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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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Books for Ramadan

Reading is a huge part of our classroom and it’s important to us to make sure the books and characters reflect all aspects of the lives of our students. That includes books about and including different faiths, backgrounds and cultural beliefs.

Ramadan is an important part of our classroom culture so we searched high and low to find books that our students could use to learn from and reflect on. Here are some of the titles we found and thought you should check out yourself. Continue Reading

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Acknowledge Ramadan and Eid With Your Students

In December we put up a Christmas Tree, hung lights and exchanged gifts. One of our students asked if we would be celebrating in May and June for Ramadan and Eid. Of course! All of our students are encouraged to share their customs and traditions with us and we’ve been learning all year from each other. We celebrated Chinese New Year, Ukrainian Christmas, World Hijab Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and now we’re getting ready for Ramadan and Eid. Continue Reading

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

We’re hosting a “Poem in Your Pocket” day as a celebration upon completing our poetry unit in Language Arts. It coincides with the National Poem In Your Pocket Day. This year’s event is being held April 26. It’s coming up soon! You can join us this year even if you haven’t taught poetry in your classroom yet! Continue Reading

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Valentine’s Day Love Trees

ValentinesTreesDo you need an activity that you can use to teach students about color while making something special for Valentine’s Day? Do you dread having to find something do for Valentine’s Day? Are you a Valentine’s Day fool? Or Scrooge? This is for you!

There are several variations to make this project listed below, but basically it’s a tree with heart-shaped leaves. Sounds great, right?

Who doesn’t need a heart-shaped leaf?

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