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Learning Becomes "Magnified" For St. Anne Students

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St. Anne English E.L.K.P. student Ava Collette (right), looks at a fellow student as she tries to focus her eyesight while looking through a magnifying glass. During a recent visit to Science North, the students used the magnifying glasses to examine clues in a bag that helped them learn about pollination for plants.

March 20, 2012 - A recent visit to Science North proved to be a real "eye-opener" for students within the English E.L.K. program at St. Anne School in Hanmer. During the fall, the young children within the Sudbury Catholic System began a learning inquiry into the life cycle of plants with a garden harvest. With the arrival of spring right around the corner, the students are continuing to expand their knowledge of plant life through new growth. Before the children actually plant their own seeds, they participated in a session at Science North that discussed how plants grow, their needs and care, common plants around us, and how plants take root in the wild. Their classroom teacher, Cheryl MacRury, knew that her students had a good foundation before planting, but stated, "The children had a lot of fun. The best part of the session was watching them as they learned a lot about how plants reseed and grow in the wilderness. They didn't know the important roles that people, animals, and insects play in a plant's life, but they do now." An inquiry task that involved magnifying glasses and a bag filled with seeds, berries, burrs, and felt allowed the children to put on their thinking caps and have a hands on experience with how pollination occurs. What will the final result be following their Science North visit? Hopefully a new generation of plant growers. It is never too soon to start cultivating a green thumb!

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