Daffodils – A Sign Spring Is On Its Way!

This week Div 8 and 9 students removed the mulch from our garden of daffodils.  Many of them were surprised that the daffodil stems have already pushed through the soil and are preparing to bloom.  Over the coming weeks students will track and document the growth of the daffodils, review the life cycle of daffodils, and investigate factors that can enhance or hinder growth.

Math, Science

Luscious Landscapes – Art in the Style of Ted Harrison

“Life is a rainbow road, multicoloured with the most brilliant hues and contrasting with the darkest tones.”  Ted Harrison 


For more information on Ted Harrison visit: https://tedharrison.ca/pages/about 


Little Bears Vision Quest

During this lesson students acknowledged that we reside on the traditional ancestral shared territory of the Coast Salish Nations of Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish.  Students also learned that there are three main groups of Indigenous people in Canada: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.   

Before reading Little Bears Vision Quest written by Diane Silvey we also discussed the importance of stories and how they are an integral part of Indigenous culture. Students learned that stories are not just for entertainment but they are told to teach lessons and these lessons typically focus on ways to overcome a struggle, how to change attitude or behaviour and how to be the best person possible. In this particular story Little Bear learns to be kind, thoughtful and respectful toward others after being banished to a remote island. 

After listening to the story students then created these bear paws to represent the qualities that make a good friend.




Art, Language Arts, Social Studies

Inside Days PBS Song

At today’s community gathering Div 9 students performed their rewritten version of Flo Rida’s song My house to remind everyone of Twelfth Avenues behaviour expectations for inside days.  They did an incredible job and should be very proud of their performance.  Well done Div 9!

Click on the link below and take and listen to see for yourself how they did.

Classroom, Music

Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition (Grades 1-12)

What:  Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest event is organized by Engineers & Geoscientist BC for the 18th time this year as part of the National Engineering & Geoscience Month (NEGM). 

Why: to promote engineering and geoscience in our community, especially to the youth.

When: Sunday, March 4th, 2018 from 11 am to 2:00 pm. 

Who: Kids from grade 1 to 12 will compete in their own grade category in building the strongest bridges.


1- Get your Bridge Building Kit from me or “KidsBooks” bookstore at 3040 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 2N4, Tel: 604-986- 6190

2- Register online: http://goo.gl/Fa6P1k

3- Read the rules 

4- Attend a free Training Workshop organized by “COWI” on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30 pm at 101-788 Harbourside Dr., North Vancouver, V7P 3R7. Register for the workshop here: http://goo.gl/wCnLsA

5- Build your bridge at home and bring it to the Event on Sunday, March 4th at 11 am at Capilano Mall Atrium in North Vancouver

How Much: Free!

For more information you can also check out the EGBC website:


ADST, Science

DIY African Thumb Piano

It is said that before globalization, these instruments could only be found in Africa and where African descendants lived. Therefore, the thumb piano or kalimba as we know it in the West, is a modernized version of its African ancestors.  Just like the xylophone, it is deeply rooted in the continent’s culture. 

Many tribes, all across the continent, have developed their own unique thumb pianos over the centuries. Because the languages and cultures of these tribes vary so much, so do the names and traditions of their instruments.

Using wood, bobby pins and craft supplies Div 9 students along with other students of Twelfth Avenue Elementary created their very own versions of the African thumb piano.  Check it out.


ADST, Art, Music, Social Studies

Balloon Car STEM Challenge

Have you ever blown up a balloon and let it go? The air rapidly escapes the balloon making it fly away.

Students were challenged to harness this energy and design their very own car that could be propelled forward using a single balloon.

Engineering Design Constraints

1. The car must be propelled forward by the air escaping the balloon.

2. The car must be sturdy and not fall apart when in use.

3. The car must travel at least five feet.

4. The car must travel in approximately a straight line.

Materials Suggested

Power: One latex balloon

Car body: Plastic bottle, plastic cup, or cardboard

Wheels: CDs, bottle caps, empty rolls of tape

Axles: Wooden dowels, wooden skewers, plastic straws

Other materials: plastic straws, hot glue, tape, paper clips, scissors, rubber bands

Math Connection

During the testing phase students were asked to calculate the average speed of their balloon cars. The equation they used to calculate the average speed of their car 


𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑒𝑑 = 𝑡𝑜𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒/𝑡𝑜𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒




ADST, Art, Math, Science

Descriptive Writing & Paint Blown Monsters

Students in Div 9 have been learning to enhance their writing, making it more descriptive by adding adjectives. They did an excellent job using adjectives to describe their monster’s personality. They also did a pretty amazing job turning blown paint into some monsterous masterpieces.

Art, Language Arts

Lighting Up the World With Kindness

How can you light up your home, school or community with kindness? Students in Div 9 are learning that every small interaction with someone is an opportunity to have a positive impact on others.

Art, Language Arts, Physical and Health Education

3-D Snowflakes

Today students in Div 9 learned how to make three-dimensional snowflakes in an activity that incorporated math, fine motor skills, and art. Students also utilized their thinking and personal core competencies as they problem solved and persevered through each step of the process to create these impressive snowflakes.


Art, Math