Food for Thought

To end this amazing year the students have participated in learning activities that connect to Social Studies and Science in both grades: air, water, soil, plants, celebrations and traditions, communities around the world, urban and rural communities and early settlers. These connections are centered around food. Through a grant I was able to purchase local organic farm produce, fresh Ontario strawberries, seeds and soil, as well as several books.

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We’ve been~

~exploring area and perimeter with grid paper and geoboards  (play with an online geoboard here)
~using Cuisenaire rods to create fractions (click here for online Cuisenaire rods)
~connecting and deepening our knowledge of fractions by investigating flags from around the world 
~creating art with a metre of string
~investigating liquids via The Liquid Race (grade 2 science)
~comparing the distance a car travels on various surfaces to understand friction, click here for a virtual version of our experiment and a quiz (grade 3 science)
~baking molasses cookies for our upcoming Early Settler/Celebrations & Traditions Day

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Early Settler Artifacts and Stories

On Friday we were lucky to once again welcome a volunteer from the United Empire Loyalists’ Association. Pat Blackburn arrived in full pioneer dress accompanied by numerous artifacts to help the grade 3 students deepen their understanding of pioneer life in Upper Canada. The boys and girls were engaged by Pat’s stories as well as the opportunity for hands-on exploration of the many tools, clothing items and toys that were available. Click on an individual picture for a larger image.


Early Settlers Era Day

Below are some excerpts taken from students’ reflections on our Early Settlers Era Day. Some students also requested the cornbread recipe so they could teach their family how to make it. You can find it here. This post wraps up with a slideshow of some of the activities. Enjoy!

My favourite part of the Early Settlers Day was when we ate like the early settlers. (Andrew)
My favourite part was when I poured the baking powder in the bowl. (Jacob)
It was fun to make the cornbread and butter. (Sohrab)
Everyone ate and tried to follow the early settler rules like NO eating until everyone is sitting down. (Chanelle)
It was so fun because we helped peel the carrots and potatoes, we also made the cornbread. (Kudzwai)
We didn’t do everything like early settlers but we did play Post Office in the gym. (Omare)
My favourite part was all the food because there was turkey, cornbread, potatoes, carrots and stuffing. (Brodie)
We shook cream to make butter. Each child shook 2 bottles for 1 minute. (Sarah)
After we ate we played a game called Post Office which is like Duck, Duck, Goose then we came back and played charades. (Jeremy)
Yesterday the grade 3’s had a feast like the pioneers. I said almost because the pioneers weren’t allowed to talk while they were eating. (Riley)
I like the rule no elbows on the table. (Mojtaba)
I liked how everyone helped to make the food like cornbread, potatoes and carrots. (Hajar)
It was like our early settler family. (Fozia)
I got to peel a carrot and I made it look like me. It was funny when I looked at my carrot. It looked like a monster not me. (Samra)
We needed to shake the whip cream in the jar to make butter. It was fun shaking the jar but it was really tiring. (Maylie)
Yesterday my favourite part of the day was when we got to eat because we helped make some of the food. (Ahmad)
I liked the part when everyone shook the butter in the jar. Then Ms. Duemm put the cornbread on the stove. (Fatimah)

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Early Settlers Presentation

We were very lucky to have a visit from Mrs. Nicholson. Her ancestors were part of the many early settlers who found their new home in Upper Canada. Mrs. Nicholson gave an engaging presentation, highlighted by the dozens of artifacts that made the 1800’s come to life in our library. Thanks to the United Empire Loyalists, this program is provided free to grade 3 and 7 classes. I was also extremely proud of her comments that the students had great questions and answers during the program and wonderful behaviour. Enjoy the pictures!

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