We're taking part in the International Association of School Libraries bookmark exchange again this year and have been partnered with Lam Tin Methodist Primary School in Kowloon, Hong Kong (China)! Click here to get to their school website. Students in Room 3 are involved with this project and we started by talking about the theme, "The School Library Rocks", brainstorming possible slogans (relating to the theme or about libraries or reading or books), working on a draft copy and then a good copy.

To learn more about the bookmark exchange, go here!
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Bookmark slogan ideas generated by Room 3 Students - Sept. 11, 2015.

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Completed Bookmarks!

Our package is in the mail!

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The bookmarks sent to us are beautiful! Thank you!

Facts about Canada, Winnipeg and Manitoba, and Wayoata School that our partner school may be interested in:

Canada (the country that we live in):

Canada Flag
Our official colours are red and white, the 2 colours of our flag. The maple tree is our official tree. A maple leaf is on our flag.

Hockey Goalie
Ice hockey is Canada's official national winter sport.

Lacrosse Player
Lacrosse is Canada's official summer sport. Males and females play both of these sports.

RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is the national police force in Canada. The uniform they wear for ceremonies has a bright red tunic to it. They are on horseback for a ceremony called the Musical Ride but they usually travel in cars or SUVs. Many cities have their own police forces (not the RCMP).

Canada Map
Canada is made up of 10 provinces and 3 territories. Each of these has its own flag and coat of arms.

Source of information: The 2010 edition of the publication called, Symbols of Canada (copyright Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Department of Canadian Heritage, 2010). Download a copy free of charge or view the pdf version from the Government of Canada's Canadian Heritage website by clicking here. It's packed with information about Canada!
Source of clip art pictures: Microsoft Office Clip Art

Manitoba (the province in Canada that we live in):

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Manitoba, the name, is thought to come from a Cree (aboriginal) word "Man-into-wah-paow". Herds of buffalo (and caribou in the North) roamed what is now Manitoba. Before the European explorers arrived, the Assiniboine and Cree nations people followed the herds. They relied on these animals for food, clothing and shelter. Hudson Bay is in Manitoba's north. Polar Bears and Beluga Whales may be found there. The statue shown in the clip art picture is the Golden Boy, a statue on top of Manitoba's Legislative Building (in Winnipeg). The Golden Boy faces north (to symbolize the area where many of Manitoba's natural resources are found). He holds a torch in one hand and a sheaf of wheat in his hand to symbolize the importance of wheat/farming to Manitoba's economy. The statue is 5.25 metres tall and weighs 1,650 kilograms. It is made of bronze and then has been gilded with 24 karat gold. (Source: Verstraete, L. (2009). G is for Golden Boy: A Manitoba Alphabet. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press)

Manitoba Flag
Manitoba's flag has the Royal Union Flag in its top left corner and the provincial shield to the right.

Manitoba License Plate
Our license plates looks sort of like this. Our slogan is "Friendly Manitoba" and on the real license plate, the slogan is along the bottom (and the plates have numbers and letters).

Source of clip art pictures: Microsoft Office Clip Art

Winnipeg, Manitoba (the city that we live in; Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba):

Tourism Winnipeg Website ; City of Winnipeg Website (this is the City's official website)

Wayoata School (Wayoata School is located in Transcona in the city of Winnipeg):

Wayoata School Website Satellite and Street View Map - Wayoata School - Google Maps

Here are some of our wonders (questions) we have for the students we've been partnered with. A big "thank you" to Helen Chan for providing the answers!

What kind of games do you play?
- Rock, Paper, Scissors
What are some of the sports that kids play?
- table-tennis, badminton, football

What are some of your favourite foods for lunch?
-fried noodles, steamed chicken, vegetables and rice
What are some of your favourite snack foods?
- potato chips, sweets such as Towntree chocolate and fruit
What beverages do you like?
- Sprite, Coca Cola, fresh fruit juice

Do you have 4 seasons?
- yes, Spring, summer, Autumn, Winter (you can know more from this link: Hong Kong Weather by Season
How cold does it get?
- Spring is cold and humid, around 10-20 degrees Celsius; Summer is hot and humid (typhoons always visit Hong Kong), around 30-35 degrees Celsius; Winter comes cold again, but very dry, around 5-15 degrees Celsius
How warm does it get?
- the highest temperature in summer is 36 degrees Celsius (for a few days last summer)

What language(s) do you speak?
- Guangdong Hua, Putonghua and English; we mainly use Guangdong Hua to communicate at home and in our society
Do you learn new languages at school?
- most of the Hong Kong schools teach Chinese (Guangdong Hua, Putongua) and English; in some private schools and direct subsidized schools, children can learn Spanish, Japanese, French, German, etc. according to their choice

What time does your school day start and end?
- we start our school day at 8:30 a.m. and finish at 3:30 p.m.
What does your library look like?
- we have a nice library that looks like a castle
What kind of books do you like reading?
- we like reading; our favourite books include the Harry Potter series, the Geronimo Stilton series, the Horrid Harry series, and the Roald Dahl series
Who are some of your favourite authors?
- Roald Dahl, Grid Blyton
What kind of flooring do you have in your school?
- our schools have 6 floors all built with bricks and green plastic tiles for flooring; there is no carpet in most school classrooms and special rooms except the principal's office
Do you have recess and if so, what do you like to do at recess?
- we have two recesses a day; we like playing with skipping ropes; we also like playing Chess and Rock, Paper, Scissors

What's the best part about living in Kowloon?
- we will say "Kowloon West" like Tsim Sha Tsui is the best part for living; there are lots of plazas and eating areas
What would you recommend for someone visiting your city (where should they be sure to visit?)?
- the must-go-places include: The Peak, Ocean Park, Sai Kung, Disneyland and Victoria Park