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Dot Day 2020

No matter what, we’re determined to celebrate #InternationalDotDay in 2020. When the going gets tough, the creative get going. Join us!

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:

 Resources:

International Dot Day website: Get Inspired

Multi-language Dot Day Posters

Poster Gallery:  (many themes, including A Thinking Journey & Think Globally)

Peter H. Reynolds Website

Fablevision Creative Learning Website

Welcome to Kindergarten!

The MPSD StrongStart team has prepared a variety of fun and easy learning activities families can do at home.

Each of the activities is related to a Welcome to Kindergarten theme and several have links to short, engaging videos.

Have fun and see you in September!

Creative Exploration:

Healthy Choices:

Music and Movement:

Noticing Print:

Numeracy:

Playdough:

Science:

Social and Emotional Learning:

Talking and Reading Together:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Field Trips

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

A Journey into Time Immemorial:
Created by the SFU Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology with active participation from local Sto:lo Elders and knowledge keepers, this interactive website allows students to explore a pre-colonial Sto:lo community and listen to Elders being interviewed on many topics such as weaving, First Salmon Ceremony, Welcome Song, and more.
Back to Batoche:
This is an interactive tour on the colourful history and culture of the past and present Batoche. The website features video interviews with elders, video and photo highlights from the annual Back to Batoche festivals, Métis music, games, quizzes, photo albums, virtual tours, hundreds of pages of text to learn from, as well as a series of interactive personalized guided tours.
Canadian Farm and Food Tours: many types of farms to choose
Canadian Museum of History: online exhibitions
Canadian Museum of Nature: Explore Nature
Includes mobile apps, websites, blogs, videos and multimedia presentations.
Hauyat: Explore Our Territory:
Discover ancient clam beds, archaeological digs and more in this virtual tour of Hauyat Territory, located on Hunter Island in Queen Charlotte Sound, BC.
Iningat Ilagiit:

Iningat Ilagiit, means “a place for family.”

Inuit artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset) have created thousands of drawings. Almost 4,000 of these drawings, as well as 250 photographs, are available online here.

Not only can you browse the collection, but you can also build your own collections of favourite artworks in order to create your own virtual exhibitions to share with others.

Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset:

Canada’s national collection of Inuit prints from Cape Dorset – the birthplace of Inuit printmaking. Offered in French, English, and Inuktitut.

Iqaluit, Nunavut : Virtual visit to the Canadian Arctic
Living Traditions: The Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch on the Northwest Coast

Since time immemorial, the Kwakwaka’wakw have hosted potlatch ceremonies, and potlatching continues to play a central and unifying role in community life today.

The repatriated Potlatch Collection at the U’mista Cultural Centre tells an epic story of the resistance and resilience of the Kwakwaka’wakw. Learn more through film clips, incredible 3-D photographs, and Kwak’wala audio clips. A series of curriculum-based lesson plans is also available, to help you share this fascinating story with your students.

Morning Star:

Explore Alex Janvier’s masterpiece Morning Star, painted on the dome of the Haida Gwaii Salon in the Museum.

National Gallery of Canada: Online Exhibitions
Nature Lab – Virtual Field Trips:

Virtual field trips allow students to travel the world and explore natural environments without leaving the classroom. Each virtual field trip contains a video, teacher guide, and student activities. Spotlight: View from a Canoe

One Mind, One Heart (MOA):

Learn more about the fierce opposition by the Heiltsuk Nation to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and oil-tanker traffic in their ancestral waters. One Mind, One Heart features films, photos of Heiltsuk territory, and community protests during the Project Review Panel’s visit to Bella Bella. The MOA installation shows the ancestral guardian of the undersea world, ’Yágis, swallowing an oil tanker trespassing in Heiltsuk waters. ’Yágis, the mask was created by Heiltsuk artist ’Nusí to invoke ancient Heiltsuk teachings and the law of Káxláya Gvi’ílás in order to protect their land and seas for the future.

Parliament Hill: 

Thanks to Google, we are able to do a “walking tour” through the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa just by clicking our mouse. The tour allows you to wander through the hallways and many rooms of the buildings, including:

  • the Peace Tower Observation Deck
  • the Memorial Centre
  • the House of Commons
  • the Prime Minister’s Office
  • the Library of Parliament
  • a Meeting Room
The Raven’s Call:

“The Raven’s Call” is the most comprehensive website dedicated to the life and work of Bill Reid.

Royal BC Museum: First Peoples, Indigenous Peoples

Online exhibits about local plants, residential school and reconciliation, living languages, and archaeology.

Royal BC Museum Learning Portal:

“This well-designed and engaging site focuses on BC culture and history. It allows students anywhere in the province to take a virtual field trip to the Museum. Each exhibit on the site features ways to listen, watch, and read, and also showcases the people behind the scenes who develop the collections and exhibits. Useful teacher guides and resources help link the exhibits to the curriculum.”(Gr. 5+) (Focused Education Review)

Royal Tyrell Museum:

This museum in Alberta is all about dinosaurs. Thanks for Google Maps and their streetview camera, you can wander around the museum as if you were there.

Shake it Up (MOA):

MOA’s exhibition, Shake Up: Preserving What We Value, explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with the rich Indigenous knowledge and oral history of the living cultures represented in MOA’s Northwest Coast collection. You can explore the exhibit virtually.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour:
Visit galleries at the Smithsonian Museum. Choose where you want to go, places for close ups and enjoy a 3D view around where you stand.
Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lō-Coast Salish Community in the Fraser River Valley:

Kwelches – Welcome! Our Old People tell us we have always lived in S’ólhTéméxw (Our Land). We are Stó:lō (People of the River), a nation of tribes along the Fraser River. As Sq’éwlets, we are one of 30 Stó:lō communities. Sturgeon is our ancestor and we live where the Harrison River rounds the bend and flows into the Fraser River. This website shares our journey from ancient times to the present. Join us as we tell you our sxwōxwiyám (origin stories) and sqwelqwel (personal stories), through our own words in video, song, vision and memory

Thalit Sqwelqwel – Stories of Truth:

Locally developed Residential School Curriculum Website for students and teachers from Kindergarten through to grade 12.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada presented its 94 Calls to Action in December 2015. Call to Action #63 (i) included: Developing and Implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve Curriculum and learning resources on Indigenous Peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of Residential Schools.  This website is a direct result of this call to action. The goal of this effort is to build student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect. Please visit https://greatspirithand.com and continue your journey towards Reconciliation today!

Virtual Museum of Canada:

The largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations.

Virtual Museum of Metis History and Culture:

This website provides a detailed look at Metis history and culture sharing Metis stories, interviews, photographs, and various archival documents.

Voices of the Canoe:

Learning about the canoe traditions of the Fijian, Squamish, and Haida helps us understand the historical and ongoing importance of canoe culture for these Indigenous peoples.

This website presents a range of evidence – photographs, maps, interviews, historical texts and short films – to assist educators and students in understanding the importance of canoes for the Fijian, Squamish, and Haida peoples.

Welcome to Naikoon Park:
An interactive website that allows students to hike Naikoon Park, located in the traditional territory of the Haida Nation.
Whose Land:
Whose Land is a web-based app that uses GIS technology to assist users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities across Canada. The app can be used for learning about the territory your home or business is situated on, finding information for a land acknowledgement, and learning about the treaties and agreements signed across Canada. Educational videos are available to watch that will give you a better understanding of why land acknowledgements are important, and the way Indigenous people view their relationship to land.

Art Class

Here are some lessons, activities, and books about art that you might enjoy:

  1. LunchDoodles with Mo Willems!  Watch the episodes and doodle! Here are a few samples:
  • Episode 1: In his first LUNCH DOODLE, Mo welcomes you into his studio at home and guides you through drawing activities using one of his favorite characters as inspiration!

To download this episode’s activity page, click here

  • Episode 2: Mo invites you into his studio, doodles, and teaches you how to draw Elephant.

To download this episode’s activity page, click here.

  • Episode 3: Mo invites you into his studio, doodles, and teaches you how to draw Piggie.

To download this episode’s activity page, click here.


2. Draw Everyday with JJK: art lessons with author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka


3. Dav Pilkey at Home (via Scholastic): Drawing lessons, activities, videos and more!


4. Tumblebooks Art Stories:

(username: tumble735, password = books)

 

 

Shared Reading K-3

Reading Strategy for Families:  Echo Reading 

Developed by Dr. Janet Mort, Joyful Literacy Interventions

Click here to download a .pdf version.


Sample e-books to practice with:

Literacy Place e-books (K-3):

These e-books have the option to read-along  with highlighted sentences, read on your own, or use them to ‘Echo Read’ with children. Here are the steps to access  books at various primary grade levels:

Kindergarten suggestion:

Grade 1 suggestion: 

Grade 2 suggestion:

Grade 3 suggestion:


Teachers:

  • K-3: Many of the Literacy Place e-books come with a comprehensive teaching plan for early literacy development.  Here are some of the features:

What’s Growing in the Garden?

It’s spring and a time of plant growth and development.  What’s growing around your home or neighborhood?

Here are some stories, games and activities for some inspiration:

  1. Tumblebooks: (username = tumble735, password=books)

After traveling the world in her fantastic teapot, Rose is ready to put down roots. She sets about planting flower seeds in a neglected corner of a bustling city. And then she waits – through rain and cold and snow. Rose waits, never doubting that the garden she envisions will one day come to be.

Rose’s Garden: Sentence Game (match the sentence with the  picture from the story)

Creative ideas: Make your own paper flowers or take photos of real ones as they grow!


2. Bookflix pairs fiction picture books with information books.

Follow the steps below to find some of these gardening titles:

 

Here are a couple of the book pairings that you could read/watch:


Teachers:

  • K-6: Visit the Environmental Learning page on Curriculum Connections for a wealth of planting resources, shared by Dewdney Elementary School.

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day Stories:

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Tumblebooks: (username= tumble735, password = books)

What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn’t know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature’s connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we can all make a big difference.

You Are Stardust begins by introducing the idea that every tiny atom in our bodies came from a star that exploded long before we were born. From its opening pages, the book suggests that we are intimately connected to the natural world; it compares the way we learn to speak to the way baby birds learn to sing, and the growth of human bodies to the growth of forests. This innovative picture book aims to reintroduce children to their innate relationship with the world around them by sharing many of the surprising ways that we are all connected to the natural world.

Wild Ideas looks deep into the forests, skies and oceans to explore how animals solve problems. Whether it’s weaving a safe place to rest and reflect, blowing a fine net of bubbles to trap fish, or leaping boldly into a new situation, the animals featured (including the orangutan, humpback whale and gibbon) can teach us a lot about creative problem solving tools and strategies. Wild Ideas encourages an inquiry-based approach to learning, inviting readers to indulge their sense of wonder and curiosity by observing the natural world, engaging with big ideas and asking questions.

Articles  and Activity Ideas from CBC Kids:

 

 

 

Feelings

  1. Here is Todd Parr:
  • Reading the “Don’t Worry Book” to help us understand that feeling.  He’s got some great ideas for drawing and writing at the end too!

 

  • Sharing the “Things that Make You Feel Good” book idea:

Here is a link for you to make your own “Things That Make You Feel Good” book!

2. From Sesame Street:  Helping Children Manage Emotions

“You and your child can watch Abby Cadabby share the “calming down” strategies that work for her — from a great big self-hug to a deep, calming breath.

Another useful tool families can use at home is a sparkly glitter jar.

What Exactly is a Glitter Jar?

Just what it sounds like: a simple, sealed jar filled with water and brightly colored glitter. When you shake it, the glitter whirling around the inside of the jar represents how your child is feeling inside. Have her watch the glitter swirl and take deep belly breaths while the glitter slowly drifts to the bottom. When it finally settles, the two of you will be able to see through the clear water, symbolizing that your child has achieved a calmer state and giving you the opportunity to talk about the big feeling she was experiencing. When you do talk, embrace “feelings words” like angry, scared, frustrated, disappointed, and worried. Having a word to label the way they are feeling is an important first step for children in managing a big emotion.

Make Your Own

Glitter jars are easy to make and can be great fun for the whole family. Start with a plastic bottle or jar with a lid for each family member, and the possibilities to personalize them are endless!”

This activity is from Ready for School! A Parent’s Guide to Playful Learning for Children Ages 2 to 5.

3. For Educators: Essential Digital Citizenship Lessons (SEL focus)

  • Grade 3: The Power of Words  – What should you do when someone uses mean or hurtful language on the internet? Focus on social and emotional learning as you help students learn how to process their feelings when they see or read something online.

 

  • Grade 6: Digital Drama Unplugged – How can you de-escalate digital drama so it doesn’t go too far? Students can learn how digital drama develops and how to de-escalate contentious situations.

Source: Common Sense Media (free account required to access the complete lesson plans)

National Poetry Month 2020

 

From the League of Canadian Poets:

“We hope that this theme will inspire conversations, poems, and dialogues about the many ways poetry is expressed and honoured around the world, as well as the cultural impacts of poetry in different regions. We encourage poets from around the world to speak and write about what poetry means for their life experiences, perspectives and identity as well as the roots of poetry in their culture or country.

“What will you read this National Poetry Month? Will you start your own poetry writing project? Will you write your first poem? Will you share your poetry on stage for the first time?

  1. Tumblebooks has some fun poetry video books to read online:  (username: tumble735, password: books)

Cat Named HaikuA Cat Named Haiku: Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. Haiku is also a little cat who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. “A Cat Named Haiku” tells the story of the day in the life of a mischievous little cat, as he learns a valuable lesson on love told completely in haiku. After disobeying his owner, Haiku discovers at the end of the day even if someone is mad at you it doesn’t mean they don’t still love you. From climbing the curtains to trying to eat the pet goldfish, all of Haiku’s antics are chronicled in the three line poetry of his namesake in this 40 page children’s book intended for ages 6 and up.

Ook the BookOok the Book

Ook the Book seems like it’s been around forever, dog-eared from decades of readings and rereadings. It could be the jaunty Seussian rhythms at play, but it has a classic quirkiness all its own–a blend of Calef Brown’s Polkabats and Octopus Slacks and the good Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. With poem titles from “Ug the Bug” to “Eep the Sheep,” you can see that the rhyme is not exactly subtle. Therein lies its charm. While its simple rhymes make it perfect for building early reading skills, Shannon McNeill’s action-packed illustrations (awash in a delicious color palette) give readers of all ages plenty to snicker over. In “Ake the Snake,” for example, the snake has a cake, because he can bake. The snake, coiled by the lake (sporting a cupcake chef’s hat) is surrounded by baking ingredients and two tiny green traumatized bugs, who have indeed tried to take the snake cake, and therefore are being flung screaming into the lake, much to the dismay of another bug hiding behind a sack of what might be flour. We think it’s gutsy to write a poem as simple as “I am At, / At the cat. / Do you see Pat? / He is my rat. / I sat on Pat, / so he is flat.” And we like it. (Pat the flat rat doesn’t look too happy about it, however.) A wonderful primer for wee ones just starting to have fun with words. (Ages 2 to 5) –Karin Snelson —

2. Selections from: Tea and Bannock Stories: First Nations Community of Poetic Voices (Simon Fraser University, First Nations Studies. Compiled by annie ross, Brandon Bob, Eve Chuang and the Chuang Family, Steve Davis, Robert Pictou)

 

3. Selections from Poetry Foundation: Poetry for Children

Ideas for Teachers: (from the League of Canadian Poets)

Poetry Play Stations

Poetry play stations use different techniques to encourage young readers to craft poems. Here are some great stations to include:

Erasure poetry: Using a page of existing text, use a black marker to complete cross out sections of the text — the words or phrases that remain can be strung together to form an original poem! Part of the beauty of erasure poem is how the entire page looks when completed, blacked-out sections and all.  Try it with a newspaper article!

Found poetry: Found poetry is very similar to erasure poetry — well, erasure poetry is a kind of found poetry — but with a little more freedom. Again using an existing text, participants select words or phrases from the text that they think will make a great poem: using the found words and phrases, they can play with line breaks, stanzas, and other ways of construction an original poem from the found text!

Book spine poetry: This is a great poetic experiment that takes over Twitter every April — using as few as three or as many as… well, as many as you can stack, create a poem using the titles of books as they appear on the spines. These make excellent photos and are great for sharing!

Magnet poetry: A classic! Choosing words from a pile of individual words to string together an original poem. This could be from a magnetic poetry set, but you could also simply prepare an assortment of words for participants to choose from.” (Source: League of Canadian Poets)

 

Family Fun this Summer

Here are some great books and activities about families.

The Family Book and colouring page:

Click on the photos below to open the printable version:

Dipnetting with Dad (look for this book in your school library!)

The Making of Dipnetting with Dad:

Teacher’s Guide 

Activities:

What Makes a Family?  Watch and listen to the song and try the activities from Wonderopolis below.

Read/listen to a Wonder-of-the-day:  “What Makes a Family?”  Try some of  the family activities (and look at a very cute photo of a meerkat family).

National Poetry Month

 

From the League of Canadian Poets:

Celebrate nature with poetry this April!

“The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 21st annual National Poetry Month in April with nature – whether it’s mountain ranges, deserts, forests, oceans, or plains; whether it’s a cityscape or a landscape. Read, write, and share poetry that translates the emotional, practical, and reciprocal relationships we build – as individuals and communities – to the natural world onto the page.”

“What will you read this National Poetry Month? What events will you organize, attend? Will you start your own poetry writing project? Will you write your first poem? Will you share your poetry on stage for the first time?

Ideas for Teachers:

And now, let’s make a poetry party!

Poetry-palooza

Organize a poetry-palooza for a group of young readers to engage them with the many sides to poetry. Participants can read a poem aloud — original or not — to the others, or they could distribute their favourite written poem–again, original or not. But there’s more to poetry than the poems! Encourage young readers to write fanmail to their favourite poets, or take the fun even farther away from poetry and hide poems around the room (book spine poetry, anyone?), or have other poetry game stations for participants to engage with.

Poetry Play Stations

Poetry play stations use different techniques to encourage young readers to craft poems. Here are some great stations to include:

Erasure poetry: Using a page of existing text, use a black marker to complete cross out sections of the text — the words or phrases that remain can be strung together to form an original poem! Part of the beauty of erasure poem is how the entire page looks when completed, blacked-out sections and all.

Found poetry: Found poetry is very similar to erasure poetry — well, erasure poetry is a kind of found poetry — but with a little more freedom. Again using an existing text, participants select words or phrases from the text that they think will make a great poem: using the found words and phrases, they can play with line breaks, stanzas, and other ways of construction an original poem from the found text!

Book spine poetry: This is a great poetic experiment that takes over Twitter every April — using as few as three or as many as… well, as many as you can stack, create a poem using the titles of books as they appear on the spines. These make excellent photos and are great for sharing on social media!

Magnet poetry: A classic! Choosing words from a pile of individual words to string together an original poem. This could be from a magnetic poetry set, but you could also simply prepare an assortment of words for participants to choose from.” (Source: League of Canadian Poets)

Songs and Poems for Elementary Students (Source: CanTeach)

Dot Day 2018

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:

 Resources:

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

 

 

Dot Day 2017

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:

 Resources:

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

 

 

 

Science Odyssey

Ten days of discovery and innovation

May 12-21st, 2017

“Science Odyssey is Canada’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, featuring fun and inspiring experiences in museums, research centres, laboratories and classrooms from coast to coast.

Powered by NSERC, Science Odyssey demonstrates how discoveries and innovations shape our daily lives and foster a strong science culture in Canada.” (Source: Government of Canada)

Click on the images below for details:

Click on the poster to see detailed experiments that go with these activities!

 

Spring into Action 2019!

The Mission  Spring/Summer 2019  Leisure Guide has been published!

There are lots of opportunities to be active over spring break.  Click here to read the guide and find times for swimming, skating and more!

Go Noodle is a great website for encouraging fun physical activity at home or in the classroom.  They create videos full of fun movement games and dances. Check out these sample videos and get moving!