Inquiry in the Classroom

The grade 9 Science class has been learning about astronomy, space exploration, and how the study of the skies impacts our lives on planet earth. What started with a lot of questions about what we know about the universe and how we found that out has led to many opportunities for exploration. Each student is choosing specific concepts to explore, such as the International Space Station, dark matter, and potentially habitable planets, and they will be researching to find answers… Read More

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Clothesline Donation Box Comes to Landmark

In North America approximately 68 pounds of clothing is thrown out per household per year. Not only is this causing the landfills to keep growing but there are many people and their families who could benefit from this clothing. This information lead a group of grade 9 students from Landmark Collegiate to take action for a project in which they were to explore a way to make their community a better place.

Through a student-initiated inquiry, Sydnie Janz, Haylee Janz, and Celina Lackmann realized that Landmark currently had no place to recycle or donate used clothing, so they contacted several organizations to see what they could to do help. After a lot of research, collaboration, and careful planning, the Canadian Diabetes Association accepted their proposal and agreed to deliver a Clothesline donation box to the school.  The clothing that is donated will be sold to Value Village and the profits from that clothing will go directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association. This money funds research to provide better medical treatments and to provide community support for those affected by diabetes.

The widely recognized bright red bin was delivered on Thursday, February 16th and conveniently placed at the main entrance of Landmark Collegiate. Landmark residents can now drop off gently used clothing anytime they like. By donating instead of adding to the landfill, people can feel good about being sustainable, providing quality clothing at an affordable price, and by helping to support those affected by diabetes.

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Partnering With The St. Boniface Research Lab

Landmark Collegiate Biology students had the opportunity to partner with RBC Youth BIOLab Jeunesse at the St. Boniface Hospital and work on experiments in a safe and authentic biomedical teaching laboratory. Our research question focused on the effects of caffeine because of its various forms in our daily lives.  We worked with the Director, Steve Jones, and Education Liaison, Meghan Kynoch, to develop an experiment with stem cells to learn how caffeine affects cell growth.   We extracted stem cells… Read More

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Global Issues Project: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Created by : Brittany Lacerte January 2017

My favourite form of art is mixed media. I like all the different textures and dimension it gives to the art. I usually begin a piece by looking up pictures for ideas and inspiration. In my opinion a piece is never really done, but you have to stop at some point or it will be too much.

I chose to display The Red Dress Project using mixed media so it would draw people’s attention to it. It invites people to want to touch, feel, and read. The stories of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women need to be told so they are not forgotten and pushed aside and that they are cared about. My hope is that when people see my project they will become aware of this issue and to be inspired to care about the women.

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Grade 7 Geology Field Trip

In Grade 7, we learn about earth science and all the different parts that make up our physical earth. We learn about rocks and minerals, earthquakes and volcanoes, and how our earth has changed over time.  We discuss many natural resources we depend on, such as iron for building materials, petroleum gas for driving vehicles, and geothermal energy for heating homes. We also study environmental concerns around the production and usage of our natural resources and discuss responsible ways to use these resources.

On January 27th, the Grade 7 students from Landmark Collegiate had the opportunity to take their study of Geology beyond the classroom when they visited the University of Manitoba to participate in the U of M Geology Outreach program.  Students were able to learn from Geologists in an environment full of earth science resources.  They learned about the different criteria Geologists use to classify rocks and minerals and performed some basic tests used to identify rocks and minerals.  Students explored the three main types of rocks, Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary, and learned how these rock types are formed and what shapes can been seen in these rocks that can help with identification. Students had the opportunity to explore petrography, which is using specialized microscopes to see different shapes and colors within the three main rock types. Students got to see first hand how earthquakes from around the world are detected during our tour of seismic vault at the U of M. Students also had the chance to get their earthquake related questions answered by a Geophysicist doing an undergrad degree in Seismology. Students then got to explore some of the state of the art lab facilities right on campus that are instrumental to research in the field of Geology. Students also had the chance to learn about different career paths, if they chose to further their study of earth sciences in the future.

The Grade 7’s trip to the Department of Geological Sciences at the U of M gave students the opportunity to explore Geology in a way they never could have in the classroom.  This learning partnership was an awesome way to learn about Geology in a meaningful way that hopefully sparked some interest in the earth sciences.

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MAKERSPACE – coming soon to a high school near you!

As part of our quest toward deeper learning, we are in the process of establishing a Makerspace in our school. The idea of the Makerspace stems from providing students with opportunities to imagine, create, innovate, experiment, collaborate, share, and learn. Creating a Makerspace supports the importance of hands-on, student-centered, meaningful learning and embraces the knowledge that students learn through exploration and discovery. True learning is a continuous cycle of curiosity, investigation, experimentation, research, and reflection, all of which are key… Read More

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21st Century Skills

At Landmark Collegiate we want to develop important life and career skills to help our students be successful after graduation. On our first day of school this year we focused on exploring these skills with our students to help them develop a better understanding of them. Communication and Collaboration To explore communication and collaboration students were tasked to stack 6 cups as a group without touching the cups directly. They had strings, an elastic band and teamwork to help them… Read More

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Grade 8 Inquiry on Light

  This year the grade 8 students have been learning science and social studies through the inquiry process.They have also incorporated ELA into their inquiry to give students real-world applications for their ELA skills. Through the inquiry process they have been focusing on not just the content but also skill development. They are using the content as the vehicle to drive the development of important skills such as; inquiry, research, critical thinking, communication, planning, revision and reflection. Last month they were working through the inquiry process with… Read More

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Gr. 10 Citizen Project for Fort McMurray

The grade 10 Geography students decided to do a citizenship project that focused on raising money for Fort McMurray. Students raised money by helping out people in the community, whether that was their neighbor or their parents, or one of the teachers in the school. The students really learned what it’s like to be a citizen of Canada by helping out one of our neighboring provinces in a time of crisis and tragedy. The students ended up raising $240 that… Read More

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