A Rainbow of Colours

Today during our science inquiry we talked about how important it is to be a keen observer. Before heading to the forest for our investigation we discussed that people often think of a forest as mainly being brown and green. You can click on the thumbnails below to see all the different colours we found!

We wonder what kinds of colours people that live in other parts of the world might see in their forests?

Our First Inquiry

What is a forest?

To begin our first science inquiry, we gave some thought to this question. After talking with an “elbow buddy” we shared some of their initial thoughts:

-I think a forest is a dried up field with trees. (Koa)
-It’s a place kind of like a jungle, but not the same. (Owain)
-I think a forest has lots of animals, and trees, and pinecones that fall. (Cherish)
-I think a forest is somewhere the grass dried up, roots grew through the ground, and seeds popped up through the ground and grew into trees and bushes. (Mya)
-Where there are lots of leaves that fell off the trees and lots of pinecones that fell on the ground. (Eli)
-A forest is different than a jungle because the trees are different. (Kaydan)
-Forests have bunnies and you can have a walk there with your dog and you can have fun. (Rose)
-I think it is a place with trees and branches and dirt. Pinecones fall from the trees and squirrels throw them. They also throw acorns too. (Sierra)
-A forest is a place with a lot of trees and the trees will fall when it is really windy. (Owen)
-It has lots of roots and ground. People play in it and you don’t eat the leaves, but you can eat the acorns. You can play and have lots of fun. (Zinnia)​

Next, we headed down into the forest and explored using our different senses. We worked together as we shared and described the things we heard, smelled, saw, and felt.

Using an inquiry approach to learning, the students will demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world. They will make observations, ask questions, make predictions, test their ideas, take measurements, sort and classify information, make comparisons, identify patterns and connections, and communicate their learning.

The K/1/2/3s are full of wonder and are looking forward to all they will learn and discover this year!

Salmon Release

Last week we took a trip on the bus to Rough Bay Creek to release our salmon. It was overcast and a little rainy, but we didn’t mind and we’re sure it was perfect weather for the salmon.

We each got to take two fry through the woods and down to the creek. We gently placed the salmon into the water and watched them quickly dart off into the rocks.

Here is a look at the release:

Science Fair 2014

On Thursday, March 11 all the students in the school participated in the school science fair. The students spent several weeks working on their projects. They could chose to do a study, an experiment, or an innovation. The projects were fantastic. It was very interesting to see the wide variety of topics that they students chose to explore. In the morning each student was interviewed by the judges and in the afternoon we invited our families, friends, and the community to come share in our learning.

We would like to thank our families and teachers for their support, and the wonderful judges who volunteered their time to make this day such a great success!

Good luck to those students who will be moving on to the Regional Fair in April. We know you will represent our school well!

Hour of Code

Today the K-3 students participated in an Hour of Code.

What is an Hour of Code? Watch the YouTube video below to learn more.

What is Computer Science?

Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation. (https://www.dropbox.com/s/o1mafeosi0xuwb0/What_is_CS_and_Careers.pdf )

Why is it important for students to learn about computer programming?

  • Computer Science is a top paying college degree
  • By 2020 there will be 1,000,000 more computer science jobs than there are students
  • Without computer science not much works
  • There will always be jobs for coders
  • Solving problems is never boring
  • Making.  Really.  Cool.  Things!

The K/1/2/3 students were able to write their own computer programs using drag and drop programming.    They learned about repeat loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms.  The students were also able to see the computer code that was “under the hood” of the drag and drop commands they chose.  You can try the tutorial they took part in here:  http://learn.code.org/hoc/1

The students had a great time and many of them want to learn more. The tutorials at Hour of Code are available for the students to work through whenever they would like. Here is a link to another tutorial that uses the same drag and drop program they used at school today.
http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=hoc
The program is called Scratch and in this tutorial the students can learn to make an animated holiday card.
Scratch

We hope you will give an Hour of Code a try to!

Pacific Wild Webcam

This morning one of our community members stopped by the school to tell us about a very exciting website where we could see live footage of wolves eating salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest (Thank you, Alden!).

Pacific Wild has installed a camera in the rainforest and is streaming the footage into the Bella Bella Community School as a part of the SEAS Community Initiative. The camera can be controlled by the students in the school.

Many of the students asked for the link to the website so that they would be able to watch the wolves at home and share this wonderful experience with their families. If you click on the image below it will take you to Pacific Wild’s website.

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A Special Visit

This morning Meghan and Lisa from Forestry stopped by our classroom with a very special guest. They came to talk to us about the forest. We learned about renewable resources and invasive species.

We talked about making sure that we leave animals and plants where their home is and not taking them somewhere else to live. Our social guest, Slimy the Bullfrog, isn’t meant to be living in Campbell River, but that is where he was found. Bullfrogs are actually supposed to be living on the other side of Canada! Invasive species can cause a lot of damage.

Even tough bullfrogs are invasive species, we sure did have a lot of fun visiting with Slimy today!

Kezra-I got to hold the cutest frog ever named Slimy. He is really strong and he hit the the glass in his little tank and he has a bruise now. You can tell by the eardrum if they are a female or a male frog.

May-I got to hold him. He was really calm when I held him. He was really chubby.

Ava-When they are babies they are tadpoles.

Cherish-Frogs can breathe under water when they are babies. They duck under water. Slimy is a bullfrog.

Sierra-Frogs are really slimy because they are under the water. When frogs get bigger they have to keep their head out of the water so they can breathe some air.

Kaydan- Slimy eats birds, other frogs, and snakes.

Mya-Frogs can hop very high and they eat lots of food.

Have you ever held a bullfrog before?  What kinds of invasive species can be found where you live?

Clear the Coast Presentation

On Tuesday we had a special visit from Will Soltau.  Mr. Soltau works at Living Oceans here in Sointula and is the project manager for Clear the Coast.

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Will told us that millions of tonnes of waste, mostly plastic, end up in the ocean and washing up on the coastline every year.  More and more plastic keeps ending up in the ocean and it doesn’t bio-degrade.  It does break down into smaller and smaller pieces because of the sun and that is a real problem too.  Mrs. Soltau told us that the plastic in the ocean is just as bad as the oil spills because it lasts a long time too.

Plastic Ocean

Photo by Kevin Krejci

Mr. Soltau showed us examples of the types of plastic that can end up in the ocean.  We talked about plastic bags that can look like jellyfish, 6 pack holders that can strangle and cut into animals, plastic strapping that can harm larger animals, and Styrofoam that can be swallowed by animals looking for food.  We learned that animals ingest the plastic and it gets into their systems.  This can be very dangerous.  The animals aren’t getting the nutrients that they should be getting and can even die because of the plastic.

We also learned about other types of marine debris that can be found in the ocean and washed up on our beaches.  We talked about lost and abandoned fishing gear, derelict and abandoned boats, and debris that has found its way here from the tsunami in Japan.

Here are some of the things that really stood out to us:

Sharon-If you find garbage on the beach you should pick it up and bring it home to put in recycling or the garbage.

Bronwen-It is really bad if oil goes in the ocean. It can kill animals if they breathe it in. Some animals like sea lions and sea otters can get trapped in old nets that are floating around and they can die.

Brooklynn-When there is plastic or Styrofoam on the beaches it can break into smaller pieces. If they eat it it is bad because it isn’t nutritious and they can also choke on it when it is floating around and they think it is food and they eat it. People should clean up their mess before they go home or it can get back into the ocean and kill more animals.

Linden-If you go down to the beach you might find the plastic things that go around pop. Fish can swim through them and they caught in them.

May-Animals can die just by oil.

Jacob-If you leave something in the ocean, like a strap, it can go around an animals neck and choke it and it could die.

Lily-There was a dock that because of the tsunami washed up on the shore and all sorts of life forms from Japan actually completed a whole life cycle on the dock. It is impossible to believe that they survived.

Koa-It is really bad if you leave garbage on the beach or in the lakes because you could kill animals.

Teagan-Animals think that the plastic in the ocean is food and then they eat it and can die.

Kezra-If there are plastic bags in the ocean, turtles and sun fish think they look like something good to eat. They look like jellyfish. If they eat them they will get sick and die. If there are more plastic bags it will happen to more and more sun fish. Baby animals can get stuck in 6 pack holders. It can suffocate or choke them and they can die.

Jorja-When people put their crab traps out and never come back, the more crabs keep getting stuck in the trap and the other crabs become bait. There are big patches of garbage everywhere like in California.

Solomon-Dave and I went out to check our crab trap and there were plastic bags in it.

We learned that Living Oceans is sponsoring a beach clean-up June 7, 2013 for Oceans Day.  We hope that everyone in town will come and do what they can to help the ocean.

We would also like to challenge all our blogging buddies and readers around the world to do something to help the ocean, especially those of you that live near the water.

What will you do to help the ocean?

 

Soil Investigations

Our Science topic this term is Air, Soil, and Water. We are going to start by learning all about soil. First we brainstormed what we already knew and then we looked at some of the different materials that you might find in soil. Then we tried to make some soil of our own. We added sand, gravel, pebbles, and humus.

Here is a picture of what our soil looked like once we added all the different materials:

Once our soil was made we tried to separate the soil back into the different parts. We used different sized screens to sift the soil. Some of the parts were easy to separate, but we noticed that the humus was in all of the containers.


 

Next we tried to separate our soil using water. We added a sample of the soil to a plastic vial and filled it with water. Then we shook the vials and left them over night. Look what we saw the next morning!

Next it was time to go and collect soil samples from around the school to investigate. We couldn’t believe how many different types of soil we were able to find. The soil samples were all different colours, and they all felt and looked very different from each other.

We’ve also been reading some very interesting books about soil. Here are a few of the facts we’ve learned:
Jacob-When it starts raining the worms come up out of their holes to breathe.
Brooklynn-When the trees fall down or get cut down the soil gets all loose and the soil erodes. The soil can wash down hills and wreck stuff.
Linden-Decomposers eat all sorts of stuff that goes into the soil and the plants get what they poop out.
Lily-Without soil earth would not be the same.
Lainey-The water is good for plants.
Jorja-In clay you need a microscope to see the grains because they are so small.
Kezra-Some dirt is really hard because burrowing animals don’t burrow in it.
Teagan-Animals poop and then it helps the plants.
May-Worms don’t like it when water goes in their holes.
Solomon-Different rocks make different types of sand.

This week we are going to study the soil samples we collected and compare them to the soil we made.

What is the soil like around your school or home?

Salmon Release 2013

On Tuesday, the whole school travelled to Rough Bay Creek to release our Coho Fry.  We hope you enjoy the video we made about our salmon.  It was our first time adding voice overs to a video.

 

Here is a link to the post we wrote when the salmon arrived in January click here.