The Arctic and the Inuit


We have begun an amazing learning adventure!  The students have built an Inuit hunting settlement, an igloo big enough to sit in, an Arctic alphabet book, and we have even begun writing our own plays about Inuit legends.  We also had the opportunity to borrow real Inuit artifacts from the Glenbow Museum.  We have also enjoyed looking at the interesting animals of the Arctic.  Our class has just begun corresponding by mail with students from Leo Ussak Elementary in the Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and we are beginning our email correspondence with other students at Netsilik School in Taloyoak, Nunavut

This the amazing hunting settlement we made.

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We really enjoyed watching movies about one of the last group of Nomadic Inuit families in the Arctic.  We learned that the Inuit people used to travel with their food.  This would take them all over the frozen tundra.  The Inuit would live in igloos in the winter and would move when the food moved.

We made our own hunting settlement using paper mache and plasticine creations that we made.  We enjoyed making sleds, sled dogs, seals, whales, fishing nets, lines and Inuit people living on the frozen tundra.

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      Inuit Artifacts


We borrowed some amazing Inuit artifacts from the Glenbow Museum.  We enjoyed learning about their uses, what they are made of, and what tools the Inuit use today.

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For more amazing artifacts, check out the site at University Park Elementary in Fairbanks Alaska.  They have designed a "Virtual Alaska Room" which features artifacts of the Inuit people.  Click below to check it out!



Check out Hudson Bay's incredible digital collection site!  It is just full of Inuit artifacts!  Click below to check it out!  Wow!




    Our Legends




We have really enjoyed hearing traditional Inuit legends.  We chose our favourites and retold the legends in our own words.  We wrote some amazing plays, made our own puppets, and created our own properties and backdrops!  

 Click on our names to read our amazing scripts!

Stephanie, Christian, and Dylan

Kristian, Nicole, and Keegan

Mikala, Kaylene, and Adam

Riley, Mariah, and Connor

Rowan, Eden, and Jeni

Kayla, Cara, and Lucas

Emily, Madison, and Sayer

The Crab Child

The Puffin and the Shaman




Characters:  Eagle, woman, man,

Setting:  In the volcano

Narrator:   A long time ago there were giant eagles.  They were bigger then people.  Then all of them got killed. Then there was only one pair left . They lived in a volcano. One day the mother eagle was looking for food for her eaglets. 

Eagle:  “I am looking for food for my babies.”

Narrator:  “Then she saw a woman”

Eagle:  “I found food. It’s a human!  The humans have killed all of my  family.  I am going to give this human to my babies.”

Woman:  “Help!   Help!  Save me! save me.”

Narrator :    “The eagle brought the woman to her nest. the women’s husband was a great hunter and he took his bow and arrows and killed both eagles.   

Man; Ha, ha , ha, I killed both eagles. I will feed this eagle to my village.”

Narrator:  “That is why there are no more giant eagles to this day.”

By Stephanie, Christian, and  Dylan

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Grizzly Bear 


Narrator:  “Once upon a time there was a lady and she laughed at everything. She laughed at the hunters and she laughed at the children.”

Lady:  “You are the funniest bear because you are big! Ha!

Grizzly Bear: ha! Roar! I want to marry you! We will have a child.”

 Narrator:  “The bear and the lady got married and had a child.”

Child:  “Ahh! Mom stop squeezing me! Roar!”

Narrator: “The mom went to the village. She wanted to get some food and to show her family her child. But she went back to the clearing because the child was going crazy.”

Lady:  “I wanted to go back to the village to live but you were too crazy.  We will have to live back in the clearing with the other bears.”

Child:  “I won’t have any friends now.  I am so sad.”

Lady:  “You were too wild to go back.  I am sorry but we can not stay.”

Child: “No fair!  I want to stay here for the night.”

Grizzly Bear: “Roar! I thought you were going back to live in the village.  Why are you back?”

Lady: “Because our child was too crazy to live with the humans.”

Grizzly Bear: “You are grounded for a whole year.” 

Narrator:  “So they went back to live with the bears.  The end.”


By Kristian, Nicole, and Keegan

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 Little Chief Hare Saves the Day

Narrator: “ A long long time ago there was a little chief hare who lived in the mountains of the arctic.”

Chief hare: “Hi I’m the little chief hare I gather grass all summer so I have food for the winter.”

Villagers:” Oh help! Little chief hare! ,,

Chief hare “What’s wrong are hungry? If you are hungry then come with me I will lead you to food.”

Narrator  “Then the little chief hare called all the villagers together and led them to a mountain and said to the villagers.”

Chief hare “Sing as loud as you can.”

Narrator   “Then animals of all sizes came tumbling out of the mountain.  There came many animals.”

Villagers  “Oh thank-you little chief hare for saving us from starving.”

Little chief hare “Oh no problem any time I love helping out.”

Villagers “Oh thank you again for saving us from starvation.”


By Mikala and Kaylene and Adam.

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  Little Chief Hare 

Narrator: “Once a long time ago there was a little cheif hare.He is a cute little brown rodent.” 

Chef hare; “I gather grass all summer long.” 

Narrator: “One spring a villager came to little chef hare and said.”

Villager: “I am starving and there is no food for my village.”

Chief Hare: “I will help you if you say thank you after I help you”

Villager: “Then what are we waiting for lets go to the mountain”

Narrator: “So the chief hare led the villagers to the mountain and said.”

Chief Hare: “Sing as loud as you can.”

Narrator: “ And so they did. And a great door opened in the mountain.  And then all the animals came out of the mountain. And they where never hungry again.”   

By Riley, Mariah, and Connor

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PorcupineNarrator “Hi I am the narrator this story is about a little girl and the porcupine.  Now the girl may say her speech”.

Little girl “Hi I am the little girl I am very lazy in the story.

Narrator: “Now the porcupine may say her speech.’’

Porcupine: “I am very lazy I am so spiky no one ever touches Mme. I am so cuddly- not.”

Narrator “Now the story is starting. Once there was a little girl. She was lazy. She went into the Arctic forest. Her mom said

mom: “Go light the fire.”

Little girl: “No I am too lazy.”

Narrator: “She fell asleep in two minutes. She slept walked into the forest.”

 Little girl “Lou Lou skip to my Lou AAA! A.”

Porcupine: “I’m a viscous but lazy porcupine. I’m going to turn you into a porcupine.

Narrator: “So that’s what the porcupine did.”

Narrator “Never be lazy or you will turn into a lazy porcupine.”

Littlegirl:porcupine: Narrator “The end.”



BY Rowan, Eden and Jeni

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  The Ten-Legged Polar Bear

Characters: Ten legged polar bear, Hunter, Narrator         


Setting: Edge of the sea.


Narrator “One day at the edge of the sea the ten legged polar bear was walking by the sea.  She was eating seals.”

Polar bear; “I can run faster than the wind no one can catch me I am too fast.”

Hunter; “I want to catch the ten legged polar bear. I hope it tastes good.”

Polar bear; “He thinks so but I don’t.”

Hunter; “I will use my harpoon to strike her.”

Narrator  “But he could not.”

Hunter  “Darn I can not get her.”

Polar bare; “Huff!  He can not get me.”

Narrator  “The hunters were so scared of the ten legged polar bear that they fell down on the ground and fainted.”

Hunter:  “AAA.”

 Narrator “No one has ever seen a ten legged polar bear but there is a legend about it.”

By Emily, Madison, and Sayer

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The Whale

The WhaleCharacters: raven whale narrator.

Setting: In the icy ocean of the arctic.


Narrator: “This is a story about a whale and how Raven escaped.

RAVEN: “Oh it’s a wonderful day to fly.”

Whale: “I am ten feet tall. I am a humpback whale.”

Narrator: “ The whale swallowed the raven. Raven was greedy and started eating the whale.”

 Raven: “ mmmmm the whale is tasty. Do you want some?”

Narrator: “The whale died and floated to the shore.  Some Inuit ladies found the whale and cut him open.  Out flew Raven.”

Raven: “Oh I am free!”

Narrator:  “And that’s how Raven escaped from the whale.”


By Kayla, Cara, and Lucas.

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The Crab Child

NARRATOR: A long time ago there was a woman who had a crab child she

wouldn’t let anyone see him”

 LADY: “I will not let people see you It will be embarrassing.” I can’t     believe I have a crab child. “

NARRATOR:  ‘Her crab child said to her “

 CRAB: “Don’t hide me away mom let people see me. ‘

NARRATOR: “So the woman let people see her crab child he looked a bit

More like a person though he remained a little strange.”

CRAB: “I am going to hunt for seals.”

LADY: “Don’t be silly we already have seals to eat.”

NARRATOR: “The crab married a woman.”

CRAB: “Don’t hide me away mom let people see me.”

NARRATOR: “So the woman let people see her crab child.”

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   The Puffin and the Shaman

The puffin  and  the shamanNarrator:  “We are in the freezing Arctic.   Once there was a puffin and a shaman. “

Puffin:   “Eee!  I  need to make a nest for my young.”

Shaman:  “I am a shaman.  I help the people in the

Arctic when they are sick. I am going hunting. There is a


 Narrator: “ Then the puffin and the shaman talk and talk.

Puffin: “ Hi’’

Shaman “Can you be my friend’’

Puffin: “Yes I can’’;

Narrator: “Then the puffin met the shaman’s family.”

Shaman : “Please help me find some food. “

Puffin: “I will give you my body.’’

Narrator: “And the shaman killed the puffin.”

Shaman: “Thank you for letting me take your life.”

Narrator: “The Shaman took care of her young. The shaman saw the Inua or soul coming out of the puffin’s mouth.

Shaman: I am going to make a mask of you and your Innua.

Narrator: the puffin Innua was very pleased. The shaman danced all night because he wanted to celebrate puffin and how he sacrificed his life for the shaman.’’


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Our Puppets

Our puppets are just incredible!  Look at the amazing work we have done!  We can hardly wait to present our plays!


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Our performances were incredible!  We performed our plays for almost 90 people!  Our audience was amazed by the incredible work we did on our costumes, the painting of our puppets and scenery, and the singing of Susan Aglarkuk's O Siem.  We will be performing a few of our plays again at our upcoming assembly on December 10 at 10:45!  We hope you can be there!

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We have learned a lot about igloos!  We have looked at pictures of real ones, watched movies, and even tried to make our own... out of milk jugs!  Our class collected over 300 milk jugs!  With a lot of energy, duct tape and creativity we finally created our igloo.  We love to read, relax, and work in it!  It's always a work in progress as it is pretty fragile!  We really need some lessons on igloo building!

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These are some pictures of real igloos!


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We made the Arctic alphabet using kidpics. 

Click here to see our slide show!




The Rankin Inlet has a small population of just over 2000 people. (1999)  Here is a map of Rankin Inlet.  Can you find the school where our new friends attend?  (Hint... look for Leo Ussak elementary.)

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Rankin Inlet is on the West coast of the Hudson Bay.  Some say that it is the windiest place on Earth!  It probably really feels like it!  This is a map of where Rankin Inlet is compared to the Hudson Bay.



Click on one of these links to go to some great sites about Rankin Inlet!

Images of Canada

Rankin Inlet's Weather

Rankin Inlet community websites

Nunavut's Flag Raising Ceremony








April 1, 1999 the new territory of  Nunavut was official. Everyone celebrated and enjoyed a grand display of midnight fire works and northern lights.

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The new flag and coat of arms were finally official!

Click on one of the pictures to find out more about what both the flag and coat of arms symbolize for the people of Nunavut.














Inukshuks are traditional Inuit rock formations that are created by the people to mark a significant or important landmark.  The place being marked can be important for many reasons.  Learn more about Inukshuks from the students of Room 3 at Parkdale Elementary.  Check here later for some of our incredible writing about Inukshuks


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These are some of the incredible Inukshuks that we made! 

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 Check out these great websites about Inukshuks!

Great pictures can be found here!

A grade one class' information page about Inukshuks!


Inukshuks are made out of rocks or boulders.  Inukshuks are made by the Inuit.  Inukshuks are made for marking grave sites.  Inukshuks are sometimes built to help the Inuit find their way home.  Inukshuks are very tall.  Inukshuks are built to know where their great fishing or hunting spot is.  Also, Inukshuks look like people.  Inukshuks are also used to guide animals through their regular path or the animals a new way.  You have to have some big flat rocks and some more big round rocks for the top.


by Jeni and Chris






We all meet our needs and wants in different ways.  We have have been talking about how we meet our needs and the people of the Arctic used to meet their needs and how that has changed.  Christian would like to tell you more!


Basic Needs

These are the basic needs, food and drinks, shelter, and clothes.  Did you know that the Inuit used tools?  They did not have stores.  Did you know that the Inuit moms   have to chew the animal skins to soften it?  Did you know that the Inuit Dads still hunt for seals for their supper?  Did you know that the Inuit used to use the skins to make clothes?  Did you know that in the winter the Inuit make sleds with wood   and Fish?  Did you know that the Inuit have stores now?  Did you know that the Inuit used to live in igloos?   


By Christian grade 2








What is Inuit throat singing?  Why not find out from room 3's Kristian and Ciara?

Throat singing

Throat singing sounds like an instrument but it is not an instrument.  Throat singing is a game.  Throat singing is a fun game that the Inuit play.  

By Ciara


Throat Singing

Throat singing is a game.  It is easier to do in the Arctic because it is colder there.  They try to copy each other.  the first person goes first and then it is the next person's turn.  The one who laughs loses.  This is how we know the game is over

By Kristian


Visit this amazing site to hear some real Inuit Throat singing!

Webcast: Visit this amazing site to watch videos of throat singing and more amazing Inuit Art!










The traditional language of the Inuit is Inuktitut.  The language is still spoken by the Inuit and many speak English as well.  The children will learn to read and write both languages in school.  Our friends at Leo Ussak Elementary in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut sent the students at Parkdale School in Calgary, Alberta some amazing picture books written in Inuktitut as well as some work books where the students learn the characters of their Inuktitut alphabet.


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Here are some of the Inuktitut words and what they mean in English.  They are not written in the same characters that you see in the pictures above.  They are written phonetically so that we can read them.



Inuktitut word English meaning
Inuksuk A pile of rocks used as a marker
Inuksuit Plural of "inuksuk" (three or more)
Qamutik Sled
Inuk A person of Inuit descent
Inuit The people
Kamiit Sealskin boots
Inuktitut Inuit language
Kivalliq Current name for the Keewatin region (which includes the west coast of Hudson Bay and inland area)
Kitikmeot Central Arctic region
Maktaaq Whale skin and blubber
Nanuq Polar bear
Qallunaat Caucasian people
Qulliq Stone oil lamp
Amauti A woman's parka, in which a child is carried in the hood
Tuktut Caribou
Umingmait Muskoxen
Amaruit Wolves
Tiriganiarjuat Red foxes
Tiriganiaq Arctic fox
Ukaliit Arctic hares
Natsiq Seal
Kairulik Harp seal
Udjuk Bearded seal
Aiviit Walruses
Qinalugait Belugas
Tuugaaliit Narwhals
Arviit Bowhead whales




Check out more from this amazing site to listen to and learn how to speak Inuktitut!


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Last updated April 30, 2003

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