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If You CAN’T Go to the Country … Bring the Country to YOU!

Posted by on February 9, 2013
Donning our "museum" gloves, we gently explored artifacts from around the world.

Donning our “museum” gloves, we gently explored artifacts from around the world.
This special flute is from Peru … it’s called a Pan Pipe!

This week, unable to afford the flights to visit each of our four countries, we brought special pieces from each or these countries to US! In our LAST post we shared our excitement at being able to try articles of traditional clothing on from Peru, Tunisia, India and Ukraine. This Fort Calgary kit is DEFINITELY worth its weight in GOLD!

“You’ll never believe what we did yesterday. We looked at the Fort Calgary kit. There was a LOT of things. My favourite was the pan pipe because it was interesting. If you blow in the pan pipe it makes a weird sound. I also thought the sopilka was a guitar! It’s a kind of FLUTE! WHAT? Why is the Fort Calgary kit GONE?” ~Constantine

It must take a LOT of skill to play the Tunisian cymbals ... it looks TOUGH!

It must take a LOT of skill to play the Tunisian cymbals … it looks TOUGH!

“All of our class got to hold the artifacts. My favourite artifact was the pan pipe. You have to blow it to make sound. I wonder how they made the pan pipe. I wonder how they made the sopilka. I wonder how they mad e the nesting dolls.” ~Zubayda

“Yesterday we had another Fort Calgary kit. First I thought we were having clothes and tri-folds again. (Have you read our post about the tri-folds?) It is as good as THIS post. You should READ it! Next, Mrs. Renton said, “We are having treasures from our four countries! They are artifacts!” We sat in a circle to touch them and to look at them. My favourite one was the pan pipe. It was my favourite because it has holes that are stuck. I wonder how it can make sound if the bottom hole is stuck? The pan pipe is like some tubes that have idfferent heights. One is the shortest, one is the longest. I liked all of the artifacts!” ~James

Using cotton gloves is important because, even though they FEEL clean, our fingers have oils and dirt on them that we CAN'T see. These oils can RUIN the artifacts.

Using cotton gloves is important because, even though they FEEL clean, our fingers have oils and dirt on them that we CAN’T see. These oils can RUIN the artifacts.

“Do you have an instrument from India, Peru, Tunisia or Ukraine? I liked the pan pipe the most because the sound is cool! I wish I had a pan pipe. Do you know that the pan pipe is from Peru? I wasn’t so interested in the gold necklace. I also liked the Canadian flag puzzle. I liked to draw the huiro from Peru. I really thought the matroska was cool and I liked how the stacking dolls went from big to small! I wonder what is in the huiro and what makes the sound? Did you know that my favourite artifacts are the pan pipes and the sopilka? I hope you love our blog and keep checking back!” ~Tyler

“My favourite part was when I got to read a folktale from Peru because the author really “reeled” me in. Did you know that yesterday morning I was really excited to come to school because when we were writing about our experiences about the traditional clothing from our four countries I saw some of the artifacts. I was also excited to sketch a huiro. I think I did pretty good but Mrs. Renton’s was FABULOUS! One of my favourite artifacts was the desert rose because you can see the crystals and sand on the outside of the rock. It’s also from Tunisia. I had a wonderful time and I think you will too if you get the kit. Will you get the kit?” ~Amro

The Peruvian huiro sounded a bit like a rain stick ... we wonder what's INSIDE the huiro!

The Peruvian huiro sounded a bit like a rain stick … we wonder what’s INSIDE the huiro!

“Shake, shake, shake … Mrs. Renton pulled out the golden necklace and passed the beautiful Indian jewelry around the classroom. I was the second one to get the Indian jewelry and I was wondering what it was made of. I was thinking it was made out of fool’s gold and some other people thought the same thing. Then, Mrs. Renton got the ocarina out. It was a ladybug shaped blowing instrument. She passed around all the other things like a pan pipe. After, we sketched the huiro and played with the nesting dolls. It was really fun and I hope to get it again. Wait! Before I end, I want to tell you an I wonder! I wonder what instruments were playing in the Indian music?” ~Danny

“Slowly, I blew into the holes! My favourite part of the kit was when the pan pipe came to me because it made weird sounds. The pan pipe is from Peru. Here are some of the artifacts. We had an huiro, desert rose, pan pipe, sopilka, matroska, golden necklace and there’s more, but I’m just going to do these ones! The matroska is like a nesting doll. You can stack them. The matroska is from the Ukraine. The gold necklace does not have any real gold because Mrs. Renton said they probably wouldn’t trust sending it into classrooms if it was real gold! Would YOU like to have the Fort Calgary kit for just a day or two?” ~Elijah

“Wow! Mrs. Renton’s huiro is AMAZING. I wish I could sketch like that, I mumbled under my breath. Mrs. Renton’s huiro was so good I thought it might be real. Anyway, my own didn’t turn out too well. Mine had way WAY too much shading! If you don’t know what a huiro is … it is a Peruvian instrument that is kind of like a maraca. After I FAILED, (no … actually he DIDN’T!!! 😉  LR), my own, I just decided to handle the amazing aftifacts instead! When we got some free time, I mostly explored the Ukrainian nesting dolls, also known as matroska. I also did a puzzle that Mrs. Renton laid out. It was super easy! Me, Elijah, Amro and Danny finished it in two minutes. Then, before we knew it … the kit left us just like that … SNAP!” ~Ben

The gold necklace from India was GORGEOUS ... we decided it COULDN'T be REAL gold ... other wise it MIGHT have been PRICELESS!

The gold necklace from India was GORGEOUS … we decided it COULDN’T be REAL gold … other wise it MIGHT have been PRICELESS!

“Today we are going to take a look at the artifacts, Mrs. Renton exclaimed. What’s THAT, I asked as Mrs. Renton pulled out a crystally rock. It’s a desert rose, she answered. It’s a mineral. Why don’t we pass it around? The next artifact that she tugged out was a Peruvian huiro. It sounded a LOT like a maraca. The designs on it were SO cool! Mrs. Renton said that she really likes the huiro. I do too because it is REALLY fun to sketch. My favourite artifact was the pan pipe. It was the only one that you could blow into. Wait. What? The kit’s GONE? Darn!” ~Tommy

“WOW! I exclaimed as we got the second part of the Fort Calgary Kit. But, this time it was artifacts. Here’s what they were:

  • a huiro (Peruvian)
  • a desert rose (Tunisian – a mineral)
  • a pysanka (Ukrainian painted egg)
  • a necklace of gold (fake) (Indian)
  • a pan pipe (Peruvian)
  • a sopilka (a flute – Ukrainian)
  • a matroska (a nesting doll from Ukraine)
  • an ocarina (Peruvian)
  • a pair of hand cymbals (Tunisian)
  • a Canadian Flag puzzle

That is a LOT of artifacts! I liked the nesting doll the most, but I thought the necklace was very interesting. The desert rose smelled of dry clay. Humm. I wonder why it smells like that, I wondered aloud. If I had that … I would be just “woo HOO!” Would YOU rent the Fort Calgary Kit? It was FUN!” ~AJ

The Desert Rose, from Tunisia, was SO intriguing! You could see the crystals in it's formation! I think we would ALL love a sample of Desert Rose!

The Desert Rose, from Tunisia, was SO intriguing! You could see the crystals in it’s formation! I think we would ALL love a sample of Desert Rose!

“Today we are writing about the artifacts, Mrs. Renton exclaimed. My favourite artifact was the matroska. If you are wondering what a motroska is … it’s a Ukrainian nesting doll. Another artifact is the Desert rose. Wait a minute … at home I HAVE a Desert Rose!!! A Desert Rose is not a rose from the desert. It kind of looks like a rock. The very next day, the kit was gone!” ~Tre

“Hey! Hey, can I tell you something? You’d never guess what an EXTRAORDINARY day I had yesterday! We got to explore artifacts from Peru, India, Tunisia, and the Ukraine. I can’t say which one of the artifacts was my favourite artifact … I think it would have to be the Desert Rose. It is from Tunisia. No, it’s NOT a rose, and it doesn’t LOOK like a rose. I will describe it for you. It is a rock … and if you explore it very carefully, you can see sand. The crystals look like round spikes from a sea monster’s back. But, they are clear and not spikey! If you have any wonders, just leave a comment on the blog!” ~Jayden

“Today, in excitement, the Fort Calgary Kit came in! In the kit there was a huiro, desert rose, pysanka, gold necklace, pan pipes, sopilka, nesting dolls, and an ocarina. But the one that I really liked was the pan pipe because it makes that cool smooth sound. I also really like the nesting doll. But, my favourite one was the hurio because you could choose your beat!” ~Chris P.

The Ukrainian nesting dolls, (matroska), were a HUGE hit!

The Ukrainian nesting dolls, (matroska), were a HUGE hit!

“The Fort Calgary artifacts were SO cool … wait … you don’t know what the artifacts are … so I am going to tell you! The first and BEST was an huiro from Peru! I like it because of its designs and the sound. I wonder what the huiro is made of? My second favourite one was the pysanka because it was so, so smooth. Next, I saw the golden necklace. It was very cool. I wonder what the necklace was made of? I think its made of pyrite, (fool’s gold). My favourite part was holding the huiro because it was so smooth too. There was also music from Peru, India, Ukraine and Tunisia but my favourite music was the Indian music because the instruments sounded SO cool!” Christopher

“Guess what WE did yesterday? We got the Fort Calgary kit! First everybody went to the carpet and sat in a circle. Then, we passed around the artifacts. The artifacts that we passed around were the huiro, desert rose, pysanka, gold necklace, pan pipe, sopilka, matroska, ocarina and the hand cymbals. I wonder how people even do the hand cymbals. I liked the pan pipe because you could make cool sounds by blowing on it. If you didn’t know, the pan pipe is from Peru. I also liked the hand cymbals. They’re from Tunisia. They are hard to do. I liked them because you would make cool sounds like the pan pipe. I learned that a musical instrument in Tunisia is the hand cymbal, and one in the Ukraine is the sopilka, and two in Peru are the pan pipe and the huiro. There were no Indian ones in the kit so I don’t know what musical instruments are in India. I wonder what instruments they play in India. I really liked the artifacts. They were cool. You should rent one!” ~Chelsea

This huiro was SO cool ... I bet MANY of us will head of to Ten Thousand Villages to find our OWN!

This huiro was SO cool … I bet MANY of us will head of to Ten Thousand Villages to find our OWN!

“Guess what? Today our class got to have the artifacts from our four countries. My favourite artifact is the pan pipes because these pan pipes sound awesome and it even had the music letters on it! The pan pipes are from Peru. I also like the flute, (soplika), the nesting dolls, (matroska), the gold necklace and the desert rose. I wonder if the gold necklace is made out of real gold and what the pan pipe is made of? I learned that the longest part of the pan pipe makes the sound go lower and the smallest part of the pan pipe makes the sound go higher. I liked to play with the Canadian flag puzzle.” ~Joyce

“Did you know that we had the Fort Calgary kit a few days ago? It was AWESOME! The kit included:

  • traditional music
  • artifacts from Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine, and India
  • folktales from Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine, and India
  • a Canadian Flag puzzle
  • strings on dowels (to show which country was furthest from Canada)
  • instruments from Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine and India

My favourite instruments were the pan pipe and flute. My favourite artifacts were the gold necklace and the nesting dolls. I also loved the desert rose. Now, I will leave you to read the other pieces of writing!” ~Ella

The sopilka (flute from Ukraine) was beautifully painted.

The sopilka (flute from Ukraine) was beautifully painted.

“I liked the pan pipe because it’s funny and it goes like this: do re mi fa so la ti do! It came from Peru. I like the sopilka flute because it’s so cool! It sounded GREAT and the design was colourful. It was FUN!” ~Dimitri

“Cling, cling, cling … we were passing around the gold necklace from India. We are using the artifacts for the day! There are eleven artifacts from the four countries we are studying, (Peru, Ukraine, India and Tunisia). Do you pronounce the Ukrainian pysanka pysanke, pysanka or pysanky? I love the gold necklace the best because, if you know ME, I LOVE anything shiny! I don’t know how I can WRITE the sound the pan pipe makes … but I can TELL you about it! The pan pipe is from Peru and has 8 tubes with do ra mi fa so la ti and do. It’s like a flute, but doesn’t really whistle! Swish, swoosh, swish, the huiro is from Peru as well and is much like a rattle except it has designs and is carved altogether. Something that I really wonder is: if the designs on it mean anything. Do you know what a matroska is? Surprise! It’s a NESTING DOLL! I have five of them at home! Wow! The kit went by SO fast! I guess we were having a LOT of fun exploring!” ~Rebecca

The Ukrainian painted egg, (pysanka), was SO detailed! We'd sure like to TRY that sometime!

The Ukrainian painted egg, (pysanka), was SO detailed! We’d sure like to TRY that sometime!

Our day with the artifacts FLEW by. We sketched, we inspected, we listened to some AMAZING music … and we wondered and wondered and WONDERED:

  • what is INSIDE the huiro to make it sound like a rain stick? Is it the seeds from the gourd? It looks like they cut is open and put something in. Do YOU know?
  • Why does Indian and Tunisian music sound so SIMILAR? Do YOU know?
  • What do the DESIGNS on the pysanky and the sopilka mean?
  • Why are nesting dolls such an important part of Ukrainian tradition?
  • What are some of the instruments they play in India?
  • Have YOU ever made Ukrainian eggs?
  • What is YOUR favourite artifact?
  • Do YOU know any cool folktales from our four countries? We’d LOVE to hear about them!

 

2 Responses to If You CAN’T Go to the Country … Bring the Country to YOU!

  1. Ella

    Hello global grade three! Wow what an WONDERFUL post! I think we are great bloggers! This next post about Ross and our package will _ROCK!_ Hmmm, I’m trying to think of compliments. I don’t think my brain is working properly! OH! I know, you are an AWSOME class!

    Well I got to be getting going now! bye!

    Ella

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Ella!

      It was AWESOME that you left another comment on the blog! I agree … I LOVED this post! I wish we could figure out a way around timezones … AND find some classes to connect with in our other three countries. I will work on that … but … it may not happen until NEXT year! I love a good challenge!

      I think the next post … about our SURPRISE package from Ross will rock TOO! What an EXCITING day!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

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