We are nearing the end of our science unit on habitats and ecosystems, and will finish with a project on habitat preservation. Students are preparing lists of perceived threats in our province (from oil and other large-scale projects to urban sprawl and water pollution), and will build a survey that parents and friends will answer. This will wrap up a few outcomes related to process and information-gathering, as well as pointing out the many viewpoints on resource management and preservation that exist in a community.
The main thing I am looking for is that students are able to explain what they did, and why. I am trying to focus more and more on this element of our math curriculum, since a profound understanding of why will serve them much better than memorizing answers. For that reason, when working on review sheets I would ask parents/guardians to make sure answers are written completely and that the actual question being asked is answered.
A few last notes:
- The schedule for December went home today
- I did my daily tracking check-in on our Scholastic orders, which are being shipped together (Sept. and Nov.). They will be here next week.
- If it has not yet been done, please take a look at the Count Your Blessings link on the Beachy Cove Homepage. This activity should be in full swing now, since we will be wrapping it up on Friday. http://www.beachycove.ca/Beachy_Cove_Elementary_School/Count_your_Blessings.html
- If you are unable to view the videos Mr. Dawe has posted on the school website, try right-clicking them and saving them to your computer. http://www.beachycove.ca/Beachy_Cove_Elementary_School/Videos_%26_Podcasts/Videos_%26_Podcasts.html
This next link deals with food webs, an extension of the activities we have already done on food chains. We created our own large food web together in class last week, so students should be familiar with the idea of Primary Producers, Primary Consumers and Secondary Consumers. Also, remember what direction the arrows point (the same way the energy is moving)!
The final link deals with climates and habitats, and is found on the Canadian Geographic Kids website. It is in French, hooray! There is a game in the bottom right corner, and audio tools as well.
Have a great Wednesday!