Property of Air Demonstrations, Grade 6

-by Erin Couillard, Lisa Nelson, Carolyn Armstrong and Carly DeBoice For our Aerodynamics and Flight unit this year, we decided to begin with students gaining an understanding of the properties of air, as outlined by the Alberta Program of Studies. To do this, students would be paired with a peer and assigned a property of air to investigate. They would then choose a demonstration that best explains/proves that specific property of air. To begin with, we chose a small demonstration to do for them. This had two purposes. First, to construct a criteria around what an effective science demonstration looks … Continue reading Property of Air Demonstrations, Grade 6

Master Chef Electricity Challenge, Grade 9

-by Louis Cheng and Cindy Nilsson Today the grade 9 students were given a series of instructions to complete a Master Chef Electricity Challenge. In teams of four, they were provided a box of electrical supplies and had 10 minutes to begin researching how to build some circuits.  After their research time, they had to put away their laptops and textbooks to attempt to build the following: A series circuit  A parallel circuit Two way and three way switches – a three way switch is the kind of switch you might have in your house, where two different switches in … Continue reading Master Chef Electricity Challenge, Grade 9

Profiling SLP’s – Student Learner Profiles at Connect!

Tanya Stogre and Abby Saadeh Students and teachers at Connect Charter School have focused on creating Student Learner Profiles (SLP) for the past few years. More recently, at Connect, these SLP’s have become a more significant focus. In the spirit of Personalized Learning from the Inspiring Action on Education, SLP’s are gaining momentum in Alberta. See http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/aisi/themes/personalized-learning-.aspx for more information on this provincial initiative. With greater time and attention being placed on SLP’s, it is important for us to have discussions regarding the ways they might inform and impact learning at our school. Over the course of the past few … Continue reading Profiling SLP’s – Student Learner Profiles at Connect!