November 5 to 9, 2018 is Media Literacy Week! This year’s theme is Fact or Fake: Help the World Stop Misinformation in Its Tracks. The week will highlight the importance of verifying that online information is true, unbiased and relevant.
Here is a sample video from the ‘Media Minute’ series – a unit of videos and lessons designed specifically for elementary students.
Ideas for Families (Tips, Games, Videos, Tutorials)
Learning Resources (Media Literacy Week)
All About Me (Career Education Resource) – Digital Literacy Lesson Plans
Use, Understand & Create: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools (“Teachers can access digital literacy classroom resources aligned with curriculum outcomes set out by their province or territory.”)
Digital and Media Literacy Fundamentals
Media Literacy 101 (Media Minute Videos and Lessons)
MediaSmarts Lessons and Resources (Search by topic/grade)
Visit http://www.medialiteracyweek.ca/ and follow along with #MediaLitWk to learn more about events and programming across Canada!
November is Picture Book Month!
Author Katie Davis produced this video with quotes from beloved and famous authors and illustrators all answering the same question;
“What is a picture book?”
Why Picture Books are Important:
What is a picture book to you? Do you have a favourite picture book? Visit your school library to borrow picture books this month.
You might like these books for “Roc Your Mocs” Day in November:
- Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide (Ideas for using picture books in ELA, Science, Math and Social Studies)
- Adrienne Gear’s new units featuring picture books for Grades 2-7 ” We Are All Connected“
Here are some resources that connect with the theme of Remembrance:
Radio Minute: Tommy Prince
Canadian Encyclopedia Articles:
- Interactive Activity: (Ages 10+)
Over the Top: An Interactive Adventure
“An activity created by the Canadian War Museum to help students understand the First World War from a soldier’s perspective. The activity’s interactive nature and its animation-based format will appeal to younger students. Includes a glossary of terms. (Recommended for ages 10 and up.)”
Make your mark this school year! September 15th-ish is International Dot Day! Join the celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration! Based on the story “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds, this is a great way to start the year by celebrating the creative talents of children.
Watch the videos below to see examples of students collaborating creatively and get inspired to create:
Clip Art Collection (by Peter H. Reynolds)
International Dot Day website: Get Inspired
Multi-language Dot Day Posters
Poster Gallery: (many themes, including A Thinking Journey & Think Globally)
Sparking the Creative Spirit: Tips for Inspiring Writing, Creativity, Self-Expression and a Wonderful Journey
Here are some of the activities taking place in Mission for National Indigenous Peoples Day:
Visit Fraser River Heritage Park from 10:00-4:00 on June 21st to participate in National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Information and Resources for National Indigenous Peoples Day:
From the Government of Canada: “In cooperation with Indigenous Peoples’ national organizations, the Government of Canada designated June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day, a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because for generations, many Indigenous Peoples’ groups have celebrated their culture and heritage at this time of year.
National Indigenous Peoples Day is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, discover the unique accomplishments of Indigenous Peoples in fields as varied as agriculture, the environment and the arts, and celebrate their significant contribution to Canadian society.
Get more information on National Indigenous Peoples Day and learn how to plan this special day.”
Ordering Information for Schools: (deadline is June 1st)
Click here for the order form
FVRL 2018 SUMMER READING CLUB
Move, groove and prove that you can make a Motion Commotion this summer when you join FVRL’s 2018 Summer Reading Club. There is a club for everyone! Sign up starts June 21 and continues throughout the summer. Visit your favourite FVRL location to join.
Read To Me (0 to Preschool)
Share stories, record reading, collect stickers, win prizes and get a medal.
Kids (grades K to 6)
Ready, set, go! Collect a reading record, enter prize draws, come to fun shows and earn a medal. Just read every day!
Teens (grades 7 to 12)
Read. Record. Repeat. It all begins when you pick up a reading record. There will be lots of chances to win fantastic prizes.
Get a move on! Take home a reading record and mark your reading to enter prize draws. The more you read, the more chances to win.
There are oh so many ways to make a Motion Commotion when you join 2018 Summer Reading Club!