Raincoast Field School - Fall 2017 (Tofino)

Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Dec 6)
Ms. Michaud’s grade 2/3 class

Students are learning all about berries in class, so this field school session focused on how to care for and respect plants with Tla-o-qui-aht educator Gisele Martin.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Dec 5)
Mr. Reynold’s grade 3/4 class

Nature journal update: After learning about shells and shell recycling last week, students learned about ocean acidification with a game of acid-calcium tag. Then students worked together to design an experiment to test the effects of acid on shells. Students wrote out their hypotheses and set up the experiment; some shells were placed in seawater (control) and some shells were placed in vinegar. Next students will measure if there is a change in the size of the shell, and draw their final conclusion.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Dec 5)
Ms. Avila’s kindergarten/grade 1 class

After learning about salmon and the salmon cycle in class, students headed to Tonquin Beach to get creative with beach drift and draw a salmon lifecycle in the sand.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Dec 4)
Mr. Grigg’s grade 4/5 class

After learning about past explorers Cook and Cartier in class, students put on their explorer hats (ie Santa hats) and went on a paddleboarding expedition in the Tofino Inlet to map an island! Next, students will compare their maps and discuss the challenges to overcome while exploring new areas.

 


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Dec 1)
Ms. Morris’s grade 6/7 class

Students are learning about the history of Clayoquot Sound in class, and today they spent the morning learning about the traditional importance of different animals on the coast by studying the totem pole at TinWis with Gisele. Students also learned about traditional harvesting, and the key steps necessary to execute a whale hunt.


Raincoast Feild School, Fall Sessions ( Nov 30)
Ms. Hovi’s grade 5/6 class

Students are learning about reconciliation among different nations on the coast, and they spent the morning at TinWis to learn Gisele Martin’s perspective on best ways for coastal communities to move forward in a positive way. Students also learned about the structure of Nuu-cha-nulth language, about key historical events, and about some important Nuu-cha-nulth philosophies. In the afternoon, students reviewed their knowledge of the digestive system by studying invertebrate systems and then drew parallels between invertebrate systems and human systems.


 


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 29)
Ms. Michaud’s grade 2/3 class

After learning about huckleberries and salal berries, students requested that they collect berries to make jam as Christmas presents. As a team, students hit the trails to collect as many evergreen huckleberries as they could to freeze for their upcoming cooking project.

 


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 29)
Mr. Clarke’s kindergarten class

After wrapping up their salmon studies, students are learning all about a certain salmon predator: bears! Today students headed out to search for bear habitat by doing a teddy bear scavenger hunt in the nearby forest.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 28)
Mr. Reynold’s grade 3/4 class

Nature journal update: Students visited the Tofino Sea Kayaking beach to observe and take notes on shells. Then, as an introduction to the effects of climate change and ocean acidification, students learned how shells are recycled in the ocean.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 27)
Ms. Payne’s grade 1/2 class

After learning about the states of matter in class, students headed to 4th street dock in search of solids, liquids and gases. Students drew the different states around the dock and then discussed the different ways that matter changes over some solid ice cream that they melted into a liquid…. Yum!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 27)
Ms. Baas’s grade 2 class

Students are learning about bears and their habitat in class so this feild school brought studetns outside to look for key features of bear habitat in the forest and at Tonquin Beach. They found caves and dens and then discussed what an ideal bear habitat looks like.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 24)
Ms. Morris’s grade 6/7 class

As part of their year-round project on sense of place and local history, students headed down to Florencia Bay to learn about local geology. Students created a beach-wide geological time scale to illustrate key geological events that led to the creation of Vancouver Island, and also learned about glaciation, tectonic plate activity, volcanism and igneous rocks.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 23)
Ms. Seibel’s grade 1 class

To complement their in-class lessons on local ecosystems, students headed down the Tonquin Trail to learn about cedar, hemlock and huckleberry plants, and took note of key features to be able to identify these plants in the future.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 23)
Ms. Aujla’s grade 4/5 class

Students are learning about the history of Clayoquot Sound and marine navigation in class. During this field school session, they visited the heritage museum to learn about the history of navigation on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Students learned about some key explorers, and about challenges to navigation. A big thank you to Ava from the heritage museum for teaching us about navigation and for having us at the museum!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 22)
Ms. Michaud’s grade 2/3 class

As a continuation of their rainforest mapping project, students learned about red and evergreen huckleberries. They learned the key ID features to look for in these plants, compared and contrasted the two species and then completed a scientific drawing with their findings.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 21)
Mr. Reynolds' grade 3/4 class

Nature Journal update: Students headed to 4th street dock to collect plankton! After learning about phytoplankton and zooplankton students watched the little critters under a microscope, drew their observations, and discussed the importance of plankton in the ocean.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 14)
Ms. Thompson’s grade 2 class

Students went on a bug and slug hunt, while searching for insect habitat in the woods! Afterward students heard some bug stories from Gisele, and discovered that we have a lot to learn from these tiny critters!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 14)
Mr. Reynold’s grade 3/4 class

As part of their nature journals, students headed to Tonquin Beach to study mussel habitat and hear mollusk stories from Gisele Martin.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 10)
Ms. Morris’s grade 6/7 class

As part of their lessons on the history of Tofino, students got to enjoy the view of Clayoquot Sound while learning about land respect and responsibility from Gisele Martin.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 9)
Ms. Payne’s grade 1/2 class

As a continuation of seaweed lessons, students headed to North Chesterman’s beach to learn seaweed anatomy and draw their own kelp forest, including animals that occupy this unique habitat. Students also played kelp forest games and collected some seaweed to bake into chips and snack on! Next up, students will be journaling about food seaweeds.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 8)
Ms. Michaud’s grade 2/3 class

Students are working on a long-term project to map the coastal temperate rainforest. As a part of this project, they are creating scientific drawings of key plants in our rainforest ecosystem. During this outing, students drew Salal leaves and investigated key features of this plant to help them identify it later on.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 7)
Mr. Reynold’s grade 3/4 class

As part of their nature journals project, students visited the 4th street dock to make scientific drawings of feather duster worms. They also made a hypothesis about how these animals feed and played tube worm tag to learn their true feeding techniques. 


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 7)
Ms. Seibel’s grade 1 class

Students spent the morning beach seining for sculpins, seaweed and other mudflat critters. To learm more about this interesting ecosystem, students also investigated the rocky intertidal in search of snails and limpets. 


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 6)
Ms. Avila’s kindergarten/grade 1 class

Students visited the Thornton Creek Hatchery to see almost-hatched eggs and learn about the salmon life-cycle. Students applied what they learned at the hatchery by playing a salmon life-cycle game at the beach! Thanks to Arte and Jean for showing us salmon eggs and spawning adults.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Sessions (Nov 3)
Mr. Clarke’s kindergarten class

Students visited the Thornton Creek Hatchery to find salmon in the river and learn about bear-salmon interactions. Afterwards, students headed to the beach to learn more about how salmon survive by playing a life-cylce game. A big Thank You to hatchery staff Jean (the bear) and Daryl for showing us around!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 27)
Mr. Grigg’s grade 4/5 class

Students learned how to navigate with a compass, then practiced getting around in the woods with a compass scavenger hunt. The goal was to practive enough to be able to create a route for their peers to navigate through. However, they quickly discovered some of the challenges of following someone else’s directions with precision!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 26)
Ms. Payne’s grade 1/2 class

Students headed to Tonquin beach where they learned about different types of seaweeds and how they survive in the intertidal environment. Students also collected some seaweed samples and brought them back to class to press into Christmas cards!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 25)
Ms Hovi’s grade 5/6 class

After learning about the skeletal, digestive, and nervous systems of the human body in class, students headed to the intertidal zone to apply their knowledge to sea creatures! Students asked questions about those same systems in sea anemones, crabs and mussels, and came up with hypotheses to explain how these invertebrate bodies function. As a follow up activity, students did some research to learn the true answers to their questions and taught each other how crab skeletons work, how mussels sense their surroundings, and how sea anemones feed.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 24)
Mr. Reynold’s grade 3/4 class

Students learned how to make scientific observations and practiced making scientific drawings of Rockweed (a common, local seaweed species). They used their senses to learn about the seaweed and then took note of any identifying features. Next, students will be heading to the beach to make scientific drawings of some of the sea creatures on our coastline!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 24)
Ms. Seibel’s grade 1 class

Students learned about photosynthesis and herbivory by playing "plant and deer" tag and by befriending a plant to observe and draw. There was extra emphasis on noting any unique features of the plant - a key skill in successful scientific drawing and observation!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 23)
Ms. Thompsons’ grade 2 class

Students walked to Tonquin beach to learn about local seaweed diversity and play seaweed games. As a fun, take-home activity, students also collected some seaweed samples to bring back and press for homemade Christmas cards!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 17)
Ms. Aujla’s grade 4/5 class

In preparation for learning about boat transportation and how it influences coastal communities, students headed down to the harbour to investigate different types of boats. Students mapped out the harbour while noting features of crab boats, diving boats and other various fishing boats, and then drew a diagram of some of the unique boats found in Tofino.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 13)
Ms. Payne’s grade 1/2 class

Students headed down to the mudflats to explore intertidal seaweeds and discover critters in the eelgrass. Students found crabs and sculpins in the eelgrass beds. Then students got to taste some of the seaweed species they found!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 13)
Mr. Grigg’s grade 4/5 class

Students are learning about explorers, navigation and cardinal directions in class, so today they went on a map-making mission! Students used cardinal directions to find key spots in town and created a detailed map of downtown Tofino. What a great application of new skills!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 11)
Ms. Thompson's grade 2 class

After making class predictions about what sorts of creatures live among the eelgrass, students headed to the Tofino harbour to do a beach seine and test their hypothesis. They found sculpins, crabs, comb jellies and baby urchins (among many other cool critters!). The comb jellies were popular, so we discussed about what makes them unique from other jellies. You never know what you will find in the field!


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 10)
Ms. Avila’s kindergarten class

Students had a sunny, adventure-filled day! After exploring the shoreline in the mudflats, students learned how to distinguish male and female crabs and then learned about other animals that use the mudflats to forage and survive.


Raincoast Field School, Fall Session (Oct 6)
Mr. Clarke’s kindergarten class

Students headed to the mudflats for a fun-filled day of exploring and learning. Students found bear scat, crabs and limpets, and learned about predator-prey interactions in this unique ecosystem.