Marie and Vikas joined us yesterday from McMaster University to share their passion for science and engineering. After an engaging presentation, students were challenged to build a strong and stable structure using limited materials. Click here for information on Venture Summer Camps and look for a brochure in your child’s agenda.
The students have learned how to post on their blogs and are now practising writing great comments. I found the following video on Educational Blogging. It was created by a grade 3 class and is full of useful tips. Parents are encouraged to comment as well.
The boys and girls brainstormed words that connect to science. The grade threes are starting a unit about structures and the grade twos are starting a unit about movement. Make your own Wordles at home by clicking here.
On Friday we had our first Mystery Skype video call. Mystery Skype is a connection with another class where the goal is for students to ask questions to determine another school’s location, while answering questions about their own location. For our first call, students started with the knowledge that the location was somewhere in Canada and that questions would be limited to those that have yes or no answers. I have to admit I was a bit nervous and wasn’t sure I had prepared students adequately, but there was only one way to find out. Our map of Canada was on the wall, students had laptops and iPads at the ready, primary atlases were open, cardinal directions had been reviewed as well as the names of the territories and provinces. It was time to jump in and give it try. Overall the call went smoothly and the grade 2’s and 3’s were successful in discovering that Ecole Dieppe is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During the call a few students had the role of recording questions. We will go back and reflect on these next week, as well as discuss what we learned, what went well and how we can do better next time. Ask your child to share his/her thoughts about our first Mystery Skype.