This simple story, I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson touches on a number of core competencies including helping others and caring for the environment and well as the principles of respect for family and learning traditional knowledge from elders. Wonderful illustrations brought up lots of discussion. Kindergarten students created lego berry baskets complete with red rosehips. Our library also has the companion book I Wait.
Students in Mme. St.James’ class have been learnng about all of the dfferent ways the South Coast Salish Peoples used the Western Red Cedar and why it was called ‘The Tree of Life’. We focused on the patterns used on the baskets and were inspired by traditional designs to create our own baskets. We filled the baskets with a representation of the soft inner bark of the Yellow Cedar that was used for bedding and hung the baskets on our cedar tree.
Students in Mr. Gauvin’s Grade 4/5 class were encouraged to apply what they had learned about Coast Salish long house design to creating a much larger model in the Learning Commons. The students worked in teams with each group having different responsibilities. As the project progressed, students shifted teams so they could try different aspects of the building. It was a great success.
One team was solely responsible for cutting of tape ready to use. This made the process a lot smoother and helped prevent lost tape ends. Another team made the support poles with rolled paper and rafia.
Boxes of discarded books waiting for disposal were used as corner supports.
‘Smoke’ was added to the central post.
We did not have any good cutting tools so the cardboard was used as is.
This week, as part of our learning about ‘The Tree of Life’, some students created Coast Salish cedar boxes decorated with salmon images. We asked permission of Clayton Gauthier to draw inspiration from his wonderful book, The Salmon Run. Students painted their boxes, coloured their salmon and finished the box with Mod-Poge. We will be displaying these in the Learning Commons as part of our First Peoples in Residence week.
Painting the boxes – Dollar store and recycled cigar boxes
Colour and cut the salmon
Add the Mod-Podge. Dries clear and makes a shiny top coat.
Several classes have been working on creating these detailed Salish Long House models. After learning about the design, students were assigned individual tasks that would contribute to the whole. For example, one class contributed side panels, and another made roof panels or added entranceways. Some classes added the supporting poles with the ‘cedar’ twine and slowly the houses came together. The final class added the landscaping.
Building the roof panels.
Back and side panels.
Support poles (recycled chopsticks and raffia)
Students have been learning about some of the many ways the Coast Salish Peoples use the Western Red Cedar tree. We learned how the bark is removed from the tree and can be used for weaving. Students wove their own ‘cedar’ mat which we hung on our representative Western Red Cedar tree. (We used raffia and hung it on our Emerald Cedar tree.)