Thanks to the hard work of our students our survival fair was a huge success! We spent 2 days selling inventions to other classes and to visiting parents. Students experienced what it was like to be a sales person as well as being responsible for money and mental math during the calculation of change. Balancing their floats seemed the trickiest part as groups seemed to be anywhere from $300 to $2000 off. We troubleshooted and have reflected on the process, much was learned and it was been great seeing new friendships and working partnerships come out of it.
We have been working on our blankets inspired by the indigenous button blankets. Students have chosen an animal who has characteristics that they see in themselves and we have talked about how we will not be using traditional crests as they belong to specific families and are used in ceremonial and sacred cultural practices. Students are practising their hand sewing skills as they add buttons onto their own creations, each button they add representing someone important in their life.
Continuing on the textile track we have been exploring the idea and consequences of fast fashion. With this CBC marketplace series as inspiration
We are investigating the environmental impact of fast fashion and looking for ways that we can make a difference on a small scale. We have undertaken a Functional Art and Design district challenge and students are working alone or with a group to come up with a way to re-purpose/ recycle textiles that would otherwise end up in a landfill or burned.
*REQUEST* With that being said we will require some textiles to work with… If you have old clothes or fabric/ sheets/ towels that you no longer need please send them to school so we can transform them into something new!
Also I will be looking for some parent helpers who have sewing experience and are willing to bring in a sewing machine ideally. If that is you please email me and let’s chat about how we can bring their ideas to life. I hope you had a lovely Family Day 🙂