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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

 

 

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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!

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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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What happens when you add drops of water onto a penny?

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Did you notice the domelike shape? The water droplets stick together and form a skin on top because of surface tension.

What else can surface tension do? Take a look at how surface tension can really hold water in like a skin or plastic bag.

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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:

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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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4 Terry Celebration & Songkran Water Ceremony

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Dear Parents,

We would love to invite you to participate in a special Thai cultural ceremony on Thursday, April 11. It would be wonderful if one parent from each family can join us so that your child can pay their respect in this special ceremony.

A big thanks to Zai’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Limwatanakul for bringing this special Thai cultural event to our class.

The students in 4 Terry would like to invite you to our class Songkran celebration.

  • Thursday April 11

  • 9.15- 10.25am

  • Room 222

  • Please bring cultural snacks to share

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During our celebration, we will share some of our latest technology creations with you. Afterwards, we’d like to invite parents to participate in a special Thai water ceremony. This will help us all better understand the significance of Songkran to the Thai people.

As a part of the celebration, we would love to share New Year treats from around the world. If your culture celebrates New Year with special treats, please bring them in on Thursday morning to share with the class.

Do you know the significance of Songkran?

Have you ever taken part in a traditional Thai water ceremony?

Leave a comment to share your experiences or what you know about Songkran.

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In 4 Terry, we have lots of wonderings about water. We’ve been busy creating burning questions, synthesizing our ideas and refining our big ideas into smaller questions which are easier to research.

Here are some great websites about water which may help in your research:

Videos

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World Water Day Slideshow

World Water Day Video

Why is Clean Water So Important?

Water Changes Everything Video

Water Use

Using Water

How People Get Water Around the World

Water Use and Cost of Water- Canada

Water Facts and Statistics

Top 5 of Anything

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Water Facts

Water.org Water Facts

National Geographic- Fresh Water

Protected Water Fund- Water Shortage

Water Online.com- 10 Facts About Water

Interesting Water Facts

Water Scarcity Facts

40 Shocking Facts About Water

Water Facts and Figures

Water Crisis

UN Water

UN Water Statistics

Water Statistics

Good luck inquirers! I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve learned!

Leave a comment to let us know what you discovered!

 

 

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