An Invitation to Grade 5-6 Students

I still fondly remember the time when I read the Magic School Bus (MSB) series. This series interested me because it didn't just state facts -- it told stories using those facts along with droll humour. Unlike most adult focused books, the MSB series is targeted at younger audiences, as evidenced by the interesting designs and visuals - which definitely attracted me. The author of the series explained many complex things in plain, child-friendly words. He explained these things using real life situations so I could understand how topics were related to the…Read more …

Science: Unit Two Bird Project Reflection

Below is my finished drawing for my bird project. I showed the environment very clearly in this drawing - a tropical rain forest, more specifically the mostly-Brazilian Amazon rainforest - one of the largest in the world. The Amazon Rainforest is a very unique biome - its multiple layers of trees make it a habitable environment for many diverse species. In my bird report, I identified and explained five structural adaptations and three behavioural adaptations specifically suited to the Amazon. I also included an explanation for natural selection for one structural adaptation, and…Read more …

Sciences: Unit One Reflection “Performing Credible Experiments”

When we began this study of the Scientific Process, you all had some initial ideas about it and what it was all about. In just a few sentences, I want you to write what it is that you used to think about the Scientific Process. Take a minute to think back and then write down your response to “ I used to think…”  I used to think that doing an experiment using the Scientific Process was straightforward – make a guess of what will happen, do the experiment, and reflect on whether your…Read more …