Food, Glorious Food & Wonderful Wikimedia

Miss Wyatt set us a challenge this week that we could really sink our teeth into: writing about foods that Canadians (or at least these Canadians) love. Easy-peasy: no one was lost for words. Check out the delicious posts below.

Albert Roosenboom The tempting cakeWe used the opportunity to learn more about how to use images appropriately in our posts. As we were reminded by Miss Wyatt, we can’t just grab any old image from Mrs. Google–we must have the photographer’s permission. People who want their art, writing, images, or videos to be used and shared by others give their work a Creative Commons (cc) license rather than attach a Copyright (c). Wikipedia has a large and growing collection of such images, linked to its articles, called Wikimedia Commons. We learned how to use these files and give attribution (saying whose work it is) by pasting code into the text tab of our blogs. To see attribution (try it on The Tempting Cake, by Albert Roosenboom, right), mouse over the image; to see the license details, click on the image. Should you wish to try it yourself, the document describing the process is below.

But first, the glorious food posts of my hungry Huzzahnians. Who knew they had such a weakness for poutine?

Food Favourites:

Poutine: Ben, Brooke J., Rowan, Tate, Connor, Harley, Ayla
Maple Syrup: Chantal, Cami Bacon: Alinna, Tyler B.  Salmon: Abby D.
Pancakes: Morgan Doughnuts: Nathan, Hayly Oranges: Kalea
Spaghetti: Kasandra, Elijah Pizza: Tyler M. Sushi: Brooke L.
Fajitas: Rylie Buffalo Wings: Owen Waffles: Autumn, Liv, Abbie
Apple SauceAerin Pies: Talia

Here is the how-to document: [embeddoc url=”” viewer=”google”]

Please take a look at these excellent posts and leave comments for our dedicated bloggers. If you use this how-to file, let me know how it goes. And please remember to leave your blog url (your blog address) in the comments.


  1. Hi Mrs Smith,
    Thanks for writing this how-to when using wikimedia. It is so important that students and teachers know how to give attribution correctly as well as where to find images they can use on their public blogs or websites.

    I have left comments on some of the student blogs but will come back over the next week as students wont have to leave me comments on the challenge blog this week. I will get a break from the 300+ comments I get each week.

        1. Hi Chris,
          Maple syrup comes from maple trees that grow in Ontario, Quebec and parts of New England. The trees are tapped in the early spring and the drips of sap are collected. Then the sap (which is like sweet water) is boiled down until much of the water evaporates. Voila! Maple syrup!
          It takes a lot of sap and a lot of patience to make the maples syrup I love.
          I hope that explains it!
          Ms. Smith

  2. Hello,
    I enjoyed reading your blog post. I am a student from California, United States. We are part of the student blogging challenge, and this week we also did a post on food. What kind of food do you have in Canada? Which is your favorite? Come check out our class blog at

    1. Hi there, I think I like many of the foods that my students do…but I think I could only eat poutine once in a blue moon–it’s just too much!
      I do love salmon-BBQ’d with peaches. Delicious!

  3. What a great post and very useful indeed. I enjoyed reading all about your favourite foods but I must admit I don’t know what Poutine is. Can you help me, please?

    I thought your work on permissions and copyright using images was excellent. I will use that idea with my children. If you have time, some Year 7 children at would love you to read and comment on some of their work, please. They visited your blog today as they are just starting out with their blogging, so that would be very exciting to make some new friends. We look forward to meeting you too!

    1. Hi Mr. Rockey,
      Thanks for your visit. I hope you and your students find blogging to be as rewarding as we have. I think the best way to learn about poutine is to read any of the blog posts by my students. They describe their love of poutine in its various iterations quite effectively. I have added your class to our blogroll so we can visit you often. One little tip I can would like to pass on to your students: when they comment on a blog, always leave your blog url so we can comment back.
      Best wishes in your blogging future!
      Jan Smith

  4. Hello Huzzahians,
    I enjoy how your blog is one where it is shared with the whole class. I’ve been to Canada one time, and when I was here I went to Montreal and Victoria, and might I say, they had the best ice cream I have ever had. What exactly is poutine? I’ve seen it in videos online, but all I know is it contains cheese curds, if I am right.
    Thank you,
    Lola from California

    1. Hi Lola,
      Thank you for visiting our blog and our country, and for sharing our blog with your class. Poutine, essentially, is French fries, gravy, and cheese curds. I like the cheese best. They are funky looking morsels of cheese and are delish. Come back for more ice cream anytime!
      Ms. Jan Smith

  5. Hi Huzzah,
    I love the way that you put all the foods that people like. I wish you would have added more people to one food. I wonder if you could have put some more types of foods in there. My blog site is

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