There was a flurry of excitement as the students gathered around this giant moth on the playground. Three of them ran inside to get me and a camera, I am glad they found me! I have never seen something so big and beautiful. I always think of moths as the little, brown ones that flutter around the lights outside. The boys that came to get me with the camera earlier just came with a book. They found the caterpillar and moth when they got to class! It is called the Cecropia Moth and is the largest caterpillar in Canada and the US. It can grow to 10 cm as a caterpillar and be very fat. The caterpillar eats many different tree leaves such as lilac, apple, ash and cherry. We have lots of lilac trees around our playground, maybe that is where it came from!
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The final piece for the grade 5 Human Body Series is the Integumentary System - the skin. All the videos will be compiled into a DVD for each of the grade 5 students to keep. What a great portfolio piece! I loved doing this project with grade 5.
The sixth video in our Human Body Video Series is The Circulatory System. This system was longer and had more information than some others, the group did a great job of sticking with it and creating a great product.
We had a person named Pam come to our class today and she was telling us about helmet safety. She showed us videos and what could happen to your brain if you don't wear a helmet. -Katrina
She told us not just on a bike you need to wear a helmet. You need to wear it on all sorts of things like scooters, skiing, skating, roller blading. Anything you use to move other than a car. -Kaitlyn
She said that our skulls are as think as a wooden pencil because your skull isn't enough to protect your brain. -Iain
She told us important things that could happen if you're not wearing a helmet when you're going biking or skating. -Carter L
She showed us videos of wearing the right helmet and to make sure that it's the right helmet for the activity you're doing. -Laine
You use the 2V1 rule to make sure your helmet fits properly. Put 2 fingers on your forehead above your eyebrows. The top of your helmet should touch your finger. Make a V under your ear with the straps. 1 finger should fit under your chin in the strap to make sure it is not too loose or too tight. -Elisa
Then she showed us two videos for helmet safety. They were about using a melon without a helmet and then they put on 4 different helmets to test which helmets work best. The other video was really funny because they were showing people on one wheel on their bike. -Alexa
You could get a prize for Booster Juice or slurpees or Grand Prix if Pam sees you wearing your helmet. They will be at parks like Assiniboine Park, Bird's Hill Park, Kildonan Park watching for people wearing helmets. You also get entered in a draw for a Sport Chek gift card. -Paige
Since biking season is in full swing, we thought it would be a good idea to share the videos we saw today. Wearing a proper fitting helmet is so important, it just takes a split second to have an accident that could change your life forever. We saw a picture of a person wearing a helmet that didn't fit, if they had fallen it would be as if they weren't wearing a helmet at all. Don't forget the 2V1 rule!
My faverit book is Diary of a wimpy kid because it is funny. Diary of a wimpy kid is funny because it has speech bubles with things like when Manny knockd over a plate and his amaganary friends knockd it over. Manny doesn't have friends because hes not like the other kids.TOMMY-LEE.
The next video in our Human Body series is The Muscular System. This group was very efficient and did a great job on their project. Just two more systems and we will be able to compile the series into a DVD!
We are learning about Clean Air Day and we have a chart that has walkers, bikers, skaters and other. So we can keep track about all the people that walked, biked or skated or other to get to school. -Laine
Today is Clean Air Day and I walked to school. It took a long time to walk. I was so tired when I got to school that I fell down when I got in the school ground. I usually drive a car to school but I walked to school today. I am walking home today too. -Katrina
Today 8 people walked, 2 people biked and 12 people came in a vehicle. -Carter L
I was going to skateboard to school but then when I got on my skateboard it broke so then I just walked. -Iain
Today I walked to school with my best friend and we are walking home together and when we get home we are going to ride our bikes together. -Kaitlyn
Today I biked half way to school and stopped at my grandma's house and she is only 7 houses away from Bird's Hill School so I stopped there. My mom was beside me when I was riding my bike to school in the car so she could keep and eye on me and I can be safe. I stopped at my grandma's house and I walked the rest. I ran the rest so I could get to school earlier but I was actually there at 9:30 so I was 5 minutes late. -Max
Today I forgot to walk so at the end of the day, if my mommy drives, I am going to walk myself or with my sister Anna. -Elisa
Today I walked to school because I was at my grandma's house and my grandma is only a few houses down. -Laine
This morning I walked from my friend's house so then I got to walk with her. -Paige
I had to go in the car to get to school because my house is too far away to bike or walk to school. -Carter L
8 kids walked to school today and 4 of them usually get a ride or take the bus!
2 people biked to school today and 1 one of them usually drives a car. The other person who biked, usually walks.
Our teacher has been biking to school yesterday and today. So far she has biked 19.65 km, saved 1.87 litres of fuel and saved 4.41 kg of CO2 from the air! (www.commuterchallenge.ca)
Today somebody came to talk to us about water safety. They were from the Lifesaving Society. -Elisa and Paige
Always go swimming with an adult or someone who is responsible. -Carter L
You have to make sure you go swimming with someone that is mature. Carter V
You should always be in arms reach of the adult. Iain
You pretty much should always be wearing a life jacket or PFD. -Katrina
A PFD is a personal floating device. -Mason
Never go in to a pool if you don't have a life jacket or PFD. Never go on a boat without a life jacket. If there are 5 people and 4 life jackets it wouldn't be safe. Even if you are an adult you have to wear a life jacket at all times. Never go to a pool or the beach alone. -Laine
When you are in the water your mom or dad have to stay where they can reach you so if you drown they can quickly reach you. But if they are a mile away they won't get there in time because it only takes 10 seconds to drown. -Elisa
We played Safe or Sorry with one of the lifeguards. It was about where it is safe to swim. -Iain
I have been working with Mrs. Dyck's grade 6 class to create Prezis. They researched a Canadian person, place or thing and did a writing activity with their facts. We worked together on their Prezis and then they shared them with each other in a Prezi Around the Room celebration. Before they started, we discussed that their presentations would be viewed by their classmates, not accompany a speaking presentation from the students. So their presentation would need to include all their information.
Each student left a netbook with their presentation and a feedback form at their desk. Then, they visited each other's projects and recorded what they learned from their classmates projects. The kids really enjoyed seeing what each other had produced and liked learning about each other's topics. Here is a sample of one of their Prezis and some snaps from the celebration.
The fourth video in the grade 5 Human Body series is the Nervous System. The students are doing an awesome job of breaking down their system into steps that make sense and describing how their system works. As they finish, they have a clear understanding of their system and a video production they are proud of. Awesome!
Last weekend while I had the caterpillars at home, I tried out time lapse photography/video. I set up my dslr camera with a caterpillar that was ready to go into chrysalis and let it got all night, taking a photo every minute and a half. When I woke up I was excited to see how it turned out...the caterpillar was still hanging there and the camera battery had died half way through the night. So, I charged the battery and set it up again through the day. This time it worked! I caught the caterpillar going into his chrysalis. The lesson this time was that the photos needed to be closer together. Regardless, I made it into a video. You will notice that the caterpillar very quickly changes, this is because it happened in a matter of 5 minutes which was only a few photos.
I also found an app that makes this process WAY easier. Of course. It is called iTimelapse and it costs $1.99. Worth every penny! You follow all the steps and the app takes the photos and puts them together (renders them) into a video. You can watch the video right there or share it in a variety of ways. Of course my class thought this was as awesome as I did so we tried it at the beginning of their gym class. This video is of them having their free time warm up and then settling in to their squads.
I am planning to catch the process of the butterfly emerging using this process as soon as they are ready! Stay tuned :)