Forensic Science Unit – Guest Speakers

At the end of our crime scene investigation unit, I arranged for some members of the Port Moody Police Department to visit the two Grade 7/8 classes. They were able to create a deeper understanding for my students by making a connection between our lessons and a real-world career.

Goal 8: “The development of the ability to create opportunities for learning.”

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The Egg Experiment

In module, we completed a cooperative activity where we were tasked with getting an egg out of a block of ice without breaking the egg. It was fun to reflect on the strategies of the different groups, from the risk-takers to the slow and steady method.

Goal 7: “The development of the ability to create a caring, cohesive community of learners that celebrates and appreciates the spirit of inquiry.”

First Nations Storytelling

One of my literacy units was a First Nations stories unit. I introduced the purposes for storytelling to my class, engaging them through their personal experiences with stories. One of the stories we read was Totem Tale; students then wrote their own animal stories and created totem poles that represented these stories. I believe that this unit engaged my students with First Nations art and literature in a way that broadened their perspective and opened them to new ideas.

Goal 1: “The development of a clear, coherent and justified view of education demonstrates understanding of the place of education as contributing to the creation of an open, pluralistic and caring society.”

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Remembrance Day

For Remembrance Day, it was important for me to have meaningful discussions with my students about why we wear poppies and create poppy-related art. It was also a way to have an arts lesson on visual design and perspective.

We also completed a “Peace is…” writing activity with a vertical surface brainstorm as a formative assessment piece before the write. This was a great way for me to assess their knowledge before the whole class discussion.

Goal 10: “The development of ability to use assessment and evaluation practices in a thoughtful and ethical manner.”

Science Made Fun Workshop

To build a deeper understanding of our science unit for my students, I planned an in-class field trip with a guest scientist from Science Made Fun. We completed the “What’s the Matter?” workshop; the students learned about how heat affects molecules, cohesion, mixing solutions, and got to make Oobleck!

Goal 9: “The development of the ability to blend theory and practice in well-organized ways.”

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Hands-on Math Instruction

In order to engage all of our learners, I created math lessons that involved play, exploration, and hands-on manipulatives. One of these lessons was a shape art lesson where students built their artwork using construction paper shapes, building their learning of composite shapes and visual design.

Goal 5: “The development of knowledge about curricular content, educational theory and effective practice.”

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