My students have been beyond excited to learn about the first Canadian Explorers, especially the stories, the risk and the adventure. I came upon this book, called Northwest... READ MORE
Our family enjoyed an excursion to the historical site at Fort Langley. They had many hands-on activities to teach about the past, such as barrel-making and blacksmith work.The kids loved the gold-panning too, because... READ MORE
My students have been beyond excited to learn about the first Canadian Explorers, especially the stories, the risk and the adventure. I came upon this book, called Northwest Passage, written and illustrated by Stan Rogers. The students were so intrigued by the voyages of John Franklin, including the extreme conditions and mysterious disappearances. The book has such powerfully painted illustrations which inspired us to paint as well.
The project took a total of three lessons. The students started by painting the background with cool colours, after observing the colours and brush strokes in the artwork of the book.
Next lesson, after the paint had dried, the students did practice ships and sea animals, by looking closely at examples from the book. When they had a picture that they liked best, they drew it with pencil on their paintings, then outlined with sharpie.
When finished, they used brown and white paint mostly to add colour to their ships.
To finish it off, if they wished, the students used glue to add blue sparkles to their oceans.
They look fantastic on display and the students are proud of their work!
A great lesson that I would recommend trying!
Over the holidays, I get time to enjoy the things I love the most:
To name a few; running and hiking in nature,
trips to the library to take out many books,
time spent with family,
goofing off with friends,
and time to enjoy peacefulness, thankfulness,
Also, time to meditate on the mystery of God’s unconditional love for us: “…I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savoir has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12.
Hope you find time to do the things you love the most this holiday season.
Our family enjoyed an excursion to the historical site at Fort Langley. They had many hands-on activities to teach about the past, such as barrel-making and blacksmith work.The kids loved the gold-panning too, because they actually found some “nuggets” of gold.
Our grade 4/5 class has been studying biomes and we used this 3-D diorama idea to create mini biomes. The students used a variety of materials, including beads, Plasticine and lots of paper to create their biomes. Before we started this project, we did a lot of research on the features and inhabitants of each biome. Some of the biomes included:
The students were thrilled with their work and enjoyed the project.
I was so disappointed to run out of time for autumn leaf prints this year, that I had the idea to do a winter version.
We have been studying coniferous trees, so we practised using a cedar branch to make beautiful prints on white paper.
Miranda collected the husks and ran to get her I Can Make That book. Within a few minutes she had created this adorable corn-husk doll by bending a husk around some “corn silk” for the hair. Then she tied wool around the neck, waist and you could separate the bottom to make legs (our husk was a bit short for that). The arms were made by sliding in a second husk and tying wool around the arms.
Miranda painted on a face, and enjoyed her cute little corn husk doll. I think if she had a blog, she would have posted this herself!
Hope you are enjoying the last few days of September!
We spent Remembrance Day doing my two favourite things. A run, and a fall hike on our favourite trail, Admiralty Point. This time we went all the way to Burns Point. A tremendous day.