Blog (Continued)

I have decided to move the blog on a new page. The last page was getting TOO long! 🙂

NEW POST ( June 24) *****

Our recent field trip took us to The Transportation Museum and The Beringia Centre. At The Transportation Museum, we learned about the Gold Rush. During the Gold Rush, many people were searching and panning for gold. They climbed mountains, paddled boats and walked long distances! Most people did NOT find Gold. However, some lucky people did.

Watch this video

What are they doing in this video? Would you like to do the same thing? Do you think it is possible to still find gold in the Yukon?

NEW POST (July, 4) *****

Today we looked at biographies, and we also wrote one in class! For today’s blog, please use the internet to search for someone you find interesting. It could be a famous person either here in North America or your home country. When you have found this person, please upload a link to a webpage about them. Then, answer the following questions:

a) Why do you admire this person?

b) What do you like best about this person?

c) What is one thing that they have done that is very interesting.

NEW POST (July 8) ******

Watch this video of two moose fighting.

What was the most interesting animal you saw yesterday? Why? Which animal is your favourite in the world? Is there anything specific or extra interesting about them?

( Share a video or link with the class—if you want!)

NEW POST (July 20) ******

We have been reading the book ” About A Boy”. We are almost finished the book !! Yeah!!  However, the book has had some interesting and ‘serious’ situations happen in each chapter.  Some of these situations were the following:

a) Fiona tried to kill herself

b) Marcus gets bullied at school and has no friends

c) Will has a selfish, empty life

d) Rachel’s son is jealous and possessive

e) Will will not help Marcus with his mom’s situation

Choose a situation and provide some advice. Explain what you think Will, or Marcus or Fiona ” should have done” in the book. What would you have done?  Have you ever had a similar experience?  Has a friend shared the same experience?


NEW POST ( July 22) ******


In the movie we having been watching, there has been a lot of popular music. We have also heard about different music artists with each book we have read in class.  Who is a popular singer or music artist in your country right now? Why are they so popular? Do you like their music? Post a video or a song for us to listen to and respond!


66 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shinhye2
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 20:49:55

    I want to try this!! They can find some gold at the end!!
    However I don’t think I can find like that big gold in the Yukon now because many people already found a lot of gold at here.
    If I were in a long time ago, I could find some gold!! Maybe:)

    I think ship is the earliest mode of transportation. Next is train and the latest mode of transportation is airplane.
    I prefer to ride on airplane because I have a seasickness and carsickness.


    • corineturpin
      Jul 06, 2011 @ 20:19:45

      Poor Shinhye!!
      You has had seasickness and carsickness. That is not pleasant at all! Do you take medicine for that? Are you able to read or sleep in car, or you are just sick?
      When I was young, I was very excited in car. I was not able to sleep or be quiet. My parents were exhausted! But hopefully, I was not sick.


      • shinhye2
        Jul 06, 2011 @ 20:57:22

        I have carsickness and seasickness, but I don’t have carsickness in the Yukon.
        I don’t know why, but very strange!!
        I couldn’t read something during driving and eat. However I can do those!!
        It is strange, isn’t it? I always have to bring some medicines with me.

    • yokooda
      Jul 06, 2011 @ 20:29:52

      I would like to try find some gold too. you can imagine how difficult to find gold during gold rush time. But so many people came up to the Yukon and looked for gold…. They didn’t have high technology and fancy equipments. If we didn’t have any equipment we will do as much as we can.


    • vijayag306
      Jul 06, 2011 @ 20:33:57

      Jhannarae hi, I like your coment. If I were a long time ago, icould find some gold ! May be .
      I like this sentense. Now also,gold mine is here, may be. Longe time ago foud much gold
      Transportation modes are coming, so now adayas are easy..


  2. benjamin
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 21:00:38

    they find some golds i dont think so if thats true about trancefomation its about old car


  3. smiyashi
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 21:25:41

    I really want to try it. I hope there is still much gold in the ground of the Yukon.
    I might check the area which I can experience the panning. I am enthusiastic about finding gold! The Yukon has lots of activities related on the history. It makes me a curious person.

    I think that the earliest transportation mode in the Yukon is dog seeding. I don’t know if it is able to include a transportation system though.The second may be ships. The latest one is airplanes. I know that many people wish they could fly long time ago.
    I prefer earliest one. Because we can see many things what we would never be able to see If we used the latest one.


  4. corineturpin
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 21:25:45

    In this video, people are looking for gold by panning. I would like to try it at one point, so maybe when we’ll go at the Mc Bridge Museum. I think it is still possible to find gold in the Yukon. Nowadays, technologies allow scientists to go farther and farther in explorations.

    Boats were the earliest mode of transportation to come in the Yukon. The most recent mode is by plane. I don’t really prefer one from an other. It depends if I want to take my time and admire the scenery, or if I’m rushed or not.


    • jhannarae
      Jul 06, 2011 @ 20:19:06

      I would like to find tiny gold in Mc Bridge Museum. When I went to there, I just looked around there, and I didn’t try to find some gold. Maybe we will go to there someday right?
      We can find some gold!! If we find some gold, can we get them? I think we can just only find.


  5. vijayag306
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 21:28:04

    We learened about the different ways people transported to the Yukon__horsetcotches,sledge dogs,and bots.After ships,trains,buses and air craftsare coming.Now a dyas are more develped than beore.Inter national air port is coming.More people are there.

    I like the gold finding.Gold is still finding in this Yukon . More mines are finding gold is also finding


  6. jhannarae
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 21:44:37

    In the video, people are looking for some gold.
    I would like to find some gold, but I think I can find tiny gold or nothing. This is because I couldn’t see some big gold in the video. Maybe a long time ago, people already found much gold, so there isn’t much here now.
    I think the earliest mode of transportation is ship and the latest is airplane.
    I prefer to go a board a ship even though I have seasickness. If I go to somewhere by airplane, I couldn’t move only I can go to washroom. However, I can see beautiful sea and move comfortably on a ship.


  7. vijayag306
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 20:43:59


  8. shinhye2
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 20:51:43
    James Cameron
    a) Why do you admire this person?
    I typed on Google “famous people Canada” then I found his name in the site.
    b) What do you like best about this person?
    I love to watch Titanic, so I think making Titanic is the best thing in his job.
    c) What is one thing that they have done that is very interesting.
    He has directed and produced many films for example Terminator, Titanic, and
    Aliens, which show what dreams are made of.


  9. jhannarae
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 21:02:17
    Yu-Na Kim is a figure skater in Korea. She won at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Actually there are not many ice rinks in Korea, and their quality is bad. However, she was trained in the place, and finally she has become the best figure skater in the world. That’s why I admire her very much.
    I like her pertinacity. Learning and practicing figure skater was very hard for her in Korea, but she practiced everyday. I heard that one time, she thought about quit skating because it was very hard for her. However, she didn’t give up.
    I really like her performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic. She was very beautiful, and she got the best score in the world. When she got a gold medal, I was very proud of her.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jul 08, 2011 @ 16:56:17

      Yes!!! In Canada, we know her very well! She trains in Canada with a Canadian coach, but then she goes back to Korea and skates for her country! Hmmmmmm….maybe she should skate for Canada instead! ??? haha


    • shinhye2
      Jul 08, 2011 @ 20:09:05

      I like her skating!! Her skating is very smooth, beautiful and expressive.


  10. corineturpin
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 21:02:30

    Lucie Page is a writer and journalist from Quebec. She worked for Radio-Canada and she moved to South Africa in the 1990’s. There, she met her husband, Jay Naidoo, a leading anti-apartheid activist. Together they fight for the end of the apartheid and for the liberation of Nelson Mandela. She has been implicated into women rights organizations also in South Africa. She wrote books about her life in South Africa and a very good novel about a love history between an Afrikaner girl and a man from Soweto. The story is covering the period 1964-1990 in South Africa ‘s reality.

    I read all her books and I loved each of those. I admire her because she never gave up from her convictions. She helped South African’s women to get rights they deserve.

    There are 2 links. One from Wikipedia and the other is a link about her husband.


  11. vijayag306
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 21:04:05

    DR. Abdual kalam is a scientest , technical and polticaly great person. HE IS WRITING MORE books educating for youth.He is an intelegent person. and philosphical also.


  12. yokooda
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 21:36:50

    A) Robert William Service
    B)Actually he is not my favorite person. But I have heard about him from my friend . I am interested in him.
    C)He loved Yukon.He has lived in Yukon for long time.

    Here check this out!!


  13. smiyashi
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 22:15:51

    a) Why do you admire this person?
    Because, he had ballet became popular in japan.
    He introduced people how wonderful it is, and they have many valuable things.

    b) What do you like best about this person?
    He is very strict about ballet and himself. He has created many repertories such as Nut cracker, Sleeping beauty, Don quixote and etc…. in his way.
    His technique is fabulous especially his jump.

    c) What is one thing that they have done that is very interesting.
    He is the most youngest soloist in the history of the royal ballet company as oriental. He is also the youngest and the only one person in Japan that won the most famous ballet competition in Russia.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jul 08, 2011 @ 16:54:30

      Wow! What a beautiful dancer!!! He is so smooth on his feet. Very graceful! How old is he?


    • corineturpin
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 20:17:07

      I liked to watch your video Sashi. I think ballet is a wonderful dance to look at because it is so gracious and elegant. I saw ” Swan Lake” when I have been in Prague and it was a memorable moment. I hope I could ever see you dancing, for I am sure that you are an awesome dancer!!!


  14. shinhye2
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 20:01:18

    I like caribou!! They are too cute:D
    I heard that Caribou pull the sled with Santa Claus and present for nice kids!!
    That’s news for me, so I was interested in Caribou.
    My favorite animal is Panda!! Look at this video!!

    Aren’t they cute? Panda is endangered species, so we can’t pet them.
    However, I really want to pet them because they make me happy and relax.


    • smiyashi
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 20:39:46

      I like this. They are so cute. We used to be able to see Panda in Ueno park whenever I want. Though, a baby panda is very rare to see.
      I really want to see and touch them!!


  15. jhannarae
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 20:13:06

    The most interesting animal to me was a lynx. I have never seen this animal before. It looked like a big cat. I wanted to touch them because it looked cute.
    My favourite animal is a lion. I like to watch documentaries about them. One day, when I watched their documentary, a lion had her cubs. People usually think that a lion is very violent. However, in the documentary, the lion was so sweat for her cubs.
    I also watched a video that a man became a friend with lions. He bred the lions, and the they thought he was their friend. Therefore, they were not fierce to him.


  16. corineturpin
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 20:16:05

    Yesterday, during the tour, the most interesting animal I saw was the huge elk. It was so majestic and elegant with his gigantic antlers. I would had like to see the Muskox closer, they seemed to be impressive by their stature.

    My favorite animal of all is loon. It could seems strange but I like their call. I find them peaceful, nostalgic and melancholic at the same time. Paradise for me it’s to sit comfortably on a dock near a calm lake at sunset and hearing the sound of loons. Or also canoeing on a mirror lake and observe them. Wow!!


  17. smiyashi
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 20:21:17

    My favorite animals in the wild life preserve were moose and mountain goats. In my home town, It is rare to see wild animal in our usual life, and we don’t have any moose and mountain goat. When I was a child, I saw them on books or TV. I had never thought I can have an opportunity to see real them in my life, until I came to Canada. It was good experience for me. I’m sure to see them in real wildlife near my future.

    A porcupine is one of the animal what I want to see. I really want to see the moment when it become angry, and the soft fur turn into the hard bristle.
    I have found a so funny movie!!
    It must makes you laugh.


    • yokooda
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 20:19:02

      I liked your video. porcupines are support to be very angry when they see people. But he is very friendly and cute! I have seen 2 porcupines. Those 2 were so upset and showed us his needles. But funny thing was they were trying to escape from us. But they were both VERY slow!!


  18. corineturpin
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 20:22:11

    You should watch that video about a love story between man and lions.


    • jhannarae
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 20:08:51

      This video is so amazing!
      Actually, I watched it in Korea. I was surprised that the lion knows the two men although the lion grew up. When I watched it, I would like to breed a lion. However, my house is not enough for a lion. Maybe if I get a huge house, I will breed a lion! This is because I’ve been loving lions for a long time.


  19. thom
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 20:08:08

    cute panda i love panada


  20. vijayag306
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 20:27:04

    I like pandas and also I have seen the Sandigo Zoo is vrry beautiful. and quite.It is not a pet animal.Mostely thes are living in cold places. In this pictures someare sad and some are happy in the christmes song.


  21. thom
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 20:10:21

    Will has a selfish, empty life

    he dont have any work and he pretend that his single farther thats a big lie


  22. jhannarae
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 20:30:52

    a) Fiona tried to kill herself
    b) Marcus gets bullied at school and has no friends.
    I think Marcus should have been strong and active. In this book, he doesn’t look happy and smiley. I know about his serious situation in his house. However, if he wants to have a friend, he should have tried to be energetic. Also the teachers in his school would have helped him very well, and his mother should have changed her mind. I believe his mother isn’t good for him because his age isn’t enough to recognize about his mother’s suicide. She should have been responsible to her son’s safety.
    I don’t have any experience like this. If I experience a), I will be really shocked. Also, our relationship between my mom and I will be broken. I hope it will never happen to me.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:32:18

      I agree that the school should have helped Marcus and his mother. I don’t think Marcus should be living with his mother if she is not feeling ‘well’. I think a lot of Marcus’s problems also come from him being so different from other children. Maybe he should wait until he is older to be happy. He might find some other children like him! 🙂


  23. vijayag306
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 20:44:29

    Fiona had tried to kill her self..she is very upset her family situ ation.Left her husbend, she had a son and daughter.,She was onely working perseon. Her son Marcous had 13 years old .he was studying in the school.She has been handling with out the husband. so she has presturated because she had tried to kill her self.
    She had been thinking on method of way she has getting the solution.She had gave the back support of her son and stand on her foot. and move to the farword. She was affraid of life–that is not solution She take the courage and move far word.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:33:32

      This is a really good response, Vijaya. What do you think Fiona should do for help? Should she go to a professional? Do you think that Marcus’ s school should help with her problems?


  24. corineturpin
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 20:45:13

    Rachel’s son is jealous and possessive. Rachel should had tried to talk with her son before she brought Will at her house. She could had spent time with his son and told him that she cared about him even if she had been having a new relationship. Maybe for the first date, she should had brought Will in a neutral place, for not troubled his son.

    My cousin had had the same problem whit her son. She had been a single parent for 15 years, and her son had been so jealous of her friends. He had been mean to her.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:34:41

      I think that this is the same problem for a lot of children with single parents. I like your advice. I think Rachel should have spoken with Ali before bringing Will and Marcus into the house. Do you think Ali will change?


  25. shinhye2
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:16:31

    c) Will has a selfish, empty life
    Will should have more relationships. If he has more relationships, he can be human and learn how to receive a person with warmth.
    I have never met like Will. If I meet like him, I don’t want to be friend with him.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:38:09

      I like this response! I think this is very true. He has not had many relationships, so he is very selfish and boring. I think that he would be a better person if he lives anotehr 10 years with a lot of relationships!


  26. smiyashi
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:16:51

    a) Fiona tried to kill herself

    Fiona should have thought about Marcus more deeply before tried to kill her self. Marcus is a child and need his mother. Fiona could have been more positive because her negative thinking bring more complicated problem to them. She has had a custody of Marcus since he was born. Therefore she should have faced and considered how Marcus has been feeling these days.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:39:45

      I agree. It is almost like she didn’t think about her son at all. Maybe in that moment, she forgot that she had a son. I think that she has hurt Marcus very much and I don’t think he will ever forget that situation. Do you think his father should be helping them? Do you think he cares about Fiona or Marcus?


  27. yokooda
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:21:49

    a)Fiona tried to kill herself
    When I was a police officer, I saw so many suicides. One time young mother jumped from her apartment. She left her 1 or 2 year baby and her husband. Their baby had been at her room when she committed suicide. We called her husband to tell that situation. Then he came back to home right away. He opened his room’s door. We found the baby. He was just smiling to his dad and pointing police car’s light. Husband had known his wife have been depressed. He was crying and said “why why why…”
    Suicides make people who are left blame themselves. They would blame forever. Killing themselves is very hard decision. But they would give strong emotional damage to people who are left.


  28. yokooda
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:28:25

    Of course Fiona should not have tried to kill herself. She should have gone to SPAT and told people who have same problem. If you speak out to people who has problem,it might make you feel better. You could find worth problem people have. You would feel better than before!


  29. yokooda
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:30:03

    She should have gone to SPAT with her friends. If she spoke out to people who have same or worth problem, she would feel better than before.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:42:17

      Thanks for the interesting story. I think that this happens in reality sometimes. Who do you think could help Fiona and her situation? What did you tell people when you were a police officer? Did the police try and help? Do you think SPAT really helped Fiona?


      • yokooda
        Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:34:31

        Depression is very difficult problem. We can’t never understand their life. Maybe if you had had same problem, you could share your mind. But important thing is they have to change their mind. Fiona might be helped by Will. He can open her mind wide. Fiona has to see another world instead stay at home all day. I know it’s difficult to change their life quickly they can take a time and try to change. Important thing is doing, trying or changing little by little.
        When I was a police officer, usually i had to deal with dead body. But when I studied at police academy, I learned that we shouldn’t say “I understand your mind” because you are not them. And don’t blame them either. When people depress they are very negative attitude. Also don’t encourage them. Because they think that they tried everything and giving up. Usually we suggest people have problem that go to mental hospital.Police are very busy they can’t spend time for those kind people. That’s the reason I decided to quite police job. I thought I wanted to be more human person instead of sending hospital.
        SPAT seemed to help bit Fiona. She seemed to be enjoy cheering up with another women. It was hilarious.

  30. corineturpin
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 19:58:35

    A popular group in Quebec right now and for few years is Malajube. I love it!! It is a francophone indie rock band from Montreal which is made from 4 friends. Even if the lyrices are in French, the group is famous around the world. They had played in Japan, in the USA, in Germany and much more places in Europe. Their songs has been using for a lot of commercial all across Canada and the USA, like Roger Wireless, Zellers, Radio Shack and Budweiser.
    I had seen Malajube many times in concert and I hope they would come in the Yukon one day!! I know that the band goes to Vancouver in September, maybe they would come in Whitehorse. Who knows?!!

    Here a link for a Malajube videoclip on Yutube. The song is called Montreal -40 degree :

    Here a link for Malajube on Wikipedia:


  31. shinhye2
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:21:58

    Nowadays, IU who is a Korean singer is very popular among the all generations.
    She was born in 1993. (She is younger than me!!!) She has a beautiful voice and lovely face. She released a lot of records. Her symbol song is Good day.

    How was her song? She is good singer, isn’t she?
    I like her songs very much. She had been doing her best before she made her debut as a singer. That’s why I like her. She also did acting last year on TV drama.


  32. jhannarae
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:42:10

    In 2005, there was a very popular Korean TV drama. The title is ‘My name is Kim Sam Soon’. The soundtrack was very popular in that time, but until now people like the song. The song’s name is ‘She is’ by Clazziquai. I really like them because their voices are very amazing and relaxed.


  33. vijayag306
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:49:58


  34. vijayag306
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:50:23


  35. yokooda
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:51:04

    I have no idea about that what kind music is HOT now in Japan. But when I check Japanese website I always see the group name “AKB48” . I googled it. They are girls unit from 48 girls…. They have firs and second divisions. They have election every year and fans select who should stand center….. Oh give me a break…. I never understand why this type of music is so popular in Japan.


  36. smiyashi
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 21:16:03

    This song got a selling record of this month. I used to listen Japanese songs very much, but I haven’t done that for long time. I also don’t know this song. In japan, there are so many singers recently, but I can’t remember their name because they are too many and are sometimes sing very smiler song.


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