We continued to discuss the culture of the Métis people this week. On Monday, we read 2 books that had information on their language, history, food, shelter, clothing and art. We also learned about the very important Métis sash that was used for many different purposes like a rope, to hold first aid items, a wash cloth and belt. The sash is a predominate symbol of Métis culture. On Tuesday, we learned about Louis Riel, a Métis Canadian hero who sacrificed his life for equal rights for the Métis people. We also looked at how Canada's provinces have changed since 1867, listened to a song in Michif (the Métis language) and watched a red river jig,
On Wednesday we read the Métis version of "The Giving Tree." This is a story about Métis values and an old tree with a large hollow in it. Families would stop at the tree when traveling between villages and if they needed anything, they could look in the tree to see if it was there. If you took something from the tree, you always had to offer something back. This story highlighted the Métis values of honesty, kindness, love and sharing. We went on to learn about many other values the Metis highly regard in their daily lives including tolerance, Mother Earth, patience, strength, courage and the most important and center of their values is The Creator.
Students started working on a written piece about their values. Their writing should be in complete sentences, paragraph format and must answer all of the following questions:
- What is a value? What is a value wheel?
- What values are important to you (choose a minimum of 4). Explain each value.
- How do you show/demonstrate each value in your life (give specific examples of what you do)
- What do the Métis value? Explain.
- How are your values similar and different from the Metis values?(Explain, don't just list)
- Why do we teach values?
- What would happen if no one valued anything?
Students worked on this writing on Wednesday and Thursday and the rough copy is due Monday. On Monday, students will begin creating their own art piece of a value wheel.
All students received a study guide on Tuesday for their People of Alberta quiz that will be Wednesday, March 21. There is no school on Thursday, March 22 or Friday, March 23 due to Parent Teacher Interviews.