Nov. 19th – Biodiversity: new species discovered in Halifax

1. Vocabulary

Flagellum or flagella,    analysis or analyses,    cytoplasm,  co-ordinated,    microbe,   domesticate,   Nineteenth century,   ogre,    rarity, ameoba,   Mi’kmaq,   extrusome,   eukaryote,  archaea, diatom

After working on definitions for the vocabulary, read the article and answer the questions below:


2. Read the Article & Answer the questions.  DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK TO THE PODCAST TODAY.

Rare microbes lead scientists to discover new branch on the tree of life – Emily Chung · CBC News ·


QUESTIONS:  (write the question on lined paper, underline it, then answer…..BOTH PARTERS write their own copies of the answers)

Literal Comprehension:

  1. What is the scientific name of the new microbe, what kingdom does it belong to, and who discovered it?  (Answer in a little paragraph)
  2. How can dormant microbes in the soil be “woken up” so that scientists can study them with a microscope?
  3. How were the flagella different from the flagella on other microbes?
  4. What kind of structural and behavioural characteristics does the new microbe have for feeding? Describe the process of feeding.
  5. How were Eglit and her team able to kind of “domesticate” the new microbe? (2 details)
  6. New species are discovered every year across the globe…but according to Eglit, how often does an individual scientist like her make a discovery like this?
  7. What do Eglit and her team hope to learn from this new microbe?



  1. If scientists took random soil samples from different areas of Canada,  could they find more new species of microbes? Explain.



  1. Why is this an exciting discovery? Use evidence from the text to explain.  (there are more than 3 reasons you can find)




Nov. 16th – Science & Math & Music links for teacher & students



  • Statistical Questions at Khan Academy
    • Watch video
    • Teacher pauses the video so students can consider the sample questions…discuss with a partner at the carpet “Is this a statistical question?”
    • Before resuming the video……discuss….If a question is NOT statistical, how could the question be modified to BE statistical



If I Had a Million Dollars – lyrics video


Cootes Paradise – Carp


The Cootes Paradise Fishway — Carp Control Techniques at Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  1. Read article
  2. Answer questions on Lined Paper in your binder in your own sentences (do not copy sentences from the article). Answer with more than 1 sentence each time 🙂


  1. Why is Cootes Paradise an area that “supports a wide assortment of aquatic plants, fish, birds, and wildlife.”
  2. By 1985, the population of aquatic plants at Cootes had gone down. What are some reasons that this happened?
  3. What behavioural characteristic of Carp has damaged aquatic plants at Cootes?
  4. The article says that aquatic plants are the “foundation” of the Cootes marshland ecosytem. What does this mean? (think of the foundation of a building…you can use a dictionary).
  5. What are some other species affected by any changes (good or bad)
  6. How has the Cootes Restoration project improved the Carp situation at Cootes?

Nov. 5 & 6 — Math, Literacy/Poppy Campaign


We will be continuing with our Data Management unit for the next week (scatter plots, bar & circle graphs; surveys). However, we have added some daily Number Sense practice each day. Regardless of the “main” unit we work on throughout this year, we will always do a bit of Number Sense each day. 🙂

Our Number Sense focus is currently multiplication strategies — with a bit of pre-algebra (finding missing numbers). SEE BELOW. Students have spent several years learning multiplication strategies, and many students do have their multiplication facts memorized at this point. Students can all practice memorizing & reviewing multiplication facts daily at home (up to 12 x 12).



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Students have shown great empathy & compassion for our Veterans by visiting classrooms and presenting the reasons why Rousseau students might wish to donate to the Royal Canadian Legion “Poppy Campaign”. We are learning context for this giving, by researching in groups the history of the Boer War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War and current Canadian involvement in conflicts in other countries.  We focused on the “HISTORY” section at this Government link:



Remembrance Day links 2018

Nov. 5/2018

Today, focus on the History subtitle. Read about your assigned time period/war and navigate through its links. Be careful to  go “back”  rather than navigate away from your time period. 🙂







Indigenous Peoples and World Wars

Canadian Great War Soldier