Mrs. Hackett’s Class’ trip to the Huronnia Museum

We had so much fun at the Huronnia Museum, you should go some time! While we were at the museum, we made dream-catchers, made whizzers, went into a Wendat village and had a treasure hunt.

First, when we got into the museum we dressed up as pioneers. The girls had long skirts and aprons and the boys had vests. We pretended that we were from France and went to Canada because we were poor and were looking for a better life. The boat ride lasted 8 weeks.  Lots of people died because of sea sickness and rats spreading diseases.  It was extremely cramped and unpleasant.  When we arrived in Canada, we had to stay in quarantine before we were allowed entry. We liked the activity but we are glad that we weren’t really settlers making the journey.

Next, we made whizzers. We used string and a wooden button and tape. We put string through the holes of the button and made a knot. Then we put the button in the middle of the loop. Finally, you spin it and lightly tug on the ends to keep it spinning.  It was hard for some of us to make the whizzer work.

Then, we made dream-catchers and went out to the Wendat village. The first nations people were here before the early settlers came. So, it is important to learn about them as well. We heard the story of the dream-catcher. A chief was having bad dreams and they made a plan of how to get rid of them. They made a dream-catcher to catch the bad dreams and turn them into good dreams. It was hard to make the dream-catchers. It required a lot of patience. But, they were beautiful in the end. Going out to the Wendat village was a lot of fun. We saw a longhouse and played some games.

Lastly, we did a scavenger hunt/treasure hunt in the museum. It was hard to find some things because they look very different today. The old-fashioned toilet was just a chair with a pot underneath and the ladies’ bathing suits looked like dresses. The hunt was challenging and fun!

We liked our day because we learned a lot about early settlers and were challenged.

Written by: the grade 3 students


First Nations and Metis Communities: Beginning

The painting below was painted by Paul Kane.  He was a Canadian painter who was born in Ireland and lived from 1810 to 1871.  Kane came to Canada as a child. His oil paintings are based on sketches he made while travelling in Canada.

Look at the painting and answer:

  1. What is happening in this painting? What objects do you see?
  2. What does this painting tell you about this First Nations community?
  3. How do their responsibilities compare to your own?

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In social studies the grade 4’s are studying Ancient Civilizations.  To help us get an idea of when in history these civilizations occurred, we watched a timeline video that gave brief descriptions of several periods in time.  Students recorded ideas presented in the video and then made a decision about which time they would have liked to be part of.


Where in the world is Argentina?

A class from Argentina has reached out to us and would like to connect with us through Global ReadAloud!  I am so excited about this opportunity!! Do any of you know where Argentina is?

This is a map of Argentina.  Now use Google Maps to find out where in the world Argentina is.  Which continent is Argentina part of? How far is Argentina from Canada? What interesting facts can you find out about Argentina?