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A big thanks to those of you who could join us for the Grade 4 Science Fair.

Students in 4th grade have come a long way in testing scientific ideas this year and using the scientific process to create experiments. They are now becoming familiar with making clear questions to test, making a hypothesis and writing a clear, easy-to-follow procedure. Creating a fair test (changing one variable at a time) and recording observations and results is also an important part of the process. Finally, students make a conclusion, stating a claim supported with evidence from their investigations.

Take a look at some of our projects:

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What was your favorite part of the Science Fair and independent investigation?

Leave a comment to let us know what you enjoyed.

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Preparing for your Science Fair Presentation

We’ve been busy over the last few weeks preparing for our independent investigations in our Science Water unit. We’ve used the scientific method to research our own questions, testing our ideas, recording our results and making conclusions. Now is the time to present our findings and what better way than a science fair! The students in 4 Terry visited Mrs. Macky’s class yesterday to see what they had discovered and to get some tips from their Grade 4 classmates on how to design a science fair presentation.

Take a look at some of the science fair projects in 4 Macky. A big thanks to all the students of 4 Macky for sharing their projects with us! They were fantastic and we learned a lot!

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Here’s a few guidelines to help you with your project. Make sure you use the rubric to help you showcase your learning in the best way you can. Feel free to use the templates and models below.

Scientific Method outline

Science Fair Display Template


Helper for Writing a Science Fair Display

Water Science Fair Rubric

Good luck!

We’re looking forward to sharing our projects with Mr. Crimi’s class on Monday February 10.

Leave a comment to tell us how you found the project.

Did you have fun testing your own ideas?

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Exploring More About Water

Over the winter break, I’d like you to keep your eyes open and explore more about water. I’d like you to take at least 5 photos of places you see water, or how you see water being used. We’ll then create a visual display back in class when we return from break.

If you’re ready to explore more about water, then check out the special investigation below. There are a number of links and videos that might help you too:

Fun Facts about Water

Water Experiments

Properties of Water









Have fun exploring!

Water Is All Around Us Investigation

Water Special Investigation

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Have you ever wondered what happens to water in space?

Does it look or act differently?

Watch this video and find out!


What do you think makes water act like this?

Leave a comment to explain what you think is happening in the video and why water looks and acts like this in space.

What wonderings do you have about water?

What do you want to find out?

Add your ‘water wondering’ question to your comment to tell us what you’re curious about!

Thanks to Mr. Jessee for sharing this video!

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Mr. Whitman, our Librarian in the ES Hub, has shown us more safe search engines. There are a lot of kid friendly search engines linked on the ES Hub website, and in the links on our class blog.

Check out Kids Click!, Ask for Kids and World Book Kids. 

 Happy searching!

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In 4 Terry, we’re working on inquiring into our own questions.
What’s more fascinating than finding out what you’re really interested in?

There is so much information out there that it can just be mind-boggling. So how can we make it easier to find out the answers to our burning questions? Here are some kid-friendly search engines that make it easier for us. This way, the search engines do the hard work for us and help us filter out all the inappropriate sites. Why don’t you try them out!


Our favorite search engine is Boolify.
Boolify helps us to search by visualizing the process and lets students interact with the ideas behind the search process in a hands-on way.

Check out this video on how to get started with Boolify:


Dib Dab Doo & Dilly Too

Another great search engine is Dib Dab Doo & Dilly Too!
The search engine is based on a Google Custom Search. The content aims to be child friendly.

SquirrelNet is a kids only search engine that has a Google SafeSearch activated within it. From the homepage, you can also access a Google directory of websites which are suitable for children.

Kids Click!
A web search site designed for kids by librarians – with kid-friendly results!

Search Engines for Kids
– and what they search –

Remember, no search engine is entirely 100% safe. Custom search helps to keep out a lot of inappropriate links, but it is definitely not foolproof. Most of the search engines for kids also display ads with some undesirable ones sneaking in.

Information adapted from: Make Use Of: 10 Search Engines for Kids with Safe Browsing

Thanks to Chrissy Hellyer for her help in introducing Safe Search Engines.

Which safe search engine do you find easiest to use?
How does it help you to narrow down your searches?

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Dear Parents,

We would like to invite you to join us to celebrate our growth as scientists and our learning throughout the Water Science unit.


Date: Thursday May 9

Time: 1.10pm- 2pm

Place: Room 222


We’d love to share our ‘Journey as a Scientist’ digital stories and our independent Science investigations with you. We’ll be sharing these with our Grade 4 classmates next Tuesday, but as we’d like more time to share our learning with you, we are arranging a special presentation for parents and special guests next Thursday. We’re sure you’ll enjoy seeing our growth as scientists and our skills in communicating our learning through technology.


We hope to see you there!

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We Are Inquirers!

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In our water inquiry unit, we are weaving together a number of subjects: reading, writing, science and social studies, and embedding technology at the same time.

We started by creating burning questions about water, related to the main theme: ‘Water is Precious’.

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We then synthesized and organized our questions to choose one which we wanted to focus on. After that we refined our questions to create three smaller questions which were easier to research.

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Our next step was to begin our inquiry. We tried out the Cornell research method to help us gather information, synthesize it and paraphrase information using our own words.

Once we’d answered our three smaller questions, we synthesized the information again to find the main idea. We used this as the main message for a water presentation. In partnerships, we created presentations using provocative images and powerful words. We used everything we had already learned about technology tools to create an attention-grabbing presentation.

It was amazing to see how well everyone used their information and created attention grabbing questions and statements to hook their viewers. Take a look for yourself and see what you think:


Was the message in this video clear?

Were the images and words provocative?

Leave a message to let us know what you thought of the video.



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Wow! What an amazing celebration we had today in 4 Terry. Not only were we able to share our great learning, but we had the chance to participate in a beautiful Thai water ceremony to learn the significance of Songkran and pay our respects to our parents and teachers. A big thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Limwatanakul and Zai for a wonderful presentation!

In our learning celebrations, we shared our Water is Precious presentations which showed the main messages we learned in our water inquiry over the last few weeks. We also shared our Influence mash-ups which demonstrated who we are and the influences in our lives.

Here are some of the photos from our celebration:

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Want to know more about Songkran? Here’s a slideshow which fills you in on what the Thai New Year is all about:

Songkran Celebration


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In 4 Terry, we’ve been reviewing our use of images to tell a story. We already know that Compfight is a great source of Creative Commons images which we are able to use if we give the photographer credit.

Now we’re learning to choose provocative images that help us to convey a strong message and hook our viewers.

Here’s a video that I made using provocative images:


What did you think of the ‘Access to Clean Safe Drinking Water’ video?

Were the images provocative?

In what way did the images grab your attention?

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