Monthly Archives: May 2016

Final Stage of Science Fair!

Final Stage of Science Fair!

Tomorrow, students are invited to bring in their project boards once again to work on their projects during class time or during nutrition breaks.  This will be a good chance for students to consult with me and get some feedback about their project or to work with their partner at school to catch up!  Final stage information packages, along with the judging rubric will also be sent home with their duotangs.

Take a look at what will be sent home:

Final Stage:

The First Annual Rousseau Science Fair is almost here and we are in the final stage of putting together our projects. Here are some basic guidelines for you to follow to ensure your success.

Conclusion:
Your final written piece to be included in your science journals or duotangs. It should include a

paragraph stating:

Did your results prove your hypothesis to be correct or incorrect?

If your project worked.….Summarize your work clearly and tie your conclusions directly back to your original question and hypothesis.

If your project didn’t work.…congratulations, you’ve found out what if feels like to be a researcher. Now you have something to write about in your report. What might have gone wrong? Was there an error you could fix for next time? What did you learn?

Real World Application:

An important part of your conclusion will be to write about the real world application of your work. Does your innovation address a highway engineering problem that will result in less asphalt wear and tear? Will your experiment allow plants to be grown with less water? Have you discovered something in your study that you think more people should know about and how will you get this message across, what should be done?

Project Boards:

Time to display all that wonderful information….refer to our school website for project board ideas and inspiration. All project boards must include:

A large visible title…

science fair judges need to be attracted to a clearly visible title in a large font. Step away from your project board and double check that your title can be seen from a distance.

Purpose

Hypothesis

Background Research

Procedure

Observations

Results

Conclusions

Acknowledgements

What are acknowledgements? Anyone to thank for giving you a helping hand? Any research you want to draw attention to that really helped you out? Here’s your chance to write about that. Short sentences please.

Presentation

On the day of the Science Fair, you should be ready to present all of your wonderful work to the judges and any visitors that are interested! To prepare for that, practise answering these questions…

  1. Why did you choose this topic?
  2. Did the results surprise you? Why or why not?
  3. What steps did you follow in your procedure? Did you change any steps? Why or why not?
  4. How can your project be applied to society today?
  5. If you chose to change your project, what would you change? Why?

Judges will also ask specific questions related to your topic and results. Therefore, make sure that you understand your topic and results!

Good luck to all!

Warmer Weather is Upon Us!

Warmer Weather is Upon Us!

Just a quick reminder that as the weather gets warmer so does our classroom. It often feels hotter in our room in the afternoon than it is outside. Students are reminded to bring to school spill resistant water bottles and drink plenty of fluids during the day, and dress in lightweight fabrics to stay cool. We will take many opportunities to learn outside in the shade during many afternoons to try to keep cool. Many students asked if they could bring a blanket/towel or something to sit on outside. This was a great idea and any blankets or towels can be brought to school and stored in student backpacks.

 

Friday, May 20th – Day 1

Friday, May 20th – Day 1

We’ve had a super busy week!

This week, we finished up our math unit on fractions with a review today ordering fractions, comparing mixed numbers with improper fractions as well as finding the lowest common terms.

Here we are ordering fractions with different denominators.  Students discovered in our unit that sometimes changing the improper fraction into a mixed number is the easier way to compare them.  Also, finding the common denominator and drawing a visual of the fraction were strategies used.

Here we are ordering fractions with different denominators. Students discovered in our unit that sometimes changing the improper fraction into a mixed number is the easier way to compare them. Also, finding the common denominator and drawing a visual of the fraction were strategies used.

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Our unit test will be this Tuesday.  Then we will be moving onto fractions as decimals.

Our science units are coming along nicely and the rich discussions happening about our learning have been very impressive!  The grade fours have been relating their learning about habitats and communities to the Fort McMurray Fire, learning about real world events and the habitats loss in this area.  The grade fives have also been relating what impacts on the body, these fires may have.  Any long term health effects?

Science Fair stage three – the “results” portion of our projects are due Tuesday, May 24th.  Here, each student should report in a paragraph, the results of their experiment, study or innovation.  A final look at what happened with their project.  Please refer to the handouts given to each student for further guidance.  Also, please do NOT send in their project boards on Tuesday, only their duo tangs.

They can however, continue to work on their project boards at home.  Please refer to the following images for guidance on how to put together a project board.

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*Next week, there will be one day for students to bring in their project boards if they wish, to receive some feedback and do a little work on them.  Further information on this next week……

Science Fair Update

Science Fair Update

Hello 4/5L Scientists….

Stage Two of The First Annual Science Fair is due this Monday, May 9th, as outlined in the information package (extended timeline)  that went home with students. At this point all you need to hand in is your science journal/ binder/ duotang with your completed written information :

Background Research
(what information have you investigated so far on your topic)

Purpose
(Why have you chosen to complete this experiment, investigation or study)

Hypothesis
(what do you think will be your results)

Materials
(what equipment, tools will you use to complete your experiment/study/investigation)

Procedure
(what steps will you take to execute your experiment / study/ investigation)
We will have a short meeting tomorrow at first break to talk about expectations for stage 2 and information about submitting all of your wonderful information. At this point, I will distribute dustings to those students who need one. We have also been talking in class about student work and it sounds like there are a lot of interesting projects happening. Thank you to all the parents who are guiding their students to follow timelines and pace themselves, so this task does not become too overwhelming.  I realize this is a busy time of year!  However, I believe the benefits of participating in this task will follow your children as they move throughout their school years.

Still not sure how to help your child? Take a look here…..

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_guide_index.shtml

May the 4th Be With You

May the 4th Be With You

Working on fractions in grade 4/5 today. Equivalent fractions were explored as well as proper and improper fractions. We talked and explored how to turn an improper fraction into a mixed number. Our activities with cuisenaire rods allowed us some great learning.

 

If the brown rod is the whole, what is 5/4 this?

If the brown rod is the whole, what is 5/4 this?

If the brown rod is the whole, what is 7/8 ths?

If the brown rod is the whole, what is 7/8 ?

If the purple rod is 2/3 of the whole, what does the whole look like?

If the purple rod is 2/3 of the whole, what does the whole look like?

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Today students asked questions about our science topics – The Human Body (5) Habitats and Communities (4).  They had so many engaging questions such as: What are the parts of the Human Brain?  How do our eyes work?  How do our bodies function while we sleep?  How are we maintaining Habitats in the world?  How are habitats being destroyed?  

All of these questions tie into our overlapping Big Idea:  

We have an impact on Life Systems and are interdependent on each other.

Students watched this video on The Honey Bee:

How Do Bees Make Honey