An image from the mock fur trading session Grade 5 students created as they studied life in 19th century Canada.

An image from the mock fur trading session Grade 5 students created as they studied life in 19th century Canada.

From fur trade to forensics, broad scope of activities at SES

Since the long weekend in May, our students and classes have been actively involved in many activities.

STETTLER ELEMENTARY NEWS — Since the long weekend in May, our students and classes have been actively involved in many activities. Many of our kindergarten students had an amazing opportunity to build a birdhouse for Father’s Day. On the evenings of May 24 and 25, the children brought their dad, grandpa, uncle, etc., along with their hammers, to construct a wonderful keepsake to display in their yards and provide a home for wildlife. We would like to thank Mr. Allan Clark, Building Construction teacher at Wm. E Hay Stettler Secondary Campus. It was a fun evening that was enjoyed by all.

Our older students are also keeping busy as the Grade 4 students are gearing up for their annual Great Grade 4 Talent Show to be held at the end of June. We have singers, dancers, gymnasts, magicians, jugglers, and tae kwon do demonstrations planned. Grade 4 students are also working hard to meet their goal of running 2016 kilometres in 2016. They have until the end of the month to achieve this goal, so we are certainly wishing them well.

Grade 5 social studies students took part in a mock fur trading fair this week. Students took on the roles of characters who would have attended the Montreal Fur Fair in 1682. This activity enabled students to understand life in North America during that time. Many of the students turned up in period correct costumes, and brought in props to support their roles. Ryan Robinson created a great fur trading post stocked with goods. This post attracted a number of customers. As well, Carter Olson ran a very lucrative whiskey trade. From First Nations to farmers, missionaries and merchants, the students enjoyed the day spent learning about life in New France.

The Grade 6 science classes have been studying a unit on evidence and investigation. As part of this unit, the students were analyzing the differences between soil, dirt, sand, and rocks in order to understand how each of these substances are made up of different compounds. Soils are like fingerprints because every soil that exists has unique properties. This means that the origin of the soil sample can be identified and therefore used to help solve a crime.

Studying the soil profile can be used in a criminal investigation to prove or disprove that a person was at the crime scene.

In other Grade 6 news, students met their challenge of Reading across Canada. Some of these Grade 6 students saved the writing of their AR quizzes for last week in order to make a sudden leap across the finish line. Well done to all of these diligent readers who worked together to Read across Canada.

As we are well into June, we are also well into track meets and field trips. All classes will be taking part in both track and field type events and in grade specific field trips. Be sure to watch for upcoming notes and messages.