. It is one of the final countries that mineral deposits, and full of variety, and almost complete.  

Conclusion

China Is one of the biggest countries on earth, it also has the highest population, stunning mountains and rainforests. Owns about 20 provinces, cities, and independent states.   But still it can’t beat little clean, green new zealand!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Volley ball

On the first wednesday back at school we had a volleyball tournament, it was a round robin from 9 to 10:30 we won all of our games and ended up on 19 points, so yeah we did pretty good ;).

My explanation on how music has changed through the ages

Introduction
Music. Some people say that it makes the world go around, and others  just ignore it. But music has changed that much. That if you take a piece of modern music today and take it back to the fifties, you would probably get punched in the face and thrown out of any concert you went to. So yeah music has changed quite fair bit. This is my question  why has music changed so much?


What difference has technology made?
As technology has advanced so does the music. So back to beethoven (no not the Saint Bernard version. He was a  composer guy, you know the one who was deff). His name was Ludwing Van Beethoven, hence the name Beethoven. Any way his symphonies took the world by storm and he was the hottest thing in classical music, basically ever. Now half the kids in this world think he was a dog. Trying to get back on topic the music “advanced music” in his days was an orchestra, and know the have got 3-different types of guitars and most other modern day musical instrument weren’t even around back then. So yes technology has made a huge difference in the way music has been produced. One more thing back then the only music that you could listen to was in a live concert. They didn’t have anything like youtube, CDS, and IPods.


What difference does the age of the listeners make?
Different music is classed in different Genres or themes, Because not all music appeals to the same people. Once again it depends on the technology to depend how available the music is. As people get older the tend to start listening to the same artists that they did as kids (some people might want to feel like kids again), Then you have teen ages how try to find the latest and greatest music that the can find.


What difference does music production make?
Recorded music has taken the world by storm, From old fashioned vinyl and mixtapes, to mp4 players and ipods, even the smallest change has taken the world by storm. Mp3 players and once again Ipods. Cd’s were another thing that has taken the world by storm.
They have got stereos now that you can plug a usb device in and play hours upon hours of music. So yeah once again it comes down to technology again.


Conclusion

record, and create it. Some people say music makes the world go around, so without music would the world stop spinning? Or would it just be a quiet and boring world? Basically everything in music comes down to the technology, and as the world evolves so does our music that we listen to, so where will technology take us? Most importantly where will music take us and where will it end up?

My explanation on why is grass green

Introduction
Before you read this, this is not going to be a long and boring explanation, like why is the sky blue? If I wanted to bore you to tears I would have made you watch infomercials, so basically this is in laymen terms. (laymen means in its simplest form).
Have you ever wondered why grass is green? (Its a question like why is the sky blue). Grass is one of the most common things on earth. On a plain you can see grass for miles on end. So, what makes that grass, and why do they say the grass is always greener on the other side?

Energy
Most plants today create a brightly coloured powder or a pigment. This powder is called chlorophyll. Basically chlorophyll collects blue light, blue light is high energy short wave lengths, what the grass does with that is turn it into green light.. Grass then reflects green light which pretty much gives a green colour. So grass is like a mirror, when you hold up a piece of green paper up to a mirror the mirror goes green.

Light
Grass and other plants like flax, and even weeds are green because of chlorophyll. But how do plants collect this chlorophyll? Plants recycle chlorophyll, by using  chloroplasts. Light is a must have to growing plants because without chlorophyll, (which is from the sun), the chloroplasts won’t grow. It is sort of trying to make someone grow by eating
nothing.

Further processes
Chlorophyll is not made just to make the plant look good. It is also needed when photosynthesis comes into play (wow thats a big word) . Photosynthesis is what plant use to collect sunlight and put into fuel for them  to grow.
Little beads or molecules  of chlorophyll collect amounts of light and change the energy. The little particles in the energy, when forced to, they send out electrons. The electrons mix with a special chemical that change start the changes in the plant. The last part of this long process is when they turn the energy into sugar.

Conclusion

Grass is basically indestructible, if you cut it it grows back, if you burn it it still comes back, If you flood it it grows back, and  If you throw a brick at it, well you kinda get the picture. Just imagine a world without grass, No trees nothing to chill your feet on a frosty morning, nothing to throw at your little brother; just face it it would be a plain dry world.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Printing self evaluation



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Investigate and discuss printmaking processes.



To research artists and complete an artist study to enhance understanding of printmaking.  (Art Analysis)



Use line to create shapes and convey tone on their images.



Use tone to show light in portrait drawings and polystyrene prints and lino prints.



Use the printing process to produce a clear print. (Registered)



To learn how to use printing tools.



Understand the importance of line, contours and texture to create a successful print.




I have learnt that if you apply too  much pressure and have your hand in the wrong place, it hurts.

I improved at cutting accurately and if you don’t follow the lines it looks like ugly. I have also learnt how to hold a tool properly and how to treat a bleeding finger


I didn't really create a texture and use tone on my print. I tried to but I failed when I cut too deep.



I could have not dug too deep and keep to tone In my face. If I did it again I would do it bigger and not stuff up on my lino print.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

My speech

Hello My name is Lewis and I am going to tell you about about the evolution of a wolf
Have you ever wondered how a dog has ever come from a wolf? I mean like huskies, german shepherds , and even the dingo’s from outback Australia have the appearance of a wolf. But what about the other dogs like chihuahuas, roley dogs,and even pugs look nothing like a wolf. Well my speech is going to tell you a  bit about the dogs  history and even the wolves history.

One theory is that wolves ancestors have been around since the ice age, which was about 60 million years ago. 20 million years ago canine and feline split apart so that means that cats and dogs were once in the same family. In one ancestor of the wolf, the fifth toe on the back of the  leg became visible on both wolves and dogs, (that trait never came in the cat family).

Then about 2-3 million years ago, a lot of wolf like animals separated from the original wolf branch, one of the animals that split off was the gray wolf, which is one of the most common wolves today, “which means that it is about 3 million years old”, that is me times like 400,000 over. Then 750,000 years ago wolves migrated to north america, (probably wanted some caveman KFC). Since the wolves ate so much in america they evolved into the dire wolf. The Dire wolf is larger and heavier then a gray wolf. The 2 wolves lived alongside each other until 350,000 bc, but 16,000 years ago, the Dire wolves prey ran out and the eventually went extinct. Then finally about 7000 years ago the gray wolf became to dog, Literally.

That is the origin of the wolf but take a look at chihuahua’s, they look nothing like a wolf and how do they even get them in those little handbags (I am no fashion stylist but man that looks horrible), that must be animal cruelty or something. Anyway the very first evidence of a dog close to a chihuahua, was dated back to 100 ad or the 2nd century, which is quite old for a small dog, they even lived through king henry’s crusades. They even have some of the characteristics of a great dane. The chihuahua is believed to have come from the mexican grey wolf,l that was even smaller then the standard wolf.
So that is the history of the handbag dog, pretty basic and definitely not as long and as boring of the history of the wolf. but still it was a step in evolution history. Another point I want to make is what america is doing to 1000’s of wolves, they are killing them and demolishing their habitats. I ran a survey on about 30 people a 70% said that it was bad to kill them. the other 30%  said that they are dangerous, but they are only dangerous when they go roaming for new habitats.
The last point I have to cover is about dogs in history and how  man’s best friend became man’s best friend. The Husky one of my favourite dogs has played a huge part in history.  Huskies were used in the northern hemisphere to haul loads and people on journeys that were at  least 40 miles long, It used to take them days to finish the journey and even with a few days of R&R some of them still surcome to exhuastion. The saint bernard a giant to most dogs today, they used to be used up a mountain when an avalanche struck, they used have a small barrel of beer or bourbon, their noses would be able to smell the people and the beer would be to keep them warm until help could reach them.

So, that is the history of a wolf, chihuahua, and how the dog was  named as ‘man’s best friend, ’and how the wolves are being killed in the US, So in conclusion SAVE THE WOLVES.

My speech


1.
Hello My name is Lewis and I am going to tell you about the evolution of a wolf
Have you ever wondered how a dog has ever come from a wolf? I mean like huskies, german shepherds , and even the dingo’s from outback Australia have the appearance of a wolf. But what about the other dogs like chihuahuas, roley dogs,and even pugs look nothing like a wolf. Well my speech is going to tell you a  bit about the dogs  history and even the wolves history.
2.
One theory is that wolves ancestors have been around since the ice age, which was about 60 million years ago. 20 million years ago canine and feline split apart so that means that cats and dogs were once in the same family. In one ancestor of the wolf, the fifth toe on the back of the  leg became visible on both wolves and dogs, (that trait never came in the cat family).

3.
Then about 2-3 million years ago, a lot of wolf like animals separated from the original wolf branch, one of the animals that split off was the gray wolf, which is one of the most common wolves today, “which means that it is about 3 million years old”, that is me times like 400,000 over. Then 750,000 years ago wolves migrated to north america, (probably wanted some caveman KFC). Since the wolves ate so much in america they evolved into the dire wolf. The Dire wolf is larger and heavier then a gray wolf. The 2 wolves lived alongside each other until 350,000 bc, but 16,000 years ago, the Dire wolves prey ran out and the eventually went extinct. Then finally about 7000 years ago the gray wolf became to dog, Literally.
4.
That is the origin of the wolf but take a look at chihuahua’s, they look nothing like a wolf and how do they even get them in those little handbags (I am no fashion stylist but man that looks horrible), that must be animal cruelty or something. Anyway the very first evidence of a dog close to a chihuahua, was dated back to 100 ad or the 2nd century, which is quite old for a small dog, they even lived through king henry’s crusades. They even have some of the characteristics of a great dane. The chihuahua is believed to have come from the mexican grey wolf,l that was even smaller then the standard wolf.

5.
So that is the history of the handbag dog, pretty basic and definitely not as long and as boring of the history of the wolf. but still it was a step in evolution history. Another point I want to make is what america is doing to 1000’s of wolves, they are killing them and demolishing their habitats. I ran a survey on about 30 people a 70% said that it was bad to kill them. the other 30%  said that they are dangerous, but they are only dangerous when they go roaming for new habitats.
6.
The last point I have to cover is about dogs in history and how  man’s best friend became man’s best friend. The Husky one of my favourite dogs has played a huge part in history.  Huskies were used in the northern hemisphere to haul loads and people on journeys that were at  least 40 miles long, It used to take them days to finish the journey and even with a few days of R&R some of them still surcome to exhuastion. The saint bernard a giant to most dogs today, they used to be used up a mountain when an avalanche struck, they used have a small barrel of beer or bourbon, their noses would be able to smell the people and the beer would be to keep them warm until help could reach them.

7.
So, that is the history of a wolf, chihuahua, and how the dog was  named as ‘man’s best friend, ’and how the wolves are being killed in the US, So in conclusion SAVE THE WOLVES.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

My term 3 goals

This term I would like to achieve my oral presentation milestone, I should be able to get it from my speech, my speech is on the wolf to the domestic dog. I would like to try and get my digital creation from the MADE awards, I am going to try and get published in the upstart magazine to get the be published, as well as the learning blogs mile stone by putting digital footage on my blog.

My learning goals for this term are do stay on task and complete all of our set tasks, I will be able to achieve that by making the best choices of where I am sitting and time management in my Mi plan. I would also like to get my reading age up to 15 years, I will be able to achieve that by reading on my own and the star test at the end of the term.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

My holiday highlight

As we sped down the hill on our way our Waikato river, Me and my brother zooming down the hill trying to pass each other as our speed increases faster and faster, within 30 seconds the joy was gone as we started slowing down for the sharp right hander. We both start easing to the footpath  to avoid the oncoming car, we cut up at the next driveway and cross back over the road, we follow the winding road for another couple hundred metres, until we turn onto the footpath, the jarring travels straight up our arms as we follow the smooth pavement, we get their just in time, and prepare for the long, tiring bike ride back up the hill.