Social Studies Update

Social Studies Update

Good evening parents,

Anne-Marie, our student teacher, has been doing some fabulous lessons with the students. They are currently learning more about First Nations people, explorers as well as the Gold Rush. Not everything has been explored yet but I plan on continuing this after she returns to SFU next week.

This is what the students gathered yesterday and today while researching one of the topics assigned to them. It may be hard to read from a computer but if you are using a tablet or a phone you may be able to zoom in.


At the end of the lesson, she asked everyone to share one piece of information they found important. Here’s what everyone chose.

The following questions could be used at home to support your child with his/her learning:

  1. Can you tell me more about what you wrote on your post it note?
  2. Why did you choose this piece of information?
  3. Name me all the things you would be excited about if you were part of this group of people you researched. Why did you choose this?
  4. Name me all the things you would NOT be excited about if you were part of this group of people you researched. Why did you choose this?
  5. How was life different from what they were were expecting?

There are many more ways to approach this topic, of course. If you would like to find out more about ways to promote critical thinking at home, this document may be of interest to you. Bloom’s Taxonomy (lower and higher level type questions/tasks) is discussed on pages 8-9.

Have a great evening,


Totem Poles

Totem Poles

We are learning about totem poles in class, in preparation for today’s visit to the Museum of Anthropology.

Here is a brainstorm we did together this afternoon while researching which animals could be found in Northwest Coast Aboriginal art. Not all of them will make the final list but this is a start.

We also talked about ways to research new topics on the internet. Some of the things we discussed as a group are:
  • Databases (available for free through Webcat) can be really useful.
  • Different keywords while researching will lead to different results. If we can’t find the answer to our questions we may need to change the key words we use.
  • Looking at the search results as well as the web page address is important. We need to ensure we are visiting a site that will give out the right information.

These discussions can continue happening at home as well when your child is using the internet to do some researching.

Have a great day!





I’ve shared this with the class a while back (we used the French World Book) but I’m posting it here too as a reminder for everyone.

The students have access to some great databases. When your child doesn’t have a book to read, encourage him to refer to these instead. If these databases never get used, the school board may eventually chose to not subscribe again.

Here are some direct links for you. You can also google “VSB webcat” and you should get there easily.

Webcat – Databases

Webcat – Databases (French)


My two favorite ones are:

Culture Grams

World Book (Kids, Students & French)