Thursday, May 31, 2012

Here are a few photos from our school trip to the Calgary Zoo today. We had a blast!





Wednesday, May 30, 2012

We're going to the zoo tomorrow!

A parent emailed me this photo. Thanks for the safety tip!



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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rock Art, Park Art, and Hoodoo Exploration

Today the Grade Threes were lucky enough to go down to one of my absolute favourite places, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, for a great adventure. Aaron Domes, a lovely Alberta Parks employee, picked us up at school and discussed the importance of preserving our provincial parks. We went on a tour of the rock art with Clayton Twigg (an AWESOME tour guide) who taught us how the rock art was able to teach historians and archaeologists about cultures from many years ago, as well as keeping the stories of the Blackfoot alive for future generations.

After a quick lunch and some time on the playground, we escaped to the hoodoos to climb and explore. Students were on a mission to pay close attention to their natural surroundings, so they could use their observations later in the day.



 Later, we created paintings inspired by our observations of nature, Blackfoot stories, and love of Writing-On-Stone.  Our paintings will be displayed at the park for the next year, to remind people of the importance of preserving our provincial parks.



 We are very lucky to have such a beautiful park so close to our school - for some of our students, it is literally their neighbour! We hope that you get a chance to go visit Writing-On-Stone this summer. They have great programs, fun camping, and a beach! What more can you ask for?
Here's the link to Writing-On-Stone for more information about all the fun activities you can participate in this summer... http://www.albertaparks.ca/writing-on-stone

Thanks again to Aaron Domes and Clayton Twigg for a great day! We will be back again!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

What a deal!

Yesterday morning the Lethbridge Public Library had its annual children's book sale. Our classroom will be bursting at the seams tomorrow!


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fun In The Sun!

Today started with the Grade Threes showing off their writing skills by completing their first Provincial Achievement Test. After writing some awesome stories, we took a long break with walk around town and a stop at the Kinsmen Park. What a beautiful day!
This little guy met us at the park!

Aren't they cute?

Push me higher!

Back to school we go.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Another Kiva Loan!

This week, the Grade Threes made another microloan to a deserving individual, through Kiva. We loaned to Alberta Kwofie, who sells a variety of products near Takoradi in Ghana. Alberta will use her loan to purchase cooking utensils and groceries to sell. With the new profit from her expanded business, Alberta wishes to acquire a shop in which she will sell her goods.

Check out www.kiva.org to make your own loan - what a great way to make a difference in the lives of others around the world.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

50 Things You Should Do Before You're 12

Kids are staying inside an awful lot more than they used to. Here is a list that was in The Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper, of things that kids should do before they are 12 years old.

How many of these things have you done?
Is there anything you would add to the list?

1. Climb a tree

2. Roll down a really big hill

3. Camp out in the wild

4. Build a den

5. Skim a stone

6. Run around in the rain

7. Fly a kite

8. Catch a fish with a net

9. Eat an apple straight from a tree

10. Play conkers

11. Throw some snow

12. Hunt for treasure on the beach

13. Make a mud pie

14. Dam a stream

15. Go sledging

16. Bury someone in the sand

17. Set up a snail race

18. Balance on a fallen tree

19. Swing on a rope swing

20. Make a mud slide

21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild

22. Take a look inside a tree

23. Visit an island

24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind

25. Make a grass trumpet

26. Hunt for fossils and bones

27. Watch the sun wake up

28. Climb a huge hill

29. Get behind a waterfall

30. Feed a bird from your hand

31. Hunt for bugs

32. Find some frogspawn

33. Catch a butterfly in a net

34. Track wild animals

35. Discover what’s in a pond

36. Call an owl

37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool

38. Bring up a butterfly

39. Catch a crab

40. Go on a nature walk at night

41. Plant it, grow it, eat it

42. Go wild swimming

43. Go rafting

44. Light a fire without matches

45. Find your way with a map and a compass

46. Try bouldering

47. Cook on a campfire

48. Try abseiling

49. Find a geocache

50. Canoe down a river