Let’s Pretend|The Life of Vincent Van Gogh|The Science of Cooking|Cleaning Polluted Water|Changing States|Landforms 

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Let’s Pretend

The Junior Kindergarten students have been learning about stories in their ‘Let’s pretend!’ unit. Their primary focus has been fairy tales and they have been learning songs about Kings and Queens, the three little pigs and ‘Frozen’. The pictures show the students practising for their performance of the ‘King is in the castle’. 

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The Life of Vincent Van Gogh

Grade three students learned about Vincent Van Gogh’s life and discussed how different states of mind (social-emotional) can lead to changes in the result of the final artwork. Students discussed how mood and color are connected, and how the swirling lines of the artwork “Starry Night” symbolized Van Gogh’s fragile state of mind during the time the artwork was created. Students learned how to use oil paint in the style of impressionism, and experimented with a range of brushes to create small, swirling lines of color. Students practiced blending color strategies and mixed tones of color using color theory.

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The Science of Cooking

The grade two students engaged in a cooking class this week as apart of their science curriculum. Specifically, they investigated the physical and chemical changes made to vegetables. Barb from Sprouting Chefs came to the classroom and led the lesson. Students had the opportunity to compare raw and cooked vegetables to see what was the same and what was different. Each student also had the chance to practice peeling, chopping, slicing, and cutting up the vegetables. In the end, the students created a a delicious soup mixture!

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Cleaning Polluted Water

Students in junior kindergarten participated in a science experiment on water pollution to understand how difficult it is to clean polluted water. The students observed a jar filled with clear water and then pour dirt, plastic, oil and flour. Later they tried to clean the water But realized it was a challenging task.

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Changing States

The grade three students have just finished exploring this big idea in science: matter is made of particles. Students had to demonstrate an experiment that showed matter changing state, for example, a solid changing to a liquid. The students had to gather all the necessary materials and explain each step, while demonstrating the experiment to the class. Each experiment was unique and well thought out. Understanding that matter changes state led into the next science unit about thermal energy and students began to explore the relationship between thermal energy and matter.

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Landforms 

Children in Da Vinci Class have been learning about different landforms. The Children learned about the different parts of a volcano, and why volcanos erupt. They created a volcano by using a 2L of Diet Pepsi, and covered the sides with bits of brown paper. Mentos were dropped inside, and the children watched the eruption. 

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