Skyping In An Expert

Skyping in an expert is super easy and extremely captivating for student learning. This morning we were extremely lucky in Room 207 to have a real geologist skype into our classroom. Mr Dobrowski’s class joined us, as Mr Cleavinger (Madison’s Granddad) talked with us about geology and geologists because we are studying Earth Materials for Science right now.

We had a lot of questions for Mr Cleavinger and he very patiently answered all of them for us. We asked questions like:

  • Is it hard work being a geologist?
  • What tools do you use?
  • Did you write down your thoughts in a special notebook?
  • When you were a little boy did you always want to be a geologist?

Mr Cleavinger showed us some very interesting rocks and minerals.   The most interesting was the rock from the stomach of a dinosaur!  Yes, that’s right, a dinosaur!

Mr Cleavinger is from Utah. Another interesting find he shared with us was a piece of meteorite that Mr Cleavinger’s father found.  It weighs 60 pounds (about 27kg) – that’s huge!

We were able to ask him one of our “burning” science questions

Are all crystals minerals or Are all minerals crystals?

We learned that some minerals are crystals (it all comes down to where the minerals are formed we think) and all crystals are minerals.

Our videographers, Will and Ana did a great job of capturing the skype call and Piper, our class photographer, captured some fabulous images which you can see throughout this post.

If you’re interested, there’s more images in our Skype Connections set on Flickr.

Geologists in the Making!

Today, we were very lucky to have Mrs Armitage come into our class during Science to help us learn how to be Investigative Geologists.  We are learning how Geologists identify the many different minerals that can be found in rocks.

Room 207 – please show everyone who reads our class blog, what you’ve learned about Rocks in our Earth Materials Unit, so far, by leaving a comment on this post.  You can also see all of our images from this unit here.

Click here to see the FoSS website’s information about different types of rocks – it’s a pretty cool rock database!

Check out the slideshow video below – made from the great photos you all took of each other today – a fantastic documentation of your learning!

We originally made this slideshow using PhotoPeach – if your browser doesn’t support flash player then you can’t see it, so we also created a Screenflow recording of the slideshow and uploaded it to YouTube

Water Tolerance Blog Post

Room 231 students …….

On YOUR blog, in a blog post ……

  • embed the image of the plant that you were the expert for (from our flickr account – remember to login so that you can grab the code) and
  • write a post detailing it’s range of tolerance and it’s optimal environment.


You many also add any extra information that you have found out about your plant such as it’s more usual environment for growing and any other interesting facts about it (such as how high it grows, what it’s grown for, etc).

See if you can hyperlink back to this post.  $10 H ….. Bucks if you can figure out how to do this successfully. (Hyperlinked means I won’t see the full web address inside your post!)

This post is due by Wednesday 2nd December.

Using VoiceThread for Science

Here Room 231!

Below is the tutorial for logging into VoiceThread and how to leave a comment (using your own identity) on your group’s page.  I’m interested to see how many of you can teach yourself what to do just by using this tutorial and of course, your own brains!

Good luck …… (and remember, you can ask me for help if you get really stuck – but think of 3 before me!)

Rm231 FoSS Scientists

Our budding young scientists in Grade 5 have been learning about Variables and how to investigate them. During the investigations they have been learning things like how to use a two-coordinate graph, how to predict, how to identify variables and control them, setting standards and recording data. | FOSS 3-6 Modules

To help them with their reflection and interpretation of data (we’ve done the what – so what?) we’d love you to click on the student blog links on the right hand side of our class blog and read our Measuring Capacity post.
Each student has posted their two-coordinate graph with a little explanation of what investigation they were doing and are asking other student scientists around the world two questions.
What do you notice? What would you suggest we do next?

Of course they’d be really excited if an experienced scientist left us a comment too!