Cameron Park Celebration

On Wednesday, June 28th, the primary classes will be walking up to Cameron Park after lunch for an end of the year party. The students will play on the playground and use the spray park. On Wednesday, please send the following items to school with your child:

  • sunscreen
  • water bbottle
  • swimsuit or change of clothes
  • towel
  • a hat

As this is a community walking field trip, we do not require parent signatures since you completed a walking permission form earlier in the year. If it is raining on Wednesday, we will have a movie afternoon at school. Please see me if you have any questions. 

We look forward to celebrating together!

Tomato Plants for Home

It is time for our young tomato plants to be taken home and planted into our gardens or a big pot so they can flourish and grow! Each student will be taking home one tomato plant from Group G and one tomato plant from Group H.

How do you think the tomatoes will taste once tomatoes are grown?

Will they taste the same or different? Why or why not?

 

We Planted Our Seeds!

On Thursday, we planted our tomato seeds! The packages were labelled “G” and “H”. We are not sure which one is the control and which one has been treated. We all got to plant at least one seed from each group.

Our predictions are:

  • 3 of us think that the number seeds that germinate will be the same for the control and the non-control group
  • 1 of us think that the number of the control group (regular tomato seeds) of seeds that germinate will be more than the non-control group
  • 13 of us think that the number of the non-control group (exposed to space-like conditions) of seeds that germinate will be more than the control group

We are excited to see what will happen in the next few days!

Tomatosphere Project

Our class is very excited to be part of a project called Tomatosphere!

Tomatosphere™ uses the excitement of space exploration to teach the skills and processes of scientific experimentation and inquiry. Students investigate the effects of the space environment on the growth of food that will inevitably support long-term human space travel.

The program originated in Canada and involves over 17,000 Kindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms across Canada and the United States.

In 2012, Tomatosphere™ was honoured by the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) as the best project promoting science in Canada.

Tomatosphere™ has strong connections to science curriculum and helps students develop science process skills through inquiry. The project enables students to make a contribution to real-life research related to the development of seeds with a high germination rate for prolonged space travel.

The project enables students to make a contribution to a real science experiment involving research related to the development of seeds with a high germination rate for prolonged space travel.

This year, our class will have the opportunity to contribute to this project by incorporating the Tomatosphere™ experiment into the regular science curriculum.

Food availability and life support are major limiting factors in extended space exploration. Plants will be needed to provide a source of fresh, nutritious food and to produce a vital life support system – including oxygen, fresh water and carbon dioxide uptake. Scientists need to know if space travel affects plant germination and plant growth, before these extended missions can take place.

The tomato seeds used in the experiment are a plum tomato seed from traditional, conventional sources and have not been altered through any means (including biotechnology). They are a variety of seed from H.J. Heinz Canada.

Students will use two groups of seeds – a control/untreated group and a group of seeds that have been treated (exposed to space or space-like conditions).

The students will observe:

  • The time required for each seed to successfully germinate.
  • The percent of successful germination in each treatment.

Students will learn about the exciting world of science, space exploration, food and nutrition. The hook for the students is the emphasis on the life support environment that is required in space. However, applications are also made to the sustainability of life here on Earth.

Parents/guardians who are interested in finding out more details about the Tomatosphere™ program can visit – tomatosphere.org.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I would like to take this time to inform you about our in-class Valentine’s Day card exchange on Tuesday, February 14th. This is an optional activity and your child is not required to write cards if s/he would not like to. If your child would like to write Valentine’s cards, please have him/her write them to every one in the class so no one would feel left out.

If your child decides to attach treats to the cards, please ensure the treats do not contain any nut products in any form as we have allergies in our class.

Here are the names of the students in our class:

  • Brandon 
  • Chloe
  • Dylan
  • Eva
  • Ezra
  • Freya
  • James
  • Jayden
  • Jordan
  • Kash
  • Lennox
  • Matthew
  • Natalie
  • Nela
  • Oliver
  • Reggie
  • River
  • Ryan
  • Sierra 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me 🙂

Diversity and Culture Project

As part of our Diversity and Culture Unit, our class will be creating projects that celebrate and show our different cultures. To complete the project, students are asked to bring in 3-5 items or artefacts that represent their cultural background. Some examples could be: books, writing in another language, item of clothing, picture of food, piece of artwork, etc. If the item is hard to acquire, students can always bring in a photo of the object. We will be taking photos of each item and then the items will be returned. 

Please have the items in by Thursday if possible, if not then Monday at the latest so we can begin our projects. 

Thank you for your help! 🙂