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Poetic devices integrated into snow art (4 photos)

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School students work with snowshoe artist to create snow art.


A fresh snowfall of fluffy snow gave the Grade 5 and 6 class at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Longlac an opportunity to integrate their classroom learning into the outdoors.  The students had the opportunity to work with snowshoe artist Kim Asmussen and over three days completed three works of art using their snowshoes as their paintbrush and the blanket of snow as their canvas.

Other than great exercise, the students learned about procedural writing and integrated it into a Wevideo. Obviously, they looked at relationships of lines, circles and angles. What a great way to see that the intersection of two lines makes a point and how important measurement is when building something on a large scale.

The class, also learning about, alliterations (when two words beginning with the same letter are beside each other), created and named the three design shapes: "The Fatima Fan,” “Longlac Loops,” and  "Tim's Triangles,” named after Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School Principal Mr. Tim Griffin.

Working together, the class completed each snowshoe art design, one with decreasing polygon size, one with parallel lines, and finally one using a hexagon as its center. The first one, “Tim’s Triangles”, which included putting their snowshoes, was completed in less than 30 minutes. The others were larger and required more time.

One site the pictures of their designs was posted on had over 14,000 views and Facebook posts had viewers from across, not only Canada, but also viewers and outdoor educators from across the United States.

“Together We Educate Heart, Mind and Soul.”


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