Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Persuasive Writing: Dogs are better than cats

This term in Room 10, we are focusing on writing to persuade our audience.  Today, we looked at ways of convincing our audience to agree with our statement, whether we believed the statement or not.  Our statement was: dogs are better than cats!  Here are some persuasive arguments we came up with:

Dogs are better than cats because you can take them for a walk.  They also do what you say.  For example, when I say to a dog, "sit," it sits.  As well as that, dogs don't vomit as much as cats.  Another reason is that dogs can play fetch with you and cats can't.  Dogs don't scratch chairs and furniture either.  You also don't have to feed dogs as much as cats.  I have to feed my cats every morning and night but you can just feed dogs once a day.  Finally, dogs can swim with you and cats don't know how to.
By Amy.

Dogs are better than cats because they do what you say.  For example, when I said, "sit" to Maia, she sad.  They also sleep in your towel.  At a party I was at, the puppy slept in my towel.  Another reason is that they are sometimes nice and calm like when Maia lay down.  As well as that, they can scare away the burglars.  Also, cats don't lick or kiss you but dogs do.  Dogs can also save lives.  I like dogs because they are cuter than cats.
By Maia.

Dogs are better than cats because they will fetch a ball if you show them how, but cats won't.  Cats mostly scratch you more than dogs do, and dogs play with you but cats don't as much because they just lie there.  Dogs do what you say like when you tell them to sit, but cats don't do that.  They don't listen to you.  Dogs do lots of funny stuff too but cats don't really.
By Cameron.

Dogs are better than cats because cats scratch your furniture and sometimes bite your hands.  Dogs can play with you and play fetch and cat's cant.  Cats are still cute but dogs are cuter than cats.  Cats are fluffy, but dogs are much fluffier.  Dogs do what you say like rolling over and sitting, but cats do what they want to.  Dogs are also faster than cats and taller too.  Cats are much smaller and so they can't play with you as well.
By Olivia.

Have a look at the great kid pix pictures of dogs and cats drawn by Jeru, Phoenix, Max and Stella.  Aren't they great artists?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Recount writing: Our holidays

In the holidays my family went to Taupo.  It was a long drive to Taupo.  When we got there we had to get our stuff out of the car.  After that we got into our togs and went to the lake.  It was freezing cold.  We went for a swim and then went back to the house to have lunch.  For lunch I had a bacon sandwich.  While I was eating it, I made my bionical lego toy.  
The next morning my sister and I were getting ready to go to the pools, but first my dad had to see if they were open and they were!  Then we did go to the pools.  All of the pools were heated!  
The next day we got ready to head home.  It took 4 hours to get there.  Once we got home I had to unpack.  I had so much fun on holiday! 
By Robbie.

In the holidays my family and I went to my grandparent's beach house.  We played on the beach and had a sand ball fight.  Dad was on my team and Julius was by himself.  Me and my dad won the sand fight.
The next day it was Easter! I was soooo excited.  I raced to my dad's room and asked for the first clue for our hunt and we started to look.  The first clue was "Harry Potter lives here." When we found the eggs we went upstairs. "We've found them," we said. Finally we got to the last one and the clue was, "it is red and you work with them ever day." It was a hard clue, but at last I found the answer.  It was the violins!  The hunt was finally finished and I had lots of fun. I'll never forget that Easter.
By Sasha.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hero Cinquains

Cinquains are another type of poetry we have been practicing in Room 10.  The first line is meant to be the title, which is a noun.  The second line should have two adjectives.  The third line has three -ing words, which are verbs.  The fourth line should be a four word sentence.  The fifth and final line should have another noun which is similar to the title.  Here are some cinquains we wrote about our heroes:

short, english
jumping, running, swimming
mum's a great swimmer
By Celia.

loving, smart
playing, walking, sleeping
he is very nice
By Robbie.

nice, helpful
caring, loving, working
I love my mummy
By Olivia.

big, tall
fixing, building, buying
he can make computers
By Max.

nice, kind
caring, loving, helping
he is my hero
By Willie.

nice, kind
helping, running, loving
he is the best
By Sasha.

Kid pix hero pictures to come!

Hero Haiku

This term we have been learning about poetry.  One style of poetry we have learned about are haikus.  To write a successful haiku, there needs to be 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second line and 5 again in the last line.  Here are some examples we wrote about our heroes:

My dad is the best.
My dad is nice and loves me.
I love my dad lots.
By Anton

Savannah is cool.
She helps me when I'm hurt.
I love my sister.
By Phoenix

Mum cares about me.
She helps me when I need help.
She puts me to bed.
By Amy.

I love my mummy.
My mum is helpful and kind.
My mum cooks me food.
By Xavier.

My dad is called Tim.
I love my dad more than food.
My dad loves me too!
By Briar.

Kid pix pictures of our heroes to come!