Friday, 22 April 2016

Earth Day

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, 
nothing is going to get better, it's not"
- The Lorax

Our learners (and educators) absolutely LOVE outdoor learning, we love being outside and enjoying nature. This naturally leads into a love of our Earth. 

Noticing some spring changes.
Observing the trees.

We found this little guy.

This Earth Day we celebrated by representing our beautiful Earth in many different ways. We continued to build our knowledge about garbage, the 3 R's (reduce, reuse and recycle) and ways we can help protect the Earth we love so much. 

We set up two provocations for the students to share their ideas about the Earth.

We asked why they love the Earth:

"I love the Earth because there is people. I love the tree because the tree makes good air. I also love the people because the people clean the Earth. So that's why I love the Earth"- I.L.

"I love all the people." - E.Bu.

"I love the Earth because there are my friends."- E.B

"I love the Earth because I like the trees. Because it has a lovely smell."- L.R.

These beautiful paintings inspired our collaborative art piece. 

Working hard to draw the Earth.

Painting the Earth.

Our learners then created themselves to add to our artwork. Everyone signed a promise that says "we promise to take care of the Earth". We are going to always do our best to take care of and respect our Earth.
Our classroom door shows everyone walking by that we care about the Earth.

Admiring their hard work :)
Happy Earth Day everyone, we hope you all get out and enjoy our beautiful world! Do what you can to protect its beauty.

 "Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can't expect them to help protect and care for it."
- David Suzuki

Monday, 18 April 2016

More Science Experiments

Our scientists have been busy! We have been learning lots and conducting many different experiments. We have been focusing on wondering, observing and sharing their theories during our experiments.
We are working through the scientific method for each experiment we do.
Building our science vocabulary.

Rock Candy Experiment

Our materials/equipment.

Day One.

Scientists were excited when we saw some 'crystals' forming by Day Two.

Our students have so many wonders and theories about what is happening in this experiment.  

Walking Water Experiment

Out equipment/materials 
Step One.
Step Two.
Watching the water move.
Water making its way into the cup.

It turned purple!

Recording their observations of what is happening.
No more water in cups...we wonder where all the water went?

Our scientists have been sharing their theories with us daily.

J.B- Those two paper towels soaked it up the two colours and went into there and it made purple (how?) because and it mixed itself and made purple.

A.A- We took some glasses of water and a paper towel and we put it in the other glass and then after that we left it over night, it was like a shark eating something. It went half way and then the middle of the day it went slowly, like the Earth was moving. And then after that, it's like we left it over night and then it went plop, like a roller coaster! And after that, everyone saw it in the day time. 

A.P- the paper towel is sucking the water up into the cup

Here is a time lapse video of the beginning of our experiment.

Mixing Liquids

We read books about the states of matter and learned there are three: solid, liquid and gas. We focused first on liquids. Our experiments explored different features of liquids. We read that liquids can mix together. We decided to test this out.

Our equipment/materials.
First we put maple syrup and then oil.
Second we added blue water. We wonder why the blue water is under the oil when we poured it last?

The one on the right we mixed all the liquids together. We wonder why it is green when we didn't put any green liquids in.
Observing with our sense of smell.

Ms. Tompkins- Where do you think the green came from?"
A.A- I think it's from the yellow oil and the blue water!
We tested this theory and found out that you can't mix the oil and water together. 
We then mixed the syrup and the blue water and got green (bottle on the right)! 
First: syrup, blue water & oil (mixed); Second: syrup, blue water & oil (not mixed); Third: blue water & oil (mixed); Fourth: syrup and blue water (mixed) 
Recording observations through art.