We are very lucky to have a fantastic music teacher, Ms. Young. She teaches us fun, interesting songs every week. This is one of our favorites that we sing at all-school assemblies. It is called “Dreams of Harmony” because we say good night in different languages.
Recently we took a field trip to the local aquarium for a special program called “Native Americans and The Sea.”
Resources From The Sea
The native people of this area lived right next to the Atlantic Ocean. They got lots of food and materials from the sea and the coast. During the summer they would move their villages to the shore for fishing, clamming and farming. Then in the winter they moved back into the forests to get away from the cold winter winds.
(For more information about their life through the seasons, click here.)
"How would they use this?"
At the aquarium we got to examine many of the animals and materials that the local tribes used.
We talked about how they would use these things for five different purposes: food, tools, clothing, wampum, and fertilizer for gardens.
We had a HUGE snow storm last week! Our town got about 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow. Because the roads were so slippery we had no school on Wednesday and a delayed opening on Thursday.
Snow days are one of the most exciting things about winter in Connecticut. The students (and teachers!) get a surprise day off.
In this post we are going to share some of our favorite things about snow days.
Making snow Forts
The night before a snow storm I am so excited my heart is thumping with joy. A huge smile spreads across my face as I jump around. “Yes! A snow day!” I exclaim. -Erik
My favorite snow day activity is sledding. When I go flying down on my sled I feel the breeze on my frozen face. As I listen closely I hear the wind whistle by my ears. I watch the ramp ahead of me so I can get my sled in the air. If I take my eyes off the ramp I might wipe out. -Tyler
Here is a slide show with more writingand more pictures from our snow day experiences:
(If you have trouble viewing the slide show, you can also watch it on Picasa here.)
Does it snow a lot where you live?
What did you think of our writing and our pictures?
This is a short video about one of the games that Native Americans of this area used to play.
We call the game “Ring and Pin” and it is not as easy as it looks! There were a lot more misses than catches, but the video highlights the good techniques that led to success. Enjoy!
The local tribes played games and sports for fun, but also to improve their hand-eye coordination and their concentration. Playing these games helped them improve their hunting, fishing, and tool making skills.
Does this game remind you of any other games?
How else would good hand-eye coordination help the Native Americans?
What are some things that you need good hand-eye coordination for?
Before vacation we started to learn about the first people who lived in this area, the local Native American tribes. In our part of New England there are several tribes: the Pequot, the Mohegan, the Niantic, and the Narragansett people.
Statue of a 18th Century Pequot Man. Taken at The Pequot Museum
We are learning a lot about how they used to live. In the next couple of weeks we will have posts about their traditional clothing, houses, games, hunting, and much more.