Ms. Gourlay's Class – "It's better to know how to learn than to know." Dr. Seuss

Division 8 been learning about earning money, saving money, and using money to buy goods and service.  We can identify the values of coins (e.g., nickles, dimes, quarters, loonies, toonies) and can count multiples of the same denomination.

We have been exploring financial literacy by role playing monetary transactions at the grocery store and restaurant.  We can make a shopping list, look at flyers to see what is on sale, weigh our produce and pay for our groceries at the cash register.  We can order from a menu, add up the bill and pay for our meal.  Here we are at work!




All children love Superheroes! 

Superheroes are always in control of themselves.  They can manage frustration, anger, anxiety and maintain emotional regulation while leaping over tall buildings and flying through the air.  This year Mr. Marquis, our school counsellor, has been visiting our classroom to help the children develop the strategies so that they can be superheroes of self-control too.   We have been working on calming down by using ‘lazy eight’ breathing, recognising how we feel and what to do about it, slowing down and being present, developing flexible thinking and having positive thoughts.

As described in the BC Physical and Health curriculum, Mr. Marquis has also been counselling the children in the following competencies:
• Describe ways to prevent and respond to a variety of unsafe and/or uncomfortable situations
• Develop and demonstrate respectful behaviour when participating in activities with others
• Identify caring behaviours among classmates and within families
• Identify and describe practices that promote mental well-being
• Identify and describe feelings and worries
• Identify personal skills, interests, and preferences


Life is a rainbow road, multicoloured with the most amazing hues, and contrasting with the darkest tones. – Ted Harrison

Division 8 has been looking at the artwork of Ted Harrison.  Ted Harrison is a Canadian artist who  painted many colourful landscapes of the Yukon.  We responded to his works of art by creating our dinosaur silhouettes.  We used bright colours for the sunset in the background and black paper to represent the shadows of the dinosaurs. 

The children of Division 8 have been working on sorting and classifying data and information using drawings, pictographs and tables.  This is a Venn Diagram that we made using the information that we learned about different kinds of dinosaurs.  We classified them into two groups; herbivores and carnivores.  Then we determined the attributes of each group.  Finally, we recorded our findings on this graph to show how they are alike and different.


Numeracy is the ability to understand and apply mathematical concepts, processes and skills to solve problems in a variety of contexts.” – BC’s New Curriculum.  

The children of Division 8 have been working on developing their numeracy skills. In order to do so, they need lots of opportunities to visualise and explore mathematical concepts.  The best way to develop mathematical understanding is through play, games and problem solving activities.  The children can then apply the strategies that they have learned in order to solve mathematical problems in a fun, real and challenging way.

Dinosaurs lived on earth for millions and millions of years.  Then they vanished completely.  What happened?  Why did they all die?  No one really knows for sure.

Everything that we do know about dinosaurs we know from the fossils that they left behind.  Fossil teeth tell us what a dinosaur ate.  Fossil leg bones tell us us how a dinosaur might have walked.  Footprint fossils help us guess how much a dinosaur weighed or if dinosaurs travelled alone or in a herd.

Fossils can only give us so much information.  We have to use our imaginations to picture how these fascinating creatures really looked, how they lived, and how they died.


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The children of Division 8 learned a lot about communication through the process of making the movie. 

They learned:

  • that in order to share and develop ideas they needed to be an active listener and participant.  
  • to present information about a topic clearly, and in a logically connected and sequenced way.
  • that they needed to work cooperatively with others in order to achieve a common goal.
  • how to reflect on their experience and recount something that they discovered.

Here are some examples from the children.



The Communication Competency encompasses the set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media.”
– BC’s New Curriculum

The children of Division 8 are pleased to present their movie “Commotion in the Ocean“.  This movie is an example of the children’s ability to communicate what they learned about the ocean.  The children collaborated on writing the script, choreographing the actions, rehearsing their lines and acting out their parts.  Wow!  Little kids can do amazing things.

Much thanks to Jan Chow, the learning technology teacher, for all her help with this project.


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“I will not eat them in a house, I will not eat them with a mouse, I will not eat them in a box, I will not eat them with a fox, I will not eat them here of there, I will not eat them anywhere, I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am”. – Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham

 However, I WILL eat pancakes!


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