November

Did you know that November 13 is World Kindness Day?  Canada is a member of the International World Kindness Movement.  If you are looking for ideas to help spread kindness, check out the Random Acts of Kindness website:

Random Acts of Kindness

November is also the month in which we honour “Canadians who have put their lives on the line in the cause of peace and freedom around the world.”  For more information, history and ways to honour those who have served our country, go to…

Remembrance – Veterans 

Teachers can find many Remembrance Day resources HERE.

Ms. Taylor

Roald Dahl Day!

Hey everyone, September 13th is Roald Dahl Day!  Read a Roald Dahl book…my favourite is “Matilda”.  Roald Dahl would have turned 100 this year…

Its strange, my older sister’s birthday is the same day as Roald Dahl, mine is the same day as Dr. Seuss and my younger sister’s birthday is the same day as Tamora Pierce (I just ordered some of her books for the library).

Do you share a birthdate with a children’s author?

Ms. Taylor

Heron Cam

Click on the image below to go to the Stanley Park Heron Cam.  This is a live camera on the heron nests near Stanley Park.  The icon in the bottom right-hand corner allows the viewer to change the angle of the camera (you may have to wait for your turn).

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Flowers and food in the library!

Division 8 spent Wednesday morning learning about serving size for each food group.  To help them visualize how much of each type of food is a serving, students created a 3-D models.

3-D food

 

 

 

 

 

In the afternoon, Division 12 learnt about the basic parts of a flowering plant and the main parts of a flower.  Students watched their teacher use a document camera to show how to dissect their flower, then they dissected flowers and labelled the parts.

plant dissection

Plant dissection

Red Cedar Awards

The results are in!

Gilmore Community School results:

Non-Fiction
There was no clear winner for Gilmore readers; of the students who voted there were votes for The World in Your Lunchbox; Rescuing the Children and Willie O’Ree.

Fiction
The Gilmore winner was Ungifted; followed by Summer in the City and Gargoyle at the Gates.

Red Cedar Award Results (province wide)

Non-Fiction
The World in Your Lunchbox, by Claire Eamer

Fiction
Ungifted; by Gordon Corman

Thanks for participating in the Red Cedar Award Club.  I hope to have more of you reading the nominees and voting next year.

Ms. Taylor

Red Cedar Award Club

“The Red Cedar is British Columbia’s Young Reader’s Choice book award.  Every year, thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across the province are invited to read books from the nominated lists of non-fiction and fiction titles and vote for their favourite.”

Gilmore Community School’s Red Cedar Club has started the voting process and their final votes will be entered next week.

The Fiction books the students have read are:

Cat’s Cradle Book 1: The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux
Gargoyle at the Gates by Philippa Dowding
Grave Robber’s Apprentice by Allan Stratton
Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Mimi Power and the I-Don’t-Know-What by Victoria Miles
Mr & Mrs Bunny, Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
My Name is Paravana by Deborah Ellis
Summer in the City by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel
Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi (Dear Canada) by Susan M. Aihoshi
Ungifted by Gordon Korman

The Non-Fiction books the students have read are:

The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Willow Dawson
Bodyguards! From Gladiators to the Secret Service written by Ed Butts, illustrated by Scott Plumbe 
City Critters: Wildlife In The Urban Jungle by Nicholas Read 
Cryptic Canada: Unsolved Mysteries From Coast To Coast by Natalie Hyde, illustrated by Matt Hammil
Earth-friendly Buildings, Bridges and More: The Eco-Journal Of Corry Lapont by Etta Kaner, Illustrated by Stephen MacEachern
Mimi’s Village and How Basic Health Care Transformed It by Katie Smith Milway, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Rescuing The Children: The Story of the Kindertransport by Deborah Hodge
Secret Life Of Money: A Kid’s Guide To Cash by Kira Vermond, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer
Willie O’Ree: The Story of the First Black Player in the NHL by Nicole Mortillaro
The World in Your Lunchbox: The Wacky History and Weird Science Of Everyday Foods by Claire Eamer, illustrated by Sa Boothroyd

May the best books win!