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Reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s, Treasure Island truly took us on a journey no one could have imagined - this however, is Inquiry.

Treasure maps, hunts and pirates was exciting to say the very least. A field trip to Edworthy Park for a treasure hunt was a highlight clearly documented by the masses. Students worked with grids, compass roses and integrated artistic flair to create fictional treasure maps. Researching the lives of pirates was artistically presented with the completion of pirate handbooks, and emailing a student’s uncle from abroad on his interactions with pirates brought a reality of the student’s studies to life, comparing today’s pirates to pirates from the past.

Students soon realized that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ and transferred this into their robotics task; creating a prototype that would help to clean up the waste in their world – a world they ‘treasure’. Experts in the field of waste and recycling have come to share their knowledge. The ‘Worm Lady’ delivered us 1/2 a pound of worms (300 worms!) to start our Vermicomposter and Lyndsey from Inside Education discussed the importance of the 3 R’s (reduce, re-use and recycle).

The question, ‘What do we treasure?’ continued to broaden. The superficial and materialistic answers from earlier in the year developed into an appreciation for history, artifacts and stories. The Chief Curator for the Glenbow Museum, Gerry Conaty spent a morning with us talking about artifacts and the role museums play in keeping stories alive. Artifacts borrowed from the Glenbow have enabled students to take a step back in time by creating characters who might have used these particular artifacts in Alberta’s history.

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