Who knew growing beans would cause such excitement and interest in our class?
As part of our plants and soil unit, we decided to plant some bean seeds! We planted 3 bean seeds each and have kept them by our classroom window. Mrs. Sullivan has been keeping the paper towel damp using a spray bottle. We did not use any soil.
Check out this video so you can try it at home, too!
We have been looking at our plants with a scientist’s eye by recording our observations on a regular basis. We are so excited when we can see the beans growing taller each day! We are nearing the end of taking care of our plants at school. They will be coming home soon where students will chat with their parents about whether they will plant them in soil or not.
Our next steps? We’ll combine science with math and will be measuring our plants. We will answer questions such as:
What is the average height of our tallest plants?
What is the average height of each student’s plant?
Why did some beans fare better than others?
Students have recently began presenting their AMAZING plant research projects. They researched quite a variety of plants. Here’s a few…
On Tuesday, our class was delighted to welcome Alyson into our room for a Skype session all the way from the USA! We Skyped for a period of about 45 minutes which seemed to fly by because she was so informative and engaging.
Alyson gave us some clues about where she was skyping from including:
BBQs are famous here
This state has the world’s biggest rodeo
Lots of people wear cowboy hats
Yes, Alyson was talking to us from Texas!
Alyson is a bat biologist. She is a PhD candidate and studies wildlife. In her introduction, she showed us pictures of places around the world where she’s traveled and the different animals she’s worked with. She told us that her love of wildlife started at a very young age.
The students had many wonderful questions and were able to come up to the laptop and directly ask Alyson.
Here’s some of the things we learned:
There are 1400 species of bats and only 3 of those drink blood
Vampire bats are real but they leave only a papercut wound. Their saliva causes the blood not to clot
Bats are mammals and have fur
Babies are born live and are called pups
They hang upside down because it’s easier to escape predators when they can simply let go of the branch and take flight
They eat frogs, mice, insects, fruit, nectar, blood
Bats are found everywhere in the world except Antarctica
Bats are important to our ecosystem so we should care about them!
As we dig deeper into our soil unit, today we got our hands dirty and were able to apply some of things we’ve been learning. We were scientists exploring, analyzing, revealing, questioning, and having fun at the same time!
After some time, we then organized our earth sample into 4 categories. The students had to decide which categories those would be based on what they saw in their soil sample. For instance, big rocks, little rocks, living things, and so on. After, we did a gallery walk to see how other groups sorted their soil and we noticed many similarities!
big rocks, little rocks
Students discovered all sorts of interesting things in the soil. Some of these things included:
centipedes (tiny ones)
big and little rocks
Finally, we documented our observations, as scientists do, making sure to capture every detail. Great job, Gr.3/4 scientists!
One of the activities the students were engaged in was researching about a specific habitat. They worked in small groups to gather their information on a template and then were asked to create a poster using the app Pic Collage.
What’s a food chain? How does energy flow from one thing to the next?
A food chain shows us how each living thing gets its food.
A fun game we played together in class today showed us how a food chain works and gave us a chance to make our own food chains in small groups. Give it a try! Click here to try it for yourself. (Make sure Adobe Flash is up to date).
Here is some vocabulary we’ve been exploring:
producers (make their own food, such as plants)
consumers (cannot make their own food, such as animals)
decomposers (break down food and eat dead plants and animals, such as bacteria, fungi, worms)
herbivores (plant eaters)
carnivores (meat eaters)
omnivores (both plant and meat eaters)
What type of eater are you?
Here is a short video about food chains and food webs.
Today, we launched our first science unit called Habitats.We began with a nature walk in our school’s own backyard. We were paying close attention to the sounds we were hearing all around us. In addition, we were looking very closely at our surroundings, noticing the small things and big things, the colours, textures, and so on. We made sketches, wrote down observations, and asked questions.
Habitat: A habitat is a special place where a plant or animal lives.