In Social Studies this term, we have been learning about the traditional cultures of Northwest Coast Aboriginal groups. We have learned how groups such as the Haida, Coast Salish and Kwakwaka'wakw:
-used natural resources, particularly salmon and cedar, in many different ways
-met their basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, transportation
-created technologies for fishing and hunting, food preservation and making clothing
-developed rich cultural traditions such as wood carving, storytelling, dancing, singing and drumming
While we did a variety of activities in class to build our understanding, students were also busy working on a big project at home - making a model of a longhouse. Students had five weeks to create a model that demonstrated what they had learned about Northwest Coast Aboriginal culture. As we learned new things in class, students were encouraged to add these details to their longhouses. A special thanks to all of the families who helped students successfully build their models. We really appreciate your support! Check out the video below to see the results.