We tied this project to a lot of learning that took place in our classroom.
- construct knowledge and deep understanding rather than passively receiving it
- are directly involved and engaged in the discovery of new knowledge
- encounter alternative perspectives and differing ideas that transform prior knowledge and experience into deep understandings
- transfer new knowledge and skills to new circumstances
- take ownership and responsibility for their ongoing learning and mastery of curriculum content and skills.
Incorporating A First Nation Perspective
The legend starts off with animals and people all living in peace. The humans hunted the animals only when they needed food or skins to make clothing. Then the humans discovered the bow and arrow. With this weapon they could kill many animals quickly and with great ease. They began to kill animals when they did not need them for food or clothing. It seemed as if all the animals in the world would soon be exterminated. So the various animals met and it was decided that little deer would visit he hunters in their dream to tell them that they should only take what they need, not what they want if they didn't want to face serious consequences.
Students then took part in a talking circle to discuss the story and explore the difference between needs and wants.
- Place value - We looked at the ones, tens, hundreds, thousands columns several times.
- We practiced describing four digit
- numbers with words.
- We skip counted by 2's, 5's, 10's and 20's and 50's and counted with real money!
- We differentiated between odd and even
- We estimated
- We comparing two numbers
The event raised a lot of money through ticket sales.
Through ticket and jewellery sales prior to the start of the event we were able to present the United Way with a cheque for $15,000.00.
We didn't stop there, an additional ten thousand dollars was raised that evening. There was a dessert and beverage station set up. Desserts were prepared by local high school students.