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.”

~ Cesar Chavez

 

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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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We ALL Have Rights!

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

We had a REALLY hard time believing that there are children in the world who DO NOT have the right to go to school just like WE do.

On November 23rd we were … SILENT! WHAT … 26 grade three students SILENT … for an ENTIRE day??? That’s RIGHT! We weren’t alone, though! Our whole ENTIRE school participated in We are Silent. Thanks SO much to our Student Council for taking this initiative on. Together we ARE stronger.

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We were silent because MANY people don’t have rights in our world. Some people can’t even afford or aren’t even ALLOWED to go to SCHOOL! What? THAT can’t be right, can it? We were SHOCKED to discover that in the year 2015 there were still places in the world where people were not allowed to go to school. Some of these people can’t even speak up for their own rights.

We wondered HOW this could happen so we did some research. We discovered a LOT of things that made us sad. Did you know that some people in the world can’t go to school because of:

  • war
  • because they’re girls – WHAT?!?
  • they can’t afford it
  • their country is poor
  • natural disasters
  • there might not be any teachers to teach them
  • because their country won’t allow it
  • they might have to get married really young
  • they might be slaves
  • poor sanitation
  • they have disabilities
  • they might have to work to support their families
  • their country may have agreed to the Convention on the Rights of the Child but they don’t enforce it

While we dove into our research, trying to find out WHY so many children can’t or aren’t ALLOWED to go to school, we discovered SO many other things along the way. We talked about how women weren’t even allowed to VOTE in Alberta until 1916. If you think THAT’S bad … women in Quebec couldn’t vote until 1944! Gulp. One student even brought up his background knowledge of the Civil War and how, in the United States, people were fighting about whether it was okay to keep people as SLAVES or not. Double gulp. We even talked about the Underground Railroad!

We MAY only be eight and nine years old … but … we KNOW a LOT. And, we have OPINIONS! Thank GOODNESS we live in a country where we are free to and ENCOURAGED to express our thoughts and opinions. Thank GOODNESS we live in a country where we are ALLOWED to go to school. We know that not everyone is as lucky as we are … even in Canada.

Our silence? An entire SCHOOL’S silence? An entire WORLD’S silence? We HAVE to care. We HAVE to do something TOGETHER. After all, together we ARE strong. We KNOW that our day of silence is NOTHING like having no power to speak up for your rights. Maybe one day ONE of us, or a WHOLE bunch of us, will FIND the KEY.

Our slideshow of the day:

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We wonder:

  • how can it BE that so many children and adults are unable to speak up for their rights?
  • what can WE do to help make a difference?
  • Our day of silence was one TINY step … have YOU taken any steps to make a difference? We’d LOVE to hear about it!

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”
~Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

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A Special Surprise Arrives!

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. 

~William A. Ward

WHAT? We have MAIL? How COOL is THAT? And, it's ALL the way from AUSTRALIA!

WHAT? We have MAIL? How COOL is THAT? And, it’s ALL the way from AUSTRALIA!

Yeah! A SURPRISE package! WHAT??? Not ONE package … but THREE packages! You’ll NEVER believe where they CAME from … all the way from ROSS in AUSTRALIA! We wonder WHAT is IN those packages! Some of our guesses were:

  • stuffed animals because when we shook it it SOUNDED a little rattly … and Ross has SENT us stuffies before!
  • hockey sticks? (Are we thinking this because the SNOW is starting to fly?) 😉
  • inflatable soccer balls? (Some of us must be HOPEFUL that the snow won’t last THAT long!)
  • hockey pucks?
  • some of us thought it might be CDs because we know that Ross is a GREAT movie maker and he’s sent them in the past!
  • a SNAKE??? (Mrs. Renton sure HOPED not!!!)
  • a FLAG?
  • a MAP?
All this guessing and SUSPENSE was KILLING us! Come on! Let's RIP these parcels open!

All this guessing and SUSPENSE was KILLING us! Come on! Let’s RIP these parcels open!

We VOTED to decide WHICH package to open FIRST!!! Then, Mrs. Renton drew NAMES to be fair! We felt REALLY excited! We were SO surprised when we OPENED the packages and discovered what was INSIDE! WHAT!!! A DINOSAUR egg? Just add WATER and WAIT!!! We’ll have to wait until Monday because … well … what if it gets LOOSE over the WEEKEND … and makes a mess of the CLASSROOM??? (The STUDENTS aren’t afraid of the dinosaur wrecking the class but Mrs. RENTON sure is!!!)

Oh, MY! What IS it?

Oh, MY! What IS it?

We thought the Ancient Animals book and ultraviolet magnifying glass was SO cool because the magnifying glass would show you secret messages on some of the cards!

Oh, WOW! This secret ultraviolet magnifying glass is AMAZING!

Oh, WOW! This secret ultraviolet magnifying glass is AMAZING!

We LOVED the surprise presents that came from Ross! He knew that, because we were learning about fossils, we would LOVE the gifts!

Here’s a SLIDESHOW of our surprise mail adventure. We sure hope you enjoy it as much as WE enjoyed RECEIVING these special gifts:

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Ross, we have SO much gratitude for these surprise parcels! Thank you SO much for being such a WONDERFUL teacher to us … all the way on the OTHER side of the world! You should know that, even after SEVERAL years, students THOROUGHLY enjoy your surprise packages. One of their most FAVOURITE activities is spotting the SNAKE cards, SNEAKING up behind Mrs. Renton, ACTIVATING the card and ASKING her, with HUGE twinkles in their eyes, WHICH disgusting snake she thinks it MIGHT be! (THANKS for THAT!!!) 😉

You have blessed our learning in SO many ways and your kindness is treasured by both current AND previous Global Grade Three bloggers, (and their lucky teacher)!

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

~Nelson Henderson

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You CAN Change the World! You JUST Need to BEGIN!

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

~Anne Frank

If you aren't familiar with this story, you should DEFINITELY check it out of your local library.

If you aren’t familiar with this story, you should DEFINITELY check it out of your local library.

Yesterday, we read an AMAZING book. It was called Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed. It’s ALL about a LITTLE girl named Mary. She is just an ordinary, typical little girl. BUT … SHE manages to CHANGE the world … for the BETTER! HOW does she do this, you ask? Well … by doing just one TEENY tiny GOOD deed! WHAT? One itty bitty, teeny tiny good DEED? Yup! We think we should ALL try it!

Not only was this a FANTASTIC story … it led to some AMAZING and PAINFUL math … painful in a GOOD way! Could you REALLY change the world … in just FIFTEEN days? We all took a guess … and then … we settled in to do some REALLY challenging MATH!

Let’s see. If MARY did something REALLY nice for ONE person … and THAT person decided to do something REALLY nice for FIVE people … that ONE person changed the world for THOSE five people. Now … WHAT if THOSE five people each decided to do something REALLY nice for … five MORE people! Hmm. Well … that would be 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 25. (Some of us actually did 5 X 5 = 25!)

There was NO stopping SOME of us ... we GRABBED this challenge like PITBULLS and just WOULDN'T let go!

There was NO stopping SOME of us … we GRABBED this challenge like PITBULLS and just WOULDN’T let go!

Okay … well … THAT was the EASY part. Now … WHAT if THOSE 25 people each decided to do something really nice for another FIVE people? WHAT? Okay … how are we going to figure that out? We stood in a circle. There were ALMOST 25 of us … so we tossed in a couple stuffies. (Thanks, Ross!) We each held up one hand and then we counted by 5s. In the end … that came out to 125 people!

OH oh … NOW we had to calculate what would happen if EACH of THOSE 125 people decided to do something nice for five MORE people! 125 + 125 + 125 + 125 + 125 … GULP! There DEFINITELY weren’t enough fingers and toes to do THIS calculation! HOW are we going to solve THAT??? I SWEAR you could begin to smell BRAIN cells burning! THAT’S when SOME of us began to pull out the PLACE value blocks! GREAT thinking … because RIPPING numbers apart is what we’ve been TALKING about! Others just did it on PAPER. WOW!

Grabbing the place value blocks was a FANTASTIC strategy ... until the numbers got SO large that we ran OUT of manipulatives!

Grabbing the place value blocks was a FANTASTIC strategy … until the numbers got SO large that we ran OUT of manipulatives!

Okay, so IN the END … if 125 people each did something nice … that would be 625 NEW people who could do something nice for ANOTHER 5 people. Wow. These numbers were REALLY beginning to ADD up … and FAST … 625 is only FOUR days after Mary’s adventure started! COULD she pull it off in only fifteen days? We still weren’t certain she could.

If you found it challenging to add 5 groups of 625, or multiply 625 by 5 … how would YOU do it? MANY of us ripped the numbers apart, into their expanded form, and did 600 + 600+ 600+ 600+ 600 = 3000. 20 + 20 + 20 + 20 + 20 = 100. 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 25. So, 3000 + 100 + 25 = 3 125. OUCH! We don’t even have to KNOW how to work with numbers THIS large … but … THAT’S not stopping us! Just WATCH us go!

It CERTAINLY helped to work with a PARTNER with THESE huge numbers!

It CERTAINLY helped to work with a PARTNER with THESE huge numbers!

While we AREN’T going to RUIN the surprise and TELL you what the final number was … we wonder if YOU are up for the challenge at HOME! We bet YOU’LL smell burning brain cells TOO! Here’s a hint: this book was written when there were UNDER 7 billion people living in the world. Fifteen days was ALL it took. With the population OVER 7 billion now, it might take fifteen days and a teeny TINY portion of ONE more day! YOU be the judge … DO the MATH!

What a BEAUTIFUL lesson. Being kind DOESN’T need to cost MONEY! Here are some simple things WE plan to do in our quest for a KIND and THOUGHTFUL world … without even SPENDING a DIME:

  • when people are lonely invite them to hang out with you
  • respect other peoples’ property (snow forts, etc.)
  • when someone is hurt, HELP them
  • if someone is being picked on, stand UP for them
  • if someone’s pencil box falls on the ground, help them
  • take new people under your wing
  • give someone a heartfelt compliment
  • give someone a great big SMILE, or a HUG, and tell them to have a GREAT day
  • make something for someone … just because
  • clean up a mess … even if it’s NOT yours … on the playground, in the lunchroom, in the classroom, at HOME, etc.
  • empty the dishwasher or VACUUM without even being ASKED
  • make someone a special breakfast in BED
  • let the people you love KNOW how MUCH you love them … a BIG hug … a BIG kiss always makes our loved ones feel VERY special … each and EVERY day!

What do YOU think? COULD you change the world in just fifteen days if EVERYONE did something nice for five other people? See if YOU can work through the calculations! Let us know what you discover! And, we’d LOVE to hear about something nice you’ve done for someone else … or something really nice that someone did for YOU … JUST because! The CHALLENGE is ON!

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.

~Edward Everett Hale

Happy WORLD KINDNESS DAY, everyone!

Enjoy a slideshow of SOME of our adventure:

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Our Rock Museum ROCKED!

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

~Dorothy Parker

Mrs. Renton ... PLEASE don't tell us you are going to do your MAKEUP before the Rock Museum! WHAT is all this MAKEUP for???

Mrs. Renton … PLEASE don’t tell us you are going to do your MAKEUP before the Rock Museum! WHAT is all this MAKEUP for???

On Wednesday afternoon we spend a GLORIOUS time together sharing our rocks and minerals collections. We invited our families and ALL the other grade three classes in to share in our excitement. What follows are our reflections:

“Awesome! We just did a rock museum. I set up my rocks very quickly. I only had three rocks. And, three signs. I had a trilobite. A white rock that was in the shape of a popcorn. And, a rock with bubbles that has crystals inside. I also shared a fake geode and a jar with crystals inside. My favourite object I was displaying was either the trilobite or the rock with the crystals inside.” Tanek

“Guess what. We had a Rock Museum. Most of our parents and families came. I had six polished rocks and a few that aren’t. All of the grade three classes came to the Rock Museum. We all got a chance to see everybody’s rocks. My favourite one is Sarah’s. And my other favourite one is Cooper’s. Mrs. Renton had the largest. I did not know makeup has rock in it.  And the rock is called mica. Mica is a type of rock and mineral. It is really cool how makeup has rock in it. And I also did not know that lipstick has rock in it too! We put rock on ourselves!” ~Alexia

We are ALL passionately crazy about rocks!

We are ALL passionately crazy about rocks!

“At the Rock Museum I had seven rocks. And one was painted and it was the one I liked. There was so many people at the Rock Museum. And it was the best day I had in the school. And my mom and my dad came too. And I had so much fun at the Rock Museum.” ~Aboudi

“Have you ever heard of a Rock Museum? A Rock Museum is when you can bring all of your cool rocks to school and then the other grade three classes and our classes mom and dads come in and look at our rocks and ask us questions about our rocks. My favourite part about it was before anyone came in. We could go around our class and look at each other’s rocks and gems before we apparently, according to Mrs. Renton, had to glue our bums to our seats!Next time I am going to write my signs bigger because everyone kept asking me if they could touch my orthoceratoid and in the sign I wrote you can touch. Did you know that makeup has grinded up rock in it? For the Rock Museum I brought in a fossil and my dad’s orthoceratoid. Have you ever done a Rock Museum? I’d love to do the Rock Museum next year!” Aimee

“Guess what? We did something amazing yesterday. It was a Rock Museum. It was so busy when we had to set up our rocks! I invited my mom to come and see what we have to say about our rocks! It was so much fun! If you are wondering what I had on display, don’t stop reading! For me, I had a real geode and some different types of mixed rocks. The names were: quartz, agates, adventurine, amethyst, feldspar, hematite, and jasper. I also had a river rock from Griffith Woods, a sedimentary rock called conglomerate, a smooth rock from our backyard and slate rock from banff. My teacher had some dinosaur poo but it was fossilized and called coprolite! Can you believe it? And, my friend had a fish fossil which looks so cool! And if you don’t know what sand up close looks like then come to my classroom!” ~Riddhima

Can you GUESS what the IMAGE is on the SMARTBOARD?

Can you GUESS what the IMAGE is on the SMARTBOARD?

“Have you ever seen a jewelry store? Because THAT’S what our CLASSROOM looked like! Yesterday we had a Rock Museum and today we are doing reflections on it! The Museum was GREAT. I had a lot of great rocks and fossil samples like pyrite, (also known as fool’s gold), and an ammonite, (also known as a fossil of an under the sea creature). It was very fun! I really liked the idea of the Rock Museum. I wonder who came up with it. My favourite part was all the questions that were asked at the Rock Museum! I hope we have a fossil museum! I LOVED it!!! I took up TWO desks! All the parents came in, including my mom, and all the grade three classes. It was SPECTACULAR!” ~Cooper

“Cooper’s HUMONGOUS quartz. I thought, where did he get that HUMONGOUS quartz?!? And there was a bunch of people at the Rock Museum and around Cooper’s desk and there was a bunch of grade three-ers. Yesterday I really liked Aboudi’s rock. I really like Cooper’s orange amber and Amy’s HUGE fossil.” ~Fahad

“Boom! As I put my rocks on my desk for the Rock Museum I felt excited! My favourite part was when parents came to my desk and commented on my rocks and I also like it when people asked me questions. My other favourite part was when one of the dads came to my desk and read the sign that said: ask me questions. And the dad said: what day of the week is it and he asked me what the date was! The most interesting thing I saw was Sarah’s gold, Simos’s rocks from his kit and Milana’s crystals. I thought it was really cool to have other kids and parents come to our classroom. I think they really enjoyed our rocks. I hope that everybody in the whole wide world loves rocks because they should!” ~Jamie

I think we could study rocks for the rest of our LIVES and never know everything!

I think we could study rocks for the rest of our LIVES and never know everything!

“Amazing! How is that rock dyed into different colours? It is FANTASTIC! Hi there! I did not see you. Sorry about all the excitement! Today was our Rock Museum! Look at this … it was my favourite. It was a rock that was DYED. It is cool! There were millions of crystals like amethyst, fools gold, ammonite, quartz and much more than that! I felt fabulous when all the families came in and the other grade three classes came. I still wonder about how some people got their fossils. My memory is my first wonder. I had a good time with you but I have to go. Bye.” ~Mary

“I am EXHAUSTED! Oh. HI there! Yesterday we did a Rock Museum. I brought some fossils, rocks and crystals to the Rock Museum. At the Rock Museum family, other grade three classes, teachers and parents came to see all of the rocks. The Rock Museum really was nice, especially when the parents had to guess what the enlarged sand and the enlarged lipstick was. It was hilarious. I really do wish we could do it again sometime.” ~Daniel S

 “Do you know what a Rock Museum is? My class had a Rock Museum. I forgot and didn’t bring my rocks so Mrs. Renton lent me some kits and other stuff. I hoped for my parents to come. Maybe my wishing came true. My mom came. I was SO happy to see my mom. I didn’t know about the kits so I couldn’t tell much to the people. So in lots of times I said, I’m so sorry I don’t know what that is. So the people said oh, that’s okay. Every time I hear that I feel sorry for them so after then I keep saying to myself that to practice more about rocks. I hope I can do better next time. Also, I was happy to take my FAKE geode home and the jar.” ~Ella

We saw such AMAZING collections!

We saw such AMAZING collections!

“Our class had to do Rock Museum. I love that people asked me extraordinary questions about my rocks. I remember in grade two I got scholastic book orders. It was a geode set. I really love it. I was so excited when I got my dinosaur teeth. It was a raptor tooth and a moasaur tooth.” ~Evan

“At the Rock Museum my mom and my brother Carter came. My sister couldn’t come because she had school. Did you know that eye shadow has crushed rocks and so does lipstick. My favourite parts were sharing my rocks. I wonder how crystals are formed. I hope we get to it again. I wonder if the earth is made out of rock. I wonder how we make rock. I wonder how many rocks are in Calgary. I can’t wait to write again.” ~Madison

“At the Rock Museum my dad came. He asked me lots and lot and lots of questions. Most of the people liked my geode. A person asked why did I choose red. My answer was because I liked ruby. I liked the geode the best. The Rock Museum was yesterday. I hope that we will have another Rock Museum next time. Before I got to walk around the museum. The Rock Museum was fun.” ~Alvin

SOME of these rocks and crystals we'd never even HEARD of before!

SOME of these rocks and crystals we’d never even HEARD of before!

“Have you ever been to a Rock Museum? I have. It was fun. I brought in my amethyst, rock candy, fake geode, etc. Not many people came to my desk to look at my things. Whenever someone came they asked if they could eat the candy! No one got to! They wanted to though. I liked Cooper’s geodes. They were really beautiful!!! I wish more people would come to my desk.” ~Carissa

“Yesterday we did the best thing ever. I though it was really cool because we got to see lots of different rocks. I saw fools gold, crystals, geodes, pyrite, amethyst, quartz, ammonite, coprilite, mica, and orthrocoptoid. We also had borax eggs, (geodes), and jars we made them in. Everything had crystals. I thought it was really cool to see the other classes and parents. My mom also came. I thought the most interesting thing I saw was the painted rock my friend owned. Some people had rock kits from scholastics book orders. I had my dad’s from his work. I saw miniature paleontologist and geologist rocks. I might make a Rock Museum at home. I saw a lot of geodes. I would never forget them all.” ~Daniel B

“You won’t ever guess what we did yesterday. It was fabulous. We had a Rock Museum! Don’t you want to have the amazing Rock Museum too? You will absolutely love it! Have you even heard “a rock is just a rock. They are absolutely ordinary”. Well, if you ever heard that, they are totally wrong! And if you heard “rocks are so AMAZING” then they’re right. You know why? I’ll explain why. I told you we had a Rock Museum, right? Crystals are rocks, right? So at a Rock Museum you can bring crystals, geodes and more! Even the First Nations used rocks to hunt animals. Stones, rocks, crystals … AMAZING! I hope one day everyone thinks like me!” ~Catherine

Gosh ... just when you THINK you know it all ... up pops ANOTHER wonder!

Gosh … just when you THINK you know it all … up pops ANOTHER wonder!

“Do you wonder what a Rock Museum is? I brought a lot of rocks. Only four of them were mine and the rest were my dad’s rocks. He has a lot of rocks. I love rocks! So I LOVED the Rock Museum. The favourite rocks I saw was Mary’s real geode. My favourite rock that I brought in was a calcite crystal. We had a microscope on the sand. Our parents had to guess what it was. My mom guessed it was a bunch of rocks on a beach or something like that. My dad knew what it was. He told us it was sand but I knew that it was sand. I loved that our parents and the other grade three classes got to see our rocks. I would not make any changes to the Rock Museum.” ~Elise

“I thought that we had the BEST Rock Museum yesterday where we got some of our favourite rocks and place them on our desks. Parents and other classes came in to look at the rocks and they asked questions. When the parents weren’t here we got to look around at our classmate’s rocks. They had pretty good rocks. Some people had rocks that were from scholastic book orders. There were three kits: Deadly Rocks and other kits. I’m not sure what the name was for the other two kits but they were pretty cool. A lot of people had fossils. I had a dinosaur fossil. One person had a fish fossil. Another person had two desks of rocks and fossils. One person had something that looked like an emerald. I wonder where one person found a real geode … not a fake one. We made fake geodes out of glue, egg shells, borax, sand and boiling water. Then you wait a day to take them out. I thought people had really cool stuff. I had one wonder about one of our classmate’s geodes. I hope we have another great Rock Museum.” ~Matt

“Oh. Only six parents came to my desk but Omar got more even when I was the only one with rose quartz. But, someone had gold. I wish I had coprolite. Tanek had igneous rock. It  was so cool. My favourite part was when Omar’s little sister came and said “do not touch” to me. You can get rock kits from scholastic book orders. The kits are very cool. You would love them. My lowlight was my dad not respecting my sign!” ~Carson

I wonder how many of us will grow up to be geologist or paleontologists?

I wonder how many of us will grow up to be geologists or paleontologists?

“Have you ever gone to a Museum for Rocks? My mom my sister and my brother all came to my Rock Museum. All the grade three classes came to our class to see our rocks and fossils. Some of my rocks I brought were from Greece and Hawaii. My favourite rocks were red jasper, lemon jade, tiger’s eye and snowflake obsidian. The most interesting thing I saw were the geodes. I felt funny when everybody came to our class because there was so much people. My favourite part was when a little girl said “why are your rocks cracked?” Everybody was asking me questions. The most grossest part of the Rock Museum was when a girl touched my borax crystal and licked her finger. Gross. One of the rocks I brought was from outer space. It’s called tekkite. I brought fool’s gold. In my Deadly Rocks kit tere is obsidian, tekkite, halite, selentine, pyrite, and coal. Pyrite is known as fool’s gold.” ~Simos

“Beep. Beep! Look … it’s a limo and the window is rolling down. Look! It’s Katy Perry! Tricked you! Now I got you right where I want you. So, let me tell you about my class’s Rock Museum. My favourite part was when people were admiring my rocks. The best most interesting thing I saw was Sarah’s genuine gold! In all my life I have never seen anything like it! I still wonder if my brother’s arrowhead was made by an Indian? And, I wonder what my brother’s minty coloured rock is? I hope when I grow up I will paint a picture of the most beautiful fossil ever for Mrs. Renton!” ~Mila

I'm sure glad we got the chance to go around and check out one another's treasures BEFORE the CROWDS arrived!

I’m sure glad we got the chance to go around and check out one another’s treasures BEFORE the CROWDS arrived!

“Have you ever been to a ROCK Museum? Not a REAL Rock Museum, but a classroom Rock Museum? But, it REALLY acted like a real one! Me and the twenty-six other students in my class led it, but also Mrs. Renton led of course but it was MOSTLY us who led it. We all, well mostly all, brought in LOTS of rocks. But, luckily Mrs. Renton is a TOTAL ROCK LOVER so she also had SO many rocks and even coprolite! Just so you know, coprolite is REALLY … I am scared to say it … it is DINO POO! I did a REALLY funny joke to my mom and I almost got my sister but she was too smart for it. I am not saying that my mom is not smart. I am just saying she fell for it pretty easy! So, back to the joke. I told my mom and my sister to touch it and my mom did and then after she touched it she talked sternly and asked “Sarah, what is it?” And then I laughed and said DINO POO! And she totally freaked out! I brought a little bottle of real gold, small, medium, and big polished rocks, one polished quartz and one not polished quartz, three fossils casts, three regular rocks and part of a geode. A REAL geode. We also put on a few things we made at school. They are fake borax geodes, a box with fluff in it for the geode and a jar with crystals in it from the making of our geodes! The most interesting thing I saw was Mila’s emerald rock. It was very cool and green. I still wonder where Mila got her emerald rock. I asked her but she said it was her brother’s and she had never asked him. I might of brought a shoe box like Cooper’s desk for my polished rocks next time. It felt cool that parents came in and could see everybody’s treasures! There were so many amazing rocks! I hope we do this again! I will NEVER forget the funny joke I did to my wonderful mom. I also wish my dad could come but at least I had my nanny, sister and my mom come. It was awesome!” ~Sarah

“I wonder what type of rock this is? The most interesting thing I saw was someone with a whole bunch of cool rocks and when someone chose one she told them all about it. I really liked Carson’s rocks, especially the geodes because they are really cool! Another really cool thing was there were rocks displayed on the smartboard but … it was actually sand! A picture that looked like a jar of paint was magnified lip gloss. I really liked looking at my class’s geodes! I wonder if volcanic sand is different than normal sand? I wonder how borax crystals become chalky? Did you know that amethyst means purple? I really liked four of my rock samples because one of them is really smooth. The other is a crystal rock. The third is mostly orange but not painted and the fourth one is yellow and has a purple line on it and it has lots of holes in it.” ~Omar

“It was crowded yesterday at the Rock Museum. There was lots of rocks. Carson brought geodes. They were split open! You could see the crystals inside! cooper brought LOTS of rocks from his deadly rock kit! It was so much it covered two desks! Simos brought his Deadly Rocks kit too. Mrs. Renton has corprolite in a bag. Some kids got totally grossed out!” ~Ryan

Thank you to EVERYONE for making our Rock Museum such a WONDERFUL sharing experience! We sure hope you enjoy the slideshow:

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Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.

~Bernard Baruch

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Investigating FOSSILS!

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.

~Claude Lévi-Strauss

WOW! Wednesday, October 14, 2015 was National FOSSIL Day! Thanks to a special family friend, Howard J, for sending that awesome tip in!

WOW! Wednesday, October 14, 2015 was National FOSSIL Day! Thanks to a special family friend, Howard S, for sending that awesome tip in!

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

~Albert Einstein

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 was National FOSSIL Day! We had NO idea there was a National Fossil Day … celebrated in the United States each year … but … we were VERY happy that it coincided with what we were working on in our Rocks and Minerals inquiry! We are VERY intrigued by fossils. It is HARD to wrap your HEAD around the fact that fossils are MILLIONS of years OLD!

Many of us have our very OWN fossils … and we plan to bring them in for our “Rock Museum”, a special afternoon when we invite our families in to check out OUR special collections of rocks and minerals! A few of us have begun to sneak them in EARLY because we are just THAT excited!

Just LOOK at some of the special treasures coming in!

Just LOOK at some of the special treasures coming in!

Bill Nye has some wonderful science videos … and it just so happens he has one about FOSSILS too! We began our adventure by watching his fossil video. Inspired and INTRIGUED, we grabbed the iPads and special rock books our librarian had pulled off the shelves for us! After that … we discovered that it isn’t only PALEONTOLOGISTS who discover fossils … even KIDS have made some MAJOR finds! (If you click on the hyperlink, you’ll have to check out KYLIE’S story … SHE found a saber tooth cat skull that was MUSEUM quality!) WOW!

We got to TOUCH a VERY special fossil that was given to Mrs. Renton by a VERY special family friend, Howard J.

We got to TOUCH a VERY special fossil that was given to Mrs. Renton by a VERY special family friend, Howard S.

Before we KNEW what this fossil was, we took turns GUESSING what we thought it might be! Some of our guesses were:

  • fossilized wood
  • petrified wood
  • regular wood
  • a fossil of some kind
  • maybe it has a fossil inside it
  • fossilized tree that was in a forest fire
  • a fossilized bone

Surprisingly … we were pretty GOOD at this! Just WAIT until you see what happened NEXT!

THIS was what happened next! Before you read AHEAD ... can YOU guess what these little bits are?

THIS was what happened next! Before you read AHEAD … can YOU guess what these little bits are?

Here are just a FEW of the guesses we had for those five interesting bits:

  • fossilized wood
  • dried up buffalo poo
  • bits of mudball
  • fossilized poo
  • regular wood
  • fish poo
  • little bits of cork

In the END … these five interesting “bits” were actually … COPROLITE! They were 65 MILLION years old … and from Saskatchewan! What in the WORLD is COPROLITE? Well … you’d BEST click on the HYPERLINK to learn a LITTLE more! The Grade Three Bloggers were on a ROLL! The CORRECT term? Feces … or … dung! Although we were all just a LITTLE grossed out after TOUCHING it … we realized that it is no LONGER feces … it has been TURNED to STONE! PHEW!!! Gosh … we even discovered that SOME people make JEWELRY out of coprolite!

We found SO many great books AND websites to investigate! Make sure you click on all the HYPERLINKS in this post!

We found SO many great books AND websites to investigate! Make sure you click on all the HYPERLINKS in this post!

We hope you enjoy reading our discoveries and wonders:

“I wonder how animals take so long to get fossilized! Did you know the word fossil, in Latin, means dug up? Fossils are usually found in sedimentary rock. Did you know that 90% of life on earth is extinct? Only a few objects are fossilized because  the conditions have to be just right. 10% of life on earth still lives.” ~Omar

“On October 14, 2015, our teacher made us guess what this was. It smelled funny … and it was poo. It is poo from dinosaurs. I wonder how dinosaurs came to life. Imagine if you lived there. It would be scary. They can be taller than a house. Did you know that a dinosaur bone could be heavier than a jeep? There was a girl who found a saber tooth cat skull. Did you know that on October 14th it is Fossil Day for the United States? I can’t wait to learn about fossils again!” ~Madison

“Today is National Fossil Day. Did you know that fossils were living things that now have died? Fossils were covered in ash and mud. When animals died after many years they turned into fossils. Did you know that the largest dinosaur fossils so far is the brachiosaurus? The other longest is a diplodocus. And, the smallest dinosaur is the size of a chicken. Fossils are so cool. I wish that I could find a fossil. I wonder what the biggest fossil ever found is? And,m I also wonder what the smallest fossil found is?” ~Alexia

“Are fossils cool, or what? Fossils are from animals that lived long ago. Or plants. It takes a long time for a fossil to form. The youngest fossil probably was born in the 1500s! Fun Facts: the word fossil means dug up! Fossils are found in every continent on earth. Dead leaves fall into water, rot and then turn into fossils. Is that ever cool?” ~Ryan

“Have you ever wondered what in the world are fossils? Well, if you have wondered about that, keep reading to find out what they are. Fossils are animals or plants that have died and have been covered with layers of sediment and then in about a MILLION years they become very hard and turn into rock. People find them. If they are dinosaur bones or something valuable like that, then they can even put them in museums! Fossils are usually extinct animals. Extinct means that animal doesn’t live anymore, neither does it’s species. Dinosaurs are totally extinct. They lived very long ago! Most fossils are found in sedimentary rock! Fossils are not often found in igneous or metamorphic rocks because the heat and pressure that produce these types of rocks destroys fossils! Today, Mrs. Renton passed around different types of rocks. She asked us what types of rocks they were. Want to know what they were? The two things that they were were petrified wood and DINOSAUR POO! But, it wasn’t gross and it didn’t smell because now it was rock! And, rocks don’t smell! I wonder what is coral made of and how does it form? Thanks for reading!” ~Sarah

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Can YOU guess what kind of fossil THIS is? Mrs. Renton found it in Griffith Woods, on the riverbank! She’s NEVER managed to find another like it, but she keeps her eyes peeled!

“It’s National Fossil Day! I didn’t even know it was National Fossil Day! And, did you know beach cliffs are full of fossils?” ~Catherine

“Fossils. Fossils. Fossils. Fossils are pieces of time that were left behind. Fossils are a window to time that opens up several million years before humans ever lived. Like perhaps it take you to when the ferocious t-rex lived. Or, when saber tooth tiger lived. Or … you get the idea. And, did you know that 90% of life on earth is extinct? And 10% still lives. Fossils usually are in sedimentary rock because they get destroyed by heat. The word fossil, in Latin, means dug up.” ~Tanek

“Did you know that today is National Fossil Day? Wow! The average dinosaur fossil is about 25 billion years old! A bone fossil is not a bone … it’s a rock! Amber is normally 70 billion ears old! There are still undiscovered dinosaurs! Sediment is where you find fossils because of the heat. I wonder what dinosaurs sound like?” ~Cooper

“The fossils of dinosaurs are found on every continent including Antarctica! The remains of a dead animal’s bones is a fossil! A fossil is amazing! I LOVE them! Fossils are very rare! I wonder how do fossils help us?” ~Daniel S

“Have you ever just been doing your everyday stuff when you start thinking about fossils and more and more questions just keep popping up in your head and you are desperate to try and find the answers? Well, if it has, hopefully I can help you find a few of the answers. Fossils are just like dead animals or plants that have been covered in paint pressed on a rock and left a mark. Many things can be made into fossils: dinosaurs, birds, fish and plants. When a fossil is made, usually the soft parts of the body rot away but the hard bones stay. Most of the time fossils are found in sedimentary rock. Fossils can help us tell how long life has been on Earth! They also help us tell how different plants and animals are related. When I found this fact online, I was quite amazed. There can be underwater fossils! The biggest fossil is 85 feet long and weighs about 65 tonnes!!! (That’s about as heavy as 13 female elephants!!!) The owner to this fossil is a NEW found dinosaur. It’s a dreadnoughtus! It might be the biggest animal on Earth! Hope I helped answer some of your questions! I wonder how bones, (and skulls), are fossils?” ~Aimee

“How did fossils come on land? Well, I think you can find fossils in Canada. I think so. What are fossils made of? Where can they come from? I want to find a fossil. I want to really! Well, they can be big or small. And there is so many fossils. What does a fossil look like inside? Maybe there are fossils in the water!” ~Aboudi

“I love learning about fossils, minerals and rocks! But, I’m unlucky. I’m moving to Nova Scotia. At my new school I might learn about rocks too! After a dinosaur dies it’s flesh rots away. The biggest dinosaurs could have been 40 meters or 130 feet! Scientists can tell how old the fossil is from the rocks around it! Fossils are formed in layers around it. National Fossil Day is today, which is October 14, 2015. Fossils trace out the body of the animal!” ~Ethan

“Have you ever wondered what is the biggest fossil? Well, there are many different fossils. Fossils are usually found in sedimentary rock because it is more near the surface and metamorphic rock is more near the mantle and igneous is the same. And, if they were near the mantle the bones would heat up and burn. But, there are many layers of sand or mud. After millions of years the dinosaur flesh rots away and only the skeleton is left behind. But, not very much animals are turned into fossils.” ~Matt

“Have you ever woken up in the morning and said today’s a fossil day? 90% of life on earth is gone. The word fossil is Latin. Some of the mosquitoes got stuck in amber. Some mammoth got stuck in the ice. Did you know you can make fake fossils? Fossils are millions of years old. I wonder if I will be a fossil?” ~Daniel B

“Most fossils are in sedimentary rock. We think 90% of things are all gone. Fossils used to survive billions of years ago. Fossils got trapped in dirt and mud. Some fossils are trapped in ice. Sometimes dead things can’t become fossils.” ~Alvin

“Have you wondered what a fossil is? Well, I do! A fossil is an animal that lived millions of years ago. I love to dig and get dirty and look for fossils! Sadly, I have never ever found one. Did you know that today is National Fossil Day? I never knew that. How do I know? Mrs. Renton told us! Mrs. Renton loves to look for fossils too! She has found a lot of fossils. But, no dinosaur bones. (She really has never found any bones.) I wonder where the first fossil, (or bone), was found. I went on the iPads when I got to school, (okay, the whole class did), and found a lot of information. Scientists use tools to help them find bones. Here are some: nails, paint brushes, hammers, pick axes, shovels, magnifying glasses. I love to draw too. So, when I was researching I went to images and found some bones of dinosaurs. Did you know that dinosaur means terrible lizard? I had no idea the plants turn to fossils! I wonder when I will find a fossil?” ~Carissa

“Did you know that 90% of everything is gone? Also, people come and found oily fossils. You know what? Some fossils are millions of years old! Do you know how fossils are formed? I’m gonna tell you how the fossils are formed. It’s by the animal that died and gets covered by the mud and all things, then lots of time passes and then there might be a fossil. Hmm. I wonder if there is fossils of everything? Do you wonder what is the biggest fossil? I know the answer. Did you know that there are fossils under water? Also at beach cliffs … it’s full of fossils that are showing the layers after millions of years or more. Do you know that the soft part of the body rots but the hard parts stay? Well, I didn’t know that! Do you know for t-rex fossils on 30 of them were found? Fossils help us tell how different the plants and animals are. Also, fossils can help us know how long the life has been.” ~Ella

“Have you ever wondered if you could see a fossil? Well, today is your lucky day. We just finished watching our teacher show us some fossils. Do you want to know about them? Okay. Let’s get started. If you want to find one then you need lots of tools. Sharks fossils are really old like over 200 million years. The BIGGEST dinosaur fossil found is 22.5 meters long and 12 meters tall and it is called brachiosaurus. Some fossils help make a geological map. The tiniest dinosaur fossils are the size of a chicken. Fossils can be found anywhere. In the sand, on the beach, in a cave. Now I will tell you about MY wonders. Can people be fossils? who is the first person to find fossils. Is there fossils in space? I think that is enough research for you!” ~Mary

“Okay people, come and get your free food! Won’t be here for long! It will end in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Ding! It’s over. Well, now that you’re here, let me tell ya something about FOSSILS! Did you know that a ot more people have found fossils now than when the dinosaurs were here! I wonder why they call them fossils? Do the letters mean anything or do they just like the name?” ~Mila

“Fossils can be found in sedimentary rock. Fossils form when an animal or plant die and decay in sand. A fossil can look like a rock.” ~Kagan

“Did you know the smallest dinosaur fossil is the size of a chicken? I found that out at onegeology.org. You can also find out what the biggest fossil is too! They probably found it in sedimentary rock. You know why? Because most fossils are found in sedimentary rock! Do you wonder why? Because I do. I also wonder how they are formed. And, finally, I wonder how fossils get to the earth’s surface? Because they are buried underground! 90% of earth’s living things are gone!” ~Elise

“Oh hi! I didn’t see you there. My name is Evan and our class is learning about fossils. Here are some things you didn’t know. Paleontologists are people who discover fossils. Here’s some places you might find fossils: Australia, New Mexico, North America and Alberta, Canada! Here’s some of my wonders: are there fossils of cavemen? Are birds related to dinosaurs? When was the first fossil found?” ~Evan

“Fossils are just SO cool! So many things that lived on earth are gone. It’s just so cool. I just think I might be a scientist because fossils are so cool. It’s so awesome. I wonder if you could make your own fossil. The smallest dinosaur is the size of a chicken!” ~Carson

“I love fossils. Don’t you? Have you ever wondered how old amber is? Well here is your answer. Amber is 70 million years old! Amber is sticky tree sap. This is an example of how amber makes fossils. Millions of years ago an insect was smothered up by sticky tree sap called amber. Slowly the sap hardens up into a substance called amber. This is a perfectly good example of ancient life. Did you know amber can be found in jewels? Fossils are usually covered in layers.” ~Riddhima (Surprise … you can make your own FAKE amber!)

“I would like to see a saber tooth tiger fossil. I wonder how sharp a saber tooth tiger’s tooth is. Fossils are usually found in sedimentary rock. Fossils are millions of years old. People in Pompeii are filled and covered with ash.” ~Simos

“Would you like to learn about fossils? Because, if you do, you are at the right place! Fossils are living things that are millions of years old. For fossil hunting you’ll need brushes and dental picks. The earth’s crust is full of igneous rock. So, that means you are more likely to find fossils above the earth’s crust. Fossils are often found in sedimentary rocks. Scientists can only study dinosaurs by their fossils left behind. The word fossil comes from a Latin word meaning “dug up”. The fossils or a bone does not have any bone in it. Some animals are buried quickly by sinking in the mud. The smallest dinosaurs ever found were the size of a chicken. There are many different types of fossils. China is where they found the (?) fossils. I wonder where the most likely place to find a dinosaur bone is. I wonder where the first fossil was found!” ~Jamie

Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more of them.

~Abraham Flexner

Mrs. Renton ... LOOK what I found in THIS book! It's ALL about how to make your own FAKE fossils! Do you think we could give it a try? PULLLLLEEEEEEAAAASSSSEEE!

Mrs. Renton … LOOK what I found in THIS book! It’s ALL about how to make your own FAKE fossils! Do you think we could give it a try? PULLLLLEEEEEEAAAASSSSEEE!

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

~Eden Phillpotts

As you can see … every answer brings even MORE wonders! You can help us out, at home, by trying to help to answer some of our wonders. There are honestly not enough hours in the day to get to the bottom of EVERYTHING we want to know! If you manage to find the answers to some of our wonders, we’d LOVE to hear from you in the comment section!

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Investigating the MAGIC of GEODES!

Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope.

~Theodore Roszak

Geodes ... they are like KINDER surprises ... just WAITING to be cracked open to reveal hidden treasures!

Geodes … they are like KINDER surprises … just WAITING to be cracked open to reveal hidden treasures!

We’ve had the most AMAZING adventure learning about geodes lately. Many of us have our own special geode samples. We think our Rocks and Minerals inquiry could go on HAPPILY for at LEAST a year or two … MAYBE even a LIFETIME! What follows are some of our thoughts and discoveries:

What IS that?!? The most AMAZING FAKE geode you have EVER seen!

What IS that?!? The most amazing FAKE geode you have EVER seen!

“Do you know what geodes are? Well, here is some information about geodes. Geodes can be humungus or teeny tiny. I wonder how geodes are formed? How you YOU think geodes are formed? Guess what? You can make geodes! Our class made geodes. We made them with glue, eggshells, borax, clothing dye, boiling water, glass jars and sand. Don’t you think geodes are amazing?” ~Elise

“Did you know that people can make fake geodes? A geode is a rock that has crystals inside. Geodes are part igneous and part sedimentary. Geodes can be big or small. One can be big enough to fit a full grown man inside. Or, small enough to fit in our palm. If you have ever wondered, can people make fake geodes? well, they can. The most common crystals inside a geode are quartz crystals or amethyst crystals.” ~Tanek

“How is that? A little bit more! There! What colour would you like? Purple. The class made geodes! This is what we used to make our geodes: glue, borax, clothing dye, boiling water, eggshells and glass jars. Today we saw our geodes. I felt very happy because I didn’t know we could make geodes out of an eggshell. Geodes are a mineral. Some geodes are several inches. Do you know where geodes come from?” ~Alexia

The supplies we need to make our OWN geodes ... not QUITE as beautiful as Mother Nature's ... but ... pretty incredible FAKES!

The supplies we need to make our OWN geodes … not QUITE as beautiful as Mother Nature’s … but … pretty incredible FAKES!

“Have you ever wondered what geodes are? Well, I am going to tell you. Geodes are things that look like rocks on the outside. And, sometimes you’ll get lucky, crack open the thing that looks like a rock and inside it will be a bunch of crystals. Geodes take millions and millions of years to form. They also come in many shapes and colours. Geodes are created in hollow areas or soil such as animal burrows and tree roots. Geodes get their colour from the type of crystals. Most geodes are found in deserts and some geodes are made from volcanoes. I wonder why most geodes are found in deserts? Geode comes from a Greek word that means “earth like”.” ~Jamie

“Did you know that geodes can grow in tree roots? And, they can grow in hollow places. And geodes can be different colours as well. And, geodes can be big or small. My class made fake geodes. I chose blue. And, I like geodes a lot.” ~Aboudi

“Have you ever wondered about geodes? geodes are round rock. They can be HUGE or very small. When they have not been cracked they look like any old rock but when people find them sometimes they crack them open and … ta da … there are beautiful crystals inside. People can also saw open geodes and then they are smooth. People also crack open geodes with a hammer or saw and then they are rough and pointy. Some people dye geodes and sell them. The bigger the geode the more money it costs. I wonder what the bitaba bird is. Geodes are amazing!” ~Sarah

Making fake geodes is something you want to do with an adult ... borax is a chemical and boiling water? Well ... it's HOT!

Making fake geodes is something you want to do with an adult … borax is a chemical … and … boiling water? Well … it’s HOT!

“What kind of rock is a geode? Hmm. Well, it’s a mix of igneous and sedimentary rock! Our class made fake geodes. Here are the ingredients. Glue, borax, clothing dye, eggshells, sand, boiling water and a glass jar! Wow! I wonder if they can turn back into lava, dirt, rock or water.” ~Cooper

“Wow! My crystals are TINY! Oh, I didn’t see you there! Do you want to know how to make your own geodes? Well, first, I’m gonna show you that I wondered why are geodes here? I really wonder why. Why? I love geodes. Even the fake ones. The fake geodes don’t really look too much like the real ones!” ~Daniel S

“Have you ever wondered if you could make geodes? Did you ever know that you can make FAKE geodes? This is what you need: glue, geodes, borax, clothing dye, boiling water, eggshells, glass jars and sand to make it. I should be telling you about my research! Geodes are mostly created in the hollow areas of soils, such as animal burrows or tree roots. The common dissolved minerals are also in eggs. Some geodes take millions of years to form. They can be BIG or small. Geodes can be wet and dry. I hope that is enough that you need to learn. If you are below grade three you will have a good time in grade three making geodes!” ~Mary

A special insider tip: using clothing dye, like Rit, makes the colours MUCH more vibrant than food colouring!

A special insider tip: using clothing dye, like Rit, makes the colours MUCH more vibrant than food colouring!

“Have you ever woken up in the morning and just thought it was a geode day? Have you wondered where geodes come from because I sure do. I think they can be found in hollow areas with lots of water. I wonder how the crystals form. A geode is a hollow rock that has crystal inside. I really love to learn about geodes. Everybody in my class loves geodes.” Daniel B

“OMG. You can make your own geodes. It was amazing when we made our geodes. Mine was green. It is now black. Do you know where to find geodes cuz I do! I love geodes. Have you ever thought that a rock is a geode because geodes can look like rocks. Geodes are just so cool.” ~Carson

“Do you know you can make your own geodes? If you don’t you will HAVE to know it! We made eggshell geodes. My geode colour is purple. Ella’s is too. They are so pretty. Those crystals are so sparkly. If you are wondering where to find geodes, it is in Mexico, the United States and California. Isn’t that amazing? I can’t wait to explore! There are adventures waiting for us! Let’s go!” ~Catherine

How do they FORM in nature? What colours do they come in? SO many wonders and NEVER enough time!

How do they FORM in nature? What colours do they come in? SO many wonders and NEVER enough time!

“Our class made fake geodes! They have real crystals. Is that ever cool! How do geodes form? Well, in the wold they do not form with borax. We know that. Did you know that there is a crystal cave in Mexico? Crystal caves are really actually big geodes! That’s cool! DO geodes form in Alberta? Fun: you can make your own fake geodes. This is how you make them: an eggshell, glue, borax, boiling water, clothing dye and a glass jar!” ~Ryan

“I like geodes because they shine and they’re rough. To make the geodes you need a glass jar with hot water and an eggshell and borax. Put five scoops of borax into the jar then mix until it is clear. After that you stir it but with food colouring in the jar and you have to put some borax on the egg.” ~Madison

“Do you ever wonder how geodes are made? Geodes are sometimes made of volcano rocks. Minerals push in a hollow place in the geode and it turns into a geode. Some geodes can be the size of you or bigger. That’s BIG. And, some can be the size of your finger nail or smaller. I wonder what the biggest geode is and what the smallest geode is. I found out that they are also made in roots of trees. They are sometimes smooth  and brownish. They are also milky and lavender. The thing I wonder most about is how long it takes for a geode to form. I think it takes days or years. I wonder how geodes get the colour even when they’re not dyed. We made our own geode but it is fake and it is dyed. My dye was red. Other people had blue and purple and different colours. We used borax.” ~Matt

The HARDEST part? WAITING ... oh ... PLEASE hurry up! We want to see if we were SUCCESSFUL in copying Mother Nature!

The HARDEST part? WAITING … oh … PLEASE hurry up! We want to see if we were SUCCESSFUL in copying Mother Nature!

“Have you ever wondered about where to find geodes? You can find geodes in the Western United States, California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. Also, did you know that all the geodes are not created the same way? We made fake geodes yesterday. I wonder if the geode can be found in a sidewalk? I think you wonder the same thing. Do you wonder how the geodes are formed? I’m gonna tell you how the geodes are formed. Geodes are formed by a volcano or other ways. Also, geodes are things that look like a normal rock but inside has beautiful crystals. You need borax, eggshell, a glass jar, glue, clothing dye, boiling water and sand to make a fake geode.” ~Ella

“Mrs. Renton is teaching us about geodes. First of all a geode is a rock. It does not sound fun but really it is! Inside a geode are amethyst crystals! Did you know scientists don’t know how geodes are made? We made FAKE geodes! It was fun! We started yesterday. I was in the first group. To make one you need: a glass jar, clothing dye, eggshell, borax and boiling water. First put borax in. Then the water. Mix them together. (Never clink the glass a lot!) After that, put the clothing dye in the water. Mix and finally put the egg in. Let it sit until 10:15 the next morning. Take it out. Let it dry. Then you have a fake geode. I wonder when scientists will figure out how geodes are made. My fake geode is shimmery and sparkly!” ~Carissa

“Have you asked yourself, I wonder can I make a fake geode? Well, the truth is you CAN! In my class we made fake geodes using only: glue, borax, clothing dye, boiling water, eggshells and a glass jar. For the next thing, you do not need but it is sand. So, this is how you put it altogether. First you take a normal egg and empty out all the filling so just the eggshell is left. Make sure the eggshell is dry and add glue all around the inside of the shell, (half of the shell). Then sprinkle the borax all around and leave it over night. Once you leave it over night and wake up in the morning get your big mouth glass jar and put the water on to boiling. Get some more borax and put about 1/4 cup of borax in the jar and add the boiling water in just until it goes over all the borax. Then stir until all the borax has dissolved, (that’s when the water looks clear). Once stirred add in clothing dye, your choice of colour, (we used blue, red purple and green). Then, take out an eggshell and use the spoon to push it down. Leave it over night and … ta da … you should have a fake geode!” ~Aimee

WOW! They are GORGEOUS! They were !WORTH the wait! Look at the AMAZING crystal formations the BORAX makes!

WOW! They are GORGEOUS! They were WORTH the wait! Look at the AMAZING crystal formations the BORAX makes!

“Do you want to make a fake geode? You just need borax, glass jars and eggshells that are clean and of course clothing dye. You put borax in the glass jar and then you put boiled water in the jar. Then stir it with a spoon until it looks like water. Then, put clothes dye in the glass jar and stir it. Then put the eggshell in. Wait until 24 hours. After 24 hours then take the eggshell out with a spoon. Then you can see crystals!” ~Evan

“Did you know that you can make fake geodes? These are things you will need: a glass jar, borax, clothing dye, boiling water, eggshell, glue and sand. Be careful. Don’t manhandle your geodes. If you touch it don’t put your hand near your face! I wonder how fragile they are! I wonder how the borax turns into those bumps? And, how does the clothing colour turn the borax into the colour?” ~Ethan

“Let me tell you something about geodes. Did you know that geodes can be as small as a fingernail? And, as big as a door! And, also, my class made GEODES. They are super duper COOL! They are made of borax, eggshell, glue, clothing dye, boiling water, glass jar and sand. That’s all. You can also find out how to make fake geodes on the internet!” ~Mila

I CAN'T believe how BEAUTIFUL the CRYSTALS are!

I CAN’T believe how BEAUTIFUL the CRYSTALS are!

“Have you ever wondered what a geode is? Well, here is your answer. Over time the outer shell of a geode, the circular shell, hardens and the water containing silica gets ready to contain any variety of dissolved minerals. The most common minerals are quartz but amethyst and calcite are also found. Geodes can form in any cavity – rounded formations in sedimentary rocks. They can form in gas bubbles in igneous rocks like lava. Geodes can be big or small. A geode is a small round rock with a hollow cavity filled with crystals. If you find a geode and crack it open there’s always a surprise of beautiful crystals waiting for you! Geodes are awesome! I love geodes.” Riddhima

“We are learning about geodes. We just made fake geodes with borax, boiling water, eggshells, glass jars, and clothing dye. My geode is purple. I think purple is the coolest colour because it looks the best. We used iPads to research about geodes. Geode comes from the Greek word that means “earth like”. It also comes from the Latin word “shape of the earth”. I wonder where geodes come from.” ~Simos

“I wonder how geodes get inside rock. Geodes are one type of mineral. Some geodes grow on tree roots. What colours are geodes? Geodes are created in hollow areas. Can geodes break? What do we make out of geodes? Are geodes gemstones?” ~Alvin

WHY is it that EVERY time we find an answer to a wonder that we end up with a tonne MORE wonders???

WHY is it that EVERY time we find an answer to a wonder that we end up with a tonne MORE wonders???

“Have you ever wondered how to make geodes? Have you ever known that some real geodes have blue crystals and are not dyed? I wonder how geodes start and form? I discovered on the iPads that geodes can be many different colours. I wonder how the crystals are formed in geodes. I really liked making our geodes because it was really fun and easy. I wonder what type of rock geodes are. Geodes are just way too fun to research!” ~Omar

“Do you know how to make a geode? I’m learning from Mrs. Renton. You need a jar, glue, boiling water, clothing dye. That is it. Now it’s your turn to do this. This is your time. It’s going to be awesome for you to make your own fake geode. Geodes look like crystals. Geodes can grow to the length of a man.” ~Kagan

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We had SO much fun making our own geodes, sketching them and investigating more about the REAL geodes created by Mother Nature. The crazy thing is … every time we discover something cool we are left with SO many more wonders!

Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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