On Monday and Tuesday we continued to discuss Alberta's natural resources. Students watched a Bill Nye video on "Rivers and Stream" and did some journal writing on the video. Students are still working on building their stamina for writing by continuing to try and write at least 10 sentences each time. We also talked about the oil boom and the discovery of oil in Leduc in 1947. I showed a simplified process of how we get oil out of the ground and the alternative we used before oil and gas. On Wednesday and Thursday we began an assignment on fracking. We watched videos that explained the fracking process as well as the pros and cons of fracking. Students asked lots of questions related to fracking. We created a pros and cons list of fracking. The students were then asked to write a paragraph on their viewpoint about fracking. They needed to chose a position and support their viewpoint in a detailed paragraph that used facts and reasons from what we have learned. On Monday, each Grade 4 will read their argument to the class. They do not need to hand in a good copy of their written piece.