This week April 8-12, 2013 is our Brain Awareness Week. We will be having assemblies and events throughout the week to learn more about the brain. In addition to our school wide events, the Grade 4 students will be completing a brain inquiry project about a question of interest to them. We look forward to an exciting week of learning. Be sure to ask your children about how the brain stretches and grows. The video below is from our Mad Science assembly which focussed on magic and how the brain makes connections.
It was a great experience to see our work published into a book which we will keep forever. With the 4H class, we celebrated our book launch by toasting each other and our 'editor' Ms. Rachel Boult. We also enjoyed 'mingling' with one another and talking about what it feels like to be a published author. Our final book respresents so many steps in our learning about animals, their habitats and adaptations and the process of publishing.
Visitors from the Mad Science program wowed us with exciting Science demostrations today during assembly. It was great fun to make predictions and hypothesize about different experiments.
What Science experiments have you tried at home or school?
What surprised you the most at this presentation?
Today in class we learned about the water cycle, evaporation, condensation and precipitation.
See if you can notice when condensation occurs in your home.
Why is this happening?
Have you seen other Bill Nye videos?
On what turned out to be a beautiful day late in November, both Grade 4 classes headed to Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary to discover more about Wetland habitats. The students and parent volunteers engaged in three different activities. The first was a wetland walk where they learned about the plants and animals that live in the Swan Lake wetland. The second activity involved dip netting, observing and identifying living organisms from the lake. Finally the students explored the nature house and learned about local species and their adaptations. Meeting the turtle and the snake was a big highlight for the students.
The students in 4J are each allocated a week in the school year where they are celebrated individually. Students of the week will share special memories and sometimes important items or artwork with the rest of their classmates. As individuals we recognize different virtues that we think represent our students of the week.