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Sharing our UNIQUENESS with the world!

Posted by on September 14, 2012

How Can We Share Our UNIQUENESS With the WORLD?

It’s the EIGHTH day into a BRAND new school year. We are busy building connections and relationships with one another in Grade Three. Already, it is EASY to see that this is going to be a MAGICAL learning journey. Inspired by Daniel Pink’s “What is Your Sentence?”, we’ve spent some time sharing our passions, our interests and our hobbies with one another. I began by sharing my Animoto on the first day of school. Next, I shared five personal treasures designed to give my students a deeper glimpse into the passions that make me me.

I challenged these eager eight year olds to gather their OWN treasures and, over the next few days, we shared, asked questions and began to learn even MORE about each of us as individuals. Sharing our passions and what makes us tick outside of school truly helped to round out our understanding of one another. Family photos, treasured art pieces, trophies and sporting medals, lego figures, pictures of beloved pets and favourite vacation spots … shell and rock collections … we have SO many similarities and differences. Together we will TRULY be AMAZING!

Next, we spent time thinking about our strengths and best qualities. Using our journals, we created personal webs of all the characteristics we admire about ourselves … traits that are strengths that we can share with our learning community, our school community and our world.

It was INSPIRING to watch students record all the traits they are proud of about themselves! I hope they NEVER lose that sense of awareness!

This was a truly inspiring experience to observe. It was EMPOWERING.  Watching these amazing eight year olds eagerly record the personal qualities they were MOST proud of was goose bumpy. We sat and shared our number ONE trait with one another … and THAT’S when it hit us … we should WORDLE this! Selecting our top FIVE characteristics, we created our class Wordle:

We’re only EIGHT days in to Grade Three … look at ALL the amazing words these young learners were able to come up with. To see CURIOUS as LARGE as it is just makes my HEART burst! It’s going to be an AMAZING learning journey!

Now we had DEFINITELY begun the first few days talking about curiosity and passion … but I was incredibly surprised to see that MANY members of our learning community had recorded it as a favourite personal trait! This is ALSO where I discovered that I was on another amazing learning journey ALREADY, as a “lead learner”! Creating a word document, I began placing hyphens between some of the two word phrases such as “hard worker” in order to keep them “together” within the Wordle. One eager student immediately piped up and said, “Mrs. Renton, LAST year we discovered that if you use the ~ key … it would keep the word connected withOUT leaving a dash between the words!” Yup … LEAD learner … that’s what I LOVE about teaching … I get to learn something new each and EVERY day!

Next, we each crafted juicy, interesting sentences about HOW  we plan to share these amazing qualities with the world. We each chose our favourite sentence to share on our blog! Although this section is inspired by Daniel Pink and his “What is YOUR sentence”, we have written ours as “actions” rather than in “past tense”.

Our blog permission forms are ALL signed … we are READY to begin blogging and sharing our learning journey with the WORLD! We are SO excited to interact with a global audience … because … together we are STRONG!

We wonder:

  • What is YOUR sentence?
  • Do you have a unique quality you share with the world? If so, HOW do you share your gift?
  • What five treasures would you share to tell people about what makes you you?


24 Responses to Sharing our UNIQUENESS with the world!

  1. Grandma & Grandpa

    What wonderful artwork and goals you have made for the coming year. We were so impressed with the quality of your work! We know that you will make it a great year!

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hello Daytime Grandma and Grandpa.

      Mrs. Renton told us about how last year’s Grade Three Bloggers started calling you their Daytime Grandma and Grandpa because we are like a daytime family. If we are a daytime family and she is like our daytime mom … then … we can SEE how you could be like our daytime grandparents. Mrs. Renton gave us the decision of either calling you Wally and Caroline … or Daytime Grandma and Grandpa … because she wasn’t sure if we were comfortable with calling you that … so we talked and then took a vote. We would like to call you that!

      Thank you for liking our art work and our sentences. We spent a lot of time working on those portraits … they look pretty good on our bulletin board too! If you were going to share five treasures with us to help us to get to know you and the things you like a little better, what would you share with us?

      We look forward to learning with you this year!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  2. Ross Mannell

    Hello Global Grade 3,

    I can see in your post you are all about to enter the world of blogging now your permission forms are all signed. This is wonderful news as you about to truly become Global Grade 3. The world is waiting. 🙂

    I enjoyed reading and listening to your post so much I found my comment becoming way too long to include in your comments. As last year’s Global Grade 3 discovered, my comments can sometimes be very long. Here is a link to my comment…

    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Ross!

      Thank you SO much for your WONDERFUL comment! Mrs. Renton was SO excited when she saw your extended comment on our blog. She told us ALL about how you worked with LAST year’s Global Grade Threes and OFTEN extended their learning in magical ways! We are so glad that you will be a part of our learning journey as we explore blogging this year. We know we will learn TONS from you!
      When we shared our five treasures with one another we discovered that it was a great way to learn more about each other. We had a LOT of similarities in our treasures … but … also a lot of uniqueness in the artifacts that came in. We LOVE that we have differences because it means that we will have a lot to TEACH one another!

      We would LOVE to hear more about the rock collection you have from different countries … because MANY of us collect rocks, too, but … we are also learning about Rocks and Minerals in Science right now! Some of us have crystals and fossils in rocks! ONE student even has several samples of volcanic ash from when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980! Mrs. Renton gave us each a fossil rock that she had found on the rocky beach by the Bow River. She finds TONS of them every time she goes. She gave us a “Triple Doggy Dare” to try to find out what kind of fossil was in these rocks. They all had the SAME kind of fossil. That night, many of us TOOK the Triple Doggy Dare. The FUNNY thing was … most of us came up with different answers! Even when she tweeted our questions MANY of the experts didn’t agree. In the end, we think they are corallite fossils! We would LOVE to hear about YOUR favourite rock sample … and WHY it is your favourite!

      We think it’s awesome that you keep memories as treasures TOO! We have lots of special memories too … of camping, special vacations, sports experiences, playing special games … but … we are still very young. We look forward to making more new memories along the way.

      We think it’s really cool that you make movies and CDs for schools and community groups! Is it hard to do? It MUST take a lot of time! How long does it take to put a DVD or CD together for these groups. They are lucky to have you sharing your interests with them … just like US!

      How long have you been blogging, Ross? This is our 17th day!!! We can’t WAIT to get more into it … but … it is taking us quite a bit of time to fit everything in. We want to reply to all the special visitors who leave comments for us. We think that is VERY important … but … we are also trying to fit in all our Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Language Arts, and gym in, as WELL as write interesting posts and learn how to be good digital citizens who are safe on the internet. Phew … it’s a LOT of work! But, we LOVE it! What do YOU like most about blogging, Ross?

      Already, you have taught us something cool … now we know the ~ is called a tilde! Yeah! We love that we’ve ALL learned something about that little tilde!

      We really LIKE your sentence, Ross! It is awesome! You are certainly living up to it … because … you are making a difference in OUR lives … way across the world. Being a global citizen and flattening the walls of our classroom is MAGICAL!

      Have an AMAZING weekend, Ross! We will be publishing a new post in the next few days … about making our MARK, (guess what book INSPIRED it)! 😉

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

      See Ross’s extended comment HERE:

      • Ross Mannell

        Hello Global Grade 3,

        Thank you for such a comprehensive reply. I’ll answer in steps so I can be certain to answer all…

        Some of my rock collection…

        On my Extended Comments blog I shared information with a class in England. They were studying volcanoes. At that time I had some spare samples. I sent them 6 and created blog posts to explain them. Here are the links to the posts in this blog…
        The first shows the samples I sent…
        Scree and obsidian
        aa and pahoehoe
        iron sands and pumice

        I remember the reports on the Mt St Helens eruption. Our news was full of reports about the effect of the eruption. I have been on erupting volcanoes but only in the quieter times of the eruptions when there was mostly smoke and lava flow.

        I have some fossils in my collection. I’ll have to photograph and share them in a post soon. I have nothing very big so don’t expect a T-rex fossil. 🙂

        CD and DVDs…
        I have been involved with making videos in schools for 30 years now (and still have copies from back then). These days I can use up to three video cameras to film a show. Two are fixed to film certain places and one larger camera I operate for close up shots. I also use a sound recorder. Once filmed, I use a computer to align the recordings from each camera and the sound recorder. It can take up to two weeks to complete one show. CDs are only made for a choir or singer I film. At this time I am working on 4 DVDs, one for each of four kindergarten classes. I also have a school play to edit.

        How long have I been blogging?”

        Some people seem to think I have been blogging for a very long time but the truth is I only started in the first half of last year (2011). I found it was a good way to share with people.
        I have been using computers since 1975 and in school since 1981. I started emailing around 1990 and had my first internet account a couple years later. By around 2000 I started my first website. It took me 30 years from starting to use computers in schools to using blogs. Much has changed in those years. 🙂

        What do I like most about blogging?

        The funny thing is what I most like about blogging is commenting on blogs. It is good to share on blogs but I love seeing what others are doing and leaving a comment for the blogger.
        I always like to be positive when I comment. I would rather say nothing than say negative things.

        Keep blogging.

        This comment is repeated in my blog comments at…

      • Ross Mannell

        Here is a link to the promised fossil photos. 🙂


        • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

          Hi Ross!

          Thank you SO much for taking the time and effort to photograph your fossils for us! We learned SO much from this post. We LOVED your links because they really helped us to discover more information about each of the fossils you shared with us.

          It was a GREAT idea to use the ruler as a referent for us because we also used a ruler to talk about the size as we looked at EACH of your fossil photos. It was smart to put both inches AND centimetres because, even though we use the metric system in Canada, our other blog followers in the States use the imperial system! Smart thinking! 😉

          Last week, all the Grade Three classes held “Rock Museums” in their classrooms. This meant that each class set up their desks and brought in rocks that THEY treasure from home. It was sure surprising to see the number of rocks that came. We think that there are a TON of secret rock collectors in Grade Three. Some students even had tiny samples of gold and pyrite. We actually got to see real samples of trilobites and ammonites. It was a lot of fun to check these rocks out and we had fun sharing our collections with one another.

          We liked the way you put the links up so that we could go to Wikipedia to learn MORE about your specimens. It is hard for us to believe that the ammonite is more closely related to octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish than they are to shelled nautiloids!

          We were ESPECIALLY intrigued with your dinosaur COPROLITE! If this sample is only 17 cm big … we think it must have disintegrated BEFORE becoming a fossil … or broke AFTER it was a fossil … OR it is from a VERY small dinosaur. We discovered, by exploring your link, that there are TONS of different words for animal droppings! We were PRETTY intrigued with this! At first, we couldn’t figure out HOW they could TELL that it was fossilized animal droppings … but then we read your Wikipedia link. It told us some pretty amazing information. Many of us STILL think that if we saw it laying on the ground we would think that it was volcanic rock … it has that LOOK to us! We discovered that they even MINE coprolite and use it for fertilizer!!! WOW!

          We wonder if you found this dinosaur coprolite all by yourself on one of your many hikes … and, if you did, WHERE did you find it? How did you even RECOGNIZE it as fossilized dinosaur feces? We hope you are lucky enough to find MORE fossils on your adventures, Ross!

          We have ALL decided that we are going to keep our eyes PEELED, when WE are out hiking, to see if WE are lucky enough to find some dinosaur coprolite! We don’t know if you KNOW this, or not, but we live about an hour or so away from Drumheller and the Royal Tyrrell Museum! (We tried to add a hyperlink, but it wasn’t working for us today … maybe it’s the HUGE snowstorm we are having this morning!!!) (

          Thank you for sharing your treasure with us … and for inspiring our learning even MORE!

          The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

          • Ross Mannell

            Hi Global Grade 3,

            One of the great things about blogging is it’s making me do things I have meant to do but put aside for a later time. I have been meaning to photograph some of my rock collection and, because of your post, have now done so.

            The ruler was a good idea for these small samples and I included both measurements to make the images more globally significant. Later images didn’t have a ruler but were placed near standard bricks and tiles as well as in a group to give an idea of size.

            I am glad to read there are fellow rock collectors around although I collect many things either real or as photos such as plants, animals and the outdoors.

            I also have pyrites and gold in my collection. There is about 1oz of panned gold, a fingernail sized nugget and a tenth ounce gold coin in my collection so there is over $1000 worth of gold. The strange thing is, I like pyrite better because it is a beautiful crystal.

            There are many names for animal droppings although coprolite is normally used for fossilised droppings. Guano is another word used for the droppings of animals such as seabirds, seals and bats (in caves). There can be large layers built up over many years. Because the guano is rich in phosphates and nitrogen, they are mined for fertiliser but also, as the nitrogen comes in the form of nitrate, can be mined for use in gunpowder.


            When in a bat cave here in Australia many years ago, I found the floor had a layer of bat guano. There were many insects and other small animals living in the droppings. The bats were an important part of the cave ecosystem.

            Spotting rocks… Your statement about seeing a coprolite amongst the stones is exactly right. We, if our eyes aren’t trained, can pass stones not realising what secrets they hide. I have probably passed many specimens without realising what they were but I have also discovered unusual finds.

            As an example, I once saw a stone looking much like many others along my hike but something caught my eye. Looking closely, I noticed small flakes had been broken off along one edge. While this might have been natural, the pattern suggested to me it had been worked. Perhaps someone hundreds or even thousands of years before had tried to make a point for a spear or a stone knife. I know in places in the US and Canada you can find arrowheads. As the Aboriginal cultures in Australia didn’t use bows and arrows, we won’t find arrowheads but they did use spears and stone tools.

            The dinosaur coprolite was purchased in rock store. It comes from the US. I’m not aware of dinosaur coprolites being found in Australia but they probably have been. After all, when you have large numbers of animals around over many years, they do drop many traces of their passing. If conditions are good, some have to be fossilised.

            As far as the size is concerned, we must remember many species of dinosaurs weren’t very large. They could range from about the size of chickens up the mega giants we have seen in films. Thank goodness we don’t have to clean up after the huge dinosaurs have passed. ☺

            Here is a Wikipedia link sharing the names of some dinosaur species discovered through fossils in Australia and Antarctica…


            I have heard of some of the amazing Albertan dinosaur finds but not of the Royal Tyrrell Museum. After looking it up on the internet, it would be a must see for me if I was in Canada.

            The closest city to my town is Canberra, our national capital. It’s about a three hour drive from here. It’s also the home of Australia’s National Dinosaur Museum. Here is a link listing some of the exhibits, although not too many photos are included…


            Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

  3. Eric

    Hello new grade 3’s

    I am from Mrs Renton’s class last year. I see also that you have started a new blog.You are also the 2 class to have a blog in the CBE. Last year we also had an adventure with people in Peru, Qenqo. What will you do this year? see you later…and tell Mrs Renton that I said hi. 🙂

    Eric 🙂

    P.S I hope you have a great year! 🙂

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Eric!

      Thanks for leaving a comment for us! Thanks for inspiring us with LAST year’s blog … we are excited about being the SECOND class to blog this year because we think it will be fun to learn from other people around the world! Mrs. Renton just told us that we will be Skyping with Ashli in the next couple of weeks. She has been there all summer, working really hard in all of the communities that Mosqoy works with. She is going to tell us all about how the Library Project is going … but … we really don’t know WHERE this journey will go for us this year! We are very EXCITED though.

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

      PS Mrs. Renton said “hi” back! She misses you and LOVES that you are leaving comments on the blog for us! 😉

      • Eric

        Dear Global Grade 3

        I still remember Ashli. It is so exiting that you are going to Skype with her. Last year in Peru, she and her Q’enqo friends made a library in Peru. Will you do anything interesting with her? You will also be excited about what Mrs. Emann and Mrs. Renton have up their sleeves. Have you met Mrs. Emann? She is going to be your technology teacher.

        Hope you have a great year! 😉


        • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

          Hello Eric,

          We remember Mrs. Emann from grade one. She got her masters degree she is a learning and specialist with innovation & learning technology in downtown. We are VERY proud of her. We agree that it is exciting to skype with Ashli. We haven’t yet started learning about Q’enqo Peru but we are very excited to. We made crystals – the FIRST time it didn’t work…BUT…two days later it finally worked. Disappointingly, some of them didn’t work still! Maybe the ones that didn’t work will work next time. We wonder what Mrs. Renton has up her sleeve. Thanks for leaving us a comment. 🙂 We love your super comment. 😉

          The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  4. James' mom

    Hello Mrs Renton and the Battalion hawk blogger
    Thank you to share the fun of learning with us. I like this blog. All the sentences are so smart and sparkling.

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi James’ Mom!

      Thanks for the lovely message! We are glad to hear that you like the blog! It makes us feel happy to know that our families are checking it out! We worked really hard on these sentences … and we had a lot of fun thinking about how we would share our strengths with the world. What would YOUR sentence be? Please keep checking back … we will be publishing MORE posts as the year goes on!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  5. Daytime Grandma & Grandpa

    Hello, Battalian Hawk Bloggers – we are delighted and proud to have such a talented group as you to add to our family! We have taken some time to reflect on the things that we treasure, so that you will have a portrait of us. Here they are! 1. Family, home, and garden. 2. Books – because we love to read and to learn. 3. Biking, golfing, and walking with our friends. 4. Grandpa loves kayaking with the whales and other sea life. 5. Grandma loves yoga for relaxation and good health. We will look forward to learning more about you this year and are confident that you will have great success!

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Daytime Grandma and Grandpa!

      We were excited to see that you replied to our post and shared YOUR treasures so that we would get to know you both a little better! We can see that we have LOTS in common with you … but … we have lots of DIFFERENCES too! That’s a good thing because NO two people in the world are the same … not even TWINS! We ALL agree that family and home are important to us too. Gardening, on the other hand, well … some of us love it … and many of us don’t. Weeding is VERY hard work! 😉 While we all know the IMPORTANCE of books, some of us love them a little MORE than others! And, that’s okay too. Biking is important to all of us too, many of us have gone GOLFING … and we ALL like to hang out with friends and go walking! About one THIRD of us have actually gone kayaking … but … surprise, surprise … NONE of us have EVER gone kayaking with the WHALES! You are VERY brave! Just over HALF of us have tried yoga … and we think it is AWESOME … but it is PAINFUL too! Maybe if we did all the time our muscles wouldn’t feel quite so CRANKY! Thank you for sharing your “treasures” with us! We are excited to learn from you this year too! When you went kayaking with the whales … or for those walks with friends … did you find any fossils?

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  6. renelle

    What an impressive learning opportunity for the class and our family as this is our first time ‘blogging’. The doors this can open is amazing. We are keen to get nany and papa from Saskatchewan on the site. They two are ‘lerds’.

    Our sentence is: in everything you do, give it all your heart


    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Renelle!

      We love that you are part of our learning audience. We love your family’s sentence! We hope you stay connected with us. We are REALLY happy that you visited our blog. Mrs. Renton told us what a LERD is.
      We are almost all a bunch of LERDs too! We think that it’s good to be a LERD because it means that we learn MORE! As Mrs. Renton says “we will flatten the classroom walls.” We’ve already had people all around the world leave comments … we are glad you are one of them. Thanks for leaving a GREAT comment. We hope you keep coming back!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  7. Ross Mannell

    In response to a comment left on my extended blog post…

    Hello Global Grade 3,

    My apologies for the week’s delay in replying. During last week I delivered the DVDs I made for a school over the last two weeks. For many children in Australia, we have just started the final term of the school year. Our summer vacation starts in December, although my blog commenting rarely takes a holiday. ☺

    I’ll answer some of your questions in this reply but I have something special at the end you might be interested in. It is a link to another extended comment where I share photos I have scanned from 35mm slides I took many years ago in two countries, New Zealand and the US state of Hawaii. They come from possibly over a 1000 slides and negatives I have started to archive.

    You will be the first to share them, one from 1986 (sulphur), one from 1995 (NZ) and others from Hawaii (1996). Who knows what other treasures I’ll discover as I get time to digitise my collection.

    + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

    The volcanoes in New Zealand tend to normally be more ash volcanoes than lava volcanoes. I have seen magma thrown out in photos but I am not aware of any recent lava flows.

    Mt Tarawera is a popular tourist attraction. You can hike up its slopes or go on a four-wheel drive tour. I have taken the easy way up twice now. Once on the rim, you have to hike and climb along a trail to the far side of the main crater before going down a steep scree slope the bottom of the crater.

    The different colours in scree come from the different rocks. Scree is really broken bits of rocks and can be found in many places such as around cliffs where it was weathered out or, in the case of Tarawera, from an explosive eruption breaking up rock. At a guess, white may have come from deposits of quartz, rusty might be from ironstone. Black might have come from heated silica (sand)/quartz but these are guesses.

    One of the problems with a location being very popular with tourists is the danger too many hands will take important samples in protected areas. On my first visit to Tarawera, the guide said he normally showed visitors a large piece of obsidian but it was no longer there. It had been taken.

    Gas bubbles in molten rock? Have you heard about thundereggs and geodes? Thunder eggs and geodes are formed in lava flows. Thundereggs can also be geodes if they have hollows, although not all geodes are made from lava flows. Isn’t that confusing?

    They are fascinating finds. I have purchased some volcanic samples from rock shops over the years and will share some photos in the extended comment link below. The only ones I have found are plain by comparison.

    Scared of volcanoes? I suppose we could say many things we do in life can have risks. I am much more worried if I have to cross a busy road when there isn’t a pedestrian crossing. In the New Zealand eruption, I was at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island. It took a few days to get a flight north because of the ash danger for planes but my aim was to get as close as a tourist was allowed.

    Where I was it would have needed a massive eruption for me to be worried instead of the smoking and small activity on that day. If I had been at a similar place on Mt Tarawera when it erupted in the 1866 or on Mount St. Helens in 1980, I wouldn’t have survived. That level of eruption is rare and we are getting better at predicting them.

    In Hawaii, Kilaeua had been releasing lava for quite some time so I didn’t consider it very dangerous to be on or over it provided I obeyed the rules set down for visitors. Walking the trails on the crater area can be fascinating.

    Lucas or Spielberg? I don’t know whether I’m particularly good at making DVDs. I make them for community groups and schools. Schools are given a free copy. If lucky, some parents want to buy copies so I am able to make costs back. The biggest can have sales of 200+ sets whereas some are simply given away to those interested.

    Over the year I don’t make any money from DVDs but I do get many smiles. ☺

    Now for the promised link…

    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Ross!

      Thank you SO much for another incredible extended comment! We feel really badly that it is taking us so long to reply … but … we are trying to catch up on comments in the order that they have come in! We LOVE that you always put so much time into your comments for us. We always learn SO much from you!

      We know that seasons are different around the world … but it is STILL hard for us to believe that children in Australia will be starting their summer vacations in December!

      We think it is SO cool that you are sharing your 35mm pictures with us. We feel pretty blessed to be the first to see them! We can’t imagine how you are going to find the time to scan ALL your photos … especially with all the DVD work you do!

      Mt. Tarawera looks TERRIFYINGLY steep. Most of us would not like to be anywhere near it! We can see how you would have to be an experienced rock climber to go into the crater! We LOVE the sulphur crystals, but we wonder what the pink rock around it is. It’s so beautiful with the yellow and the pink.

      We had NO idea that the tubes could be big enough to walk into! One of our bloggers was telling us about the tubes from Mt. St. Helens. He said that there were sculptures, naturally formed by lava, inside these tubes. One of them is called meatball and another is called train tracks. We have to look that up! This same student saw tubes left from trees that were burned because of the volcano too!

      We love all the photos that you shared with us. They are all amazing! Thank you for helping us learn more about volcanoes and rocks and minerals! We’ve learned stuff from you that we would NEVER have discovered on our own! You have helped to stretch our learning AGAIN!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  8. Daytime Grandpa

    Greetings Global Grade 3. Yes there are fossils on Vancouver Island. Primarily the fossils found here are of ammonites and sea shells. In 1988 though, an amateur paleontologist found the fossil remains of an Elasmosaur. It was discovered on the banks of the Puntledge River that flows into the Salish Sea near Courtenay. The Salish Sea is the new name for the Strait of Georgia. There is a photo of the Elasmosaur on the web site When you look at the photo, you will see the fossil skelton has lots of big fierce teeth.

    I treasure my kayaking trips to the Robson Bight area on the north east side of Vancouver Island to see the Killer Whales. This is an ecologically sensitive area. The Killer Whales go into the same bay every summer to rub themselves on the barnacle encrusted rocks and gravel on the shallow bottom. The Marine Biologists who study the whales say that they appear to rub themselves for no other reason than for the pleasure of it. Power boats and Kayaks are forbidden to go right into the bay as the whales must be left alone and protected. When we are kayaking out on the open sea though, the Killer Whales and dolphins often come within a few metres or our kayaks and we take their photographs.

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hello Daytime Grandpa!

      Thank you for your wonderful comment! Thanks for putting the link up for the Vancouver Island dinosaur, the Elasmosaur! We thought it was VERY fierce too! We would NOT like to be HIS bait!!! At first we thought it ate big fish, but one of our classmates told us they didn’t eat big fish. He has a book on it and he will bring it to school on Monday! Some of us are going to take a Triple Doggy Dare to try to find out more about this amazing dinosaur too! If BC DID have a provincial fossil, what do you think it should be? Some of us think that the Loch Ness Monster might be Elasmosaur’s COUSIN! There was a t-rex called “Black Beauty” found in the Crowsnest Pass when some people were fishing there. We think t-rex should be Alberta’s Provincial fossil because it’s the MOST famous!!! 😉

      We find it hard to believe that barnacles can be STRONG enough to allow whales to scratch their bellies on them. Mrs. Renton has shown us barnacles she has collected from the island … and they are SO tiny. They are fragile and fall apart easily. She told us that you’ve seen HUGE ones … do you have any PHOTOS? We would LOVE to see how big these barnacles can grow. We would LOVE to see the whales scratching their bellies!

      Thank you for teaching us some cool stuff about Vancouver Island!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  9. Lauren & Jocelyn

    Hi Mrs. Renton and all the amazing Battalion Hawk bloggers,
    We are in Korea, and we are having a great time here with our family. We introduced this awesome blog to others and we are really proud of all you bloggers. We would like to join you again sooooooooooon!

    From: L & J

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Lauren and Jocelyn!

      I am SO glad that you’ve left a comment on our blog! I thought, when I saw the Korean flag on the revolver map, that it might be you! I am SO glad that you have shared our Global Grade 3 blog with your family! This would be a GREAT opportunity for you to tell the Global Grade 3s about the weather there … the time of year … and the cool things you’ve been up to on your journey! We will look forward to learning a little more about Korea from you!

      We miss you tons and look forward to your return!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

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