How Are Animals Connected to Their Environment?

This week, we embarked on our new inquiry: How Are Animals Connected to Their Environment? In this inquiry, we will be exploring 3 main areas: habitat, adaptations, and stewardship.

On Monday we explored local West Coast animals that can be found in British Columbia through stories and learning to search for non-fiction resources in the library. Ms. Macleod showed us how to use the Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Encyclopedia, and Seasonal Forests encyclopedias and the non-fiction number system so we could choose books about our animals.

On Tuesday, we built on our knowledge of habitat and the needs that animals find there. One of our definitions for habitat was a home that provides food, water, shelter, space and arrangement for living things. In the afternoon, we learned how to use Thinglink to create interactive posters to share our learning in this project.

On Wednesday, we started creating the questions we are curious about in relation to our 3 main areas of inquiry: habitat, adaptations, and stewardship. Then we learned how to use the library web databases from our school! We started with the World Book Student and the National Geographic Kids to read about our animals and build background knowledge.

On Thursday, we expanded our definition of habitat to include the 5 defining features that make certain habitats different from others: light, temperature, food, water, and shelter. Then we learned about the structural and behavioural adaptations of animals that help them be suited to live in their environment. After learning what the definitions, we explored our background knowledge by thinking of all the adaptations we could think of in our group. Then we reviewed strategies for reading non-fiction text and answering comprehension questions.

On Friday, we continued to work on comprehension strategies for reading non-fiction text and we created tables to show our understanding. We finished the week by watching a video to examine the behavioural and structural adaptations of mountain animals!

Next week we will be learning effective note-taking techniques and bibliography organizers to help us do our research and start our projects. In the mean time, keep reading about your animal and learning everything you can!


Important vocabulary from our project:




Structural Adaptation

Behavioural Adaptation




Happy Holidays from Division 4!


This week, Division 4 was busy preparing for our Community Celebration Tea! We had the opportunity to bake and ice sugar cookies, all from scratch, with the help of our special guest, Rose! On Thursday, we invited our families to join us to eat cookies, drink tea and hot chocolate, and read our graphic novels!

If you didn’t get a chance to taste our delicious cookies, don’t worry, because Division 4 brought home our special recipe and is looking forward to teaching you all about baking them!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!  

Ms. Carley & Division 4

Our New Web Address

Welcome to our new page! Due to server updates, our classroom blog has a slightly different web address. Please update your bookmarked page to our new address:

How Can Google Classroom Help Us Become Better Writers?

Recently, Div. 4 has begun using Google Classroom to help us target our specific writing goals. Tell your families what your goals have been and then show them some of the great writing you have been doing!

Community Celebration Tea

Thank you for joining us at Parent -Student- Teacher Conferences! It was wonderful getting a chance to share our learning with you!

We would like to invite you for our classroom community tea next Thursday Dec. 21st. Please join us for tea, cookies, and graphic novels! 

Extreme Air Park!

A huge thank you to our school PAC for sending us to Extreme Air Park for our success in fundraising! We had a blast!

How Does the Digestion System of An Owl Work?



Wow! What an amazing experience we had dissecting owl pellets with our little buddies last week! Tell your families what you learned and what you noticed – about owls and about the creatures they eat!


We were so lucky to have the gymnastics equipment up for all of November! What new skills did you learn this term?

Parent Student Teacher Conferences

This weekend, students are bringing are excited to be sharing their work with their families! They want to show you their paper portfolios, as well as their online Eportfolios!

As they show you their portfolios, you could ask them:

  • Why are you proud of this piece of work?
  • How does this show your learning?
  • What is something you did really well on this piece?
  • What is something you could have done better or in a different way?

After going through their portfolio, please complete the conference form and bring it to our conference meeting. Here is an extra copy: Term 1 Conference Form

Our meetings are being held on Monday, Nov. 27th, Tuesday, Nov. 28th, and Thursday, Nov. 30th. Please let me know if you have a specific question or need to reschedule your appointment.


  • Please return your portfolio on Monday!
  • Friday, Nov. 24th is a Pro D Day!
  • Monday is our first Young People’s Concert!

Welcome to the Forest!

Div. 4 and 5 were inspired by Emily Carr this past week. We created art using oil pastels and blending tools to explore aspects of light and dark, and abstract representations in art.

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