Welcome to the 33rd week of school at NCS!
My apologies for the late posting - it didn't upload on Friday and I didn't realize it!
It's been another busy week here in grade 4! This week, students had a special experience with an "artist in residence" - we made "Pysanky Eggs!" This is a cultural tradition from Ukrainian people. It tied in really well to our unit in social studies, as we are currently learning about settlers that came to Canada and Alberta. In the late 1800's and early 1900's immigration from across the world to Alberta was occurring! This was mainly due to the offers of free farming land that the government of Canada was offering people if they moved to western Canada. We learned that this promise of free land was advertised around the world. Many Ukrainian settlers chose Alberta as their new homes, and brought with them, many cultural items and traditions. We were very excited to learn how it was done! Please see a few photos below! Some are during the process, and some are of the completed eggs, which were returned today (Monday) so I included them.
As mentioned, this week we took a look at how settlement in the "west" occurred. We learned that the railway played a big role, as well as, HOW advertisements happened/ how the word was spread that Canada was offering free land to farmers out west. We learned about some of the cultural/religious groups that moved to Alberta, some of the inventions that they brought with them (e.g., irrigation systems for farming), and lots more! Students have been engaging in several discussions that we've had, read various information and accounts of people who moved to Alberta in this time period, continued to practice note taking, and more! We've been able to look at maps and pictures to help us make sense of how life was like back then.
Additionally, we've looked at several advertisements that the government of Canada used to attract settlers to the west. We learned that some were able to be printed in colour, which helped to catch the eye of people. We also learned that they were printed in different languages too, to help inform potential settlers of what life was like! We practiced analyzing a poster, and worked on learning about effective forms of media. We looked at several old immigration posters. Then, students had a chance to create their own posters! They used lots of information that we've learned about in order to complete this project! Please see below for in-progress and completed posters!
-No School on Friday, May 18th or Monday May 21st - enjoy the long weekend!
-Bike Safety! If your child is biking to school, please have them wear a helmet!
-Thank you to everyone who donated to the "Calgary Reads" program!
-The triathlon registration is full.
-Next week is Mental Health and Wellness Week. We have a few activities going on at NSC. Please read below for details.
-Monday, May 14th - Hats on for Mental Health
-Tuesday, May 15th we will be having a dance/activity afternoon. Tickets are 2 dollars for the dance.
-Wednesday May 16th - Mindfulness and Wellness Wednesday (more info to come)
-Thursday May 17th - PJ Day
Have a great weekend!