It's the start of a new school year and we are so excited! I would like to introduce our Grade 6 class... Mrs. Remy, Alex, Drayden, Marcus, Sharlena, Dene, Landon, Nick, Jasmine and Paige. This is an enthusiastic bunch of learners. Follow us throughout our school year and see what we're up to!
The school day started at 7:30am. That's right 7:30am! We recently started studying the Wonders of Space in both Science and ELA. How lucky are we that the moon was passing Jupiter this beautiful winter morning. Miss Delisle, 8 students, and I braved the above normal temperatures for the month of December and did some planet gazing.
Enjoy the rest of your Friday.
The students have been focused on designing the ultimate paper airplane to explore the effects of air pressure. They had to create an airplane that could complete three tasks: fly more than five meters, perform an arial trick, and hit a target. There were some interesting designs.
They also spent a lot of time testing out their designs...
In math, the students have been working hard at their factoring skills. This week they challenged themselves to factor all numbers under 100. It was a group effort, but they were successful!
For extra practice on factoring skills, this game is an awesome download for any Apple or Android device.
This week the students participated in the L.I.V.E. Arts program through the Ministry of Education. They watched a live presentation with the artist Laura St. Pierre. She spoke to the students about how to create a successful Selfie Collage...
Using four images of themselves, students created a collage that focused on balance, repetition, and layering.
What a great end to the week. Every classroom has been collecting cans for the Food Bank, and our class collected the most. We collected over 100 cans in our room alone. The generosity of these students is amazing!
Great work Grade 6 and great work Queen Mary Public School!
Have a great Thanksgiving Long Weekend,
Each science class, we have been studying how the forces of gravity, lift, drag, and thrust effect flight. Today we extended our learning to understand how hotair balloons fly. We worked on an experiment as a whole class. A kitchen garbage bag simulated the envelope of a hot air balloon, and a hair dryer simulated the hot flame...
By combining the information gathered from conducting the experiment and watching an informational video on hotair balloons, the students came to some conclusions...
1. The larger the envelope, the more weight can be carried.
2. The hotter the gas, the higher you will fly.
3. Weather has a huge impact on drag and thrust and is important for directing travel.
Those are the words every math teacher wants to hear. What a great two days we've had in math class. The students are exploring greatest common factors by attacking the Fruit Basket Challenge.
Students were instructed to assemble food baskets for donation. They had to determine how many baskets could be made using the given fruit, so that each basket contained the same number of each kind of fruit. The goal was to make as many identical baskets as possible, with no fruit leftover.
Each group of students chose to work through the problem differently, using different manipulatives. Some used linking cubes to represent the fruit and some used a white board and markers. It didn't matter what path different groups took, they all came to the same answers.
Tomorrow we are going to dig deeper into the problem and our meta-cognitive practices by answering the following questions:
We got creative in Science to day. We dug deeper into our understanding of the principles of flight and applied our knowledge to designing flying objects. Our materials included balloons, straws, cardboard, tape, and string. We began the exploration by blowing up our balloons, letting them go and describing their flight path.
Afterwards students established the criteria for determining the best flight path for their flying objects. They decided the flying balloon object that travelled the straightest path, did not go straight up, or drop straight down would be deemed the most successful.
The students then got to work designing and building their flying objects.
At the end of the exploration, it was determined that the flying object with the best wing design and best wing placement would have the best flight path.
Good work grade 6.
Day 2 is always a good day. We start the day by doing a book exchange in the library. When the students have all the books and magazines they want to read, they find a quiet space to enjoy their selections.
Nothing better than witnessing students so engrossed in their books that they don't look up when the camera clicks!
It's exciting times in science class. We are examining the principles of flight. Ask any grade six and they will tell you that there are four forces that are important in making animals or objects fly (gravity, lift, thrust, and drag).
Today we designed and built wings. Next science class we will take the wings outside to test the lift and drag on each set. We are trying to determine the purpose of long and narrow; long and wide; short and narrow; and short and wide wings.
We're looking forward to testing them out!
It was a great first day of school. It is always such an exciting time meeting all the new students in your class. Today I had the honour of meeting sixteen of my students. It took me most of the day, but I think I have matched names to faces correctly.
We did the usual first day of school activities. We made our introductions, sorted our school supplies, went over classroom expections, and had a photoshoot.
Here are some of our photos...
More pictures to follow when our students have their proper permissions.
UPDATE... Got some permissions!