November 9

Moving Along In November

We’re a very busy class learning and exploring each and every day. Have a look at our learning over the last week or so…

Rubbing balloons on our heads may look weird, but we were doing a science experiment to try to create static electricity using friction. Unfortunately, we learned that not all science experiments work they way they’re supposed to and our balloons were quite stubborn, not sticking to the walls like they should have.

One of our gym classes was ‘bootcamp style’ where stations were set up and students circulated through each station, getting our sweat on while the music motivated us to keep moving! Situps/pushups, jump-rope, bean bag toss, soccer dribbling, and so much more!

Our personal narrative unit had us getting our minds warmed up while we practiced storytelling our chosen idea to a friend. We then learned about drafting leads or introductions–the HOOK that will capture a reader’s attention. Mrs. S models for us what a lead can sound like and we learned about different ways to start a narrative. We were asked to write 2 different leads and pick the best one.

Gathering and making sense of data is our next unit in math. Our focus today was on Venn Diagrams. We were sorting information like who liked chocolate vs. vanilla, siblings & pets, and much more. We used magnetic pictures of ourselves to come up to the board and decide where we would place ourselves on the Venn Diagram. We also used sticky notes to sort numbers.

We had a lovely visitor today from the Rotary Club. The grade 3s and 4s from the split classes were given student dictionaries to keep! We learned a bit about what the Rotary Club does and how a dictionary can help us.

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October 25

Science is Eggsellent!

eggToday was the day we finally were able to test our designs for our Egg Drop Experiment. Students have been busy working in their small groups to design and build a protective barrier for their egg.

Problem:    A local sports store “Eggactly Sports” are needing new ideas to help improve their line of protective gear such as helmets. They are looking to young, innovative kids to help design inexpensive protection that could inspire the store to make new gear.

Solution: Design safety equipment that will protect your egg from a drop of at least 1 m.

 

Last week, students began with a deep discussion around what materials to use to help cushion the egg from the impact of hitting the ground, how many different materials should be used, how to slow the drop of the egg (e.g. making a parachute), and so on.

Here are some of the students building their design. You can see sponges, knee pads, and styrofoam bowls being used:

All of these ideas created the basis for the wonderfully creative designs that each group put to the test today.

Yes, there were a few groups who found a runny mess when they peeked inside their design, while other groups found an intact egg. Either way, congratulations to ALL groups for your creativity, thinking, and for having fun along the way!

We’ll continue our discussion tomorrow and link it back to our unit on Forces.

Egg Drop Experiment from MrsS on Vimeo.

 

What forces do you think were at play in this Egg Drop Experiment?

 

 

 

October 11

May the FORCE Be With You

We’ve been learning about FORCES in Science class.

What is a force?

What are different types of forces?

A force is a Push or a Pull on an object. We see forces in our every day lives. A few weeks ago we combined drama class and Science and were asked to demonstrate in our Teams some of the types of forces we’ve been learning about.

  1. Friction
  2. Tension
  3. Gravity
  4. Compression
  5. Magnetic
  6. Muscular

Today, we were looking specifically at MAGNETIC force. We talked about where we use magnetic force in our lives…this is what we came up with:

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We tested various objects in our classroom to see whether they were magnetic or not. We also learned about a really cool train in China that uses magnetic force in a unique way. Have a look at the video below to learn a little bit about the MagLev Train. MagLev means Magnetic Levitation.

Pretty cool, huh?

What type of FORCE do you think you use the most in your life?

May 11

Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

 Photo Credit: obaxterlovo via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: obaxterlovo via Compfight cc

In Social Studies, we’ve been learning about Canada’s involvement in world trade. We’ve studied imports, exports, goods and services, manufactured goods versus raw materials, and we’ve learned how Canada is involved in international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

The students have been asked to research an NGO--a not-for-profit organization, primarily a voluntary citizens’ group that operates at local, national, and international levels. Here are some helpful websites about the NGOs the students will be researching about:

  1.  Canadian Red Cross
  2. Habitat for Humanity
  3. Free the Children
  4. Goodwill Industries
  5. Doctors Without Borders
  6. Salvation Army
  7. Ryan’s Well Foundation
  8. World Wide Fund for Nature

 

April 18

Conserving Energy Rap #6

The grade 6 culminating task was to design a rap that demonstrated the students’ knowledge and understanding of conserving energy. Some groups talked about biomass energy, turning off lights, and ultimately what can happen if we’re not stewards of the earth!

Earth Day is this Friday…what are YOU doing to help Mother Earth stay healthy? Do you recycle? Do you bike to school? Comment below and tell us your story of how YOU are a steward of the earth.