Grade 2 - Mr. Bohn
Inusuk Forest Virtues Project
For the buddy classes of Room 20 (Mr. Innes) and Room24 (Mr. Bohn) the school forest has been a place to practice the virtues of peace, respect and responsibility.
Through the study of Inuit legends and Inuit communities our students have become fascinated with the many types of Inuksuit and their importance the Inuit people. The building of our school Inuksuk also inspired the children to build their own Inuksuit.
Once each set of buddies completed an Inuksuk, they then placed them in special spots in the forest. Specifically, they chose peaceful places to put their inuksuks, as a reminder to others to respect the forest. We hope this activity has helped to foster an increasing awareness of the value and fragility of our natural environment.
Forest Virtues Project
Room 20 and room 24 buddies have been discussing a number of virtues that are important in our daily life. They decided to focus on peacefulness, caring, cooperation and responsibility. They thought that a very meaningful way to put these virtues into practice would be take responsibility in the study and care of our school forest.
The grade 5 children had been studying the different birds and animals that can be found in this region of Canada, while Grade 2’s have been inquiring about birds in science. Together, our students discovered what types of birds that they might find in our forest, and then they sketched pictures of a select few.
Next, they decided that the birds of our forest might need food and shelter. They researched ideas for bird houses and ways to feed to birds. Buddies worked together to design and build bird houses, and found a peaceful place to hang them. Later, they also put bird feeders by the houses.
Through this work, the children seem to have gained a sense of ownership of the forest, and look forward to observing the changes in our forest in the coming months.
So far they really enjoyed practicing some of our virtues in a practical way. They already have many ideas of how to continue to take this project up in the future.
Prairie Pioneer Inquiry
The children have been engaged in a Prairie Pioneer inquiry. The children had questions about how the pioneers lived. Just like pioneers in the past, the children worked together as a community. They found answers to their questions using books and internet websites. Then they shared their understanding by making a Pioneer News Network (PNN) show. The students wrote scripts, created props, acted out their scripts, filmed their movies and edited and finalized their clips.
Peace in Nature
In celebration of International Peace Day, the buddy classes from Grade 5 Room 20 and Grade 2 Room 24 got together. They went to the forest and designed symbols of peace using natural items they gathered. Afterwards the children wrote about how they communicated peace through their art work.
During their inquiry of Acadia, the children in Room 24 had many questions about Acadia. They used books and internet to find out answers to their questions. Our big question is, “How do we belong?” The Acadian history of exile from Canada brought up discussions of what the Acadians did to feel like they belonged. The virtues of caring, respect and peacefulness played an important part the Acadian identity. The children decided to share their understanding of Acadia by working together to design an Acadian community called Boutouche, N.B. Every one played a role in building the town and experienced a wonderful sense of community while doing so.