We Are Connected!

This week we started to explore the idea of a global economy as part of our Social Studies curriculum. We know the difference between goods and services. We also know what resources, technology, and imports and exports are. 

To explore this further, students were asked to look for goods at home that originated in other countries. Many students were surprised how easy this task was! Once our list of “imports” was complete, we used our Chromebooks, and Google maps to plot where our objects had come from.

Here is an example from Jamie. Her map is very similar to most of the other maps that were created in our class. (Please use the scroll bars to explore it.)

Grade 3’s did you notice anything about where your objects came from? Were most of your objects from the western or eastern hemisphere? Did you find that you had some countries more than others on your list? What can we learn from this?

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Together is Better

One of our favorite things to do with our Chromebooks is to collaborate. “Collaborating”  means working together to help each other learn and create.

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These students are working together to research the environment of India. They are creating a table together to record their information.

Grade 3’s, why do you like to collaborate with your classmates? What are some of the other ways  that you like to use your Chromebook to work together?

Happy Easter!

We all know that Ukraine is having some difficult times. This week, with Easter on it’s way, our class focused on the positive and spent some time learning about traditional Ukrainian pysanky. Next, we decorated some eggs with a mixture of traditional Ukrainian symbols, and our own creative designs. Here are a few of our creations!

 

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Happy Easter!

C.A.R.E. Presentation

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Today our class was fortunate to have a visit from Jan Underwood from C.A.R.E. (Central Alberta Refugee Effort). Jan talked to us about life in India. During her presentation, Jan showed us a PowerPoint, then she had some artifacts for us to see. She even brought some clothes for a few lucky volunteers to try on. We really enjoyed her presentation!

Grade 3’s, what did you learn from Jan? What was your favorite part of the presentation?

Peruvian Textile Weaving

Our class has learned about Peruvian textile weaving as part of our Social Studies curriculum. This traditional art form may have originated with the Incas, and has been passed down from generation to generation in the high mountain villages of Peru. We have learned from www.incas.org that “In places like the mountain community of Chinchero, most girls and some boys learn to weave at six or seven years old. From an early age they have fun playing with their mothers’ spindle and yarns, and experimenting on their own until they learn to spin fine yarn. Then they start weaving narrow ribbons called jakimas (pronounced “hakimas”). Often older sisters, brothers or adults help the children learn to make their first narrow backstrap “looms” starting with twenty or thirty threads.”

One thing is for certain. We now know that weaving is not only fun, but it also takes a great deal of skill, and stamina.  Check out our finished projects!

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Ukrainian Christmas Spiders

In Social Studies, we are continuing to look at traditions and celebrations in our 4 countries of focus. Today, we discovered that in Ukraine, the spider can bring to mind thoughts of good luck, especially around the Christmas season! We spent some time reading the legend of the Christmas Spider, and then we had a chance to create some of our own special Christmas spider decorations.

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Grade 3’s, you did a fantastic job. I hope these decorations bring a wealth of good luck to your homes as well!

Taking a Close Look at Canadian Culture

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In Social Studies, we have recently turned our attention to the idea of “culture.” This is a BIG idea for a Grade 3 student!  So, before we can really examine the cultures of faraway places like Peru, Tunisia, India and Ukraine, we decided it was important to spend a little time exploring the idea of Canadian culture.   To do this we used our new Chromebooks and an app called “MindMup” to create a visual representation of what Canadian culture means to each of us. As you can see, we had some similarities in our thinking AND some differences!

Grade 3’s, you did a fantastic job thinking about Canadian culture, and creating your webs! I am very excited for the unit ahead, but I’m curious, which of our four countries’ cultures are you most excited to learn about? Why?

New Friends From Around the World

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Today was an exciting day in Social Studies.  We were “introduced” to some new friends in our textbook.  They are from the countries of Ukraine, India, Peru and Tunisia, as these countries will be the focus of our Social Studies curriculum this year.  We know that our new friends speak different languages, have different cultures, and that they live in countries that are VERY far away. Naturally we started wondering…Do YOU know anyone who has ever been to any of these countries? Please post a comment and tell us about it if you do!

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Right to a Healthy Life

In Social Studies we have been learning about the relationship between rights and responsibilities. We know that rights are things everyone should have. Responsibilities are things everyone should doWe also know that the United Nations created the “Convention on the Rights of the Child” to help protect the rights of children everywhere.

Last week we learned that everyone has the right to a healthy life. Here are some webs that we created to show what some of our responsibilities related to this are.

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What things do you do to make sure that you are healthy? Why might it sometimes be harder for children in other countries to stay as healthy as you?

An Eggstraordinary Day

This afternoon we welcomed the first day of spring today by decorating eggs for Easter!

We have been learning about Ukrainian “pysanky” which are also known as Ukrainian Easter eggs as part of our Social Studies curriculum. Ukrainian Easter eggs are very symbolic, and they are traditionally decorated using a wax-resist method. Today we tried using a “sharpie” resist method with great results. Most of the eggs we decorated were hard boiled, but we even tried our hand at “blowing” an egg!

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Grade 3’s, what was your favorite thing about egg decorating? Did you find anything challenging? Do you plan to decorate any eggs at home? Did you enjoy your afternoon?