Don't forget that tomorrow (Wednesday) is the last day for the 100 word challenge for this week! Let's see how many Room 7 students can get a story on the blog! Don't forget to try and get your parents to write one too. Who knows... you might get the double!
Today for 'Awesome Time' Room 7 competed in a series of sprint car trials. As none of the students held a current NZ drivers license (being 10 years old and all that) they could not legally drive a car around the school...however they could legally push one! So, in groups of 8, they took turns at pushing a 1992 Toyota Corona down a 30m sprint track. Each run had a fully qualified and specially chosen driver! They had the important job of making sure the car remained straight and crossed the finish line, between the cones. It was a tight race, but Team 3 took it out on the day with a fantastic time of 19.2 seconds! Here are some photos of the afternoon's action.
For all those who want to learn the game (or just want to practice so they can be the Room 7 chess champion!) here is a great online chess game where you can either learn the game from the beginning or polish your existing skills! Click on the picture below to begin your chess tutorials. Who will be crowned the Room 7 chess champion? Stay tuned to find out!
Room 7's new classroom toy is a giant chess set! It is the latest craze in our classroom with groups of children playing each other every morning while being surrounded by crowds of admirers, analysing their every move and giving advice on "how to get the king!" Already many children have learnt the game just by watching other's play! We expect everyone in Room 7 to be an expert player by the end of the term!
A very funny video on the importance of team work! A real laugh-out-loud example!
This week we are going to do something a little bit different. The poem is "All that is Gold does not Glitter" by J.R.R. Tolkein. It is a poem that comes from his epic series of books, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and this particular poem can be found in Book 1, "The Fellowship of the Ring."
The poem refers to an ancient prophesy of the reforging of the sword Narsil, for a hidden king, who will return to save Middle Earth.
The challenge this week has in fact two parts. Part 1 is to memorise the poem... for Room 7 this will be easy! Part 2, however, is very different! For this, your task is to be able to read the poem in... elvish! You do not have to memorise it, just be able to read it with the correct pronunciation! To help you out I have included the Quenya Elvish text and an audio clip. This will be a great challenge for you all! Good luck Room 7!!!!
On Friday, Room 7 was introduced to an amazing memory technique called The Memory Palace. The Memory Palace is one of the most powerful memory techniques and it’s not only effective, but also fun to use — and not hard to learn at all!
"The Memory Palace has been used since ancient Rome, and is responsible for some quite incredible memory feats. Eight-time world memory champion Dominic O'Brian, for instance, was able to memorize 54 decks of cards in sequence (that’s 2808 cards), viewing each card only once.
The Memory Palace technique is amazingly effective in all kinds of endeavors, such as learning a foreign language, memorizing a presentation you’re about to deliver, preparing for exams and many others — even if all you want is to jog your memory" (with thanks to http://litemind.com/memory-palace/)
Room 7 have been given the challenge to memorise 12 items, in the correct order by Wednesday this week, using the Memory Palace Technique. As part of the challenge they will be asked to identify parts of their memory palace story. Here are the 12 items below (the order is left to right). Good luck Room 7!
For more info on the Memory Palace Technique click here
This week, Roslind brought in a baby hedgehog that she had found walking on the road. She rescued it and brought it into Room 7. We made a little house for him inside an old fish tank and he has spent this week happily sleeping and mulling about his tank, eating the food that Room 7 has brought in for him. He is so cute! Below are some pictures of Harry sleeping.
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