Over the next several weeks, students will be creating their own creation story based off Aboriginal oral traditions. We had a big literacy focus this week! We listened to three creation stories this week: How the Turtle Got its Shell, How the Fox Got Crossed Legs and How the Loon Got Its Necklace which demonstrated what a creation story is. Students also completed a reading comprehension entitled "Mistakes of Old Man" that was also an example of a creation story. We listened and read a few other Aboriginal stories and continued to talk about Aboriginal culture and traditions. Next week is only a 3 day week due to Teacher's Convention, but students will continue to work on their stories.
Due to so many students being away on Thursday because of the huge amount of snow we got, we combined 4B and 4D and worked together as a class on some snow related activities. We learned about Wilson Bentley, whose birthday was today in 1865, who devoted his life to photographing single snowflakes. We learned about his life and then students made their own snowflakes out of coffee filters. They also did a snow themed math problem and a science design challenge.
On Friday, the whole school participated in a design challenge. Each grade had their own unique challenge created by that grade's teachers, but all students in the grade did the same challenge. The Grade 4 challenge was to create a device to move a person who broke their leg, in a hot air balloon accident, 2km down a mountain. They were given a variety of materials to create a device. Using their science knowledge of wheels and axles, many were able to come up with something that would successfully transport a person to safety!