Sunday, 11 March 2018

Great links

         Communication in full sentences is one of the main goals in our class, and this means using verbs!  This week in grades 5/6 and 7/8 we have been taking some time to review verbs and verb tenses that have been studied so far this year.  In Grade 7/8 we've found that songs have helped us remember some key verbs! Check these out:

Some of our Gr. 8 students from last year, now in Grade 9 French, have commented that they still remember and use the song about the verb avoir that we sang last year to the tune "The Ants go Marching". They have even shared it with their Grade 9 peers this year. However, here is another tune (which is a little bit more lively) to help us remember the verb avoir:

 Here is a song about the verb être that we may check out this week:

Our Grade 3/4 students have been making birthday cards this past week using the verbs être, avoir and donner. We have also been reviewing and expanding upon the classroom vocabulary learned earlier this year; we enjoyed this song:

This week we will be preparing for student-led conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday.  I look forward to seeing students sharing their French work with their parents!

Bonne semaine,

Mme Christensen

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Festival du Voyageur week part 2

We have so many Festival du Voyageur photos to share, so as promised, these photos are being shared in two parts. Last week we saw photos from our activities at school; this week we will see our Gr. 7/8 fieldtrip photos.

As it was a chilly morning, our first stop was the warm-up tent! We had some hands-on experience with different types of furs...

...and we learned which animals they came from.

Our first workshop was "People at the Forks". We represented the First Nations indigenous peoples and our job was to trade with two other groups, the Europeans and the Métis who were represented by other groups of students.  

It was amazing to think how people managed without the use of money; we had to carefully discuss and evaluate what we needed and what we thought these items were worth in relation to the items we had for trade.

Our fearless leader, who negotiated our trades!

Hoopdancing by Shanley Spence was a breath-taking experience. She explained the symbolism of the hoop and its colours. Some students even had a chance to try hoop dancing for themselves.

Such beauty, skill and artistry!

Our last stop was Fort Gilbraltar (workshop A). Here we are at the "store" where European goods were traded for furs.

A traditional outdoor cooking pit

A variety of common foods of the Red River area, circa 1800, were explained in fascinating detail. The aroma of fresh bannock emanated from the outdoor oven!

Dried saskatoon berries and beans

Dried strips of bison meat was pounded into a powdery form and combined with fat to create balls of pemmican.

We learned that blacksmiths' work was a highly dangerous occupation.

Finally, a visit to the carpenter's shop where we saw a variety of unusual and clever tools of the 1800's.

This year the cold kept the snow sculptures in excellent form!

Next year will be the 50th year of Festival du Voyageur! To mark the occasion, each school participating this year was commissioned to create a quilt square, and one of our Gr. 7/8 students created this beautifully embroidered square.  She has represented our school--and Jesus--wonderfully well! Merci beaucoup!

Bonne semaine!
Mme Christensen

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Festival du Voyageur week

This past Wednesday we had our Festival du Voyageur dress-up day and enjoyed some voyageur music at chapel.  We also had a taste of pea soup, bannock and maple syrup!  As well, grade 3-8 students visited the Festival du Voyageur on Friday. This week we will feature our Wednesday photos; next week I will post the fieldtrip photos.

Thank you so much to all the parents who contributed bannock. Thank you to all volunteers who helped to serve our voyageur food; merci beaucoup! As well, huge thanks to all our parent and staff drivers who transported students to and from our fieldtrip on Friday; you are all amazing!

Here is the recipe for pea soup that we used:

Pea Soup

2 1/4 cups dried split peas
8 cups water
1 large onion
1 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 tsp pepper
1 smoked pork hock (try Miller's meats!) or 1 ham bone
3 medium carrots, chopped into small pieces
1-2 tablespoons summer savory
salt and maple syrup to taste

Heat peas and water to boiling in stock pot.  Boil uncovered 2 minutes; remove from heat and let stand one hour.

Stir in onion, celery and pepper.  Add pork hock/ham bone.  Heat to boiling; reduce heat and cover and simmer about 1 1/2 hours or until peas are tender.

Remove pork hock/ham bone; trim meat and cut into 1/2" pieces.  Stir ham and carrots into soup.  Heat to boiling.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer until carrots are tender and soup is of desired consistency, about 30 minutes. Add maple syrup and salt to taste.

Bon appétit!

Miam, miam!

Please stay posted for the field trip photos next week!

Bonne semaine!

Mme Christensen

Friday, 16 February 2018

Be a Voyageur! (Part 2)

Yes, this is how it's tuque, beard, plaid shirt (red, especially!), voyageur sash, fire bag! This voyageur is ready for the Festival!
Today the Festival du Voyageur opens and the festivities will begin. This Wednesday, all students are invited to dress as a Voyageur or a pioneer, to hear some great fiddling and spoon-playing at chapel and to taste pea soup, bannock and maple syrup at lunch!

Thank you in advance to all the parents who have graciously volunteered to bring bannock!

Our Grade 3/4 class has been getting a head start on learning about the life of the voyageurs. Our Grade 7/8 class, below, has been working hard on their final draft of the description of their upcycled fashion creation.

Our Grade 5/6 class has finished all the adaptations of the "Quiet Game" and this work has been compiled into a booklet.  Today the first game adaptation was presented; we will continue with the rest of the presentations next week.

Joyeux fin de semaine "Louis Riel"!

Mme Christensen

Friday, 9 February 2018

Be a voyageur! Eat pea soup! And sing!

Our latest French bulletin board announces our upcoming school-wide Festival du Voyageur activities for Wednesday, Feb. 21! A taste of pea soup and maple syrup will be available for whoever would like to try some.

 A big thank you in advance goes to all the parents who will be supplying the bannock! Notes went home this week requesting some bannock as well as 3-4 parent volunteers to help serve food.  Please contact me if you would like to help! Merci beaucoup!

In addition to a taste of these foods, we will be dressing like voyageurs or pioneers and enjoying some special music at chapel on Feb. 21.

Our Grade 3-4 students read their family paragraphs this week and were evaluated for their reading.

All of the "Quiet Game" adaptations that our Grade 5/6 students created have been compiled into a booklet. We are working on some activities on the vocabulary that came out of these adaptations to prepare us for the presentations of the games.

The Grade 7/8 students are working on the drafts of writing which describe their upcycled fashions.  This will continue into next week.

Bonne fin de semaine!

Mme Christensen