O, money can’t buy the delights of the glen,
Nor Poetry sing all its charms:
There’s a solace and calm ne’er described by the pen
When we’re folded within Nature’s arms!
~James Rigg, “Nutting Time,” Wild Flower Lyrics and Other Poems, 1897
Since the beginning of March, we’ve been observing the eagles in White Rock and Delta! We’ve spent time predicting how long we think it will take for eggs to hatch and incubate … we’ve recorded our wonders collaboratively on our google doc and we’ve learned how to do INCREDIBLE research AND detailed answers to our wonders. We’ve learned SO many things about eagles … watching them sit through unBEARABLE weather … laying their eggs … working on their nests … incubating then CARING for their newly hatched eaglets!
What follows are just SOME of our thoughts about this learning journey SO far:
“Cheep! On March 6 and 7 at 2:41 and 7:10 we had two eggs! Wow! WOW … WOW! What? Two eggs in Delta!!! I thought the Delta eggs would never get laid BUT I was wrong; I wonder when they’ll hatch? (One month later.) Oh WOW! Babies! I wonder what their names are? Two years ago there was Kilo and Lima. David Suzuki and David Hancock are scientists. They study eagles and help SAVE them! Ma keeps on nesturating and making holes. They live in BC. When they were hatched they were oogly but 1 day after they were SOO cute I CRIED!” ~Zari
“In White Rock the first egg was hatched on April 13. The second was hatched on April 15! The Delta egg was hatched April 14 and April 15! The eaglets look so cute! I wonder why the older one was pecking at the youngest? Why does the oldest get more food than the youngest? My lowlight was when the youngest was getting pecked at. My highlight was when the mom dug a hole and put the oldest in the hole so he would stop pecking at the youngest.” ~Brooklyn
“The Delta and White Rock eggs HATCHED! They are so cute and when they hatched they looked oogly! In Delta one of the eaglets poked the other eaglet and was eating all the food. But, the White Rock eaglets are okay. I wonder what the eaglets’ names are going to be. White Rock or Delta were protecting their eggs by fighting tough for the eggs. I wonder if eagles eat worms like other birds.” ~Beyazit
“Hi! Today I’m going to talk to you about the eagle discoveries. I wonder what would happen if another eagle gets to a different eagle’s egg? I wonder hoe much energy does an eagle use protecting and defending its babies? I wonder do eagles smell and if they do how bad do they smell? We discovered that eagles eat duck! Oh! Here is a super good scientist with animals: David Hancock. I wonder how many eagles are in the world? How many times does a baby eagle peck? What is an eagle’s purpose in the world?” ~Eric
“We watched eagles on eagle cams and we found lots of discoveries on the way. I wonder if the mom eagle or the dad eagle leaves their baby when the baby eagle gets big? I discovered that the babies can die very easily when the baby is born. A highlight is that the baby eagles are out of the eggs. A lowlight is that the baby eagle might die because predators might eat the baby. I really hope that the babies won’t die. I can’t wait until they are older. I was really looking forward to seeing it when it is older.” ~Tareq
“Crack! Split! Bam! All our eaglets have hatched in both Delta and White Rock!!! Yay! In Delta, the oldest eaglet was pecking the younger eaglet. I hope nobody got hurt. (By “I hope nobody got hurt” I mean: I hope the little one did not get hurt!) YIKES! A day or two later the little eaglet started to pick on the big one. But, luckily they both stopped … sort of!” ~Rowen
“The first egg for White Rock got laid March 6 at 2:41 pm and it hatched on April 13. It took 38 days to hatch! The second egg got laid March 9 at 7:10 pm and hatched April 15. That’s 36 days. The first Delta egg was laid March 5 at 6:14 pm and hatched April 14. That’s 39 days. The second Delta egg was laid March 8 at 3:55 pm and it hatched on April 15. That’s 37 days. I wonder why the mom eagle won’t stop the bigger eaglet from pecking at the smaller eaglet. I wonder why the White Rock eggs were more cleaner than the Delta eggs?” ~Colter
“There are two eagle cams and the cams are in White Rock and Delta. The White Rock mommy laid an egg March 6 at 2:41. The White Rock mommy laid a second egg March 9 at 7:10 pm. Okay … let’s get to Delta. Delta mommy laid an egg March 5 at 6:14 and her second one on March 8 at 3:55. Now, back to White Rock. The eggs for White Rock hatched April 13th and 15th and the Delta eggs hatched April 14th and April 16th. One of my highlights was to see the mommy eagle feed the eaglets. I wonder if the eaglet’s grandparents are still alive? I discovered that an eagle’s wing span is TWO METRES! WOWZERS!” ~Reid
“Yo! My name is Colby and I’m going to take you on a trip about eagles! My highlights were that both of the eggs in both nests hatched. The eaglets are SO cute. The mama was an awesome protector and the daddy was an awesome hunter! I discovered lots. I will tell you some. I discovered that the eaglets use their egg tooth, (the egg tooth is on their beak), to break the egg open. The adult eagles have a bare spot on their stomaches and it is called the brood patch. It takes 36 to 38 days until the eggs hatch. (Sometimes they hatch late or the egg dies.) My lowlights are when the eaglets peck each other. The older one usually wins. (I call when the eaglets peck each other: war over food!) I have one wonder. How are the eaglets getting named? Well, I have a question for you! Would you ben an eagle? Bye!” ~Colby
“Me and my class are watching the eagle cams. The mommy laid two eggs and then she had to incubate them for 38 days with RAIN and SNOW! They finally hatched on April 13th.” ~Alinah
“Hello! Today I am going to be writing about these here birds called eagles and their eaglets! The nests and LIVE webcams are called White Rock and the other one is Delta! First it started off when one morning our teacher said today we are going to be looking at Bald Eagles and they are LIVE! Then, later one … on March 6th at White Rock the first egg was laid! Then, three days later … March 9th … another egg was laid!!! Yay! I was so happy because I knew in a month or so we would be mamas and daddas! But, that was only for White Rock though! By the way, this is in BC! Then, there was another eagle webcam called Delta! When the first Delta egg was laid it was on March 5th and then three days later again … March 8th! Yay! Again … a month later we started seeing pips! (These are little cracks in the eggs.) Then, at White Rock on April 13 an egg hatched! Then, the next day at Delta there was a first eaglet for Delta, (April 14th)!!! Then, on the same day, (April 15), White Rock AND Delta both hatched! So … that’s the story of both the eaglets at both nests! I have a couple wonders though. So, the first one is: I wonder why the eaglets peck at each other? The second one is I wonder why the mom USUALLY doesn’t split them up when they are pecking? One of my highlights about the eagles are that the eaglets hatched because they are so adorable!!! My lowlight is that the eaglets peck at each other. That’s all I have for today! See you next time! Bye!” ~Vivian
“Me and my class are watching eagle cams! We are watching two eagles. One is in White Rock and one is in Delta. The White Rock eggs were laid on March 6 at 2:41 pm and on March 9 at 7:10 pm. The Delta eggs were laid March 5 at 6:14 pm and March 8 at 3:55 pm. And they were hatched April 13 and April 15 for white Rock and April 14 and 15 for Delta. They are so fuzzy and cute! When the eaglet comes out it uses something on its beak called an egg tooth. They use it to peck their way out. When the eagles come out, they look oogly! They are so cute! I hope they grow to be big and strong!” ~Leah
“Oh! Hi there! It’s nice to see you again! Today I’m going to tell you a little bit about eagles! So, you might remember last time I told you about the eagles next door but it’s been a pretty long time so there’s more going on with the eagles! Okay. This is going to be exciting but there were two eggs in White Rock and Delta and they hatched so now we have TWO baby eaglets in BOTH nests! You should have seen my face when it was trying to peck its way out! Did you know that the eaglets DON’T peck with their beaks and they peck with an EGG TOOTH? An egg tooth is something that grows on their beaks and they use it to peck out because their beaks are all curved! I was really surprised when my teacher told me! I really, really REALLY loved it when I saw the first eaglet come out of it’s egg! It was magical! My lowlight is probably that in the Delta nest the older one is pecking at the younger one and I’m kinda worried because earlier today the younger one was just lying down in the nest but then he or she got back up and I was so relieved! But, other than that, I have no more lowlights. Oh, and I forgot to tell you this but I also loved it when I saw the pip because I was about to scream but I’m not allowed to! I wish you were there because I had an amazing time from this adventure. It was so much fun sharing this with you! I hope you liked it too! Maybe now, since you read this, you might want to watch the eagles too! Well, I’ve worked on this all day so I’m going to go do some other things! Bye!” ~Connie
“3, 2, 1 … ACTION! Oh, hey! I didn’t see you there! I was talking about the eagles in Delta and White Rock. So, let’s get to it! So, first let’s talk about Delta. So, the first egg was laid March 5 at 6:14 pm. Egg number two was laid March 8 at 3:55 pm. And, the White Rock egg number one was laid March 6 at 2:41 pm. Egg number two was laid March 9 at 7:10 pm. Then they hatched. It takes like 38 to 39 days until they hatch. They are the cutest. They are so small. Cut. Okay. That’s a rap for the day. See you later!” ~Emily
“I wonder if the eaglets will be really strong? I wonder if the eaglets will not fight and the mom will do something about the fighting. I wish that the mom would feed them at the same time so they grow and become adults. They are so cute.” ~Nic
“Hi! We’re learning about some eagles on cameras. David Suzuki knows about them and he studies them. David Hancock studies eagles too. The eagle that lives in White Rock and Delta both have eaglets. Well … they have two eaglets. Now the mom has to protect them. Also the mom or dad get fish also and sometimes the eagle gets duck to feed the eaglets too! Oh, and one eaglet looks like it is going to die but it is not.” ~Daniel
“Crack! This was so exciting! The first pip in the egg! I was crying it was so happy! I wonder what can eat eagles? Did you know that eagle eggs weigh 120 grams? That’s TWO chicken eggs! My lowlight was the bigger eaglet gets all the food! Poor eaglet! But as we watch a bit more the mom made a hole for the eaglet to stay in and it didn’t peck a lot anymore! YES!” Evelyn L
“Hi! I am going to talk to you about our eagle discoveries! I am going to tell you my highlights. One: watching the eagles. Two: doing this great experience with my class! My last highlight is watching the eaglets!!! Now … for my lowlights. One: We did not get to see the eagles lay the eggs. We were so disappointed. Two: In the Delta nest one of the eaglets is very weak. We are getting very sad. Now. Now more lowlights. So, maybe we should start talking about what the White Rock and the Delta eagles eat. They live very close to the Pacifi ocean so they eat fish and ducks and birds. That’s my discoveries!” ~Arash
“It was awesome to see two eggs in each nest!!! In one or two months the four eggs HATCHED! Delta egg one hatched April 14 and egg two hatched April 15. For White Rock egg one hatched april 13 and for egg two, it hatched April 15!!! Baby eagles are called eaglets. To get out of the egg the eaglet uses its egg tooth to peck its way out. The White Rock nest is right next to the Pacific Ocean. Mom or dad go get fish and when mom or dad gets back the eagles rip the fish and eat it.” ~Alex
“On March the 5th White Rock laid an egg and when it was laid I was SO excited because that meant in 38 days they’ll hatch. In the Delta nest there were two eggs and in the White Rock there were two eggs too! I wonder why the White Rock egg hatched before the Delta egg even though the Delta egg was laid first? I wonder why the bigger chick always pecked on the littler one? When the eggs hatched the babies looked so ADORABLE and cute! I wish that I was there so I could fish because I love fish! I wonder why when the baby eaglets hatch they are all gray except their beaks? I wonder if the mama or dada would switch turns when it’s snowing or raining horribly? My lowlight is that the mommy or daddy had to sit in the horrible weather because it was raining very hard and their nests were wet sometimes! My highlight is when the babies hatched because the babies looked super cute and adorable! I wonder why I haven’t seen a real bald eagle when I was in Vancouver for four, five or six days! I wonder how do the people get the cameras up in the trees without getting hurt or letting the eagles see them? The babies remind me of Smokey, Spot and Bandit because they look so fluffy, adorable and cute but the eaglets are gray and the ducks were yellow that’s the only difference. Why does the bigger one get the most food and why is the bigger one so RUDE? I wonder if the White Rock mom or dad injured their wing or was it hurt when it was fighting? I wonder how much food does an eaglet get a day? I hope that none of the babies die because the mom and dad did so much work to make them hatch for 38, 39 and 37 days! I wonder if they always get new fresh grass or evergreen tree boughs every day?” ~Sky
“Have you ever seen a bald eagle or a bald eaglet? Well, I have. In fact I have been watching eagle cams in White Rock and in Delta with my class! We were watching the cams SO much that we even know when the eggs were laid! In White Rock, the eggs were laid on March 6th and the other egg was laid on March 9th! In Delta the eggs were laid on March 5th and March 8th! After we did some research as a class, and found out that it usually takes 36 to 38 days for bald eagle eggs to hatch! Those eagle eggs took 36 to 39 days to become TRUE eaglets! When eaglets first come out they look kind of oogly because they are wet, egg-shausted and they fall over because they are not very strong and sometimes because they are still exhausted. Once their down feathers dry out they look so CUTE it is hard not to want to have one, (as long as they stay that way)! I wonder if their egg tooth would be sore after pecking their way out of the shell? I also wonder if the eaglets have an instinct of sibling rivalry? Can eaglets be only children, (or two eagles only eaglets)? While I watched the eagle cams from home, I noticed that a day or so after the eaglets hatch they start bobbing their heads back and forth. I thought the eaglets might just be strengthening their necks so that when they’re older they are able to carry fish, ducks and rabbits, etc. in their beaks. In order for the eggs to hatch I learned that the parents take turns doing something called incubating the eggs. And, what it does, is it keeps eggs warm so the eaglet forming inside the eggs don’t freeze to death. Once the eggs hatched I learned another cool thing. The parents build something called a crib rail. It’s where the eaglets sit and stay, it looks like a bowl in the middle of the nest and it is called a crib rail because it acts like a crib for the babies! And, every once in a while the parents will bring evergreen boughs to the crib rail because the eaglets poop in the crib rail and their poop smells bad and they probably don’t want to smell the poop!” ~Payton
“Hey, everybody! Are you wondering about eagles? Then you came to the right place! So, if you do want to check out some eagles type in “Delta eagle webcam” or “White Rock eagle webcam”. So, let’s get started with some eagle discoveries!!! Eagles roll their eggs so the temperature is even and to make sure that each side is hot not cold. When the eggs hatch the baby eagles are called eaglets. When it comes to lunch, the older eaglet gets the most food. When baby eaglets are starting to hatch they use this thing called an egg tooth to peck it’s way out. Okay, so now I want to share some highlights. These highlights are about the eagle site I told you about earlier. So, these are my highlights. The eggs hatched! Another one is that the younger eaglet was not getting enough food. I thought it was going to die but it didn’t! Time for some lowlights. I just have one lowlight and that is the younger one might die because the older is pecking it a lot and it looks weak! One of my wonders is will the younger eaglet die or will the older eaglet stop pecking it? Check out the webcams! Bye” ~Evelyn S
“We are watching the eagle cams and the first White Rock egg is laid on March 6 at 2:41 pm. Then we waited through March 7, 8 and then March 9 at 7:10 pm the second egg from White Rock was laid! Delta’s first egg was March 5 at 6:14 pm and the second egg was March 8 at 3:55 pm. We are waiting and waiting and there is a lot of rain. They are oogly and tired when they hatch because they could be chipping. Not with their beak because their beak is curved. They chip with this thing called an egg tooth. It is this thing that is on the beak that sticks out. When the chick came out it flopped on the nest. FLOP! It was so tired from pecking for so long. My favourite part is when the mom dug a hole and put the other strong chick in it and gave that chick a time out. It was so cute. My lowlight is when I thought that the Delta egg would not hatch because the eggs were more dirty.” ~Katherine
“Hi! I’m going to tell you about two eaglets. One in Delta another in White Rock, (British Columbia). The first one I’m going to tell you about is Delta. Egg number one was laid March 5th at 6:14 pm. Egg number two was laid at 3:55 pm. But, the one thing about Delta is that the eggs were so dirty we thought that they got diseased because they were so dirty but guess what. On April 14th and 15th we figured out that they were not but … earlier today we saw that one of the Delta eaglets were down and not getting any food. I thought that the older eaglet pecked at the younger one but the mother or father would not help it because the eaglets when they get older they have to hunt for their own food like fish, rabbit, duck and more but their main diet I would say is fish and duck! It takes 38 – 39 days to hatch an eagle egg. That’s all I’ve got to say about Delta. Now on to White Rock. Egg one was laid March 6th at 2:41 pm. Egg two was laid at 7:10 pm. And White Rock’s eggs were so much cleaner than Delta’s. Mrs. Renton got a great screenshot of one of the eaglets from Delta or White Rock but I can’t tell. And, if you know what an egg tooth is you can see the egg tooth. Now I’m going to tell you about what an egg tooth is. The white spot on the beak and it helps the baby peck its way out. But, the White Rock baby is doing so much better than the Delta baby. Here are some of my wonders. Why are the babies so aggressive to each other? I wonder why on one day that there were so many feathers in the Delta nest? I wonder why David Suzuki studies eagles?” ~Maya
Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Connie Claymaker and Gordon have enriched our lives. They’ve deepened our understanding of art and our connection with some of the amazing artistic history of Peru through our work making ancient Peruvian masks. We’ve been SO lucky to spend this time with Connie and Gordon and we wish that they could work with us ALL year!
We hope you enjoy our written reflections and the many photos taken throughout this learning journey:
‘Hi! Have you ever been to Machu Picchu in Peru? Well, let me tell you I have a unique, one of a kind, authentic mask I proudly own, excavated from Machu Picchu by a professional archaeologist! Well, to be honest with you, I actually made it with two amazing clay artists: Connie and Gordon! But, it is authentic, proudly owned and priceless. When I made this mask with Connie and Gordon it was a very fun to day process. My highlights from the first day, when we built our templates and got our clay formed and designed, was making the template because that is when I got to get the first picture of what my mask would look like. I also liked designing the clay and forming the clay over my template because my mask started to look like a mask from ancient Peru made by the Inca tribe! Highlights from the second day was the whole painting process but to be specific, I liked adding the designs becaus every time I added a colour it came to life even more! Now that I have finished it I look back and don’t regret a thing and I am pleased with my mask! If I were to do it all over again I wouldn’t change a thing, because with Connie and Gordon we all became better clay mask makers! My favourite part of the whole thing was painting because to me it all came together once I added all the colour to it! I am most proud of my details because it gave it character and it looked more like an ancient Peruvian mask! But, I am proud of my whole mask not just the painting. Advice I would give to someone else making an ancient Peruvian mask would be to be patient when you use the clay and when you paint, to use around two to four colours because I only used turquoise as my main colour, maroon paint, gold paint and black paint to paint my designs! A wonder I have about how we painted them is why do your whole mask in one main colour and cover it with your other colours after? But, if you are going to do that on your mask use acrylic paint, not other paints because acrylic covers other colours of acrylic really well! I don’t know if they do birthday parties, but if they do and you want an art birthday, they would be the ones to call!” ~Payton
“Hi! Rowen here! I just dug up an ancient mask from Machu Picchu, (some place in Peru)! Okay, fine. I made one out of clay but … same thing! My mask is a little mask with sharp teeth, small nose, yellow outlines around the eyes, brown tongue and gold lines under the eyes. If you want to make your own Peruvian mask I suggest you use not a lot of colours!” ~Rowen
“Connie and Gordon came to our class and made ancient Peruvian masks. We had to work with the clay and put it on our paper plate and smooth it out. A few weeks later they came back and we painted them. I painted mine turquoise for the base, gold and silver for the lines and black for the mouth and eyes. I think they look better from far away. All of the masks look outstanding! I wish it was easier to make straight lines with a paint brush. I thought Connie junior was the best. My favourite part was everything. My lease favourite part was waiting because I really wanted to do the project!” ~Leah
“Connie and Gordon came to make masks. We painted the masks. I chose three paints. It was turquoise, gold and red. The masks were fragile. It was fun. I wish I will see Connie and Gordon next year. It was a lot like our marionettes. My most favourite part was painting the mask. Gold showed up good. I loved the project.” ~Nic
“On my first day we made ancient Peruvian masks and it was awesome! I had an awesome time with Connie and Gordon because they came to do Peruvian masks. I wonder how hot is the kiln? If I could do it again I would do the same thing but the nose different because it looks funny and I’d make it more like a human’s nose. I would also want to make more designs! I’m hoping that we can wear them so I can look funny and make my brother laugh! My highlights were: that we got to paint and choose the paint I wanted, and Connie and Gordon helping us when we needed help. The part I was most proud of was everything because I did a good job and I worked so hard on it. I am proud of all of it! My lowlights were that we had to skip recess and maybe our day at the park! I wish that I had clay and lots of colourful paint and a kiln and all the other stuff that you need to make a mask because I want to make more and MORE and MORE! I want to have lots and lots and lots of ancient Peruvian masks because I like painting them and it’s very fun! The colours I used were red, gold, silver and turquoise! My favourite part was painting because I like designing and colouring a lot. A memory is that I’ll always remember about Connie and Gordon coming here to make our Peruvian masks and them teaching us how to do it and showing us how to paint it properly.” ~Sky
“Wow! They are painted! Connie and Gordon helped us make some Peruvian masks, especially paint them. Oh … outlining was difficult and smooth. My first colour was turquoise and my second colour was red then gold and black. But, without paint and eyes, nose, mouth and eyebrows it would look like a pancake that you can eat. It was not that difficult to do the designs with a small paintbrush. Oh, it was hard with the rolling pin because the ambulance, (Gordon), had to come. I did not like the paint test because I did not want to have paint on me! Thank you Connie and Gordon, for helping us to make the Peruvian masks!” ~Daniel
“We made ancient Peruvian masks. I think it is the best art project. The people who helped us are Connie and Gordon. On my mask I made a tongue sticking out of it’s mouth. One of my highlights is the painting because it was messy AND you can paint anything you want on your mask. Everyone made priceless masks. The masks look SO amazing. If it was a competition I would vote everyone first in the competition!” ~Alex
“Yesterday we got to paint ancient Peruvian masks. (They were dug up in Machu Picchu!) Some colours were STUNNING. There was this beautiful gold and silver; once you paint them on it’ll shine like a star. Now, for the background, I used black because the other colours, (gold and silver), stand out more. Here is the part where we made them. First, we needed to make a model to go under the clay. Connie said “make it into a hamburger” and I did, (that’s a lie … I made it into a long hotdog). After, they put it in a kiln. I’ll always remember CLAY IS BEST!” ~Zari
We made ancient Peruvian masks with Connie and Gordon! Here are some of my highlights. There were so many colours so I chose black, gold and red. Touching the squishy clay because it felt fun! If I could make another mask I would use turquoise, silver and black, maybe. The part I am most proud of is making it look kinda worn out! My favourite part was painting the ancient Peruvian mask because it starts to come alive. I wonder how many ancient Peruvian colours there are in Peru. What if ancient Peruvian masks could be ANIMAL masks? Here are the steps. First you get a paper plate. Second you use tape and newspaper to make your own design. Third after you do your design you get clay and shape the corners into curves. Fourth you get a rolling pin and roll it into a pancake but not a flat pancake. Fifth you put the clay on the plate and shape it out. Sixth you use tools to make a design on the clay. Seventh, you let it dry and take the clay off the plate and let it dry some more. Eighth toast the clay. Ninth paint the entire mask using one colour and let it dry. Tenth get two other colours and colour over the first layer but not entirely. Eleventh let it dry and then you’re done!” Reid
Oh hi! It’s nice to see you again! Guess what? A few weeks ago we made ancient Peruvian masks! Okay maybe they are not that ancient but you get what I mean because they are only made out of clay and paint. Some of my highlights were making the designs with the paint, making the designs with the clay and making the mask’s shape. There are LOTS more but if I wrote all of them you would be reading til the cows come home! Well, I didn’t really have any lowlights but I guess I wasn’t really wild about waiting patiently for the paint to day but other than that I loved everything else! Something I would do differently next time is a hard question but if I had to pick I would probably put teeth on next time because I forgot to put it on before. But, still, I would keep it just the way it is if I didn’t have to pick. Oh no! Here comes another hard question! I liked the whole thing but my favourite part was seeing how it , turned out at the end because I loved how all my hard work paid off. No, no, no, no, no! Why do you give me all these hard questions … well, I guess I can tell you … I’m most proud of the same thing as my favourite part and for the same reason! Isn’t that a coincidence?! Okay, now, if you liked all of that stuff I just told you and now you just want to make one here’s some advice. First, please don’t press too far down on your paper plate.” ~Connie
“Wow! Did you know that we made ancient Peruvian masks? It was so fun. My highlight was probably the painting because I love doing art. My lowlight is that mine got a couple of cracks so Gordon patched them up for me. Something I would do differently to my mask is I would use turquoise for my background colours and silver, gold and white. I think it would look great with those colours. For my mask for the background I did navy blue, gold and silver. I like it. I am most proud of the nose and I did a decoration that was pretty cool. I love it. A memory is that I will never forget making my mask.” ~Emily
“Yesterday we made priceless ancient Peruvian masks! Here are some of my highlights. One is the painting and doing the designs and when I am masking taping the eyebrows and the mouth and the nose and eyes on. Two is when Connie and Gordon came and helped me. Now let’s get on. My lowlights were when I was rolling the clay on my desk and the clay got stuck on my desk because it was brutal because it was hard to get it off my desk. Two is when a piece of my eye came off. Three is when I am painting the paint gets stuck on my hands. I would do more designs on my mask because it has low designs on it. My favourite part of the process was the painting because I painted my mask silver, gold and turquoise. The part I am most proud of is my painting because it looks extraordinary.” ~Arash
“Wow! It was so awesome. We made Peruvian masks! Mine was brown with gold and a little bit of silver, and the littlest bit of black! My highlight was when a blob of paint was going to drop on my mask and Connie told me and I looked and I moved my paint brush so it didn’t spill! Yikes! I wonder how hot is the kiln? I also wonder if Connie made a mask what it would look like? If I could do it again I would make a lot more gold and a lot of turquoise. But, I am really happy with my mask because it really looks Peruvian. Gordon told me a couple of tricks and secrets! But I wish we could do it again because I could make it look more earthy! My favourite mask was Payton’s because it had a lot of designs!” ~Evelyn L
“We made Peruvian masks! We started off with making our masks. so, we got newspaper and made a nose, eyebrows and a mouth. Then we got some masking tape and we used a lot of it and I mean a lot and we taped the shapes down. My favourite part is when we painted our magnificent “real” ancient Peruvian masks. I used turquoise, clack, gold and silver. A thing that if I had another chance to make this again I would make a headpiece on it and make different designs. The part that I was most proud of is how it turned out in the end. I am really proud of my Peruvian mask because it really looks like an ancient Peruvian mask. I know that I will remember every part of this artistic also magnificent project!” ~Katherine
“Ta DA! Welcome to Colby’s writing about … ANCIENT PERUVIAN MASKS! My highlights were: we had SO many different colours because there was orange, black, even gold, silver and bronze! I had more highlights but probably too many! I had NO lowlights! Something I would probably do differently next time is: one, put gold on the nose instead of yellow because it just looks awesome in my mind. Two, don’t add a mouth, because it would look cute like Eric’s mask. My favourite part was painting all the mask black, because you had to rush and I like rushing with paint! I was most proud of making my tongue because I wanted it BIG and it is BIG! Connie and Gordon gave us lots of tips. Here’s one: don’t roll your rolling pin off the side because the top and bottom of your mask will be SKINNY. Well … I dug a mask in Machu Picchu … well … I lied! I built it out of clay! I wish I could make as many masks as I want!” ~Colby
“When we made our Peruvian mask I was excited. When we started working on our Peruvian masks I was excited to work on it. We used paper plates and the hardest part was doing the eyes. The easiest part was the eyebrows. I was excited to paint our Peruvian masks. It was awesome. I loved painting my Peruvian mas. It was so fun. I am proud of my mask because of the colours and the details. My advice is that you think about your colours.” ~Brooklyn
“A few days ago we started making clay masks with Connie Claymaker. We started using paper plates then we started using newspaper. a highlight was that how big the clay rolled. A lowlight was that at the start the clay was so cold and whenever we touched it it would stick to our hands. Something I would do differently would be the mouth closed and kind of a smile. My favourite part was when I finished painting it. It looked so ancient. The part I was most proud of is the mouth because it looks so creepy and I loved the teeth. To make it look more ancient I would put golden dots around the eyes or put black dots around the eyes. I thought this project was amazingly awesome. I wish they had the colour of the sky.” ~Tareq
“We made ancient Peruvian masks with clay. The first day we made the template. We used a paper plate to put the mouth on and that was made of newspaper. Everything was made of newspaper except for the paper plate. We added two eyes, then we got a block of clay. Then we smoothed the edges. That was not enough so we used a rolling pin and turned it into a pancake. We patted, patted and patted. That’s all for the first day. The second day we painted it. These are the colours that I used: turquoise, gold and dark red. Four people added tongues to their masks, not counting me. I had a tongue too. If you want to know how many counting me add one more, which is five. If I did it agin what I would change is I would make the mouth not as weird as what it is in it’s position right now. In fact it looks like you’re thinking kind of and I would curl the tongue a little more. My highlights were painting the mask and cutting out the eyes.” ~Will
“Hello blog readers! How are you today? Good? Yay!!! Me too! Today will be talking about the ancient Peruvian masks that we made! They are SO beautiful! I’ll start by telling you step by set. So, first we started by getting some newpaper and masking tape … wait … get it? MASKING tape! Ha ha ha! You use masking tape for masks! Ha ha! Okay back to work! We placed the newspaper and masking tape on to our plates and we made eyebrows, noses, mouths, lips, bulgy eyes or see-through eyes, teeth and a tongue. so, we placed those on the plate to start our structures. Then later we got our clay and it was shaped like a square then we smoothed the edges like a hamburger. LOL! But be careful! They are VERY fragile! Then we rolled it out and tried not to drive over the edge so then it wouldn’t go too too flat! Eventually we had to paint which was yesterday! It was so much fun!!! One of my highlights was designing the details with different colours! One of my lowlights was putting on the details with the toothpick because it was REALLY hard! Something I would do differently is the eyes because they kinda look creepy with the toothpick outline that I did! My favourite part of the process was painting because that’s when it all comes together! The part I’m most proud of is the eyebrows and nose because they just stand out SO well! My advice for others would be to add lots of details because it would just look so fabulous!!! And, it would stand out lots!) So, thanks for coming to the show! Bye! Wait!!! I need a WISH! Umm. Oh! One wish is that I wish that we could war the masks like they had a rubber band around them. A thought is I thought we would make them not like those colours but it kinda looks colourful! A memory would be painting because you just did whatever you felt like with expression!” ~Vivian
“Guess what we’ve been doing? Making ancient Peruvian masks! The part I’m proud of is the painting because it looks cool. I wonder if I can change the painting on my mask. I think an archaeologist dug up my ancient Peruvian mask.” ~Beyazit
“Hi there! We just finished doing our spectacular ancient Peruvian masks! Here are some of my highlights: painting all of the designs and when you painted them every time you did it started to come to life and it got more and more exciting. It felt like you were an archaeologist digging for ancient Peruvian masks at the top of Machu Picchu but you had to wait very patiently to find them. Ya … that’s not true but still they’re priceless irreplaceable ancient authentic Peruvian masks. My favourite part out of the whole process was painting because the colours that I chose were turquoise, gold and black. What I would do differently next time is I would pick the navy blue, silver and bronze because when I saw other people’s masks it was a good mix together. But, all of our masks are unique and that also why I like them! Here’s a list of some of my lowlights: having to wait patiently for it to cook in the kiln and rolling it was hard because you could not roll off the clay. That’s all I have to say for the ancient Peruvian mask! Bye for now!” ~Maya
“One day Connie and Gordon came in to teach me and my class how to make ancient Peruvian masks. I was so excited I wouldn’t wait. It was so much fun! We used newspaper, masking tape and a paper plate. And, then we put the newspaper on the paper plate in the shape we wanted it to be like. After that Connie gave everyone a block of clay and a rolling pin.” ~Alinah
As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.
Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
~Edwin Powell Hubble
We had SO much fun exploring the strength of our FIRST three eggs that we just HAD to test our theory!
We weighed our eggs to discover that ONE egg weighed 62.5 grams … and then we calculated the weight of THREE eggs: they were about 183 grams! WHAT? 183 grams could hold 23 TEXTBOOKS that weighed 25 KILOGRAMS?
That was just CRAZY! We REALLY wanted to find out if these mighty eggs could hold one of our students! We made some predictions.
Some of us predicted yes … some said no … and SOME sat on the fence and predicted “maybe yes, maybe no”! WHAT? YOU can’t do that!!!
We got our poor unsuspecting eggs ready for their BIG challenge! Many of us were a BIT nervous! Would we get SPRAYED?
CAREFUL, Mrs. Renton … hold her TIGHT! Set her down GENTLY! We were SO nervous!
3 – 2 – 1 … we have TOUCH-DOWN!!! Look CAREFULLY at Mrs. Renton’s hands … they’re …
… WHAT??? They’re NOT even HOLDING her!!! WOW! Let’s PUSH our luck!!! Let’s try someone just a LITTLE heavier!!!
OH, oh … was THAT a CRACK we heard? Oh NO! Here come the WONDERS again!!! MAYBE the eggs were ALREADY stressed with the FIRST test … could they have been WEAKENED?
What IS it with us? One discovery leads to MORE wonders!!! We wonder if NEW eggs could hold that heavier student! WHAT? We WONDER what FOUR eggs could hold!!! No WONDER so MANY manmade structures are ALSO made using the dome and arch shapes. We learn SO much from nature. Mr. Renton is NOT going to be happy about THIS week’s new shopping list!!!
Science does not know its debt to imagination.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.
Meet … the HUMBLE egg … great for EATING, wonderful for making fake GEODES … and NOW … fabulous for … holding very HEAVY loads! What, you ask? It’s TRUE … you DEFINITELY read that right. Read on and see what WE discovered! *A VERY special thank you to our photographer, Mrs. Breen, for capturing MORE of our CRAZY antics today, and to Mrs. M. and Mrs. Jensen, for lending us their awesome classroom scales!
“I think that three eggs will hold three math textbooks without breaking. The three eggs really held twenty-five textbooks. I weigh 26 kilograms. I think I was as heavy because the textbooks weigh twenty-five kg! OMGosh!!! But, I would break the eggs. I wonder how much does an egg weigh?” ~Beyazit
“I think that 3 eggs will hold 6 math textbooks without breaking. 23 textbooks, three eggs with six bottle tops they can hold. I am 26 kgs. 23 textbooks equals 25 kgs. I am 1 kg bigger than the textbooks. I was so scared. I almost couldn’t look because I was so scared. We measured the books with a scale. We had two scales. One of them was an old fashioned dial scale and a digital scale. The old fashioned scale worked the best.” ~Will
“I think that three eggs will hold 47 math textbooks without breaking. I was shocked. I think we could get into the Guinness Book of World Records. I was 24 away. It was awesome. I can’t believe three eggs can hold 25 kg, (kilograms) or 53 pounds. I also can’t believe I am 43 kg – 97 pounds. Isn’t it unbelievable? Did you know that an egg is a dome shape and it makes it stronger so that’s how three eggs can hold 23 heavy math textbooks. If you think an egg is weak, you are wrong.” ~Arash
“I think that three eggs will hold 9 math textbooks. We are back! Yay! I was only 14 away from my answer!!! The actual answer was 23. I think that if I would do this again I would pick a number closer to 23 next time so my mom and dad don’t know! Yesterday we did the egg challenge and today we are measuring how heavy all of the 23 books were together! I will tell you how the explosion happened. We were at 24 books and all of the sudden BOOM!!! The books slid all over on one side and crack, crack, crack. The three eggs cracked. The pressure was so hard that two of the eggs were stuck in the bottle caps! And, the cap that did not have an egg stuck in it was cracked! Du, du, du … I was SO shocked that three … I mean THREE … eggs could hold up 23 heavy and BIG textbooks!” ~Katherine
“I think that three eggs will hold four math textbooks without breaking. The answer is, drum roll please, TWENTY-THREE! Wow! I’m shocked! Holy smokes! I weigh twenty-seven kilograms. I know that because we weighed ourselves on an old fashioned dial scale. The first one did not work well and it was a glitchy one! So frustrating! We discovered that three normal eggs that have been refrigerated and some kind of cap of some sort of bottles … six of them. We did some stacking from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 … it collapsed and there was a big explosion and that was the end of our science experiment! 🙁 Wonders: why are eggs so strong? Are egg shells stronger than a hard boiled egg?” ~Maya
“I think that three eggs will hold 3 math textbooks without breaking. The three eggs actually held 23 textbooks altogether. I was so excited because Mrs. Renton said to get in a circle. Then, she handed B bottle caps and raw eggs because we watched Bill Nye do an egg experiment. I will tell you all about it. So, you need eggs, bottle caps, books or bricks to get started. So, put the eggs on wherever you are doing it … make sure it is a flat surface. Put the bottle caps on the table then put the egg in the cap then put the other cap on top of the egg and then put the books on top.” ~Emily
“I think three eggs will hold two math textbooks without breaking. The answer is actually … 23! I was a LOT off but the good thing is that I tried! 🙂 This experience was SO MUCH FUN!!! Yesterday we did a challenge called the egg challenge! I was 34 kilograms! I actually thought I would be WAY more! So, basically what we did was we put three eggs with bottle caps on the top and bottom. I wonder if I was six foot five how much I would weigh? So we put a baking sheet on the bottom so the eggs wouldn’t go ka-boom and all over the carpet. I LOVED this experience because I thought it was AWESOME how the eggs collapsed. Then we put plastic bags along the sides because Mrs. Renton would probably FREAK out! We also put a plastic bag on the very first one because then that one would not get all gloopy! We made it up to 23 math textbooks!” ~Vivian
“I think that three eggs can hold five math textbooks without breaking. So, I weigh 28 kg. I think you want to know how much 23 books can weigh. It is 25 kg! Boom! The digital scale didn’t work so then we used the old fashioned dial scale.” ~Eric
“I think that three eggs will hold six math textbooks without breaking. The total was … 23! I went to get two more books and then it BROKE! Mrs. Renton was TERRIFIED! I said gross when it broke.” ~Zari
“I think that three eggs will hold five math textbooks without breaking. The REAL answer was 23! OMG! I was super duper SHOCKED! When I saw the stack of books I called it the textbook tower! I discovered that the 23 books are 25 kg! I weigh 28 kg! The eggs will break with me. Once the eggs broke … all the books fell to death! I called it squashed! Even a bottle cap had a crack! The eggs risked their lives holding books! The digital scale was … HORRIBLE! It did not work … but the old fashioned dial scale did work! We should of put it on World Records 2017! Then everybody could see it! I wonder how many THICK books it can hold? I wish the eggs could hold me!” ~Colby
“I think that three eggs will hold four math textbooks without breaking. Three eggs can hold 23 books! WOW!!! That’s a world record! Once we put the 24th book on it collapsed! 23 math textbooks weighs 25 kg and 53 pounds. I weigh 31 kg. We put so much pressure on that the eggshell got sucked into the bottle caps. I wonder hoe many textbooks four eggs can hold? I guess 43 math books. We weighed the math books with an old fashioned dial scale because the digital scale was being naughty! 🙂 ” ~Reid
“I think that three eggs will hold ten math textbooks without breaking. It held 23 TEXT BOOKS!!! I was 13 away. I was so close. It was super fun! Then the next day we measured the text books. After that we measured the class. I was 29 kg. The text books were 25 kg.” ~Alinah
“I think that three eggs will hold five or six math textbooks without breaking. Wow! It took 23 textbooks and I predicted 5 or 6 and it wasn’t close. It was amazing! OMG. I weigh 25 kg. I didn’t see the eggshell crack because the textbook slid in my view. I discovered that the three eggs can hold 23 textbooks. It must be heavy. We used a cookie tray.” ~Daniel
“I think that three eggs will hold 8 math textbooks without breaking. The eggs really held 23 textbooks. On the 24th textbook it tumbled over! At 11 books, Mrs. Renton freaked out that everything would get ruined so she put plastic bags all around the tin. We weighed all 23 textbooks. 23 textbooks was 25 kg or 53 pounds.” ~Leah
“I think that three eggs will hold four math textbooks without breaking. I was shocked that three eggs could hold 23 textbooks! I never knew eggs were that strong. I was surprised that I was 33 kg. I wonder how many kgs eggs are. It scared me when it cracked!” ~Brooklyn
“I think three eggs will hold 8 textbooks without breaking. Three eggs could hold 23 math textbooks! What??? I wonder how many eggs you need to hold 1000 textbooks! I think you would need about 100000! I think three eggs could hold me because three eggs could hold 23 textbooks. I could probably go on three eggs and they wouldn’t break! I can’t believe that some of the eggshells were shoved in so hard that it was stuck in the bottle cap and one of the bottle caps even had a crack in it! WHAT? If we didn’t have the tray the carpet would have had egg yolk on it and that would be disgusting!” ~Sky
“I think that three eggs will hold 3 math textbooks without breaking. Oh my gosh!!! Three eggs held 23 textbooks. Isn’t it amazing? And guess what. The pressure was so BIG the eggshells were stuck to the lid!!! And, one of the lids b-b-broke!!! Oh yeah … I was so scared I pulled my cushion and hugged it so tight I think it nearly popped! Mrs. Renton couldn’t even CARRY that many books!!! I, did I tell you that maybe half of my class freaked out! I nearly got goose bumps! The next day we weighed how much kg the math text books weighed and guess what? It weighed about 25 kg!!! Mrs. Renton weighed our class. I weighed 44 kg. Yup. There you have it! I wonder how eggs are pretty strong. I mean, I thought they were very delicate. I also wonder how can scales know how much you weigh? And, here are some of my discoveries: one is that three eggs can hold … drum roll … 23 math textbooks! My second discovery is when the pressure is so hard on the eggs, the eggs will be stuck on the lids! Now I’ll tell you what happened when the eggs broke … and what happened to the textbooks … they collapsed!” ~Evelyn S
“I think that three eggs will hold 6 or more textbooks without breaking! Wow! Wow! Wow! They held 23 textbooks! It was so amazing! The egg was stuck in the caps. The shell was kind of broken but somehow the cap was also broken. Wow! It was so nerve wracking to watch. I wonder if four eggs can hold more textbooks.” ~Alex
“I think the eggs will hold six math textbooks without breaking. The answer was 23 textbooks. I was 17 off. My guess was 6. I think this should be in the Guinness Book of World Records. 23 textbooks weigh 25 kg or 53 pounds. There was so much pressure that the eggshell didn’t want to come out of the cracked lid. The mom of the eggs must have been a bodybuilder because the eggs can hold 25 kgs!” ~Colter
“I think it will hold four books. But, it held 23 books. Boy am I impressed. I think it should be in the world record book! Sadly, we couldn’t see the eggs. But, it was SO cool! It was so nerve wracking! I was excited but nervous it was unbelievable that it was 23 books! I was 20 kg. I was so, so, so shocked that the books weighed more than me! I would never believe that 23 books are 5 kg more. 23 books are 25 kg and I am 20 kg. I bet their mother was really strong! I wonder how many eggs you need to carry 100 books?” ~Evelyn L
“I think the eggs will hold four math textbooks without breaking. And … I was shocked with this result. The famous Guinness World Records worthy result is … drum roll … 23 big heavy math textbooks and there were only two textbooks left to go through before the eggs “scrambled” out of their shells! Today we got a digital scale from Mrs. M. but the scale was cranky and wouldn’t weigh the right amount. So, we sent the great and fearless May to get a new and better scale from Mrs. Jensen! And, when Maya retrieved the great and mighty scale and brought it back to the classroom it was a better scale, but it wasn’t very new because it was a … drum roll … old-fashioned dial scale! We tried weighing the 23 bottle cap and eggshell cracking, egg scrambling and experiment collapsing textbooks! And, the final result was … drum roll … 25 cracking kilograms, (53 pounds), is what those mighty body builder eggs held up! But, let me tell you that if you try this experiment it might be exciting but it will also be nerve wracking! Materials you would need if you tried this at home and were as worried as our teacher about making a mess, (PS that is REALLY worried): you will need a tin cooking sheet that you don’t mind smelling like eggs. Several heavy things the same weight, three eggs, six bottle caps and plastic bags, (and I mean a LOT of plastic bags to surround the eggs)! You stack it by putting the tin cooking sheet at the bottom and putting bottle caps on the top and bottom of the eggs and stack the heavy objects on top! And, record what happens because it may be Guinness World Record book worthy … or … just truly INCREDIBLE!” ~Payton
“I think three eggs can hold five math textbooks without breaking but the answer is 23! It was like a horror movie … a parody of “if the log rolls over we will die” song was stuck in my head which made it even worse! But, it was more like “if the eggs roll over we will FREAK out! The 23 textbooks weighed 25 kg and I weigh 39 kg. Even on the first book I could feel it crashing. I wonder if the egg went to the gym!!!” ~Rowen
“I think that three eggs will hold three math textbooks without breaking. The eggs could actually hold 23 textbooks! I’m impressed. Give them a big clap!!! I was so shocked! Okay, I guess you don’t know the story. So, this is what happened. I was ready to see what we were doing and I saw we had eggs. One second I have not told you how much I weigh. I weigh 23 kilograms. Now, back to the story. I had no idea what we were doing until I heard Payton say … the EGG challenge! I was so excited! So, we used three eggs and six bottle caps. We stacked textbooks on top. The first one we put in a plastic bag. I got scared after three. Then, after a little bit, it got to eleven and I got REALLY scared! Even after that it go to TWENTY! I got SUPER scared. A few minutes later it got to 24 and I heard CRASH … so … it was twenty-three! I was 20 off! I hope you LIKED this! Bye!” ~Connie
- how much each egg weighs … so we can figure out how many times their OWN weight they can hold!
- how we can rig this experiment so that we can see if three NEW eggs can hold some of our lighter students … SAFELY … because a few of us weigh even LESS than twenty-three math textbooks!
A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
It’s hard to believe that it is mid November … and … we are STILL rock crazy! We’ve learned SO much about the layers of the earth … and zoomed in even closer to learn more about the rocks that make up the crust beneath our feet. We’ve even learned about what dirt is made of … and SAND! Each and EVERY day at least ONE person walks into class with a special rock just BEGGING to share its brilliance with everyone else!
Our latest focus has been on crystals. We’ve learned about the tiny crystals we are spotting in our rocks, the crystals we’ve purchased at Gem and Mineral events and the AMAZING crystals you can find in the Lost Crystal Caves in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico! They are BREATH taking and SO big that they DWARF an ADULT standing beside them!
While we watched an amazing National Geographic video all about the Lost Crystal Caves, we learned how to sketchnote! Sketchnoting is a creative way of capturing the interesting information we don’t want to forget while we research or listen. Mrs. Renton even shared how she uses sketchnoting in HER learning!
We also discovered that there are TONS of interesting ways to create your OWN crystals … some of them YUMMY … some of them just SO beautiful! We experimented with borax crystals. Some of us chose to make geodes and some decided to make snowflakes. We hope you enjoy this post with all its highlights and photos!
First … the process of making our borax solution:
“The geodes are so, so cool! The geodes are shockingly cool! I wish my geode wasn’t broken. I was so excited about the big reveal!” ~Alex
“Two things I really loved about learning about crystals are that I loved making our magnificent geodes! They turned out spectacularly and were chalked full of borax crystals! Another star was sketchnoting about the absolutely gorgeous Lost Crystal Caves. I did just about four whole pages of interesting things in my sketch book. I wish we could do it every year and all year! An awesome memory is watching the Lost Crystal Caves video. I wonder how long people have been making borax geodes?” ~Payton
“My two stars were making the geodes. It was fun. And my second one was seeing how spectacular all the crystals looked! They were awesome. I wish we could make geodes every year!” ~Alinah
“I made a geode that’s fake. I love it. This is how you make them. One jar. One cup of borax. Stir until clear. Add food colouring. Stir a few seconds. Add an egg. I forgot about adding hot water.” ~Will
“My star is that we got to make borax crystals because they are beautiful and shiny! I wish that we got to do TWO! My memory is that I made a snowflake crystal. I wish that we could make more. I loved making the crystals. The crystals were so fun! I was really excited for the big reveal!” ~Brooklyn
“I loved that we even got to make the geodes and snowflakes. I wish that we could make both of the things. I will never forget my geode. I wonder how the geode broke in the jar? I loved the beautiful geodes and snowflakes.” ~Emily
“I loved making the geodes because they have so much glamour!!! I loved stirring the boiling hot water because it was cool how the water started foggy and changed to see through! I wonder how did the borax and hot water and food dye make a geode? I wish I could have everyone’s geodes. I will never forget making geodes!” ~Eric
“My first star is making my snowflake. My second is how awesome it turned out. I wish there was more crystals on my snowflake. A memory I’ll never forget is when it turned out so realistic. I wonder how borax can make crystals?” ~Evelyn S
“I wish the geodes were real. I loved making the geodes and snowflakes. I really liked seeing the fake geodes and snowflakes because they were beautiful and shiny. I will remember how to make geodes again. I wonder if we can make geodes again?” ~Beyazit
“One of my favourite things was making the borax geode because it was fun. Another of my favourite things was sketching our geodes because we got to look deeply at our geodes. I wish the crystal cave video was more exciting. I will remember we made borax crystals.” ~Reid
“My geode is lovely. I’m amazed my geode turned out well even though I broke mine. I wish I would be more soft with my fake geode so it didn’t break. I remember that we put borax and food colouring in. I wonder if I can fix my geode.” ~Zari
“I loved how people’s crystals turned out gorgeous. It was great how people LOVED their geode crystals. I wish no geodes or snowflakes broke. I will never forget my geode. I wonder if I can make my geode have more crystals.” ~Colby
“My favourite part about the crystal stuff is making geodes because I liked all the pretty colours and the geodes turned out great! I also loved studying the Crystal Caves. I wish that we could have done more things with crystals. A memory that I will never forget is watching how cool the Crystal Caves were because I thought it was awesome that they wear HEAVY protective gear because it looked so cool!” ~Vivian
“My memory is my geode and making it is a really great memory! A wish is that my blue geode, (crystal), did not turn so black!!! My wonder is that how does it form crystals and how our teacher got egg shells. My two favourite parts are that they had lots of crystals and they were gorgeous, but they were fake. Here are the steps. They are as simple and easy as get a cup full of borax and boiling water and a spoon to stir it so it is clear. The next day it is a geode! Awesome!” ~Maya
“I love when I saw my snowflake has so many crystals. I loved when I stirred my snowflake because I liked the sound of the spoons hitting the jar. It was like music. I also remember that three geodes broke. It was very sad. I wonder why did the geodes not have a lot of crystals?” ~Arash
“I loved when we got to make a borax crystal. How I made it was with very hot water, some egg shells, a spoonful of borax and some food colouring. We only had to wait for five days. I wish that we could bring them home and have them rolled with sand. I will never forget how to make borax crystals so I can have a lot of crystals in my room. It will be so pretty!” ~Katherine
“We made borax crystals that were not crystals at first. They were pipe cleaners with borax in it and it became crystals. I love crystals. It was very fun.” ~Nic
“I liked how my crystal turned out. It was so awesome and another time I liked was when we got to have a deeper look at the crystals because the crystals looked so red. I really wish my crystal was filled with crystals and I want it to be way bigger. I will remember everything. I wonder if they are growing right now.” ~Tareq
“I like making borax crystals. I enjoyed watching the Crystal Caves movie. I wish I could have made a snowflake. I remember the Lost Crystal Caves movie. I wonder when we can watch the Lost Crystals.” ~Rowen
“I loved that we could pick to do a geode or a snowflake. I also loved how they turned out. I wish mine was bigger though. I will never forget how excited I was when they were growing. I wonder if it dries out if you can put it back in the boiling water for it to get crystals again?” ~Connie
“When we made geodes I was really excited. I wish I could make a yellow geode. I wonder what a green geode looks like? I really liked watching the Crystal Caves.” ~Evelyn L
‘I love how sparkly and shiny my geode was!!! I like tat it looked like a little Crystal Cave! I wish they would stay sparkly forever. And, I wish they were not so broken. I loved pulling the geode out of the jar because it was shocking how shiny they were!!! I wonder hoe the borax crystals get so shiny!” ~Colter
“My favourite part was that I got to make a geode from an egg shell and searching how it really looks. I wish that I could make another one! Something I would never forget is that I got to make a fake geode! I wonder how many crystals can grow on it!” ~Sky
“My class made geodes and snowflakes. I made a geode. They turned out spectacular, beautiful and glittery. I love that mine is unique because it goes light, dark, light, and a little bit of glue. I also like that it is so shiny. I wish that they had more crystals. I will never forget how to make it: glass jar, pour hot water in the glass jar, add borax and stir, then add special food colouring and carefully push an egg shell into the water and wait. I wonder how borax makes crystals.” ~Leah
“Borax crystals are so cool and fun also. We used food colouring, a jar, boiling water and also a spoon. We made snowflakes and geodes because we learned about it.” ~Daniel
Here’s a slide show of “looking deeply”:
Stay tuned … we will add some photos of our FINISHED geodes and snowflakes … once we’ve added the sand to our geodes. They’re all in very SPECIAL home made boxes now!
There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.
~Charles Proteus Steinmetz
- What’s the coolest crystal you’ve ever seen?
- how do we keep borax from turning chalky white when they lose the moisture out of their crystals?
Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope.
What? It’s OVER? It seems like we were just TALKING about this … in … SEPTEMBER! We’ve had such an AMAZING learning journey … wondering, researching, discovering, wondering MORE … and discovering SO much about rocks and minerals over the last month and a half. To be honest, we are CERTAIN we could continue this inquiry over the entire course of the YEAR and still not be done wondering and learning!
Interspersed throughout this post are our HIGHLIGHTS of the afternoon! Thank you to EVERYONE for helping to make our Rock Museum such a HIGHLIGHT!
“My two things that I really loved was getting to share all of my favourite rocks with so many wonderful rock loving people. And, getting to see everybody smiling and enjoying the Rock Museum! I wish we could do it every year and have people vote for the best rock collection Something I will never forget is when a little girl came up to my station and having her point to my geode and say that one is the prettiest and that is my favourite one of all!” ~Payton
“I liked everything and all the rocks. I wish that I brought my rocks. My memory is that I did not bring my rocks.” ~Emily
“I liked everything. I liked –‘s rocks. I wish my mom could come. A memory is that — had a billion rocks!” ~Arash
“I loved that mine was busy. I also liked –‘s grown crystals. I wish I had a big amethyst! I’ll never forget that Alex said he really, really liked mine! Yay!” Evelyn L
“I love that we got to walk around and see other people’s rocks and fossils! I wish that my brother came. I will never forget that I shared my crystals with people!” ~Brooklyn
“I loved that so many people came to our rock museum. I love that my dad came. I wish I could stay for the whole time. I will never forget how many rocks there were!” ~Will
“I loved how all the rocks were so fascinating. I wish this would happen every year except maybe a different unit. I loved –‘s crystals because she made them. I will never forget how many amazing rocks there were!” ~Alinah
“I loved how people asked so many questions. It was lovely how people respected people’s rocks. I wish I had a rock collection. I’ll never forget the Rock Museum.” ~Colby
“I loved that people asked me lots of questions. It was awesome that people were giving good compliments about my rocks. I will never forget how fun it was! I wish that we got more time to look at other rocks.” ~Colter
“I love that I saw all my friends when we had our Rock Museum. I also loved that my mom and dad came. I wish that my sister could come but she is too busy. I’ll never forget how many people were in the classroom! There were SO many!” ~Connie
“I wish I knew more about my amethyst and where I got it in Banff. I’ll never forget that I did a Rock Museum! The two things that I loved was that people liked my collection of rocks and that I will never forget it!” ~Maya
“I wish that I had coal because it is so cool. I loved –‘s pyramid and –‘s geode. I wonder how she made it. I will never forget –‘s geode.” ~Eric
“I love that my Dad came. I wish that I had a lot of rocks and minerals. I know that I will not forget that I loved having everybody in our class!” ~Katherine
“I loved setting up the rock museum. I loved seeing my parents. I wish I had a cool rock!!! I will always remember the rock museum!” ~Alex
“My favourite part was that my mom came because she took pictures of me and the other thing is I almost rocked out Mrs. Renton! I wish that we could always do a Rock Museum!” ~Sky
“I love when people liked my geode. I also love when they compliment me! I wish I had more rocks. A memory that I’ll never forget is when I saw my friends at the Rock Museum!” ~
“I liked that my video was displayed! I loved –‘s Spy Rock thing because it was so HARD! I wish the museum was longer. I’ll never forget my video!” ~Rowen
“I really loved that my sister and Grandma and Grandpa went out of their way and came to my rock museum. I also loved when people had so many wonders. I wish that we could do this again. A memory is that my sister lent me her very, very, very special ammonite!” ~Leah
“My favourite parts of the Rock Museum were seeing my little brother and showing people my rocks. I will always remember that one of my rocks had sand in it. I wish I had crystals to share!” ~Reid
- What was YOUR highlight of our Rock Museum?
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.
Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
~Edwin Powell Hubble
This is how we began our day … happy National FOSSIL Day! Let’s get into small groups! I’m going to pass you a fossil and a magnifying glass! Talk about what kind of a fossil you THINK it is, and why, in your groups!
What IS it? Here are some of our FIRST thoughts! Give up? Yup! Well, it’s called COPROLITE! What? It’s COPROLITE! Does that help us? Nope! Okay … what should we DO? Let’s GOOGLE it! Okay! Are you SURE? Yes! Are you REALLY sure? YESSSS!
We sat for QUITE a few minutes, while everyone looked at the Google search on the SmartBoard … then … SUDDENLY … one brave soul said OOOOHHHH!
There were quiet whispers … WHAT?!? It’s … DUNG!!! EWWWWWWW The groans spread across the classroom. They COULDN’T believe that their TEACHER would hand them a piece of … fossilized DINOSAUR poop! The SCIENTIFIC word? Coprolite!
Okay … DON’T worry … it’s not THAT bad! It’s FOSSILIZED … it’s NOT like holding REAL dung! Check it out … does it SMELL? WHAT? You want us to SMELL it? Go on … what do you have to lose?
Oh my goodness … what a WONDERFUL day! We shared our OWN small collections. Mrs. Renton shared her HUGE collection!
We read BOOKS … and Mrs. Renton told us all about the Courtenay Museum, on Vancouver Island! That’s were she FIRST learned how to REALLY dig for fossils! She looks for these things called MUD balls … tucked in the shale beds … only SHE likes to call them KINDER SURPRISES for fossil HUNTERS! This video from the Courtenay Museum will show you what it looks like when you’re digging for them:
We spent a GLORIOUS day using our magnifying glasses to look DEEPLY at all the amazing fossils that had appeared in our classroom:
We EVEN got to spend a little time with Bill NYE … and he told us even MORE about fossils:
Wow! WHAT a day! Here are some of our reflections:
“Hi! I learned that poop could turn into a fossil! I can’t believe today! I was holding a 65 million year old piece of poop! I really enjoyed it! It was fascinating! I wonder if a fossil can re-fossilize. So, like … you put a fossil in the ground then would it get another layer of stone? Fossilized poo is called Coprolite!: ~Rowen
“I like that I saw obsidian. I learned that fossils can break. I wonder if there are fossils in the dirt?” ~Beyazit
“I liked everything because it was fun looking at the fossils and the movie was great! I learned that you can make your own FAKE fossil! IU wonder how many fossils there are in the world?” ~Connie
“I liked when we did sketching because I am good at it. It was fun. I learned that plants can be fossils too. I wonder how long a fossil can be?” ~Evelyn L
“I liked looking at the fossils in the morning and watching Bill Nye. I learned that fossils are dinosaur bones. I wonder if there’s a lot of emeralds inside of fossils?” ~Tareq
“Hi! I like the part where Bill Nye showed how wood turned into stone! The coprolite was 65 million years old! Cool! I learned that fossils can be found.” ~Daniel
“I really liked when I got to look at samples of the fossils because it let’s me have a closer look. I learned that fossils are everywhere. I wonder how many there are in the world?” ~Leah
“I like that a lot of fossils can be found in many different places and they are all different! I learned that fossils that are all a part of the same animal can be far away from each other. I really wonder if there is a rock and a mineral in a dinosaur fossil?” ~Katherine
“I learned that all fossils are sedimentary. I wonder why rocks are formed with pressure?” ~Maya
“What I learned was that you can find HUMUNGUS prehistoric fossils at a river bank! I also learned that you can make fossils! But, then they are fake! I wonder if you can find a fossil on a snowy mountain?” ~Vivian
“I like the part when we shared fossils as a group. And, I also liked when we found a fossil … it’s actually dinosaur poop! We even held it too! I learned that fossils could turn animals to stone. I wonder why can’t fossils work on every animal?” ~Evelyn S
“I learned that fossils can be found anywhere. I love fossils!” ~Nic
“Did you know that a fossil that is so easy to guess is so hard? It’s dino dung! I wonder if fossils can spread. I learned that you can make a fake fossil with paint.” ~Zari
“I like Bill Nye because he is funny. I wonder if bugs can be fossils. I learned that mud balls can be hard.” ~Emily
“I like fossils. They’re good things so that I can remember stuff from a long time ago. I learned that fossils can be in mountains and deep under ground. I wonder how many fossils can there be in one rock?” ~Sky
Something that I learned today is that coprolite is fossilized dinosaur dung! Ewww! I liked looking at so many cool fossils and some of the fossil hunting tools. I liked it because if I go fossil hunting now I know what to look for and what to bring. I wonder if there are fossils in my backyard or if there are some really good fossil hunting sites in Calgary or near my community?” ~Payton
“I learned that it takes like a million years for a fossil to form. I liked exploring the fossils in the room, and learning about them. I learned that poop 85 million years ago can turn into a rock in 85 million years!” ~Colter
“I loved Bill Nye because he is funny!” ~Eric
“I liked the Bill Nye movie because it showed me the size of a dinosaur footprint. I learned that petrified wood needs water to turn into petrified wood. I wonder how scientist know how long ago dinosaurs were alive?” ~Will
Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson