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Posted by Seana Stevenson on Jan 28, 2018 12:55:27 PM


“One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” –Linda Poindexter

Mental health awareness is a difficult but important discussion to have in the classroom. 1 in 5 young people in Ontario suffer from some form of mental health problem, and 5 out of those 6 kids will not receive the treatment they need. source

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Topics: mental health awareness, bell lets talk day

Winter Packing List

Posted by Seana Stevenson on Jan 15, 2018 11:44:01 AM

Do you want to meet a snowman? Explore an Ice Palace? Skate down a canal? Take your students out of the classroom and into a winter wonderland for an adventure of a lifetime.

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Topics: student travel, student tour, winter packing list

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

Top 5 Facts About Canadian Thanskgiving

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 the significance of the Chinese New Year is? Why Muslims fast during Ramadan? Fret no more -  we’ve compiled a list of cultural celebrations that occur throughout the year that you can share quick lesson on different cultural traditions with your students.

So enjoy our holiday gift to you: a 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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