RCG Journal of Pseudoscience

The internet and media swarm us everyday with “scientific facts” passing as truth. The only problem is that many of these claims aren’t actually based on science or research of any kind. They’re often a clever scheme designed to make someone a lot of money or trick people into behaving in a particular way.

Star Wars No Longer Fiction but Fact.jpgCan you think of some examples of scientific sounding claims that people make that aren’t actually scentifically-proven?

Let’s write our own “pseudoscience” articles and see if we can convince people out there that we really know what we’re taking about. Make it creative and wacky, but totally scientific-sounding and convincing? Here’s some prompts to get you thinking:

  • (psychology) “Recent brain research reveals that students can increase their memory by…”
  • (biology) “Scientists have discovered that they can alter the genetic structure of elementary students’ muscles by getting them to eat more…”
  • (chemistry) “Canadian scientists have discovered a new element named hockeyonium, created by mixing ___ and ____…” 

EXAMPLE? Here’s an example of a well-written science article. Use this as an example of how your’s should look and be composed. https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/early-birds-eat-better 

POSSIBLE DETAILS TO INCLUDE: 

  • Names of scientists, universities etc.
  • Describe the research study or experiment
  • Scientific sounding words (control groups, hypothesis, variable, names of elements etc.)
  • Convincing, persuasive sounding claims
  • Quotes from “real” people
  • Images, diagrams, illustrations, fake data (graphs) etc.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 

  • Powerful language
  • Convincing
  • Soundly structured paragraphs, sentences etc.
  • Detailed descriptions
  • Wacky and totally fake but sounds like real science

 

 

Student-led Conferences

Parents,

Please email your preference for a 30 minute period for student-led conferences no later than 5:00pm, Sunday, March 5.

During this time your child will share some of their learning with you and reflect on their goals for term three. Ms. Allan, Mrs. Weiss and/or Mr. Woelders will also be available to discuss any questions you have, but the goal is to have parents meet with students. 

After the conferences, we can schedule an alternative meeting with teachers if you feel it is required. 

Reminder: On March 8 and 9, students will be dismissed at 1:30pm each day.

Available times: 

Wednesday, March 8 (Ms. Allan/Mr. Woelders)

  1. 2:00-2:30pm 
  2. 2:30-3:00pm
  3. 3:00-3:30pm
  4. 3:30-4:00pm
  5. 4:00-4:30pm
  6. 4:30-5:00pm
  7. 5:00-5:30pm
  8. 5:30-6:00pm 
Thursday, March 9 (Ms. Allan/Mrs. Weiss)
  1. 2:00-2:30pm
  2. 2:30-3:00pm
  3. 3:00-3:30pm
  4. 3:30-4:00pm

Lit circles week 4

Students met Wednesday with Mrs. Weiss to clarify lit circle jobs and due dates, and we answered any questions they had about the process. In their lit circle duotang is a yellow sheet titled “lit circle notes” which has all the information they need to continue forward into week 4. We discussed the process at length. 

All lit circle readings and jobs for week 4 will be due Wednesday morning, February 1, for discussion group meetings. 

Students have been working diligently and enjoying their books. Keep up the good work!

Folk dance

Many thanks to the Surrey international folk dance society who came out to RCG this past week and taught our students some folk dances from a variety of countries. Check out div four dance “Sacha” from Russia. ​