Friday, 30 May 2014

Tomatosphere Exploration!

Guess what....?! Our grade 3s are taking part in an amazing tomato experiment!

We have 2 mystery packages that contain tomato seeds: one package of seeds are regular tomato seeds and the other package spent 22 months in space on board the International Space Station.

The seeds went to space on July 8th, 2011 and returned back to Earth on May 15th, 2013 by Commander Chris Hadfield.

We will be planting our seeds and finding out if space has an impact on the way that tomato seeds grow. We are so happy to be a part of the Tomatosphere project! 

We will keep you posted on our findings...

Here is an introduction video that helped us explore some questions we had about the Tomatosphere project:

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

What's 'soil' cool about soil?

This afternoon we went on a walk to collect different types of soils found around our school.

We got our hands dirty in some soil. We made sure not to dig out the grass and other natural plants in the environment!

Take a look at us collecting our samples:

After collecting our soil samples, we came back to class to discuss our next task.

We began exploring soil and discovered that our collected soil looked a bit different than the topsoil we have in our class.

Our soil samples were much lighter in colour and seemed a lot more dry.

We began our experiment of separating soil and analyzing soil particles.

Take a look at what we did:

After shaking the soil around we recorded our observations:

Now we will let them rest and see what happens to the various soil particles. Will we be able to see the difference in soil particles? We will let you know...

Here are the jars after they have sat for 24 hours. We have noticed that the soil has separated into three layers. The bottom layer is sand, the middle layer is clay and the top layer is silt! 

We are going to return our soil to nature now that we are done with our experiments. 

Monday, 12 May 2014

Red Wiggler Worms do Fantastic Work!

As we continue through our plants and soils science unit we have decided to explore composting. The students used the iPads to research about how we could make a compost in our classroom. They came up with so many ideas. Our "red wiggler" worms have been ordered and we are going to be starting our compost bins soon!  

Check out the ideas that the students came up with:

Stay tuned for updates on our compost bin!

Friday, 2 May 2014

Canada, how beautiful you are!

As a conclusion to our urban and rural communities unit, students worked on a project that combined their new knowledge of persuasive and descriptive writing, research skills and knowledge of urban and rural communities. The project was called "Convince me to Love your City." Students had to write a piece that convinced someone to move to their city. Students discussed several aspects of their city in their writing.

The next part of their project was to create a piece of art using pastels. Students had to incorporate information that they had learned about their city. 

Plants, how could we live without you?!

Thus week we began our science unit about plants and soil. Today, students were given a picture.

Students had to look at the picture and examine it. They then had to list all of the different ways that plants were used. Many students came up with ideas that we're not included in the picture!