Natural Forces

Our Amazing Documentaries

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 in Natural Forces

Our Amazing Documentaries

About 3 weeks ago, we started inquiring into a natural disaster of our choice…and now we have completed our own science documentaries! It was a 5-step research journey to create the documentaries. The steps were: Choose one natural disaster that was interesting to us. Prepare a speech about the 4 big concepts (cause, impact, response and detection/prediction). To do this, we found sources of information, took notes and kept a reference list. Make a model or skit to demonstrate one...

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Book Week in Grade 4

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 in General, Natural Forces

Book Week in Grade 4

Last week was a wonderful week in Grade 4. Guess what? It was Book Week! Book Week’s theme this year was “All the Bookshelf’s a Stage”. The focus was on performing arts. Our class had the special job of representing music, so we dressed up as rockstars. We sang a song called “All the World is a Stage” by a rockband from the 1970s called Slade. For our costumes we wore black t-shirts with BISS written on them in cool fonts. We also spiked our hair using gel....

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Wild Weather!

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 in Natural Forces

Wild Weather!

As part of our inquiry into natural forces, we have completed a series of wild weather experiments. We have explored the following phenomena: • the water cycle • how changes in air pressure create wind • how static electricity creates lightning • how hot and cold winds form tornadoes In each case, we followed the scientific method to record our aim, hypothesis, materials, method, results, conclusion and discussion. We learned to write detailed instructions and clear explanations. We are very...

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Field Trip to the Fire Museum

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 in Natural Forces

Field Trip to the Fire Museum

On the 6th February, Grade 4 went to the Beijing Fire Museum. We saw a 4D video of a fire explosion and experienced many types of simulations. In each simulation, we practiced evacuation and emergency procedures. In a fire, we learned to stay calm, find an exit and crouch down low. Luckily, Jack saved us by calling 119. We also learned that if your clothes catch on fire, you should stop, drop, roll. It is important to know what caused the fire and to know your own address to tell the emergency...

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Talking Tsunamis with Mr. Masuda!

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 in Natural Forces

Talking Tsunamis with Mr. Masuda!

Two weeks ago, Mr. Masuda came to our class to talk about a natural disaster in Japan. He told us about a huge tsunami that hit Fukushima in 2011. The tsunami caused great damage to the city and citizens in Fukushima. The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter Scale, which then became an enormous tsunami. Mr Masuda was living in Hawaii but he knew many people in Japan. He also told us about his friend who lost his family in the tsunami. Fortunately, this man found his family, after...

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