Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Aboriginal Thanksgiving Celebration Day!

Ms. Meehan and Ms. Marra's grade 3 classes celebrated HARVEST this passed Thursday.
After exploring the lives of Aboriginal people living in Canada, we decided to spend a full day as though we were Aboriginal Canadians!

Here is a summary of some of the things we did!

- We enjoyed traditional "storytelling" from the "elders" in our community. These stories were tales that taught us about life.
Friar D. even visited our classes to tell us stories that he has learned through his life. We noticed that our lives at school are similar to the Aboriginal way of life because "elders" continue to tell us stories that teach us important life lessons! I guess we're not that different after all...

- We continued our art projects today too! We used our natural products from our environment to develop our Aboriginal art pieces with creative textures and colours. We were inspired by real Canadian Aboriginal artists' paintings; the colours and themes were carefully used in our art pieces.

The sun was such an important part of Aboriginal living.
Developing our ideas in our art notebooks first, before adding it to our masterpiece!
We listened to the traditional Aboriginal drumming while we designed an artistic Aboriginal symbol.
Birchbark canoe!
Using warm and cool colours throughout our art pieces.
We used blending and our knowledge of Primary and Secondary colours to create new shades!

- We participated in an Aboriginal drama activity where we danced to authentic Aboriginal drumming and singing. We allowed our bodies to move freely to the sounds of the drums and voices. It was such a fun activity! We also created our own percussion sounds using noise makers from a basketball game. 

- After learning about the staple foods that were eaten by the Aboriginal people, we said a prayer of thanks and enjoyed a harvest feast together as one community. The day before our feast, we joined together to learn about the different types of squash. We even cut the squash together and each student was able to remove the seeds to prepare for the cooking the following day. Ms. Meehan and Ms. Marra then cooked the prepared squash and we all had a part in preparing our food.

We compared the types of squash by looking at the similarities and differences!

We got to try: freshly made butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, corn, green beans, wild rice, and "rabbit". It was delicious! We are going to continue comparing our lives to that of the original people and settlers of Canada.

We are also learning about the nutritional value of such foods and the ways in which the crops are and were grown (then and now). 

Aboriginal Harvest (Thanksgiving) Feast

We sat in a community circle to discuss our meal and then began with a prayer.

We used wooden sticks to eat which helped us imagine how different (or similar) it might be from utensils we use at home.

We continue to compare our lives to those of the Aboriginal Canadians.

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