The Three Sisters: Corn, Bean, & Squash
This week we learned about the legend of the Three Sisters and made our own "Three Sisters Garden" on our bulletin board. According to the Native American legend, the Three Sisters are corn, bean, and squash and they need one another to help each other grow. As many of you already know from our last post, we made a Three Sisters Soup as well!
During this week we also learned that you can use plants to dye fabric and to make paints! This knowledge got put to work when we experimented with dying our own fabric. Then on Friday Ms. Kim visited our class to show us how to make paint from strawberries, which we later used to paint the fabric we had dyed! This week we also made Native American inspired gardening tools with Mr. Mike and Ms. Lauren as well as seed collages using corn, beans, and pumpkin seeds! Don't forget to check out the gallery for more pictures of our work!
Wow! After making our "Three Sisters Soup" yesterday evening, we had several parents approach us wanting to know how we got their children eating vegetables! We figured posting the recipe here would be a good start, but the biggest secret is really just having your child get involved in the cooking process. Even if it's a job as simple as washing the veggies or being "in charge" of opening cans or adding spices, its amazing how much a child's help during the making of a meal can contribute to what (s)he will be willing to eat!
Three Sisters Soup:
1 can corn
1 can kidney beans
1 can squash (pie filling)
1 can pumpkin (pie filling)
1 medium yellow onion
1 clove minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
Directions: Heat olive oil in a frying pan and add minced garlic and onions. Sautee until onions are clear. Combine all ingredients into a soup pot and mix. (When adding corn and beans be sure to include the liquid from the can into the soup, otherwise the soup will be too thick.) Heat the soup to desired temperature and enjoy!
First off, the second grade would like to thank Jessica Davis and her mother (Richie's mom and grandma) for their HUGE help in our Great Guinea Pig Cage Hunt! Jessica managed to find two great cages for free and Fido & Daisy the Guinea Pigs are in love with their sweet new homes! Huge thanks to the Davis family from us! All money donated to the guinea pig cage fund will be going toward food and bedding for our furry friends, so a big thanks also goes out to all our friends who donated to the cause!
This past week our class has learned about the hunting and gathering techniques used by Native Americans. We drew hunting maps using our own symbols to represent animals and natural landmarks. We also created gathering baskets, which were a big hit for everyone. Our biggest endeavor lately has been continuing a project from last week which resulted in turning our class tent into a wigwam! Check out the photo gallery for photos of all these great activities!
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November marks the beginning of Native American Month here in the second grade room. This week we focused on the Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts. We learned that early Wampanoags lived in wigwams--which they called "wetus". We made our own wetus in class and wrote about the people in our own family tribes.
In the kitchen we made Succotash and Journey Cakes, which are both Wampanoag foods. Succotash is simply beef, corn, and kidney beans sauteed on the stove top, but we were surprised at just how much the kids loved it! Journey Cakes are another corn based food and reminded the kids of pancakes. Essentially, that's what they were: cornbread pancakes. They were also a big hit!
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Well, what better time than the week of Halloween to explore the creepy creatures of the deep sea? We got this week off to a bright start by making our own version of an Angler Fish, who are known for the little "light bulbs" that hang off their heads and lead prey straight to their gulping mouths... Oh no! We also made Lantern Fish and other bioluminescent undersea friends (pssst... ask us what "bioluminescent" means!).
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Another very, very awesome and exciting thing we did this week (beside our Costume Party) was when we got a chance to check out the Deep Sea Exploration Tent that Ms. Kim and Ms. Nicky set up for us in the gym. It had glow in the dark fish that we painted waiting for us inside as well as bioluminescent jelly fish and creatures of all kinds!