February 11

First Nations Resource for Social Emotional Learning

In her book Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, author Danielle Daniel explains the importance of totem animals in Anishinaabe culture and how they can act as animal guides for children seeking to understand themselves and others.

This little book is great resource for exploring SEL. We made connections using Coast Salish designs for our follow-up activity and students made the link between the animals, the text and identifying their own varying emotions, strengths and feelings.

Gr. 3 discussions and art took two 40 minute periods inc. book exchanges.

After exploring Coast Salish mask art, students used their own creativity to complete the activity. We also took the opportunity to use ‘fancy frames’ to offer students a little recognition. Remaining masks were displayed in the hall.

 

 

Category: First Nations themes and Resources, Social Emotional Learning | Comments Off on First Nations Resource for Social Emotional Learning
February 4

How to Build Community

We have been focusing on building and respecting our school community through creative and MakerEd co-operative projects. Three classes worked as a team to create some fantastic wall art based on Eric Carle’s ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

Some classes are helping each other to figure out how to make clothing for their Mighty Girls and others are working together to make First Nations cedar boxes.

Read on for: Love Wall, Todd Parr art, We Are All Linked and Love Hearts bulletin boards Continue reading

Category: First Nations themes and Resources, Makers and Makerspaces | Comments Off on How to Build Community
January 27

Alternative Eiffel, Cedar Boxes, Mighty Girls

Figuring out a building plan

Vanier students are Makers. After creating designs last week, students came up with a construction plan and worked cooperatively to build their own interpretations of the Eiffel Tower. They figured out that communication is the most important thing when working together.

Continue reading

Category: Digital Makers, First Nations themes and Resources, Makers and Makerspaces, Mighty Girls | Comments Off on Alternative Eiffel, Cedar Boxes, Mighty Girls
November 19

Aboriginal Workshops

The Learning Commons has recently hosted three workshops on Aboriginal culture. Students learned about Aboriginal Art, Trading and Storytelling. Students blogged their responses to the workshops and shared their learning on-line.

Students enjoying Aboriginal stories

Students learned some of the difficulties in trading beads without a common language.

 

Category: First Nations themes and Resources | Comments Off on Aboriginal Workshops