This week in Social Studies we learned about services and culture in Peru, and celebrated our own Carnavale inspired by Peruvians celebrations! The students especially enjoyed learning about the yunza tree tradition, and we had fun spraying water and listening to Peruvian music. You can watch an example of a yunza tree celebration below (we engaged in a less dangerous version in our class)!
We had a great time learning about Lunar New Year this week! We learned from books and some online research about this special holiday, and the students were especially interested to learn about their Chinese Zodiac sign and learn how to do some Chinese calligraphy. Our class learned about the history of the Lunar New Year celebrations, and we got to partake in the celebrations with our own Hongbao (red envelopes) and special New Year candy. Happy Year of the Ox! Gong hei fat choy!
This month in Social Studies we’ll be learning about the country of Peru! Peru is the third largest country in South America, and the class will get to learn about the Amazon rain forest, Machu Picchu, llamas, the Inca, and lots more about the culture and land in Peru. 3B is gradually becoming a class of full-fledged global citizens!
This week we learned about Asian elephants in India and how they are a part of the Indian landscape and culture, along with some problems with their survival. Today we made art inspired by elephants and how they were traditionally decorated in Indian culture. The students did some lovely work--you can see your child's elephant art piece on Seesaw, and watch the videos below to learn more about elephants (the second video isn't from India, but it's too amusing not to share).
We’ve spent a lot of time this month researching and digging deeper into our learning about India! The students have really enjoyed learning about Indian culture and ways of life, and have been particularly intrigued by traditional games of India (we have many students who have ambitions to try bull surfing if they ever travel to India one day). The class put their knowledge to work as they planned their very own markets that incorporated Indian traditions, goods, services, and resources.
Today we celebrated Ukrainian Christmas in 3B! We pretended to wait to eat lunch until we saw the first star outside (as some Ukrainians would do to remember the wise men following the star), and learned how to say Merry Christmas in Ukrainian (Veseloho Rizvda or Веселого Різдва). We decorated our classroom with a Didukh that symbolises the large wheat fields in Ukraine and means 'grandfather spirit' to signify people's ancestors being with them in their memories. The students went caroling like many Ukrainians do (singing “'Koliadky”), and we listened to the famous Ukrainian carol “Schedryk” (it has the same melody as “Carol of the Bells”).
We set up our own class nativity scene like Ukrainian families would often do, and made our own spider web decorations like Ukrainian children sometimes make to decorate their houses at Christmas. We read the beautiful book The Christmas Spider’s Miracle to learn about why spiders are so important to some Ukrainian people at Christmas and why there are often spider decorations on their Christmas trees. Finally, we drank some apple juice to pretend we were having uzvar, which is a national Ukrainian beverage, cooked with dried fruits and berries.
In Social Studies this month, we began a new unit on the country of India! With 1.3 billion people, India has so much for us to learn about. We’ve been talking a lot about the geography, climate, wildlife and resources of India, and are looking forward to learning more about India’s languages, customs, traditions, and celebrations. You can click on this link to see some of the places we’ve explored in India, and watch the videos to learn more about this amazing country!
We're learning about empathy this month at Millgrove, and some of the tangible ways we've put our empathy into practice included contributing to our school's giving tree to provide warm clothes to families in need, donating toys and gift cards to the Christmas hampers, and writing cards to seniors in our community. You can watch a couple of the videos below for more thoughts on empathy!
This week in Social Studies we are working on researching international organizations and their role in the context of our global community. Global citizenship includes working to make our world a better place. There are many international organizations that work towards this goal in different ways. Some organizations focus on human rights, children, our environment, wildlife, and more. The students are working in groups to create a presentation about an international organization, and their work so far has been informative, thoughtful, and entertaining!
In Social Studies, we have been continuing to talk about four countries from unique regions of the world:
Mrs. Barker is a grade three 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.