View YouTube videos without Ads

Teachers can show YouTube videos without the annoying ads. Some ads are just downright inappropriate. You may have to check with your tech folks to allow these sites to be allowed on your systems.

  1. viewpure – Insert the url and click Purify to remove comments and ads. Click on Teacher Resources, then your grade level to access resources already purified.
  2. safeshare – The free account allows you to save up to 20 videos from Yourtube or Vimeo. You will have a video without adds and comments to show your students. The video can be edited so you can start it at the place you choose. This is very handy if you want to show a preselected section to your class. You can share your saved video on social media platforms as well.
  3. nicertube – Copy a youtube url you want to show and follow the prompts on the site and you will create a link to show your selected video without the annoying ads surrounding the youtube site.

Information Literacy Lessons

Teacher Librarians and Library Media Specialists have come to the right place for lesson plans to teach Information Literacy Skills. You can search for lessons on the S.O.S. for Information Literacy site. Once you do a search look to the right of the lesson plan on the screen to click on Supporting Files to access worksheets and a printable lesson plan.

Free Lesson Plans: Treaty and the Treaty Relationship in Canada

This year, Canada’s History Society is publishing two magazines on Treaties and the Treaty Relationship. The first, under the banner of Canada’s History, is aimed at adults and secondary-level students. It will launch in May. The second magazine is intended for younger audiences and will be published as the September issue of Kayak. Subscribe for these resources at Canada’s History Website.

2018 Ontario Social Studies Curriculum

Teachers will deliver to Ontario students the new 2018 Social Studies Gr 1-8 Curriculum starting this fall. The revisions in the 2018 curriculum support Ontario’s commitment to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. These revisions were made in collaboration with Indigenous teachers, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Senators, Indigenous community representatives, and residential school survivors. The revisions focus on strengthening students’ knowledge and understanding of Indigenous histories, cultures, perspectives, contributions, and ways of knowing, as well as of the history of the residential school system, treaties, and the Indian Act.


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Looking at art

Review 7 things to observe about a piece of art. Adjust the number questions to suit your grade.
Use pictures you have available or visit art websites.

  1. Label Information
    Can you find?
    1. Title
    2. Artist’s name
    3. When it was create
    4. Wherw it was created
    5. What it was made of (medium)
    6. Who owns it

2. Subject Matter
What is the artwork about?
– people, buildings, trees or other recognizable things

3. Art Elements
Shapes (2-D) & Forms (3-D)
What shapes or forms do you see?
– organic, geometric, open, closed

4. Texture
What textures do you see?
– rough, smooth, coarse, soft, bumpy, hairy, sandy, etc.
– simulated  (you can see it but not feel it) or real (you can feel it)

5. Colour
What colours do you see?
– warm, cool, bright, dull, dark, light, opaque, transparent

Values (lights and darks)
– shades and tints of a colour

6. Space
2D Art
Does it look as if you can go into the picture? (depth)
– shading, overlapping, colours, foreground, middle ground, background, size

3D art
How is real depth achieved?
– hollowed out areas, protruding areas, solid areas

7. Line
What kinds of lines do you notice?
– straight, curvy, dotted, broken, wavy, swirling, jagged, textured, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, etc.
-contour lines
-lines created because of contrast