River Rangers: Field Study
The Sackville River Association volunteers brought us on a Field Study to the Sackville River! There we got to examine plants, test the pH level of the river and search for invertebrates! It was a lot of fun applying what we have been learning in the classroom in a real habitat!
River Rangers: Lesson #4
The Sackville River Association volunteers taught us about human and natural impacts on watersheds. In the experiment you see below we are measuring the pH level of the lake (container of water) after a heavy acid rain storm (vinegar added to the water). In order to help restore the pH to a healthy level we remediated by adding linestone (baking soda) to the lake. Measuring pH level is a skill students will use on our Field Study trip next week to the Sackville River.
River Ranger: Lesson #3
During our visit from the Sackville River Association we learned about the Atlantic Salmon's habitat. Did you know that salmon adapt to live in both fresh water (like the Sackville River) and salt water (like the Atlantic Ocean)? We did experiments to see how fresh water and salt water effect potatoes, eggs and gummy bears. Then we concluded that salmon must adapt once they enter the ocean and again when they return to the river in order to survive.
River Ranger: Lesson #2
The volunteers from the Sackville River Association were back this week to teach us about watersheds. Not only did we learn about ALL the habitats that are within a watershed, but we also learned about the weather (melting in the spring and rain storms) that affect a watershed. Then we got a chance to build our own watershed and see for ourselves how rain water travels towards the ocean in a watershed, creating streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and waterfalls along the way. What fun!
River Rangers: Lesson #1
In our first River Rangers lesson with the Sackville River Association volunteers, we learned that there are two ways to study science and the salmon habitat: (1) through scientific ecological knowledge and (2) through traditional Mi'kmaq ecological knowledge. We braided yarn to remind us how the Mi'kmaq use their whole being to study a habitat; their mind (white), spirit (yellow), heart (red) and body (black).
Anti-Bullying (Pink Shirt) Day!
Check out all of that pink at Sycamore Lane on our 2017 Pink Shirt Day. We have so many Bucket Fillers! We also had some time to gallop around the field with our Caring School's buddy class. The 4/5 Banks' students were amazing leaders the students in 1/2 Kelly.
River Ranger Field Study
On our trip to the Sackville River the students, or should I say scientists, learned about the Sackville watershed habitat and the plants, insects and fish that live there. Below you can see them observing insects and determining what type of insect they are. Thank you to Mrs. A and Dr. A, from the Sackville River Association, for leading us to some great explorations!
Project Webfoot Field Trip
Pictures courtesy Mrs. Parrott from our trip to Shubenacadie Wildlife Park for Project Webfoot. Students learned about many living things in a marsh when they had the chance to do critter dipping. We also got a chance to see some of the wildlife in the park!
Art: Studying Color
After studying Kandinsky's Squares with Concentric Circles, the students began their own exploration of colors. Using pastels and watercolor paint, students created their own artwork learning how to make colors blend together or stand out. Look at the artists below! Very impressive!
Fish Release Trip
The students had a lot of fun at the Fish Ladder as well as releasing our trout fry into the Sackville River!
Solving Word Problems
Mrs. Banks' students are going a great job traveling around the room, finding Just Right problems, and solving them! Should you see the thinking they are doing and the strategies they are using!
Great job everyone!
Great job everyone!
Scientists using magnifying glasses to find all of the fins on their trout (fry) to make labelled diagram for their observations. Do you know how many fins a trout has?
The results of a great discussion from our class meeting today! Thank you 4/5 Banks for being responsible students and helping each other make good choices!
Scientist using magnifying glasses to make labelled diagram of their trout alevin observations.
Trout Egg Observations
Scientist using magnifying glasses to make labelled diagram of their trout egg observations.
The authors in 4/5 Banks are busy publishing on their computers!
Check out some of our editors and authors who were hard at work this afternoon while peer conferencing. The students are doing a great job helping each other improve their writing through revising and editing. We are just about ready for publishing!
The students have been learning about our Federal Government and the upcoming election. Today they participated in the Student Vote, a national program which "provides young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the voting process firsthand and build the habits of informed and engaged citizenship." (http://studentvote.ca/about/)
Library's Green Screen
The library has a new green screen that we will be able to use! Below you will see Tyler demonstrating how it works. Hopefully soon there will be more pictures of us exploring this new technology!