March 9, 2015
by msnathan

Can our school save the planet?

Do you think KNS is an eco friendly school? What would you change to make our school more environmentally aware, sustainable or energy efficient?

Timberland-Eco-Love-SurveyHere’s an example of an infographic that uses pictures, statistics and graphics to present an idea about being eco-friendly. We talked today about statistics being important because they tell us about themselves. Do you think this is a useful infographic? Why/why not?

Our Pinterest board – have a look here for inspiration and ideas around our big question.

May 19, 2014
by msnathan

Science Inspiration

Osmia Avoseta copy

bees-flower-nests-sandwich-action-shot_20045_600x450Osmia avosetta are rare, solitary bees. Instead of living in a hive with hundreds or thousands of other bees like we’re familiar with, these bees build ‘flower sandwiches’ out of flower petals and mud. The flower sandwiches are made up of a thin layer of petals, a layer of mud and then another layer of petals on the outside. When studying these bees researches noticed that bees in Turkey tend to pick yellow, pink, blue, and purple petals, while Iranian bees make their nests with just purple flowers. Read more and view more photos here.

tears1Tears of yawning (left) and laughing (right).

tears2Tears from onions (left) and tears of grief (right)

Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher wanted to know if her tears of joy might look different to tears of sadness so decided she would photograph them and see. She viewed the tears on slides under a microscope and took the photographs through the microscope itself with them magnified between 10-40 times. Amazingly, she did see differenced between them! You can see more tears and read more about the project, here.

Take these stories and images and do what you like with them. Write a poem, a story, create a piece of art, research further, write an interview for the scientists or artists, let your imagination lead the way!

May 11, 2014
by msnathan

Homework Week 1-2, Due Thursday 14th

MBDYOFR EC002This week you get to be scientists yourself!

You can either develop something you’d like to test at home or look online/our blog for ideas of easy experiments to do at home. Once you have chosen what you’ll do, carry out the experiment and write it up using the lab report method we have been learning in class.

Aim: What you are trying to find out.

Hypothesis: What you think will happen.

Equipment: What you used to carry out the experiment.

Procedure: Step by step instructions for what you did. Be specific!

Variables: What are the independent, dependent and control variables?

Results: Notes, a table, a graph or something similar showing what happened.

Conclusion: A statement about what you found out, linking to your hypothesis.

Remember to write your aim and hypothesis before your start your experiment. You can include photos, drawings and diagrams and you may do this either in your book or on your blog.

Stuck for ideas? Here are a few links to easy experiments you can do at home. Remember, in order to make it a test you will need to change one thing (independent variable) to see if that changes to outcome (dependent variable).

Science Experiments For Kids

Science is Fun

– There are also a ton of experiments on YouTube if you search for safe experiments at home.

Remember, you must ask for permission first to use things found at home. Also, you must ask your parents for help if you are going to use matches or anything flammable. 

Have fun!

May 6, 2014
by msnathan

Homework Week One: Due Thursday, 8th May.


Jane Goodall, primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace

For your homework this week you are going to look at a famous scientist or a famous/significant scientific event or discovery.

You may do this in your books or as a blog post. If it is a blog post I expect the same level of writing & detail as I would in your books. You can be creative in how you present it, include photos, videos and quotes where appropriate.

Include the following:

–       A brief bio of your scientist or description of the event/discovery.

–       A PMI (Positive, Minus, Interesting) chart.

–       In your opinion, why do you think this person or event/discovery is important?

–       3 questions you would like to ask this person or that you have about what you lave learnt.

Here are some scientists and links to check out for inspiration!

einstien mayimAlbert Einstein,  theoretical physicist & Mayim Bialik, neuroscientist.

hawkins franklinRosalind Franklin, biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer & Stephen Hawking,  theoretical physicist & cosmologist.

suzuki jamesonMae Jemison, physician and NASA astronaut & David Suzuki, zoologist and environmental activist.

Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs We Literally Couldn’t Live Without.

Life-Changing Scientific Discoveries

10 Most Influential Scientists of the 20th Century

10 Unknown Scientists Who Changed The World

Science Daily

Live Science

Biggest Scientific Discoveries of 2013

Famous Female Scientists

I’ll leave you with the always amazing, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Have fun!


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