#1176 Estimating & Measuring Distance – Skating Trail.

I like being outside and active.
So I was recently skating on a beaver pond and got wondering how far I had traveled. I could count the number of laps but am trying to figure out how to estimate or measure how long one loop is…

I’m hoping you can help!
Watch the video, below. Ask your friends, family and teachers as you brainstorm different ways you can estimate or measure distances.

#1174 Mystery Car Challenge

Recently, I discovered a car in the middle of Gatineau Park! The closest road was about a kilometre away.

Read further for photos, a video and a creative writing assignment…

Abandoned car - Gatineau Park
Old car in the middle of Gatineau Park… How did it get here?!

It got me wondering about the history of the micro area I was travelling through. My head filled with questions!:
“How long has the car been there?”
“Why is the car in the middle of a forest?”
“Where are the people who owned the car?”
“Why did the people leave the car here?”
“How did people get the car here?

Where are the missing pieces of the car?!

The car is in the middle of Gatineau Park, a huge place (361 square kilometres or 139 square miles) just north of Ottawa and Gatineau in Canada. What happened to the missing parts of the car?

Watch to a video about the mystery of the car:

Your assignment – Use your imagination:
• Write a story with words or pictures about the mystery car. Explain what it is and how it got there…
• Create some artwork inspired by the mystery object.
• Tell your partner a story about the mystery object

#1173 Kindergarten and Primary Inquiry Videos – Gravity, Mystery Hole and Frozen Ponds

What keeps the water in the upside down bucket?!
What lives in the hole in the ground??
Why is the pond water hard?

This month’s videos challenge young learners to think, question and develop strategies to find the answers.

Watch the inquiry videos. They have easy connections to Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum!

See the notes (underneath the YouTube video in the description) for learning extensions and links to more information.

How does the water stay in the bucket… even when it’s upside down?!

Who or what lives in the hole in the ground?!

What happened to the water?

See all the videos.

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#1172 Inquiry Videos for Kinder and Elementary Students, Homeschoolers and Forest School

What keeps my milk in the cup?
Why are lemons and bubbles circular or spherical?
Building bird nests and human homes…

This month’s videos challenge young learners to think, question and develop strategies to find the answers.

Watch the inquiry videos. They have easy connections to Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum!

See the notes (underneath the YouTube video in the description) for learning extensions and links to more information.

What keeps my milk in the cup? What happens to a cup of milk in outer space?

Why are lemons (and so many other things in nature) spherical?!

Building bird nests and human homes… What would you use to build a home?

See all the videos.

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#1171 Counting Pickles, Estimating Tree Age and Cicadas

How many pickles are in the jar?
How old is this tree?
Investigate the lifecycle of the cicada!

This month’s videos challenge young learners to think, question and develop strategies to find the answers.

Watch the inquiry videos. They have easy connections to Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum!

See the notes (underneath the YouTube video in the description) for learning extensions and links to more information.

How many pickles are in the jar?! What is your strategy for guessing?

How old is this tree? How can you find out?

Explore the life of a cicada and create your own story!

See all the videos.

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#1170 Butterfly or Moth? Where Did the Water Go? And Thank-You!!

Can you tell the difference between moths and butterflies?
Can you figure out where the pond water went?
Or why “thank-you” is so contagious?

This month’s videos challenge young learners to think, question and develop strategies to find the answers.

Watch the inquiry videos. They have easy connections to Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum!

See the notes (underneath the YouTube video in the description) for learning extensions and links to more information.

Butterfly or moth? Do you know the difference? And what do you know about symmetry?! Check out this inquiry video:

What about the water in this pond? Where did it go? Can you figure it out?!

What happens when you say “thank-you?” Explore kindness with this video:

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#1169 Pigs, Patterns, Sticks & Stones: Inquiry Videos for Kindergarten and Primary Students!

What do you know about pigs?
Find a way out of the fern forest using patterns!
What’s the difference between sticks and stones?!

This month’s videos challenge young learners to think, question and develop strategies to find answers.

Watch the videos. 
See the notes (underneath the YouTube video in the description) for learning extensions and links to more information.

PIGS!
Kindergaretn & primary grade inquiry into the the life of pigs on the farm!


Patterns
Where do you see patterns? Help Mr. Harry describe them and see if he can get out of the fern forest!


Sticks & Stones!
How are they different?
Which one floats?
Which one sinks?
WHY!?

See all the videos including:
• Baby chicks
• Gus the bull calf
• Wasps and nests

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#1168 Wiggly Worms, Decomposing, and BUGS!

What lives underground and wriggles?
Which decomposes faster: an apple core or a wrapper?
Black flies, mosquitoes and dragon flies: whose team do you want to be on?!

This month’s videos challenge young learners to think, question and develop strategies to find answers.

Watch the videos. 
See the notes underneath for learning extensions.

Wiggly worms!
Kindergaretn & Grade 1 inquiry into the the life of worms, soil and dirt!

Decomposing!
Which decomposes faster? Apple cores or wrappers?
Inquiry into natural vs plastic waste!

Bugs!!!
Who do you want on your team?
Black flies?
Mosquitoes?
Dragon flies?
… Pick very carefully!

See all the videos including:
• Mystery forest object
• Being happy
• Heart and breathing

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#1167 Pond Life, Chicken or Egg and, Self Regulation Learning

Which came first? The chicken or egg?
What’s making all that noise in the pond?
What do YOU do when you’re upset (or ANGRY!)?

This month’s videos challenge young learners to think, question and develop strategies to find answers.

Watch the videos.
See the notes underneath for learning extensions.

Chicken and Egg
Kindergaretn & Grade 1 inquiry into the life cycle through chickens and eggs:

Pond Life
What creatures make ALL THAT NOISE?!
Inquiry with literacy / creative writing links.

Self Regulation
Look what happened! … it was an accident!”
Strategies for kinders and primary students for when things go wrong…

See all the videos including:
• Investigation of capacity (approximately Grade 3 math).
• Tadpoles and frogs – life cycle.
• Creative writing / storytelling prompt.

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#1166 Distance Learning – YouTube Inquiry +

We’re in a peculiar time.
Mandatory distancing and isolation has created new realities for the planet’s population.

As people scramble to develop new norms teachers are busy managing their own families and supporting their students in new ways.

New ways include YouTube, Zoom, SeeSaw, and Google Classroom.

Below are a few videos I’ve produced or supported to help the elementary classes at school.

The last three are my favourite…

First is a school staff compilation to remind the school community we are #TogetherApart – produced by Mme. Labrosse and fed to families via Twitter.

An alternative, cross curricular Grade 3 fractions lesson:

Kindergarten inquiry about seeds:

Kindergarten inquiry about trees and what lies underground:

Kindergarten inquiry about compost and soil (stinky gross alert!!):

They’re fun to produce.
And help students remember #WeMissYou.

Support.
Be kind.
Smile as best you can!