Habitat for our Compost Worms 

This weekend Shubenacadie wildlife park gave me some compost worms for our classroom Habitat studies. While we have been taking care of them this week, we decided it was time to improve their Habitat. Students found a suitable container, created holes for air circulation, found and added appropriate bedding, made sure the bedding was damp, and researched appropriate food and then added it to the environment. 

Our Instruments 2017 

VF-S and MD compiled some pictures and video of the Instruments their classmates made last month. They used I-Movie to create a video of the compilation. We were very engaged and loved learning about everyone’s process at home making them and how you can change the volume and pitch on different kinds of  instruments . Please see the video below. 

An oldie but a goodie 

Came across this video that SM and SC created to complement their learning of the continents of the World during second term. Due to work to rule and lack of posting on our website and Twitter, it got lost in the shuffle. I am so glad that I came across it. They created models of the earth using balloons and foam balls. Then they sang this little tune in front of a green screen. Then DoInks Greenscreen App was used to add a background. ​

Maker Innovation Creation Exploration (M.I.C.E.) Station 

This month the students have begun to explore nonconsumable tools in our maker creation station. We have begun with open exploration, with individual students and groups of students making connections to curricular concepts. Please see below some pictures of the student’s exploration. 

Students will be given a Guided Maker activity soon, where they will use our M.I.C.E. station’s consumable tools to create a sound proof device relating to Our sound unit.

Thank you to all parents/guardians who have contributed consumable and nonconsumable maker items to our M.I.C.E station. We appreciate it very much. 

Goatworks African Drumming 

This month students were able to engage in an interactive, engaging workshop entitled “Spirit of West Africa” presented by The Goatworks African Drums. Students learned about the history, construction and proper sounds of the drums. They learned traditional African rhythms and their relevance. 

Everest Program 

This afternoon students in our grade four classes participated in the Everest Program.

Run by students at Dalhousie Medical School since 2002, the goal is to educate elementary school kids about healthy living.

Armed with pamphlets, games, information, and prizes, the Dalhousie students spent two hours in the classroom teaching Grade 4 students about the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity.

Through interactive activities the Students learned about:

  • the three types of physical activities and their benefits to their bodies
  • Using Canada’s Food Guide and products nutritional labels to help guide nutritious food choices
  • the effects of  smoking on the body
  • How to take their pulse and learned how to use a let stethoscope to listen to their own heartbeat
  • How to Prevent sunburn

Below are some pics from our afternoon.

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Musical Instruments 

Students have begun to present their homemade musical instruments. I absolutely love this project and am excited each day to watch them enthusiastically and proudly present their creation. Here are videos of them playing songs or tunes on them during their presentations. I am downloading their pics and videos to a file that I am sharing with them individually through Google Docs. This will allow you to access the pics at home as well. 

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