This week the primary students visited the Vancouver Aquarium. The purpose of the trip was to build a better understanding of the natural world, including its oceans. After all, ninety-six percent of all of Earth’s water is ocean. It was hoped that the Vancouver Aquarium would inspire the children to build emotional connections to the marine animals and their habitats, and as a result, these connections would encourage respect and care for the environment.
At the Aquarium, we saw sharks, moray eels, jellyfish and colorful fish; sleeping sloths, snakes, parrots and lizards. We watched a 4-D movie about ocean predators and a dolphin training session. We laughed at the frolicking African penguins, playful Stellar sea lions, and hungry feeding otters. Finally, we gently patted the rays swimming in the touch pool. The children left the Aquarium with lots of questions which we will try to answer in the weeks to come.
Thank you to all the parent volunteers who enabled this wonderful trip to take place!
The most important word for any child is his or her own name.
For many children, their names are the first words they learn to read and write.
Research has shown that letter recognition and letter-sound correspondences are most effectively remembered when they are in the context of words that are important to to a child, such as his or her name.
Here we are engaged in activities that develop alphabetic knowledge while learning how to write our name as we do at school (upper-case letter followed by lower-case ones).
Division 7 learned a lot about ducklings. In the top picture, the ducklings are two hours old. In the middle picture, the duckling are two days old. In the bottom picture, the ducklings are two weeks old. They quadrupled their height and weight in that time. We could not believe how fast they grow.
Division 7 has some egg-citing news. One of our eggs started to hatch on Thursday morning. We watched the egg throughout the day as the hole got bigger and bigger. Finally, out came one egg-hausted baby . . .
Division 7 has been reading a lot of books about chickens and ducks. This is one of our favourite ones. “Chicks and Salsa” is about some chickens who get tired of eating the same old thing every day. The rooster decides to spice things up by having a fiesta with chips and salsa. Hilarious! After we read the book, we tried chips and salsa ourselves. Then we asked ten friends if they liked chips and salsa, tallied the answers, graphed our results, and wrote a conclusion. Ole!
Division 7 has been learning about oviparous animals. Oviparous animals are hatched from eggs. We have three eggs in an incubator in our classroom. We made our first observation using a special scope. The scope enables us to see inside the egg as it develops. We saw an air pocket on one end of the egg. We were also able to see a black dot which is the heart, and little red lines on the yolk. These red lines carry food from the yolk to the developing chick.
Division 7 explored some activities that encourage creative and critical thinking skills, and communication skills. These skills are best developed through play and collaborative work. The students designed and created products, explored technologies, and practiced simple coding.
It might look as if the children are just having fun, but they learned to persevere when faced with challenges, make changes and solve problems, get new ideas from others, and work cooperatively.