Experimenting with Printmaking

We worked through printmaking stations today. Students experimented with different mediums and printmaking tools to start off our printmaking unit. There finished products were used to create Valentine’s cards for home. Check out the student blogs for some of their work.


Building Challenge


Build a structure with a moving part that is powered by an electrical circuit. 


In order to be successful in this challenge, students thought that the following needed to happen:

  • everyone needs to be involved
  • listen to each other’s ideas
  • compromise when needed
  • cooperative
  • persevere (Don’t give up!)
  • respect and share materials
  • be creative!

Students worked in pairs to create some of the following structures:

  • snowplow
  • ferris wheel
  • car
  • “Coby” machine
  • sailboat
  • swing
  • flying house
  • spin-a-go-round
  • crane
  • clock

While students were working they demonstrated creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and perseverance. Students made a plan and then needed to modify and change the plan as they worked. Students were not only collaborating with their partner, but students were sharing ideas with other groups that needed it without prompting. There was a buzz of excitement and team work in the air.

Check out the student blogs to see the creations in action!

Current Electricity

We have been experimenting with current electricity this week.

Students have been challenged to create simple, series, and parallel circuits.


Some of the challenges the students had were:

  • burning out light bulbs
  • broken bells
  • figuring out what the problem was
  • batteries dying
  • parallel circuits were the most difficult to build

Some of our discoveries were:

  • Putting a wire around a battery will make a short circuit (Theo)
  • You can put more than one alligator clip on an item in a circuit (Kennedy)
  • I learned how to make a parallel circuit (Aaron)
  • A series circuit has only one path for the electricity, but parallel has more than one path (Noah)
  • A series is like a simple circuit just with two items in it (Kennedy)
  • The third prong on a plug is called a grounder. It is there for safety so we don’t get shocked. (Mason)

Some questions we still have are:

  • Is there ever a time when you use more than one battery in a circuit? (Mason)
  • Why can’t we get the bells to work? (Aaron)
  • Why can’t we get the switch to work? (Trinity F)
  • In a parallel circuit, why don’t the electrons just take the shortest path? (Jared)

The students have demonstrated fantastic collaboration and problem solving during these challenges. They have communicated their findings on their own blogs. Check it out!

Visitors: If you have any answers to our questions, please share with us! We would love to hear from you.



Reaction Times and Measures of Central Tendency

We spent the morning dropping and catching meter sticks to determine who had the best reaction time.

Students had a chance to catch the meter stick ten times. After the ten trials, students calculated the mean, median, and mode of their set of data to help them determine who had the better reaction time.

Student findings:

  1. Most students used the mean to determine who had the better reaction time since it included all of the numbers.
  2. Some students did not have a mode.
  3. The median might be the better choice if there is a number that is much smaller or bigger than the rest of the numbers in the data because it will affect the mean.
  4. The mode might be the best choice if one number comes up most of the time. For example, Jared had a 1 cm reaction time 6 times out of ten. We thought the mode would be the best choice for him since it was the score he received most of the time.

Students: Which measure of central tendency did you use to determine the person with the best reaction time?

Sources of Electricity in Ontario

We make electricity in several different ways in Ontario.


Where do we get most of our electricity from?

Can you find a graph or chart that shows the amount of electricity we gather from each source?  Can you find data from 2016 and earlier so that we can compare?

Which source is the best source to use?

We will be doing some investigations into each of these sources of electricity in small groups. In the end, you will need to decide which source of electricity is the best source.


Keep an eye on this post to see student findings and conclusions.


We were very fortunate to have some guests come to our class to share their story of immigration with us. We learned a lot and appreciate the time they took to come in. 

20161220-090202.jpgMr. and Mrs. Kevill: England

One of the reasons that Tony and Wendy came to Canada was because they had a friend going to Canada. So that friend wanted them to come with them.

When they lived in England, they had to share a house because they could not afford to buy one. They didn’t have much money, so they came to Canada looking for an adventure. They were so desperate to get that adventurous feeling that they came to Canada.

We think that they feel happy because we have better jobs. They also said they liked the view of the city. They also liked the color of the leaves.When they came they liked that we had snow because when they lived in England they did not have much snow. They noticed that there were less round-a-bouts. They also noticed that Canada had a lot more space everywhere!

They shared the following slideshow with us: wendy-and-tony-coming-to-canada

By: Garrett, Theo, Kennedy, Ayden, Cadence, and Austyn


20161220-090143.jpgMs. Ryder: Australia

Ms. Ryder lived in Australia, but her husband was Canadian. They lived in Australia for several years but Mr.Chung missed his family. Ms.Ryder said that she would have more support from the Chung family because she had 2 small kids.

It took a long time to get to Canada. One way was faster, but she tried the longer way because it cost less money. It was a world round trip.

Ms. Ryder’s experience when she came to Canada was awesome. She had an awesome time when she came to live in Canada. She had already visited once before so she knew what Ontario was like. She liked that houses were more affordable in Stratford. Even though Ms. Ryder speaks English, there are some words that we use in Canada that are different in Australia. The biggest difference she noticed between Australia and Canada is the climate. She misses going to the beach on Christmas day.

Ms. Ryder tries to visit her family as much as possible.

By: Abbey, Andrea, Carmondy, Jayson, Mason


20161220-090224.jpgMr. Hernandez: El Salvador

Mr. Hernandez left El Salvador because the civil war was going on and it wasn’t safe. Also he left because it was hard for his parents to get food and water especially because they were poor and every day he would hear gun bullets firing, and missiles shooting.  It was scary.  Also all he would do all day was sit in the corner in the safest spot in the house and just hear all the guns shooting. and their housing were made out of clay and dirt.  

It’s much safer in Canada than in El Salvador. You are 28.4% more likely to get murdered in El Salvador than Canada.  The last war on Canadian soil was the battle of Loon Lake in 1885. The last war on El Salvadorian soil was in 1980 and ended in 1992.

Another reason people might want to come to Canada is for our schooling. The average payment for one student to go to school in El Salvador is $50 for 1 year. The students have to provide their own uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. A class would have 50 kids in it. In Canada, schooling, transportation, and supplies are provided. 


When Mr. Hernandez first came to Canada he felt upset because he didn’t want to leave his hometown and he felt like he was leaving everyone behind. When Mr. Hernandez first came to Canada he went Saskatchewan. After a while he liked Saskatchewan. He liked it because they did not see a difference in him from everyone else. They said hello even if if they didn’t know him. Mr. Hernandez really liked Saskatchewan. After a little bit his mom had news for him. She said they were going to Ontario. He was not happy at all because he was used to Saskatchewan. He wanted to stay there because he already had friends in Saskatchewan, but his mother said too bad Elmer.

Mr. Hernandez went to Kitchener, Ontario because there more cultures there. They were hoping to find more people that spoke the same language and shared the same culture so that they could make more connections and feel more at home. Mr. Hernandez did not feel like he was treated the same in Ontario.

After a few years, Mr. Hernandez got used to Canada and learned to speak English. Now he is glad that his parents picked Canada. Today, he lives a happy life with his wife and his two daughters in Stratford, Ontario.

By: Aaron, Jared, Mahdysin, Ben, Alena, and Miles


Mrs. Diebolt: England

Mrs. Diebolt came to Canada when she was 29 years old because of Theo’s dad. They fell in love and Theo’s Mom moved to Canada to be with him. She took a airplane from England to Toronto, Canada. The flight took approximately 8 hours.

She worked an Automotive Industry and things were really slowing down, with lots of jobs loses happening all around her.

She was quite scared moving to a different country, miles away from my all my family and friends. She felt lonely for the first little while.

The major difference for her between England and Canada was, the currency and driving on the opposite side of the road. That took a lot of getting used to for her.

By: Trinity M, Trinity F, John Wei, Samantha, Chloe, and Noah


Thank you to all of our guests for sharing your story with us.

We are glad that you decided to come to Canada!

Why is immigration important to Canada?

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