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By: jkr (offline) on Tuesday, September 12 2017 @ 09:42 PM EDT (Read 640 times)  
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GORDON TERRACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2017 - 2018 SCHOOL YEAR


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Welcome to the GT Eaglets from Cranbrook, BC, Canada

We are so happy to welcome Gordon Terrace Elementary back for another school year.

Mr. Wilson is back once again as a volunteer for exciting outdoor adventures with various classes throughout the school. Very Happy


~Judy~


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By: jkr (offline) on Tuesday, September 12 2017 @ 09:47 PM EDT  
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Mr Wilson, we are looking forward to all your exciting classroom adventures this year. Hopefully our forest fires are extinguished very soon so your classes can enjoy the outdoors once again.


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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, September 12 2017 @ 11:59 PM EDT  
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Glad to be back for another exciting school year.
Today Mr. W. joined Mrs. Duchscherer's class
For a walk to Kinsmen Park,
Where we explored along Joseph Creek.
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We learned that the area with vegetation beside the creek
Is called the RIPARIAN ZONE.
It provides SHADE, SHELTER and FOOD for animals
Including the fish and bugs that live in the creek.
We also learned that the creek does not flow in a straight line.
......Instead
..........It
........MEANDERS
.....Going
............This
.................Way
..........And
.................That
............As
.........It
.................Looks
............For
....................The
.........Easiest
.....................Path.
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We got a chance to make our own creeks.
We split into two teams,
Each of us with a carton of water.
One after another we emptied our water,
Which began to flow downhill
Like a real creek.
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After a short time our creeks flowed together
And became a bigger, wider creek
Just like real creeks and rivers.



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By: SMW (offline) on Wednesday, September 13 2017 @ 12:17 AM EDT  
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We also had a Canoe Race
Using popsicle sticks for canoes.
We learned that the fastest part of the creek
Is the CURRENT.
Some of our canoes got stuck in a back eddy
Or caught in rocks,
While others moved quickly
Carried along by the strong current.
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The walk back along the trail
Reminded us that the riparian zone
Provides shade, shelter and food,
As we stayed cool,
While watching some crows eating the fruit on the bushes.
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During our walk back to school
We had to walk up a hill,
But when we first walked to the creek,
We walked downhill to get there.
Just like WATER FLOWS DOWNHILL,
We went downhill to get to the creek.


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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, September 24 2017 @ 10:27 PM EDT  
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A number of native plants at Elizabeth Lake
Are loaded with berries
Including the wild rose bushes laden with rose hips
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Wild gooseberries
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And chokecherries,
Some spoiled by early frost.
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Not all are safe for humans to eat,
But rose hips make excellent jelly.
Mr. W. has already heard from some classes
Who plan to pick rose hips, make jelly,
And have it with fresh baked bannock.
Yummmmm!!!!!


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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, September 24 2017 @ 10:37 PM EDT  
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As the classes walk to wild rose bushes at Elizabeth Lake,
What animals might they expect to see?
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These deer were spotted yesterday.
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This muskrat was busy feeding this afternoon.
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This damselfly was on a blackthorn bush.

Despite the arrival of fall and cooler temperatures
A garter snake was spotted today,
And a western painted turtle showed its head above water.
There are still dragonflies and damselflies to be found,
And ants were busy around the base of a rock.
Various kinds of birds and waterfowl can still be seen,
But some will be getting ready to migrate as fall takes hold.

It pays to keep eyes and ears open,
As you never know what you will find
When you go to Elizabeth Lake!


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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, October 01 2017 @ 10:34 PM EDT  
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Mr. W. had fun working with Mrs. Ruoss's Grade 1/2s
Introducing groups to some of the plants in the Native Garden,
Including juniper, wolf willow, trembling aspen,
Potentilla and wild rose.
Children also picked rose hips,
The fruit of the wild rose.
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Mrs. Ruoss also worked with groups
Harvesting vegetables from the GT Garden,
Including carrots, potatoes and beets.
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The children will use some of the vegetables
When preparing a Thanksgiving Lunch.
What a lucky class!
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In the afternoon Mr. W. enjoyed working with Mrs. Popoff's Ks,
Taking them on a walk in and around the Native Garden,
And collecting interesting objects lying on the ground,
Like leaves of different shapes, sizes and colours,
Pine cones and needles.
The children enjoyed examining this Nature Trove,
Which became one of the Centres in class.


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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, October 01 2017 @ 10:58 PM EDT  
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Mr. W. also got to work with Mrs. Haine's Grade 2s
One day after recess.
Students shared what they knew about what animals need
To be able to survive -
Food, Water, Shelter, and Space.
Then everyone headed out to the playground
To look for evidence and signs of animals.
They practised using their senses,
Including their sense of hearing,
And were able to identify the cawing of crows.
Then the class moved to the Native Garden area
Where they witnessed that something had eaten
The tops off some of the plants.
One student noticed ants
Crawling up and down the trunk of the trembling aspen.
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Another found eggs on a leaf.
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Then several students noticed something unusual.
Some of the leaves had pieces missing,
As if something had been eating them.
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Mr. W. wonders if students will continue to look for evidence
And signs that suggest that the playground
Is part of some animals' habitat?


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