Forests and Trees: Inquiry Lives Here

Our Grade 6 Science students engaged in a study of a nearby natural space’s health with the guidance and their teachers, Greg Neil and Marla Paxton. By taking our students to the wild areas of Calgary, they engaged them in authentic issues we face as we balance the pressures of urban growth with the needs of the environment. Video by Rick Fawcett Continue reading Forests and Trees: Inquiry Lives Here

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Inquiry Still Lives Here!

It has been a little while since we have posted some of the work that happens at Connect. In this latest installment of our video series, “Inquiry Lives Here”, three examples are shared. 1. Voice Your Vote – Grade 9 … Continue reading Inquiry Still Lives Here!

Beyond the Destination: A reflection on outdoor education

-by Deirdre Bailey, Outdoor and Environmental Education Portfolio Leader My favourite moment was every moment. The quiet is beautiful…  When I was a kid, I used to see faces in everything. It’s been nice to find them again. Grade 9 OE Student Things I realized I forget to notice in the city: mountains, clouds and the way their shadows move across the peaks, baby trees, the sound of running water, the flight of birds. Awesome moments: getting to know people better, getting to know myself, diving into the glacial water, crossing streams, cooking by the creek, seeing the landscape at 7am. Grade 8 OE Student … Continue reading Beyond the Destination: A reflection on outdoor education

Grade 7 Recycling Centre Geometry

How to build a recycling centre? Our grade 7 students were tasked with designing a recycling centre for each of the 4 homerooms in Geometer’s Sketchpad. The result was a net that they printed onto a regular sheet of paper. Students then recreated the boxes from the printout to become scaled versions of the original.their hallway. To begin the process they deconstructed a box and plotted the lengths, angles and shapes into The second step was to design a recycling centre that could house paper, plastic and drink containers for refund. Working in groups, they developed their centres and created … Continue reading Grade 7 Recycling Centre Geometry

Magic Spots and Earth Walks

Here is a blog post that highlights some simple activities you can do with your students to get outside in the beautiful spring weather and have them investigating the natural world.  These activities can be done in your school yard or in a nearby natural area. Since our early days the Calgary Science School has provided outdoor and environmental education experiences at Camp Sweet which is near Olds, Alberta. The camp, developed by former Calgary Science School principal Ron Sweet, has been used for the past 10 years to provide highly successful learning experiences for all CSS students in grades … Continue reading Magic Spots and Earth Walks

Energy Diet- A student post

Our grade 4 and 7 classes are collaborating this year in the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. The students have been assembled into small combined teams where each takes up the different challenges. Our grade 7 students have taken up these leadership roles, and below is a blog post written by a grade 4 and 7 pair. They could earn up to 15 points for their team! Energy Diet (Letter to the editor)By: T and P What are different types of energy sources? And which one is best for our environment? Sun Solar panels generate electricity from the sun. The old solar panels were made of … Continue reading Energy Diet- A student post