Saturday, September 27, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

TVO - Museum Diaries - DNA Dissected

Thanks to Mrs. Marentette for sharing.  We have extracted DNA from bananas before and so it was interesting watching the group of children extracting DNA from strawberries.  We will watch this together in class.

Flying Steps & Bach

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jackson Pollock

Monday, September 22, 2014

United Nations Climate Summit

On Tuesday, September 23rd, more than 120 world leaders will convene for the United Nations Climate Summit.  A new global climate treaty is expected to be created by the end of 2015.

Thousands joined marches held around the world on Sunday, September 21st., in a lead-up to the UN summit which will take place in New York.  More than 3,000 activists demonstrated at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, "against what they say is the government's indifference to environmental matters." (Toronto Star)  The event was part of the People's Climate March, which took place in various cities around the globe.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Dragon Tree

Open the above link and explore the Top 10 New Species for 2014.  Out of the ten species that were chosen which one do you find the most interesting?  Explain why.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Where in The World - due Fri., Sept. 19th


Thanks to Noah who presented us with a riddle which opened up all kinds of questions.  I have included an article and video above which may clarify some of the information which students were sharing - especially Lucas who seemed to have a lot of background knowledge.
What kind of character traits do you think an individual would possess who explores The North Pole?  Post your response.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish



1.  Watch the book trailer for The Fourteenth Goldfish.  
2.  Read the articles on animal regeneration and watch the video about the 'immortal jellyfish' (Turritopsis nutricula or Turritopsis dohrnii).
3.  How do the articles and the video connect to the book?  Use details from the book, articles, and video - in your response.  

To assist you - Open the link below and watch the lesson on writing a response using evidence from the text -

Sunday, September 7, 2014




Watch the video and open the links above and explore....Are you a super taster?.....dogbreeding and more!


From the BBC’s Life series, two weedy seadragons dance into the night
Living off the coast of south Australia, weedy seadragons (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) are the only known species along with sea horses and pipefish – where the male carries the eggs. Although the eggs start out in the female, she lays about 120 of them onto the tail of the male where they are then fertilized and develop until they hatch. 
Feeding on plankton, larval fishes and small shrimp-like crustaceans, seadragons resemble swaying seaweed making them difficult to find in their natural habitats, even though they can grow to about 46 cm in length.

What characteristics do you observe in the weedy seadragon and the komodo dragon that you observe in dragons? Post your answers.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Genetics for Students



Open the above links and learn more about genetics.  Post five things you learned and found interesting.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Dear Students,
Junior suggestions include:
- two 1.5" binders - one is for french (no zippers please) 
- a package of 8 dividers or you may make your own
- a package of lined paper (to be kept at home or in your locker and refilled as needed)
- calculator (for basic operations)
- a protractor
- highlighters
- post-it stickers (Dollar Store)
- a 2-5 GB memory key for saving work on the computer would be an asset, but is not necessary

Note - Please try and have supplies by Monday, Sept. 8th.  I will supply pencils, erasers, rulers, pencil crayons, and glue, but if you prefer to use your own supplies that is fine as well. 
Students are always encouraged to have reading material at their desk.  This routine will begin on the first day of school!  Reading material may be brought from home or borrowed from the classroom library.  As well, students will visit the school library weekly and may take books out throughout the school year.
 Please note you will be assigned a
locker on the first day. 

Thank you!

Monday, September 1, 2014