Year End Reflections and Advice For the NEW Grade Threes!

The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others. 

~Author Unknown

It is HARD to believe that it is the END of the school year. NONE of us knows where the time has gone … it has simple VANISHED into THIN air! What an AMAZING year of learning we have had together.

This post is our FINAL post for the year. It is full of our PERSONAL reflections and maybe a LITTLE advice for the NEW Grade Threes who will arrive in September. Don’t kid yourself. September seems like SUCH a long time away. TRUST us … we know a thing or TWO about how time CAN fly. Actually, it MIGHT even have WINGS!

This brings back HAPPIER memories ... when Pippin and Ace were FIRST born at the Delta eagle nest.

This brings back HAPPIER memories … when Pippin and Ace were FIRST born at the Delta eagle nest.

“I think, for the final blog post, it should be about giving tips or advice for next year’s grade threes because we could give them advice or tips that they might need for grade three. I think that the next year’s grade threes would enjoy watching the eagle cams and the owl cams too if they get lucky enough. I hope that the next year’s grade threes enjoy grade three!” ~Fahad

“One tip for the next year’s grade threes is to scare Mrs. Renton by putting snakes on her chair! We are just about to have a Celebration of Learning. One app for the next year’s grade threes is: you should try Stikbot. It’s awesome. Go to #Stikbot. Ask Mrs. Renton if you will make marionettes. When you come in she will ask you to share your treasures. When I shared mine it was fun. I like iMovie because I think it helps me learn! I should probably start wrapping it up. I hope that you will have fun in Grade Three. Mrs. Renton is a funny, good teacher!’ ~Cooper

It's hard to believe that THIS is what our finished marionettes first looked like!

It’s hard to believe that THIS is what our finished marionettes first looked like!

“My tips for nest year’s grade threes are that you should take care of your mealworms because they could get sick. My favourite thing we have done is looking at eagle cams because you get to learn about eagles and because you get to see them grow up. We also get to look at mealworms and keep them at school. If yours dies you get a new one. My guy is named Harry. We also did masks. That was super fun because when you were all done it makes the room more colourful. The other fun thing about grade three is that you get to do iMovie. Grade Three is epic. Hopefully grade four is good!” ~Matt

“Mealworms? What are those? They are like caterpillars except become darkling beetles. We have pet mealworms. They are really cute and adventurous! Now … for our dance residency. We are doing a dance called pryvit. It is very fun. Our teachers’ names are Allara and Ingrid. A tip for next year’s grade threes is to make an iMovie or green screen at home. Stikbot is a good green screen app because it has special effects. It will help you a lot. Some sad news is Pippin the Delta baby died and five Texas barn owl babies died. The last was taken to Roger’s Rehab. I think you should watch cams at YOUR house!” ~Daniel B.

“Hi. I am SO sad … it’s only a week and a day until school is over. 🙁 Most kids are happy that school is over … but NOT me. I want to stay at school because I want to stay with Mrs. Renton and learn more! But, I also want the end of school to come because I want to go to grandma’s so we can camp. I LOVE camp. It’s SO fun! Back to the subject. I DON’T want to go to grade four. If I do then Mrs. Renton can teach me. Now … the barn owl cams … are OFF! What? Why, you ask? Well, the seven baby owlets died and only the second owlet that hatched survived. Then, the parents abandoned the owlet. We don’t know why. The owlet is in a wildlife rehabilitation place being looked after. The barn owl cam won’t be on for the rest of the season. But, it will be back on next season. My tip for the future grade threes: be prepared for surprises, bring something to share for the beginning of the year, learn how to do green screen and iMovies. You should get the apps. You’re going to do it if you’re lucky. That’s all my tips. Now it’s time to say good bye. Hope you future grade threes enjoy Mrs. Renton!” ~Carissa

This green screen business was SO much fun!

This green screen business was SO much fun!

“I wonder why Dash has not been at the barn owl’s barn for such a long time? I wonder how Pippin died from the disease he had. I hope Ace doesn’t die as well. (Ace and Pippin are eaglets.) I really enjoyed making our masks. It was really fun painting my mask from a variety of colours. I also really enjoyed making our marionettes. It was really fun because it required teamwork, collaboration and support. I liked doing iMovies and green screening best because making iMovies was the BEST!!! I wonder how the Celebration of Learning will be tomorrow? I hope it goes well. I think the journey through grade three was awesome. I think the same for grade four. I hope I have a great year in grade four.” ~Omar

“We are writing about the main stuff we did this year. Let’s start with our cams. We have been watching cams for birds and animals. We have been watching eagles, owls and many animals at Pete’s Pond. We also have the whole story of our marionettes. I can tell you about our story about our marionettes. Okay. This is it. At first, we just had paper, then we made the structures and then dressed them and we wrote scripts for iMovies we filmed! We also got mealworms! They are very fun to play with! Some tips I would give for next year’s grade threes is to never show Mrs. Renton even FAKE snakes because Mrs. Renton will FREAK out! Thanks for reading this blog post!” ~Ryan

Aww ... LOOK at the little guy! It's ADORABLE ... I wonder what we should NAME him?

Aww … LOOK at the little guy! It’s ADORABLE … I wonder what we should NAME him?

“Wa! Bam! Woosh! Hello, I am bat kid. Dun, dun, dun!!! I am here to tell you about the dance residency! These are the dance instructors’ names: Allara and Ingrid. They are very nice. We have Ingrid in the morning and Allara in the afternoon. Yesterday we learned all of it so now we know the entire dance! Yeah! My highlight is that to be in the front row and in the middle too, which is fun!!! Another highlight is that I never got to be in a Ukrainian dance before and now I do!!! My lowlight is that I messed up some of the last dance moves in the dance which are a little bit harder than the first dance moves. I have no more lowlights in the dance residency because I love dance so much! Here is a tip for the future grade three students: always try your best because then you can do something even better. I wish that in grade four I will have magical powers!” ~Mila

“Our Celebration of Learning is on June 17. We are done our marionette process. We are going to bring our masks and marionettes home on the day of the Celebration of Learning. This is the final blog post. For the eagle web cam in Delta, Pippin died. We finished our iMovies last month. I want to get the Stikbot app for green/blue screening. iMovies are fun so learn it because at HOME you can do it as many times as you want!” ~Alvin

We learned SO many great skills as we worked through our iMovie project!

We learned SO many great skills as we worked through our iMovie project!

“Have you ever been in grade three? Some advice for next year’s grade threes is marionettes will take a LONG, long time! Another tip is not to put toy snakes on Mrs. Renton’s chair because she will jump TWO METERS … that’s FAR! Something I will never forget is the marionettes because it was really fun!!! A tip for next year’s grade threes is to hug Mrs. Renton because she will like it. I hope next year’s grade threes do a good job like we did!” ~Simos

“NOOOOO … it’s the LAST blog post of the year! That means the end of the year. I have one message to say to next year’s grade threes. You have the best teacher ever. Anyways, for our name of our last blog post, sniff, I think we, sniff, should do, sniff, our journey through grade three. Because, other people wanted to do it about our masks or do it about our mealworms. But, if we just do our journey through grade three we can include both of those things. We could even throw the cams in there!” ~Jamie

We STILL can’t believe how much work went into our marionette project!

 “Here is a tip for next year’s grade threes. Choose people you work well with because I picked my friends and it wasn’t that great. Secret: Mrs. Renton is the best in the world. We made marionettes. They were pretty hard. They weren’t pretty easy, either, but you will love it. It is so fun. You make iMovies after you make marionettes. She is the best!” ~Carson

“I can hardly remember the beginning of the year. But, I can remember that we brought in treasures that gave other people information about you. I remember I brought in a seahorse picture to show that I love art. I also brought in a dice to show I play a lot of games with my family. Another thing I brought in is a friendship bracelet and a map with all of the places where my family ives to show I love my family and friends. But, my favourite part about this year is the cams because they are very interesting and fun to watch, especially the babies growing up. Advice for you future grade threes: give Mrs. Renton a hug every day because she LOVES hugs and make sure to ask about making marionettes because they were SUPER fun. I hope you enjoy grade three!” ~Elise

“Hello, journal! Today we made our final blog post. And, that is what I am writing about. This is just basically a wrap up of the year. Painting our Peruvian masks was really hard for me because I kept getting too much paint on and it took forever to dry!!! Let me introduce my mealworm first! Her name is Echo Shineston 2 because the first Echo Shinestone died. 🙁 One day when me and my class were inspecting our mealworms, Echo Shinestone started to try to crawl, (escape), out. I would like to give next year’s grade three’s some advice. 1. always hug Mrs. Renton at the end of every day. 2. Always listen to her. 3. Try not to fall asleep in class like I did. And, that’s the end of my ideas for the final blog post!” ~Riddhima

Hmm. I wonder what Baba's FAVOURITE snack is? Oh WAIT ... that's NOT Baba ... that's GARY!

Hmm. I wonder what Baba’s FAVOURITE snack is? Oh WAIT … that’s NOT Baba … that’s GARY!

“Noooo! One more week and the year is over. This is all about how the year went. I’m pretty sure it all started when I was surprised, VERY surprised, to be in Mrs. Renton’s class. Then, we made marionettes for iMovies. First we made the paper spine and paper head and base. We also required juicy jugs to stand up our marionette structures because they had not … FEET! Then we wrapped almost the WHOLE spine and head in masking tape to keep it from falling apart! Umm … enough about the marionettes. Sorry! Grade three is amazing! And, here’s some advice for if you end up in Mrs. Renton’s class for grade three: 1. Never use a fake snake to scare Mrs. Renton. 2. Try very, very hard not to get Mrs. Renton on the ground crying. 3. Always have fun with Mrs. Renton! I truly wish I could always be in Mrs. Renton’s class.” ~Daniel S

“One more week until school is out. But, not for me! I am writing to wrap up our journey through grade three and what we think about grade four. I think it’s everything I’ve done in grade three. But, the think I liked the most is the celebration of learning and marionettes and masks. I liked the marionettes because we papier mached the marionettes. The masks were made out of clay. They were Peruvian. I have two more things about grade three. The cams. Only the Hancock cam is up and running because the barn owl cam … well … three of them died. One got stolen and only one of the owlets survived. That one is named Rocky Pearl. She is with Roger’s Wildlife Rehabilitation. Here are tips for next year’s grade threes: it is very hard to do things in iMovie! And, you will be VERY grossed out by the mealworms. And … Mrs. Renton is the BEST teacher EVER! (And … she is awesome at hugs!) ~Alexia

I don't know what they're TALKING about ... we think we're pretty ADORABLE ... for ... creepy crawlies!!!

I don’t know what they’re TALKING about … we think we’re pretty ADORABLE … for … creepy crawlies!!! Although it DID take SOME of those grade threes a WHILE to warm UP to us!

“Hi readers! This is our last blog post of the year. 🙁 So, to wrap up we are going to be telling you a bit of our journey and a bit about what we think about grade four. It was very fun having Mrs. Renton as a teacher. I know everyone in her class will miss her. At the start of the year we all brought in our treasures, (special things). We shared them with the rest of the class. Now we’re going on to marionettes. Of course if you’ve read our other blog posts you will know all about them, but this is just a little wrap up. We’ve finished filming and all of that stuff so tomorrow on our celebration of learning we will take the marionettes and the masks home. Going back a little, you might remember the Ancient Peruvian mask post. Well, I’m going to talk a little about the masks. The masks WERE fun to make. We all enjoyed it very much! Right now the masks are sitting around the classroom, but not for long now. I already told you we are taking them home tomorrow! 🙁 Now, the final thing I’m going to talk about is the only thing not on a blog post … mealworms! You’re probably wondering what are mealworms? Well, I’ll answer that … mealworms are caterpillar-like bus and when it is in the adult stage it’s a beetle! We had fun with our mealworms but Mrs. Renton says we have to set them free one day. Now, to give advice to the next grade threers! Hope for the best, prepare for the worst and take whatever comes!” ~Aimee

“I like grade three because it is just awesome in Mrs. Renton’s classroom because you get to do exciting things and we like to watch web cams because looking at the eggs is fun.” ~Kagan

“This is our last blog post. Our last blog post is about what our favourite things were about grade three and tips for next year’s grade threes. My favourite part was the mealworms experiment with wet and dry. Mine went to the wet side. A tip for grade three is don’t prank Mrs. Renton with a pretend snake because she’ll freak out … like BANANAS! See you later. Hope you love it!” ~Madison

I WONDER what NEXT year's grade threes will think about OWL pellets?!?

I WONDER what NEXT year’s grade threes will think about OWL pellets?!?

 “This is our final post. 🙁 My mealworm is a pupa. It is getting the shape of a beetle. My mealworm’s name is Johnny! It is almost our Celebration of Learning and we’re going to do a Ukrainian dance called Breveet. Breveet means hi in Ukrainian. We made Peruvian masks out of clay. It was cool. There used to be five owlets, now there’s one named Pearl. At the eagle’s nest Pippin died. R.I.P. little one. Here are some tips for next year’s grade threes: don’t fall ASLEEP in class because you will miss some important stuff. Don’t drop your mealworm from a high place because he might die. And, don’t open your petri dish when your mealworm is a beetle because it might go in a place in the classroom and lay eggs! Always try your best! Bye!!! PS Always give Mrs. Renton a hug at the end of each day!” ~Evan

“Awww! It is almost the end of the year and we have to do our final blog post. 🙁 I really loved my mealworm. His name is Kevin. I don’t get to play with him anymore because he is in his pupa stage. 🙁 This might make you cry because it did for me. The mama and papa of the barn owl baby abandoned it and … with Ace and Pippin … Pippin di …di…died. We spent like 30 minutes trying to figure out what happened to him. We think he was poisoned by food because he was feeding himself. (He actually had a respiratory disease. LR) I loved the Ukrainian dance. I used to do it on Thursdays but I quit this year. So, when we did our dance residency on Ukraine I was so excited in my mind. I was like “yes, yes, yes, yes”! If I gave grade threes tips I would say get plastic snakes for April Fools because Mrs. Renton is TERRIFIED of them … and ask her if you are doing marionettes! But, I have one rule for you: HAVE FUN! Looks like it’s time to go. Bye!” ~Mary

We sure hope you enjoy our advice for the NEW grade threes! Actually, we think it’s pretty awesome advice for ANYONE:

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

~Dr. Seuss

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Our Marionettes Are FINALLY Finished!

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

~Clay P. Bedford

We have a GLOBAL village now that our marionettes are finished! It's been an AMAZING learning journey!

We have a GLOBAL village now that our marionettes are finished! It’s been an AMAZING learning journey!

Hi Readers! It’s been a WHILE since we’ve posted ANYTHING about our marionettes! So, THIS blog post is to capture what’s been happening since our LAST marionette post! Once we were FINISHED papier mache-ing our marionette structures, we took them home. Once we GOT them there, we had to think about their traditional clothing and their traditional names! We had to research and find LOTS of pictures to help us decide how we would make the traditional clothing for our marionettes. Our families helped us dress them and we had TONS of fun working with our parents and some of our brothers or sisters. Some people took old shirts or doll clothes and cut them up to make their clothing. Other people used scrap material, leather, felt and burlap! SOME people went shopping at Value Village and found some amazing fabric or articles of clothing to help them get the traditional look they were SEARCHING for! There were LOADS of small details that made a BIG difference, like: henna, face paint, false eye lashes, earrings, hats, moustaches, nail polish, bracelets, necklaces, rings, lipstick, bindis, headbands, headdresses … and MORE … see if you can SPOT any of these tiny details when you watch our SLIDESHOW!

It’s taken us a while to get this blog post published. Why? Because we’ve been busy researching, script writing, drawing our backdrops and filming our marionette iMovies! Most of us drew HUGE backdrops for our filming. Some of us  used GREEN screen. There were OTHERS who even used BOTH! It took a LOT of COOPERATION and TEAMWORK to make our iMovies the BEST they could be! Along the way, we had SOME challenges in our groups but we ALL pulled ourselves TOGETHER in the end .. and our final iMovies turned out FABULOUSLY!

Our classroom looked CROWDED and COLOURFUL and EXCITING and GLOBAL with all our marionettes but we needed some space to display our clay MASKS. Our librarian, Mrs. Hall, LOVES to have our marionettes displayed on the bookshelves in the library … so … we decided to share them with HER! Now the LIBRARY looks CROWDED and COLOURFUL and EXCITING and GLOBAL … until Friday! 🙁 On Friday, we have our Celebration of Learning. So, we’ll be taking home our masks AND marionettes. Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Renton will MISS them!

We sure hope you enjoy our slideshow of our finished marionettes. We took these pictures outside because we thought they would look more realistic!

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Delta Eagle Webcam Highlights!

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

~Khalil Gibran

March 13th seems like SUCH a long time ago! That's when the SECOND Delta egg was laid!

March 13th seems like SUCH a long time ago! That’s when the SECOND Delta egg was laid!

Well, it’s official! We have EAGLETS! I think WE are as excited as the Delta ma and pa eagles are because it’s been three YEARS since their last successful hatch! This webcam, along with the Great Horned and Barn owl cams, have been providing us with such AMAZING learning opportunities for the past few months. What BETTER way to learn about life cycles than to be right there, in the NEST, along side these incredible creatures? What follows are just SOME of our latest reflections and wonders:

“Hi! Guess what! I am here to tell you about our eagle web cams, (basically just the Delta one because last year, at the White Rock nest, two eaglets were born there. One of them, called Kilo, was wingersizing and knocked the nest down so a man named David Hancock mad a platform/base for them. but, they did not seem to like it. So, they ended up making a nest outside the webcam’s reach.) But, from the bad luck last year, we were not so sure if we could rely on the Delta nest. And, if the Delta nest did not work, then we would not be able to watch the growing up of the eaglets at all. But, it’s looking good because both eggs have hatched. (They look really ugly.) The ones at White Rock will be called Mike and November. I do not know what the Delta eaglets will be called. Bye. See you next time!” ~Tanek

“Hey, guess what? The Delta nest (eagles) laid two eggs. The second egg hatched at 9:05 last night I think, but the other one hatched at 7:20 in the morning. We do not know why our cams are not working right now for some reason. I wonder why, when the eaglets hatch, they are VERY wet. I hope David Hancock finds a way to fix the cams soon!” ~Fahad

“What? Eaglets already? I can’t believe it! The second one is super wet and oogly! But, the first one that hatched is super fluffy. Why the one that just came out is all wet is because he came from the inside of the egg which is wet … so … he is wet. Why the one that came out first is all dry is because he had time to dry off so now he is all fluffy. You know how the grown up eagles are white on their heads and tails and black on their bodies? Well, the eaglets are gray. And, then, when they turn into juvenile eagles, then they turn brown. And, then they finally turn black and white. When we are able to see the eaglet’s face I can see its egg tooth. The egg tooth is for pecking at the egg when it is ready to get out. And, the pecking with the egg tooth makes the egg break and makes the eaglet really tired. I wonder what the names will be?” ~Elise

The wonderful Youtube clips in this post come from the amazing people who observe the nests and post their observations on the forum so that we can ALL learn!


“What? The second egg hatched last night at 9:05! The first one hatched on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:20 in the morning! We also watched a video of the second baby hatching. Did you know when eaglets are trying to hatch they are weak? When the baby eaglets are a bit older, at the White Rock nest, they will have Military Alphabet names. So, their names will be M and N, (Mike and November). The mom was feeding the first one and not the second. Can you believe that? Now we cannot see all of that because the cam is down. 🙁 Hopefully the cam will work! I wonder when the egg tooth will fall off? I wonder where Kilo and Lima are?” ~Alexia

“Wow!!! Don’t I just LOVE the Delta web cams!!! My class is looking at the Delta eagles. Guess what … the mom laid two EGGS!!! And, now they’re both out!!! The first one hatched on Monday morning and the second one hatched on Monday night. We noticed that when the babies come out they are really wet. We think that the inside of the egg is blue. That’s what I wonder. I predict that both eagles will grow up to be better than Kilo. I discovered that my favourite type of bird is an eagle. I hope eagles don’t become endangered again.” ~Jamie

“My class is looking at web cams at the Delta nest and both of the eaglets hatched!!! Did you know that when the eaglets hatch they are wet but then they dry? It takes them a lot of time to learn how to fly in the sky. Here are my highlights: that the eaglets hatched and they are so cute! And I have NO lowlights at all. Well, when the eagle’s head is white they are bald eagles. I wonder how many eggs an eagle can lay. Also, I like the webcams so much too because it is like being with the eagles in their nest!” ~Aboudi

Just after the SECOND eaglet hatched at 9:05 pm April 18. Still wet from the shell!

Just after the SECOND eaglet hatched at 9:05 pm April 18. Still wet from the shell!

“Guess what? You won’t believe what is happening at the Delta nest! Both of the eggs have hatched! The first egg hatched was at 7:21 am yesterday. The second egg hatched at 9:05 pm at night! The first egg that hatched looks cute and fluffy. The second egg … not so much! Today we was the baby eagle’s egg tooth. An egg tooth is a tiny pointy tooth which is white and on top of the baby eagle’s beak. Isn’t that interesting? Well, I have to go now. Bye. See you later.” ~Riddhima

“Plop! An egg was laid in the Delta nest. The next day another. The next month a crack was spotted in the first. On Saturday the egg started hatching. It hatched near 7:20 am yesterday morning. This morning I checked my email and saw the second hatch. It hatched at 9:05 pm yesterday night. The baby gets out of the egg with its egg tooth, a white thing on its beak. When the baby comes out of the egg it hangs its head low and is soaking wet. It’s head is low because it has no energy. It’s wet because the inside of the egg’s wet. The brood patch is what keeps the Delta babies warm. It’s the spot on the eagle with no feathers. The mom would roll the egg so the yolk did not stick to one side (of the egg). Some people think eaglets are oogly. I think they are cute. So long folks!” ~Daniel B

“Both of the eggs hatched! In Delta Two East the eaglets hatched. the first egg that hatched was 7:20 in the morning. The second egg hatched at 9:05 at night! At the barn owl cam they have six eggs. Did  you know that the barn owls can lay up to eighteen eggs? When the White Rock eggs hatch they will name them Mike and November because they use the Military Alphabet to name them. I wonder why the mama eagle doesn’t help the eaglet get out of the egg?” ~Evan

A WONDERFUL screenshot of the eaglets. They ALMOST look like they're HUGGING! THANKS, Jamie! GOOD eye!

A WONDERFUL screenshot of the eaglets. They ALMOST look like they’re HUGGING! THANKS, Jamie! GOOD eye!

“Peep! Peep! Hello! It’s me, Catherine. I have news that I HAVE to tell you about … it’s the Delta nest! Yesterday, Mrs. Renton sent us an email. It was the first egg hatching!!! It was 7:20 in the morning! And now, today, the second egg hatched! (It was 9:05 at night!) My friend Aimee found out the names of the White Rock eaglets, (they are Mike and November). But it’s not Delta. But, the eaglets will get a name too, of course. I was thinking it would be funny if one of the eaglet’s names was Catherine! It was SO fun watching the cams.” ~Catherine

“Yay! Two babies! There are now two baby eagles at the cam. Last night at 9:05 the second baby was born. The first one was born at 7:20 on Monday morning. Mrs. Renton said that when they were born they are exhausted. Their heads just go straight down into the nest. My friend Aimee found the Military Alphabet to find out the names for the White Rock babies. Their names will be Mike and November, but … let’s get back to Delta. We do not know what happened but the cams are no longer working. Mrs. Renton has lots of screen shots of the nest on the wall in the classroom. My wonders are what are the eagle’s names? Are any of them going to die? Are your cams going to be working any time soon?” ~Mary

“Wow! Today in Delta we spotted the second eaglet hatching! The first one that was hatched was all fluffy, but the second one that just got hatched was all wet and oogly. There is one more thing that happened today and is wonderful. Guess what? Aimee brought a piece of paper with the names that the White Rock eagles are gonna be! There is one sad thing. It’s that in the White Rock cam, the eagle nests are too far away for us to see the oogly or cute babies from hatching. About the names that Aimee brought in … for “O” the name is Oscar, and I got a stuffy named Oscar! Oh, I forgot to tell you about what the Alphabet was for. It’s for the White Rock cam. They name the eagles from the White Rock cam in a special language called the Military Alphabet. Last year, at White Rock, it was K and L for Kilo and Lima. This year it’s M and N which is Mike and November. It’s all thanks to Aimee that we know this!” ~Ella

Ma and Pa proudly watching over their two beautiful eaglets. It's been a ROUGH couple of years for this pair ... but ... this year? SUCCESS!

Ma and Pa proudly watching over their two beautiful eaglets. It’s been a ROUGH couple of years for this pair … but … this year? SUCCESS!

“In my class we have been watching the Delta Two eagle nest. Eggs were laid on March 10 – 13, I think. And, the first egg hatched on Monday, 18th at 7:21, (yes, 7:21 not 20), and the second egg hatched on Monday, April 18 at 9:05 pm. Today I brought in a list of the Military Alphabet because every eaglet (at the White Rock nest) is named after a letter in the mIlitary Alphabet and this year it’s M and N. So, last night I went home and asked my dad M and N in the Military Alphabet and he said the M = Mike and the N = November. But, just to get this clear, the Military eaglet name thing is only at the White Rock nest but those eagles have gone kinda far from the White Rock cam. We watched a video on the second eaglet coming and, wow, it was oogly!!! If you want to know the Military Alphabet then here it is: A = Alpha, B = Bravo, C = Charlie, D = Delta, E = Echo, F = Foxtrot, G = Golf, H = Hotel, I = India, J = Juliet, K = Kilo, L = Lima, M = Mike, N = November, O = Oscar, P = Papa, Q = Quebec, R = Romeo, S = Sierra, T = Tango, U = Uniform, V = Victor, W = Whiskey, X = X-ray, Y = Yankee, Z = Zulu. There. That’s the Military Alphabet and it’s also the end of this piece of writing! Bye!” ~Aimee

“I can’t believe that the Delta eagle has two babies!!! One of them hatched Monday, (in the morning), and the other hatched at 9:05 at night! We saw a video of the eagle hatching. It was oogly and wet. The first baby was oogly too and now it’s much more cuter. And, they have to be named with the military alphabet, (White Rock). Someone in our class found out that the names are going to be November and Mike. The sad part is that the Delta cam is not working so we can’t see the eagle and the babies. Last year the mom couldn’t incubate the eggs because she had a broken leg. The mom and dad have been switching for sitting on the babies. How I know if it is the mom or if it is the dad is because when the eagle bends down if you see white feathers that are more on the black that means that is the dad and if the camera zooms in close enough to see the eagle eye and there is a tiny black spot that means that it is the dad too. I can’t wait to see the eaglets when they are all grown up.” ~Matt


“Crack! Crack! Squeak! Squeak! WOW! One of the eggs is hatching. It looks like a huge wet fur ball. Oogly! Guess what? Both of the eggs on the Delta cams hatched! One of the eggs hatched at 9:05 last night! And, one hatched at 7:20 on Monday in the morning. But, something we were all wondering and that was what are the new babies names going to be? We didn’t know! But, we planned ahead of time and now we did that, we found out what the White Rock babies names would be! Luckily a fellow student in our class named Aimee just happened to have a dad that was pretty interested in the military alphabet, which was just what we needed because the White Rock names came from the military alphabet! So, Aimee found out what the names would be … and all the words were in the military alphabet. The new names will be Mike and November and if you are wondering … yes … I spelled it right. It’s November like the month! And, there was something I was wondering. It was what happens when they are done the alphabet? Do they start it over? But, one thing that to us humans probably think that’s pretty disgusting is … is that when I checked out the Delta cam one time I saw that there was a dead swan-type thing in the nest. But, that’s not really the gross thing! The gross thing is that I saw the head was apart from the body and you could see all of the veins! It was gross! “Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo …”! Oh, there’s Mrs. Renton. I better get going! Bye!” ~Sarah

“Guess what! The eggs at the Delta nest hatched!!! And, the eaglets are SO cute!!! It is very, very fun to watch the Delta nest!!! I do think it is going to be very, VERY fun to watch the eagles grow up! I wonder what it is like to be an eagle? And, why do the eagles in the Delta nest live in a very loud farm? You would think they would live in the quiet forest!” ~Ryan

HEY!!! I'm HUNGRY! What's for DINNER?

HEY!!! I’m HUNGRY! What’s for DINNER?

“Wow! The Delta eagle ness just hatched. The first one hatched on Monday, April 18, 2016 in the morning. The second one hatched on Monday, April 18, 2016 at night! The Delta nest is in British Columbia. There were a lot of juvenile eagles by the nest. Sometimes the dad sits in the nest. Sometimes the mom sits in the nest. They lay their eggs in their brood patch so it stays warm. They did a small hole like a bowl shape so they can put the eggs in it. Kilo destroyed the nest in White Rock so we don’t know when they are going to lay their eggs. They roll their eggs so they will hatch because then the yolk will not be stuck to the egg shell. The baby eaglets are a bit wet when they come out of the egg. Last year the eggs did not hatch because the mama eagle injured her leg. The eaglets wingercize. When they sit in the nest for a long time wingercizing is just flapping it’s wings and stretching out. They have an egg tooth so they bang the egg shell with their egg tooth so they can get out. After a day old, they look like a fluff ball. It will look oogly when it just comes out of the egg. Yesterday we saw the mama feeding the baby eaglet at lunch time. The other egg was a table for the eaglet! Eagles are birds of prey so they kill stuff to eat. They made the crib rails high so the babies won’t fall out. I saw them put a little bit of moss in so the nest will be softer!” ~Alvin

Looks like DINNER might be ... HARE! YUM!

Looks like DINNER might be … HARE! YUM!

“Have you ever seen an eagle cam? Me and my class have been looking at eagle cams for a long time and the Delta nest has two eggs and they are all hatched!!! My lowlights are that the eagle babies are oogly and the White Rock cams can’t get a cam on the nest because of naughty Kilo! My highlights are that we got to see two eggs hatch. That’s so cool!!! I wonder what will happen when the military alphabet runs out? I discovered that they can’t get a web cam up until next year for White Rock. 🙁 I wonder if eagles go to Greenland and Los Angeles. I wonder if people eat eagles in other countries? I discovered that eagles are raptors!!! I wonder what that slime is when they get out of the egg??? I wonder if eagles eat owls or if it is the other way around??? I discovered that eagles like to eat duck a l’orange!!! I hope Delta’s eagle hatches next year!” ~Simos

“Guess what has happened at the Delta nest? Both eggs hatched! And, they are so oogly! the first egg hatched on Monday, April 18th at 7:20 am. The second egg hatched on Monday, April 18th at 9:05 pm. One of my highlights was that the mother eagle finally was able to incubate her eggs because she could not incubate the eggs in the last two years. I wonder why eaglets are so fluffy. I hope this happens again in grade four!” ~Omar

“The Delta Two eagle nest laid two eggs. The first at 7:20 in the morning. The second at 9:05 at night. The Delta Two had two oogly babies hatch. The White Rock has no cams. We don’t know about the nest. We don’t know if the ma laid two or three eggs in the nest.” ~Kagan

They are ALREADY getting bigger ... just check out those TALONS! Isn't it adorable how they are cuddling together for warmth while ma is out hunting for dinner?

They are ALREADY getting bigger … just check out those TALONS! Isn’t it adorable how they are cuddling together for warmth while ma is out hunting for dinner?

“White Rock, NA! No web cams can reach the new nest. 🙁 meanwhile … at the Delta nest … EGGS! TWO … BABY eaglets! The older one hatched one morning. The other’s very young and oogly!!! I think that the youngest one was born today! By the way, a week ago, the mama brought some duck a l’orange. I wonder if that juvenile eagle won’t come back to try to eat the eaglets?” ~Daniel S

“Welcome to the Delta show, which we should have done a WEEK ago because then you could have seen the eggs being laid, the eggs cracking, and being rolled so the yolk didn’t stick to the top of the egg, and the eggs hatching. The first egg that hatched was on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 7:20 am. And, the second one hatched later tat day at 9:05 pm. Do you know the names of the mom or dad? I don’t even know their names. But, if you know their names, please leave a comment on our blog!” ~Mila

We have been blessed by people who see the value in sharing the natural world through these web cams. It is through the work of these special people that we are able to get a real glimpse into the world of these animals … and … because of this, become better stewards of the earth.

Oh … and … if you’re wondering … our BABIES have been NAMED … by some students in the Delta area! Their names are …. drum roll, PLEASE … Ace and Pippin!

How VERY exciting! Ace and Pippin are PERFECT!

How VERY exciting! Ace and Pippin are PERFECT!

“What’s miraculous about a spider’s web?” said Mrs. Arable.  “I don’t see why you say a web is a miracle–it’s just a web.”
“Ever try to spin one?” asked Mr. Dorian. 

~ E.B. White in Charlotte’s Web

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Painting Our Peruvian Masks

Painting is silent poetry.

~Plutarch

Connie showing us some examples of ancient Peruvian masks and pottery.

Connie showing us some examples of ancient Peruvian masks and pottery.

Today we’re writing a blog post TOGETHER! We would love to tell you ALL about our journey painting our Peruvian masks with CONNIE! We loved EVERY second of our time with Connie AND with Gordon!

After our masks were fired in the kiln, Connie came back to help us paint them. We spent some time looking at pictures in a beautiful book to get an idea of the designs and colours the ancient Peruvian’s used on their masks and pottery.

We discovered that Incans didn’t use hot pink and other bright colours because they didn’t have the MATERIALS to MAKE those bright colours. They used stuff that the EARTH would give them … like dirt and plants and minerals … the materials they had in their environment.

We were AMAZED at how beautiful the ancient masks and pottery were!

We were AMAZED at how beautiful the ancient masks and pottery were!

After we looked at the pictures, Connie showed us how to properly paint our masks. She told us to start at ONE end of our masks and to go straight across the opposite side because, once you got to the other side the side that you STARTED on would be dry!

Here Connie is, showing us the proper techniques for painting our masks.

Here Connie is, showing us the proper techniques for painting our masks.

Connie told us that, when we paint, we shouldn’t go back and forth with the brushes because you might see all the messy paint brush lines all over our masks. She also told us that when you started to see little “white” spots where you were painting that you should “reload” your brush. We learned to keep the paint off the metal part of the brush and just on the bristles because you can only PAINT with the bristles. Paint on the metal would be wasted paint!

We wore our PAINT shirts, or OLD shirts, because acrylic paints NEVER wash out!

We wore our PAINT shirts, or OLD shirts, because acrylic paints NEVER wash out!

Here are some of our highlights:

  • seeing our masks when they were COMPLETELY finished.
  • each and EVERY step of the journey!
  • having a WONDERFUL time with Connie and Gordon!
  • working with our hands!
  • painting!
  • seeing the pictures of the masks and seeing how ours are the same and different compared to the Incans’.
  • shaping the clay around the nose and making the designs.
  • holding the freezing clay!
  • using newspaper to form our masks!
  • the variety of colours we were able to use.
  • seeing our masks after they came out of the kiln.

We sure hope you enjoy our SLIDESHOW:

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We KNOW that CLAY comes from the ground. Some of us have found it when we have been planting trees with our parents in our backyards. The clay WE find in our yards NEVER looks as good as the clay Connie brings. We’ve EVEN seen clay at the LAKE when we’ve been digging. We wonder where Connie and Gordon GET their clay. Do they buy it from someone who CLEANS it? How DO they clean it?

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Making Ancient Peruvian Masks

Taking a look at ancient Peruvian masks with Connie and Gordon!

Taking a look at ancient Peruvian masks with Connie and Gordon!

We have JUST completed two WONDERFUL mornings with artists Connie and Gordon! With their help, we learned how to make the most AMAZING ancient Peruvian Masks. What follows are just SOME of our thoughts about this learning adventure:

“Hip, hip HOORAY!!! We get to make ancient Peruvian masks today. The first thing we did out of all the ten steps was to go next door to Mrs. Adamson’s class and look at other ancient Peruvian masks. Next, they showed us how to make the mask’s eyes, mouth and nose out of newspaper. Then, we stuck our eyes, mouth and nose to our paper plate. After, we came in from en early recess and we started using the clay. YAY! First we patted it into a ball. Then we made it into a hamburger by patting it harder. Then, we used a rolling pin to make it into a pancake shape. But, every five rolls you had to flip the clay over so the clay wouldn’t stick to your desk. Then, we put it on our mask shape and found the eyes, mouth and nose and shaped the clay around them. Then, we used popsicle sticks to carve designs on our masks. Once I was done making my designs on my mask I got to stamp my initials on my mask with special clay stamps. This was an awesome morning. Thank you Connie and Gordon!” ~Jamie

“Yesterday my class was doing Peruvian masks in our class with Connie and Gordon. My highlights are that we did clay for the masks. We also learned the steps. It was so much fun to do in the classroom too. I have no lowlights at all. What I learned was that it wasn’t easy at all but the more I do it the better I get at it. Did you ever make a Peruvian mask like me before?” ~Aboudi

Gordon showing us how to create "features" for our masks by using newspaper and tape.

Gordon showing us how to create “features” for our masks by using newspaper and tape.

“Have you ever made an ancient Peruvian clay mask? I have! My class and the class next door made some yesterday with Connie and Gordon. If you don’t know who they are they are PRO clay makers. Did you know that Gordon works with clay every day? Well, guess what? Gordon does! I learned that you can make something SUPER strong out of newspaper! Connie went through the step of how to make our masks. She also showed us some examples of some masks on the internet. Some people made tongues or teeth and some people didn’t. Here are some of the steps: making models for our clay. Putting on our rolled piece of clay onto the model. We had SO much fun with Connie and Gordon! I REALLY hope we do something like this next year!” ~Sarah

“I just have to stamp my initials and then I will be done. Oh. HI! I didn’t see you there! Do you want me to tell you about my adventure with making ancient Peruvian masks? Here it is! We came in on Monday and I JUST remembered that we were making ancient Peruvian masks. Connie and Gordon were the teachers. They taught us how to make the mouth with tape and newspaper. We folded paper to make stronger structures for the mouth, eyes and nose. I made closed eyes and I made a nose that attached to the eyebrows. Instead of having a nose that had a hole in it I made a crumpled up nose and put it inside the nose so it didn’t have a hole. I made a mouth that is open and has three teeth in it’s mouth. I liked making the Peruvian masks.” ~Elise

“Look at THIS one! It has an eyebrow that attaches to it’s nose! Connie and Gordon came to make Peruvian masks! There was a lot of folding with the newspaper but … we did it! When we … wait! I need to tell you what we made out of the newspaper. Well, we made eyes, noses, mouths and headbands and eyebrows. Then we taped all of the things and helped out some other people. RIIIIINNNNGGGGG! Let’s go outside to have some fresh air. Ok. Let’s move onto the clay! So, pay attention, or you will not know what to do! We rolled and rolled until the clay had no cracks. We did what Connie and Gordon did but … suddenly … RIIIIINNNNGGGGGG! What? A FIRE drill??? Brr. It’s cold out here! Beep! Beep! Beep! Okay let’s go back inside. Most of us were done with the clay. WOW! Look at all of the BEAUTIFUL Peruvian masks. I wonder what kind of colours Peruvian people use on Peruvian mask?” ~Alexia

It's a GOOD thing we had TONS of practice folding newspaper making marionettes!

It’s a GOOD thing we had TONS of practice folding newspaper making marionettes!

“Hey guys! We had an excellent time with these guys. And, I’m supposed to tell you about it. They were so much fun. Here are the steps in how to do it. One: we looked at the ancient Peruvian masks. Two: we learned how to fold newspaper into eyes, noses, mouths and eyebrows. Three: we talked about not leaving bridges and about other things on how to tape it and where to tape it. Four: first touching the clay for our first time in years and then turning it into a ball by patting it and turning it into a hamburger. Five: we rolled it, carefully into a pancake shape, turning it every five rolls. Six: carefully placing it on the plate. Seven: carefully using your palm to press clay into different places to create the mask. Eight: using skewers, popsicle sticks to input details into the clay. Nine: add extras including tongues and teeth. Ten: stamp or carve our initials and room number. And, there you are folds who want to make clay masks!” ~Tanek

“I like when we went to the carpet to work with the clay.” ~Kagan

“What? We get to make ancient Peruvian masks. I learned the just folding the newspaper and taping it can make so many more things like: eyes, mouths, noses and eyebrows. The easiest part was eyes because it was really easy to get the shape of it and because you didn’t get tape as much. The hardest part was molding the clay because you had to lift up the clay. The funnest part was when it was all finished because it looked like what I wanted it to look like and I was proud of it.” ~Matt

“Yesterday my class made clay masks. The first step is making the shape with newspaper. Next you tape the shapes down. NO gaps!!! Well … then we had recess. When we came in we did the clay. First we made a ball. Then we made it into a hamburger shape. After that we rolled it out. Once it was in the shape we needed it in we put it on the plate with the paper eyes, nose and moth. Once the clay was on we pushed down gently. Then, we did designs. They are going to dry and then they will be taken to be heated in a kiln.” ~Carissa

Masking tape is STILL tricky ... it wants to stick to EVERYTHING!

Masking tape is STILL tricky … it wants to stick to EVERYTHING!

“So, yesterday we MADE clay masks! It was SO much fun! Can I tell you what we did for making the clay masks? #1. We looked at ancient Peruvian masks on Mrs. Adamson’s smartboard. #2. We learned how to make the eyes, noses and the mouths, (or eyebrows). #3. And, of course, we DID do what we were told to! And … then it was recess!” ~Ryan

“Do you know how to make a clay mask? I sure do. I found the most easy part was making the nose because all I had to do was crumple some newspaper. I really liked making the clay into a hamburger and then rolling it into a “pancake” shape and flipping it over every five rolls. I found that the most fun part. I find Connie and Gordon really helpful as they are REALLY talented. My least favourite part was making the eyes and nose because taping them is hard. I hope we do something similar in grade four.” ~Omar

“This is hard! Oh, how come I never, never know when you are here??? Anyway, we were just working with Connie and Gordon to make clay masks. They were very fun and awesome. So much has happened and I just wish that I could do it again.” ~Daniel S.

Thank GOODNESS for FRIENDS ... helping one another is KEY!

Thank GOODNESS for FRIENDS … helping one another is KEY!

“”This is cold! Oh, hi there! We are making Peruvian masks with clay. The cold thing was the clay! Clay is really squishy. Before we did the clay we folded newspaper to make eyebrows, eyes, mouths and noses.” ~Carson

“Yesterday we made ancient Peruvian masks with Connie and Gordon. First, I thought it would be hard but it was actually really, really fun! Connie and Gordon showed us pictures of ancient Peruvian masks. The easiest part was folding the paper. The most challenging part was doing the details. We used a LOT of tape to tape everything that we needed taped on. The funniest part was squishing the clay.” ~Evan

“Oh! Hi there! I was working with Connie and Gordon yesterday, making Peruvian masks with clay! It was SO fun! Our classmates got to work with sticky, squishy and FREEZING clay! I have wondered why is the clay SO cold. First, I thought it was in a refrigerator!!! Brrr! But, when I got used to it, it felt really warm. By the time I was taping the parts of my newspaper model, it was recess. But, lucky for me … I got to see Connie and Gordon getting clay by putting them on our desks! I didn’t want to go to recess because, On Sunday, I stepped on plastic and guess what had happened … the plastic broke and my foot and my toe started bleeding. But, it didn’t hurt. Now, back to track. When I was done I was proud of myself by doing all that hard work!” ~Cathy

Looking GOOD ... ALMOST ready for the CLAY!

Looking GOOD … ALMOST ready for the CLAY!

“Guess what? We did … ANCIENT Peruvian MASKS!!! Isn’t that cool! Have you ever felt clay before? I have! And … it is very COLD. I would even say it was freezing when I first touched it! Have you ever tried to fold a piece of paper five times? I have, but with the help of my close friend … masking tape the GREAT! The easiest part was when I taped the eyes and mouth. I didn’t say nose because I don’t want a nose on it because I don’t usually put noses on many of my animal or people things.” ~Mila

“Have you ever made a Peruvian mask? Well, I have and it was AWESOME!!! Some of the Peruvian masks were just scary but most of them were cool. Some of them are ugly. My highlights are playing with the clay because it was so soft, cutting out the eyes and mouth because I like to cut stuff out. My lowlights were messing up when Mrs. R said it was too stretched out. My lowlights were nothing because it was so much fun!!! It was a good thing we did marionettes because it helped a lot because it was a little bit of the same structures. On my mask I put a mustache. It looked awesome. It would be cool if you would get to make a body that comes with it. I can’t wait until we paint!” ~Simos

“Yesterday our class made Peruvian masks with Connie and Gordon. Here are some of my highlights: working with Connie and Gordon, getting to feel the clay with my hands, making the clay into a ball, making the clay into a hamburger shape, putting details on the Peruvian mask, rolling the rolling pin over the clay to make it into a pancake shape. Last year I made polar bears with Connie and Gordon. Here is a question: have you ever make a Peruvian mask? Today my mask had a big crack, but … I think Connie and Gordon can fix it. The feelings that I had when I first touched the clay, it felt cold, sticky, hard, heavy and slimy. I put tons of strength while rolling with the rolling pins, so the it turned flat early. When I was drawing details on my mask, I put a weird shape in, but I still thought it looked good. In the middle, when we were playing with the clay, there was a fire drill. Aimee and I were wearing short sleeves which made us chilly. We were surprised because a real fire truck came. When we came in, someone told me that the fire truck was just practicing for when a real fire happens. I forgot to tell you, we made fake shapes before we die the real one, so then we could feel it, and put the clay on. I wonder if I made it fast if I’d be able to make and play with the leftover clay for the rest of the time. Some people put tongues one but I decided not to. When we were making the fake ones, we used shapes for the nose, mouth, eyes, headbands and eyebrows. I was so glad that they came because I wondered when they would come.I wonder how I should colour my mask?” ~Ella

Connie show US how to work miracles with a big blob of clay!

Connie show US how to work miracles with a big blob of clay!

“Guess what? Well, too bad … I don’t know what because I came late! I was just getting into the classroom when Mrs. Renton pointed to the sliding doors that led to Mrs. Adamson’s classroom. So, I went in and listened to Connie and Gordon. I only knew Gordon because I made polar bears with him! I missed step one … because I was late! We are making Peruvian masks. When I touched the clay it felt FREEZING, moist and thick! Wait … I almost forgot about step 2. Step 2 was … Connie and Gordon helped us fold paper into eyes, mouths, noses and eyebrows. Then, we rolled the clay into pancake shapes. I forgot to mention that my classmates and I used paper plates as heads. You can probably see I am wrapping it up right now. So, we’re painting them next week and you are being really reeled in!!! Stay tuned for the next post!” ~Cooper

“Yesterday I had so much fun making ancient Peruvian masks! My favourite part was making the clay into a ball. Yesterday the clay was SO heavy! I think Gordon is pretty good at making ancient Peruvian masks and so is Connie! You should feel how cold it is. It is SO cold! It was so cool feeling the clay.” ~Fahad

“Have you ever made ancient Peruvian masks? I have. Let me tell you about it. Before we did these I knew who Connie and Gordon were because we made polar bears with them. It was fun! The clay we made our masks in was moist, squishy and FREEZING but it got warmer when you made it into a ball. We had to roll it into a hamburger and then into a pancake, place that onto a paper plate that you put newspaper things on that you already made. You carve eyes, noses, mouths with popsicle sticks and skewers. I want to tell you they are really talented.” ~Mary

Wow ... ROLLING this stuff takes a LOT of MUSCLE!

Wow … ROLLING this stuff takes a LOT of MUSCLE!

“Yesterday, Connie and Gordon came and did clay ancient Peruvian masks with us. The clay was sticky, cold, moist, squish, weird and heavy. Connie and Gordon are artistic and helpful. The tools we used were rolling pins, skewers and popsicle sticks. If you cut out the mouth you could make a tongue. It was challenging and difficult. You need team work and to help people by paying it forward. But, the first thing you do in building is making eyes, noses and a mouth with newspaper and tape. After that you roll out the clay and stick it on top. We looked at ancient Peruvian masks. I learned how to get finger prints off, (you don’t want finger prints). I wish we could see Connie and Gordon again. Soon Connie and Gordon will pick up the masks and put them in a kiln then bring them back and we will paint them. Before recess we put the nose, eyes and mouth on and then after recess we put the clay on. That’s all folks.” ~Daniel B.

“We did the most amazing thing ever yesterday. We made Peruvian masks! We made them out of moist and squishy clay. The first thing we did was make a model so when we put the clay on we knew what to do. How we made the model is with newspaper! You may think that it is super floppy and barely strong … but if you do the right things to it, it’s stronger than you think! So we did a couple of folds and some taping and there you have it! Eyes, nose, brows and a mouth! Next you take your clay and roll your clay into a hamburger shape and then take your rolling pin and roll your clay into a thick pancake. Then, gently put it on your mask model. Then you start feeling out your “newspaper” nose, eyebrows and mouth and when you are done you can take a stamp and print your initials on it!” ~Riddhima

We sure hope you enjoy our slideshow as much as WE enjoyed this ADVENTURE! Stay tuned for part TWO coming SOON!

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Learning Through Webcams

What’s THAT? Look REALLY closely … can you see the HOLE in one of the EGGS? And, YUMMY, just LOOK at what’s for dinner once they HATCH!

As a compliment to our Building Inquiry, and a beautiful lead-in to our Animal Life Cycles investigation, we have begun to explore some VERY interesting and engaging WEBCAMS! These webcams have taken us all OVER the world and our excitement is HIGH! Yes, we’ve even discovered that ANIMALS build structures! The White Rock and Delta eagle webcams, situated in the lower mainland of British Columbia, make us feel like we are sitting RIGHT there in the TREES with these amazing birds. We are lucky enough to be engaging in an ANOTHER amazing, multi-disciplinary learning adventure. There’s scientific inquiry, math estimation and measurement; there’s art and writing, reading and wondering; there’s learning to be globally responsible citizens and being the best FOR the world … the WHOLE world, including the ANIMALS we share it with. What MORE could you ASK for?

Just LOOK at that beautiful mama great horned owl! WAIT a minute ... what's THAT just PEAKING out from her feathers?

Just LOOK at that beautiful mama great horned owl! WAIT a minute … what’s THAT just PEEKING out from her feathers?

Grab a cup of tea and settle in … we are writing WAY more than we did at the START of the year! Here are some of our INITIAL thoughts about these AMAZING webcams:

“Guess what? We’ve been checking webcams! Eagles normally live near water because they need to drink. David Hancock mounted cameras. He is probably the luckiest guy in Canada! Eagles came because of the trees and eagle bath! The eaglets are oogley. I mean oogley. I … wait … did I say what I saw, with the rest of the class at Pete’s Pond? It was a CROCODILE! I wonder if the White Rock eagles will take the human made nest? Did you know that eagles can eat rotting meat? My favourite cam is the White Rock eagle cam. I hope that the White Rock eagles take the man-made nest.” ~Cooper

“That is awesome! We get to see webcams of eagles. There are lots of webcams like Delta and White Rock and Pete’s Pond. Pete’s Pond is my favourite because you can see gazelles, zebras and wildebeest and we can see some crocodiles. The one we’re looking at the most is the eagles because we are studying eagles and it is really fun. The coolest thing I have seen so far is a great horned owlet peeping out of a little hole it had made because it was the first egg I had seen hatching. The funniest thing that I have see is Kilo destroying his nest. He started by being very, very, very oogley. Then he grew older and became a juvenile bald eagle and he destroyed the nest.” ~Matt

Look VERY closely ... you need EAGLE eyes to spot who's sitting on the branches!

Look VERY closely … you need EAGLE eyes to spot who’s sitting on the branches!

“What have we been up to? We are looking at webcams. It is fun looking at the birds on the webcams. Also, I wonder how the eagles grow so fast!!! My favourite webcam is the barn owls because the two owls are going to lay eggs. Isn’t that awesome? I’ve discovered that other eagles will break the eggs and the mom or dad will attack that other eagle.” ~Aboudi

“Wow! Bald eagles! Barn owls! Great Horned owls! Zebras! Gazelles! Hyenas! Wildebeests! Elephants! Crocodiles! I can’t believe it! We are watching webcams. The zebras, gazelles, hyenas, wildebeests, elephants and crocodiles are all from the Limpopo River. The Limpopo River is in Africa and there is a webcam there. The barn owls and great horned owls are from the Cornell website. The barn owl webcam is in Texas! The great horned owl webcam is in Savannah Georgia! There are two bald eagle webcams. One is in White Rock and the other is in Delta. The Delta eagle is starting the nesturating process. Nesturating means fixing up the nest from the winter when it gets damaged by storms … which means … EGGS! Right now my favourite webcam is Delta and the great horned owl webcam. Speaking of the great horned owl, it has laid eggs and one has hatched. THAT is the NEATEST thing I’ve seen so far!!! Did you know that the female bald eagle is BIGGER than the male? I hope we see more eggs!” ~Elise

“Do, do do do do, do do! Hello, boys and girls. This week we are going to be learning about and watching webcams of eagles and owls. This week we have been learning a LOT about eagles and owls by webcams and videos! There are so many cams! My favourite one is probably the Cornell Lab one or the Pete’s Pond Botswana one. I like them because the Pete’s Pond has SO many cool animals that you probably won’t find anywhere else than in Africa! And, I like the Cornell Lab one because there are so many cool birds! The neatest thing for me was the movie The Eagles Next Door because it had so many interesting facts about eagles. Some of the things I discovered were that when young eagles are getting ready to start flying they flap their wings and it’s called wingercizing! I wonder what Kilo’s and Lima’s mom’s name is. I hope that we will learn about eagles and owls for the rest of the year AND in grade four! You should check out the eagle and owl cams. They are awesome! Pass the word!” ~Sarah

This is the manmade nest that David Hancock and his team had to build after Kilo BROKE the nest last summer! He is a NAUGHTY juvenile eagle!

This is the manmade nest that David Hancock and his team had to build after Kilo BROKE the nest last summer! He is a NAUGHTY juvenile eagle!

“Wow! One of the EGGS hatched. How cool is it to see a baby owl and its mom? Did you know that naughty Kilo, (from the White Rock eagle webcam last year), was jumping on the nest and then … crash … the branches broke and the nest fell down?” ~Madison

“We are up to the point where they are going to lay eggs! I like the Delta nest better because if I was in the White Rock one I would fall down into the ocean. The nests I’ve seen was Delta and the great horned owl. I have discovered that naughty Kilo destroyed the White Rock nest! I wonder why would naughty Kilo destroy his own nest? I hope that the White Rock eagles come back. I liked the baby eaglets. Kilo and Lima grew pretty fast. I can’t wait until the eggs hatch. All this happened because of David Hancock!” ~Alvin

“Today we watched a movie about eagles. It was called The Eagles Next Door. I discovered that eagles find a tree and their nest can weigh 450 kilograms! A few weeks ago we watched a small video of one NAUGHTY eagle named Kilo. He jumped in the nest then the nest fell down! I can’t believe how cute the eaglets are! My favourite cam is the Limpopo River. I love learning about eagles.” ~Fahad

“Guess what! We are looking at different webcams! Webcams are cams hung to a tree and they take a video of a type of animal. There are ones that I know of in White Rock, BC, one in Texas and at the Limpopo River in Africa. Oh and the webcam that we discovered this morning. Well, Mrs. Renton found it last night! My favourite webcam is in White Rock. Why? Because I like the location. The coolest thing I have seen so far is the bald eagle just staying at one place so long because I would be so tired of doing the same thing. Do you know what I know about eaglets? They do wingercizing, which means they make their wings stronger because they need to be able to fly. Do eagles live everywhere in the world? I hope the webcam can get close enough to the bald eagle nest because I would like to see the nest and eagle more often.” ~Ryan

Ooohhhhh! And HERE'S that VERY naughty crocodile from Pete's Pond! Screenshot taken by Evan. THANKS, Evan!

Ooohhhhh! And HERE’S that VERY naughty crocodile from Pete’s Pond! Screenshot taken by Evan. THANKS, Evan!

“I wonder why people used to kill bald eagles? I wonder why Kilo jumped on the nest and broke it last year. My favourite cam is the Wild Earth because it brings the coolest things. I really like Pete’s Pond as well because it gets stuff like crocodiles. The neatest thing I’ve seen so far is the David Suzuki show because I learned so many things like you have to roll the eggs so the chicks do not die. I also really like watching the great horned owls cam because I am interested in it. I wonder why so many eagles go to the landfills. I still can’t believe that a crocodile took a dead crocodile and smashed it in the water. I also really like Delta because it also brings really cool stuff. I think it looks funny when eagles are wingercizing. I really like barn owls because they are fun to watch. I think Kilo is braver than Lima because he tried everything before Lima. I think David Hancock is really important because he has saved a lot of eagles. I think David Hancock is really cool because he has done so many great things. I hope we do this again in grade four.” ~Omar

Welcome back to the bird show! On with the topic! Okay, so you know how when you go on a website for a bird, (cam), and if you just heard what I said … the topic … I’m going to give you a minute to think about it. Okay. So, if you guessed bird cams you were right. Now I will tell you about what we did in class today. We watched an eagle nesturating, which means getting ready for laying her eggs! Isn’t that cool? I bet that’s a new word for you and your dictionary! My favourite cam is the Pete’s Pond one because, well, it’s scary to tell!” ~Mila

What is THAT? GOOD eye, Evan! ANOTHER wonderful shot from Pete's Pond!

What is THAT? GOOD eye, Evan! ANOTHER wonderful shot from Pete’s Pond!

“I like to see eagles because they look nice. It’s nice to see the egg hatch.” Kagan

“Wowzers! I can’t believe it! So many cool birds! Me and my class are looking at so many cool birds on webcams. My favourite part is when they zoom into the nest in the tree! It nearly feels like you’re actually there! So cool! My favourite webcams are the Delta and Pete’s Pond ones. I like the Delta one because they’re starting to nesturate which means they’re starting to patch up the holes in their nest because soon they’re going to lay babies! It’s so exciting! I like Pete’s Pond because of all the different types of animals which come there! The neatest thing I’ve seen so far is wingersizing! If you’re wondering what wingersizing is, it’s really when the baby eaglets stat flapping their wings and bouncing around in the nest to exercise their wings. I wonder why birds put one leg up and sleep like that. So weird! I love webcams! Bye!” ~Riddhima

“Hey! Did you know that birds see ultraviolet (UV) light, which allows them to experience many more colours than we can?” ~Daniel S

THIS handsome fellow was spotted at Pete's Pond by Daniel B! We LOVE that the Grade Three Bloggers are sharing their discoveries and helping to add WONDERFUL photos to this post!

THIS handsome fellow was spotted at Pete’s Pond by Daniel B! We LOVE that the Grade Three Bloggers are sharing their discoveries and helping to add WONDERFUL photos to this post!

“Have you ever seen a live webcam? What me and my class have been up to these last few days is we have been watching webcams all over the world. I don’t know which webcam is my favourite. I love all of them because they’re so cool! The neatest thing we have seen so far is a hyena in Pete’s Pond. What I have discovered so far is that in the White Rock cam there is a mansion underneath it and the people who live there made an eagle pool for the eagles. I hope all the eggs are hatched! I wonder if eggs can be green, blue, or read. I hope we do this next year!” ~Simos

“Yesterday night we saw a great horned owl hatch! We are up to looking at the eagles nest because we are waiting for eagles to lay eggs! My favourite cam is Delta 2 East because the eaglets will hatch. The neatest thing I’ve see is the mama eagle. I’ve discovered that they build their nests 35 meters off the ground! I wonder why do eagles go in the eagle bath? I hope the eaglets hatch because I want to see eaglets really bad!” ~Evan

Wow! That's a BEAUTIFUL shot of the Delta eagle, Alvin! GREAT screenshot!

Wow! That’s a BEAUTIFUL shot of the Delta eagle, Alvin! GREAT screenshot!

“Squawk! Today my class learned about eagles and owls! It was really fun. When David Suzuki was telling about eagles, we saw Kilo and Lima! They were so cute! When they were teens, they were jumping on the nest and flapped their wings to fly. It is called wingersizing. And, when Kilo jumped on the nest it started to tear apart. And, with Kilo’s one last jump, the nest fell down. When their parents returned, they just saw the nest was gone and they flew away. After a few days Kilo was able to fly and flew away. Then Lima left after Kilo flew away.” ~Cathy

“Yay! Wa hoo! It’s working! Guess what we are up to? We are looking at Delta eagles, White Rock eagles and owls! How cool is that? My favourite cam would probably be … I think all eagle and owl babies that come out because I want to see which baby is oogly! The neatest thing is looking at the webcams because you never know what is going to happen. I discovered that in Texas there are barn owls that are nesturating for their babies. I wonder why owls stand on one leg when they sleep. I hope that the Delta mama can lay her eggs because in 2014 and last year, her eggs didn’t hatch and so I hope that they do this year. Hopefully ALL the eggs hatch!” ~Alexia

If you're VERY lucky, you MAY even spot an ELEPHANT or two at Pete's Pond!

If you’re VERY lucky, you MAY even spot an ELEPHANT or two at Pete’s Pond!

“Wow! You will not believe how much I just found out about eagles. Okay. I guess I should tell you about them. They were endangered not long ago. Why? Well, here are some reasons: shot, poisoned, etc. But, before I tell you about facts, I should tell you a story! Last year there was a big storm and the eagle nest was broken a bit. The mother had two kids: Kilo and Lima. Luckily they knew how to fly so when Kilo was jumping on the nest … well … the nest fell off the tree. When the mother eagle came home she was mad but, anyway, they build a new nest, (David Hancock did). Now on to the facts about eagles. When an egg comes out other eagles try to eat it. Aslo, when an egg comes out it has to be rolled every couple of hours. If not, the baby eagle will die. Also, when the eaglet, (baby eagle), comes out only 50 percent of baby eagles survive their first year. We are part of the problem of why we are losing eagles and other wild animals. I hope that this problem is fixed soon. Anyways that’s all I have to tell you about eagles. Hope you enjoyed it!” ~Carissa

Alexia and HER mom spotted the Savannah Georgia great horned owl stepping away from her owlet ... and ... the SECOND egg which was SOON to hatch!

Alexia and HER mom spotted the Savannah Georgia great horned owl stepping away from her owlet … and … the SECOND egg which was SOON to hatch!

“There is an eagle! Oh. Hi. I love the White Rock eagle cam because they live above a mansion. The coolest thing I’ve ever seen is the oogly eaglets. I discovered that before they fly they wingersize, which makes their wings stronger. I hope the White Rock eagles go to make a nest or live in the one David Hancock made them. I love eagles.” ~Carson

“Wow! What a wonderful view it is! Oh I was just looking through the webcams. Our class has been watching these cams for weeks. In fact, there are more than just one or two cams that we have been watching. Here are some of their names: Pete’s Pond, White Rock, Delta, Cornell Labs and many more. My favourite is Pete’s Pong in Africa because there is nearly always some kind of animal from a peacock to a crocodile. Oh, that reminds me of the time there was a crocodile attack. I should tell you about it. We were watching the cams and all of a sudden all the animals left the shoreline and ran away. Then, the cameraman started looking in different places to see what was going on. Finally he saw what was causing it. The thing that was causing it was a rock, ah … no … it was a crocodile as still as a rock, as quiet as a mouse, but, yes … a sneaky lowly mannered crocodile. Then another crocodile joint it. Now, if you want to leave you can … and think they were just having a tea party … so bye, bye. And, for those readers who have stayed, I am sad to say that it is not how it goes. But, those who have stayed I warn you … meat, blood and even death. But, now if you have bad dreams about it don’t say I didn’t warn you. Now … on with the story. Well, the crocodile was dearly dead then all of a sudden the first one bit the nearly dead one, lifted it above its head and smashed it down on the rocks and repeated it several times. Then the crocodile at the other one. I told you it was bad. Bye, now! Don’t have bad dreams!” ~Tanek

Oohh ... and a HYENA at Pete's Pond in Botswana! GOOD eyes, Daniel B!

Oohh … and a HYENA at Pete’s Pond in Botswana! GOOD eyes, Daniel B!

“Naughty, naughty Kilo, breaking the nest! In class we have been watching eagle and owl cams for the past week or so. Last summer Kilo , a not so baby eagle was jumping around the nest and … the nest started slipping our of the tree!!! With one last jump from Kilo the nest fell out of the tree and zoomed to the ground. Luckily Kilo and his sister Lima had already fledges, (fledged means taking flight for the first time). So, they didn’t fall with the nest. Phew! After the nest fell, David Hancock is a man who cares for the eagles so he helped by making part of a manmade nest for the eagles. Even now the eagles haven’t moved into the manmade nest. I really hope that the eagles move into the nest so they have a home! Maybe you have been wanting to know some stuff about eagles. Well, here are five facts. 1. Bald eagles were endangered not that long ago. 2. The male eagle is smaller than the female because it helps her keep her eggs warm. 3. When the eagles eat fish the male eats the head. 4. Baby eagles are called eaglets. 5. It takes both parents to care for their babies. Now, the eagle White Rock cam isn’t the only webcam we have been watching. We have also been watching Delta eagle cam, barn owls and, my personal favourite, Pete’s Pond. Pet’s Pond isn’t an eagle OR an owl cam. It is an African cam where you just see some African animals and that’s why I like Pete’s Pond the most. Some animals we have seen at Pete’s Pond are: wildebeest, giraffes, crocodiles, hyenas, gazelles, kudu and zebras. And now we are going to talk about owls! So, we have been watching barn owls and I am going to tell you a true story that happened to the Texas barn owls. So, it all happened in the middle of the night and the mama owl could tell something was outside and on the cam you can see the inside of the owl hut and the outside of the hut in a little screen in the corner of the main screen. So, anyways, the mama could tell that there was something outside and on the little screen we could see a rattle snake climbing down the side of the hut and started coming in the hut! We could see the mama biting the snake again and again. Then the mama won by kicking it out of the hole and onto the ground. That was the end of the story … so … bye!” ~Aimee

“We are looking at webcams. For bald eagles we have Delta and White Rock. We also have Pete’s Pond. For great horned owls we have Savannah Georgia. For Barn owls we have Texas barn owls. My favourite webcam is Pete’s Pond because you can see crocodiles, gazelle, wildebeest, hyena and zebra. Baby owls are called owlets and baby eagles are called eaglets. On Delta and White Rock you can see juveniles. Wingercizing is what some people call an eagle exercizing. When an eagle fixes its nest it’s called nesturating. One year White Rock’s babies were called Lima and Kilo and Kilo BROKE the nest! David Suzuki and David Hancock study birds. Cornell studies birds and has webcams. Dottie and Dash are the barn owl parents. That’s all folks!” ~Daniel B

 “Squawk, squawk!!! That is amazing! We are watching the cams. You don’t KNOW about the cams! I should tell you about it. Okay. Let’s get started. We should do the eagles first. Last year there were two baby eaglets named Kilo and Lima. Kilo was playing on the nest. The nest fell out of the tree and this guy named David Hancock build a manmade one for them but they have not moved in yet. Nest, we can do the Texas barn owls. Last night the owls left the box they live in but I do not know if they are back yet. If you search it up you can watch a video of a rattle snake attacking the owl with it babies last year. The two owls right now are named Dottie and Dash. Now, I only have time for one more cam and it is the great horned owl cam. We jut finished it. There are two eggs but there is a hole in one of them. They make their nests high up in the trees. I will tell you more about this later. So, go check them out. You will be AMAZED! See you later!” ~Mary

Thanks to Mary for this WONDERFUL screenshot with BOTH the Delta eagles at the nest last evening!

Thanks to Mary for this WONDERFUL screenshot with BOTH the Delta eagles at the nest last evening!

“My favourite webcam is Pete’s Pond. It happens at the Limpopo River. There were crocodiles, gazelle, wildebeests and zebras. Today I learned these things about eagles: not long ago eagles were endangered. Eagles start coming back to their nests earlier and earlier. There was an eagle who ate one of the eagle eggs. It’s hard to survive if you’re an eaglet, even for one year! In 36 days an eaglet named Kilo was hatched. If the eggs don’t get rolled, the eaglet inside will die. Bald eagles normally eat a lot of fish. Eagles do something called wingercizing to get stronger. Remember about Kilo? He was wingercizing and broke the nest and it needed to be built again. So, now we will call Kilo Naughty Kilo. The neatest thing that I’ve seen so far is an egg hatching! It was very surprising. We could even hear the peeping sound! Oh! I also learned that some birds sleep on one leg! They do that to keep one of the feet warm.” ~Ella

“Wow! That is a super cool webcam. I hope we check it out more. Oh ya. I have to tell you about my favourite webcam. It is the great horned owl webcam. Right now we are waiting for the egg to hatch. The first one has already hatched because it kept scraping the shell from the inside. The neatest thing that I have seen on the webcam is the owl look straight at the webcam because it was cool to actually see the front of the owl’s face. I have discovered that the owl lays its eggs before all the other birds. I thought it was a good discover because I think the owl can’t wait to lay its eggs and see it’s cute new born babies. I wonder why they call the owl the great horned owl. I hope the babies survive when they’re young. I can’t wait to see the great horned owl’s babies on the webcam.” ~Jamie

Well … we’ve only JUST begun. Some of us have been SO curious about learning how to screenshot with our laptops and iPads, even while we’re at HOME, that we’ve shown FIERCE engagement and active life long learning! Wow! The SKILLS we are developing are EXCITING! And … Mrs. RENTON is THRILLED to know that she has some NEW photographers to HELP her with these posts!

We wonder:

  • which of these webcams is YOUR favourite?
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Let the GAMES Begin: Papier Mache at its FINEST!

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

~Scott Adams

Yummy! What? It's NOT mashed potatoes? Oh ... it's a mixture of boiled flour and water for our papier mache today!

Yummy! What? It’s NOT mashed potatoes? Oh … it’s a mixture of boiled flour and water for our papier mache today! Looks like we’re in for a MESSY adventure!

This week we’ve been working to build even MORE strength into our paper structures … and … working HARD to build these structures up so that they look even MORE human! We have learned SO much through this building process. Some of our highlights are discovering the power of team work … especially in the midst of a “sticky” situation!

What follows are our insights as we’ve moved through stage TWO with our marionettes. We hope you enjoy reading our thoughts and sure hope you leave a comment  … it’s through your comments that we discover the power of a global audience. It lets us feel excitement and a desire to push ourselves even further with our writing skills when we know that we are writing for REAL readers! We KNOW we’ve “reeled you in” when you feel the need to leave us a comment!

DIVING in ... learning to MILK the paper so that we have just the RIGHT amount of glue!

DIVING in … learning to MILK the paper so that we have just the RIGHT amount of glue!

“We are papier maching out marionettes because if we didn’t papier mache them they would look bad! The easiest part was the eyes because you could just put the eyes right in the hole that Mrs. Renton poked in. The most hardest part was making the nose because I kept messing up. What I learned about papier mache is you HAVE to milk it because if you don’t mild it, the papier mache can grow mold!!! What I’m looking forward to next time is doing the hair!” ~Ryan

“Paper … water … flour … and … finally, salt! Dun, dun, DUUUUUNNN! Oh, and a lot of stirring!!! I really didn’t like the part where it was so, so, so, so GOOEY! It made me SICK … eh! Oh, and my marionette is from Ukraine and her name is Malery. She is adorable and so cute. My highlight is when we went to the bathroom to wash our hands because I don’t like gooey stuff!” ~Mila

Starting with the ARM links ... it's GOOD practice because the FACES are going to take a LOT of patience!

Starting with the ARM links … it’s GOOD practice because the FACES are going to take a LOT of patience!

“On Monday we started papier maching our marionettes! The mache that we were using had flour, boiling water and finally … my most favourite … I mean, Mrs. Renton’s most favourite, apparently … stirring! But, if you want me to say it the fancy way, whisking! There you go … the fancy way. On Monday, we worked on the first layer on the tube which acted like the body and we did the head of the marionettes. On Tuesday we did another layer on the head. On Wednesday we worked on the lips on our marionettes and another layer. And finally yesterday, which is Tuesday, we put on the eyes and the eye holes and of course did another layer. And today, which is Friday, we are finishing up and doing our reflections for our marionettes. The easiest part of the papier maching progress is putting in the eyes because all you had to do was put some plastic eyes in the eye holes. The most challenging part was making the lips because you have to shape them a certain way and curve them to glue them on. What I learned about papier mache was that it is VERY gooey and kind of gross to work with. My highlights were: putting on the eyes and putting on the eye lids because it makes the marionette look like a person inside a juice jug, is bald and has not clothes but it will look AMAZING when it’s done. I have no low lights!!! I love the making of our marionettes so far and I am SO excited to put the clothes on, make the hair and put it on and make iMovies and they’re the stars! If you make a marionette when you do the papier maching you should milk the pieces of paper towel and DON’T use white paper towel or your marionette will look like a ghost! And I don’t think anyone wants their MARIONETTE to look like a ghost. (At least I don’t want my marionette to look like a ghost!) I can’t wait to see what ALL the marionettes look like when they’re done!” ~Sarah

Wrapping the paper over the ends and tucking it in carefully is SO important because we want the string for our arm links to slide through with EASE!

Wrapping the paper over the ends and tucking it in carefully is SO important because we want the string for our arm links to slide through with EASE!

“Today my class did papier mache and first it wasn’t that much fun because the glue was yucky. But, when we did the head it was more fun because it was better. Well, the easiest part was doing the head because the papier mache was so fun and easy. The hardest part was doing the eye lids because it was so hard but someone helped me. This is what I’ve learned about papier mache: if you don’t mild the papier mache it gets so wet that it will not dry at all or never. These are my highlights: that the papier mache was so fun. Well, I have no low lights at all. This is what I’m looking forward to: finishing. If I give someone some tips I will say milk the papier mache very well and do your best!” ~Aboudi

“My marionette is from Tunisia. We had a choice to do Tunisia, Ukraine, India and Peru. We also papier mached them. The glue was made with flour, boiling water and salt. We brought money in. The amount was $2.75 to buy beads and plastic eyes. We milked the papier mache. Milking can be frustrating. The papier mache is messy and gooey. We use things to strengthen our marionettes. We use masking tape and glue. If you were to do a marionette you must mild it or you might get a moldy marionette or it will take a long time to day. I loved getting my hands messy. I can’t wait to finish.” ~Daniel B

Having fun in amongst making a mess!

Having fun in amongst making a mess!

“My favourite part was getting messy with the papier mache because I love getting messy. The hardest part was the mouth because to get the shape of the mouth with paper was hard. My goal for next time is make my hands smoother. My highlight is I’m finished my papier mache. My low light is nothing because everything I did was fun. I’m looking forward to the clothing because I love knitting. My advice for you if you are doing marionettes is never wear your favourite clothes because your clothes will get messy!” ~Madison

“OMG! This feels so goopy, I told my table group. It was the first day of papier maching and I was the first one to dip my papier towel into the papier mache. This is really easy, I said in my head. Well … actually … all I had done was milk five pieces and place them down on the arm links. This is so easy, I said in my head the next day, when I was papier maching the head. The nose was harder than the rest of the head. I guess I just found the arm links and the head easy because they were flat. The next day I thought I was doing good … but then Mrs. Lips moved in and WOW … it took her a while to move in. Then came Mr. Eyelids. Mr. Eyelids was easier to move in but still not as easy as the head! My highlights: getting messy, feeling the goop, milking. This list would go on for the next two pates if I were to write all the things I liked! My low lights: emptiness! I have NO low lights! If you ever do papier mache then here are some tips: try to get it as smooth as possible, don’t get too much glue; don’t forget to milk the paper towel AND your fingers. You have to try papier maching … you’ll enjoy it!” ~Aimee

Well ... they are DEFINITELY beginning to look like people ! Phew! What a relief!

Well … they are DEFINITELY beginning to look like people ! Phew! What a relief!

“Yay! We got to do papier mache. We papier mached our marionettes. This is our last day, but I’m done papier maching it. The easiest part was the eyelids because you just have to fold paper and put it under the eye and over top. I’m looking forward to the hair and clothes and iMovies because I want to learn how to do the iMovies. The most challenging part was the lip because you had to make a bend. That was really hard. What I have learned with papier mache is you need to mild it because if you don’t milk it when you put it on it might mold or it will also not dry quickly and there will be a big wet spot. The biggest highlight was finishing the hands because the hands were really hard. My low light was that my hands didn’t work out the way I planned because there were some lumps I had to take off. If I had to give someone tips, my tips would be to get a big piece of paper towel for the hands because if you have a big piece of paper towel it’s easier to get into the fingers. Grade Three rocks. Can I do it again?” ~Matt

“We are up to eyes because we did all the other stuff. The easiest part was to put the eyes on. The most challenging part was the mouth because it was standing up. I learned that the papier mache makes it stronger. My highlight was working on marionettes. My low light was getting mucky. I’m looking forward to dressing it up. My tips are: work slow on some places.” ~Alvin

I don't think SOME of us EVER got used to the ooey gooey feeling of the papier mache paste!

I don’t think SOME of us EVER got used to the ooey gooey feeling of the papier mache paste! Thank GOODNESS we had TONS of support from our friends for some of the TRICKY bits!

“We’re papier maching our marionettes. It’s so fun because I love art so much. The easiest part was the eyes because all you had to do was plop them in! I love papier mache because it can make paper stronger. Oops! Here’s some papier mache in my journal! I’m looking forward to dressing my marionette because it will be so fun. One tip I would give you is to make sure you always put the nose in the middle of the face because otherwise your eyes will be way too high!” ~Cooper

“Wha … no … it can’t be! Did the marionettes just come to life suddenly? Wow! The papier maching really made the marionette come to life! We are up to putting the hair on our marionettes because we worked our buns off! The easiest part of the papier maching process was getting the eyes in our marionettes because all you ad to do is pop the eyes in. The most challenging parts of the papier mache process was trying not to let the paper fold when you dipped the paper in the glue. I learned that papier mache makes the marionette a lot stronger because when you keep putting layers and layers of paper on something it makes it a lot stronger. My highlights of this process is getting messy because I like to get all dirty. My low light was when people would flick. I am looking forward to putting the final thing on my marionette structure. If I could give tips to someone who was building a marionette I would tell them: do not lose your patience and don’t give up. I would say that to them because there have been some spots where I have got me a bit mad but other than that I have had a lot of fun!” ~Jamie

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We definitely MADE this look easy … but … WHAT a challenge those hands were! We know it’s worth it, though, because the glue will make the cardboard stronger!

“My country is Tunisia because I like the cap on their head and they change the cap to cool them down: red, blue, white. I like my marionette. It looks like it’s real with the eyes and the hair. We did all the body and papier mached. It was so hard to do the mouth.” ~Kagan

“Yes! Papier mache marionettes! The easiest part was papier maching the body because it is round. The hardest part was the eyebrows because you had to get them perfectly on the eyes. My favourite part is everything because I can’t decide what I liked the most. My least favourite part is the hands because they are hard and frustrating. If someone was doing a papier mache marionette I would say remember to smooth it and milk it because if you son’t smooth it then you will have all of these floppy pieces of paper on your marionette and if you don’t milk it, it will be all soggy and it will go moldy. I am looking forward to dressing the marionette.” ~Elise

“Yay! Papier mache! I love to get messy! We did three layers of papier mache. I found the lips the hardest because when you put them on they move in a direction you don’t want them to! The easiest part was papier mache, because all you do is take a paper towel, put it in the mache, milk it and put it on the marionette. I can’t wait until we get messy again!!!” ~Carson

I can't BELIEVE how much more realistic these structures are becoming!

I can’t BELIEVE how much more realistic these structures are becoming! Just LOOK at that FINE formation of a TOP lip!

“We are making marionettes at school! We are doing papier mache to make our marionette structure stronger! The easiest part for my marionette was putting the eyes in because all you need to do is push! The most challenging part was to make sure the lips were just right! I am glad that the lips were just right otherwise my marionette would look weird! Papier mache seems like it makes your marionette all floppy and weak and wet but after a while it turns out to make your structure even stronger! Can you believe it? The best thing about my marionette is that my marionette did not get all moldy! Yay! My low light was that I had to get all mucky. I am looking forward to seeing how easy it is to dress the marionette! If I had to give someone tips I would say: if you are papier maching remember to milk very well otherwise it gets all moldy and yucky.” ~Riddhima

“Messy, messy, messy! We are doing papier mache. Papier mache is made of salt, flour and boiling water. Then you have to stir a lot. Plus you need a material such as paper, paper towel, etc. I really liked doing the eyes because it is fun to poke the eyes in. There were many challenging parts but I would say the hard part is papier maching the nose.” ~Tanek

Add a BOTTOM lip and ... VOILA ... it looks like a REAL mouth! Say CHEESE!

Add a BOTTOM lip and … VOILA … it looks like a REAL mouth! Say CHEESE!

“Guess what we are up to? We are papier maching our marionettes. The easiest part was putting on the plastic eyes because you just put them in. My most challenging part is getting my fingers all goopy and messy too. What I learned about papier mache is you have to milk your fingers or the paper towel will get moldy. My highlight is that we work with recyclable material. My low light is putting three layers on. I am looking forward to getting hair and the clothing on my marionette. To make the disgusting glue you get some boiling water, some flour and salt. I wonder how I am going to get my Ukrainian dress for my marionette.” ~Alexia

“My marionette is done with the papier mache! The easiest part was the eyelids because it was easy to get the shape. The most challenging part was the hands because it was hard to put the papier mache on the fingers. I learned, with papier mache, that you have to milk our fingers because if we don’t our marionette will get moldy! My highlight was that I was with my friends at my table. I have no lowlights.” ~Evan

“This is really sticky! Oh! Hi there! We just finished our papier mache. I want to tell you everything that we did but we only have a little time to talk! The papier mache liquide is gooey. It is made out of salt, flour and boiling water. The most easiest part was papier maching the body. My favourite part was doing team work with friends altogether. The hardest part was the lips. I discovered that if you do not milk it, it does not dry. The part I am looking forward to next is making the clothing with my Gramma. It is time to go, so … bye!”

WHAT?!? Are you SERIOUS? We need MORE paper! Thank GOODNESS we have some EXPERT paper tearers in here!

WHAT?!? Are you SERIOUS? We need MORE paper! Thank GOODNESS we have some EXPERT paper tearers in here!

“My class is making our marionettes. My easiest part f doing this was: dipping the paper in because all you needed to do was drop it in. My hardest part was: putting it on my marionette because it was hard to see if the clours were the same. I learned that papier mache can make your hands very gooey. My highlight was: that I learned an easier way to papier mache. My low light was that there were too many people chatting. I’m looking forward to dressing the marionettes because I drew a good copy of Ukrainian clothing. I gave Aimee a tip which was cleaning her fingers with one of the papers to papier mache. I gave a tip to Aboudi too, which was smoothing the papier mache down.” ~Ella

We're pretty ADORABLE, aren't we? Just wait ... the NEXT step is HAIR and TRADITIONAL CLOTHING from one of our four countries: Tunisia, Peru, India or Ukraine!

We’re pretty ADORABLE, aren’t we? Just wait … the NEXT step is HAIR and TRADITIONAL CLOTHING from one of our four countries: Tunisia, Peru, India or Ukraine!

“Have you ever papier mached? What me and my class have been up to these last few days: we have been papier maching. The easiest part was papier maching the eyebrows on because you just had to put a paper over it. The most challenging part was papier maching the hands because the paper would be bumpy and I had to smooth it down. What I learned about papier mache is that if you don’t milk it it can get moldy. My favourite part was getting messy and working with my hands! I don’t have a single low light because I loved all of it!!! What I am looking forward to next is seeing it when it’s all done because they look so cool. Tips that I would give someone if they were doing a marionette is that they will get gooey and they will have fun!” ~Simos

First day with papier mache:

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Be prepared to be AMAZED! Day two, three AND four:

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Cross your FINGERS for us … now we need all the SNOW to melt so that we can “borrow” some of the gravel from the PLAY park. Shh! It helps our structures to be even MORE stable when we add the hair and the clothing!

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And Our Marionette Adventure BEGINS!

The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.

~Paul Strand

This week began with the excitement of knowing that we would be starting our integrated, multi-disciplinary marionette project. We are SO excited and can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us!

We are AMAZED by the fact that paper towel tubes, newspapers and masking tape can become such awesome creations!

We are AMAZED by the fact that paper towel tubes, newspapers and masking tape can become such strong building materials … by itself,none of it is all that strong!

We are SHOCKED by how this project fits in SO many areas of learning! This is just the BEGINNING of our marionettes and ALREADY we have talked about fractions, measurement, referents, symmetry, 2 D shapes and 3 D objects in MATH! We’ve learned that you can build with a variety of materials and even make SOME materials STRONGER in SCIENCE. Just LOOK at what we’ve managed to do with our FLIMSY newspaper!!! We also LOVE that we are UP-CYCLING! ALL of these materials … including the JUICY jugs … would have ended up, worst case scenario, in the garbage. Best case scenario? In our recycling bins! We done research and note taking, sketching and PLANNING. Gosh … we’ve worked on collaborating, team work, effective communication skills and active LISTENING! We’ve learned that “paying it FORWARD” is a WONDERFUL way to walk through life … helping others … because when you’re dealing with MASKING tape … and newspaper … and paper towel tubes … you need ALL the helping hands you can GET!

Let the GAMES begin! We have our PARTNERS ... we have our TAPE ... we are RARING to go!

Let the GAMES begin! We have our PARTNERS … we have our TAPE … we are RARING to go!

It’s only been THREE days since we began our marionette adventure and we have MANY more weeks to GO! Just LOOKING at that last paragraph, no WONDER we’re pooped and ready for the weekend! Phew!

What follows are our thoughts SO far:

“We started working on marionettes on Monday. The easiest part was the newspaper because it was all rolling. It took so much time to do. My most challenging part to do was the head, the nose and the nostrils … and the eyebrows. I learned about building with newspaper. If you roll it, it gets stronger. My favourite part, or highlight, was taping because it was easy to rip. My low light was taping the whole thing because it took a l-o-n-g time! I am looking forward to making a movie. I have chosen Ukraine because my friend is from Ukraine and because the girls’ dresses are very nice. I wonder, from all the countries, on special days … do they wear special clothes? I can’t wait to papier mache!” ~Alexia

“Well, this is what we are doing in class. We are doing our marionettes!!! The easiest thing was doing the arm links and putting them on because they were small and easy to work with. The hardest thing was doing the eye brows and the nose too. My friend helped me. This is what I’ve learned with building with paper: that it is useful for our marionettes. It is cool that we put on the masking tape because it will hold the paper. I have no low lights!” ~Aboudi

Let's see ... I'll hold the tube while you do the taping ... then, we can switch and work on YOURS together!

Let’s see … I’ll hold the tube while you do the taping … then, we can switch and work on YOURS together!

“Guess what my class did a few days ago. We made marionettes! We are really close to doing papier mache. That is the French word for paper mache. Today we did the eye brows and noses! The easiest part of my marionette was taping the neck because all you need is one piece of tape! The hardest part of my marionette was the head and the nose because for the head it is hard to get the right looking shape! And for the nose it was hard to figure out the right place to put it. You won’t believe how easy it is to make paper stronger! All you need is a little bit of tape and there you go! The good thing is that my marionette’s face does not look like a monster! The bad thing about my marionette is that some pieces of tape are flappy! The part I’m looking forward to is dressing my marionette because I love the wrap saris! I think I am going to do India because I am from India. I love making marionettes!” ~Riddhima

“Guess what? We did marionettes for our art project! It is so fun because it is just fun. My favourite part is the body structures because it was the easiest part. The hardest part was doing the nose because you had to make it separately. I chose for my marionette to be from Peru. Each day we do a different part on our marionettes. It was so hard doing the face. It was fun.” ~Cooper

Oh my goodness ... I can't believe HOW much easier this job is with a partner!

Oh my goodness … I can’t believe HOW much easier this job is with a partner!

“This is going to be hard, I said in my head. In my class we are making marionettes. Mrs. Renton was just explaining how to make the body and the arm links of the marionette. Actually, it turned out it wasn’t as hard as I thought, but what I did find hard was the neck and especially the head. It’s weird because the head and the neck are only made of newspaper but if you roll, twist and tape it properly then it will turn out to be pretty stiff. Today we got one step closer to papier mache-ing! Yaaaaaa! My marionette is going to be dressed like a Peruvian rainforest girl. I can’t wait til Monday because that’s when we get to do papier mache!” ~Aimee

“Phew! It was THAT hard! Hi everyone! Today I am going to tell you about my marionette structure. We have made the body, head, shoulders, nose and eyebrows. My highlight is working in a group. I have chosen Peru because I do not want to do India and Tunisia. My brother did Ukraine so I did Peru. The most, MOST challenging part is … almost everything. The part I am really looking forward to doing is clothing with my grandma. My low light is cleaning up. My clothing is going to be a queen’s Peruvian clothing with a crown. I do not know what I am going to name it. I can not wait until grade two-ers get to do this! Time to go! Bye!” ~Mary

“We are EXHAUSTED making marionettes! The easiest part so far is the amazing taping and the hardest part is papier mache. I learned that building with paper is very fun! A highlight was using the newspaper because I love using paper. A low light is that it is very hard. Exhaustingly hard. I am looking forward to doing ANOTHER fun marionette! I have chosen Peru for my country. I am VERY happy that two very nice people came to help me catch up on my marionette.” ~Daniel S

How in the world is this flimsy newspaper EVER going to be strong enough to hold up the HEADS on our marionettes? WHAT? You can ROLL it and it becomes STRONGER???

How in the world is this flimsy newspaper EVER going to be strong enough to hold up the HEADS on our marionettes? WHAT? You can ROLL it and it becomes STRONGER???

“My class is up to making marionettes. Making the marionettes, the easiest thing was the arm links and the body, because it was the same way to make it and all we needed to do was to tape, and roll. My hardest part was making the heads because we need to make newspaper into a half oval. My highlight making my marionette was to hear that we will be making iMovies! My low light was: when I got mad because it was too hard to make the heads. I’ve chosen Ukraine to be my country because it was my favourite when we were trying out the tri-folds. I learned that paper can be made into wonderful things. I’m looking forward to dressing my marionette! I thought it was easy to do at first but it was very hard when I really tried.” ~Ella

“We did our marionette noses and eyes today! The easiest part for me is the arm links because they were easy to get it shaped. The most challenging part was getting the body small enough because it had to fit in the bottle. I learned that paper is really strong building material because it is holding our marionette heads up! My highlight was having fun with my classmates. My low light was trying to fit the tube in the bottle because it was too big. I am looking forward to the papier mache because I want to be messy! I’ve chosen Tunisia because it is really hot there!” ~Evan

Oh my GOODNESS ... this place is a DISASTER!!! But ... just LOOK at the fun we are having!

Oh my GOODNESS … this place is a DISASTER!!! But … just LOOK at the fun we are having!

“Guess what? We are making marionettes!!! We are making them from Peru, Tunisia, India and Ukraine. Mine is from the desert region in Tunisia. We will soon be doing papier mache. The easiest part for me, so far, is rolling paper towel tubes because my partner always has tape. The most challenging part for me, so far, is the eye brows because I could not get it so I asked for help and I got it. If you want to know about building with paper … you can make it stronger with masking tape because masking tape strengthens things. The highlight for me is that it is fun because I like it. The low lights for me is that it is hard because sometimes it’s hard. That’s all folks. Good bye!” ~Daniel B

“Hi! My name is Madison and I am going to tell you all about my marionette. My marionette is from Peru. I decided that I want to do Peru because my sister did Peru and it made me wonder a lot about Peru. My sister said to me: when you make marionettes it looks fun but it is hard. Did you know that Peru is south of the USA? Did you know that the capital of Peru is Lima? We’re almost done our marionettes. Hope you like it!” ~Madison

“Yes! Finally, we get to make our marionette structures! What? I was waiting for a LONG time! Now we are doing the noses. The easiest part was to tape because you just wrap. The hardest part was rolling the newspaper because if it was too big or fat you had to let go. I learned that paper is not a strong material because paper is weak. My highlight is it looks good. I don’t have any low lights. I’m looking forward to the clothing. The country I chose was Peru.” ~Alvin

Okay ... HOW many centimeters was this newspaper tube supposed to be? Around 20? Ya. That sounds about right!

Okay … HOW many centimeters was this newspaper tube supposed to be? Around 20? Ya. That sounds about right! Let’s make sure we start at the RIGHT end of the ruler!!!

“Wow! Those are the coolest marionettes I have ever seen. We are making marionettes. The easiest part of my marionette was making the body because I found it really easy rolling up the paper towel tubes. My class is up for the papier mache because we worked really hard. We learned that you can make paper into a really strong material. All you have to do is roll the paper up and maybe add a few strips of tape. The most challenging part of the marionette was doing the eye brows because my eye brows kept falling off my marionette. My highlight of this project was getting past and finishing my eye brows. My low lights were: nothing. I have had all highlights. I’m looking forward to putting the clothes on my marionette because I want to see what the clothes look like. I chose Tunisia because it seems like it’s a really rare country and I want to find out more!” ~Jamie

“Have you ever made a marionette? What me and my class were up to these past few days … we were building the structure for our marionettes. The easiest part was making the eye brows because you just have to roll a piece of paper. The hardest part was making the shape of the head because the head kept ripping. What I learned with building with paper is that you can make paper stronger. My favourite part was making the neck because I like to bend stuff. What I didn’t like was making the head because it was hard. I am really looking forward to the clothing and the papier mache because they look fun. The country that I chose was Ukraine because their clothes are cool.” ~Simos

Once you get the SHOULDER in place, you need even MORE masking tape! I can't BELIEVE how much masking tape we've gone through! We need SHARES!

Once you get the SHOULDER in place, you need even MORE masking tape! I can’t BELIEVE how much masking tape we’ve gone through! We need SHARES!

“I really loved doing my marionette. My favourite part that I enjoyed the most was the head because I am proud that I made it nice and smooth! The part that I didn’t enjoy doing was the nose and the ears because it was SO frustrating! The country that I have chosen is Tunisia because I like Tunisia because I like Tunisian traditional clothing. My favourite part was taping my whole marionette because I really like taping. I really, really liked doing the nose. I still feel like doing another one! I hope I do this in grade four! I’m really looking forward to putting the clothing on mine! I’m really up to doing the papier mache!” ~Fahad

“Yay! We are making marionettes! Mrs. Adamson’s class is coming to our classroom to watch our teacher show us the steps for making the marionettes. The easiest part was maybe … umm … the neck … because it was easy rolling up the newspaper. The most challenging part was making the head. You can easily make paper stronger by putting on layers of tape. My favourite part was the WHOLE thing! My low light is that some stuff was hard.” ~Ryan

Oh MAN ... here we go with ANOTHER great big mess! Are you KIDDING? You can use newspaper to make the marionette HEADS??? How in the WORLD is THAT going to be strong enough?

Oh MAN … here we go with ANOTHER great big mess! Are you KIDDING? You can use newspaper to make the marionette HEADS??? How in the WORLD is THAT going to be strong enough?

“Yay! We are doing our marionettes today. I found taping the head was the easiest part because it is a flat surface. The hardest part for me was making the nostrils because I am not good at crumpling. I learned that paper is not a strong building material but I can make it stronger because it would rip if it was weak. I am looking forwad to doing the papier mache because I want to see how it looks. The country I have chosen is Tunisia because I like it best. My favourite part was doing the head because it was easy. Another easy part was doing the arm lengths because all I had to do was shape some paper and tape it. Another hard part was doing the neck because rolling newspaper tightly is hard.” ~Omar

“Oh yeah! I forgot today we start our marionette structures! I am SO excited to make them. We made the marionette structures out of paper towel tubes, newspapers, scissors, an empty juice jug and a LOT of masking tape. First we made the body and the neck. Then we made the head and the arm links and today we made the nose and the eye brows. The easiest part for me was putting one piece of tape on the neck. The hardest part for me was making the arm links, making the head and making the body. I learned that flimsy paper can turn into a strong marionette neck and EVEN a marionette head!!! I liked everything about making the marionettes even the harder parts, (they give me a good challenge). I honestly don’t have any low lights! I am REALLY looking forward to doing the papier mache and taking them home to put the clothes on. Thanks for reading!” ~Sarah

OKAY ... NOW we're starting to GET somewhere!!! Once the front and back of the HEAD is on ... and COVERED in masking tape ... it actually LOOKS human. ALMOST!!!

OKAY … NOW we’re starting to GET somewhere!!! Once the front and back of the HEAD is on … and COVERED in masking tape … it actually LOOKS human. ALMOST!!!

“Hear ye! Hear ye! We are collecting all the marionettes from Ukraine, India, Tunisia and Peru! So, chop, chop! But, first I will say a few words about the marionettes. The highlight for me was the part when I did the taping because I just love tape because it’s the shorter way of using glue! My low light was when we did the noses because my partner didn’t really get how to make the nose so I had to explain it to him because he had no idea of how to do it!!! The easiest parts were when we did the taping because I just love, love, love, love to use tape! The hardest part for me was when we did the head because it was hard to get the shape and it kept ripping!” ~Mila

“Hello! We are forming our marionette structures. You must want to know what marionettes are. The easiest part was when we did the eye brows. The most challenging part was the nose. I chose Ukraine because I am part Ukrainian. My favourite part was when we did the shoulders My low light was when we did the head. It was so hard. I am looking forward to papier mache. We learned you can make paper stronger by rolling it. We had to make paper towel tubes smaller. We rolled them.” ~Carson

WHAT? Now we have MORE measuring and rolling and taping to do! We have to make the NOSES and the EYE brows!

WHAT? Now we have MORE measuring and rolling and taping to do! We have to make the NOSES and the EYE brows!

“Awesome! We just did our marionette structures! My favourite part was making the neck out of newspaper. I thought the hardest part was doing the nostrils because it’s hard to hold the ball together without it unwrapping. Paper is a very flimsy material but you can make it strong in several ways. I can’t wait to see what it looks like after doing the papier mache. I can’t wait until they’re finished and we put on the clothing and take them home. They look really good. Next session we are doing papier mache. It’s going to be very fun. The heads are shaped like an oval, not a circle.” ~Tanek

“Guess what? We made our marionette structures. Right now they look nothing like people but soon they will. My favourite part was putting on the nose because I liked curling paper and taping. I didn’t like the eye brows because of how you put them on. The easiest part was curling the paper towel tub and taping it together. I learned that even thought paper is flimsy you can make it strong. The country that I chose is Peru, the mountain region, because I liked their clothes and I just wanted to. What I am looking forward to most is doing the papier mache and dressing them.” ~Elise

Wow. What an UNbelievable adventure so far! We CAN'T believe how much more HUMAN they look!

Wow. What an UNbelievable adventure so far! We CAN’T believe how much more HUMAN they look!

“I’m excited about this project because it is my first time making a marionette. I’m excited because we are doing our four countries. I’m doing Tunisia because I like it because of how the clothes look. They look awesome. I think I like challenging myself to make a good marionette. The easiest part is the face and nose because the face you need to get a good oval shape.” ~Kagan

“Yay! We got to build our marionettes. We are not done but it’s really fun. My favourite was making the body because we got to put a lot of tape on and because we got to use team work. The country I’m doing is Tunisia because I studied that. The easiest part was the arm links because I had enough practice with the body so it was pretty easy. The most challenging part was the neck because I had to get help. The biggest highlight was getting the nose done because that was another really hard part. The biggest low light was the cheek bone because I didn’t put them actually in the right place. The thing I learned with paper was that we can make it stronger just by rolling it up. The reason why I thought it won’t work was because paper is really flimsy. The one thing I’m looking forward to doing is iMovies with our marionettes because I want to learn how to do iMovies. Can we do this again, Mrs. Renton? PLEASE???” ~Matthew

Next week? PAPIER mache! Cross your FINGERS for us! We can’t WAIT to see where this adventure takes us! We sure hope you enjoy our slide show as much as we have enjoyed THIS part of the marionette adventure:

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I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for.

~Georgia O’Keeffe

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

~Pablo Picasso

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Learning About Other Cultures Through Their Artifacts

 “Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.”

~ René Dubos

Welcome to part TWO of our amazing exploration of the Fort Calgary kit prior to our winter break! We had SO much fun exploring the traditional clothing from our four countries: Ukraine, Peru, Tunisia and India … but … we couldn’t WAIT to get our hands on the ARTIFACTS nestled gently in the big black box! What follows are our reflections and wonders! Enjoy!

What a BEAUTIFUL Indian necklace!

What a BEAUTIFUL Indian necklace! Notice the white museum gloves? They’ll help us protect the artifacts in the Fort Calgary kit! They make us feel pretty special, too!

“Guess what? We got a Fort CALGARY kit!!! I LOVED it! My favourite artifact was a pysanka or a sopilka, (flute). It was long and round like a recorder. I wonder if I could make a pysanka? I loved it!” ~Cooper

“Have you ever touched real artifacts from India, Peru, Tunisia and Ukraine? Well, we get to! Why don’t I tell you about it! Okay. Let’s start with Peru. My favourite is the peruvian wooden pan pipes because I am going to do flute lessons. So, they are kind of the same. My next favourite in Peru is the Ekeko. It’s my next favourite because it is carrying a little flute … and … I told you already … I LOVE flutes!” ~Mary

“Have you ever touched a matryoshka? It is a nesting doll. I have! The nesting doll is from Ukraine. It goes teeny-tiny! There are also pysanka, which is a painted egg that is painted by hand. It is so detailed. There were also spoons. The spoons were so pretty. They had designs on them that were fruits and vegetables. Peru had a knitted (woven) purse, car tire sandals and a gourd huiro! India had a clay drum, two gold necklaces and a rosewood flute. Tunisia had two desert roses and hand cymbals. My favourite artifact is the nesting doll. I hope we can do this again!” ~Elise

Check out this GORGEOUS Ukrainian pysansky!

Check out this GORGEOUS Ukrainian pysansky!

“My class turned into a museum because of Mrs. Renton’s Peruvian, Ukrainian, Tunisian and Indian collections. Our job was to draw the artifacts and write about them. I drew the ceramic ocarina, seed jewelry, a purse, a jewelry box, a flute and a necklace. My favourite was the ceramic ocarina, necklace, seed jewelry and a purse that was from Peru. My highlights were getting to see and touch all the stuff from Peru, Ukraine, Tunisia and India and get to hear the music. My low lights were not getting to sketch all the stuff. If only I could, I wish I could find one of the ocarinas and jewelry boxes. I really wish I knew where Mrs. Renton got that stuff!” ~Ella

“Yay! We have the Fort Calgary kit today! We discovered a lot of things. My favourite one was the nesting doll. I liked seeing how they were shaped and how tiny they were. They were invented in Ukraine. Some nesting dolls are as small as my pinkie finger. Some were as big as my thumb. Pysanka is an egg. I also like the Indian golden necklace. It sparkles. I liked the folktales from Ukraine.” ~Alvin

“Yes! We have another Fort Calgary kit. No, not the clothing, but the artifacts from Peru, Ukraine, Tunisia and India. The class looked like a museum. Everybody had white museum gloves on. Lots of people are still bringing in nesting dolls. I think having weaving as a job would be very hard but fun. Clay drums would be very hard to make but I have made a candle. I wish I had some desert rose. It would be very cool. I love Fort Calgary kits!” ~Daniel B

Wow! If they weren't dusty I'd LOVE to blow on this Peruvian panpipe!

Wow! If they weren’t dusty I’d LOVE to blow on this Peruvian pan pipe!

“YAY! The Fort Calgary kit artifacts are here. Let me see what I am going to first! Oh look! There are artifacts from all of the four countries: from India, Peru, Tunisia and Ukraine. I went to Ukraine first because it had a nesting doll. I also went to Tunisia. It had not that many things. It had hand cymbals and a desert rose. I think Peru was my favourite one because I had more good drawings. I mostly like Peru because it had lots of things. It was an awesome day!” ~Alexia

“Have you ever seen drums from India? We had some artifacts come in from Fort Calgary. My favourite artifact was the nesting dolls. I liked the nesting dolls because they kept getting smaller. I also liked the Indian drums. I liked the Indian drum because I want to play drums. I liked the Peruvian dolls. I also liked the pan pipes. I really liked the Indian jewelry. I liked the Peruvian huiro because the designs looked cool. I really liked the Tunisian desert rose. I wonder what the nesting dolls are made of. I wish we could do this again!” ~Simos

“Wow! My class is like … a MUSEUM! My class had a Fort Calgary kit come in. It was weird because even though it was from Fort Calgary it had stuff from Tunisia, Ukraine, Peru and India. There was about ten things from Fort Calgary but Mrs. Renton had brought in about thirty things she had collected over the years. My highlights are: getting to have the kit in our classroom, getting to sketch them and having a peek into other countries!” ~Aimee

Check out this Tunisian desert rose! What a beautiful sedimentary rock with gypsum minerals!

Check out this Tunisian desert rose! What a beautiful sedimentary rock with gypsum minerals!

“Oh! I forgot! Today is our Fort Calgary kit day! Yeah! When we got into our class we came to the carpet and Mrs. Renton told us about the Fort Calgary kits. We got to pass around the Fort Calgary kit stuff with gloves. There were things from Peru, India, Tunisia and Ukraine. And, plus, Mrs. Renton had WAY more stuff than the Fort Calgary kit even had! In the Fort Calgary kit there were a desert rose, ocarina, one gold necklace and more! Mrs. Renton ALSO had a gold necklace, a desert rose, ocarinas and more! My favourite thing was the ocarinas and the pan pipes. I found that there was not much stuff for Tunisia from the Fort Calgary kit OR Mrs. Renton! I ALSO found that Mrs. Renton had a LOT of stuff from Peru! I am SO glad that we got to do the Fort Calgary kit! It was SO fun!!!” ~Sarah

“I love the Ukrainian nesting dolls. I actually have one. The colour is so unique. In Ukraine, they call nesting dolls matryoshka! I had a trip to Mexico and I saw wooden pan pipes. In Peru they play wooden pipes! Tunisia has rocks that are called desert rose. There are crystals outside of the rock. India has amazing jewelry. I love the stuff in the Fort Calgary kit.” ~Evan

“That was so much fun! Oops, excuse me! I was just talking about the things I did with the Peruvian, Indian, Tunisian and Ukrainian artifacts. I really liked the Indian artifacts. But, I also liked the matryoshka, (nesting dolls). But the pysanka was very nice, (painted egg), and they were both from Ukraine. One of my favourite things was the trinket boxes from India. Another favourite is the clay drum from India. Oh, and the rosewood flute. There was a lot of things from the kit … and a huiro. A huiro is an instrument from Peru. It is made from a gourd!” ~Tanek

We were CRAZY over the Ukrainian matryoshka ... the nesting dolls!

We were CRAZY over the Ukrainian matryoshka … the nesting dolls!

“Yay! The Fort Calgary kit is here again! Only this time, it’s artifacts! What’s this? A painted egg? What??? What’s more … it’s called pysanka!!! And, it’s from Ukraine! It’s beautiful. So beautiful. I wish I could have taken it home!!! What? Now a gold necklace from India? I wish I could WEAR it! Guess what else … a rosewood flute! I hope it happens again soon!” ~Carissa

“OMG! The Fort Calgary kit artifacts are here today!!! They’re the ones from our four countries: India, Tunisia, Ukraine and Peru. My favourite artifacts were the drums and the nesting dolls. I liked the drums because they are one of my favourite instruments, even though I don’t play them! I wonder if the INdian people play them using the little green dots that are on the drum. The lowlights I had about the drum was that I didn’t get to play the drums for that long and also because I didn’t get to be at the station that long. I also liked the matryoshka, which was a nesting doll. I liked the nesting doll because you could take it apart and see how small it could go. Thank you Mrs. Renton.” ~Jamie (You’re welcome, Jamie … it was thrilling for ME too! 😉

“Wow! These Peruvian artifacts are so cool! I wonder how the Ukrainian people make matryoshkas. I wish I could have my own rosewood flute. I also wish to have some hand cymbals. I wonder how you make hand cymbals. I wonder how Peru’s weaving is so neat. I wonder why and how pysankas are made.” ~Omar

We LOVED investigating these artifacts. Some of the details we were able to record in our sketches were AMAZING!

We LOVED investigating these artifacts. Some of the details we were able to record in our sketches were AMAZING!

“Last week, or so, we had the Fort Calgary kit artifacts. They were so cool! It was SO fun that day. The artifacts were so cool! SO cool. My favourite station was India. My favourite one was India because it had a cool drum. I might draw the drum. Oh, this is fun! Right now we are listening to music from Peru. After I sketched a picture of the drum from India I went to Ukraine and sketched a picture of a nesting doll. It was so fun that day!” ~Ryan

“Ahh. Nothing is better than going to a bake sale on a sunny day. Look! There it is! The bake sale! Look at that layered cake. It is SO pretty. Eeee!!! They have strawberry with whipped cream on the cake!!! I’m going to tell them about … not their baking … but … something different. I am going to tell them about … wait for it … the FORT CALGARY KIT ARTIFACTS!!! The first artifact I’m going to tell you about is the Ukrainian painted egg, which is called a pysanka. It usually is coloured red. They usually have flowers or patterns on them! That’s all for now. Now I’m going to eat some cake!” ~Mila

“On the blog we have a post about our four countries: Peru, Ukraine, Tunisia and India. This post is about our four countries ARTIFACTS! My favourite artifact was the ocarina from Peru. An ocarina is a whistle. My second favourite artifact is the flute from India. I hope you like it!” ~Madison

This Peruvian ocarina was a HUGE hit ... Mrs. Renton bought it at Ten Thousand Villages!

This Peruvian ocarina was a HUGE hit … Mrs. Renton bought it at Ten Thousand Villages!

“I thought the clay drum was really cool because I love the sound so much! The next thing was the desert rose – it had some crystals in it. I loved the wooden pan pipes! I am so happy that we got the Fort Calgary kit. The class was like a museum! The golden necklace was SO cool. I hope we get the Fort Calgary kit again!” ~Fahad

“On Wednesday, the artifacts came in to the classroom and all the things were so cool. It was from our four countries. My favourite was the nesting dolls because they look cute and how small they get as well. It was so fun drawing as well!” ~Aboudi

We hope you enjoy the slideshow of our adventures with the Fort Calgary artifacts even HALF as much as we loved having the kit for the week!

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“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”

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Exploring Culture Through Traditional Clothing

We are increasingly recognizing and accepting, respecting and celebrating, our cultural diversity.

Julie Bishop

Just before our winter break, we had the privilege of borrowing an amazing kit from Fort Calgary. This treasure box was FILLED with artifacts and traditional clothing from the four countries we explore in our Grade Three Social Studies curriculum: Peru, Ukraine, India and Tunisia. It was an amazing week filled with smiles and discovery. This is the first of two posts reflecting on our adventures with the kit. We hope you enjoy our thoughts:

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Peru

“On Monday, the Fort Calgary kit came into the classroom. All the tri-folds were so cool and very well painted as well. It was awesome to try the clothes on. It was lots of fun doing it. Each tri-fold I did was awesome and all the clothes looked so nice and beautiful! My favourite is the Indian tri-fold. Why? Because the Indian tri-fold looked too cool and awesome as well!” ~Aboudi

“I thought the Tunisian tri-fold looked nice because I kind of like camels. But, I don’t like the Tunisian traditional clothing! I loved the Peru tri-fold and the traditional clothing because I loved the decorations. They were so beautiful. My other favourite one was India because it had a lot of decorations and I also loved the traditional clothing. But, the Ukrainian traditional clothing was so funny. I am so happy that we got the Fort Calgary kit!” Fahad

“Hey, guys! We are learning about Ukraine, Tunisia, India and Peru. My favourite part was trying on the traditional clothes. My sister told me about the traditional clothes because she was in Mrs. Renton’s class last year. She told me that some of the tri-folds were made by Mrs. Renton!” ~Madison

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India

“Earlier this month we tried on the traditional clothing from: Tunisia, India, Peru and Ukraine. In the class almost all the desks were moved around because of the tri-folds. My favourite tri-fold was the Indian one. The Indian one was interesting because it had the Taj Mahal and mountains. The Ukrainian boys pants were really puffy. The traditional clothing came from Fort Calgary. I enjoyed the traditional clothing. Back to the Indian tri-fold. The grass for the Indian one was very green. The Ukrainian tri-fold was very nice too. I liked all of them, actually. I had SUCH a good time!” ~Ryan

“These Ukrainian puffy pants are really annoying! I wonder why the INdian and Ukrainian pants are so puffy? I think drawing the Indian tri-fold was quite hard. I felt that wearing the Ukrainian clothing felt a bit funny. I wonder why the Tunisian clothing is so big. I wonder why the Peruvian clothing has no sleeves. I wish we actually went to Fort Calgary.” ~Omar

“Yay! We get the Fort Calgary kit today!!! We get to try on traditional clothes from India, Tunisia, Ukraine and Peru. My favourite traditional clothes were the Indian clothes. I liked the Indian clothes the best because they were comfy inside and they were big and the top was gold. My favourite tri-fold was the Tunisian one because it had a camel on it and camels are one of my favourite animals. They are really fun to draw. Today was the best day ever. I can’t wait until we get to look at all the artifacts from our four countries!” ~Jamie

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Tunisia

“Scratch, scratch, scratch! Ooops. Me and my class just did some things with traditional Indian, Peruvian, Tunisian and Ukrainian clothing. And, it still itches! One of my favourite parts was the Ukrainian clothing. I really liked it because it had a sash. But, I also liked how puffy it was. Some of the men on the tri-folds were very tall. I liked trying on the traditional clothing. Some were easy to stick on. Others were not. The tallest guy is the Indian man. He was hard to get into. I liked the Indian background. But, I also liked the Tunisian background. It had a camel. But there is only one fact to go into. My favourite clothing is from India and Ukraine.” ~Tanek

“Wow! Everyone shrieked! Me and everyone else saw big … well … cardboard things. We were all getting all our mittens and coats and other winter gear off when Mrs. Renton called us to the carpet for a quick announcement. All of us got off our snow gear, got on our indoor shoes and came to the carpet. When we got to the carpet Mrs. Renton told us that it was our Fort Calgary kit day. We were all SO excited to learn a little bit more about our four countries: Peru, India, Tunisia and Ukraine. When Mrs. Renton finished going over the rules and telling us how to control the tri-folds we got to go to our desks. Our first tri-fold was the Ukrainian tri-fold. When we were there we got to try on Ukrainian clothing and then Mrs. Renton took a picture each time someone changed the clothes or put their faces in the holes on the tri-folds. Our next stations was the Tunisia, then Peru and then India. On all the tri-folds there were people from their culture dressed in some of the traditional clothing. My favourite pair of clothing was the Indian ones. The Indian clothing had beautiful flower designs in gold. I will NEVER forget that AWESOME day. It was SOOOO fun!” ~Sarah

“We had the Fort Calgary kit. It was very fun. Let me tell you about the traditional clothing and tri-folds. Some of the clothing was puffy, fluffy and itchy. It was hard not to scratch. The Tunisian tri-fold had a desert and a camel with a master who somebody could stick their head in. The Indian one had the Taj Mahal. The Peruvian one had a village. I heard a lot of excited people. I said this is very fun. I wonder if we will have a Fort Calgary kit in Grade Four?” ~Daniel B

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Ukraine

“My favourite tri-fold was the Ukrainian one and it was my second tri-fold. I like how they thought of white traditional clothing. I want to put the traditional clothing on again because it was fun in the tri-fold and clothing! I liked the Peruvian hat because it felt soft. It felt like I was snuggling with my stuffie. The one I saw had deers and had a fluffy ball on the top and black and gray patterns on the hat. It was manmade.” ~Alvin

“My class was trying on traditional clothing from India, Peru, Tunisia and Ukraine. My favourite tri-fold was Peru and my favourite clothing is Ukraine. The highlights I have were:

  1. getting to try on the clothing from the other countries.
  2. seeing the tri-folds.
  3. looking at other countries through the pictures on the tri-folds
  4. seeing what other countries wear.

The things that I didn’t like:

  1. the Tunisian girl’s clothing.

That’s the only thing I didn’t like! The Ukrainian clothing looked like this: the Ukrainian clothing for girls looked like a short dress with some colourful lines going around. I really liked the clothing. I wish we could do it next year! ” ~Aimee

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“My class and I were trying out the Fort Calgary kit. My favourite tri-fold was the Indian one and my favourite clothing was Peru. My highlights were: getting to try all the four countries clothes and getting to try all the tri-folds. My lowlights were: that we couldn’t stay longer at the tri-folds. After, at almost the end, my class and I drew our favourite tri-folds. I finished mine just in time. My best friend Aimee couldn’t because she drew the hardest one. What would your favourite clothing be?” ~Ella

“Giant tri-folds? I walked in Monday and there were gigantic tri-folds of our four countries: Ukraine, India, Peru and Tunisia. I was SO surprised and excited. My favourite tri-fold is India. On the Tunisia tri-fold there was a person holding a camel. The boys wore a dress sort of thing that was red. The girls wore a skirt overtop of a dress shirt. On the Peru tri-fold there was a home with pots and there are two girls and two boys. The oldest boy is holding a guitar. The girl’s clothing is a skirt with a shawl that you wrap around yourself. On India’s tri-fold there is the Taj Mahal and two girls and two boys. The girl’s clothes are a dress and sari. The boys clothes are puffy pants and a gold jacket. On the Ukraine tri-fold there is two boys and two girls. The girl’s clothes are a skirt and a shirt. The boy’s clothes are puffy pants and a shirt with pompoms on it. I loved the tri-folds.” ~Elise

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“Guess what? Have you ever wondered if you could try on Ukrainian, Tunisian, Peruvian and Indian clothing? I do not think you could try it on but I can tell you what they look like. Why don’t we start with Ukraine. The boys have golden pants and a white shirt with red designs on it and some strings with pompoms and a hat with ribbon on it. The girl’s clothing has a green skirt with flowers on it. The shirt is the same but without the pompoms and there is a crown made of flowers. That is all for Ukraine. Now for Tunisia. The girls clothing is a little shirt and some BIG overalls with buttons. The boy’s clothing is a round and circle hat. Now the Peru clothing. Why don’t we start with the boy, okay? The boy’s clothing is a long dress and a hat. The girl’s clothing is a skirt and a shawl. Now for the Indian clothing. The girl’s clothing is a dress with a scarf to put on your head. The boy’s is fluffy pants and a button shirt. What is your favourite clothing?” ~Mary

“Yay! We got to try on traditional clothing from Peru, India, Tunisia and Ukraine!!! It was SO much fun. My favourite part was when I got to try on the Ukrainian clothing because it was really puffy and the tri-fold was really cool because I have Ukrainian blood. So, that’s why I like Ukraine. But, my second favourite one was Tunisia because I thought the girl’s clothing was the boy’s clothing!” ~Matthew

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“YES! We are getting the Fort Calgary kit! I love getting the Fort Calgary kits! They have always been SO fun! At first we went to Peru! I loved the traditional clothing. I wonder if I could make my OWN tri-fold? I loved it!” ~Cooper

“Wow! Look! I think it’s traditional clothing day and we are going to fly to four different COUNTRIES! Well … tri-folds! My favourite thing was the Ukrainian tri-fold. I loved all the different colours on it. I noticed that the colours on it made it pop out! I also liked the Indian tri-fold because all the clothing was really pretty and shiny. But, the pants were not comfortable at all. And, the one from Peru was really pretty because it had a lot of detail!” ~Mila

“I liked the Ukrainian clothing because it had pompoms! We tried on clothing from Peru, Tunisia, India and Ukraine. There were hats that came with the clothing. I liked the tri-fold from Tunisia. It had camels. Camels are my favourite animals. I wonder, is it really hot there or cold there? I hope I go to Tunisia one day.” ~Evan

“Have you ever gone to Tunisia, Ukraine, India or Peru? Our teacher made tri-folds of Tunisia, Ukraine, Peru and India. We got to put on traditional clothes from our four countries. There were holes in the tri-folds for us to put our heads through. When we got to put the clothes on I felt like I was in the four countries. The tri-folds actually looked like our four countries. The Ukrainian clothes were my favourite because there was a fedora. I didn’t like the Tunisian one because it was so big. I liked the Indian one because it made me look rich. All the tri-folds looked like the real places. It was awesome. It was very fun.” ~Simos

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“Yay!!! The Fort Calgary kit is here!!! Starting in Tunisia! Wow! I was not expecting the clothing they wear in Tunisia to be like that. It’s a men’s shirt with overalls. (The overalls are actually a long skirt.) Next, I’m flying to Peru. The clothing is SO cool. The skirt … well … it was SO hard to get on. Next stop: India! My favourite place. I loved the sari. It was velvet purple with gold designs. Now … the last, but not the least, UKRAINE!!! The clothing was itchy, puffy and hard to get on. Finally we were done. Then we sketched the backgrounds. Well, of course I did India! India was hard to do, but, in the end it was great!!!” ~Carissa

We sure hope you enjoy the slideshow that shows you just SOME of our adventures with the Fort Calgary traditional clothing! Our next post will show you our adventures with the ARTIFACTS from Ukraine, Tunisia, India and Peru!

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It is time … to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

Maya Angelou
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