Hard to believe we are already at another Friday. And less than a month from Christmas. The time this year has been flying by. Of course, here at West Langley, the learning of staff and students is in full effect. Check out our 5 Things To ROAR About for November 29th, including a post from student blogger, Jesse.
1. Student Blogger, Jesse, Joins The Ks In The Hunt For The Number Four: This week division 10 has been using the camera on the iPads to find the number 4 and groups of items in 4’s. The reason is that it is their number of the week and they can not find it! You can’t have a week without a number for it! So they have been looking for it everywhere. They are having luck finding it and they have taken lots of pictures of groups of 4 wheels, 4 blocks, 4 chairs, 4 puppets, 4 stuffies and 4 math blocks. Here is what all of the students agree on, they love having a number of the week, they are having loads of fun looking for the lost number, and they can not wait to get to the number 5, and they are excited to get to use more abilities of the iPads. Check out a slide show of pictures here.
2. Divisions Three And Four Take Flight At YVR: Mrs. Janzen and Ms. McLeod took Div. 4 and Div. 3 students on a YVR Explorer Tour. Students flew around the airport with their energetic tour guides. They covered ground outside where they saw the very beautiful living wall with over 27,000 plants growing in a special grid. Students learned that this wall helps to create oxygen and act as a sounds barrier (similar to the new one at Guildford mall). The grades four to six students learned the difference between domestic and international flights. The rest of the visit was conducted indoors where they were educated from their tour guides on the theme of the airport, which is “Land, Sea, and Sky.” The theme runs through the airport through its’ clever designs, colours, and art. The classes examined how the beams were shaped like tree branches (serving both aesthetics and a practical nature), the beautiful tile was done in water colours, and so much more. They were introduced to First Nations art from the large installation piece of The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: the Jade Canoe by Bill Reid. The students learned a variety of interesting facts about the Vancouver artist’s statue like: why it was made out of bronze, the mythology behind the thirteen creatures, why it is represents nature, etc. Children had a chance to learn both why and pilot uses the NATO Phonetic Alphabet and how to change their own names into this code. Students learned different ways the airport uses sustainability from the use of solar power to heat water to special sensors to control heating, etc. Some highlights: Students were explained why and how YVR uses trained birds of prey (i.e. falcons) to keep other birds away from the air pathways around the airport (for both the safety of the birds and aircraft). Both classes made paper airplanes that were the design of a BCIT aerodynamics program. Overall, it was an outing that was jammed packed with interesting things for the children to do, see, and learn about!