Students have been watering the tomato plants daily and recording the number of seeds that germinate. One package of seeds is a control (earth) group and the other is the experimental (space seeds). After two weeks, we decided to report the results to the Canadian Space Agency. We received an e-mail back from them letting us know that the seeds we received were grouped as follows:
J - Control Group (Earth)
K - Seeds spent about 6 weeks on the International Space Station
Across Canada, we learned that 75% of J seeds germinated and 75% of K seeds germinated across Canada. We planted more J seeds than K seeds, so our results were not the same. Ask your child how these results might help with Space Farming?
The Tomatosphere program recognized our students as honorary Canadian space program scientists for contributing to experiments in the field of space farming, a critical ingredient in the design of a life support system needed to send humans to other planets.
A new season is upon us . . . Spring!
Teaching our children to become observers is a vital lesson in science. This week, we went on a walk in our community to spot spot signs of spring. Students completed a sensory nature Scavenger Hunt. Do you see it yet in your neighborhood?
Grass is turning green
Bushes are sprouting new leaves
Trees are blooming
Bushes are blooming
Tree are growing tiny leaves
Seeds are starting to sprout in the garden.
Birds are making nest in the trees
Back in the classroom, students reviewed patterns and symmetry while painting spring butterflies. We discussed the concept of symmetry and showed pictures of how butterflies are symmetrical – one side is the same as the other side. The wings of the butterfly needed to be the same, so as they painted one section on the right they painted the matching section on the left the same color.
Note to Parents: Please use reusable containers and send less snacks with wrappers so that our garbage level goes down. Our leadership students have been working very hard for this to happen. Thank you for cooperating with us.
If you go GREEN, we can be CLEAN.
From Valley View Leadership
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.