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 2013/14 Gordon Terrace Elementary School
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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, November 17 2013 @ 11:07 PM EST  
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It was so windy
That few birds were about,
But we spotted this pair
Swimming in a sheltered lagoon.
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However, we did see lots of animals
On this mural
At the Elizabeth Lake Lodge.
What can you spot?
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Workmen were still working
On the new storm drain outlet,
Which empties into the lake.


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By: SMW (offline) on Wednesday, November 27 2013 @ 10:45 PM EST  
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A walk to Elizabeth Lake
While learning about structures,
Both natural and man-made.

Imagine a street light
Standing tall and thin,
But requiring four strong bolts
To keep it upright.

Nearby are trees
Much taller than street lights.
What keeps them standing?

A man-made object
Acts as a lookout
For an animal,
Which flies off
Before anyone can spot it.

Wooden poles
Started out life as trees,
But now hold lights, wires,
Power and communication lines.

Santa Claus lies flat,
A structure needing air.

What man-made structure
Stops humans dead
In their tracks?

A natural structure
Is protected by
A man-made structure,
Tall and round at the top.

A brightly coloured structure
Sits on a corner,
Ready to be used
In an emergency
Should there be a fire.

What man-made structure
Is on a slippery slope,
Three up
And three down,
And good for climbing?

When we reach the lake
We discover it's frozen solid.
It's exciting to walk on and explore,
But we play safe
Remaining close to shore.
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Then someone spots
More large natural structures
With animal and human marks
Along their lower length.

On our walk round the lake
We come to a natural structure
Lying across the trail
Its roots exposed.

Another natural structure stands
At an angle,
But it's hard to imitate
Without falling over,
Making us realize
The importance of roots
To this tall plant.

We stop near a structure
Made by an animal
Out of cattails
Near the shore.

Then we follow the path
Uphill to the fenceline.
What long, thin wooden structures
Did we just cross,
Lying at an angle?
Why are they there?
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I wonder what we'll remember
When we talk about our walk
Tomorrow?


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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, December 01 2013 @ 10:51 PM EST  
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Light snow
Followed by
Light rain
And mild weather
Resulted in these ice sculptures
At Elizabeth Lake!
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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, December 20 2013 @ 09:00 PM EST  
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Our final visit to Elizabeth Lake
For 2013
Saw us take a different route
Through the trees
Stopping at a man-made structure,
A shelter of some sort.
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Then we meandered our way
Downhill towards the lake,
Which was frozen
With a light covering of snow,
Which crunched
When we walked on it
Close to the shore.
But it made a different sound
When we walked on the ice
Away from the shore
Where the wind
Had blown the snow away.
As we approached Wilson Island,
Our teacher suggested a jog
To keep us warm.
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When we arrived at the secret trail,
We discovered a large fallen branch.
Everyone took hold,
Then walked carefully
Back onto the ice,
Where we each raised it high
To celebrate a fun afternoon
Enjoying the outdoors!


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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, January 24 2014 @ 07:50 PM EST  
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After talking about them,
We went looking for...
Snow spiders.
At first all we saw was snow...
Then there was a cry
As one of our classmates
Spotted a snow spider
On the snow
Among the cattails.
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This one was much lighter
Than the ones we had studied
On the computer at school.
It wasn't long
Before more were found,
Adding to the excitement.
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Then an exoskeleton was discovered!
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We had fun
Exploring around the lakeshore.
Then we made snow angels
Before heading back to school
Where we reflected
On what we had learned
Over hot chocolate.


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By: jkr (offline) on Tuesday, January 28 2014 @ 11:14 AM EST  
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Good morning SMW and class. Byebye

This is the first time I've heard of snow spiders so I've looked on Wikipedia to find more information and will now be watching for them while on my walks. Thank You for teaching me something I knew nothing about.

.............I hope you gave an A+ to the student who was brave enough to hold a spider while it's photo was taken. Obviously, that brave soul doesn't suffer from arachnophobia the way I do. Don't Panic


~Judy~


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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, January 31 2014 @ 02:46 PM EST  
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Elizabeth Lake is home to many animals,
Including bugs and insects,
Some of which can be found
On the snow and ice
In the middle of winter
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One of these is Pirata/Piratula,
The Wolf Spider.
This one was very much alive,
Although it was walking slowly
Across the snow.
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Another is Tibellus Oblongus,
The Running Crab Spider,
Which was moving deliberately
Over the snowy surface of the lake.
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This spider looked quite dramatic
When examined closely
Through a macro lens,
As it crawled across the snow and ice.


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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, January 31 2014 @ 02:59 PM EST  
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The Snow Cranefly is an interesting creature.
Its dark colour absorbs heat in the winter,
While its legs are set at the right height
To keep it off the snow,
But not too high
So it freezes
When the air is frigid.
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This Water Boatman was frozen in ice.
But thanks to its natural anti-freeze,
It may survive the winter.
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You can imagine the excitement
When a group of grade 3s
Discovered a cache of exoskeletons
On the underside of a fallen tree
During our latest trip to Elizabeth Lake.
As one of them shouted,
"We've hit the Jackpot!!"


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