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.

March 22

Canada & Renewable Energy

According to Statistics Canada, RENEWABLE ENERGY is  energy obtained from natural resources that can be naturally replenished or renewed within a human lifespan, that is, the resource is a sustainable source of energy.

Here are some interesting facts about Canada and its contribution to sustainable energy consumption:

  • Canada, with its large landmass and diversified geography, has substantial renewable resources that can be used to produce energy; these resources include moving water, wind, biomass, solar, geothermal, and ocean energy.
  • Canada is a world leader in the production and use of energy from renewable resources. Renewable energy sources currently provide about 18.9 per cent of Canada’s total primary energy supply.
  • Moving water is the most important renewable energy source in Canada, providing 59.3 per cent of Canada’s electricity generation. In fact, Canada is the second largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world.
  • Wind is the second most important renewable energy source in Canada. It accounts for 3.5 per cent of electricity generation in Canada.
  • Biomass is the third largest renewable source of Canada’s electricity generation. Its share in Canada’s electricity generation is 1.4 per cent.
  • Wind and solar energy are the fastest growing sources of electricity in Canada.

We’ve heard of many different types of renewable types of energy such as solar or wind energy, but what is BIOMASS ENERGY? Have a look at the videos below to gain a better understanding.