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Books for Remembrance Day

Preparing for Remembrance Day commemorations are a great opportunity to talk not only about the sacrifices of the past but also to talk about our contributions to peace. Books are always a great way to introduce solemn topics while uplifting our students.

Although there are many books out there here is a list of our favourites.

A Poppy is to Remember by Heather Patterson – Learn how the poppy became a symbol for Remembrance Day.

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay – Explore the different sides of war through animal imagery in this creative look.

In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield – Read about the story behind the the most famous poem about war.

Bunny the Brave War Horse by Elizabeth MacLeod – Experience World War I through the story of a real life war horse.

A Bear in War by Stephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat – Introduce students to World War I through the story of a Canadian family that exchanged letters and a teddy bear during the war.

No! by David McPhail – This (almost) wordless picture book witnesses the terrible sights and sounds of war.

The Unknown Soldier by Linda Granfield – Look at memorials around the world to remember soldiers who died in war but were never identified.

What does Peace Feel Like? by Vladimir Radunsky – See what kids around the world say about how peace feels.

The Peace Book by Todd Parr – Who doesn’t love a Todd Parr book? Another book about peace that appeals to younger students.

Truce by Jim Murphy – A Christmas day truce during World War I between British and German troops is described.

The Enemy: A book about peace by Davide Cali & Serge Bloch – Get two perspectives on one war war in this picture book of two soldiers on opposing sides.

What is Peace? by Wallace Edwards – A series of questions are asked to children to explore what peace means.

We also have a small collection of short expository pieces in our Remembrance Day Reading and Activities package.

What are your go to books for Remembrance Day? Share the titles in the comments below.

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Alternative Halloween Activities

Let’s be honest. Halloween is not one of the best days for teachers-even worse the day after. So unless the day lands on a weekend, chances are you’re going to be somehow involved. So, other than sitting and eating junk food while dressed in costumes, what other activities can a teacher do with their class while still celebrating Halloween? Continue Reading

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We are Thankful

Pausing and thinking about what we are thankful for reminds us of how lucky we are. It began with a pairing up to share a class without really knowing each other and turned into a great friendship and business we love to grow.

We are also thankful that we have such easy access to books. We like big books and we cannot lie.

Ninja #1 is thankful for the Hardy Boys series. There were so many to pick from growing up that there never seemed to be an end to the choices.

Ninja #2 is thankful for The Dot by Peter Reynolds. No explanation needed, but it’s great for any age.

What book are you thankful for? Do you have a favourite book that you love to share with your students? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

 

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What About Critical Thinking Challenges?

What do you do when you want to challenge students, but you also want them to learn? We give them critical thinking challenges. Critical thing requires many skills-problem solving, collaboration, design thinking, and perseverance. When a critical thinking question is carefully crafted, you can get students to explore learning outcomes while having fun and being engaged in their learning at the same time. Continue Reading

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Stop Overlooking Health Class!

Our curriculum is such that health is taught as part of our physical education lessons. We’re required to have thirty minutes of movement activity. This means health rarely happens for most teachers because it’s shoved aside for more meaningful lessons like reading, writing and math.

Really?

There are so many valuable lessons in health class that can actually help with reading, writing and math, so we wrote up an entire year (and then some) of lessons to try to integrate health into other lessons. You have to teach it anyway, so why not get more out of it? Continue Reading

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Fake News and So Much More

We realized the importance of teaching critical thinking and fact checking one day on Facebook. One ninja-mother-in-law posted an article about an actor that had died-but the actor had died FIVE years earlier. Yet, there she was just a reposting like crazy. A dog with a piece of ham on its face was her next post and that when we started writing our digital citizenship product. Continue Reading

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Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters

Orange Shirt Day is recognized each year on September 30. It is important to educate everyone about Canada’s wrongs so we can learn from it and begin to repair the damage that has been done. We have searched out some student friendly resources teachers can use in their classrooms to teach students about Residential Schools because Every Child Matters. Continue Reading