Interactive Science Notebooks – Building Paper Bridges Grade 5

bridge from 123rf

By Lisa Ng.


As the need arises for educators to teach beyond the surface of the iceberg, a new era of documentation between the teacher and students have emerged – the Interactive Science notebook. Interactive notebooks are about more than gluing sheets on paper, they are about creating opportunities where each student can show their own voice and express their own ideas.  And realize that what they say MATTERS.
Click on the link below for a full 3-part INB lesson on building paper bridges in the classroom (Grade 5 – Forces acting on Structures and Mechanisms)

Link to document 

The origins and effects of water pollution: An investigation of the economic, social, and environmental issues related to drinking water

water pollutionBy Varsha Patel.

Curriculum Connection: Grade 11 University Chemistry (SCH3U), Solutions and Solubility unit

Sample Issue

In developing countries, thousands of people – many of them children – die every year from drinking contaminated water. Many of these countries cannot afford to build water treatment plants. In North America, where safe water is generally available, we spend millions of dollars on bottled water, draining sources of fresh water, and challenging
waste-disposal systems. Continue reading

There Was No First Human

If you traced your family tree back 185 million generations, you wouldn’t be looking at a human, a primate, or even a mammal. You’d be looking at a fish. So where along that line does the first human show up? The answer may surprise you.

Inspired by Richard Dawkins’ “The Magic of Reality”
Also check out Richard Dawkins’ “The Ancestor’s Tale”

Images of prehistoric species used in this episode:
Tiktaalik, Procunsul, Plesiadapsis, Juramaia, Hylonomus – by Nobu Tamura (
Homo erectus (by Tim Evanson)