Warming Up to Worms

In Science, we’ve learned lots of ways to reduce waste. We visited the landfill this week, and we were amazed at the amount of trash thrown away by the people of central Alberta. Did you know the Red Deer Landfill takes in enough garbage EVERY DAY to fill 35 classrooms to the top? Our trash from Blackfalds ends up at that landfill, so we are thinking of ways to be responsible about our waste. You can check out your child’s 5R’s slideshow on Google Drive to see some of the great ideas they have for waste reduction.

One of the ways we work to reduce waste in our classroom is to compost our fruit and vegetable scraps. We have a worm bin in 4Wa, and every week we feed scraps to our worms to avoid throwing away so much at lunchtime. Today, we had a chance to get up-close and personal with our little wriggler friends! Some of us were a little uncomfortable, but mostly we were fascinated by the little compost-makers. Check out the pictures of our close encounters…

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Sunflower Splendour!

Take a look at the stunning artwork created by the talented artists of 4Wa this week. We spent the first few weeks of school surrounded by sunflowers cut from my garden, and then used those beauties as our inspiration for Art class. We used a white glue resist technique and then chalk pastels to create these amazing masterpieces!

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Recycling Plastic – NOW We Get It!

For the past several weeks in Science, we have been learning all about Waste and Our World. We’ve learned all sorts of great things about how to better manage our waste and how to keep our world greener. Still, there were a lot of students who were stumped by recycling. They knew that they are supposed to put things in the blue bin, but thought that those items just got rinsed out and reused again right away. UNTIL TODAY.

Mr. Overacker is the owner of a plastic recycling company in Lacombe. He gave us the gift of his time and expertise this afternoon, and brought in some materials to help us understand better what recycling really means. We learned that the plastic from oil containers is brought in, chopped into little bits, and washed. It is sent far away (to Ontario or even Shanghai) to complete its transformation into new plastic deck boards! What a great example of recycling something that would otherwise end up in the landfill. 

Now we have seen why recycling is so important, and we know a lot more about it. Science sure is cool!

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5R’s and What We Can Do About It!

In Science, our class has been learning all about Waste and Our World. We have discovered that there are lots of different types of waste, and we know that we can be part of the solution! Today in class we analyzed 2 different examples of wasteful packaging. We were shocked and amazed at how much material has to go into the garbage every time we buy something! This led to a discussion about REFUSE, which is one of the 5 R’s. We can REFUSE to buy certain items just because they produce too much garbage! Ask your child which items in your cupboard might need to be refused next time.

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We have also been working hard on a Google Slides presentation about the 5R’s. Please ask your child to share this presentation with you and give  a little bit of feedback. Most of the presentations are excellent! (You can access these through any internet-connected computer. Just go to the school website and make sure to enter your child’s wolfcreek email address. Most of these are in the following format: lastname.firstinitial@wolfcreek.ab.ca)

Tomorrow we head to the landfill to experience more about Waste and see the 5R’s in action. We can’t wait!

Power of Persuasion

In Grade 4 we have spent the last month or so learning about an author’s purpose for writing. We’ve learned all about P – I – E! (That means Persuade, Inform, or Entertain) After enjoying listening to lots of books and discussing the author’s purpose, we have delved a little deeper into persuasive writing.

While we are busy working on a fantastic persuasive essay, we have also been practicing our convincing skills in class. We have worked in partners to practice persuading our moms and dads to stay up late or get a new iPod (sorry, parents!) and have also tried out debating issues that are current for Grade 4 students. Below are some pictures of us in our heated debates!

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You can check out our progress in Persuasive Writing by checking out your child’s project on Google Drive. Please feel free to comment on this blog post or on their assignment!