Posted by johnnybds4 | Posted in Language Arts | Posted on December 12, 2013

johnny                           By: Johnny

                Red, orange, and yellow

          Leaves falling off the bare trees

                   On the frosty grass. IMG_0717



Posted by peterbds4 | Posted in Language Arts | Posted on December 12, 2013

pumpkins-field                              By: Peter

On a windy day

Big, fat, round, orange pumpkins grow

In a pumpkin patch.




Posted by jacobnbds4 | Posted in Language Arts | Posted on December 10, 2013

jacob pumpkinsBy: Jacob

 Jack-o’- lanterns gleam

 On porches as children call

 Thanks for the candy.











Posted by nancybds4 | Posted in Language Arts | Posted on December 10, 2013

                           By:imagesCAA25F27 Nancy

                Leaves are drifting down

            From the red bare maple trees

                   Onto the soft grass. IMG_0711



Posted by annabds4 | Posted in Language Arts | Posted on December 10, 2013

IMG_0712                                                          By: Anna

                                                  Spooky faces carved

                                       Gleaming pumpkins on the porch.

          On a scary night.pumpkins happy

Scariest Night


Posted by susiefbds4 | Posted in Language Arts | Posted on December 10, 2013

By: Susie

Kids yell trick or treat

IMG_0720                                            Children knocking on the doors

                           kids holding bags                         Holding up their bags.     




Posted by Michelle Vidotto | Posted in Grade 7 Science | Posted on December 9, 2013


Are you teaching Grade Seven Science?   Well if you are, one of the experiments for, “Interactions and Ecosystems,” is testing the habitat preferred by mealworms.  I was discussing the experiment in the staffroom, well . . . more my dislike for mealworms when @AlexandraPletch a student teacher at our school recommended,  “Superworms.”  She remembered using the Superworms in High School Science to test the habitat they preferred. Her suggestion was fantastic!  Superworms were more active than mealworms and the experiment turned out great!

My students tested whether Superworms preferred:

wet or dry?

warm or cold?

light or dark?

oatmeal or bran?

Students used four petri dishes and divided each petri dish up to test the conditions preferred by the Super Worms.  Students used five Superworms in each petri dish to test each condition preferred.

Here are couple of suggestions that I learned after completing the experiment since this is the first year I am teaching Science 7:

For wet or dry @nishiteacher suggested using a wax crayon to ensure water didn’t travel to the dry side.  This worked well!  Also, make sure your lamps don’t get too hot and use a large ice pack when testing warm or cold.  When testing light or dark, use the petri dish to trace the paper and then place half of each colour into the same petri dish.  Tongs to pick up the Superworms worked well and wear gloves. Be sure to keep the lids on the petri dish on, as Superworms can crawl out!  Hmm . . . not great for a teacher that didn’t want to use mealworms and decided to use active Superworms!  

My students learned that Superworms prefer dry, warm, and dark conditions.  Also, they preferred bran over the oatmeal, but did eat the oatmeal when they ran out of bran to eat.   Students learned that Superworms are scavengers!

It was great to hear the students exclaim, “The experiment worked well and we enjoyed the experiment today.”  Students were engaged and learned key concepts from the chapter!

Here’s a site for more information on Superworms: http://bit.ly/18ZiMxl






Posted by cristinabds4 | Posted in Language Arts | Posted on December 8, 2013

By: Cristina


Geese feel the weather

Becoming chillier, so

They honk their way south.





Posted by nellabds4 | Posted in Language Arts | Posted on December 6, 2013

                     By NellaIMG_0713

                                        Round and fat pumpkins

                                       Gleaming on frosty porches

                                             For kids to grin at.pumpkin smiling

Autumn is Here


Posted by hermantbds4 | Posted in Language Arts | Posted on December 6, 2013

By: Herman

Leaves are drifting down

From the bare apple tree branch

Landing on a bus.


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