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Sunflower Saga Part 2 – The Finished Products!

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Falling in Love with Sunflowers…

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One of our first tasks this month was to create an art project celebrating the upcoming arrival of fall. Luckily, our good friend Mrs. Walton grows these beautiful sunflowers in her backyard.  She was also kind enough to lend them to us for this project. Thanks Mrs. Walton!

We poked and prodded them, coaxed the odd bug out of them, and finally decided on a plan of attack for sketching an outline of them.  On Monday, we’ll add a layer of oil pastel to our pieces and post the resulting works of art here!  Stay tuned!

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North West – Is the Best!

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Our class was so lucky this week to get to visit the National Historic Site at Rocky Mountain House.  Our interpreters led us on an adventure like no other!

We started off as members of the North West Company. We learned a ton about the lives that these voyageurs must have led.

How did they keep clean?  How did they feel about their rivals, the Hudson’s Bay Company?  How did they travel?  What kinds of relationships did they build during Canada’s fur trade?

All these questions (and more) were answered when we were able to be part of a large re-enactment of an actual trade.  There were 2 groups of First Nations people, The HBC men, the Metis, and our NWC men — all represented by a grade four class from IREC.  It was amazing. If you get a chance to visit this spot — it’s definitely worth your time!

 

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Simple Machines Make Your Butter Better

It turns out… we love butter.  We also think this simple machine is fascinating.

Inside the gear box, we have 36 cogs on one gear and 12 cogs on the other.  This means that for every one turn of the handle, the paddles in the jug turn 3 times   (36 divided by 12 = 3).  That’s great bang for your buck!  We get a ton of work done with very little effort.

 

Gears of the Churn

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Paper Whites

So, our paper whites were ‘scheduled’ to bloom on January 19th. It’s December 29th.  Here’s what’s happening…

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They’ve bloomed already! I guess I’ll make my way to the store to buy another batch for observing in the New Year.