2B created their own virtual museums this past week using our borrowed artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum! We learned so much about Inuit traditions, ways of life, and history from these artifacts, and the students became real experts with lots of knowledge about these Inuit artifacts. You can check out your child's virtual museum on Seesaw!
As we've been learning about Ukrainian, Acadian, and Inuit traditions, we read folk tales from these cultures in in Social Studies. Many of the stories were pourquoi-style stories that explained why something became the way it is today (such as why moles avoid light like in the story below). The students wrote their own traditional origin stories, and showed great reflection in using the traits of the folk tales we had read. You can read some of the students' folk tales in the slideshows posted in this post!
In our first unit in Social Studies, we learned about the land in the communities of Iqaluit in Nunavut, Meteghan in Nova Scotia, and Saskatoon in Saskatchewan. We will now revisit the communities and focus on people and culture in those communities—the Inuit, the Acadians, and the Ukrainians. Through stories, activities and research, we will:
Your child will be better able to make connections with material presented in class if he or she has experiences and knowledge to draw on. Here is how you can help:
We invite you to share your cultural background with us. Would you be willing to come to class and share some information? Do you have any materials you could lend us?
Here are some specifics of what we are looking for:
Traditions—Are there any traditions, celebrations, special foods or recipes, special games or objects you could show or talk about?
Language—Is there another language spoken in your home? Perhaps you and your child could share some simple words or books in that language with the class.
Music or Art—Do you have any music or art that reflects your culture? Can you show us any traditional clothing?
You can watch the video above to see a glimpse of the lovely people in Iqaluit!
We've been learning about different Canadian communities in the past in Social Studies, and this week our class has been focusing on the growth of Saskatoon after the railroad from Eastern Canada reached it. We talked about the pioneering families who came to Canada and then made the trek to Saskatoon, and how Canada advertised for people to come settle more of the land there. You can see the students' pretend historical ads to encourage people to travel to Saskatoon, and their representations of life in Saskatoon in the past from Makerspaces!
The staff and parents at Millgrove's Remembrance Day Ceremony yesterday were so proud of the students' respectful behaviour. They truly brought pride to Millgrove School! We were privileged to have many special guests at our school yesterday, and the students learned a lot and reflected thoughtfully on the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers and veterans, and the value of peace. We read books about veterans and peace in class this week, and the students wrote their own pieces of writing about peace which you can see below and on Seesaw!
Our classmate Aiden is one of our Saskatoon experts in 2B as we learn about prairie communities in Canada this year. Last weekend he was in Saskatoon, and his family very thoughtfully brought back some Saskatoon jam for us! The students loved learning more about the berry that Saskatoon gets its name from, and even moreso loved the tasty treat from Aiden's family!
We have begun a new unit in Social Studies in 2B about life in three communities in Canada. One purpose of this unit is to help your child appreciate the diversity and vastness of Canada’s land and peoples. The specific communities we will study are:
Students will learn about the weather, geography, language, history, daily life, and economy of these three Canadian communities. There will also be opportunities to make connections to Alberta and Spruce Grove.
You are invited to be part of our unit in a variety of ways, for example:
The students already have a sense of the geographic and weather differences between the communities, and are becoming experts at the communities where Zenia (Saskatoon), Kenojouak (Iqaluit), and Jean-Louis (Meteghan) hail from. We’re looking forward to an exciting unit!
What a great first day! It was a pleasure to meet all the lovely new students of 2B, and to get to know them today. I can tell it's going to be a great year with this group of children (in my very favourite grade, grade two)! Millgrove kicked of the year with the privilege of watching some very special First Nations dancing and storytelling in our first assembly, and it was a great beginning of the year for 2B since we will be learning more about Aboriginal people in Canada and their importance in our nation's culture and history over the course of the year. I can't wait to see what Day 2 of our school year has in store!
As we are wrapping up our learning about communities and cultures in Canada, the students made board games to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday! Much like Edmontonopoly, these board games were designed to reflect the culture, land, and unique characteristics of Canada. The students included all sorts of important and interesting facts about our country. We had a board game party where we got to play each other’s games, and the class had a blast admiring each other’s creativity and celebrating their learning in Social Studies this year.
Mrs. Barker is a grade two teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her kids Jack and Ellie.