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Our Amazing Journey Beyond the Classroom

December 03, 2015

Students speaking with Mark Badham, the curator of the museum. We are Ms. Fraser's Grade 7 class from St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School in Kingston and we are rock stars!  Our class had the unique opportunity to visit Miller Collage of students at Miller Museum of Geology on Queen’s CampusMuseum of Geology on Queen's Campus for a whole week at the end of November.  This opportunity was made possible by the Beyond Classrooms initiative, which is a program that allows students to develop their inquiry skills in a variety of local museums and galleries. 

We loved our week at the museum!  We learned about geology, plate tectonics, fossils, rock formations, rocks and minerals and the first signs of life.  Mark Badham, the curator of the museum, helped us develop our thinking about geology and geography through hands-on activities, interesting lessons and by inviting his colleagues to be guest experts throughout the week.  The week would not have been as special and fun without Mark leading the way.  One group put it best when they said, "Mark is a rock star!"

Some of our favourite moments at the museum were listening to the speakers, identifying and mapping rocks and discovering that we can mine for iron in Shreddies!  "It was really interesting finding out that the iron in food can actually be taken out with a magnet," Carter explained.  We also really like the opportunity to explore the galleries and exhibits on our own.  "It was cool to observe artifacts, sketch and journal about our new discoveries," said Ashwathy.  "I even started writing stories that were inspired by what I saw," explained Patience. 

We would like to thank Mark, Mr. & Mrs. Blake and our parent volunteers for learning with us. 

Overall we think this experience helped us improve on asking good questions, exploring new ways of getting information and sharing what we learned.  It was a fun time and we would love to go back!

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