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Mars - Le carnaval

Page history last edited by Shannon Wiebe 11 years, 2 months ago


"Le carnaval de Québec" word strips (printable)












February is French cultural week at the school.  The entire school participates in a cultural activity each day of the week.  Classroom teachers can determine whether they will do additional classroom learning about Carnaval or if they will simply enjoy the school wide events.  Our local "Bûcherons" come and set up shop in the playground so that students can taste the tradition maple syrup 'tire'.


This very short video is easy to understand for younger students.







A visual (no narration) representation of the process of making maple syrup.  Pause the video and discuss what students see and determine the steps themselves.







An english video showing each step of the process.  Part 1 is interesting, part 2 describes the boiling process in detail and is not so interesting, showing only part 1 does give students a good idea of the process.







During our French Cultural week we learned traditional French Canadian music in 

our music classes.  The teachers made tradition "ployes" with maple syrup for breakfast

in their clasrooms.  We also had the Cabane à Sucre come to visit us and set up

shop in the playground.




We built the coolest ice castle last year.  For about a month

families saved their milk cartons and filled them with water and food colouring.

We had a drop off zone set aside the day of the build and parents volunteers

helped coordinate the build, they even had a plan for where the walls and

doorway would go.



Classes came out in shifts to add to the structure throughout the day.

This year we have decided against foodcolouring because

it can stain the students' jackets, it's kind of a shame

because the castle was beautiful in the sunlight!



I don't have a picture of the final building, it was about 5 feet high.

Our own Bonhomme Carnaval came and went on in too!

(We need real bonhomme costume if anyone knows where to get one!).



We have a fabulous community of parent volunteers, there were many special "feature"

ice blocks in our castle as well!


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