Inquiry-Based Learning**

The students have just started a personal inquiry related the human body. They are encouraged to be curious, research, read, experiment (this should start next week) and share. I am really enjoying this so far as everyone is working on something of their choice. You could have heard a pin drop this afternoon in class. It was an amazing experience.

If you would like to access some of the notes I will be taking during our sharing sessions, please ask your child to show you the group discussion I just created on Showbie.

One of my favourite resources, despite being in English, is Wonderopolis. As I was exploring the site a bit more this evening, I came across their Wonder Jar. This could be a great way to generate discussions at home as well. Let me know if you try it with your child. I would love to have your input!

Have a great evening,

Annie

**Inquiry-based learning => learning by doing

 

Needed Materials

Dear Parents,

Division 10 and Division 7 students (Ms. Anema’s class) will be working together on Friday. We are looking to gather some material for that day. I’ve already found quite a bit of supplies in my junk bins┬ábut I was wondering if you could help me collect the remaining items.

Here’s a Google Doc I created (click here). Please add your child’s name directly in the document if you can help us. Google Docs save automatically so you don’t need to worry about saving what you wrote.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Annie

Gardening

Before leaving for Spring Break, we planted potato seeds. This means that over the course of the next few months, and from the comfort of our classroom, we will be observing the transformation that will take place with these potato seeds. 

This experience wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Spuds in Tubs program. 

Stay tuned!

Materials Needed

Good evening parents,

I am looking for the following material so that we can experiment with simple machines. If you happen to have any of these items at home, please send them to school.

  • Wooden or plastic spools, like those found for thread or ribbon (with a hole through the center)
  • Carabiners – these do not have to be climbing carabiners. Simple and cheap carabiners will work as well.hine

Thank you for your support,

Annie

Science – Using Databases

Yesterday in class I presented World Book Science Power, a database paid by our school board.

I’ve asked everyone to visit Webcat last night so I hope your child was able to do this. If this hasn’t been done yet, here’s what you will need to do:

1) Visit Webcat.

2) Select the Databases tab.

3) Click on World Book Science Power.

To access this database, your child will need to log in. All log in info has been shared with the students in class. They should have written it down in their agenda. The same log in info will also work for all of the databases available on Webcat.

One of the biggest challenges for students when searching for information is to find appropriate keywords. When they can’t immediately find what they are looking for, many of them abandon the search or say there is no information available. As a way to support your child at home, you could practice searching for information using the internet. Since┬áthe World Wide Web is immense, it is important that they start online researching by using some of the databases available on Webcat.

Learning to search for information (online or in books, using text features) is an important life skill to master. And the more they practice this, the better they will be at it.

Have a great day!

Annie

P.S. World Book Science Power can only be viewed from a computer. It doesn’t work from an iPad.