Exploring the Great Outdoors

This month in PE our classes have been trying out something completely new – Orienteering.  This activity allows students to apply the mapping skills learned in Social Studies as they try to “orient” themselves and figure out which way to go. Students work with a partner to find clues hidden all over our schoolyard, and must work as a team to try to complete the course as quickly as they can. What a great way to get fit and enjoy some fresh air! We’ve been doing Orienteering a couple of times a week, and hope to continue until the snow flies (again)!

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Our next outdoor adventure takes place tomorrow when our students will participate in the annual IREC Terry Fox Run. This is a special school-wide event that raises funds for cancer research in the name of a true Canadian hero. Our school goal this year is to raise $5000; please keep those donations rolling in! If we reach our goal this year, our students will certainly be entertained…. there will be a staff fashion show (with outfits and accessories provided by their lovely and creative students). We can’t wait to see everyone strutting down the catwalk, especially Mr. W. in his glory.

Finally, our Fall Frenzy takes place on October 17. We are in need of some parent helpers in the afternoon to run stations as our whole school takes to the field for some fun fall fitness stations. This event is always lots of fun, and it’s another way to get out and enjoy the beautiful Alberta fall weather! If you can help us out that day, please let Mrs. Walton know right away. Now… let’s get outside and explore the great outdoors!

Heading in the Right Direction!

We’ve had a busy first week here in 4Wa! Students are settling in well and learning the routines, and we are starting to get used to being back at school. Thank you to all students and parents who have filled out and returned the many forms sent home on the first day; if you have not send them back yet, please do! I am excited to see how many of you are already following this blog, and also to see lots of you signing up for text reminders on Remind. A test message will be sent out in the next few days.

Our first Social Studies topic this year is the geography of Alberta. Before we can delve into it, we needed a refresher on maps and directions. We started out with a little general brainstorming about maps, went outside to practice our directions, and even played a rousing game of “Ship, Shore, Sink” in outdoor PE to put it all into action. It was so much fun! Our map skills will definitely be needed as we try out Orienteering as our next PE activity. Stay tuned!

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Zooming in – ALBERTA’S Regions

We have been learning about Alberta’s 6 natural regions in Social Studies. We know that a region is decided by the climate, landforms, and vegetation found in an area. Next, we will zoom in on one region to show what we know! Check out this cool website we have been using in class by clicking on the map of Alberta.

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