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The grade four students in Ms. Mazinani’s class engage with their teacher on Microsoft Teams for language arts and math.  However, they also have a channel where they can share their photos and videos of what they have made or created at home.

Thien made a three tiered windmill and video taped it spinning for his teacher to see.  Nash painted a moon in the sky, while Liam chose rock for his squid figure art.  Felicity used silver and grey for her lovely rock art and Rehat painted the moon.  Zonish wanted to create a thank you poster of our front line workers.

 

 

Math & Physics

The MACC students in Mr. Allinger’s class have been working on simple machines and lessons on forces in the first term.  Waley, currently attending the University of Pennsylvania and one of Mr. Allinger’s former students, came in each day this week and extended their knowledge base by teaching the students about acceleration.  They worked on a series of lessons involving physics and higher level math.

The class had to estimate how long it would take for a ball to roll down an 8 meter ramp they built.  They had to figure out the gravitational force and use trigonometry to solve the task.  After going through the math, they came up with 3.6  seconds but added 30% because of friction for a total estimate of 4.7 seconds.  When they tested their hypothesis, the result was 4.1 seconds; therefore, there was less friction than they had anticipated (only about 15% instead of 30%).  The students had fun learning and pushing the limits with their mathematical thinking.

Hat Fashion Show

Mrs. Lintott worked on an ADST (Applied Design and Skills Technology) project with the grade 2/3 students in divisions 11 and 12, and ended the unit with a hat fashion show.  They used plastic screw drivers, saws, and screws from the MakeDo kits to create hats made out of cardboard.  They had great fun displaying their creations in a hat fashion show where one partner modelled the hat and the other partner read a script describing their lovely creations.

 

Coding

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“The new Canadian landscapes are digital.”  Many of our intermediate students and some of our primary students enjoyed a free in-school workshop on coding from “Canada Learning Code”.  The world is changing, and it is important to equip our young people with the tools they will need to prosper in our digital world.  The students were introduced to Sketch, a digital design toolkit to do some basic computer programming.

Week of ADST Leading Up to Halloween

 

Ms. Younger’s grade 2/3 students have spent each day of the week leading up to Halloween with their buddy class (Ms. Meynert’s grade 6’s) on ADST projects.  For instance, the students had to create wings for their bats and see who could make their bat fly the furthest, learning about aerodynamics and the unique shape of bats’ wings.  On Halloween, the students were told that the ghosts have taken over the graveyard and they needed to make a lift for them using the supplies provided.  They needed to come up with a plan and work cooperatively to design their experiments. The grade 6’s also enjoyed creating candy launchers, trying to project their candy as far as possible.  The teachers commented that it was wonderful to see every child totally engaged with their learning.  Hands on learning really is the best way to learn!

Wizard of Oz

Berkshire has talent!  We are so proud of every student from Kindergarten to Grade 7 who participated in the school wide musical.  The singing and the acting were fantastic! The sets and costumes were amazing!  We are thankful to so many for helping make this production such a huge success starting with PAC’s financial support, the hard work of the staff, and of-course the wonderful direction of our musical director, Nicole Stevens.  Thank you Ms. Meynert and Ms. Younger for bringing this idea to us.  It was a huge undertaking but worth every minute of it!

The Cast: The Ozians, Kansas, the Winkies, the Munchkins, the Jitterbugs, the Trees, the Crows, and the Poppies!

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The intermediate students had fun creating their houses for French classes with Madame  Hutchinson.  They designed a blueprint for an imaginary house and used the vocabulary they learned to label the different parts.  They had a choice to work on a team or as an individual to build a 3-D version of their plan.  Madame Hutchinson was impressed with the diversity and wonderful creative models that were presented.  For instance, one of the houses was constructed with real wood including the framing for the walls, doors with hinges, and even a staircase.  Another house was made out of cardboard and paper; one made out of duck tape, one made from marshmallows, and a couple made out of lego pieces.  Quite a few houses even had electric circuits to provide lighting for their homes.  In some situations, the students chose to design Minecraft homes on an electronic device such as an iPad or laptop computer.  Many of the students were proud of their work and engaged with the activity.  Madame Hutchinson made their learning relevant and fun for them, and she was able to also tie in the applied design, skills, and technology component of the curriculum into what they were doing.  “It was messy and a  lot of work, but well worth it,” said Madame Hutchinson.

 

Intermediate Coding

At the beginning of the school year, Canada Learning Code (a non-profit organization sponsored by the Canadian government) came into our school for two days and gave all our intermediate students (grades 4 to 7) a free hour lesson on coding.  Coding is basically a computer language used to develop apps, websites, and software.  Our students worked specifically on Scratch, programming their own interactive stories or games.

Berkshire Park has been exploring coding because its part of our new BC curriculum and that programming itself helps students develop understanding of deeper and complex ideas.  Students have been learning computational thinking and how programming involves a lot of logical sequence of events. Students also have been developing new vocabulary such as looping, debugging, execute, strings, and boolean blocks.

We asked the students what do you think you would like to share with the online community? They said, “coding is sometimes difficult. You may not get the program don’t correctly and you may have many issues. Don’t give up and keep trying. It’s the only way we learn.” Click on the following link to one of our students games!! >>>>> Scratch Game

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