Surrey Museum in Cloverdale

The grade 3 and 4 students in Mrs. Younger’s class enjoyed their field study to the Surrey Museum in Cloverdale.  As part of their social studies curriculum, they visited the museum to see how Surrey has changed over time.  They liked being able to enter and experience Eric Anderson’s cabin; Eric being one of the original residences of Surrey.  “There were many artifacts and old items that used to belong to the Katzie and Semiahmoo peoples,” wrote one of the students from division 9.  The students went to the textile studio and did a weaving workshop using old fashioned wooden looms.  We appreciate the parents who were able to make this trip possible by taking some time out to transport the students to the museum where they could experience some hands-on learning

Victoria

Over 120 grade six and seven students got up early one Wednesday morning and was at the school by 5:30 a.m. in order to make the 7:00 a.m. ferry to our beautiful capital city of Victoria.  What an amazing learning experience at the Royal British Columbia Museum that hosted a major new feature exhibition, Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs with over 300 original artifacts.  The students were engaged in a study covering all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, including life along the Nile River and the influence of it on the civilization.  They also enjoyed the beautiful Victoria Harbour and dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory before catching the 7:00 p.m. ferry back to the mainland.  We were very impressed with how responsible the students were on this long day.  What an undertaking, but also what a wonderful learning experience for the students!

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.