Indigenous Week in Grade 4
This week we took a deep look into Indigenous culture, Residential Schools, and ways to recognize and honour Truth and Reconciliation. Students engaged in multiple learning opportunities such as planting Indigenous plants, creating meaningful art around Indigenous symbols, using poetry to express their understanding of orange shirt day and playing Indigenous games in physical education.
A recurring symbol for our studies in grade 4 has been the feather. The feather represents many things to different Indigenous cultures, such as hope, honour and bravery. Students thoughtfully created orange feathers through the use of pastels in orange tones. Students then expressed their understandings of the impacts of Residential Schools through poetry in connection to these feathers.
The grade fours had the opportunity to discuss and plant sage with Ms. Knight. During this, they learned about the many uses of sage, and other Indigenous plants. They also got to experience the burning of dried sage after hearing an oral story from Mr. Dyck or Ms. Tami.
We look forward to continuing to learn from Indigenous ways of knowing throughout our year in Grade 4.
September Update | The First Few Weeks in Grade 4
September has been all about getting to know each other and creating a classroom family. Students worked on a recipe for what will make for a successful grade 4 year. By using units of measurement, descriptive language and creativity, students built their own recipe with a set of ingredients and directions. The symbol for our recipes was a cupcake and we used pasticine to model a vibrant cupcake.
Our Brown Bag Autobiographies were a huge hit! Students were given the opportunity to bring in items that show who they are. Watching the students share items from home, pictures and collectables was a time during our school day where each and every student was engaged and fascinated by who their classmates are. We learned so much about one another and fine tuned our listening and audience manners!
The grade 4 team introduced our sharing circle that we like to call “ Spill the tea”. Every Friday we will gather as a class and sip on herbal tea while sharing our reflections from the week. Students were astonished that we gave them “fancy” cups and warm tea to drink! Some liked the taste, others decided to sip water.
We look forward to continuing to build connections with your families and our school community!
The Grade 4 Team