On Monday Grade 4's had their quiz on fossils. All quizzes have been marked and returned for you to take a look at. On Tuesday, we began discussions around the indigenous population that lives in Alberta and the things that students already know about these people. We talked about the special tradition of storytelling and how Aboriginal people use oral stories to tell about their culture, values, beliefs and history. We listened to a story called "Nokum is my Teacher" by the famous Aboriginal author, David Bouchard and students wrote about different ways information and stories can be passed on. Students were able to come up with 10 different ways stories can be told including: singing, drumming, dancing, through books and orally! On Friday, Grade 4's learned about the famous artist, Norval Morisseau and created a drawing in his style. All students have been asked to find out about their family history over the weekend and share a story orally with the class. The letter that was sent home on Wednesday is in the link below. I am excited to hear students' stories on Monday!
Next week, I will be away at a teaching conference starting on Tuesday so the blog will not be updated next week. Students will be working on a research project about the 6 Aboriginal groups that live in the 6 regions of Alberta and have made their homes here. They will be asked to find out where in Alberta each group lives, the language they speak and some facts about each group. Students will then be using the information to create a symbol to represent each group that they will display in their creative journals.
Welcome back to school! I hope everyone kept warm and had a restful winter break! Students did lots of work on fossils this week. We watched two videos on fossil formation and what can be learned from fossils, like a dinosaurs age, students completed two reading comprehensions and we talked about different viewpoints on who should be allowed to own and keep fossils. Each viewpoint was presented and was discussed in small groups. Students need to state whether they agreed or disagreed with each viewpoint and give a detailed reason why they thought that. We worked on summarizing the viewpoints and writing in complete sentences which many found difficult. The viewpoints are listed below. Grade 4's will have a quiz on fossils and paleontology on Monday, January 15. Here is the study guide that was sent home on Monday: