Ten days of discovery and innovation
May 12-21st, 2017
“Science Odyssey is Canada’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, featuring fun and inspiring experiences in museums, research centres, laboratories and classrooms from coast to coast.
Powered by NSERC, Science Odyssey demonstrates how discoveries and innovations shape our daily lives and foster a strong science culture in Canada.” (Source: Government of Canada)
Click on the images below for details:
Click on the poster to see detailed experiments that go with these activities!
It’s spring and a time of plant growth and development. What’s growing around your school or in your school garden?
Teacher librarians want to share pictures and stories about plants and gardens in our school communities.
New this month:
Each month between April-June we will share garden images and stories as your plants begin to bloom! Send us your photos, drawings, stories (with permission from your family and teacher) and we will post them here in the blog!
Here’s some inspiration – look for these books in your school library:
Winner of First Nation Communities Read:
(Books below are recommended by Adrienne Gear)
Visit the Environmental Learning page on Curriculum Connections for a wealth of planting resources, shared by Dewdney Elementary School.
The Mission Spring/Summer 2017 Leisure Guide has been published!
There are lots of opportunities to be active over spring break. Click here to read the guide and find times for swimming, skating and more!
Go Noodle is a great website for encouraging fun physical activity at home or in the classroom. They create videos full of fun movement games and dances. Check out these sample videos and get moving!
Autumn is a season full of rich traditions and celebrations in many cultures and nations. It is a wonderful time to get outside and use all of your senses to observe changes on the land, in the air, and along our waterways.
Many schools are learning about apples, pumpkins, salmon and other food sources that are ready to harvest at this time of the year. There are wonderful books in your school library about cycles of growing, visiting farms, and autumn traditions.
Here is a song about the life cycle of a pumpkin:
Do you have a favourite fall activity? What do you like about this season? Do you have a favourite autumn meal in your family and/or community?
Better Together BC is a great place to find family-friendly recipes and resources. Here are a few highlights that you might like to use at home or at school:
- Let’s Talk – Family Mealtime Cards: developed by the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and Vancouver Island Health Authority
- The Spatulatta: Cooking 4 Kids Online
“Spatulatta teaches children to cook with free step-by-step videos. It encourages children to take pride in their accomplishments in the kitchen and to understand the connection between farm and dinner table. It also encourages children to ask their family members and friends for recipes and to cook those dishes together.” (Better Together BC)
My Seasonal Round was shared by Dewdney Elementary as an integrated unit for elementary Social Studies and Science.
“This unit illustrates the integration of Social Studies and Science. The seasonal round was chosen as a theme for this unit because it lends itself well to integrating the topics of BC First Nations study in Social Studies, and habitat in Science.”
Fire Prevention Week
October 9 to 15, 2016
This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait, Check the Date! Replace smoke alarms every ten years.”
Here are some fun ways to learn about fire safety and the importance of smoke detectors:
Teach Fire Safety using resources from the National Fire Protection Association :
- Sparky School House Interactive Site (Classroom portal for teachers. It includes music videos, lesson plans, eBooks and apps., Gr. K-5)
- Letter to Parents
- Lesson plan for grades 1-5 – Building a Stronger Community — The Importance of Working Smoke Alarms (PDF)
- Sparky’s Fire Safety for Kids page has several activities that you can use in the classroom.
- Local Event: Mission Fire/Rescue Service, Fire & Life Safety Fair, October 2, 2016 from 1-4 pm at Fire Station No. 1, located at 33330 – 7th Avenue, Mission. They will share important safety information on burn awareness and prevention along with interactive games and fun activities for the entire family.