There was excitement in the air Friday morning as students entered our classroom. Since coming back from Christmas holidays, we have been watching Rootsy (our class amaryllis) grow. It started off at 23.5 cm, and grew rapidly, sometimes as much as 3 cm a day! Our amaryllis project has given us real life opportunities to make connections between Science and Math. Students can:
identify plant adaptations and the parts of a flower;
discuss the relationship between millimeters, centimeters and meters;
discover that fractions and decimals are really the same thing, just wearing a disguise!
Since the amaryllis in 4G bloomed early, everyone has been eagerly anticipating the flower, and were delighted to find that ours had bloomed overnight. See the results yourself!
taken by Joseph Tyrell
Our Grade 4’s have taken the slogan “Travel Alberta” to heart. Today we traveled to Cardston, Alberta to visit the Remington Carriage Museum for a presentation called “Poop and Progress – A Stinky Story but Someone Has to Tell It.” The museum is the world’s largest carriage museum, and the Queen has even ridden in some of their carriages. It has been there for 17 years, and focuses on transportation in North America from 1850-1920. Did you know that back then, there were more than 100 000 horses on the streets of New York City by 6:00 am? All those horses made a huge mess. Each day there would be almost 4 feet of manure on the streets that had to be collected that weighed more than 300 elephants.
Although we think that we have a lot of pollution now, we learned that there were problems before cars came along. The invention of the bicycle helped. An important message was that we have to invent the solution! Robert Mein told us that we need to pay attention in Math and Science to think about ways we can come up with new energy solutions.
Of course, we also found out some new things about the Grasslands Region of Alberta. It was very windy there today (over 100 km/h gusts), so you would have to hold on to your hat! We also saw pictures of lots of flat pastures, with the rolling foothills in the background.
Not only did we think about Science and Social Studies, we also touched on some Math today. Ask your child to explain why hay = sunshine!
Dinosaur Provincial Park VC
Have you ever had a videoconference? Well, we just did. Today we travelled six hours to the Grasslands region of southern Alberta and visited Dinosaur Provincial Park! From the comfort of our classroom we experienced the sight of mule deer eating lunch, tasted the muddy flavour of popcorn rock, heard the frightening rattle of the Prairie rattlesnake and felt the smooth fossil of a Euoplocephalus. We watched a cartoon of the glacier story, and now we know how all the fossils ended up in the Badlands. We listened to the wind all through the trip, and know to hang on to our hats. After learning about rocks and minerals in Grade 3, it was very interesting to learn about how the big rock formations. The names of some of the plants and animals were interesting too. Have you ever heard of smooth Bluetongued grass or Blue Grama grass? We are looking forward to visiting the Cypress Forest next Wednesday.
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Yesterday we talked about the advantages of juice box packaging. Today we thought about the disadvantages. Here’s today’s list:
Sometimes they leak and spill through the straw
Sometimes it’s not enough juice
Juice boxes cannot be refilled and reused
little juice boxes make more waste than a big box
Not all the parts are recyclable – we have to throw out the straw
We found it was hard to think of many disadvantages, so decided to do some comparing to other ways of packaging juice. These could be using a water bottle, bigger jugs of juice, powdered juice, frozen concentrate….
Can you add to our lists?
Grade 4′s have been talking a great deal about Waste and Our World. Today we decided to take a look at our lunches and think about packaging. Since 13/22 of us brought a juice box today, we talked a bit about the advantage of juice box packaging. The list we came up with was
Safe to drink – no bacteria
Can take them everywhere, like camping
Doesn’t take up much room:
student – more stuff in my lunch
teacher – doesn’t spill easily
parents – more space in the pantry
environment-not wasting juice
store – can display more and sell more
factory – lighter and can fit more in the truck, and they can sell more
Can anyone else add to our list?
Being a member of the Grade 4 class (whether teacher or student) comes with added privileges and responsibilities. 4H is excited about leading the first student led Millgrove Milemaker Assembly this week. We decided to create plays focusing on our October Milemaker theme of Friendship. After discussing some of the problems faced by friends on the school playground, each group designed a play aimed at providing younger students with positive strategies to use at recess.
Three of the plays will be performed on Friday at the school Assembly, as well as our song “Always Friends”. Please come join us on Friday, October 28 in the school gym to see the results! We’d love to hear what you think!
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