Category Archives: Canada

Canada’s Great War Album: Submit Your Story

Canada’s Great War Album wants your story to be told. Use this link to upload pictures, letters and the story of your family member who served in World War One. Teachers, use this as an opportunity to have students write for an authentic audience and preserve history.

I have a writing job to do too. I will be sending what I have to share about my paternal grandfather and his role in WWI.

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Pte. Frederick and Florence Gosney
Married January 22, 1918.

Non-fiction texts for history teachers

The Canada’s History site offers teachers a wealth of non-fiction, primary source documents to use with your students. There is very interesting reading about the POWs and internees of the First World War.

Read about the ingenuity of POWs and how they requested items using hidden messages and code words to help with their escape attempts from POW camps in Germany.

Use these articles as mentor texts with groups of students to work on strategies to decode the text.

Canada’s Great War Album

Canada’s History has created a site, Canada’s Great War Album, that tells stories of Canada and her soldiers who participated in World War I. Use the tabs at the top of the site to locate many online resources. You are invited to submit your story to add to their database.

Students can use this site to view and read about Canadians who made a difference through their heroic part in The Great War’s Battle Fronts: Ypres, Festubert, Mount Sorrel, Somme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Paasendaele, Amiens, and Arras.

WWF: Classroom Adoption Kits

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The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) offers classroom adoption kits for your new year kickoff. Choose among a Kermode Bear, Polar Bear, or a Giant Panda to introduce to your students. Each kit includes a stuffed animal, a habitat map, video, lessons plans, and other resources for a cost of $19.95 with the promotional code on the site.

Lessons and Resources to learn about and help the environment are available for grades 1-8. You will find reading passages, worksheets, activities and more.

Canadian Government Teaching Resources

Grade 5 Social Studies teachers in Ontario can find lesson resources at the Canada’s History Site. The People and Environments: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship expectations can be met by what is available on this site:

National Flag Day of Canada: Sun. Feb. 15, 2015

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Canada will be celebrating National Flag Day on Sun. Feb. 15, 2015, Canada’s 50th Anniversary of our flag.  Introduce this important event in Canadian history with  your class and encourage them to talk about it at home. Here are some ideas to celebrate in your school or community and also some teacher ideas.

Canadian Heritage offers free promotional material to use with your students. Order before January 30, 2015. Order NOW.

Use the Canadian Flag information links to prepare your students for the quiz. Have you students construct questions from the text links to make their own quizzes using Google Forms or Quizlet.

The Classroom Energy Diet

Teachers from K-12 register your class to participate in this year’s National Geographic Classroom Energy Diet. 

How does it work? There are 3 streams to the competition: Classroom Challenge, Video Challenge, and, School Energy Project. Each class will complete a series of energy-themed, curriculum-linked challenges that teach them about diverse energy issues.

First World War Resources

Canadian Geographic has create a fabulous resource for you to use with your students as Remembrance Day approaches or as a resource for your history curriculum. The online printable package contains a tiled map entitled: ‘A Nation Takes Shape: Canada and the First World War’. There are 10 associated lesson plans to coincide as you assemble the 24 page map of Canada when it was still a Dominion and Newfoundland was a part of Great Britain. This resource is suitable for late junior to high school students.