Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Emma created a wonderful reader's theatre style script out of the book, which we read together and we started talking about the Qallupilluit and imagining what they might be like. I had the children draw some pictures to start with and they had great imaginations!
Anyone who knows me knows I love paper maché... so I suggested huge paper maché masks, and we were off to the races.
Paper maché is always a hit with kids, but these guys were awesome at it. It was incredible to see the team work and cooperation. They sit at three tables, so each table was responsible for designing and creating a mask. They used newspaper and masking tape to give their masks some three-dimensional features, then the goopy, messy fun began!
If today is any indication, though, we are going to be able to get a LOT done in a very little time. These guys worked really hard and really well, and best of all, when it came time to clean up, they had that class looking better than it did when we started. WAY TO GO, 4A!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I got my voice partially back today, so I was able to sing "Carrion Crow" for the kids. I explained the story ("Crow" is "tulugaq" in Inuktitut) and the kids kept the beat while I sang.
Some of the kids (especially in the younger grades) danced while I played Morrison's Jig. There is a traditional Inuit dance that looks a little like highland dance and goes really well with a jig!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
It wasn't long before I found the principal and his wife working in the kitchen preparing a lunch. The principal offered to take me on a tour, and I was impressed once again by the technology! Every class had a smart board and their computer room had about thirty brand new macs. The school has a wonderful kitchen/lunch room, a gorgeous library where they have quite a few artifacts from traditional ways. They are hoping to turn it into a community museum, which would be awesome.