John Caboto: 21st Century Storybook

Grade 1 students created a 21st century storybook in just 10 weeks in their B.A.S.E. Daycare program. Story charting, drawing, colouring, and recording their voices into the Book Creator app were just a few of the tasks they completed. The full story behind their creation is in the Touching B.A.S.E. Fall 2017 newspaper (coming soon).

Below is the storybook for you to enjoy. And don’t forget to find the hidden message! As you read/view the story, every time a word appears with a blue cloud shape around it, write the word in the next blank space in the sentence below:

The ______ is ______ and ______ when ________ work _______ and _______.

Good luck and enjoy!

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Dalkeith: Colour Wheel Illusion

24882990_10100777473289574_1781538413_oAnother take on optical illusions was explored by Dalkeith Elementary’s Budding Scientists to end session 1! Students drew colour wheels on paper, and tested them by poking a hole in the centre and placing them on a pencil, which was supported by a cup. When the wheels were spun extremely quickly on the axis of the pencil, everything blurred together and “tricked our eyes” into thinking the paper was a shade of grey and not in fact six different colours. Who knew our eyes had so many abilities!

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Our Lady of Pompei: Puppet Show

Cycle 1 and 2 students at Our Lady of Pompei put on a puppet show performance at their last class of the session. They used the paper bag puppets, plate puppets, and minion finger puppets they spent the session creating, to act out mini skits. Students channelled their exuberant energy into their newly acquired improvisation skills and the result was incredible. Great thinking on your feet, everyone!

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B.A.S.E. Spotlight: Using a Schoolyard Garden

The St. Monica B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Club has been lucky to have teacher Mr. Eric Rowles be so heavily involved in the schoolyard garden both during class time and after school.

B.A.S.E. Green Clubs love seeing teachers and educators use the gardens as an educational tool beyond the daycare environment. Here are a few thoughts from Mr Eric about his experience in the St. Monica garden.

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Sinclair Laird: Animal Habitats

Learning about different animals’ natural habitats helps us learn about what their needs are and how we can preserve the environment for their homes.
When we look at a tree log, at first it might not look like much, but upon closer inspection, we see that it is an apartment building for bugs and small animals. And then a feeding ground for larger animals.
Once students picked the animal habitats they were going to create, they watched videos about their specific animals and their homes to get inspiration. Using clay and other materials, such as moss and shells, students used what they learned to create a 3D habitat!  Can you guess which animal habitat each student created?
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St. Monica: Fall Salad Fun

Saint Monica Green club students enjoyed a final feast from their schoolyard garden before the cold frost closed it down for the season.

Students enjoyed harvesting the mesclun salad mix, then preparing and washing it in the salad spinner. They loved eating their straight-from-the-soil salad mix with a homemade dressing on top of a cracker. YUM!

And though the garden is mostly closed, not all of the crops have been removed from the garden just yet!

The students are experimenting with a hoop house that will extend the growing season for their chard, spinach, kale and carrots plants. The hoop house is a simple structure that recreates a greenhouse system. The sun helps to heat the area with wind cooling it down. Cold, hardy crops such as kale, chard, carrots, lettuce and spinach enjoy the cooler temperatures.

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Dalkeith: A Shocking Good Time!

23600753_10100767989949264_1914839153_o.jpgBudding Scientists at Dalkeith elementary learned about static electricity this week via three experiments.

The first experiment was drawing parchment paper ghosts and using a balloon that had been rubbed on their hair to conduct static electricity. When they held the balloon at just the correct distance from their ghosts, the static attracted the parchment paper and in turn made the ghosts “dance.”

The second experiment involved using the same balloons, charging them with static electricity, and turning an empty coca cola can on its side. Students used the statically charged balloon to “pull” the can by rolling it across the table following the balloons path.

Static works in a crazy way with salt and pepper. For the last experiment of the day, each student mixed salt and pepper into a pile in front of them on the table. They then statically charged plastic spoons by rubbing them on their shirts, and then brought the spoon close to the salt and pepper pile. Since the pepper is lighter, it leapt from the mixed pile and clung to the spoon while the salt, being heavier, remained on the table.

Discovering static electricity was a shocking good time!

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