It has been an eventful start to our year in Division 6. Here’s a small snapshot of what we’ve been exploring and learning so far this term.
In our writing we’ve been focusing on expanding our sentences using descriptive and figurative language. In reading we’ve started the novel, Song for a Whale written by Lynne Kelly. Students have been making predictions, connections and using text evidence to support their thinking.
This term in science we’re exploring the sun, moon and stars.
Students first explored the earth’s rotation and considered how fast the earth spins.
Next students discovered why our ancestors divided our day into hours and considered how they told time in the past. We made our own sun dials and we used flashlights to demonstrate how position of the light affects time shown on the clock.
We patiently waited for a sunny day to take our learning outside to test out if our sun dials actually worked. Students oriented their clocks to face North and checked the time with great success!
Div. 6 then learned about seasonal changes with the sun’s path and shadow length. Student’s played detective when looking at different photos finding clues to indicate what season they were taken in.
Finally student’s explored the concept of the earth’s orbit when considering seasonal changes in constellations. We each made a Universe-in-a-box to visualize how each year the Earth completes an orbit around the sun and to explain why we can only see certain constellations depending on the time of year.
We will continue to learn more about the phases of the moon and effect on tides in the upcoming weeks culminating with our walking field trip to SFU. Students will have the opportunity to participate in an astronomy workshop and tour of the observatory.
Div.6 had a great time decorating our class for spooky season and enjoyed some fun Halloween games. We were so fortunate to have a classmate share a presentation about Diwali and learn more about the Festival of Lights. Additionally we spent some time learning about Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos).
Div. 6 students also showed their creativity with self-portraits expressing their identities.
This week as we observe, learn and reflect on Indigenous Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day, Div.6 students have shown great leadership in our school community by leading the collection of poppy donations from the other classes at UHE.
In the next few weeks students will be diving deeper into their first inquiry of the year, starting their Historical Inquiry Project (HIP).
We are excited to continue to share our learning with you all!