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

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!

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.


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