Moon and Sun have been exploring our solar system and its powers. This week, we learned all about what happens when the Earth’s orbit and tilt changes. We discussed how this affects our daily lives from weather to farming. Here is a picture Leo drew of the four seasons!
Huron and Ontario have been exploring space. Our Patterns of Space books are slowly filling up with a ton of information and drawings. We are learning about the connection we as people are making with space and what astronaut accomplishments mean for all of us.
We are learning all about fossils this week: what they are, how they are formed, and how they are discovered. Students were asked to research fossils on the internet for homework and say what kind of fossil they were and whether the animal or plant was extinct or not. Sandy posted a photo of this dinosaur fossil found in Wales and Howard posted the following photo of a mammoth fossil found in Russia. For a hands-on activity, made clay using flour, water, salt and food coloring. They then pressed a shell into their mold. We poured plaster in their molds to replicate how sediment can settle in prints made by animals and plants in nature and then turn to rock. When the plaster hardened, the students model fossils were complete.
Severe weather. Living in Taiwan, the students are very familiar with getting ready for one type of severe weather: typhoons. In addition to typhoons, we are learning about staying safe during tornadoes and thunderstorms. We watched videos of how much damage these events can cause and students learned new vocabulary words like thunder, lightning, shock and floods. For their assessment this week, students demonstrated how to prepare for one of these severe weather events through plays. They were each given a disaster and came up with creative conversations for sharing how to keep safe before or during them.
LochNess and Lomond just finished their presentations on sharing with the class what characteristics they have inherited from their parents. We also learned about the various characteristics that makes each animal unique. We followed this by watching a cool documentary on the plant life cycle.
Our lessons this week focused on climate. We are learning how mountains, oceans and latitude affect the climate of surrounding areas. Students used the computer lab to research the climate of different areas in Taiwan: coastal cities, areas to the east and west of mountain ranges, and areas at high elevation. They are putting together a 5 minute presentation to present their findings next week and will see whether their findings reflect what the literature says about climate.
All about seasons
Off to space we go with the Grade 2's
Grade 3 Activities
Grade 4's talking about what to do in severe weather
Grade 6 studying weather maps
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