Saturday, February 28, 2015

Day two at Kearney

We have had an awesome time so far. This morning we played predator and prey, and learned. How to cross country ski in the afternoon.  Tonight we learned about wolves in preparation for our wolf howl hike.Starting our first cross country experience.

Staying well hydrated.

Doing a little bird watching.

Friday, February 27, 2015

First Day at Kearney

We left early and arrived safely at Kearney SOES ready for 4 days of fun in the snow. We got our room assignments, extra gear and duty groups settled and spent most of the afternoon outside in the snow.

Students laying in the snow moon gazing.

Heading out to the flagpole to start evening co-op games.

Finishing the night with games in the Moose room.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Clothing Drive Details

These are the Items that you can and cannot donate to our Clothing drive from
March 3rd to March 13th.

What to bring:                                 
  • Jackets
  • Sweaters
  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Shoes
  • Shorts

What NOT to bring:
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Undergarments, used socks
  • Pillows
  • Swimwear
Some things about the clothing drive:
  • You can donate from the time 8:00 am to 3:10 pm.
  • Our school is located at 35 Glendower Circuit, Agincourt.
  • Anything that is ripped you’re not allowed to donate.
  • Please bring them in gently used, and pre-loved clothes.  

Goodwill will sell the clothes to people, then use the money to pay for employment training for people who have barriers to employment. Please donate clothes to our clothing drive.  We would really appreciate it, and so will Goodwill.

This post was prepared by the Grade 4 students.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Google Site

Parents!  We have just made a Google site for our class.  It has information about curriculum, links to website students can access at home to practice skills, and other resources.  Please visit and feel free to leave feedback about what content you would like to see added.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Survey Results: Homelessness in Canada

Last week we created a survey about homelessness and sent it out on social media.  We wanted to know what people thought about homelessness, and if some of the opinions relate to the facts we have discovered.  In pairs or alone we created graphs based on the data we gathered.  Depending on the day each person or pair worked on a particular question the data might be different, as the number of people who took our survey changed from day to day.  On the first day, Tuesday February 3rd, we had 23 responses, but by Monday February 9th, we had 40 responses.  

Even though our sample size was small we were able to interpret some of the results, and make some conclusions.  Some of the data and interpretations below are reflective of the day it was collected and may not be the most recent data available.

We met at the carpet as a class and discussed our findings together. Here is our thinking based on the questions we asked:

1. How important do you think the homeless issue is in Canada?
  • On a scale of 1-10, 1 being not important at all and 10 being very important, no one picked 1 or 2 
  • Most people (24/37) picked between 5-10  
  • The two choices picked most often were 4 and 10
We think that this data means that most people think that homelessness is an important issue, but disagree about how just how important it is.

2. How often do you donate/volunteer with organizations that support the homeless?
  • Only 5/33 people say they often support this issue by donating or volunteering.
  • On Wednesday less than one 1/4 of the responders said they occasionally.
Our conclusion is that we are not doing enough to support organizations that work with people who are homeless.

3. Who do you think are most likely to be homeless in Canada?
  • Most people think that people who are 25 years or older are more likely to be homeless.
  • No one thought younger children between 4-11 are likely to be homeless.
Some students thought, based on this data, and the data from question 2, that perhaps the reason people are not helping those who are homeless is because they think the homeless are mostly adults who choose to be homeless, or choose not to get jobs.  

The research we have done tell us a different story.

Some students think the reason that people think adults are more likely to be homeless is because adults are seen more often on the street than youth or children.

4. The municipal government should make more housing available to the homeless.
  • The responses to this statement were very scattered
  • Only slightly more people (20 vs 16) agreed with this statement
We think that there are too many opinions about this statement to make a conclusion, other than to say that this is a controversial topic.

5. Are citizens of Toronto doing enough to end homelessness?
  • 30/40, or 75% of all people who responded, think that we need to do more
We think that it is interesting that so many people think more needs to be done, but so few are donating or volunteering. Some students think people are waiting for others to take action, rather than taking action themselves. Some students think that people may not know how they can help.

Our data has given us a lot to think about.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond!
Sample of some of the graphs made by students.  This student wrote her interpretations on the back of the page.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Homelessness in Toronto

Our class is trying to get as many responses to our survey as possible about homelessness in Canada, specifically Toronto.  We are hoping to take action based on our research because we are learning to be leaders.  Our project relates to our inquiry question which is: Whose voice is heard, and what does it mean to be fair?

Please take a few minutes to answer this short, 8 question, survey: