Fruits of our Labours

FullSizeRenderHello, Bloggerclass,

This blog has been a hub for many activities this term, and most of it has taken place on the subject pages, to inform the many projects we’ve been working on. So at last, a new post on the front page!

It’s been a delight to see the results of your work, particularly your collaborative re-creation of the periodic table. Your enthusiasm about this project made it fun; and by contributing  4 to 5 element squares each, I think you received a good introduction of how the Periodic Table of the Elements works.

I had heard the saying (in a song, actually), “We are stardust,” and I’d always thought that this was quite fanciful, and simply poetic. I have learned, however, that we are in fact stardust, because the elements were created from stars in the universe, and we are made up of elements!

Bravo to you all on your work this term!

Here are some of the observations that you made in class after working on the Periodic Table:

“Atomic weight & atomic number go up left to right.”

“Elements 93 and above are man-made”

“The number of electrons in the atoms’ outer shell of many groups are the same. The number of electrons increases within each group from left to right across the table.”

“The higher the atomic number, the more likely that the element is  radioactive.”

“All elements above #103 are of unknown & unsteady state.”

“To the right of metalloid staircase are non-metals and gases, and one liquid.  To the left of the staircase are metals.”

“Noble gases have full outer shells, with no room for other electrons.”

“Groups that are not named after the first element in its group tend to be either highly or not at all reactive.”

Good thinking!





Exploring the Ecosystems of Boundary Bay

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Learning from nature interpreter, Paul.

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Sea sponge from the intertidal zone. Yes, it’s very squeezable!

There is nothing like hands on learning from the natural world! It was a rainy, though mild day when our school bus ventured off to Boundary Bay… but the spirits of divisions 1 & 2 were not in the least bit dampened!

I so enjoyed seeing your curiosity and excitement, as our GVRD nature interpreters introduced us to some of the many life forms that make their home at Boundary Bay.  I loved seeing all those little mice living under their cozy log, after Paul rolled it over for us to have a look! They sure made themselves scarce quickly! What were some of the key discoveries or observations you made? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

BTW, click on the photos for a clearer view.

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This looks like a hermit crab that made its home in a snail shell.

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Our observant students discovered a rare find on the beach — June beetle larva!








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We discovered the black widow spider living on the logs further up the beach. The only harmful spider in BC!