Tuesday, December 22, 2015

SpaceX Makes History

Explain how SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket made history regarding space travel?

Friday, December 18, 2015


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Remember when......

Merry Christmas (War is Over)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

I just received this email from one of the teachers in our OOEL Walking Party.  His school is in Chennai, India.  Remember them in your prayers this weekend.

Dear all.

Thanks for your message.  Chennai is a real mess right now.  Here is a current article in the NY Times. http://goo.gl/XaxAxT

I am not sure if this is getting much media attention outside of India.  I guess the NY Times is a start.  We have been without power since Tuesday night.  It's pouring rain as I speak, something we don't need.  The school has been closed and we do not know what the status is for next week and beyond.  Many of the school workers (cleaning staff, cafeteria, etc.) have lost their houses.  We tried a virtual learning day, but I am not sure how successful that was.  Time will tell when we get back to school.  Our house is dry, and we are more fortunate than most people.

Take care and thanks for thinking of us.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Happy Joy Day!
Watch the two videos below.  Tell me three messages in the first video. (Post your response).
Listen and sing along to the song.  People are holding up messages during the song.  Record three of the messages? Find out what they mean. (Post your response.)
When you and your team are done see me for Part 2 of your Joy Day Scavenger Hunt.
Remember to watch out for Scrooge!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

OOEL - Listening to Neighbours' Stories

Open the above link and listen to Paul Salopek's advice about conducting interviews.  Also, take the time to read some of the interviews other students have posted on the Out of Eden Learn site.  You may want to try uploading an audiofile.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Why do planets appear to be round?

Thanks to Anderson for such an interesting presentation today.  Here is some more information about your main question.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Health & Nutrition

1.  Click on the above picture and answer the questions on eating etiquette throughout the world.  How did you do?
2.  Simon's Daily Deal - Food Groups Game
Click on the above link and test your knowledge of food groups and servings.
3.  Click on the chart below for a link to The Canada Food Guide

4.  How much sugar are you really eating?
Click on the above questions and watch the video.  What is the gist of the video?
5.  Would you eat lab grown meat?
Click on the above question.  How is lab grown meat made and do you think it is a good idea? Explain.
6.  Nutrition Labelling - Canada
Open the above link and learn how to read the nutrition labels on your food.
7.  Food Labelling Game
8. Final Quiz - How nutrition savvy are you?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sonic Magic: The World of Sound

We will be watching the above video in class.

Tell me 5 of the most interesting things you learned while watching this video.

D-Day Dodgers - Canadian History

I was reading an interesting Toronto Star editorial from Wednesday's paper about how we should remember and celebrate the remaining World War Two heroes (average age of 91) by "recalling a song they loved".  While reading the editorial I was reminded of an old song my grandfather enjoyed, "Lili Marlene".  The editorial also mentioned how popular the song "Lili Marlene" was and how it was a "universal soldiers' song".  Apparently, the song because it was so popular and well known was also used as a tune for soldiers (known as the D-Day Dodgers), who created their own lyrics.  I wasn't aware of the D-Day Dodgers and the connection to Canadian soldiers and I found the editorial very interesting so I proceeded to research and found an interesting video clip. (See above.)
Below is a link to the editorial from the Toronto Star, which further explains why they came up with the new version of the familiar, well loved soldiers' song, "Lili Marlene".


Monday, November 9, 2015

In Flanders Fields - 100th Anniversary

Remembrance Day

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015


This looks like a really interesting series. Watch the video clip and check out the overview on National Geographic Channel.  Has anyone seen any of the programs and if so what did you think?

Interactive Activities for Structures and Mechanisms (gr. 5)



Open and explore the above links.  Post three interesting things you learned from each game.
You may use point form.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Where in the world.... - due Fri., Nov. 6th

Watch the above video and explore the link.
Science Activities
This flight simulation reacts to your choices regarding the elevator, ailerons, throttle and rudder.
Click on the HELP button for an explanation of each control.  Now, can you fly this plane?
Choose the setting and type of aircraft. Then choose the best wing speed and angle to make your
airplane fly.
Experiment with the forces of flight and design an airplane that flies faster and higher.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Interactive Hallowe'en Games

A variety of interactive Hallowe'en games
Lots of games and activities from PBS Kids
Disney Hallowe'en activities
Spelloween - Practice your spelling by identifying correctly and incorrectly spelled

Dia de los Muertos

Open the above link and explore this Mexican holiday.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

ATTENTION All Jedi Masters....

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My Little Monsters - 2014/15

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ladder of Feedback Protocol

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It ain't over till it's over!
                                                                 Yogi Berra


Monday, October 12, 2015

Out of Eden Learn - Posting A Comment

The above link has suggestions for making meaningful post responses.  Which ones do you like?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

OOEL - Footstep #2

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Out of Eden Learn Activity

When you visit your Out of Eden Learn page today you may notice that students from our walking party have responded to your post. It is your turn to do the same. Follow the instructions above. When you are done read the article "Sole Brothers" (above link).  Tell me 3 things you thought of when reading the article (post your response).

Where in the world.....due Fri., Oct. 2nd


I thought this would be an interesting Where In The World (WITW) assignment to begin the year with as it is located close to Burlington. I also thought this structure might be interesting for those of you who are budding artists and design students. Some of you may not know that Toronto has a university (OCAD - Ontario College of Art and Design) where you may choose to explore your creative talents when you graduate high school. You are to focus on The Sharp Centre for Design while researching.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Setting Off Message from Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Get ready to post your messages today!  We will do A Circle of Viewpoints activity prior to posting your message. Afterwards have a peer proofread your entry and then post.

What is the message?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Team Wild

Team WILD, an elite squadron of science superheroes, needs your help! Your mission: protect and conserve the planet’s species and habitats from destruction.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Out of Eden Learn - Walking Party

Let the journey begin!
Exciting news...Our class has been assigned to a walking party.  We will be joining classes from:

Saudi Arabia
United States

Monday, September 14, 2015

Reading Challenge

Open the above link and explore this challenge. Let me know if you are interested in participating.

Get Inspired!

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We are on Footstep 1: Setting Off of our adventure.
Open the first link and watch a short video in which Paul Salopek explains why he is taking a seven-year walk around the world.
The second link is a Dialogue Toolkit which assists you in your responses to posts.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Who are you?
Where are you coming from?
Where are you going?

"These three questions are a feature of the milestones that help string together Paul Salopek's steps around the world: he poses them to the nearest human being he encounters each time he progresses one hundred miles (160km)."
Paul Salopek began his epic journey around the world on foot in 2013.  He began his journey in Ethiopia and will complete his journey at the southern tip of South America some time in 2020.
We are going to join in with thousands of school children across the world and follow Paul's journey in real time.  Our class will be participating in "walking parties" made up of approximately 6 different classes from around the world. We will interact with one another, complete activities, and share work on an "exciting digital platform."
"So sit awhile at the campfire, and warm your hands."

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Math Messages

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Saturday, July 4, 2015


Friday, June 26, 2015

Mock Trial

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wallwisher - Post an end of the school year message!

Open the above link and post a message on the wall.

Habitat For Humanity Visit

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Monday, June 8, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

EL DEAFO (Newbery Honor Book 2015) - BOOK TRAILER

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Open the above links and explore.

"With a commitment of $50 million over three years, Google is partnering with
MIT Media Lab, Chelsea Clinton, Mindy Kaling, CodecademyKhan Academy, the Girl Scouts, and other organizations to extend the program into schools and communities. Read more about the initiative here, and learn more about why coding is a big deal."
                                                                             The Kids Should See This website
1. Watch the above Erica Kochi video.  How is Kochi using computer code to make the world a better place?  
2. Open - "Why coding is a big deal" - Do you agree? Post your response.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The first 21 days of a bee’s life, a time lapse in 64 seconds

Open the above link and watch the video.
Earlier in the year you wrote opinion pieces on bees and the use of neonicotinoids. I hope some of you are continuing to research and get updated information on the "plight of the bee".  Photographer Anand Varma worked with National Geographic and The University of California Davis' Bee Lab to raise bees in his backyard.  He created this interesting time lapse video which shows the first 21 days in the life of a bee.

Monday, May 18, 2015


How does this video connect to what you already know about the properties of air and

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Happy Mother's Day MOM!

Mock Trial

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Congratulations Katie!

Being in a Gifted Class: What Makes It Great!

Engineering & Design Activity Challenge

Your Task:
In your group -
1.  Design a boat that propels forward in water without being pushed or pulled.  (Your boat must travel a minimum of 20 cm.)  Make sure you label your design and include an explanation. (Point form is fine!)
2.  Do some research to see if your idea is plausible.
3.  Stick with your original idea/modify/or completely change your design.
4.  Assemble all materials and test your design.
Note:  Keep track of all your thoughts and ideas as you prepare your final design. I like to see your thinking! (Diagrams/pictures/words...)

Design Squad
Engineering For Kids
The Tech - Museum of Innovation

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Where in the World?

Eggstravaganza Presentations

Electricity - by Xavier & Noah

Digital/Photo Scavenger Hunt - Tuesday, May 5th 10:00 to 10:40

Don't forget to bring in your camera, iPad, or smartphone for our Photo Scavenger Hunt on Tuesday. The goals for this scavenger hunt are: to be active, think, and have fun!

"I myself truly believe that when used well, photo scavenger hunts can be an engaging way to get students out of their seats while providing opportunities for higher-order thinking."       
                                                     Richard Byrne - Edublogs

Something with parallel lines.                      Something that symbolizes peace.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New Mystery Skype - 2:15 on Monday

We have another Mystery Skype Monday at 2:15.  Lucas and Kieran - Please bring your large maps!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

100 Must-Reads for Ages 9-14

Open the above link and check out the list of top 100 books for 9-14 year olds.  Are there any books you think are missing from this list?  If you could add a book/books to this top 100 list what book/books would you add?

What is a moratorium?

Read the above article from the Ontario Beekeepers Association (OBA).  Tell me what a moratorium is in your own words.  Do you agree with having a moratorium on the use of neonicotinoids?  Justify your opinion.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Opening Statements - Mock Trial

Where In The World...due Fri., April 17th

Watch the above video.  Our Where In The World this week ties in with our Social Justice activity. In terms of a focus for location you should focus on the Canaan Orphanage (in Swaziland).  In terms of your research - focus on what is being done to support the orphanage.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Social Justice and The Egg Farmers of Canada

Open the above link and read the article.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Interactive Engineering & Electricity Activities

Resistance - An Electrifying Adventure
In this activity you will pretend that you’re setting up for a great concert and you need to make sure that your guitar can be heard all across the stadium. How can you be sure that when you plug your amplifier into the outlet power will flow through and make your sound loud enough for everyone to hear? What is power anyways? How does electricity work?
Electrical Concepts
http://www.wonderville.ca/asset/SEelectrical concepts  
Learn more about: voltage, current, resistance, & power. Once you are done reviewing - play the game below: Energy Meter Madness
In this activity you will learn about the various elements of a transmission system or a concept that an electrical engineer would consider when planning a power system. Select the right pieces, throw the switch and watch your city light up with its electric power systems. But watch out you only have a little bit of time to restore power to the city.
Design a Cell Phone
In this activity you will help engineering director Elena design and manufacture a cell phone to help senior citizens get the most out of new technology!

Health - Nutrition Game

Do you eat nutritiously?  Open the above link and explore all the key ingredients for a healthy, balanced meal.  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Special Message to Eileen - From the class

Happy Easter - I hope you are up and dancing in no time!  Mrs. O'Hara
I hope your foot starts to feel better! -Kiwi
Happy Easter! I hope you're feeling better for the Easter festivities, like eating COOKIES! -Jaime
Happy Easter! Get well soon! :) -Sara
Happy Easter! Hope you'll be up and running soon!:) Noah
Have a good Easter Eileenio! I bet that you will get oodles of eggs (and maybe cookies in eggs). :D GET WELL NOW! ~Arabella c:
Those boots were very pretty and sparkly... but they aren't good for running. :( I hope you have (Or had - depends on when you're reading this) a great Easter. I also hope your foot feels better. And you don't have to get around in a wheelchair. - Natalie 
Happy Easter and get well soon-Sorry that you hurt your foot. I hope you get lots of cookies to make up for it. -Sarah Jessica
Happy Easter! I hope that your foot won't ruin your Easter... ~Jacob
Happy Easter! Get well soon! -Lucas
I hope your foot gets better and doesn't get in the way of having a good Easter or eating cookies! - Andra
Happy Easter! I hope your foot is better, and doesn't get in your way of eating cookies :3 -David
Happy Easter Eileen, hope you get better  :) -Ronan
Have a happy Easter! Hope you feel better :) - Daniel

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mystery Skype with....Ireland

Great job today with Mystery Skype.  I hope you had fun and learned along the way!  Open up the above link to their school website and continue to explore Burncourt NS in Ireland.  It is interesting to see that they have some of the same links as we do: 
Mangahigh, nrich, Go Noodle etc..
What did you enjoy the most about participating in Mystery Skype?  Post your response.

Lucas's Response:
(To the right: a map of where - Cahir (town), Tipperary (county), Ireland is located)

The thing I enjoyed most about Mystery Skype was learning things about Ireland I never knew about. A few of their answers were interesting, such as when we asked them What language(s) do you speak, they answered Quegla but I’m pretty sure they said Gaelic, but in an accent. Also I was looking for a picture of where Cahir is, and found out that Gaa isn’t a sport. It actually stands for Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Another thing I liked about Skyping Ireland, is that they are mostly Catholic. I never actually knew about which religion Ireland was mostly until now. I also enjoyed being a mapper. -Lucas

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mystery Skype - tomorrow at 9:15

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Mystery Skype

We will participating in Mystery Skype later this week. Work with a partner and come up with 10 BEST questions to assist us in figuring out where our Mystery Skype school is located. Prepare your questions on Google Docs. Do not post until I give you the signal. We will analyze which questions are best and why?