Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cultural Study: Russia!

Our week was chock full of Russian culture. We learned many neat things about this huge country! Theresa Davis taught us about Russian arts and crafts, money, folklore and geography. We made beautiful faberge eggs after learning about the czar's wish for a beautiful gift to give.
We also learned about matroyshka dolls and the stories they tell.
Our week culminated with an All School Share where we danced the Troika and participated in a quiz game based on facts about Russia. Our class new the answer to the question "What do families offer to visiting guests?" Our answer: "bread and salt!" 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Our Guest Chef, Mr. Schneider!

Our study of Food Around the World has brought us to China (by class vote), and Mr. Schneider came into our class to show us how to make fried rice. Rice, scallions, ginger, garlic, peas, soy sauce and scrambled eggs were all mixed together in a special pot called a wok. We learned that ginger is used in many dishes from China and that rice is grown in fields called paddies- we were amazed to learn that the rice actually likes to grow in fields that are flooded!

We ate our fried rice with chopsticks!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Food Traditions

Our study of Harvest and Food Traditions Around the World began with learning about each other's food traditions in our own families. We learned that some food traditions have been in our families for over 40 years! We discussed the Thanksgiving food tradition in America as well as traditions that occur seasonally, such as tapping maple trees in the early spring. We illustrated food traditions from our own families.
During this past week we learned about the Jewish food tradition of serving latkes during Hanukkah. We grated many potatoes and cooked up our own latkes during theme time last week!