Over the past couple of days in Science, students have been practicing what it means to be a scientist. They have been exploring the scientific process, experimenting, asking big questions and being creative. We started the process with experimenting on how to make paper airplanes go further. On Thursday, students were given a mysterious substance supposedly found in Mr. H’s backyard. We had a great time experimenting with it and studying it’s properties. Do you remember what properties are? We can find the properties of objects around us by using our 5 senses; what we see, feel, hear, smell and taste. So,
Properties are the things or words we use to describe different objects so we can tell them apart.
We played with and investigated the properties of Oobleck to help us understand what made Oobleck different from other substances like water or play-do. The students had some wonderful properties you discovered as you worked with the Oobleck.
We then held a scientific convention to decide upon some “truths” about Oobleck and come up with a set of laws that were true about Oobleck. We are now in the design phase of the process.
Oobleck, of course, is a real substance. It’s very distinctive property of being both a solid and a liquid has made Scientists curious for a long time. When left alone, Oobleck will act like a liquid. However, when squeezed, hit or pushed on, it will suddenly act like a solid, cracking and breaking under pressure. Scientists still do not know why it does this but they do know that Oobleck is a mixture of 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water.
If you have lots of time and lots of Oobleck, you could do this:
Here is a video showing what Oobleck does when you put it on top of a very loud speaker!!! What do you notice? Would water do this is you did the same thing? Why don’t you try it and find out?
This week is the start of our Bible Memory Verses for Homework. Our two verses are below. We are doing something different this year with the Bible Memory verses. All grades 4-6 will be studying the same verses. We are doing this for a couple of reasons. First of all, it helps families with more than one student in the intermediate to have their children working on the same verse. Secondly, we are working on building a distinctive identity for the intermediate department and this helps us to build unity and a common purpose. I will hear the student’s memory verses on Friday.
You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
I love the fall. The beautiful sun, the cool and refreshing days, the smell of harvest. Lots of things to be thankful for.
I wanted to make you aware of a couple of things. I have added some schedule items on the calendar, including dates for gym, music and library. I have also added the date for our individual photos which unfortunately are on Monday, Sept. 15.
I have also added a new board next to the calendar link for homework. This new page lists all the various pieces of homework we will be doing this year. Please note that we have not started all of them yet but will be gradually adding on pieces as the month goes. If you have any questions about any of those items, please come talk with me.
Speaking of homework, students should have brought home a newsletter regarding the xtramath.org website we are going to be using this year to help students practice their basic facts. Knowing their basic facts is very important in helping students become more confident in their math skills and faster in completing their math work. Students should be working on this page every night. It should only take approx. 5 mins.
Once we get completely ramped up with homework, students should be doing no more than 40 mins of homework a night with some allowance for those things have crop up occasionally.
We had a fabulous week last week, getting to know each other and getting started on all the work we need to do this year! The kids worked hard last week and have started off this week really well.
Just wanted to let you know a couple of things for today.
First of all, I have added the dates our class has music, gym and library to the website/blog calendar. You can find our calendar on the main page by clicking on the Calendar link found just underneath the header picture.
Speaking of gym, students do have gym today. If they are bringing their uniforms from home, please be sure that they have them for today. If you are still in the process of getting your child’s gym uniform, that is fine. We usually give a couple of weeks grace for parents to get all the uniform elements together before we start issuing citations.
Today is going to be a special day for the students. Today is Mrs. Ediger’s first full day with the students. As you may or may not know, one of my other duties is as Head Teacher for the Intermediate Department. One day a week, I work in the admin room with Ms. Evans to help work on programs, events and other matters dealing with the running of the departments. Mrs. Ediger is looking forward to a wonderful day with your children.
It was so wonderful to see all the bright eyes and curious minds walk into the classroom yesterday. I truly believe that this is going to be a year of growth and learning for not only your child, but also for myself!
If you have not had a chance to see the beautiful new interiors of the classroom yet, please stop by. The new look makes the rooms come alive and helps our classroom be a place where curiosity and creativity can thrive!
This blog is going to be an important place for information. I do not typically send home newsletters as the blog is far more convenient and timely. Please make sure you check it out frequently for information about projects, things we are learning, homework, and other important items. There is also lots of great links to sites to expand and continue your child’s learning outside of school. Some of the links are sites we will also be using in school.
One important note that I wanted to share with you is that we have a student this year with a peanut allergy. As we want to be sensitive to the needs of our students, I would like to please ask that you not send food items that contain peanuts.
I am looking forward to great year. If you have any concerns or just want to stop and say hi, please feel free to stop by after school.
As you may notice, things are looking a little wonky here right now. I am updating the site for the new school year and it will take a bit to refresh everything to look nice and tidy again. Looking forward to the new school year!
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; — Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5)
Tomorrow is our last full day at school and we have lots planned. In the morning, students will be cleaning out the room. As you may or may not know, the portables are being completely renovated with new floors, paint colours, a feature wall, etc. So we are going to be doing our annual clean-up with additional twist. Should be lots of fun. To be honest, students end up loving the morning clean-up. In the afternoon, we will be doing our year-end party with a movie and snacks. Students did end up earning their last star. I am asking students to bring snacks tomorrow.
On Friday, we will be having the year-end assembly. We will be handing out trophies for citizenship and academics and viewing a short presentation from each class. After the assembly, students will be released to their class to pick up their report cards and will be dismissed from their shortly after.
So. It looks like it’s going to be a rainy day tomorrow. However, the Cultus Lake Waterslide trip is still on. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail will stop us from going!
The bus will be leaving the school at 9:00am sharp arriving at the park at approx. 9:30, so please make sure you are here a little earlier if you are planning on going on the bus with us. If you are meeting us there, please wait for us at the gate. Do not go in ahead of us as we need to have everybody together to determine what we need to pay for entrance fees.
As it will be a cooler day, please make sure you have warmer clothing and rain gear packed. We’re looking forward to a fun day!
The grade 4 group did great yesterday! Our fun activities included building a wall tent (the students did on their own as a team), as well as learning about the canoe and portaging. The students had a chance to practice portaging in a relay, carrying and rolling barrels, and working as a team and doing a bit of cooperative “skiing”! We enjoyed a snack of dried cranberries, bannock and jerky which the students devoured after all their hard work. Finally we closed with a story, “Jimmy Goes Home”, about a young Sto Lo boy who was traveling with his family from the Interior of British Columbia to Fort Langley to deliver furs to the Hudson Bay Company trading post. We began the unit reading this story and I hope that after our studies the students were able to paint a much richer picture in their mind of the challenges and richness of this time in Canadian history.
A big thanks to Mrs. Krahn for helping out on Thursday afternoon! The extra set of hands and eyes was very appreciated.