Sunday, 30 October 2016

Christchurch City Libraries - OverDrive eBooks and eAduiobooks

About OverDrive eAudiobooks and eBooks

Free downloadable eBook and eAudiobook collection containing thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles for adults, young adults and children.
Borrow with your library card and password / PIN                 


OverDrive is a free digital media platform which allows you to download eBooks and eAudiobooks. Titles include fiction and non-fiction items for adults, young adults and children. We regularly add new material. Recently we added material in other languages including eBooks in Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Tagalog.
By downloading and installing the free software you can use your library card and password / PIN to:
  • Download up to ten fiction and non-fiction titles from home at any time;
  • Place a hold on up to ten titles;
  • Renew some titles three days before they are due to expire with a renew icon appearing next to the title on your Bookshelf under your library account;
  • Transfer eBook titles to your computer or portable devices such eBook readers and smartphones;
  • Transfer audio titles to your computer or portable devices such as an MP3 player or iPod;
  • Burn some audio book titles to disc;
  • Avoid late fees — the items self expire or you can check in eBooks early if you have finished with them;
  • Buy some titles to keep.
OverDrive eBooks are compatible with most eBook readers and mobile devices except the Kindle Reader and app. The Kindle Fire Tablets are fine.

We are happy to help you set up your account. Please bring your device and library card to school and see a teacher.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Time is the ongoing sequence of events taking place. The past, present and future.

We measure time using seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years.

Clocks measure time.


In our world we have digital clocks (they have digits like 0,1,2,3) ...

... and analog clocks (they have hands) ...

Digital Clocks

Digital Clocks show us the time using numbers, like this:
Hours  :  Minutes
5 Hours and 8 Minutes
9 Hours and 36 Minutes

Clocks with Hands

Clocks can also use hands to show us the Hours and Minutes. We call them "analog" clocks.
The Little Hand shows the Hours:
2 Hours 5 Hours
The Big Hand shows the Minutes:
30 Minutes
or Half-Past
 15 Minutes
or Quarter-Past
Using both the Big Hand and Little Hand lets us know exactly what time it is:
2:30 or
Half-Past Two
 5:15 or
Quarter-Past Five

Time - AM/PM vs 24 Hour Clock

Normally time is shown as Hours:Minutes
There are 24 Hours in a Day and 60 Minutes in each Hour.
Example: 10:25 means 10 Hours and 25 Minutes

Showing the Time

There are two main ways to show the time: "24 Hour Clock" or "AM/PM":
24 Hour Clock: the time is shown as how many hours and minutes since midnight.
AM/PM (or "12 Hour Clock"): the day is split into:
  • the 12 Hours running from Midnight to Noon (the AM hours), and
  • the other 12 Hours running from Noon to Midnight (the PM hours).
Like this (try the slider):
24 Hour
2:00 PM
Ante Meridiem*
Latin for "before midday"
Post Meridiem*
Latin for "after midday"
Midnight to Noon
Noon to Midnight
24 Hour Clock:
0:00 to 11:59
12:00 to 23:59

*Is that spelled "Meridiem" or "Meridian"? See here.

Converting AM/PM to 24 Hour Clock

Add 12 to any hour after Noon (and subtract 12 for the first hour of the day):
For the first hour of the day (12 Midnight to 12:59 AM), subtract 12 Hours
Examples: 12 Midnight = 0:00, 12:35 AM = 0:35
From 1:00 AM to 12:59 PM, no change
Examples: 11:20 AM = 11:20, 12:30 PM = 12:30
From 1:00 PM to 11:59 PM, add 12 Hours
Examples: 4:45 PM = 16:45, 11:50 PM = 23:50

Converting 24 Hour Clock to AM/PM

For the first hour of the day (0:00 to 0:59), add 12 Hours, make it "AM"
Examples: 0:10 = 12:10 AM, 0:40 = 12:40 AM
From 1:00 to 11:59, just make it "AM"
Examples: 1:15 = 1:15 AM, 11:25 = 11:25 AM
From 12:00 to 12:59, just make it "PM"
Examples: 12:10 = 12:10 PM, 12:55 = 12:55 PM
From 13:00 to 23:59, subtract 12 Hours, make it "PM"
Examples: 14:55 = 2:55 PM, 23:30 = 11:30 PM

Comparison Chart

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the 24 Hour Clock and AM/PM:
Example: on the hour
Example: 10 minutes past
24 Hour Clock
24 Hour Clock
0:0012 Midnight0:1012:10 AM
1:001:00 AM 1:101:10 AM
2:002:00 AM 2:102:10 AM
3:003:00 AM 3:103:10 AM
4:004:00 AM 4:104:10 AM
5:005:00 AM 5:105:10 AM
6:006:00 AM 6:106:10 AM
7:007:00 AM 7:107:10 AM
8:008:00 AM 8:108:10 AM
9:009:00 AM 9:109:10 AM
10:0010:00 AM 10:1010:10 AM
11:0011:00 AM 11:1011:10 AM
12:0012 Noon 12:1012:10 PM
13:001:00 PM 13:101:10 PM
14:002:00 PM 14:102:10 PM
15:003:00 PM 15:103:10 PM
16:004:00 PM 16:104:10 PM
17:005:00 PM 17:105:10 PM
18:006:00 PM 18:106:10 PM
19:007:00 PM 19:107:10 PM
20:008:00 PM 20:108:10 PM
21:009:00 PM 21:109:10 PM
22:0010:00 PM 22:1010:10 PM
23:0011:00 PM 23:1011:10 PM

Midnight and Noon

"12 AM" and "12 PM" can cause confusion, so we prefer "12 Midnight" and "12 Noon".

What Day is Midnight?

Midnight has another problem: there is nothing to tell us "is this the beginning or ending of the day".
Imagine your friends say they are leaving for holiday at "midnight" on 12th March, what day should you arrive to say goodbye?
Do you get there on the 11th (assuming they leave at the very start of the 12th), or the 12th (assuming they leave at the end of the 12th)?
It is better to use:
  • 11:59 PM or 12:01 AM, or
  • 23:59 or 0:01 (24-Hour Clock)
which the railroads, airlines and military actually do.
So, when you see something like "offer ends midnight October 15th" tell them to use one minute before or after so there is no confusion!

Legends From Different Cultures

A Vietnamese Tale

Korean Tales

Sun and Moon

The Pheasant and the Gong

The Toad Who Returned a Favour

The Pond Snail Girl

Thursday, 20 October 2016

How Maui Found Fire

Watch these to see how different people retell the myth of How Maui Found Fire.

You can read how some year 4 students from Waitakiri school in 2015 retold the story of How Maui Slowed the Sun.

Jack o'Lantern competition

Christchurch Healthy Food Guide LIVE! Jack O’Lantern competition

Paint it, carve it, dress it up… GET CREATIVE

Winners get a FREE Costume Hire from Petticoat Lane Costume Hire for use on Halloween 31 October 2016 OR before 30 April 2017.
**For 15 year olds and under only
ALL entries eligible for free entry to Healthy Food Guide LIVE! plus one additional entry (valued at $15 each) to be collected at event entry
Competition details
  • Complete entry form here
  • Grab a pumpkin, get creative and name it
  • Drop your pumpkin at:
Christchurch Healthy Food Guide LIVE! 
Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre
75 Lyttelton St, Spreydon, Christchurch
For Saturday competition entry                     
Either 8am-7pm Friday 28 October               
Or 9am-10am Saturday 29 October              
For Sunday competition entry
Either 9am-5pm Saturday 29 October
OR 9am-10am Sunday 30 October
  • Attach your name, your pumpkin’s name, contact phone number and entry day to your pumpkin
  • Pumpkins will be voted for by visitors to the show and the pumpkin with the most votes wins! Encourage your friends and family attend the show and vote for yours!
  • Please email us a photo of you and your and your pumpkin before the event so we can publish on social media and create some excitement before the show!
  • Daily winner will be announced at 4pm each day on the Live Stage within Healthy Food Guide LIVE! If not present at the event, we’ll contact winner at the end of each day
  • Please contact us on 0800 360 0582 or with any queries prior to 27 October 2016
  • For more information about the event, go to:
We can’t wait to see your pumpkin!
Proudly sponsored by 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Maths Week . . . .

To help learn the Roman Numerals
I Value X-Rays Let's Count the Doctor's Money
I = 1
V = 5
X = 10
L = 50
C = 100
D = 500
M = 1000

Roman Number and History    
Year 3 and 4 Challenge
Name: _______________________ Whanau Group ______

Roman Numerals was the standard numbering system in Ancient Rome and Europe until about 900 AD (more than 1000 years ago). Work out what number these Roman numerals are representing.
Put your name on this and your room number and put it in the box in the library.








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Monday, 10 October 2016

Maths Eyes

What do you need to make gingerbread men?
Who thinks gingerbread men are good to eat?
Which ingredients are good/not good for people to eat?
Which part of the gingerbread man would you eat first?
What are the gingerbread man’s eyes made of?
What are his feet made of?
Are there other things you could have made the feet with?
How many legs/eyes/arms/buttons does each gingerbread man have?
How many gingerbread men are in the first row?
How many gingerbread men in the poster altogether? How did you work this out?
What colour are the eyes of the gingerbread men?
What colour buttons can you see?
How many smarties were needed to give the two buttons to  each gingerbread man?
Can you think of questions about the picture to ask other groups (question starters could include: How many…, how many more…which colour etc.)?

Where might you find this kind of pattern?
Put on “Maths Eyes”, what do you see now?
What shapes can you see?
What is the smallest shape in the picture?
Can you find a shape that is just one colour only?
Can you see shapes with more than 2 colours?
What squares can you see made up of different colours?
Can you see a line of symmetry for one of the squares?
Where else might you find this shape?
Choose a square and describe the pattern.
What pattern is in the squares?
What size angles can you see?
What kinds of angles can you see?
Can you use maths words to describe what you see?

What can you see in this picture?
What questions do you have?
  • Put on “Maths Eyes”, what do you see now?
  • Where is the line of symmetry?
  • What colours can you see?
  • How many wings can you see?
  • How many antennas can you see?
  • If there were 4 butterflies how many antennas would there be?
  • How long do you think the wings are?
  • What shapes can you see?
  • If there were 4 butterflies how many wings can you see?
  • What time of the year might this be?
What would the area of this butterfly be?

  • What would the perimeter of the butterfly be?
What can you see in this picture?
What questions do you have?
  • Put on “Maths Eyes”, what do you see now?
  • What shapes can you see?
    What do you think this is a picture of?
    how many different colours can you see?
    Can you see shapes with more than 2 colours?
    how many triangular shapes do you think there are in this picture?
    where do you think this is?
    Where else might you find this shape? .
    What pattern is in the squares?
    What size angles can you see?
    What kinds of angles can you see?
    Can you use maths words to describe what you see?