Social Studies homework assignment: assigned on Fri. Nov. 10. Due: Monday Nov. 13.
In Social Studies this week, students completed their infographic assignments and we began learning about the fossil heritage of Alberta. Students discovered that the badlands of Alberta are a place where a great variety of dinosaur species have been found. Fossils are the remains or impressions of prehistoric organisms preserved in rock. Students viewed a powerpoint presentation made by Mr. Brewer on this topic. Paleontologists have discovered the presence of dinosaurs here in Alberta. Particular features of Alberta's landscape make it an amazing place for finding fossil remains such as the Albertosaurus, a prehistoric creature that students are reading about over the weekend for their homework assignment. Many students were fascinated by the question of how dinosaurs became extinct. A popular theory is that the extinction was caused by a large meteorite from outer space impacting the earth. While it was explained in class that the size of an object that could have led to a mass extinction was huge, we did look at a meteorite impact site in Canada as a means of comparison:
The picture above shows the Manicouagan Resevoir in Quebec. The shape of this lake is circular and it is thought to be the result of the impact of a meteor of 5 km in diameter. This weekend an article was published on the National Geographic website that speculates about the impact of the object from space that it is thought to have led to the mass extinction of dinosaurs: news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/dinosaurs-extinction-asteroid-chicxulub-soot-earth-science/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20171109news-dinoasteroid&utm_campaign=Content&sf157171398=1
Also this week students attended the Nose Creek School Remembrance Day assembly. Ms. Ross is to be thanked for her vital role in organizing this assembly. It was clear that students took seriously their obligation to reflect on the difficulties and dangers faced by those who undertook going into battle. They were solemn during the songs and performances that took place in the assembly. Many students in both 4E and 4F were directly involved as members of the grade 4 choir and are to be commended on the quality of their performance. All staff, students and visitors to Nose Creek were reminded of the ultimate sacrifice of our war dead who paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedoms.