Tiny Perfect Things

Making connections is a critical reading comprehension strategy that helps students make meaning of what they are reading. When students make connections with self, the text, and the world, it helps them make sense of what they read and retain the information better.

The grade 1, 2, and 3 students in Ms. Le’s blended learning class listened to the story, “Tiny Perfect Things” written by M. H. Clark. They were then challenged with the following question by their teacher: “What can you create out of the tiny, perfect things found in our forest?”

Home Creations

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The grade four students in Ms. Mazinani’s class engage with their teacher on Microsoft Teams for language arts and math.  However, they also have a channel where they can share their photos and videos of what they have made or created at home.

Thien made a three tiered windmill and video taped it spinning for his teacher to see.  Nash painted a moon in the sky, while Liam chose rock for his squid figure art.  Felicity used silver and grey for her lovely rock art and Rehat painted the moon.  Zonish wanted to create a thank you poster of our front line workers.

 

 

Surrey Biofuel Facility

On Valentine’s Day, the grade 4 and 5 students in Ms. Mahal’s class headed to the Surrey Biofuel facility after their unit on sustainability and the environment.  They learned interesting facts about anaerobic organisms; how compost is collected and turned into methane gas; and how the soil is used for trees and on farms in their local community. Students had the opportunity to look at what happens to compost as it is dropped off at the facility and all the different phases it goes through before it is turned into soil. The Surrey Biofuel Facility is the first of its kind in Canada to have a zero emissions rate.

 

Hat Fashion Show

Mrs. Lintott worked on an ADST (Applied Design and Skills Technology) project with the grade 2/3 students in divisions 11 and 12, and ended the unit with a hat fashion show.  They used plastic screw drivers, saws, and screws from the MakeDo kits to create hats made out of cardboard.  They had great fun displaying their creations in a hat fashion show where one partner modelled the hat and the other partner read a script describing their lovely creations.

 

Run Gingerbread Man Run

The Kindergarten students in Ms. Eaket’s and Ms. Cuthbert’s class enjoyed the story of the Gingerbread Man and decorated their own Gingerbread cookies after rolling out the dough, cookie cutting them out, and baking them.  When Sydney brought the principal a cookie to eat, he said, “Eat the feet first; if not, he will run away!”  Ms. Eaket’s students went on a hunt around the school because their Gingerbread Man had run away. “Run, run as fast as you can!  You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”  They had fun painting life-size gingerbread men and decorating the halls with them.

Coding

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“The new Canadian landscapes are digital.”  Many of our intermediate students and some of our primary students enjoyed a free in-school workshop on coding from “Canada Learning Code”.  The world is changing, and it is important to equip our young people with the tools they will need to prosper in our digital world.  The students were introduced to Sketch, a digital design toolkit to do some basic computer programming.

Shattering the Image

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One morning in November, all the grade 5 to 7 students sat under an RCMP presentation called “Shattering the Image”, an anti-gang preventative program.  There’s a concern that many gangs are recruiting younger people, and these gangs are often involved in violence in our community. Many of these gangs exist because people are buying illegal drugs from them.  Gang members are predominantly male and are multi-ethnic.  They are using technology to recruit children 16 years old or younger.  They are often attacted by the money and lifestyle, but soon find themselves trapped and threatened, and often ends in tragedy, very often death.  It was stressed among the students on the importance of what they post about themselves online because it is open for the recruiters.  It is also important to not let our negative or sad past impact our present or future.  We encourage all our young people to make strong and good connections with the right people in their lives.

Holocaust Presentation

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On Monday, November 25, the grade 6 and 7 students in Divisions 1, 2, 3, and 4 had a presentation from a survivor of the Holocaust. Louise Sorensen shared her journey with the students.  At the beginning of the Second World War, Louise was 12 years old, living in the Netherlands. She remembers when the Nazis invaded the Netherlands. As a Jewish girl, she was required to wear a Star of David. Her family lost their jobs and had all possessions taken by the Nazis. All Jews were forced from their homes and forced to live in the ghetto of Amsterdam. Her family, fearing for their safety, decided to send Louise away to live in hiding. Louise lived for three years in an attic at a farm in the country side. She remained in hiding until the Canadian Army liberated Netherlands in 1945.
Louise encouraged the students to remember her story, to treat everyone with kindness, and end hatred and all forms of bullying.

Week of ADST Leading Up to Halloween

 

Ms. Younger’s grade 2/3 students have spent each day of the week leading up to Halloween with their buddy class (Ms. Meynert’s grade 6’s) on ADST projects.  For instance, the students had to create wings for their bats and see who could make their bat fly the furthest, learning about aerodynamics and the unique shape of bats’ wings.  On Halloween, the students were told that the ghosts have taken over the graveyard and they needed to make a lift for them using the supplies provided.  They needed to come up with a plan and work cooperatively to design their experiments. The grade 6’s also enjoyed creating candy launchers, trying to project their candy as far as possible.  The teachers commented that it was wonderful to see every child totally engaged with their learning.  Hands on learning really is the best way to learn!