Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Titanic
Aiden, Jaylah, Dora, Stewart

The Titanic was built in Belfast Northern Ireland between 1909 and 1911. The top speed of the Titanic was 24 knots. It was the largest man made ship. It cost 7.5 million dollars to build. It sailed for New York on April 10 , 1912. On April 14 at 11:55 pm it hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. The iceberg hitting the ship allowed water to enter it. The iceberg was formed in Greenland  where it broke off from a glacier. It moved south from there. There were many famous people on board the Titanic. There were not enough life boats on the ship for all the people. Most lifeboats were not full. 60% of the first class passengers survived the sinking. The Carpathia rescued the survivors starting at 4:10 am.
Abraham Lincoln
Abi, Cody, Kaydn, Olivia

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. He was the 16th President of the United States. He was assassinated on Friday April 14 at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. by John Wilkes Booth.
Lincoln was still alive after he was shot. He was carried to a house across the road from the theatre. President Lincoln lived through the night. He died the next morning at 7:22 am.
The search was on for John Wilkes Booth. A couple of weeks later Booth was located in a barn in Virginia where he was shot.
The months of the year
Zach, Keeshan, Adrian D., Denyce

The Romans used a different calendar than we do. It started with March and ended at the end of December.

January comes from the Latin  word door. It is thought to open up to the the new year..March is stormy and windy and was in honor of Mars, the war god. April is named for a Latin word, Apetit which means to open as it begins the spring. May is named after the Roman goddess Maia. June was named after the bride of Jupiter, Juno. July and August were named after Julius and Augustus Caesar. February was named after an ancient purification festival that was held early in the springtime. September, October, November and December were named after the place they held in the old Roman calendar.
What is gigantism?
Andrew, Caoimhe, Hunter, Katelynne

Gigantism is a disease that starts during childhood. It can be caused by a benign tumour It is uncommon to get. It makes you grow and cannot stop except by surgery to the pituitary gland. Robert Wadlow was the tallest man. He was 8' 11'' tall. He was only 22 years old when he died. Doctors thought he would keep on growing if he had lived.
What is the most effective way to clean your teeth?
Adrian M. Rheya, Cameron

Spin brushes are better than manual brushes.The rotating brushes cover more surface area and get into places that manual brushing cannot. The fast movement moves the germs and dirt away faster than manual brushing does.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

As teachers we are often asked for our rubrics to show how we are evaluating the student’s work. I smile and hand over my rubric. I always take great pleasure when people gasp and ask me if I am serious. “Where is the rest of the rubric?” is the next question. The truth is my rubrics only have one level on them, Level 4. I do not put any other information on my rubric than this level.  My reasoning for this is simple. If you put the other levels the students will make an effort to reach the level they feel comfortable with. With only Level 4 they see this as the expectation and work to meet it. Even the weakest students improve their efforts.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Why do we need feet?
Denyce, Caoimhe, Rheya, Jaylah

We need feet to walk. They are located at the base of our body. They provide balance when we walk so we do not fall over.

The skin on the sole of the foot lack pigmentation and the hairs found on the rest of your body. It has a high concentration of sweat pores.
Why does the moon appear to be different sizes in the sky?
Abi, Mia, Aaliyah, Keeshan

The moon is the brightest object in our sky.The moon appears to be larger near the horizon than when it is higher in the sky.The appearance changes but the size doesn't change. The moon is always the same size. It is an optical illusion.

The moon was made about 4.5 billion years ago. All the parts of the moon that reflect light. The light comes from the sun. The moon is the Earth's only natural satellite. The distance from the Earth to the Moon is 384403 km. The first person to walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong in 1969. The moon has an orbit around the earth. It takes about 27.3 earth days for this to happen. The tides in the oceans are caused by the moon. It is the Moon's gravitational pull that causes it. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is between the sun and the moon.
Hair Colour
Alisha, Andrew, Dora, Hunter

Melanin is a pigment found in organisms. There are two different types of Melanin. They are sorted according to the Fisher-Saller Scale of hair colours. It depends on the number of pigments in your hair.

There are two different types of pigments that give hair colour. A pigment is a material reflected or transmitted light into colour. People's hair darkens as you get older. Regular hair colours are brown, black, blond, red and grey.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Black Holes

Adrian, Zach, Andrew, Katelynne

Black holes are formed by a cluster of dying stars The stars are usually 20 times or more larger than our sun. They suck in planets, stars and light. It can look like a swirling circle that sucks in light.
Curling Irons
Dora, Stewart, Keeshan, Adrian D.

Curling irons are also know as curling tongs. They are used to curl hair. There are many different sizes of curling irons. There are also different types of curls. Some examples are:
the Shirley Temple Ringlets
Long looping curls
classic coil curls
big round curls
s shaped curls

There are two people who invented the curling iron. Marcel Grateau in 1890 and Sir Hiram Maxim in 1866.

There are many different brands of curling iron. Also besides a curling iron there is a curling wand.
Why do they call it chili if it is hot?

It is called chili in Spanish from the word chile. It has nothing to do with the temperature. Chili peppers have been a part of the American diet  since 7500 B.C. European's came across them in the 1500's when they invaded Mexico. There are many different types of peppers. Chili peppers are the hottest of the peppers.
By Jaylah, Abi, Denyce

Leukemia is a cancer that you can get in your blood or bone marrow. The word Leukemia comes from the Greek word leukos which means white and aima which means blood. Leukemia may also cause hair loss. Some types of Leukemia are:

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
Chronic Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

The cancer starts in tissue and moves to the bone marrow. The causes for Leukemia are not known. People with Chronic Leukemia usually have no symptoms. The treatment  depends on the type of Leukemia. It is very possible for kids to get Leukemia.
Why do people talk in their sleep?
Caoimhe, Olivia, Rheya, Aidan

All most all of us at some point have been told that we talk in our sleep. It can be a disturbing thing to hear that you talk in your sleep. You think, "Did I spill the beans." You may wonder, "Did I say something embarrassing?" There is also a possibility that our words revealed some deep desire of which we would be unaware. Sleep talking is also known by the name somniloquy. It may occur during both the phases of sleeping. When it happens during rapid eye movement, the stage during which we dream, it is caused by a motor breakthrough of dream speech. Our mouth and vocal cords are usually inactive when we sleep.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Julie is onto something good here.

The Future of Learning: Every Hero Has to Find Their Own Way: Julie Wilson at TEDxRockCreekPark

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

 Katie and Cody
 October 11, 2013
The Circulatory System notes
Heart Disease 
Question 1          What can happen to the circulatory system? 
Blood can stop pumping to your muscles
Oxygen and glucose will not get to the cells through the blood
Cells will die and you will die
Without the circulatory system the body can’t fight disease
Can come in child hood
If blood stops flowing the brain will not live and it could get brain damaged
The lungs get the bad blood away from the heart then then take out the carbon dioxide then return oxygenated blood to the heart to circulate through the body
Question 2          What organs are affected?

1.        the heart is affected
-The heart pumps blood through the body
2.        the lungs (pulmonary)
-The lungs bring oxygen into the body then it circulates through the body back to the heart arteries, veins, and portal vessels (systemic)
3.     The brain
                -The brain tells the heart to pump and at what speed
                If exercising it knows to speed up, of sleeping it knows to slow down
Question 3          What are the causes or diseases?
        1.        Valvular Stenosis
                When the valves narrow and blood can’t get through
                Can be caused by Pneumatic fever
2.        Heart disease
3.        Arteriosclerosis
                Buildup of fat or cholesterol
                Common in circulatory system
                Causes stiffening and narrowing of the arteries
4.        Hypertension
                Blood pushes against artery walls
   Causes high blood pressure
                This causes the heart to pump faster giving it more risk
                This leads to heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure
5.        High blood pressure
6.        Diabetes
7. Smoking
8. Too much caffeine or alcohol
9. Drugs
10. Stress
11. Congenital heart defects
12. Could be born with
13. Could be because of Down syndrome
14. Could be because mom did drugs while pregnant
15. Coronary artery disease
16. Blood vessel disease
Question 4          Are there any treatments for the disease
There is no cure for heart disease
See your doctor regularly
1.        Lifestyle changes
Eat healthy (low sodium, low fat)
Quit smoking
Limit alcohol
Exercise more
2.        Medications
We will talk about later
3.        Surgery
             1.        Coronary angioplasty
a.        The doctor puts a catheter into the artery to insert a small balloon to unblock arteries and reopen them
b .      Then a stint is places in to keep the artery open
      2.        Coronary artery bypass
a.        Use a vein from the leg to bypass the blocked   section of the artery
       3.        Vegal Maneuvers
a.        Dunk face in cold water
b .      Hold breath or cough
      4.        Cardio version
a.        Electric shock to reset the rhythm of the heart
     5.        Pacemaker
a.        Put pacemaker in beside the heart and it will use electrical impulses to slow down or speed up the heart
 The EKG (electrocardiogram)
                Is a machine used to evaluate circulatory system
                It tells doctors how fast the heart beats and the rhythm
                Is used to measure how fast the heart beats and the rhythm
                Is a cuff that a doctor uses to check the blood pressure
Question 5          Are there any medications
Blood pressure pills
Blood thinners
Cholesterol pills
Clots from getting bigger
Must take all medication correctly to work
Medications prevent clots
 Question 6          Are there any cures for heart disease
There is no cure
Take medication
Eat healthy
We can raise money for:
Supplies to search for a cure
Question 7 what can we do to prevent the disease        
We can raise money for:
Supplies to search for a cure
Fun Facts
12 million people die because of heart disease each year in the world
Women die more often than men from heart disease
Heart beats almost 100,000 times in a day
If your heart goes out of rhythm you will die
About 2,000 gallons of blood travel through 60,000 miles of vessels per day
The average person has 5-6 quarts of blood in their body
The American Heart Association says that heart disease is the leading of death in the USA
Cardiologist are doctors that specialize in the heart, arteries and veins