Our Read Aloud book this term is called “The Lions of Little Rock.” In 1958, Little Rock Arkansas, two best friends that are so different trying to stay close. Marlee and Liz are quite different. Marlee is quiet and shy, while Liz is outgoing and energetic. Marlee and Liz are absolute best friends up until Liz’s true identity was revealed.
Marlee’s parents no longer approved of Marlee and Liz’s friendship, but Liz and Marlee have come up with a plan to keep their friendship alive. For example, Marlee when to a coloured movie theatre just to spend some time with Liz. “The Lions of Little Rock” allows you to make some personal connections to the characters and their stories they tell. Making personal connections for me helps with keeping the book interesting and intriguing!
On Friday, September 29, our school had a Terry Fox Run. We have them every year to raise money for cancer research. All the kids in the school ran around Sunnyside park for about an hour and we brought donations. Last year we raised about 2 thousand dollars.
We do it rain or shine because Terry did it every day even though it rained but then he had to stop because he got cancer again. At the beginning of every Terry Fox Run we go to the gym because David and Blake’s class do a little Terry Fox cheer and when we run other people sometimes come like parents or grandparents.
I think most schools do them but I’m not sure every school in Canada does it. The only problem is if it rains sometimes it’s really slippery so someone might fall but other than that it’s really fun. Some kids bring 2 dollars but some kids bring 5 dollars.
by Day Dreamer
Recently, we participated in the annual Terry Fox Run. Every year schools around Canada do a run in Terry’s name to raise money for cancer research.
Our school runs laps around Sunnyside park until the time is out and drops donations in the collecting bins as they pass. The run takes place rain or shine because no rain or snow could stop Terry. Terry wanted to raise 1 dollar for every Canadian one day.
Our Terry Fox run of 2011 was a blast. A lot of people were doing the run in honour of Terry. Terry Fox was a man who lived in Port Moody, BC. He wanted to run all the way across Canada. His goal was to raise $1,000,000 for cancer. Terry’s legacy still lives on in many Canadians to this day. People take the time to do the Terry Fox run.
Division 17 and 18 have started theme. Our beginning was to identify the roles individuals can or do in our community. After creating a massive brainstorm Tami and Jody started to throw a couple of ‘monkey wrenches’ into it to take our thinking in new directions. After some time we came up with this:
Then we did the same thing but it was What are the Roles a Group of People Can or Do Take in Our Community. The following list wasn’t quite as big but it was just as meaningful. Here’s what we came up with:
Then, on a different page, we started sorting the words into groups in which we thought they fit, and then finally, we amended it by, adding, deleting or combining other ideas that were on the previous page:
The next step was to make some decisions about which were most important to us individually. We each got a piece of paper and we chose 5 roles from the page. Then we did some writing about why we thought they were important and what their characteristics needed to be for them to be good at that role.
Although we don’t know what the Theme will be, we are very enthusiastic to find out!
by 008RayRay008 and The Baconator
What a busy day! We brought supplies to build pizzas and shared lunch together with our new learning community! Yum!
Today we started the new year with a bang – digging right into a mini-project for the week until we welcome our new classmates.
We spent the day today considering information about Vancouver crows through a documentary and some news sources. Crows are amazing creatures with complex lives and amazing abilities.
Students, if you’d like to share these with your family, you can find them here:
Nature of Things “A Murder of Crows”
Westcoast Reader “Thousands of Crows gather in Burnaby”
National Post “Infamous crow gets mail delivery cancelled to Vancouver street following attacks”
CTV news “‘Stalked and dive-bombed’ Increase in Vancouver crow attacks”
Here is the criteria for our mini-project:
Vancouver Crow Mini-Project
Complete a three day project to be presented Friday that is inspired by Vancouver crows
Complete an independent or partner fine arts representation (drama, written word, map, construction, video, poetry, song, etc) related to, or inspired by Vancouver crows
Your project must:
- Demonstrate knowledge about crows, their habitat and their behavior
- Must show your own thoughts, conclusions or beliefs about crows
- Must show context for the aspect of the crow’s life that you are highlighting
- Must be finished for presentation by Friday, September 8.
You will have all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to learn and work on this project.
Ideas to inspire you:
- Research the daily migration or habitats of crows in BC and create a map that demonstrates movement
- Compare crow habitat to that of another local bird and create artwork from the patterns
- Find literary references or research the use of crows in culture and write about it
- Look at the impact of changing urban habitats
- Construct an anatomically correct or artistic 3D crow made from relevant materials
- Write a short story from any perspective about the life of a crow
Students, please remember your homework:
- look at the sky between 7-8 PM to see if you can find the crows heading to Still Creek
- find one fact to share with the class about crows on Thursday
- share the criteria with your parents and have them sign the paper
Hello, students formerly of Divisions 16, 17 and 18!
We are so delighted to be back at school with y’all, and are truly looking forward to our upcoming year. We already have many good ideas that we can’t wait to share with you. It was wonderful to see your beautiful faces today and to hear a little bit about what you’ve been up to.
Here we are, pleased as punch.
Jody, Tami, Karim (and Miranda, of course!)