Thursday, April 8, 2010

Pre-Assessment Writing - Describe

My Room, My Castle

A television station is advertising for teenagers to enter a competition for a free 'room makeover'. If you win, your room will be transformed into the room of your dreams. Your plans should be considerate of the needs of all the people who live in your house, as well as giving you a dream bedroom. Write a description of how you would like your room transformed.

The entry form asks you to:
briefly describe your original room and what aspects need changing describe your ideas for the makeover of your room show some originality and flair in the changes you describe

  • Plan your writing before you start.
  • Be logical and ordered in your presentation of ideas, organising them into sentences and paragraphs.
  • Include an introduction and conclusion.
  • Use language that will make your writing interesting and vivid for your reader.
  • Remember to use the time at the end to proof-read and edit your writing, paying attention to grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Time Frame:
5min discussion as a class
5min Planning
30min Writing
5min editing at the end

The River

Fun Activities Landforms

Volcano Song

Plate Tectonics

Making Mountains

Rock Types

We are going to have a look at rock types through using these 2 webquests below.

Discover How Rocks Are Formed

Students will work on these in pairs. Students will need to compile basic research notes as they go - you may choose which format is best for you for note taking.

Add 3 things to rock types vocab list as you go - remember once it's on the vocab list you can't add it again, so search for interesting information that others will enjoy reading!! :-)

Hinuera ignimbrite

Hinuera ignimbrite (often marketed as Hinuera stone) is a yellow-cream to pale-brown ignimbrite containing angular fragments of pumice in a fine-grained matrix of volcanic ash. It is still quarried today, and widely used for cladding buildings in the North Island.


Andesite is a fine-grained, extrusive igneous rock composed mainly of plagioclase with other minerals such as hornblende, pyroxene and biotite. The specimen shown is about two inches (five centimeters) across.

How do the Earth's Tectonic Plates work?

Tectonic Plates video

Changes of the Earth's Tectonic Plate over 650 Million Years

How are Mountains made?

An extra activity with ARB's Plate Tectonics with student worksheets.