Today we had a Remembrance Day Assembly to honour the memory of the thousands of brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. We remember the soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions.
Several of the students in our class prepared something to share in the assembly. Remembrance Day
When all the soldiers fought,
And how many died was a lot,
Because they brought us peace,
Remembering is the least
That we can do
They went away to war,
Saving what we had before,
And every Remembrance Day,
All filmed in black and white and gray.
We remember what they did,
None of them cowered or hid.
They did it all for us.
As the poppies sprout up my feet
The sadness, and sorrow returns
From the war
Poppies sprout their core
Now let’s sit in peace, and think about war
Remembrance Day is not a fun day at all. Over 65000 people died for our freedom. The worst fighting in the war was in Belgium. Every year on November at the 11th hour at 11th day we go into the big kids’ class and do speeches like this one. After we have two minutes of silence. Always Remember the war and the soldiers.
A poppy is to remember the young men and women
who died in the war and
who fought courageously for our freedom.
For some the day to remember
this is happy because the Great War is over,
for others it is sad because war is still raging.
As this poem comes to an end
Remembrance Day draws near.
I wish war was a not a thing.
On May 24th the Hilltoppers visited our school again. This time they played some traditional Finnish music for us. As a special surprise two of our community members, Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Syrjala, came along and showed us some of the traditional dances. We all had a chance to join in the fun too!
We hope that the Hilltoppers will be able to come back and play for us again and we would love it if Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Syrjala would come and teach us to dance!
We talked about Canadian landmarks earlier this week, but the students had a hard time thinking of any. Someone thought, the Co-op might be a Canadian landmark (it may very well be a landmark in our little town, but it doesn’t quite make the list). We also had suggestions of the Taj Mahal, the Sphinx, and Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest tower). It seems we had a little work to do before we would be able to share with our friends around the world.
We started by looking at photos of famous Canadian landmarks and then read facts about each one. On Thursday, we choose the landmark that we would like to share and wrote our scripts with our partners. Next we practised, practised, and practised some more until we felt ready. After lunch we each took a turn in front of the green screen and put our video together just before we went home for the day.
Here is the video we made about Canadian landmarks:
Have you seen any of the landmarks we shared in person?
Are there other Canadian landmarks that you would have included?
Today during First Nations time we learned how to weave with cedar. We learned that the cedar strips came from the bark of the cedar tree. Claudia had to cut the pieces of bark into strips and then split them so they were thin enough. The cedar strips were soaked in water so that they would be more flexible for weaving.
We worked with a partner so that one person could hold the strips still while the other person did the weaving.
Teagan-It looks really hard, but it’s actually not that hard.
Brooklynn-It was hard to push the strips up. Lily-It was really fun and I had a great time. I thought it would be really hard because I hadn’t done it before.
Koa-After we did the weaving it looked really cool. Taegan-It didn’t really look hard, but it was hard.
May-It was very fun to do it, even though one of mine kept falling off. Jorja-I had a great time, but asked Claudia for help and found out I had 2 “unders”.
Kezra-I thought mine wouldn’t look good, but then it did.
On Friday our whole school went to Fort Rupert to take part in an Aboriginal Day celebration.
When we arrived we went into the big house for the opening ceremonies. There were a few speeches and then we got to see two special dances. We especially liked the dance where the dancers spread eagle down from their headdresses as they danced.
After the opening ceremonies we left the big house and went to try all the different activities that were set up in the community centre. We made hide bracelets, tried our hands at cedar weaving, and even got our faces painted if we wanted to. There were different stations set up all around the hall as well as some great food.
After eating lunch we went down to the beach and almost everyone went for a paddle in one of the traditional canoes. We had to take off our shoes and socks to get into the canoe. It was so much fun!
Finally, we returned to the big house and sampled some of the foods in the traditional feast before the closing ceremonies. There was salmon, crab, seaweed, oysters, ooligans, herring eggs, and even sea urchin. Once everyone had a chance to have a taste we returned to our seats for the closing dance. We all got invited to the floor to join in. It was a great way to end a fantastic day!
What was your favourite part of the Aboriginal Day celebration?
This term during First Nations studies we have been learning all about First Nations art.
We began by looking at examples of the different shapes found in First Nations art and then we practiced drawing them ourselves. We found out that it is a lot harder to draw the basic shapes than it looks! We drew ovoids, U-forms, split U-forms, and eyes. In our first art project we used the elements found in First Nations art to make abstract designs.
After lots of practice we were ready to start work on our own button blankets. Mr. Child (the District Principle of First Nations Education) told us that we could choose any design that really spoke to us or had special significance to us. We put a lot of thought into choosing the animals that would appear on our blankets.
Once we picked our animal, we drew our design on paper and then used the paper pieces as templates for cutting out the felt. We chose our colours and started sewing. Thankfully, several parents came along to help us with threading needles and finishing off buttons.
Our Button Blankets on PhotoPeach
We hope you like them!
We would like to say Gilakas’la (thank you) to Mr. Child and his daughters for visiting our school last week. We have fond memories of their last visit and were very excited to welcome them to our school again.
Mr. Child and his daughters came to teach us about button blankets and to share the many beautiful blankets that belong to his family. Mr. Child taught as about the different symbols on the blankets, how they are made, and the special stories and traditions that are attached to them.
After lunch we all went down to the gym and got to learn more about the blankets, masks, and drums that Mr. Child brought with him. We got to pass the masks, drums, and regalia around for each student to touch. Mr. Child also told us some amazing stories that went with the masks he brought over. We especially liked the stories about Tsonokwa (Dzoo-noo-kwa), the Wild Woman of the Woods.
To wrap up a wonderful afternoon Mr. Child played one of his drums and sang a special thank you song for us. Then we all danced two dances together in a circle.
What an amazing day! Here are a few of our favourite parts:
Bradley-I like the button blankets and the masks.
Lily-I liked it when we were dancing around in the circle.
Sharon-When we were talking about carving it reminded me of my dad doing frog carvings.
Karin-I got to be partners with one of Caleb’s daughters, named Mariah.
Kennedy-At lunch, Natalya and Kiara told me about the dance we did.
Ana-At lunch I was showing the girls around the forest.
Jacob-I loved the button blankets. They were so cool. The button blanket with the eagle done in sequins was my favourite.
Solomon-I liked the story that Mr. Child told about the Tsonokwa (Dzoo-noo-kwa), the Wild Woman of the Woods.
Gwen-I liked how the blankets were all designed with the buttons and I liked the masks.
Sophie-I am part aboriginal, but I didn’t understand most of the kwakwala.
Quang-I liked the rattles because they have nice pictures on them.
We hope that Mr. Child, Mariah, Natalya, and Kiara will come back again soon!
This post is long overdue, but things have been very busy in our classroom and Mrs. Watson was away a lot last week.
On February 26, when we invited some special guests into our classroom, we had a chance to Skype with our friends in Mrs. Yollis’ class in California. We got to know Mrs. Yollis and her students during the Our World, Our Stories project that we were both a part of in the fall. We were very excited to have a chance to connect with them again and to learn a little more about the United States and how it compares to Canada.
Before the call we spent time researching facts we could share and figuring out the different jobs we would have during the call. Here are some of our jobs: Greeters-Lily and Jacob Back Channel Recorders– Sophie and Kennedy Note Taker– Karin (Good to have someone doing it the old fashioned way with pencil and paper just in case Photographer-Trista Videographer-Sharon Fact Sharers– Karin, Mia, Sophie, Ana, Kennedy, and Quang
We opened the call by singing our verses of, Make New Friends, the song the classes involved in Our World, Our Stories sang as part of our final celebration. Here is a video of the whole song!
Next we shared information about our countries. Take a look at the cool facts we shared about Canada and how we compare to our friends in the United States: Sohpie shared that Canada has an area of 9,984,670 square kilometres and Mia shared that America has an area of 9,826,675 square kilometres.
Karin shared that the population of Canada is 34,108,752.Even though we are a larger country than the United States, Trey shared that their population is approximately 313,000,000. Wow!
Quang shared that Canada is divided up into 10 provinces and Territories.Parsa explained that the United States is also divided up, but into 50 states.
Ana showed the picture she drew of our Canadian flag and explained that red and white are our colours and that the maple leaf is our emblem.Leila showed us the American flag and told us what the symbols on their flag stand for.
Kennedy shared that Canada has two national animals, the beaver and the Canadian horse.We found out from Madison that the bald eagle is America’s national bird (You can see a great clip of Madison demonstrating the bald eagle’s wingspan in the video from our Skype call below).
Mia shared a fun fact about Canada with our friends: Canadians eat more mac and cheese than any other country in the world.Matthew and Aidan told us about the highest and lowest points in North America, which both happen to be in the United States.
Here is a great video of some of the highlights of our Skype call. Great job, Sharon!
A huge thank you to Mrs. Yollis and her students for helping us to learn more about the United States. We also want to thank our friends for being so patient with our poor Internet connection that day. Heavy rain and snow were to blame for the trouble, but we still managed to have a wonderful time together. We hope that we can Skype with you again this year!
What was your favourite part of our Skype call? Have you ever visited the United States before?
Today we traveled to Fort Rupert to Celebrate National Aboriginal Day. We were treated to a day of sharing, dancing, singing, crafting, traditional foods, and fun.
The students enjoyed taking part in dances and watching a traditional salmon BBQ demonstration and Traditional Foods Fear Factor game in the Bighouse. We also had a great time participating in activities and workshops in the U’gwamalis Hall. The students could choose from activities like cedar weaving, hide bracelet making, arts and crafts, and healthy recipe tasting.
We are very thankful that we were invited to participate in such a wonderful celebration!