Saturday, June 3, 2023

Class World Cup Trophy Project!

With all the World Cup excitement this past school year, my class really wanted to make a World Cup Trophy. Students worked together to come up with ideas and build their own over the course of a few weeks. Students took turns in groups of 3-4 to work on the different stages of the project. Here are some photos of the process:

- Patrick


Sunday, June 5, 2022

The Ultimate Invasive Species STEAM project

For our Grade 4 class STEAM project, the students learned about invasive species and then designed, built and named their own ultimate invasive species. 

Pour notre projet STEAM 4ème, les élèves ont découvert les espèces envahissantes et puis ont conçu, construit + nommé leur propre espèce envahissante ultime.

- Patrick

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Leaf identification poster project in French

Grade 4 French Immersion students had fun making posters about local trees and habitats this week. Les élèves d'immersion moyenne se sont bien amusés cette semaine en apprenant des arbres et habitats locaux. 

Sunday, August 8, 2021

French Leaf Identification Worksheets

I've made some french versions of my leaf identification handouts and worksheets. They are now available here:

These are great for fall tree walks and for french language, science and art activities. I have enjoyed using them as part of an interdisciplinary approach to the Ontario Science curriculum. Students collect and identify leaves. Then they complete a scientific illustration about their leaf. After that we learn about the communities and habitats of the trees and the species that live around our school.

- Patrick

Monday, April 5, 2021

Leaf Identification Worksheets

I have just added a new resource to my TeachersPayTeachers site that I am excited about. My class had a great time using these this fall. These are worksheets that teach how to identify deciduous and coniferous trees based on the characteristics of leaves. These are cross-curricular worksheets that combines science, environment, art, language and outdoor activity. This resource works well with any age level. It works with the science curriculum, outdoor exploration, student inquiry project, visual arts and language.

- Patrick

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tree identification Unit

 I've just finished a new teaching resource that is available on my teacherspayteachers page here:

This resource is a cross-curricular unit plan for Grade 4 Communities and Habitats, from the Ontario curriculum. It combines science, environment, art, language and outdoor activity. This resource can be used for a variety other learning purposes. It can work well with Grades 4, 5 and 6 for science curriculum, outdoor exploration, student inquiry project, visual arts and language. 

I created this unit based on lessons, activities and ideas that I worked out in the classroom. It is an engaging unit that kids will enjoy and is also fun to teach!

- Patrick 

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Scientific Illustration Project + Leaf Identification Unit

This is a fun way to combine art and science. I developed this project this year for the Grade 4 Ontario Science curriculum: Communities and Habitats. This could work for students all all grades. 

After working through some fundamental science vocabulary about communities, habitats, and ecosystems, we studied local trees: coniferous and deciduous and how to identify trees based on the characteristics of their leaves. 

We spent a lot of time outside observing and documenting trees and collecting leaves. We then learned about scientific illustration and how to label, classify, identify, how to use a magnification bubble, and how to ask questions about what is being studied.

The final project:

Students create a poster about their chosen leaf. They draw a scientific illustration with relevant labels, questions and a magnification bubble. We got to laminate our leaves and add them to the poster. The students loved it and learned a lot!