The students in my class are so bright and I have come to realize they have a lot knowledge that they have gained on their own time based on their interests.
So, I gave the students the option of taking over the class to teach us about anything they want to. They become the experts.
In order to help the students along the process and they were provided guidelines. They were also given a project sheet and rubric.
We have already started the presentations,aka student lead lessons, and it's been a blast and such a success!
We have learnt, relaxation techniques, how to decorate cupcakes, how to ride a unicycle, facts about Chinese culture, ancient Egyptian gods and horse racing... and so much more!
Yesterday's field trip to the Tiffin Centre Conservation was a real success.
All grade 7 classes took part in two different hands-on, interactive and fun science related games. Be sure to check out some of the snap shots!
First Activity: Instincts for Survival
In this role-playing game, students had to meet their survival needs as a wild animal while eluding predators and human influences. Through an introductory discussion - followed by active participation in this forest activity - students explored predator/prey relationships, the flow of energy through food chains/food webs and adaptations of various animals for survival. The students also recognized the necessity of suitable habitat in meeting their animal's survival needs and experienced firsthand some of the ways in which human populations can influence natural communities and impact habitat loss.
Second Activity:Interactions in the Environment
Following an introductory discussion regarding ecology, biodiversity, and the interdependence of living things, the students participated in an exploratory hike to investigate the components and interactions of a forest and/or wetland ecosystem.
Using an assortment of tools - including dip nets, magnifying glasses, and identification keys - the students investigated the dependency of plants and animals on the local environment and the adaptations different species have made for survival in their specific habitats.
WE SUPPORT EARTH DAY!
This week the grade 7s and 8s from Warnica participated in a ReUSE Fair (hosted by Mlle Tosh's class) by creating useful and creative products out of mostly recyclable materials.
There were incredible products such as: a tissue dress, lamp/lanterns, a chandelier, jewellery, wallets, flowers, a working catapult, water filter, watering can, stationary accessories ... the list goes on!
The students really stepped up to the challenge.
Take a peek for yourself.
Guess what everyone, our class did another AWESOME and AMAZING activity in history class.
We studied how the Natives (Auchtoctones) and the Wood Runners (Courers de bois) interacted during the Fur Trade.
So, our class came to school one happy Wednesday and the class was set up like a Trading Post.
Then, Mlle. Tosh (our teacher) split the class into two groups. Half of the class were titled as the natives (Auchtoctones) and the other half were titled as the Wood Runners (Courers de bois).
I ,Elizabeth was a Native and Maddy was a Wood Runner. The best part (in my opinion) was that I got to speak English while, Maddy had to speak French. The reason was because in the past they could not communicate due, to lack of understanding the other languages.
There was also a bunch of stuff to trade for example, guns, swords, sugar, shoes, gun powder, bowls and many more. I personally got a lot of stuff and still had some fur left over. Maddy and I both agree it was a ton of fun.
Thanks Mlle. Tosh!
-E.T and Maddy
Mlle Tosh could not be any prouder of her 30 inspirational and dedicated students.
Despite their limited time, these students managed to develop and execute a school wide initiative to spread Anti-bullying Awareness.
In honour of International Pink Shirt Day, the class 'dressed' the school up with their own inspirational Pink Tshirts.
We've even got our 'hands' into another related school wide project but you'll just have to wait! Muhaha
TODAY marks the International Day of Pink.
It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop bullying.
The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying.
The coolest part of about this movement is that it was created and started by kids.