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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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The Importance of Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day As we were growing up, many of us had family members who had served in World War II. It was easier to understand the purpose of Remembrance Day when Grandpa would wear his medals to our school service. Our current students are a few generations removed from that war, though some have had family members serve in Korea, Afghanistan or with the United Nations Peacekeepers. It is difficult for some of them to understand the abstractness of war, so it is even more important for us to give them a realistic view of those events. Continue Reading

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The Reasons For Project Based Learning

Project Based LearningProject based learning can be a challenge because it moves the control from the teacher to the student. When we began our teaching journey, controlling every aspect of student work from beginning to end seemed like the right thing to do. As we’ve evolved as teachers, we learned that loosening the reigns has many benefits.  Check out some of the best reasons we use project based learning in our classroom. Continue Reading

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Métis Storytelling Through Art

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Often we do not have the time to get deep into every outcome in our Program of Studies.  One of the best ways to teach children about different cultures is through art.

This is a lesson we’ve done with our students for years.

If you look for them, there are many books out there illustrated by Aboriginal artists of Canada.  Their artwork is inspirational and many students connect with the illustrations of these books.  They often depict the oral traditional stories of various groups of Aboriginal people and so they become invaluable in teaching students about the belief systems of other people in a creative way.  You can easily combine art and social studies!

 

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Design an Aboriginal Shelter

AboriginalShelterWhat happens when you let your students come up with the task? A great activity that students have already bought into because they think it’s their idea!

We were teaching social studies to our fourth and fifth graders and were learning about the way of life for the different Aboriginal groups historically in Canada. Our question to our students was, “How can you show us what you have learned?”

Their responses, “Can we make a project? Can we build a tipi? Can I make a poster?” Continue Reading