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By: jkr (offline) on Saturday, September 24 2016 @ 09:51 AM EDT (Read 552 times)  
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GORDON TERRACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2016 - 2017 SCHOOL YEAR


Welcome to the GT Eaglets from Cranbrook, BC, Canada

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

This year will be a bit different now that SMW (Mr. Wilson) is retired but HE'S BACK as a volunteer for exciting outdoor adventures with various classes throughout the school. Very Happy



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By: SMW (offline) on Monday, September 26 2016 @ 08:04 PM EDT  
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This was Mrs. Duchscherer's Grade 3 Class's first field trip to Elizabeth Lake this year.
We had already talked about what we knew about Elizabeth Lake last week in class.
Today Mr. Wilson encouraged us to be aware of our senses on our field trip.
Here are some of the creatures we saw.
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We also spotted crows, Canada geese, grasshoppers and stink bugs.
Although we didn't see them, some of us lay down on a deer bed.
We heard crickets in the long grass, and spotted holes in a tree made by woodpeckers.


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By: SMW (offline) on Monday, September 26 2016 @ 08:22 PM EDT  
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On our field trip we learned about Nature's Sunscreen.
We rubbed our fingers
On the trunk of a trembling aspen
And put some powder on our noses
To protect us from the sun!
We also threw the seeds of the cattail into the air
Making our own snowstorm in September!
We closed our eyes and listened to the sounds around us.
We touched the leaf of the mullein plant
So soft and smooth,
Nature's Kleenex.
Here are some more things we saw -
Rosehips from the wild rose plant,
Douglas fir cone,
And a wildlife tree
Full of woodpecker holes.
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By: SMW (offline) on Wednesday, October 05 2016 @ 11:54 PM EDT  
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Today Mrs. Grady's Gr. 3/4 class
Braved the damp conditions
To explore Elizabeth Lake.
We were asked to use our senses
And be on the lookout for
Anything interesting.
Someone spotted two deer,
Partly hidden in the long grass
Close to a deer bed.
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After being introduced to
Nature's Cure for Toothache and Nosebleeds,
A plant called yarrow,
We had fun creating our own snowstorm
With cattail seeds,
Which drifted off on magical air currents.
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Then we tested Nature's Kleenex
Against our cheeks,
Using a mullein leaf.
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By: SMW (offline) on Thursday, October 06 2016 @ 12:16 AM EDT  
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Before we picked rosehips,
We learned about the blackthorn
And how indigenous people used it.
We hope to make rosehip jelly
Using the rosehips we collect
From the wild rose.
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Someone spotted
A paper wasp nest
While she was picking rosehips.
I wonder why
Wasps would build a nest there?
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Not long after an anthill was discovered.
Were we ever using our senses??
Now we can't wait to make rosehip jelly!


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By: jkr (offline) on Thursday, October 06 2016 @ 09:45 AM EDT  
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It's interesting to read what the classes have been up to lately. I wondered why Mrs. Grady had the big jelly cooking pot in her classroom last night and now I know. Left thumb up

Have you heard that a badger has taken up residence in a burrow on the Parkland school field next to Elizabeth Lake ? I'm not exactly sure of where he's located but I do know that the students there have been warned to keep away from him.


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By: SMW (offline) on Thursday, October 06 2016 @ 10:39 AM EDT  
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Thanks for sharing this information, Judy. I remember seeing a badger closer to Confederation Park some years ago. I wonder if this badger has discovered a good supply of ground squirrels, mice and other tasty treats.


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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, October 07 2016 @ 05:03 PM EDT  
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Between Mrs. Duchscherer's grade 3s
And Mrs. Grady's grade 3/4s,
We collected almost 3 kgs of rosehips.
After washing them,
We steamed them,
And managed to extract 3 cups of juice.
We brought the juice to the boil,
Then added lemon juice.
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Next we added sugar and pectin.
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Lastly we brought the mixture
To a hard boil,
And then left it to set.


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