We had a great trip to the Dundas Valley Conservation Area today to learn about biodiversity.
More learning in sound and light today. We spent lots of time in the dark today!
We learned that light travels in a straight line. We also learned that light can be stopped (ABSORBED) by some materials. I.e. the bat symbol
We also learned that light can reflect off shiny surfaces and pass through some surfaces.
We used prisms to learn that light is made up of many colours!
On Friday we experimented with making sound and tried to answer the following four questions:
1) How is sound produced?
2) How are low and high sounds made?
3) How does the shape and material of an object affect the sound it produces?
4) In what ways does sound affect our life?
At the end of the unit, we will revisit these questions.
Here’s what our room sounded like. YIKES!!!
Today we learned that sound is vibrations and that you can hear, feel, and even, see sound!
We learned new vocabulary such as vocal cords, sound waves, and molecules.
Today students brought their habitat projects home. Please look for the marking rubric that is attached to their report.
It took us many days to get through all 27 presentations and me many hours to mark them all, but we are finally done! It was well worth the effort. Many of our students clearly enjoyed the hands on learning opportunity; applying what they learned about their animals habitat. As well, we learned a lot from our first big research assignment. For example, the importance of giving credit to your sources, putting ideas into your own words, gathering lots of information from multiple sources, and putting your new knowledge together in well written and organized paragraphs. Here are a few highlights:
Both Manar and Ayan did a great job taking notes when researching. Pulling just the key ideas out of a text to make point form notes is an important skill.
Adnan wrote wonderful paragraphs on the positive and negative effects that humans have on the Timber Rattlesnake. I also thought it was a nice added touch that he gave his family credit when listing his sources.
Joel constructed some well informed paragraphs, did a good job incorporating our learning about eco passages from class, and had a nicely labeled food chain.
Elora showed us how easy oral presentations can be when you do your work on Google slides.
(Waiting for shared permission so I can share her work with you here…stayed tuned to edits on this post)
And of course, all of our many amazing dioramas…It was great to see how many students remembered to show all the parts of a habitat: space, water, shelter, and a relationship with specific other animals and plants. Well done everyone. I’m sorry if I missed any. I tried to get everyone’s. If I missed yours here, let me know or send me a picture and I’ll add it in.
In science, we are sometimes able to borrow fantastic learning kits from HWDSB’s Kit Services. Some of them are in hot demand across the boards schools, so we can’t always be too picky about when we get them. This week we put our study of Habitats on hold to jump into our upcoming unit of Pulleys and Gears. These amazing LEGO kits have kept our class super engaged. Through these kits, we have explored different types of gears and pulleys. We have looked at how they make things move and how they make work easier.