Saturday marks the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, as the world bids farewell to the Year of the Monkey and says hello to the Year of the Rooster. The Rooster is the 10th in the 12 year cycle of Chinese zodiac signs and the last Year of the Rooster was in 2005. What Chinese zodiac sign were you born in?
In the winter many people visit the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. Below is a video from the University of Oslo that does a very good job of explaining what causes this natural light display. In the southern hemisphere the lights are called the Aurora Australis.
Each student was given a different historical photo of our community. The images are in black and white and some of the photos are over 100 years old. Students wrote about what they noticed in their photos and things that were different than our community today. We noticed people in the photos dressed differently and the houses were smaller. The cars had more chrome, whitewall tires and many of the roads weren’t paved. We created a bulletin board display at the front of the school which will remain there for the month of February. If you get the chance, be sure to see the students wonderful work!
In Social Studies we have been learning about the provinces and territories of Canada. We also learned that many people visit the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. During a class discussion, Matthew asked an interesting question. He said ‘What causes the Northern Lights?’. Below is a video from the University of Oslo that does a very good job of explaining what causes this natural light display. In the southern hemisphere the lights are called the Aurora Australis.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on May 3, 1915 in Ypres, Begium
In Quebec city on rue St-Louis there is a tree that has grown around a cannonball. One day I hope to visit Quebec city and see the cannonball in the tree. What are your thoughts, ideas or questions? Thank you to all the students who have been taking the time to leave such thoughtful comments. Good for you.
At 11:40 p.m. on Sunday April 14, 1912 the Titanic on its maiden voyage struck an iceberg 375 miles south of Newfoundland. The iceberg tore a number of holes in it’s hull and 5 of the ship’s 16 watertight compartments filled with water. Within 3 hours the ship would sink and come to rest on the bottom of the Atlantic ocean at a depth of 3,784 metres. This year is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic which resulted in the death of 1,514 of it’s 2.224 passengers. It’s one of the most famous ships in history because it’s memory has been kept alive by movies, books and exhibits. Many artefacts have been recovered from the wreck and are on display in museums around the world.
When the ship was built in Belfast, Ireland it was considered to be unsinkable. The Titanic was 269 metres long and 28 metres wide. The rudder was nearly 24 metres high and it was so huge it required it’s own engine to move it. Notice in the picture of the Titanic the man standing at the bottom of the image.
The captain of the Titanic was Edward John Smith who was the most senior of the White Star liner’s captains. Many historians claim that he was seen on the bridge of the ship at 2:13 a.m. which was 7 minutes before the final sinking of the ship. It is believed that he went down with the ship.
The wreck of Titanic has been visited numerous times by explorers, scientists, filmmakers, tourists and salvagers, who have recovered thousands of items from the debris field for public display. The ship’s condition has deteriorated significantly in recent years, partly due to accidental damage caused by submersibles but mainly because of an accelerating rate of growth of iron-eating bacteria on the hull. It has been estimated that within the next 50 years the hull and structure of Titanic will collapse entirely. There is an excellent website that shows it’s journey to the bottom of the ocean floor. There is even a video shot by a submersible that shows inside Captain Edward John Smith’s cabin and you can still see his porcelain bathtub. The article appears on the BBC website and is called Titanic: Journey to the bottom of the ocean. I would encourage students to take the time to read this article and watch some of the interesting videos.
I got Sumi then we drove to Whistler. We watched a movie on the way up. We stopped at Squamish for dinner. Sumi went into the restaurant with me, and sat on his head the whole time. When we got to Whistler me and Sumi flew airplanes, and I almost threw him off the bed. Sumi slept with Nic’s stuffy Bobby.
In the morning I took Sumi out of his bed and did yoga with him. Then we watched tv. I’m going to go skiing with Sumi today. I took Sumi skiing and we took pictures. Sumi went to Bounce with us. Then we went to bed. Sumi didn’t go skiing today because I had ski school. We went home today. Sumi hung out in the trunk. I had to go to school, so Sumi hung out in his case all day. We took him for a walk after school. Cause we thought he needed something to do. I have to take Sumi to school tomorrow. I hope Sumi had fun with me, and I hope Sumi visits my house again!
A couple from Britain were visiting Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. They set up their camera on the rocks to get a picture of themselves with the lake and the mountains in the background. The noise from their cameras autofocus sparked the curiosity of an inquisitive Columbian ground squirrel. When the timer on the camera took the picture the Columbian ground squirrel had crashed the photo! Thanks to the internet the Columbian ground squirrel is now famous and even has his own twitter account.