“Black History Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about the many contributions Black Canadians have made to Canada. This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past”. This was inspired by the theme of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).
Feet forward, head turned backward, the Sankofa bird reflects on the past to build a successful future.” (Government of Canada)
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:
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).
Why is reading aloud important?
Mission Public School educators would like to share some favourite read alouds to support the 21 day read aloud challenge.
Does your school have some favourite read alouds to share? Send us a list or some book cover photos and we will post them here!
MPSD Favourite Read Aloud books:
Mr. Cole recommends….
Learn more about the importance of reading aloud or sign up for the 21 day read aloud challenge here: http://readaloud.org/#
Follow the challenge on Twitter to see what others are reading #21DayReadAloud
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)