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 2013/14 Gordon Terrace Elementary School
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By: SMW (offline) on Thursday, September 26 2013 @ 09:10 PM EDT  
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National Forest Week provided us with a chance to find out more about trees and to explore part of the Community Forest with Rangers Allana and Ken
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Bear writing on a ponderosa pine
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A bear's winter den...
Hard to believe
That a bear could fit in there.
But the smaller the opening,
The less heat is lost
When it gets really cold
In the middle of its winter hibernation.
But a southern exposure
Means any snow melts sooner
When Spring eventually arrives.
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Inside the cozy den
There is a soft mattress
Of natural materials.


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By: SMW (offline) on Thursday, September 26 2013 @ 09:52 PM EDT  
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Ranger Ken gets us thinking
About the lie of the land,
Something he calls topography,
And how it influences
Which plants might grow there.
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Ranger Allana is just as curious as we are
As we gaze at the view below us
From the top of Windy Bluff.
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Others are equally fascinated
As they look down on Cranbrook
And the Purcell Mountains on the horizon.


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By: JudyB (offline) on Thursday, September 26 2013 @ 10:04 PM EDT  
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I've never seen a bear's den - or a stonefly. Thank you, Mr. Wilson and class, for taking us along!

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By: SMW (offline) on Wednesday, October 02 2013 @ 11:22 PM EDT  
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Gather some native plant leaves,
Walk to the local middle school,
And learn how to make pendants.

First think of your composition,
Then place your plants
On a piece of clay,
And prepare to roll
Smoothly and firmly.

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You may decide
To lay another leaf on top
For a layering effect.

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Next remove leaves,
Make two holes
For twine,
So the finished object
Can be hung and displayed.
But first it will sit for a week,
Before it is fired in a kiln
At 2000 degrees.


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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, October 04 2013 @ 10:19 PM EDT  
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What a great afternoon
For picking rosehips
At Elizabeth Lake.
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We worked with partners
In teams of five or six
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Before we left for school
We celebrated
By performing
Our Rosehip Raps.


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By: SMW (offline) on Saturday, October 05 2013 @ 12:42 PM EDT  
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On our walk to pick rosehips
We saw "Deer Beds"
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A cricket
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And a flicker woodpecker.


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By: SMW (offline) on Thursday, October 10 2013 @ 09:31 AM EDT  
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We spent some time
Destemming the rosehips,
All eleven pounds.
Some of us came up with ingenious methods
For sorting them.
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Then we washed and drained them,
Put them in a steamer
Where rising steam
Softened them,
And juice began dripping
Into the juice trap.
Next one of the adults
Began stirring the rosehip juice.
As it began to bubble and boil,
Sugar, Pectin and lemon juice was added.
After an hour simmering
We let it cool
Before putting into jars.
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Yesterday we learned
How to make bannock
Using flour, salt, baking powder,
Butter and water.
While the loaves baked in the oven,
We waited patiently.
Just before home time
We each got a slice of bannock
With some rosehip jelly.
Yummy!!!


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By: SMW (offline) on Thursday, October 17 2013 @ 10:58 PM EDT  
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Our 3 Rs tour started at the Transfer Station
In front of the Yellow Bins.
We learned that paper, cardboard, tin cans, and plastics #1 to #6 are O.K.
But NOT styrofoam, glass or garbage!!
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Food grade glass containers
Can be recycled,
But go into a special bin marked "Glass".
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Garbage also gets dropped off
At the Transfer Station,
But we still saw things
That could have been recycled
Like cardboard, plastic containers,
Pop bottles and cans.


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