Grade 5 Billy Carts Made by the Students Themselves!

Grade 5 Billy Carts Made by the Students Themselves!

We have had over 16.246 hits on this blog! Date 27/7/08.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Our Speed Tests

We tested the Internet speed today in the lab before we started working.

Here is our result.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Check the speed of your Internet connection.

Hi Grade 5,
Remember the talk today we had about Internet speed? Here is the link
Can you try this at home so we can compare? Remember that the speed at school today was about 45 kbps
Can you go to this site, try the test and capture the screen by clicking screen print and pasting and editing in paint? Please put your results on your blog and leave a comment here with your speed number.
To use this test you must click on your location 'at home' and then wait until the little meter has reach 100% to get a proper calculation. Here is my screen capture of my Internet speed at home.

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Medieval Dance (but a bit modern)

A Chinese Tai Chi Fan Dance

Tarantella Italian Dance

If you would like to know more about this famous dance click here

Roman Dancing - like a bellydance!

A Greek Dance Lesson from Zorba!

Greek Dancing - Zorba the Greek!

Here is the dance that I used to do with my friend from school. Her name was Isodia. This dance is LOTS of fun!

Ancient Egyptian Dance

Hi Grade 5,
I have copied this text that came with the video.

"This video clip is a fragment of a larger work. It was created after three years of research in the British Museum, London, and has been performed countless times including at the request of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in their Egyptian Gallery. We were also the dancers for the tour of Tutankhamen's funerary treasures at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco. The other dancer in this clip, Mimi, went on to perform at the Temple of Karnak by invitation of the Egyptian Government, Department of Antiquities.

It is not in any way meant to be a re-creation or interpretation of the dance of ancient Egypt; it is strictly a tableau of poses found in the art & artifacts, the beliefs, ceremonies, and symbolism of their sacred texts. There is no longer any surviving dance or music from that age due to the many ruling regimes of the Nubians, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, and Muslims. Unfortunately, one can only speculate how their dance and music might have looked or sounded.

The dance depicts the soul or Ba -- the ethereal, eternal part of man revisiting the tomb, and symbolic of one of the aspects of an individual that continues after death. The Ba is depicted as a human headed bird called the Bennu, and the dance contains some of the following images: a Bennu bird coming through the false door to partake of the offerings; a figure with just wings and legs: Isis standing in the Boat of Millions of Years; Selket guarding a shrine; a winged figure from a Queen's necklace; the Goose of Amun; etc. etc. Our inspiration came from the Papyrus of Ani, Chapter LXXXIII, 'The Chapter of Changing into a Bennu'.

Regarding the music, the Egyptians used a long-necked stringed instrument which was plucked, resembling the samisen of Japan. There were also long vertical flutes, square and round drums or tambors, and gilded wooden harps, sometimes accompanied by a type of castanet or just hand clapping. We chose this music (oboe and samisen) as it has the mystical feel of ancient Egypt, to us at least, and we did not want to use modern day Arab music."

A Great Music Link

A good website for finding free music

Friday, February 15, 2008

Billy Cart Podcasts

Hi Grade 5,
Here it is! Your Billy Cart podcasts. You can get the code by clicking subscribe under the player.

Subscribe FreeAdd to my Page

Hit Counter for Googlepages

Hi Grade 5,
A good way to see how many people who have visited your Googlepages is to put a Hit counter on the Home page. You must give your email to get a hit counter so you have to ask your parents if your are allowed to have one. They are free. Here is a good site that has lots of hit counters. You might get junk mail later on from them so you can spam any messages after you get your coding. HIT COUNTERS I have put one on my Googlepages site. It is at the bottom of the Home page. Only put it on one page.

Saturday, February 9, 2008


Hi Grade 5,
To make it easier for you to get your photos for your Googlepages, I have made a Dropshots page for all Machines pictures. Go to
You can download your pictures by right click and 'save picture as' to your computer. Then just upload it to Googlepages. I will try to upload all pictures. Please be patient as there are literally 100s! I have put a password on the page so you will need to enter it. You will not be able to see the pictures without the password. I told you in class today what the password is.

Friday, February 8, 2008

The 3rd Video

Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing - Photo Books

Here is the 2nd video

Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing - Photo Books

Embedding a Video

Here is the first of 3 videos that I took of the radio circuit.

Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing - Photo Books

I can't post the code here because the Internet reads it and turns it into an embedded video. I even tried to hide the code but it still wouldn't work.


Hi Grade 5,
I have been looking at your Googlepages and I am very pleased with how they are coming along. Well done Grade 5! I would like to make a suggestion - please use more pictures. It is very important that you used a lot of pictures so that your site is visually interesting.

I have managed to get some extra time in the labcom this week so please bring your flash drives. We will have UOI on Thursday and an English double on Friday. In English we will finish the billycart podcasts. I will also show you how to embed video so that you can show the radio circuit videos on your site.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Quizzes

Hi Grade 5,
Do you think that you know a lot about Charlie? Well prove it and try out these quizzes.

I have been to visit your blogs today and many of you still need to write the Charlie description. I must say that I am very impressed so far reading what has been written. Well done Grade 5! You are writing in paragraphs and including more detail.

How about we make something really cool - a video podcast? I could edit it on my Mac. Each person could choose a chapter from the book to retell. You could draw a picture about your designated chapter and I will record you reading your recount about that chapter. We could make a retelling of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I know how to format it so that you can play it on a video ipod. It will look like a virtual book with turning pages. What do you think? Please leave a comment. This could be done during English lessons.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Description

Please write a description about Charlie Bucket and post it on your blog. You can include pictures. Don't forget to use consistent tense and paragraphs. Make sure that you comment on 5 of your friends blogs about their Charlie character descriptions.
Don't forget to read Chapters 11 - 15 this week.

Googlepages Checklist

Dear Grade 5,
We are getting closer to finishing our Googlepages websites. Here is a checklist of what you need to include:

Home - introduce yourself and explain about what is in your website. Some pictures would be good. Don't forget UOI title and central idea.
Simple Machines - a page about the 6 simple machine types
Simple Machine and Compound Machine Report - A page with your reports and pictures
What is in a CPU? - a page about your CPU work
Radio Circuits - A page with a labeled radio circuit, take it off this blog and add labels in word and then screen print it.
Radio Parts - a page with your radio part report
The Billy Cart Project - A page or series of pages about this special project. Include: blueprint, diary pages, photos (even the field trip ones) and final report.
Reflection - A final reflection about this UOI and include comments about making a real website

I will try to help you online after school as much as I can as you know that I can't get time in the school labcom.