Monday, May 26, 2014

My favourite Experiment At The Science Road Show

On friday the 23rd some classes got to go to a Science road show, The science road road show was placed at Tamaki college. All of a sudden we got their and there were different types experiments that looked interesting and looked difficulty to try out. Shayne was one of our tour guys that told us what there was, what kind of stuff and what we can do.

Having a look at all the experiments there were a few that looked tricky to try out but I was lucky because one of the Students that go tamaki college helped me out and telled me what It does. Finally I found me a very cool and experiment that includes letters. The experiment was finished and it came out hot.

For my letters I chosen parts of my name. With letters the student place It on a burning thing that looked like a box. The student opened It then She put a square plastic paper looking on top of the letters.

Friday, May 23, 2014

How does a musical instrument create sound?

Task: Write an explanation to describe how a musical instrument creates sound e.g. a guitar.

Youtube link: - How does a guitar make sound?
Brainstorm words/vocab:
Sound waves
Pear shape

1. There are different  types of guitars that have a different shapes, different sizes and different sound. The guitar that we have in our class is shaped like a pear but the stick part Is a bit long. Did you that there Is a strap for the guitar, when you walk  around with the guitar In your hand
2. What are the parts of the guitar? The tip of the guitar is called the head, If you damage the head that means you can’t tune it I think. Near the head there are tuning keys to make the sound high or low. There are strings that are attached to the head and the bridge, The bridge Is at the bottom   

3. How Is sound created from a guitar?
When I strum the nylon strings It vibrates and sound travels Into the soundhole then It bounces out to make a louder sound. For an example If I was strumming the guitar with a pick the pitch will sound clearer and It would be easy to strum. There Is a electric guitar that Is quite heavy and loud. What I like about It Is that you can plug it up to an amplifier to make It sound really loud and you can also change the volume.   

Friday, May 16, 2014

Science Experiment: Paper Funnel

Science experiment:

Question: What will happen to the sound if I change the shape of a piece of paper? (e.g. from a flat shape to a funnel shape)

Links to research about Sound:

Hypothesis: (What do you think will happen?) e.g. I think that…the sound will get fuzzier

Materials needed:
Experiment (procedure):

e.g. Step 1 - First hold a flat piece of paper against your ear. Block your other ear with your hand. Get your partner to speak to you. What is the sound like? Can you hear clearly?

Step 2 - Next, roll the piece of paper into a funnel shape. Put the funnel against your ear. Face the funnel towards your partner and listen to them speak. What does it sound like? Can you hear clearly?

Step 3 - Next, face the funnel to the side while your partner speaks to you. Does it make a difference to the sound that you can hear?

Step 4 - Put some cotton balls or tissue paper into the funnel to block one end. Does it make a difference to the sound you hear?

Step 5 - Next, roll the piece of paper up and l

Data (What happened?)

flat piece of paper
the quality sounded the same as before
funnel facing to the front
the sound was much louder
funnel facing to the side
The sound wasn’t clear it sounded blurry  
cotton ball or tissue  blocking the narrow end of the funnel
It had more echo than before. The sound didn’t sound very clear.
rolled up piece of paper (facing to the front)
you can hear your partner clearly
rolled up piece of paper (facing to the side)
couldn’t hear partner very much at all


When I used a flat piece of paper the quality still sounded the same but is was focusing to one side. When I rolled the paper into a funnel  facing the front my partner spoke, the sound was much louder than before and was focusing on his voice. This time I faced the funnel to the side but the sound felt fuzzy and blurry. When I added a Piece of tissue it was like a echoey sound instead of a clear sound. When I rolled up a piece of paper facing the front it kind of sound the same as before. As I was facing the rolled up paper to the side It sounded like a dizzy kind of tone.    

What I've learnt was a paper funnel facing to the front was clearer than the funnel facing to the side. With a paper funnel or something else like that is very handy it can make your voice a lot louder.

What Is Sound?

What Is music?
I like music because its really interesting and joyful. Songs can cheer up people when they're sad or unhappy. Music can emotionally hit people deep down to make them feel like they’re gonna cry or maybe they’re in the same place.
There are a variety of types, Like Rap, Pop, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Jazz. Rap is one my favourites that I like to listen to. What is Rap? Well for an example if I was going to rap I’ll tell someone to come up with a beat like beatboxing. One of my favourite rappers is Eminem.
MY Favourite Artists
My favourite artists are Eminem & Chris Brown. Eminem Is one my best rappers because makes Heaps of albums. Chris Brown Is a Hip hop kind of guy that can make different types of albums.
What kind of instrument are their? There are Drums, pianos, Heart, guitar and much more. What is a Instrument? well its like sound but a different sound. Some of the instruments have different sizes, width and  a different tone.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Science Experiment:Sound

Science experiment:

Question: What will happen to the sound if I cut the straw shorter and blow through it?

Links to research about Sound:

Hypothesis: (What do you think will happen?) e.g. I think that…. the sound will go higher

Materials needed:
straw - scissors

Experiment (procedure):
e.g. Step 1 - Get a straw and scissors  

Step 2 - cut the straw into a triangle shape. Blow air into cut end

Step 3 - listen to the sound it makes

Step 4 - cut the straw shorter

Step 5 - blow on the cut end

Data (What happened?

Straw Length
the sound was annoying
10 cm
Sound was very high pitch
5 cm
This was the most high pitch one. This short straw was the annoyest sound.

I first cut off 3 cm  the sound wasn’t loud enough. when I cut the straw up to 7 cm the sound goes. The sound was very squeaky like we watery shoes rubbing to the ground.
I have noticed the sound went higher every time I cut off 5 cm of straw.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Term 2 Immersion Assembly

Term 2!! Welcome back Point England. Well this year is different because we have a new topic to learn about. I think for the intermediate block our theme is Sound. I like sound because we can listen to music or make instrumental beats.

This morning we had have an team assembly. At the beginning of a new term we have a team assembly which gives the teachers a chance to do something on the stage to show us some of the topic we are learning about. Walking into the hall there were helium balloons attached to the ground and most of the teachers were wearing costumes and headphones on their head. Mr Burt had worn an funky dress which kids thought that he was a clown, but he wasn't a clown.As Mr Burt was talking team 1 was getting ready to go on the stage.

Team 1 had a movie about the zoo, animals was mostly seen in the movie. Team 2 was up on the stage that was performing about planes and we got to watch the song that was playing on the stage. The teachers were doing some funny moments. As we were getting on to team 3 the performance was about lights, colours and speed of light. It was like a rainbow but the teachers wearing costumes.

Team 4 was up on the stage that had diving gear, fishing gear and treats to give away. To get some treats you have to answer a question's.Mr Burt was funny through little rubber balls across the hall. Team 5's turn to perform on the stage, I think this was about sound. It was funny that all the teachers in team 5 had a instrument and making a beat. This morning was a cool entertainment for the beginning of this term.

Hearing Related Words To Sound

1.Walking past the kindergarten there are many noise’s that I can hear through my ears. Laughing is one of them.
2.Walking to the shop I can hear loud cars speeding up the hill.
3.Next door I can hear the volume rising up when there is a party on.
4.During class I can hear the teachers growling the students.
5.I can hear lots of typing on netbooks.
6.At home my dog barks a lot from the kids running around.
7.At the arcade there are a variety of sounds that can be heard.
8.Next door the work trucks are annoying because they are so loud.
9.When the siren goes off I can't concentrate properly on my work.