This week our focus was on how people moved west to settle and populate Alberta from the east coast of Canada as well as from many European cities. We looked at how the railway being built significantly impacted how people moved to Alberta and changed the way people traveled. Students learned that the immigration department of Canada, CN and CP rail as well as rich, business owners were all influential in bringing people to Alberta. We watched a video on people stalled Grande Prairie by taking a treacherous route starting in Edson. Students learned how difficult it was to travel from place to place by horse and wagon. We also looked at many different forms of media like posters, booklets, pamphlets and newspaper articles that were created and sent overseas encouraging people to immigrate to Alberta. Students then began designing their own immigration poster in their creative journals. Their posers must be from the years 1880-1920 and must include pictures as well as words, sentences or phrases. We also talked about how advertising uses specific tactics to attract people to buy their product or pay attention to what they are saying by using things like colour, specific word choice and positive imagery. Below are some pictures of some rough copies.
On Friday, we had our second school wide design challenge day! This is a whole school initiative to get students to think creatively, solve problems and collaborate with others. Our challenge this time was for students to create an item you would find at a carnival that would be suitable for critters to use aka "The Critter Carnival!" Below are some pictures of their creations!
This week students finished two assignments they had on the go. On Monday, they worked on finishing writing their "I am" poem in their creative journals and illustrating the poem with images or a picture. That assignment was due on Wednesday, April 11. Rubrics will go home today. Students also had 4 periods to type up their value wheel writing related to the Metis and their values that we were learning about just before Spring Break. These paragraphs were due today, Friday, April 13.
Ms. Reynolds also taught about the British influence in Alberta as both the French and British were very influential in developing our country and provinces. She mentioned how the British set up the protestant or public schools as well as their role in government, the lieutenant governor, and keeping the peace.
Next week we will be looking at some mavericks of Alberta.
On Tuesday, students shared something with the class about their Spring Break and we focused on asking others questions. Good questions show that you are interested, engaged and that you are listening to the person who is speaking. We talked about what makes a good question, trying to get information that wasn't given and that relates to the main thing they told. Next, students wrote in their journals about their break. Our goal for writing is 12-15 sentences in 45 minutes or less.
Ms. Reynolds, our student teacher, taught about the French influence in Alberta and how francophone settlers, like the grey nuns and missionaries, created schools and hospitals. She even talked about some French settlements like St. Albert, where I am from, and some influential French people like Father Lacombe. On Thursday, students wrote poems about themselves focusing on where they are from and who they are that they will continue next week.