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Bully Awareness & Prevention Week - 6 Videos to Watch in the Classroom

Posted by Seana Stevenson on Nov 19, 2017 7:17:00 AM

We understand that bullying can be difficult to bring up in the classroom, and with Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week starting today, we wanted to give you some resources that will help make this important conversation a little bit easier. 

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Topics: bully awareness week, anti-bullying, pink shirt day

Celebrate Women's HERstory Month

Posted by Seana Stevenson on Oct 24, 2017 2:52:50 PM

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Every October we get together to celebrate the courageous women who helped shape our country. Throughout the years Historica Canada has created Heritage Minutes that showcase the impact women have had on our society. These strong women stood up, fought for what they believed in, and claimed their place in history.

Share this list with your students, and let us know how you are celebrating women’s HERstory month.

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Topics: Historica Canada, HERstory, Heritage Minutes, Women In History

On This Day: Official Languages Act

Posted by Seana Stevenson on Oct 16, 2017 6:10:58 PM

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Canada is known for having two official languages, English and French. There is a storied history which led to the enactment of the Official Languages Act. This act was introduced to Parliament by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau on this day in 1968; was created to help bridge equality between the two languages.

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Topics: On this day, Pierre Trudeau, Official Languages Act

Top 5 Facts About Canadian Thanksgiving

Posted by Seana Stevenson on Oct 3, 2017 1:31:24 PM

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Today’s Canadian Thanksgiving often gets blended with our American neighbours - families gather together for a delicious turkey dinner, give thanks and watch some football. The two holidays celebrate an abundant harvest but it wasn’t always this way.

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Topics: Canadian Thanksgiving, Martin Frobisher, Seven Years War, World War I, Armistice Day

World Architecture Day

Posted by Seana Stevenson on Oct 2, 2017 2:07:50 PM

World Architecture Day

Most good architecture is created to amaze and astonish. World Architecture Day exists to show appreciation for the work architects do and to celebrate the great architectural feats. We want to expose you and your students to a variety of buildings that have storied histories, stunning exteriors and an assortment of shapes and sizes.

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Topics: World Architecture Day, Empire State Building, Mont Saint-Michel, Colosseum Rome, St Pauls Cathedral, Cubic Houses Netherlands, Sagrada Familia

Vimy 100: Brightspark visits the Canadian War Museum

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Apr 10, 2017 1:52:09 PM

April 9, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a defining moment in Canadian history. Brightspark had the opportunity to speak with Sandra O'Quinn, a Learning Specialist at the Canadian War Museum. In this video, Sandra outlines the new exhibitions at the War Museum that are designed to commemorate Vimy Ridge and its legacy. This also includes a new student program intended to give students a first-person view of different World War I characters.

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6 Holiday Traditions Celebrated Throughout the Year

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Dec 19, 2016 2:38:41 PM

Holiday Traditions Throughout The Year



December is that special time of year when “the holidays” are underway. For many, that means Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations, but what about other cultures and traditions? Have you ever wondered why Diwali is celebrated? What’s the significance of the Chinese New Year? Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan? Fret no more -  we’ve compiled this list of cultural celebrations that occur throughout the year that you can share with your students for a quick lesson in cultural traditions. So enjoy our holiday gift to you: this curated collection of videos that will teach your students about the wonderful holidays that exist year round.

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Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day Resources for the Classroom

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Nov 9, 2016 3:38:14 PM

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Remembrance Day is an important day in the classroom, with plenty of historical and social topics to explore. Given that we are blessed to live in a country that is fairly removed from war, it is also a time to illustrate what war is like for your students – a time to learn about soldiers, their battles, and the freedoms that they fought to secure for all Canadians.

In honour of this special day, we've compiled some things you might like to share in your classroom. These can be incorporated into many Remembrance Day lesson plans, and include an animated interactive game that covers a day in the life of a WW1 soldier; the story behind the poppy,  In Flanders Fields, and even a deeper look into the life of the soldier who wrote it.

 

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Halloween Inspired Videos for the Classroom, Guaranteed to Frighten! 👻

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Oct 27, 2016 3:17:17 PM

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Halloween is one of the most memorable days of the year... for any kid or adult. It’s a day characterized by tricks, treats, and scares. It's also the opportunity to get creative and become someone or something else; a day to fill up on candies and run amok as a ghoul, goblin or whatever else suits your fancy.

It can also be a time to learn something new, which is why we've compiled a cool video list of our favourite Halloween tales. Explore the creepy origins of Halloween, the sad tale of the Salem witch trials, or the radio drama that caused a mass panic (we promise it won’t cause a panic in your classroom!!)

 

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3 Reasons to Take Your Students to Iceland

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Sep 14, 2016 4:35:14 PM

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Situated in the North Atlantic between Europe and North America lies a vast land of seemingly remote terrain just waiting to be explored. A landscape full of volcanos, geysers, waterfalls and fascinating medieval history. That land is Iceland, commonly referred to as the 'Land of Fire & Ice'. With milder than expected winters due to the warming effect of the Atlantic Gulfstream and barely any darkness from sunset to sunrise in the summer it's an immense terrain full of wonder and the ideal destination to ignite your student’s passion for travel!

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Topics: student travel, student tour, iceland, international travel