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École LaVérendrye is carving out a reputation for superb
teacher Murray Carter and his Grade 3 students created a snow sculpture
installation in front of the school. The sculptures are of different forest
animals, including rabbits, wolves and bears.
the outdoor learning project is connected to the class’s science unit on water.
incorporated science into it. We talked about solids and liquids and which
takes up more space,” Carter said.
were fascinated. I said ‘If I take a big chunk of snow and melt it, would I
have more water or more snow?’ The students thought it would be snow. So, one student
brought a pretty good chunk of snow into the school and put it in a bin. They
were flabbergasted the next morning when there was very little water.”
students preplanned their snow sculptures on paper before getting to work. The
class used several large moving boxes as forms, which they filled up with snow,
packing it down tightly.
school yard was a little lacking in snow, so Carter hauled in a truck load of
the cold white stuff from the country.
my truck on the boulevard and we shoveled it out and the students all took
little shovels and filled their boxes,” Carter said. “But we only managed to fill
about half the boxes with snow, so I went out for another truck load. I found a
place just off Wellington, filled up my truck and at second recess we loaded
the boxes again.”
filling the forms, the students let their piled snow set over night.
take the box off and we start carving it into whatever we want,” said Henley, a
Grade 3 student at LaVérendrye.
taught his students the basics of snow sculpturing, but they brought their
individual imaginations to the installation.
day of carving, the kids asked if they could bring in food colouring in spray
bottles,” Carter said. “That was their initiative. You’ll see there are painted
eyes and noses and mouths. They just wanted to define the features with food
colouring. I thought that was interesting on their part.”
Grade 3 student, said she really enjoys creating snow art.
“I like it
because it’s fun and you get lots of experience with snow and textures. It’s
really fun because you get to decorate it with dye after,” she said.
to the science behind snow sculptures, Carter said the project offered very
practical lessons in planning, taking one’s time, and the value of hands-on
are so proud,” Carter said. “At the end of the school day, they take their
parents to the sculptures and show them what they made.”