Thursday, 8 May 2014

Term Two - Room 17 Citizens in charge!

Term Two Week One
Welcome back to term two! This term we are learning how to become better citizens in the world we live in.

Our Inquiry Statement is;
Better Citizens for a Digital Today.

Our Question is;
How can we use digital tools to become better citizens?


Lance O'Sullivan

This week we have been learning about Lance O'Sullivan, New Zealander of the year. He won this amazing award because he inspires people to believe in themselves. He is commited to the community cause he doesn't care about himself, he cares for the community. He helps people that have no money young or old to go to the doctors.  So instead of them going to the doctors he goes to them and he won't let them pay. He is determined to help people and he is a big inspiration to little children to chase their dreams.
by Aifala

Snake and Lizard 

Room 17 then looked into Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley which we read last term. We decided to think about the two main characters in terms of their citizenship of the desert. They are loveable foolish pair who are very different but in the end work together to find a way to help others. We can learn from them that you can't always get it right the first time and becoming a good citizen is about growing and changing.
by Julius

Statistical Investigation

This week Room 17 has begun our statistics unit. We started off by doing a statistical investigation into what social media the teachers at SPS use so that Whaea Emma could see what we know about statistics. It was so interesting. Firstly Eneio, Mitchy and I, Sione walked around the school and asked the teachers what social media they use. We filled in a tally chart to collect the data. We we came back to class with the results or raw data. We added up the totals by counting in fives and then counting on and we all decided that we thought the data would be best presented in a bar graph. After we had finished our bar graphs we looked at each others and thought about what makes a bar graph accurate. The next and most important thing about statistical investigations is drawing conclusions and making statements so that everyone can see how you interpreted the data. We found out that Facebook was the most popular because 19 out of 20 teachers use it. Facebook was over three times more popular than Instagram which is only used by 5 people. Snap Chat, with 3 points was the least used.
by Sione

Some of the Blogging team brainstorming
and writing their drafts.

Here are the people who contributed to the blog this week; Sione, Emily, Aifala, Julius, and myself Trent. Doing this blog by ourselves was so enjoyable. Thank you for reading room 17's blog we hope to see you next week.


  1. This is impressive work. I will visit you all next week to find out what you might be thinking about in terms of being great Mt Wellington citizens.

  2. We like Lance Armstrong, we think we could learn a lot about being a good citizen from him. Thank you for telling us about him. We would like to read Snake and Lizard too, can we borrow it from you? We think you are good citizens for sharing your information and what you found out in your survey. Brilliant work Room 17! From Room 7

  3. Hi Room 17
    It's been interesting reading about the statistical data you collected by surveying the the SPS staff and how they share their information with friends. Facebook, being the most popular! Did you think Facebook would be the clear winner before you started collecting the data?

  4. Can you come and read Snake and Lizard to Room 1?
    We think you would do nice reading - Benson
    We would be nice to you. We are learning to be good citizens - Dustin
    We will be gentle with the book - Armani

  5. We had a very nice time reading about your class activities. You were all very kind and fed us delicious food.

  6. Cool blog kids, I liked how you used a massive amount of different ideas and the platform was refreshing.Heaps of fun.


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