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Swimming!

We had so much fun swimming last week. We were fortunate to be able to go each day for 45 minutes. We learned water safety, back and front floats, and played lots of games like Marco Polo.

Thanks Inglewood Pool!

Dream Catcher Teachings!

We were so lucky to have a parent from our class come in and teach us all about dream catchers and how to make them! We learned that we use willow to form the circle of our dream catcher. Ms. Mackenzie and other staff members from NLC picked the willow to use from the land at the Pathways Sweat Lodge. They were sure to say a prayer and offer tobacco before they picked.

We all took turns bending the willow into circles. It is important to try to bend it within the first 3 days of picking so that it is still moist enough to bend.

Stephanie taught us that dream catchers hang in our windows and catch our bad dreams at night so we can have peaceful sleeps and happy dreams.

Materials we used:

- willow

- sinew

- feathers

Multiplication Mania!

Grade 3s having been having a lot of fun learning about multiplication! We have explored many different strategies to help us solve multiplication problems. See each strategy and how we used them in class below!

Groups of:

Arrays:

We even practiced arrays with our snack!

We also have been practicing our skip counting to help us solve our multiplication problems more efficiently :) Quiz me at home  by asking me to skip count by 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s!

Thank you Mr.Darcy!

We were so lucky to have Darcy TurningRobe spend a week with us teaching us singing and drumming. We had so much fun with him

He taught us some rules about drumming which were: always listen and follow the lead drummer, be respectful, treat the drum like it is a baby, and be proud when you are singing and drumming!

Darcy is the founder and member of the Sorrel Rider drum group. Be sure to check them our on Youtube!

Healthy snack challenge!

Each class was given the challenge to come up with a health snack idea! We were very excited to brainstorm what would make a healthy snack and discuss ideas.

We decided a healthy snack would be something that included all food groups, so something with a grain, protein, and fruit or vegetable.

Next we brainstormed ideas. Here is what we came up with:

- "Healthy pizza" - cream cheese on crackers with fruit

- Ants on a log - Cheese whiz on celery with fruit or raisins

- Yogurt parfaits

Then we voted, our winning idea was yogurt parfaits!

We had a great time shopping online for our ingredients and sending out list to Ms. Jessica to pick up.

Here is our recipe in case you want to make it at home!

- Blueberries

-Dragon fruit

- Watermelon

- Pears

- Grapes

- Vanilla yogurt

- Granola

Put all the fruit in a bowl and mix together. Add yogurt and granola on top. Enjoy!

Building Structures

We have been very busy since our return from winter break exploring different structures, learning about different building materials, and designing our very won structure!

Our guiding question for our building unit was "How do structures improve our quality of life?"

We began by looking at famous structures found all over the world.

We explored them, tried to replicate them with different materials, and brainstormed how each structure would improve the quality of life of the people around it.

It was finally time for us to plan our own structures and build them our of different materials!

We came up with a list of ideas we all thought our structures MUST have in order to be a good structure.

These were:

- strong and stable

- serves a purpose

- improves quality of life

Here are just a few of our structures!

Welcome Back! Happy New Year!

Welcome back to all our families and Happy new year. I hope everyone had a great winter break and had the chance to spend sometime relaxing with family.

This month's focus:

Writing: Adjectives, Juicy words, Letter writing

Science: Building - if you have any left over recycling please feel free to send it to school for us to build with!

Social Studies: Travel to Peru, 13 moons

December Fun!

What a busy month! We definitely know how to have fun here at Niitsitapi. December was filled with lots of winter activities, including our school wide focus around winter solstice!

We began by exploring that question "What is winter solstice?" Here is what we learned:

- Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, meaning, it has the longest night.

- It happens on December 21st

- It is a time to celebrate

We tracked the sun throughout the month of December and watched how the days got gradually shorter. By the time we reached December 21st the sun was only out for 7 hours and 54 minutes!

We also began learning about the 13 moons on turtle's back. Check back in January for more on this!

See this pics below for some of the highlights in December!

Art Contest!

During National Metis month we studied the art of Christi Belcourt (http://christibelcourt.com/) a Michif (Metis) visual artist and author whose ancestry originates from the Metis historic community of Manitou Sakhigan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, Canada.

One of our projects involved creating Metis flowers (similar to Belcourt's flowers). We designed our flower petals however we wanted. Inside the flower we made dark blue (the same as the Metis flag) with a white infinity symbol surrounding a tipi to show the joining of two cultures.

The Metis Nation of Alberta held an art contest and we submitted the work of a student from grade 3 and guess what... he won! Congratulations Aiden! his art work is made into enamel pins to give away at next year's Métis Week festivities.

Below is a picture of the winning art!

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Yesterday the grade 3s were in charge of leading the Remembrance day ceremony at the Niitsitapi Learning Centre. We invited Elder Randy to speak and he reminded us of the importance of remembering all the soldiers who sacrificed and risked their lives in the wars. A few ways to remember them are by wearing poppies, making wreaths, through prayer, song, and dance. Thank you for sharing your teachings with us Elder Randy!

The grade 3s made a video about peace at the NLC! We focused on what peace looks like, smells like, feels like, sounds like, and tastes like at the NLC!

It was a beautiful reminder of how special this place is and how much we love the Niitsitapi Learning Centre <3

Orange Shirt Day!

Today we remember that every child matters and each one of us is important <3

Exploring Rocks

We have begun to explore Rocks & Minerals as part of our school wide initiative about Iinii and our grade 3 science curriculum.

We began by discussing what we already know about rocks. Here's some of our ideas:

• All rocks are made of minerals
• Rocks are different sizes
• Rocks have spirits
• Rocks are inside Na'a (underground)
• Grandfather rock is sacred and holds our prayers and memories
• Rocks can break

Then we brainstormed some questions about rocks -

• What are rocks made of?
• Where do they come from?
• What do we do with them?
• Do some rocks float? Why?

We started by discussing what rocks are made of and learned they are made from minerals. Here are some pictures of an experiment we did to teach us that!

.

We used 4 different "minerals" to create our rocks. We applied 'pressure' by using glue and mixing all the minerals together with our hands. Next we allowed heat to help form and harden the rocks by putting them in the song.

We learned that all rocks look different depending on the minerals used to form them as well as the amount of pressure and heat they get!

Sage Harvesting

Monday September 17th we had the opportunity to join Elder Randy at Nose Hill Park to pick some Sage. Elder Randy told us a story about the changing seasons and how as the weather changes, the birds begin to fly South for the winter. With the changing seasons we are given an opportunity for us to change ourselves to ensure we are being the best we can be! Elder Randy shared that when you see a flock of birds flying South you should pray and ask that they take with them anything that is not serving you.

Thank you for sharing your stories and knowledge Elder Randy <3

September 2018 - Welcome back!

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour and Hello!

My name is MacKenzie MacLeod. Calgary has been my home since I was born so I have had many years exploring the vast prairies and the remarkable Rocky Mountains. I love to spend time outside with my husband biking, going for walks, and just enjoying the sun!

So far this month we have been exploring identity. We have focused on our own individual identities as well as our identity as a class. We have been building strong relationships in our classroom community.  We have been exploring what makes each of us unique and special and what important qualities and skills we contribute to the class. We discussed wolves and the important roles each member plays in a wolf pact – similar to how each of us plays an important role in the classroom.

In art we focused on self-portraits and how to draw realistic versions of ourselves. They look amazing! Be sure to come check them out.

Next month’s focus:

·       Literacy: Groups to start September 4th

·       Writing: Sentence structure, capitals, punctuation

Math: Even and odd numbers, place value to 1000

Science: Rocks and Minerals

Important dates:

·       September 6th – Meet the staff BBQ 4:30-6:30pm

·       September 17th - Sage picking field trip

Ms. MacKenzie

Swimming!

We had so much fun swimming last week. We were fortunate to be able to go each day for 45 minutes. We learned water safety, back and front floats, and played lots of games like Marco Polo.

Thanks Inglewood Pool!

Dream Catcher Teachings!

We were so lucky to have a parent from our class come in and teach us all about dream catchers and how to make them! We learned that we use willow to form the circle of our dream catcher. Ms. Mackenzie and other staff members from NLC picked the willow to use from the land at the Pathways Sweat Lodge. They were sure to say a prayer and offer tobacco before they picked.

We all took turns bending the willow into circles. It is important to try to bend it within the first 3 days of picking so that it is still moist enough to bend.

Stephanie taught us that dream catchers hang in our windows and catch our bad dreams at night so we can have peaceful sleeps and happy dreams.

Materials we used:

- willow

- sinew

- feathers

Multiplication Mania!

Grade 3s having been having a lot of fun learning about multiplication! We have explored many different strategies to help us solve multiplication problems. See each strategy and how we used them in class below!

Groups of:

Arrays:

We even practiced arrays with our snack!

We also have been practicing our skip counting to help us solve our multiplication problems more efficiently :) Quiz me at home  by asking me to skip count by 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s!

Thank you Mr.Darcy!

We were so lucky to have Darcy TurningRobe spend a week with us teaching us singing and drumming. We had so much fun with him

He taught us some rules about drumming which were: always listen and follow the lead drummer, be respectful, treat the drum like it is a baby, and be proud when you are singing and drumming!

Darcy is the founder and member of the Sorrel Rider drum group. Be sure to check them our on Youtube!

Healthy snack challenge!

Each class was given the challenge to come up with a health snack idea! We were very excited to brainstorm what would make a healthy snack and discuss ideas.

We decided a healthy snack would be something that included all food groups, so something with a grain, protein, and fruit or vegetable.

Next we brainstormed ideas. Here is what we came up with:

- "Healthy pizza" - cream cheese on crackers with fruit

- Ants on a log - Cheese whiz on celery with fruit or raisins

- Yogurt parfaits

Then we voted, our winning idea was yogurt parfaits!

We had a great time shopping online for our ingredients and sending out list to Ms. Jessica to pick up.

Here is our recipe in case you want to make it at home!

- Blueberries

-Dragon fruit

- Watermelon

- Pears

- Grapes

- Vanilla yogurt

- Granola

Put all the fruit in a bowl and mix together. Add yogurt and granola on top. Enjoy!

Building Structures

We have been very busy since our return from winter break exploring different structures, learning about different building materials, and designing our very won structure!

Our guiding question for our building unit was "How do structures improve our quality of life?"

We began by looking at famous structures found all over the world.

We explored them, tried to replicate them with different materials, and brainstormed how each structure would improve the quality of life of the people around it.

It was finally time for us to plan our own structures and build them our of different materials!

We came up with a list of ideas we all thought our structures MUST have in order to be a good structure.

These were:

- strong and stable

- serves a purpose

- improves quality of life

Here are just a few of our structures!

Welcome Back! Happy New Year!

Welcome back to all our families and Happy new year. I hope everyone had a great winter break and had the chance to spend sometime relaxing with family.

This month's focus:

Writing: Adjectives, Juicy words, Letter writing

Science: Building - if you have any left over recycling please feel free to send it to school for us to build with!

Social Studies: Travel to Peru, 13 moons

December Fun!

What a busy month! We definitely know how to have fun here at Niitsitapi. December was filled with lots of winter activities, including our school wide focus around winter solstice!

We began by exploring that question "What is winter solstice?" Here is what we learned:

- Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, meaning, it has the longest night.

- It happens on December 21st

- It is a time to celebrate

We tracked the sun throughout the month of December and watched how the days got gradually shorter. By the time we reached December 21st the sun was only out for 7 hours and 54 minutes!

We also began learning about the 13 moons on turtle's back. Check back in January for more on this!

See this pics below for some of the highlights in December!

Art Contest!

During National Metis month we studied the art of Christi Belcourt (http://christibelcourt.com/) a Michif (Metis) visual artist and author whose ancestry originates from the Metis historic community of Manitou Sakhigan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, Canada.

One of our projects involved creating Metis flowers (similar to Belcourt's flowers). We designed our flower petals however we wanted. Inside the flower we made dark blue (the same as the Metis flag) with a white infinity symbol surrounding a tipi to show the joining of two cultures.

The Metis Nation of Alberta held an art contest and we submitted the work of a student from grade 3 and guess what... he won! Congratulations Aiden! his art work is made into enamel pins to give away at next year's Métis Week festivities.

Below is a picture of the winning art!

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Yesterday the grade 3s were in charge of leading the Remembrance day ceremony at the Niitsitapi Learning Centre. We invited Elder Randy to speak and he reminded us of the importance of remembering all the soldiers who sacrificed and risked their lives in the wars. A few ways to remember them are by wearing poppies, making wreaths, through prayer, song, and dance. Thank you for sharing your teachings with us Elder Randy!

The grade 3s made a video about peace at the NLC! We focused on what peace looks like, smells like, feels like, sounds like, and tastes like at the NLC!

It was a beautiful reminder of how special this place is and how much we love the Niitsitapi Learning Centre <3

Orange Shirt Day!

Today we remember that every child matters and each one of us is important <3

Exploring Rocks

We have begun to explore Rocks & Minerals as part of our school wide initiative about Iinii and our grade 3 science curriculum.

We began by discussing what we already know about rocks. Here's some of our ideas:

• All rocks are made of minerals
• Rocks are different sizes
• Rocks have spirits
• Rocks are inside Na'a (underground)
• Grandfather rock is sacred and holds our prayers and memories
• Rocks can break

Then we brainstormed some questions about rocks -

• What are rocks made of?
• Where do they come from?
• What do we do with them?
• Do some rocks float? Why?

We started by discussing what rocks are made of and learned they are made from minerals. Here are some pictures of an experiment we did to teach us that!

.

We used 4 different "minerals" to create our rocks. We applied 'pressure' by using glue and mixing all the minerals together with our hands. Next we allowed heat to help form and harden the rocks by putting them in the song.

We learned that all rocks look different depending on the minerals used to form them as well as the amount of pressure and heat they get!

Sage Harvesting

Monday September 17th we had the opportunity to join Elder Randy at Nose Hill Park to pick some Sage. Elder Randy told us a story about the changing seasons and how as the weather changes, the birds begin to fly South for the winter. With the changing seasons we are given an opportunity for us to change ourselves to ensure we are being the best we can be! Elder Randy shared that when you see a flock of birds flying South you should pray and ask that they take with them anything that is not serving you.

Thank you for sharing your stories and knowledge Elder Randy <3

September 2018 - Welcome back!

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour and Hello!

My name is MacKenzie MacLeod. Calgary has been my home since I was born so I have had many years exploring the vast prairies and the remarkable Rocky Mountains. I love to spend time outside with my husband biking, going for walks, and just enjoying the sun!

So far this month we have been exploring identity. We have focused on our own individual identities as well as our identity as a class. We have been building strong relationships in our classroom community.  We have been exploring what makes each of us unique and special and what important qualities and skills we contribute to the class. We discussed wolves and the important roles each member plays in a wolf pact – similar to how each of us plays an important role in the classroom.

In art we focused on self-portraits and how to draw realistic versions of ourselves. They look amazing! Be sure to come check them out.

Next month’s focus:

·       Literacy: Groups to start September 4th

·       Writing: Sentence structure, capitals, punctuation

Math: Even and odd numbers, place value to 1000

Science: Rocks and Minerals

Important dates:

·       September 6th – Meet the staff BBQ 4:30-6:30pm

·       September 17th - Sage picking field trip