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Falling in Love with Sunflowers…

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One of our first tasks this month was to create an art project celebrating the upcoming arrival of fall. Luckily, our good friend Mrs. Walton grows these beautiful sunflowers in her backyard.  She was also kind enough to lend them to us for this project. Thanks Mrs. Walton!

We poked and prodded them, coaxed the odd bug out of them, and finally decided on a plan of attack for sketching an outline of them.  On Monday, we’ll add a layer of oil pastel to our pieces and post the resulting works of art here!  Stay tuned!

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Simple Machines Make Your Butter Better

It turns out… we love butter.  We also think this simple machine is fascinating.

Inside the gear box, we have 36 cogs on one gear and 12 cogs on the other.  This means that for every one turn of the handle, the paddles in the jug turn 3 times   (36 divided by 12 = 3).  That’s great bang for your buck!  We get a ton of work done with very little effort.

 

Gears of the Churn

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Friends of the Fossils

Today, we had a couple of very special guests.  Chris and Melissa Robak came in to teach us a bit about fossils — it was fantastic. We’re learning about fossils in our Social Studies unit about Alberta’s Fossil Heritage – so this presentation was just perfect!

Alberta is the only place in the world where you can find an organic PRECIOUS gemstone.  Ammolite.  We saw a huge ammolite fossil. (worth about $9000)

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Megaladon tooth.

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This trilobite is so old it doesn’t have any eyes.

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Fossilized choral from what is now the middle of the Sahara Desert.

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Semi-fossilized whale vertebrae.

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Fossils embedded in a rock from the Ponoka area.

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Pass the Halelite. (Rock Salt)

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What a terrific opportunity to learn more about this super-interesting topic from a couple of real experts.  Thanks again, Chris and Melissa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snow Man Show Down

Oh, what a beautiful day.  7 degrees C. Sun shining. Kids laughing. Tons of exercise.

There was a whole lot of huffing and puffing involved in getting these snow people built. The snow was perfect – wet and sticky.  But these qualities also make it super heavy. We persevered and an army of snow men and women (and even one snow-alien) are now standing at the far end of the school playground.  Way to go, 4Wo! IMG_4558IMG_4580IMG_4579IMG_4567IMG_4560IMG_4570IMG_4563IMG_4572IMG_4559IMG_4569IMG_4576IMG_4573IMG_4566IMG_4578IMG_4581

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Some stuff we’ve been up to…

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This happened on Tuesday.   One day of the week we have gym either outside or in our classroom.  Yoga is a great way to test our flexibility and try challenging poses.  Namaste.

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This is a while back — but I snapped a few pictures, so I thought I’d share. Our red wrigglers have been working overtime, munching away on fruit and veggie scraps from our lunches.

We don’t have enough worms to feed them everyday, but we try to feed them every couple of weeks.  No mess, no smell and a great way to discover how worms, bacteria and fungi help us to get rid of natural waste.

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We also have reading buddies with Mr. Webb’s grade twos every week.  We make terrific role models for good reading behaviors and get to work on our reading fluency as the same time.