Fall 2016 Update

An amazing start to the school year has included our STEM Arcade based from the Caine’s Arcade documentary we watched; Robots; walking field trips to McClughan Park (where we saw a spawning salmon go upstream) and more!   To start off with, here is our STEM Arcade video, and below are other photos of our lovely first months together.

To see our photos, please travel to this link HERE.  These photos will also be available on our Photos page of this website.  You will see two walking field trips to McClughan Park.  The recent field trip we saw a spawning salmon going up the river.  Check out the video!  There are also photos of our Ted Harrison Art, Halloween, Robots and other fun activities we have done!

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We will start working on our class Place Based Learning website called Heart of Our Trails while we explore McClughan Park.  The students will be publishing information on this website in the coming months.  You can visit the website here:

https://teachers.sd35.bc.ca/heartofourtrails/

We also watched animals in different biomes through this website, which can also be found under our Science STEM page.  Feel free to explore these awesome places around the world anytime you want!

We look forward to many more months of fun, adventure and learning in Grade 4 and 5!

 

 

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May and June!

Our May and June rocked!  With Sports Day, Twin Day and more, we have had a spectacular two months.  Check out the photos and video below to see what we have been up to!

Photos Galore!

Our Inuit Soapstone Carving

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Our Garden Presentation.  Thank you to Logan’s Mom for doing this for our school!
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Learning about Aboriginal Culture!

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We had Fun Family Night!

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Intermediate Music Concert!  We will miss you Mrs. Merkel!IMG_20160531_133959400 IMG_20160531_134231432 IMG_20160531_134450991

 

Sports Day!!!!IMG_20160603_090945772 IMG_20160603_091018946 IMG_20160603_091053214 IMG_20160603_091120942 IMG_20160603_100439392 IMG_20160603_100448123 IMG_20160603_100535737 IMG_20160603_100541429 IMG_20160603_100546529_HDR IMG_20160603_104127540_HDR IMG_20160603_105436600 IMG_20160603_110617412 IMG_20160603_111313893 IMG_20160603_112057538 IMG_20160603_112059416 IMG_20160603_112128987 IMG_20160603_113100566 IMG_20160603_113848633 IMG_20160603_113858920 IMG_20160603_114422396

Aboriginal Truth and Reconciliation Assembly Preparation . . .IMG_20160606_112248296

Our Public Speaking Contestants . . . and Winners!!!IMG_20160610_094727104 IMG_20160610_094735157 IMG_20160610_094739860 IMG_20160610_094757263 IMG_20160610_100015892 IMG_20160610_100045666 IMG_20160610_100051478

Our Salmon Environmental Hazards Board Games!  Fun Times!IMG_20160614_113903468_HDR IMG_20160614_120007900 IMG_20160614_120040742 IMG_20160616_115217761

We created Fur Trading Cards with real life Fur Traders and Individuals who interacted with the explorers Lewis and Clark when they took 2.5 years to travel across the North American continent.IMG_20160620_115339905 IMG_20160620_115347579 IMG_20160620_115355252 IMG_20160620_120109169

Our Assembly!  Truth and Reconciliation Assembly at Our School!

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Heart of Our Trails Login

Please login here:

http://heartofourtrails.com/wp-login.php

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April Activities and Field Trips!

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Well March flew by and since we had Spring Break in March we all just blinked and it was gone.  In April we have had some pretty amazing things so far.  Our fish turned into healthy fry and we went … Continue reading

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Salmon Dissection Fun!

Today we did a salmon dissection with 6 Coho salmon.  Thank you to the BC Oceans and Fisheries – Salmonids in the Classroom – for giving us the salmon.  You can check out what we learned through their website here.  Thank you to the grandparents, volunteers and parents who came out to make this day an awesome success!

 

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January and February Fun!

We have had so much fun in January and in February.  Here are some photos of our fun times in our class!

Our Crazy Hat Day!

IMG_1271 Learning about Math through Arrays and through Blocks.
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We ALL love Multiplication!

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Fun Multiplication Minions Fun Project.  Let’s see if you can show your understanding of Multiplication sentences 6 x 8 = 48 by making beds and pillows for your minions!  We had “minions” of fun!IMG_1292

 

Learning about Robotics through a Robot expert!  Thank you James Kennedy Elementary and Mrs. Pimentel for letting us learn with you!

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We have tons of questions about Salmon!IMG_20160204_141801220

Mrs. O’Connor who works for the BC Oceans and Fisheries came to teach us about Salmon and how to set up our tank in January!  It was amazing!  She also came back to talk to us about our dead egg and what we should do with it. IMG_20160205_111239027 IMG_20160205_111250963 IMG_20160205_111255791

 

We are creating a website that we are working on for Term Three called Heart of Our Trails for our local creek.  It is still under construction.  It is a website of awareness to teach everyone about our McClughan Park and the special salmon habitat just literally 6 minutes from our school!

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Our recent Walking Field Trip to McClughan Park.  Tons of smiles and excitement!

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Let’s learn about the Storm Sewer!  Is that water really good for salmon?  Ask one of our students and they will tell you the answer!

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Thank you Microsoft Canada for Our Trial Laptops!

Our students are excited!  We can feel a happy hum in our class!  This is due to the fact that we have been graciously allowed to borrow 5 Hp Stream laptops from the corporate Microsoft Canada office until March!  Click HERE to learn more about these wonderful laptops.  After getting them set up last week the students have been working on Salmon journals, researching and using them for an online Math website called Gizmos.

IMG_20160112_104844701This comes at a perfect time because we are working on website design and development through the WordPress platform.  We worked on our school website, and to see our launch on YouTube you can click HERE.  We are now going to be able to build and work on other WordPress projects in teams of five now, in an efficient and easy way because the device comes with a wonderful processor!  The laptops have an Intel Celeron Processor – that is fast and efficient for the kids to quickly jump from one application to another, download files fast (onto the hard drive with the 2 GB memory) and stream and connect with other devices globally (i.e. through a clear Skype experience).  To learn more about the processor, you can click HERE.

Some students who have challenges with writing will be able to use these devices to easily record their voice through Office 365’s OneNote to share their understanding.  The devices are small and are able to fit into the kids hands easily because they are light and small enough to fit very comfortably on their desks.

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Our school district has moved to use Office 365 for students and staff, and there is an opportunity for our class to trial this platform in the Spring time.  We look forward to the many more hours of creativity, researching, manipulating and coding we will be able to do with this device.

I wanted to send out a shout out to Mario Asta – the Microsoft Education Western Canada Rep – for putting these devices in our Grade 4 class at Dorothy Peacock.  This would not have happened without you!  Thank You!

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