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


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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!

Let It Snow!

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Division 8 has been learning about seasonal changes.  We know that winter has finally arrived.  As scientists, we were very excited when it began to snow.  It may look like we are playing, but we are really experiencing and interpreting the local environment through our senses.

Ocean Animals

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Division 8 are scientists.  We have been inquiring about what enables living things to survive in their environment.  In particular, we have been investigating animals that live in the ocean.  We have also been working on using graphs to organise information.  We decided to compare the features of sharks and whales on a Venn Diagram.  This kind of graph lets see how sharks and whales are different and how they are the same.

Listen to what your child has to say in her/his Blogfolio.


Children are naturally curious about the world around them.  When they ask questions and investigate what they are wondering about, they are engaged in meaningful learning. 

The children were given trays of different sea shells as a provocation.  They began to ask questions about the sea shells; “What creatures live inside a shell?  Do sea shells grow?  Can you really hear the ocean in a sea shell?”  We talked about where we could find the answers to their questions and we did some research.

Ask me what I learned.

Who Am I?

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Who am I?  The children had a lot to say about this topic.  We recorded our statements and embedded them with QR codes.  We had a lot of fun trying to guess who was who by listening to the voices.  Parents were invited to locate their children by scanning the codes.

Aquarium Visit

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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!

My Name

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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).


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We finished the school year with our Parkcrest is Hip assembly.

We proved that ordinary people, even little people, can do extraordinary things! 


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