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Science Corner

Science has sprung to life at Willingdon with our science teacher Kathleen Usher, a long time outdoor and environmental educator who joined our staff last year.

Kathleen’s doctoral research at McGill’s Faculty of Education looks at how to better prepare teachers in training to be able to teach using place-based, experiential and outdoor educational approaches.

In Miss Kat’s class, science is brought to life using nature as a mentor and guide. The outdoor classroom and the community are used as living labs to bring a sense of meaning and place to learning. Older students play the role of mentor with the younger students sharing their learning in science in hands-on ways. The Trees of NDG, The Human Body Expo and the Science Olympics are just a few ways the Cycle 3 students share their learning with the Kindergarten and Cycle One students at Willingdon. By playing the role of mentor these students really have to know what they are talking about!

SCIENCE CORNER

Maternelle / Kindergarten

Premier cycle / Cycle 1

Deuxieme cycle / Cycle 2

Grade 4 Rock Cycle Projects

Grade 4 has been learning a lot about Geology in science this term. From the rocks and minerals we use everyday to the rare earth metals and minerals we need for our electronic devices students have really mined deep into this fascinating topic!

These photos show some of the many creative ways students found to communicate their learning about the Rock Cycle and how rocks are always moving and changing but we don't see this because it occurs over geologic time. Adventure stories, edible volcanoes, board games, puzzles, web-based presentations, Minecraft videos... a wonderful show of creativity while communicating using scientific vocabulary and concepts, way to go grade 4!

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Troisieme cycle / Cycle 3

Willingdon Rooftop Beehive

Willingdon finally has its own beehive! Bring on the honey!

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