With Mother’s Day right around the corner, another great week of learning has come to a close. The energy was high this past week, especially with our Inquiry Fair on Tuesday. The students and staff enjoyed sharing their learning with each other. Be sure to check out that as well as the rest of the 5 Things To ROAR About for this past week. And as always, share with your family and friends.
1. Inquiry Fair Celebrates Passion Based Learning: On Tuesday, the celebration of learning was at a fever pitch here at West Langley with our 2nd annual Inquiry Fair. Students spent the day sharing with each other, the learning from their passion based projects. Some classes had been working on personal “genius hour’ projects for the entire year while others have been focused on particular topics for the past week. The Inquiry Fair was a chance to share the learning that has taken place so far on that journey. Students learned about a variety of different topics
including how sugar affects their body, the different aspects of a community, how magnets work and just about anything else you could imagine. It was so rewarding for staff and parents alike to see the pride on each student’s face as they shared an authentic passion for learning. Be sure to check out this video highlighting this great day at our school. Check out the 2014 Inquiry Fair video on our YouTube Channel
2. Technology Brings Chicks Into The Classroom: Although we live in Langley, not many of our students in the West Langley community have baby chicks at home. But thanks to the power of Skype, the students in Mrs Wong’s Kindergarten class were able to team up with Mrs Aslop’s class from Wix Brown to share in their unit on chicks. Our students were able to hear from another primary class what they had learned about the animal and could ask questions of their own. All the while watching live chicks eat and play. There is no question this purposeful learning will enhance their experience the next time they are at a farm or petting zoo.
3. Division Two Celebrates Matthew’s Health: Some of the successes at West Langley are small and others are a little bigger. But this past week, we were so excited to celebrate one of the biggest successes for any child. Matthew from Mrs Senften’s class found out this the cancer he has been battling is in full remission and that they are confident that he will be able to lead a long and healthy life. It was such a great reminder of how precious life truly is and it was heart-warming to see all his peers celebrate this milestone with him.
4. Division Two Plants A Seed: The grade six students from Mrs Senften’s class are doing a great integrated unit based on planting a seed. They are combining Math and Science to conduct a few experiments related to habitats and growing conditions while learning about different forms of graphing. This past week, the students took some initial measurements and planted their seeds. They also hypothesized about what kinds of conditions are going to allow for the best results, thinking about the concepts of sustainability and agriculture. We will look forward to seeing their results in a few weeks.
5. The Grade Seven Igglets Construct Egyptian Pyramids: This week the grade sevens have been busy planning and building their Egyptian pyramids! Students were given the creative freedom to build their pyramids out of any materials they wanted. Over the first few days, marshmallows, rice krispy squares, lego pieces, cardboard boxes, amongst many others materials, ventured into the classroom. Students were given the task of planning their designs, giving details, listing materials, and step by step directions. Not only that but students also had to calculate the volume and surface area of many of their pyramids pieces. Once their plans were approved by their pharaoh, Miss. Iggy, they begin constructing their creations. What a fantastic learning activity for the students to participate in!