It's time for us to begin reading a new set of novels in ScienceTrek, centering around the themes of identity, self-esteem and cultural awareness. Whether you are reading "If I Ever Get Out of Here" or "The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian", you have been asked to reflect upon a set of 3 statements that support the novel's themes.
Now, take some time to expand on one of the three statements of your choosing:
Our time at Brightwater had us not only connecting our previous learning and experiences, but it also allowed us to learn many new concepts off of the land and take in Brightwater during a new season, spring! The spring season offers the idea of growth, change and new beginnings for many organisms that rely on the natural environment. It also allows us as humans to take on a new perspective and further our understanding of the role that we play as Environmental Stewards.
For your blog response, share your perspective and connections about the many offerings the natural world can share with us and our role as environmental stewards. Take us on a journey revolving around your learning and connections with what we can take away from Mother Earth and the Natural Landscape of Saskatchewan, which should include reference to the following:
We were busy during our two days at Brightwater and took in a lot of new information, as well as furthered our connections revolving around many aspects of our Environment. Remember to avoid a “tell about” in your blog response and instead share about your connections and learnings surrounding the topics above.
**Please have your blog response posted to the Blog Page of your Website by Wednesday, April 21st.**
It started as a cold, grey morning as we boarded our bus heading to Brightwater. So many questions began to flood my brain… Was I wearing enough layers? Wait, maybe I don’t have enough layers on… When will we eat lunch? What will we do for two WHOLE days? As I was beginning to feel overwhelmed, I looked up to realize that we had arrived. I looked around to see a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, a vast amount of trees and the Eco-Centre that would be our starting point for the day.
During our time at Brightwater, we took part in a variety of learning activities:
One of the pieces of our day included a solo reflection, in which you were asked to sit in solitude and further build your connection with the land. Share with the reader your observations and reflections during your 10 minute solo. Remember to use descriptive word choice to share with us your senses during this experience (i.e. sight, sound, touch, etc.). You may have also explored the concept of ‘place’ and how Brightwater reminded you of our travels and time spent as a class, or of another natural place of importance to you.
It is important for us to appreciate the land and our ability to access wide-open spaces within our own backyard! Please make reference to the Blog Checklist linked below. Your final post should be uploaded to your website by Tuesday, February 9th.
As a class, we have spent time examining the make up of one’s Foodprint. We have explored the components of:
(1) How far our food travels
(2) How much our food costs
(3) How much of our food is wasted
Today we heard the story of Jen and Grant who decided to stop buying groceries for six months and lived off of “scraps'' to meet their daily nutritional needs. Throughout the documentary, they explore all aspects of a foodprint by looking at food production all the way from seed to table.
Based on our experience and discussions along our own food print journey as a class, create an in depth blog post about our findings. As you create your post, utilize information that we have collected from websites, class assignments and discussions. Be sure to be reflective by sharing your voice and original ideas on the issue. Structure your blog post as follows:
Summarize your findings as you explored the concepts of a foodprint: food miles, the cost of food and food waste. As we watched the film today, all of these elements come together throughout Jen and Grants journey.
Based on our classroom activities, discussions and viewing of the film, what stood out to you the most? Share an in depth response to one of the following questions:
Ultimately, what can we take away from our experiences to put our learning into action? Consider ‘takeaways’ from the film, websites we have explored and discussions we have had as a class. Have conversations at home or conduct a small food audit and set an achievable goal for the future. For example, committing to take leftovers for lunch the next day or helping your parents create a shopping list could be small, but achievable steps that have a positive impact on your foodprint.
*Please have your blog completed and posted to your website by Tuesday, January 26th.*
A quinzhee or quinzee is a “Canadian snow shelter that is made from a large pile of loose snow which is shaped then hollowed. A quinzee can be made for winter camping and survival purposes, or for fun.”
Congratulations! You have successfully prepared, built and enjoyed the final product of your quinzee! The process took time, hard work, determination and effort but overall, it was worth it. During the three step process, you may have experienced a variety of thoughts, feelings and emotions. Take us through your experiences at each stage of the quinzee process by expertly crafting a blog post. Your blog post must include reference to the following stages:
The list of questions could go on, and on… Remember to use descriptive word choice as you describe each stage. The reader should feel as though they are right there sharing in the experience with you as they read!
*Please have your final blog post uploaded to your website by Wednesday, December 9th.*
We have explored a variety of themes throughout classroom discussions, readings and learning activities over the past few weeks. These themes include:
Considering these themes, respond to the following questions in a Reflective Blog:
Ensure you make reference to all of the following mediums throughout your blog post, by using specific examples, details or personal perspectives:
**Refer to the Blog Writing Checklist as you complete your post. Have your reflection posted to your website by Tuesday, November 10th.**
We have spent time over the past few weeks travelling the Meewasin Valley by bike, exploring the concepts of our city’s Water System and the various landmarks that make up our Watershed. We have discussed a variety of impacts both natural and human-influenced within the Meewasin Valley; some of which may be more positive or negative than others. Reflect on how the river valley, and ultimately our city, has changed over time...
Take a moment and reflect on our Saskatoon Water Tour that had us travel a number of kilometers around the city and along the Meewasin Valley. As you sit on the South Saskatchewan River Bank use these prompts to help guide your reflection:
You don’t need to answer each question individually, they are merely just a guide for your thinking.
We had just finished our first week as a full collective; a new group of ScienceTrek students, excited for the unknown and eager to take on the first group bike ride out to Crickle Creek! The weather couldn’t have been much more perfect on a sunny September day, travelling along the River Valley, seeing the leaves change colour before our own eyes and illuminate the backdrop. Sound of pedal strokes, laughter and the trail of our class in their brand-new fluorescent pack covers were easy to spot. Although the trip went a little differently than as planned, it turned out to be a great day, carved out by a new journey for us to share together.
Take the reader of your blog post alongside you on our first trip out to Crickle Creek. What thoughts, feelings and anticipations did you experience before embarking on our 10 km trip as a group of 29 riders? How did you initially react to the roadblock we experienced as we left Montgomery Place? Ultimately, share with the reader your overall journey from start to finish; including the new route, trivia/mini-golf at Crickle Creek and trip back. After undergoing our first week together (and first 20km round-trip via bike), we hope the experiences this far have helped you begin to form new friendships and allowed you to see fellow Trekkers that you can rely on.
Please have your blog completed in a Google Doc form by Wednesday, September 23rd.
Mr. Gurney - Dad, cyclist, likes to build stuff, loves the practical application of SCIENCE!