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)
Ideas for Educators (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)
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?”
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:
How the Calendar Works
“Each day, an author/illustrator, our Picture Book Month Champion, is listed. On that day he/she has an essay posted on the Picture Book Month website about the importance of picture books. Check back every day of November for a new essay.
Each day is also marked with a theme. Use these daily themes to plan story times, blog about your favorite picture books in that theme, or create themed displays.” (Source: Picture Book Month, Calendar)
- 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“
Why Picture Books are Important:
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
Welcome back to school!
You are a valued member of this learning community!
It’s a great time of year to set goals for new learning challenges and adventures. Watch the videos below for an introduction to the idea of using a ‘Growth Mindset’ as you learn new ideas this year.
What is a Growth Mindset?
Growth Mindset for Students (video series by ClassDojo.com)
Sesame Street Songs:
Look for these Growth Mindset books at a school library near you:
Resources for Teachers/Parents:
Beautiful Oops! Educator’s Guide & Project Ideas
Mindset Kit: “The Mindset Kit is a free set of online lessons and practices designed to help you teach and foster adaptive beliefs about learning.”
Rosie Revere, Engineer: Downloadable Posters and Engineering Activities & Parent/Teacher Guides
The Growth Mindset Coach: Recommended by Adrienne Gear as a Professional Development resource. The messages, books and videos in this post are recommended in this book.
The Most Magnificent Thing: Teaching Guide
The Power of Believing that You Can Improve (Carol Dweck)
This September, get creative with cardboard and other recycled materials. Participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge, which culminates in a day of play on October 7th.
Organizer Playbook (Guide)
Design for Change Playbook
Info sheet and FAQ
What’s your school community like?
There are many types of schools around the world. Your school library might have a copy of these books, including this one by Susan Hughes:
Listen to audio about “If the World Were a Village”. Teachers: Here is a Lesson Guide to use with this book.
Click on the links below to find resources from the EarthPLAY Toolkit or visit the Earth Day Canada website.
Stay tuned for a School Assembly video, being released April 1st!
Earth Day Reading:
Visit your school library to borrow books about the Earth and protecting it. Some books to look for are:
Complete EarthPLAY Toolkit 2017
Earth PLAY Posters
Pop-Up Playground: Tips and Materials
Playing Outside in All Weather: Guide
Newsletter and Social Media content
Tips for Engaging Your School Community