Ms. Carley's Classroom Blog

Sharing our Learning in Division 5

Appreciations for Div. 5 & Wishes for a wonderful summer

Dear Students & Families in Div. 5,

It has been so wonderful having you in my class community this year. Thank you for sharing your kindness, creativity, and big ideas with our class. We loved learning about each other and taking action in our community. Thank you for your leadership, compassion, and courage.

I so appreciated all your kind words and cards over the last week and all year. I will treasure them always.

I hope you all have safe and joyful summers.

Ms. Carley

P.S. Here are a few photos to celebrate the last few weeks of our learning.

We had the opportunity to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Month by learning from one of our little buddies’ mom, Mikelle Sasakmoose. She shared about her family and culture, and taught us how to make dream catchers. We loved learning and connecting with our buddies.

Thinking about our favourite parts of the year:

Over 40 Diversity club shared what pride meant to them and together we created a joint statement to share:

Learning from, with, and in the community!

Div. 5 had an amazing week learning from community member, Lori Snyder, and in place as we travelled to the Fraser River Discovery Centre and New Westminster Quay!

On Tuesday, we had a visit from Lori Snyder, Metis educator and herbalist. She taught us about some of the plants that live with us here on Burnaby Mountain. She shared salves, honey, apple cider vinegar, and many more treasures she created from the plants and shared her perspectives with us. We were so thankful for our opportunity to learn from her and ask many questions.

On Thursday, we loved travelling on the bus and skytrain to get to the Fraser River Discovery Centre. After our snack, we walked along the river seeing what we noticed in, on, and around the river! We spotted tug boats, speed boats, paddle wheelers, cargo, birds, logs, plants, flowers, pollinator homes, pride flags, and more! We loved connecting with our friends on new playgrounds spaces and eating our picnic lunches outside!

Our workshop was next, and there we dug for treasures as archaeologists, looked closely to wonder about what those treasures could mean to their original owners, and then play a trading game to examine the values different items were given as well as the fairness of trade. We learned so much about the Fraser River and its important role in indigenous communities and during early contact and trade with Europeans colonizers.


IDAHAT Day Celebration

Dear UHE families,

Our diversity club students were so excited to welcome you into our school conference with our progress pride flag.

We are so thankful to acknowledge and celebrate  International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with you all.

Please feel welcome to attend the virtual IDAHAT day celebrations at this link May 17 from 4:00-5:30pm on Zoom:

At this year’s event, speakers from the LGBTQ+ community will share thoughts and experiences on the theme of “Authenticity.”

Welcoming Families for Student Led Conferences

We are so thrilled to be welcoming you into our classroom next week. We are proud of our community, and the creativity, collaboration, and kindness that we share with one another.  Thank you for sending in your preferences – you will be receiving an appointment time shortly.

Look out for our forest art that will guide you into the space!

How can we share our passion & learning in creative ways?

Div. 5 is learning about different types of writing! We have started a magazine project, sharing our learning with different types of writing!  We love having choice in our learning – choosing topics that are meaningful and interesting to us! Here are some of the elements you might notice!

  • letter from the editor
    • we love introducing ourselves and our topics to our reader – who are we, what are our connections to the topic, and what do we hope for our readers?
  • articles
    • interesting informational writing about our chosen topic!
  • creative story writing
    • how can we weave a story connected to our topic?
  • advertisements
    • what elements have we noticed in ads around us? How could we analyze and incorporate them into our magazine?
  • persuasive writing
    • can you share an convincing opinion about your topic?
  • advice column
    • what advice would you give?
  • art & art reviews!
    • we have been exploring some amazing artists and creating amazing art this year! Which special pieces will you include?
  • book reviews!
    • which book club book will you share about?
  • fun elements such as puzzles, comics, games, word problems, quizzes, and more!

We can’t wait to share our learning with you!

Eid Mubarak!

We love learning about each other and our communities in division 5! We were so excited to share in celebrating Eid al-Fitr this spring! Thank you, Umair, Ameena, Khurram, Fatima, Myel, Noor, and Farbod for sharing your culture and traditions with our class. It was a wonderful way to celebrate Ramadan and Eid! Eid Mubarak!


Giving back to our community with an Earth Day Plant Sale!

For Earth Day, Div. 4 & 5 hosted a UHE plant sale! Prior to spring break, we made paper pots and planted many seeds! By Earth Day, they were ready to share with our community! We considered how we would be able to encourage our community to grow their own food, and to buy locally grown produce! All of our proceed go directly toward our school garden so that our amazing garden learning throughout the school can continue!

What is the story of the food we eat?




Exploring and Learning New Strategies and Tools in Div. 5!

This week, we had an amazing time creating woodworking projects to help our learning! We made looms to learn about different styles of weaving. We also made stools to bring outside for our outdoor learning. We look forward to continuing these ADST adventures! Thank you, Alex for teaching us how to use new tools and strategies!



We began an art inquiry – how does our environment influence our art? We studied the art of Emily Carr  and wrote our thoughts, feelings, and wonders about her art. Then, we learned new ways of creating blended, pastel art inspired by her Canadian landscapes.

In March, we started preparing for our plant sale! We planted snap peas, cilantro, spinach, mesluns, lettuce, and swiss chard! We are excited for our Earth Day plant sale on April 21st! We hope to see you there!

We also finished up our Animal Inquiry Projects and presented them to small groups! We were so proud to share our learning.


We can’t wait to see where our learning takes us next!


Celebrating our February Learning!

February was a month for kindness, celebration, diversity, love, and standing up for others! Here are a few hearts we found and made outdoors!

On Feb. 23 we celebrated Pink Shirt Day! We created notes for each other, appreciating things that make our classmates special.

We help our world in so many ways.

Here are a few shots of our display case being created! We displayed the pollinator houses, art, and descriptions for the whole school to see! We celebrated the diversity and biodiversity of these beings and showed the school that we all need different things! Two birds might need completely different sized homes, with different placement, entrances, and heights! When we look and learn closely, we can discover amazing things!

We put up some of our bird houses! Using our measurement skills we are creating a bird house walk. Each house we put up is a home for a different kind of bird!


We were excited to share about our Whale Child Project creations! Div. 5 did a gallery walk to explore everyone’s projects. We noticed that everyone created something unique and different. Some projects were big and some were small, but each had important lessons and details to share. We gave each other feedback on what it feels like to be part of a gallery walk and how we can show our appreciation and care for each other.


In grade 4 math, we have been exploring symmetry! Reflection symmetry, rotation symmetry, and point symmetry! Here are a few photos of our beginning explorations! From here, we created our own drawings, and explored symmetry in the community and in First People’s art. Where can you find symmetry and geometry as a family?

In Div. 5, we care.

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