Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Garbage Art

We read some articles about how artists use garbage to make art. The artists want you to look and think about at all the stuff you throw away.

Found Poetry

We found some words in magazines and made some poetry like ransom notes.

Scientists in the Field!

We got to design field journals for when we go to Hoffman park so we can take notes on the things we do in Natural Encounters.  Before we started to design the field journals we brainstormed words that go with nature. It is even cooler because we got to make our field journals however we wanted as long it has to do with nature. Some people used pictures from old books of grass and bugs and other animals. This what they look like ⬇️

Townhall debate.

The townhall debate was about fracking and we all researched about fracking then the groups got together and had a debate. We debated if fracking was good or bad and we listed facts under pros and cons. People felt angry because they wanted people to agree with their opinion if they were against yours. There were lots of different stakeholders which were, bc government, First Nations, gas company, community members, environmentalists and people looking for jobs. Fracking is a machine that goes in the ground puts chemicals into the water then puts sand in the cracks and then sucks up all the natural oil. We did this because it's an important environmental problem and it’s important that people know what's going on and what fracking is and also the effects of it.

-Allison, Simona, Libby

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Our Garbage Experiment

The garbage experiment is that we put garbage that we found into a jar and seal it and leave it for one week.

We are doing it because we have learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is garbage that is in the middle off the ocean that is mainly plastic. Its about the 2x the size of Texas. We wanted to see what our own garbage that we found in our school grounds would be like in a week and if it would affect the water.

Some things that happened was the garbage had a horrible smell -- one group's smelt like rotten eggs and dead fish. Another's was that pop cans got this pink holes on it that felt like bumps also some people's garbage smelt like candy and didn't stink.
The next step we have decided to take, is to leave the garbage for 2 more weeks to see if anything has changed in that time.

by Alyssa
April 11 2017

SFU field trip

On April 28 we are going on a field trip to Simon Fraser University.  We are exited to go and we have heard its very fun.  We are supposed to do science experiments and use microscopes. It should be really interesting.  We might be working on chemistry as well. 


In math we are doing reflections, translations, and rotations. Translations are when you move a shape across the grid, rotations are when you turn a shape around the grid, reflections are when you reflect a shape across the line of reflection.  I think everyone gets it and is doing well.  I think the math is  fairly easy.


For inquiry right now we are researching environmental problems in BC.  My partner and I are researching endangered bees.  

Student reporters: Ashley and Alexis 

Thursday, April 6, 2017


For the past month and a half our class has been working on gratitude scene but we started writing notes to people that we thank, love, are friends with, siblings, and other people we care about.  I wrote one to my brother, friend, and grandparents.  We are learning that expressing our gratitude can help us be happy.

Hey Guys 

So last Tuesday we did an experiment with oil, feathers, and lots of tools. The teachers filled the bowl with water, a little bit of cooking oil, and some feathers. What we had to do is that we had to try and clean the oil out of the water using these tools: A cork, a plastic spoon, two paper towels, a ball of clay, a coffee filter, a cotton ball, popsicle stick. We did this because we were learning about the oil spill in mexico. What we learned is that its really hard to get oil out of water. The feathers took a long time to clean. And that if we cant get cooking oil out of a small bowl of water then it would be impossible to get out of a big ocean. Another thing that happened this week is the field trip to save-on foods (grocery store) for a healthy food trip. At save-on we learned about the food chart so that means like fruit/ vegetables, dairy, bread, and meat. After the tour we got to buy healthy foods and drinks. It was fun having a field trip to save-on foods. 

Thanks for reading

Blog by: Chaylynn


Friday, March 31, 2017

natural encounters

Natural Encounters is where division 1 and 2 get to go outside and explore every Thursdays. There are three groups which all have group names. Each group gets to do something different every Thursday that involves going outside. We are doing natural encounters for a bigger work space but also because we are doing inquiry about nature, so we get to experience the nature and make connections with it. I like doing Natural Encounters because its a bigger work space and that i can do a group work with the people that i know. I also like it because its something different than we usually do. Yesterday we did something with these rocks where you feel your rock with it behind your back, then you have to put it in a bag then it gets dumped on the ground. You have to find your rock once its on your ground and its just making a connection with your rock.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

We're back!

We just got back from spring break and we are tired. At school we started to use graphs in math and we are doing work sheets where we have to find the spot on the graph and put a mark there. Once we have put all the marks, we connect the dots to make a picture.

We also started a new subject in inquiry about the environment. We watched a video about the great pacific garbage patch and how its growing. Now we are writing about it. We also started the garbage art which is where we bring some garbage from home and use it in school. We are putting together things we were about to throw away and turning it into art. We also are also doing something called natural encounters. We dont know what it is yet.

Student Report: Evan

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Three more days until Spring Break!

its Jayne and Jayda here!

jump rope for heart is coming on march 8th 2017,for the people who don't know what jump rope for heart is to help people with heart diseases and strokes.We jump rope and raise money for the heart and stroke foundation which they give  the money to the scientists  to find a cure.

we just had our conferences, usually i feel open to my parents and i feel open to my teacher but when you combined the two together i feel uncomfortable because instead of being one on one with my teacher or  my parents  instead its two on two with my teacher and with my parents! The good thing about conferences is that your teacher lets your parents know what you still half to work on and how your doing in school and it also lets you know that you can do something about your learning so you can succeed.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017


We are the grade 6/7 students in Division 1&2 at Highland Park Elementary. Our school is a great place to make lots of strong friendships, and to be introduced to new sports and activities. Our school mascot is a mighty eagle. I am proud to be a HPE eagle, and if you go to Highland park, you will be too. GO EAGLES! 😁👍

It's March 1st and we are all looking forwards to spring break! In math we are working on factors, and prime numbers. The inquiry projects are wrapping up and we just invited an international student to our classroom. It is also PJ day on Friday and I am exited for that! the conferences are in motion and I hope they are going well.                                                  
- Student reporter, Ashley