¡Bienvenidos a Grado 4!   Welcome to Grade 4!

Inquiry: "Voices of the Land... What stories does it tell?"

  • All our grade 4 classes are participating in a year long inquiry regarding stewardship for the land.
  • We will be learning about indigenous knowledge systems (believes, stories, relationships with the land, etc.) that could help us explore how our connections to the land influence our sense of place as well as the ways the land sustains our community and quality of life.
  • We will explore 4 R's for our Land Based Learning Series: Relevance, Respect, Responsibility, and Reciprocity.
  • Along with your children, we will be designing learning experiences that align with our Program of studies in Social Studies (“Sense of the Land”) and in Science (“Waste and Our World”).
  • This space has the purpose of documenting your child’s learning during our community walks to the Bowmont Natural Environment Park as a part of our  inquiry.
Join us in our journey...
The beginning
Blackfoot Crossing

We launched our learnings series with a visit to the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park in the Siksika Nation.

The children had the opportunity to experience story telling and learned how, from generation to generation,  the Blackfoot People have passed on knowledge of how to take care of the land.

The students stood in front of the Bow River and reflected on the many stories that have been told in this land way before our time.


Bowmont Natural Environment Park

-Visit one-
What is our connection to the land?
Let's share our stories!

"I noticed there were many berries around. Picking berries soothes me. I know that some berries are poisonous to us, but for some animals like birds and black bears is how they get fed before winter", J.R.

 "I felt a big connection to the land when we were admiring the waterfall. I liked the waterfall the best because it was so peaceful and so well preserved because there was no garbage around. I noticed that there weren't many animals around yet we saw their nests and dens", C.H.

 "I wonder how long it took for that entire place to evolve into this beautiful place", by D.U.

 "I wonder if the park will ever change", by K.G.
"I wonder what would be like in 100 years, because of all the garbage that we make", by L.S.
"I noticed a miniature cave with a little stream of water coming down", by Z.G.
 "I noticed that there were mushrooms growing. I wonder how big the mushrooms will get", by Z.G.

 "I liked the view from the top part of the park. I noticed at one stop there was something strange on the trees that looked like poop. I wonder what happens to the park in the winter", by T.W.

 " I noticed a lot of beautiful colours and plants. I wonder how animals come out of nowhere", by B.N.

"I liked the waterfall was so peaceful and the cold air pushing my hair. I noticed that there was a lot of animal and bird nests and trees, and it just felt like I was free. I wonder how the animals always sleep through all the noise there", by D.E.

"
I wonder how old the rocks are there", by L.C.
Books
Bowmont Natural Environment Park 

-Visit two-


What has changed? 
What is responsibility?
What does the land teach us?




Learning with legends
Waterfall stop: "Napi and the Ice-Breaking"
Creek stop: "Why the Birch Tree Wears the Slashes in It's Bark"
Umbrella plants stop: "Napi and the Bullberries"
Top of trail stop: "Makoyoohsokoyi (The Wolf Trail)"
"There was snow, there were trees dying, the snow was covering the plants, there was no more leaves on the trees. Responsibility is you have to take care of stuff like your family and the environment and not destroy it," by E.Z.

"I heard more sounds then last time. Responsibility is when you remember to take care of trees and rivers and stuff. It is also when you remember to look after yourself and other people", by K.G.

"There was more moss behind the waterfall. The trees got more crowded on the inside, the spaces between them got smaller. Responsibility is your priorities and if you do a mistake it's your responsibility-your fault", by Z.G.

"I noticed all the fungus on the trees by the pink station. When you seat down I figured that there are lots of plants with thorns. Responsibility is something you must earn, and once you have broken it it's kind of hard to heal", by A.P.

"I saw that before everything was green and now it's brown and icy, I also noticed that there were a lot of mud everywhere and on the trees and the snow. Another thing I noticed that there were a lot of berries last time, but now not as many", by S.B.

"All of the leaves had fallen off, lots of snow, it was a lot colder. Responsibility is for example if you have a pet you take care of it because you own the pet. The land teaches us how we should be better taking care of everything", by J.S.

"Lots of snow, a little bit of the waterfall was frozen, none of the trees had leaves anymore and now the leaves are under the snow decomposing. Responsibility is taking care of the people and plants around us. The land can teach us the indigenous ways that they had before us", by S.K.

"I noticed there was not as much bark on the trees, and not that much leaves. There was a lot more fungus on the trees. Responsibility overall is taking care of your stuff and not losing anything. The land teachers us to be more cautious with it", by T.W.

"It was windy and cold, and everybody's feet were freezing, and it was kind of distracting and more difficult to observe on the pink stop. I know that we shouldn't be sledding on the hills. Wrecking the plants is NOT responsibility", by Z.G.

"I noticed all the plants were more dead. When we first went there all the trees were just changing colours and now they were all just branches. On the hills all the snow made it look like the hills moved closer together and the hills looked taller", by D. U.

"I noticed that it was windy. It is harder to write outdoor because it is so cold and you blood leaves to keep your organs warm. Responsibility is friendship, if your friends let you borrow something and you loose, you could lose his trust", by T.M.

"I noticed that all of the animals either migrated or started hibernating. Responsibility is respecting the land and leaving it the way it was. I learned to respect the land". By L.S.

"A lot of ice in the waterfall, but most of the water was still flowing. The trees did not look so healthy. Responsibility is maintaining the species, not destroying nature. The land teaches me that we don't know what we are doing and we do stuff that we regret after,"by K.R.

"Most of the water was icy, there was water flowing under moving things, because last time I saw a stick that was not there anymore. Respo. is we need to know how our actions affect the world. The land teaches us that is messy, but in the end it does not stay that way", by J.R.

"The plants were all dead, no more leaves on the trees, lots of snow, rain. To me responsibility is to be a leader to protect the land. The land teachers me that is not all about walking and just seeing nature. It's beyond the limits, you can do math about nature", by A.F.

"When I was at the waterfall I observed that there was more moss and all the water had been frosted. Some plants I didn't see before when I was there. When I looked at a giant rock it looked as if it had changed colour. Responsibility is when you can be accountable", by F.R.

"I noticed that the berries got wrinkled. Responsibility is being independent and being able to be trusted with no supervision. The land teaches me stories about indigenous people, like Napi", By S.A.

"All of the plants were dead. Responsibility is when you are kind, caring to others and being your best when nobody is watching. The land teaches me that when you have a stick and you get another stick, this equals two sticks", by B.N.

"The snow was covering the park. Most of the animals were not visible. To me, responsibility is trying to do something right when you have done wrong. Learning from your mistakes. The land teaches us how we need to take care of fragile things to protect them.". By C.H.












Bowmont Natural Environment Park 

-Visit three-
Relevance
The awakening

This time we  met with members of the Friends of Bowmont Park Association to learn about some areas of the park that are being reclaimed. We  also celebrated the “awakening” of the park and learn about the Spring flower, prairie crocus.




"I think the story tells us that when you have something or someone to worry about and to accompany you then you don't really think about your worries. When you are always thinking about yourself you don't notice what is around you and only think about yourself", by K.R.

"I think my favourite part was holding my umbrella while listening to Mr. Mark and listening to the wind and the rain. I learned that coyotes eat voles and mice", by A.B.

"I liked that Mr. Mark told us where the coyotes hunt and what would happen if the community did not stop the construction of buildings where coyotes live", By T. M.

"Wapee went to the very top of the mountain to sleep instead of staying by the river. I thought that was very cool. I liked imagining Wapee in the mountains sleeping alone because I like modelling things that are random spaces, I thought I could model like a cave for Wapee", J.R.

"My favourite about the Bowmont Walk was that it was raining. It was fun, it was like a little adventure. It was like how Wapee in the story felt a bit worry, but then like him, we got used to it and learned to be in nature", by Z. G.

"I think it's great that we are told to be good to the land and to the animals that live there. It's good that we know now the do's and dont's of Bowmont park. I learned especially that a lot of the flower you don't see very often because they only last two or three weeks", Z.G.

"Wapee went to the top of the hill and he was scared because he didn't have anyone or anything, he didn't even have the light, but there was one thing that kept him company, a little flower. Wapee took care of the little flower and he became stronger", by F.R.

"My favourite part about the story is when Wapee was carrying for the flower, because it's not every day that someone takes care of a flower. I learned from Sr. Mark is that without the grass the voles would not exist, without the voles the coyotes wouldn't exist", by A.P.

"I learned that the coyotes only come out and catch mice early in the morning and late in the afternoon. The Prairie Crocus is the first one to bloom and the first one to go away", by L.S.

"I learned that coyotes switch homes once the pups are old enough. What I liked about the Prairie Crocus story was how the flower encouraged Wapee and told him that he could be a good chief. The fact that I remember about the flower is that it can be used to nosebleeds", by S. K.

"I learned that the Prairie Crocus is the first flower to bloom in early Spring and the first flower to die. I learned that the mother coyotes teach the cub coyotes to stay away from people and dogs and they only hunt mice early in the morning or late in the evening", by S.A.

"It was really cool learning about how Wapee stayed in the woods for four nights and I didn't know that prairie crocus came up in early Spring and died first", by J.S.

"I think it was cool that we saw the prairie crocus because we were just learning about it, and we were trying to find it, and we found it. It was lucky because it won't be here in one or two weeks because they are the first flower to die because they have shorter lives", by T.W

"I loved seeing the prairie crocus blooming, as we only have a few changes to see them because they are so rare and they only come around this time of Spring. They have fur, they are colourful. I liked the part of the story when the flower gets the fur coat from Wapee", by A.F.

"I thought that it was enjoyable because we got to actually see the flowers and vegetation while Mr. Marks was talking about them, by L.C.





Bowmont Natural Environment Park 

-Visit Four-

Reciprocity
"Our 4th visit the Bowmont Park it was better because it was beautiful out. I couldn't believe that some prairie crocus were still out.
We saw so many other plants, and learned lots about nests and endangered birds", by A.F.

"I never knew that there are native plants, and that some European plants are invasive and can be dangerous for the ecosystem, like dandelions.
The water station was very interesting and made me curious about how water is tested for sanitation", by Z.G.

"I did not know that not all the grass is native to Bowmont Park, such as the Kentucky Blue Grass. Native grass normally grows in clumps.
I learned that the First Nations used to eat rose buds for join pain. Weaving the sticks to build the nest was fun, but also difficult", by A.P.

"I learned that black and grey squirrels are invasive species, they came from East Canada for an exhibit in the Zoo and they escaped and took over the red squirrels' habitat. In general, I enjoyed walking and being closer to nature", by S.K.

"I didn't know that the rock that I was seating on was sandstone.
My favourite part was going to the waterfall and learning about that it was very old and that it was tufa", by L.C.

"I learned that the companies that build power lines also build nests for hawks. We build one that will be installed in Southern Alberta", S.B.





Grade 4

¡Bienvenidos a Grado 4!   Welcome to Grade 4!

Inquiry: "Voices of the Land... What stories does it tell?"

  • All our grade 4 classes are participating in a year long inquiry regarding stewardship for the land.
  • We will be learning about indigenous knowledge systems (believes, stories, relationships with the land, etc.) that could help us explore how our connections to the land influence our sense of place as well as the ways the land sustains our community and quality of life.
  • We will explore 4 R's for our Land Based Learning Series: Relevance, Respect, Responsibility, and Reciprocity.
  • Along with your children, we will be designing learning experiences that align with our Program of studies in Social Studies (“Sense of the Land”) and in Science (“Waste and Our World”).
  • This space has the purpose of documenting your child’s learning during our community walks to the Bowmont Natural Environment Park as a part of our  inquiry.
Join us in our journey...
The beginning
Blackfoot Crossing

We launched our learnings series with a visit to the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park in the Siksika Nation.

The children had the opportunity to experience story telling and learned how, from generation to generation,  the Blackfoot People have passed on knowledge of how to take care of the land.

The students stood in front of the Bow River and reflected on the many stories that have been told in this land way before our time.


Bowmont Natural Environment Park

-Visit one-
What is our connection to the land?
Let's share our stories!

"I noticed there were many berries around. Picking berries soothes me. I know that some berries are poisonous to us, but for some animals like birds and black bears is how they get fed before winter", J.R.

 "I felt a big connection to the land when we were admiring the waterfall. I liked the waterfall the best because it was so peaceful and so well preserved because there was no garbage around. I noticed that there weren't many animals around yet we saw their nests and dens", C.H.

 "I wonder how long it took for that entire place to evolve into this beautiful place", by D.U.

 "I wonder if the park will ever change", by K.G.
"I wonder what would be like in 100 years, because of all the garbage that we make", by L.S.
"I noticed a miniature cave with a little stream of water coming down", by Z.G.
 "I noticed that there were mushrooms growing. I wonder how big the mushrooms will get", by Z.G.

 "I liked the view from the top part of the park. I noticed at one stop there was something strange on the trees that looked like poop. I wonder what happens to the park in the winter", by T.W.

 " I noticed a lot of beautiful colours and plants. I wonder how animals come out of nowhere", by B.N.

"I liked the waterfall was so peaceful and the cold air pushing my hair. I noticed that there was a lot of animal and bird nests and trees, and it just felt like I was free. I wonder how the animals always sleep through all the noise there", by D.E.

"
I wonder how old the rocks are there", by L.C.
Books
Bowmont Natural Environment Park 

-Visit two-


What has changed? 
What is responsibility?
What does the land teach us?




Learning with legends
Waterfall stop: "Napi and the Ice-Breaking"
Creek stop: "Why the Birch Tree Wears the Slashes in It's Bark"
Umbrella plants stop: "Napi and the Bullberries"
Top of trail stop: "Makoyoohsokoyi (The Wolf Trail)"
"There was snow, there were trees dying, the snow was covering the plants, there was no more leaves on the trees. Responsibility is you have to take care of stuff like your family and the environment and not destroy it," by E.Z.

"I heard more sounds then last time. Responsibility is when you remember to take care of trees and rivers and stuff. It is also when you remember to look after yourself and other people", by K.G.

"There was more moss behind the waterfall. The trees got more crowded on the inside, the spaces between them got smaller. Responsibility is your priorities and if you do a mistake it's your responsibility-your fault", by Z.G.

"I noticed all the fungus on the trees by the pink station. When you seat down I figured that there are lots of plants with thorns. Responsibility is something you must earn, and once you have broken it it's kind of hard to heal", by A.P.

"I saw that before everything was green and now it's brown and icy, I also noticed that there were a lot of mud everywhere and on the trees and the snow. Another thing I noticed that there were a lot of berries last time, but now not as many", by S.B.

"All of the leaves had fallen off, lots of snow, it was a lot colder. Responsibility is for example if you have a pet you take care of it because you own the pet. The land teaches us how we should be better taking care of everything", by J.S.

"Lots of snow, a little bit of the waterfall was frozen, none of the trees had leaves anymore and now the leaves are under the snow decomposing. Responsibility is taking care of the people and plants around us. The land can teach us the indigenous ways that they had before us", by S.K.

"I noticed there was not as much bark on the trees, and not that much leaves. There was a lot more fungus on the trees. Responsibility overall is taking care of your stuff and not losing anything. The land teachers us to be more cautious with it", by T.W.

"It was windy and cold, and everybody's feet were freezing, and it was kind of distracting and more difficult to observe on the pink stop. I know that we shouldn't be sledding on the hills. Wrecking the plants is NOT responsibility", by Z.G.

"I noticed all the plants were more dead. When we first went there all the trees were just changing colours and now they were all just branches. On the hills all the snow made it look like the hills moved closer together and the hills looked taller", by D. U.

"I noticed that it was windy. It is harder to write outdoor because it is so cold and you blood leaves to keep your organs warm. Responsibility is friendship, if your friends let you borrow something and you loose, you could lose his trust", by T.M.

"I noticed that all of the animals either migrated or started hibernating. Responsibility is respecting the land and leaving it the way it was. I learned to respect the land". By L.S.

"A lot of ice in the waterfall, but most of the water was still flowing. The trees did not look so healthy. Responsibility is maintaining the species, not destroying nature. The land teaches me that we don't know what we are doing and we do stuff that we regret after,"by K.R.

"Most of the water was icy, there was water flowing under moving things, because last time I saw a stick that was not there anymore. Respo. is we need to know how our actions affect the world. The land teaches us that is messy, but in the end it does not stay that way", by J.R.

"The plants were all dead, no more leaves on the trees, lots of snow, rain. To me responsibility is to be a leader to protect the land. The land teachers me that is not all about walking and just seeing nature. It's beyond the limits, you can do math about nature", by A.F.

"When I was at the waterfall I observed that there was more moss and all the water had been frosted. Some plants I didn't see before when I was there. When I looked at a giant rock it looked as if it had changed colour. Responsibility is when you can be accountable", by F.R.

"I noticed that the berries got wrinkled. Responsibility is being independent and being able to be trusted with no supervision. The land teaches me stories about indigenous people, like Napi", By S.A.

"All of the plants were dead. Responsibility is when you are kind, caring to others and being your best when nobody is watching. The land teaches me that when you have a stick and you get another stick, this equals two sticks", by B.N.

"The snow was covering the park. Most of the animals were not visible. To me, responsibility is trying to do something right when you have done wrong. Learning from your mistakes. The land teaches us how we need to take care of fragile things to protect them.". By C.H.












Bowmont Natural Environment Park 

-Visit three-
Relevance
The awakening

This time we  met with members of the Friends of Bowmont Park Association to learn about some areas of the park that are being reclaimed. We  also celebrated the “awakening” of the park and learn about the Spring flower, prairie crocus.




"I think the story tells us that when you have something or someone to worry about and to accompany you then you don't really think about your worries. When you are always thinking about yourself you don't notice what is around you and only think about yourself", by K.R.

"I think my favourite part was holding my umbrella while listening to Mr. Mark and listening to the wind and the rain. I learned that coyotes eat voles and mice", by A.B.

"I liked that Mr. Mark told us where the coyotes hunt and what would happen if the community did not stop the construction of buildings where coyotes live", By T. M.

"Wapee went to the very top of the mountain to sleep instead of staying by the river. I thought that was very cool. I liked imagining Wapee in the mountains sleeping alone because I like modelling things that are random spaces, I thought I could model like a cave for Wapee", J.R.

"My favourite about the Bowmont Walk was that it was raining. It was fun, it was like a little adventure. It was like how Wapee in the story felt a bit worry, but then like him, we got used to it and learned to be in nature", by Z. G.

"I think it's great that we are told to be good to the land and to the animals that live there. It's good that we know now the do's and dont's of Bowmont park. I learned especially that a lot of the flower you don't see very often because they only last two or three weeks", Z.G.

"Wapee went to the top of the hill and he was scared because he didn't have anyone or anything, he didn't even have the light, but there was one thing that kept him company, a little flower. Wapee took care of the little flower and he became stronger", by F.R.

"My favourite part about the story is when Wapee was carrying for the flower, because it's not every day that someone takes care of a flower. I learned from Sr. Mark is that without the grass the voles would not exist, without the voles the coyotes wouldn't exist", by A.P.

"I learned that the coyotes only come out and catch mice early in the morning and late in the afternoon. The Prairie Crocus is the first one to bloom and the first one to go away", by L.S.

"I learned that coyotes switch homes once the pups are old enough. What I liked about the Prairie Crocus story was how the flower encouraged Wapee and told him that he could be a good chief. The fact that I remember about the flower is that it can be used to nosebleeds", by S. K.

"I learned that the Prairie Crocus is the first flower to bloom in early Spring and the first flower to die. I learned that the mother coyotes teach the cub coyotes to stay away from people and dogs and they only hunt mice early in the morning or late in the evening", by S.A.

"It was really cool learning about how Wapee stayed in the woods for four nights and I didn't know that prairie crocus came up in early Spring and died first", by J.S.

"I think it was cool that we saw the prairie crocus because we were just learning about it, and we were trying to find it, and we found it. It was lucky because it won't be here in one or two weeks because they are the first flower to die because they have shorter lives", by T.W

"I loved seeing the prairie crocus blooming, as we only have a few changes to see them because they are so rare and they only come around this time of Spring. They have fur, they are colourful. I liked the part of the story when the flower gets the fur coat from Wapee", by A.F.

"I thought that it was enjoyable because we got to actually see the flowers and vegetation while Mr. Marks was talking about them, by L.C.





Bowmont Natural Environment Park 

-Visit Four-

Reciprocity
"Our 4th visit the Bowmont Park it was better because it was beautiful out. I couldn't believe that some prairie crocus were still out.
We saw so many other plants, and learned lots about nests and endangered birds", by A.F.

"I never knew that there are native plants, and that some European plants are invasive and can be dangerous for the ecosystem, like dandelions.
The water station was very interesting and made me curious about how water is tested for sanitation", by Z.G.

"I did not know that not all the grass is native to Bowmont Park, such as the Kentucky Blue Grass. Native grass normally grows in clumps.
I learned that the First Nations used to eat rose buds for join pain. Weaving the sticks to build the nest was fun, but also difficult", by A.P.

"I learned that black and grey squirrels are invasive species, they came from East Canada for an exhibit in the Zoo and they escaped and took over the red squirrels' habitat. In general, I enjoyed walking and being closer to nature", by S.K.

"I didn't know that the rock that I was seating on was sandstone.
My favourite part was going to the waterfall and learning about that it was very old and that it was tufa", by L.C.

"I learned that the companies that build power lines also build nests for hawks. We build one that will be installed in Southern Alberta", S.B.





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