La Maison

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The intermediate students had fun creating their houses for French classes with Madame  Hutchinson.  They designed a blueprint for an imaginary house and used the vocabulary they learned to label the different parts.  They had a choice to work on a team or as an individual to build a 3-D version of their plan.  Madame Hutchinson was impressed with the diversity and wonderful creative models that were presented.  For instance, one of the houses was constructed with real wood including the framing for the walls, doors with hinges, and even a staircase.  Another house was made out of cardboard and paper; one made out of duck tape, one made from marshmallows, and a couple made out of lego pieces.  Quite a few houses even had electric circuits to provide lighting for their homes.  In some situations, the students chose to design Minecraft homes on an electronic device such as an iPad or laptop computer.  Many of the students were proud of their work and engaged with the activity.  Madame Hutchinson made their learning relevant and fun for them, and she was able to also tie in the applied design, skills, and technology component of the curriculum into what they were doing.  “It was messy and a  lot of work, but well worth it,” said Madame Hutchinson.

 

Young Entrepreneurs

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The grade 6 and 7 students in Mrs. Villeneuve’s and Ms. Meynert’s classes had to create a product to sell at their Young Entrepreneur’s Fair in the gym.  They learned the role of entrepreneurship, marketing, pricing, and basic financial literacy, while having fun at the same time!

Hands On Science Lessons

The best way to learn science is through hands on experiences.  It is often more fun and engaging then just reading about the topic of study.  For instance, the grade one students in Mrs. Johnson’s class dissected an owl pellet.  They learned that owls eat their prey whole, and they regurgitate what they can’t digest by spitting out a pellet containing the indigestible bones and fur of the prey.  The children used gloves to pull these pellets apart, found different skeletal parts, and tried to identify them using a chart.

The intermediate students in both Ms. Russel’s and Mrs. Peter’s class enjoyed a “fantastic field trip” the Mount Seymour Watershed.  The students learned about the protected water shed and how important it is to have clean water to drink.  They reviewed the water cycle, and they discovered the importance of certain trees, plants, and fungus in our forests.  They also played games that helped them learn about the food chain and the animals that live in our forests.  They had beautiful weather in late May and found their guides very knowledgeable and friendly.

All three kindergarten classes had the joy of seeing the four stages of butterfly development in their classrooms starting with the larva stage.  And when the weather was warmer in June, they were able to release them into the wind.

 

Museum of First Nation Artifacts

Each student in Mrs. Younger’s class ended a six-week First Nation study by researching and creating an artifact for their classroom museum.  They also enjoyed eating bannock, a type of bread enjoyed by most First Nations, and smoked salmon.  They learned that salmon along the Pacific coast was an excellent food source for the winter after smoking it.  The students also wrote their own “Pourquoi Tales” (“pourquoi” means “why” in French) after looking at old legends told to explain why certain events happened or why something is the way it is.  They learned the value of these oral stories told at the potlatches, which were celebrations at important events.  The students were proud to show case their final products for their parents and other students who came through their museum.

Arbres des Familles

Ms. Boudreau’s grade one and two students learned about their heritage (family roots) and became more aware of our bigger global community. “The goal was for the students to become more aware of where their families originate and for the class to learn more about different cultures. We are fortunate to have a class of students, which represents many parts of the world,” said Ms. Boudreau.

Each child created a Family Tree project and brought in pictures, special items, and shared special memories from family members.  Ms. Boudreau is so proud of all of her students for doing such a great job with their projects and said, “It was a wonderful experience to see them in front of the class to share and be extremely proud of their projects. Bravo, les amis!”  At the end of the unit, Ms. Boudreau did a presentation about her cultural heritage, and the children had the joy of learning about the Acadians in Nova Scotia.

Airplane Museum & Planetarium

After completing their unit of study on flight, the MACC class went to the Airplane Museum in Langley.  They learned how airplanes fly and about Newton’s third law of motion (every action has an equal and opposite reaction).  “We learned that the wings of a plane have to be airfoil shaped to allow lower pressure air to move above it and higher pressure air below it, creating lift,” said Muskan.  The also learned that the jet engines of a plane sucks in cold air and mixes it with fuel, ignites it to create hot air, and expels it propelling the plane forward.

In addition, they went to the Planetarium in Vancouver to introduce the space unit they are currently studying.  They learned about extremophiles which are different organisms that live in extreme environments.  “The most interesting one being the microscopic tardigrades that are able to live in all kinds of environments, including the bottom of the ocean or in volcanic vents,” said Patrick.  They also learned about the Kepler Space Telescope that finds planets by measuring the amount of light a star gives off at different times.