The final weeks of term 2 have certainly had a number of exciting occurrences take place! Here are some brief highlights.
Library Club – Fish Division Field Trip
This afternoon a group of thirteen boys made the journey to Noah’s Pet Ark where they selected a variety of new fish for the Library fish tank. The boys who came on the field trip have diligently cared for the fish throughout the school year – cleaning the tank, feeding them, and generally being upstanding fish enthusiasts. As the population of the fish tank grew exponentially today, concerns of unrest amongst the fish are rife. Which fish will become the ringleader of the tank? Will the Gold Gourami be able to continue his dominance? Only time will tell…
Grade 6 Destination Imagination
At the end of February, a group of five grade 6 boys made the journey to Burnaby North Secondary School to participate in the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament. Since their return from Christmas, the boys had been working on creating a vehicle that would be able to make trips back and forth across the presentation area, all while performing a skit. The boys performed admirably well and are currently working on their new and improved solution for Provincials in early April.
Grade 4 Skype Visit with Evan Howard
Last Friday, Evan Howard (an adventurer, most recently seen on History Channel’s Curse of the Frozen Gold) joined the grade 4’s online to discuss what it is like to live and survive in the Arctic. This tied in nicely with the Arctic themed book that the boys are reading in Language Arts – Frozen Fire. Evan chatted and shared photos of his attempted winter traverse of the Brooks Range in Alaska before fielding questions from the boys.
Yesterday we had a fascinating, fun and furry Human Library event: Ann Gunderson, a certified Nosework trainer, visited Saints with her two detection dogs, Keeper and Spring! Ann trains dogs, and humans, in the sport of odor detection, and she taught us all about how dogs use their sense of smell, how powerful their noses are, and how humans can harness this power for work and fun.
Some interesting facts we learned:
- Even though dog brains are smaller than human brains, the area devoted to processing smells is much, much larger than that of humans.
- If you dissolved a teaspoon of sugar in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a dog would be able to smell it!
- Dogs are used for sniffing out not only illegal substances and weapons, but also invasive species such as mussels.
Here are some photos of the day. A big thank you to Ann, Keeper and Spring for sharing their knowledge with us!
Ann explains how dogs’ noses work
Keeper makes some friends
The boys are fascinated!
Keeper gets some loving
Ann describes how Nosework competitions are run
Keeper hunts for the odors hidden in the library
If you’re in Grade 4, read on!
By now you have identified a question about your animal that you would like to research more in-depth. These are the sources you should use:
- BBC Nature: Adaptations
- Destiny Quest
- World Book Student
Some of your questions are very challenging, and you might not find an answer right away. Don’t get frustrated if that happens! Not getting the answer easily or immediately just means that you’ve asked a very good question, so you should be proud of yourself!
Attention Grade 4! Please go to these links to start exploring the topic of adaptation:
What is an ecosystem?
Filed under Animals, Grade 4
Melanie Knight, Marine Biologist, Sea star nerd, aquarium founder & TED presenter visited our school to participate in the Human Library.
You can check out Melanie’s TedxTalk here: https://youtu.be/iNnAViq_6nk
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This month our Human Book was Jen from Orphaned Wildlife Society (OWL). She introduced St. George’s to an owl and a falcon that she is rehabilitating at her facility in Delta. Her facility specializes in raptors (i.e. eagles, falcons, hawks and owls). Birds of prey patients at O.W.L. number over four hundred each year and as O.W.L.’s facilities have expanded, so has the intake. Primary care for injured birds (i.e. fluid injections, tube feeding, and initial treatment of broken bones to stabilize) is administered by staff.
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Our new aquarium is attracting lots of attention in the Library, even though it’s currently unoccupied (except for plants). Once the water has been conditioned for a few more days, we’ll be ready to add some fish to it. Alexander, one of the aquarium monitors, has suggested a naming competition for our fish. Do you have any ideas for good fishy monikers? Leave them in a comment below!
Filed under Animals, Fish