1.24 Acadian Canadians

Program Connections:
  • Key to My Community
    • 2. Proud to be Canadian
  • Key to the Arts
    • 1. Act it Out
    • 3. Art by Hand
    • 7. No Talking

National Challenge:

  • Cross Canada Challenge - Atlantic

Gathering Activity (in their circles) {Key to the Arts 1. Act it Out}

  • Attendance and dues
  • Write a rap song about part of the Brownie story. Each circle to get a different part of the story to make up a rap song about.
    • Brooke and cousin Cindy visit Grandma Ella in the country. In the fall they collect leaves, in the winter they snowshoe and skate, in the spring they eat pancakes with maple syrup, in the summer they swim in the pond and have picnics. They love all of these things, but most of all they love the stories Grandma tells them about Brownies – little people who help with chores when no one is watching.
    • Brooke and Cindy wish that a Brownie would help them with chores. Grandma explains that no one has ever seen a Brownie. They lend a hand when no one is around and they know exactly when help is needed. Brownies can be anywhere – maybe even in the forest. The only one who knows is the wise old owl in the great pine tree by the pond. The only time you can find the owl is when the moon is blue.
    • At night Booke and Cindy talk about meeting the wise old owl. They want to meet a Brownie so it can clean their room, dry the dishes, take out the garbage and pull up weeds. The girls are very sleepy. The next thing they know, the owl is talking to them! The moon is blue! They ask where to find a Brownie and are told to look in Grandma’s house. The owl tells them to go to the toadstool by the pond and look in the water. Turn round three times and finish what rhymes: “Twist me and turn me and show me an elf… I look in the water and see…”
    • With the help of the owl, the girls discovered that THEY can be the Brownies! They could be Brownies together and surprise Grandma. So the girls wipe all the dishes, weed every bit of garden and take out the garbage without being asked. They even bake cookies and take them to some of Grandma’s friends. Everyone is delighted and surprised, especially Grandma. Grandma tells them that there is magic in the house, and there are two wonderful Brownies that have somehow appeared to help her out, just when she needed it.


  • Circle Songs
  • Brownie Song
  • Present rap songs {Key to the Arts 1 - Act it Out}

Introduce New Brunswick section of the Atlantic Canada Challenge

  • New Brunswick is the largest of Canada's Maritime Provinces.
  • Fredericton is the capital city.
  • The provincial flower is the purple violet.
  • The provincial bird is the black-capped chickadee.
  • Home to 900 pairs of breeding Atlantic Puffins.
  • New Brunswick is connected to PEI by the confederation bridge.
  • There are 62 covered bridges including the world's longest bridge in Hartland.
  • The world's first chocolate bar was sold in New Brunswick.
  • New Brunswick is Canada's only official bilingual province.
  • The French were the first Europeans to settle in New Brunswick.

    Craft - Acadian Branch Weaving {Key to the Arts 3 - Art by Hand}

        • Acadians were the original French settlers in North Eastern North America.
        • The Acadians today inhabit the North and East shores of New Brunswick.
        • The French explorers 400 years ago called the area L’Acadie.
        • Weaving was very important to Acadian culture.
        • Make a Craft: Branch Weaving

          Game - Charades {Key to the Arts 7 - No Talking}

          • If you have a large group like we do, split the group into smaller groups to play this game - about 6 girls per group.
          • Play Game: Charades

          Music Challenge

          • Our group has been working on the Monashee Music Challenge.  At this time we fit in some songs before heading home.


              · Hand out flower sheets & Ask girls to write one great thing about who they are on each petal. Explain that it can be about their skills, backgrounds, talents, beliefs, families, strengths, and other social and personal traits.