STEAM buddies January

I cannot believe we are almost at the end of our book club on all things STEM!  This month we have become savvy researchers using Pebble Go database,  and our iPads to create awesome research reports.

Students learned how to create statements on their facts after researching one or two aspects/interests on the water cycle, and then shared illustrations and notes on their findings. We explored how water is so important in God’s creation, and what extremes we have in North America with our diverse geography.  I just love the fact that my littles can cite their work so easily using Pebble Go.

Some students built their own water cycles from lego, and craft paper, whilst others tried to be chemists and made their own water filters.  Here is Juniper sharing what she learned via video recording.

We learned about fact and fiction, and read several inquiry picture books on the water cycle, including the lovely books as shared above which include keywords and awesome content tied to the new science standards.  In Follow that Tap Water a lovely design thinking experiment is included to help students become compassionate caring citizens.

This last week we studied First Peoples usage of water by reading the beautiful e book The Salmon Twins  by Caroll Simpson, and discussed how important water is in their economy of fishing.  We spent time exploring the beautiful art work and shapes inherent in this lovely picture book.  Students shared how each page was like an art work!   We also became problem solvers with this video Small Number and the salmon harvest from SFU.  I learned about the importance of tides and fishing besides the math problem.  🙂

Next week we will celebrate First Peoples artwork by painting, making or drawing our own version of sea life in Haida style.

I am going to miss my buddies!

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