Dusda̱k̕wa Pancakes and Jam

This afternoon we got into groups of 4 and made dusda̱k̕wa pancakes to go with the dusda̱k̕wa jam we made yesterday.  They turned out fantastic and everyone thought they were super yummy!

We used the Fluffy Pancakes recipe from allrecipes.com and added in 4 spoonfuls of dusda̱k̕wa. Each recipe made 8 pancakes, which the students were quick to calculate, made two pancakes for each group member.


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • cooking spray


  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.


Dusda̱k̕wa Jam

The students finished their Berries Inquiry today with the making of dusda̱k̕wa freezer jam. The students worked in teams to gather materials and ingredients. First they had to mash the blackberries. They practiced their counting in kwak’wala as they did this. Each person got 10 mashes and then passed the bowl. Next they measured and added the remaining ingredients and got more counting practice as they stirred and stirred to dissolve the sugar. It was a lot of stirring!


Here is the video we use to practice our pronunciation. We are trying our best. Some of the numbers are tricky to say.

Tomorrow we are going to try our jam.

Stone Soup

Last week, the K/1/2/3s read Stone Soup written by Jon J. Muth.  In this version on the European folk story, three monks make a very special soup. They teach a village, that has seen hard times, a lesson about happiness.  The monks convince the villagers to share ingredients for the soup that is started with just three stones. This act of sharing, brings kindness and happiness back to the village.

This week, the primary class made their own Stone Soup. The students washed, peeled, and chopped all the vegetables for the soup.


They all took turns cooking the soup too.  Of course we had to start with the stones. There was a lot of stirring to be done!


So many vegetables were brought in that there was enough soup to share with the whole school! Hopefully our soup spread a little happiness and kindness too.