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1 Resources and Best Practices For Teaching About Canada Tina Storer, Education & Curriculum Specialist Center for Canadian-American Studies Western Washington University Presentation given at the 2010 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators Whistler, B.C. - June 23, 2009

2 Overview of Resources National Organizations Media Libraries & Teacher Loan-Kits Print Publications Multimedia Materials (Videos, CD-ROMs, CDs) Internet Websites

3 National Resource Centers The U.S. Department of Education provides, through Title VI Grants, support to many universities with expertise in specific area studies, including two National Resource Centers on Canada 1.) Pacific Northwest NRC (U Washington-WWU) 2.) East Coast NRC (U Maine-SUNY Plattsburgh) Additional outreach and program grants are awarded annually by the Embassy of Canada.

4 Western NRC on Canada Western Washington University Center for Canadian-American Studies University of Washington Canadian Studies Center Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Website: Contacts: (Tina Storer) (Nadine Fabbi) and/or (Anne Hilton)

5 Western NRC on Canada Joint K-12 Outreach and Shared Resources

6 including: Canada Northern Neighbor (2nd Edition) K-12 STUDY CANADA e-Resource Notices (Sept-June) K-12 STUDY CANADA Resource Flyers (biannual) K-12 STUDY CANADA Loan-Kits: Resource Valise Student Novel Collection K-12 STUDY CANADA Resources

7 Eastern NRC on Canada University of Maine Canadian Studies Center SUNY – Plattsburgh Center for the Study of Canada Websites: Contacts: (Betsy Arntzen) (Amy Sotherden)

8 Eastern NRC for Canada Resources O Canada Textbook Teaching Canada Annual Magazine Canada Valise Canadian Film Distribution Center (PSUNY)

9 Bilingual - English and French publications and Internet sites Primary Website: Government of Canada Resources

10 Examples of Useful GC Materials

11 ACSUS (Association for Canadian Studies in the US) Website: Canadian Embassy & Consulates Websites: Canadian Educators and Education Resources (OISE) Website: ICCS (International Council for Canadian Studies) Website: Other National Organizations

12 Media Libraries & Loan-Kits Notable Film Libraries and Resources University of Washington Website: SUNY-Plattsburgh Website: National Film Board of Canada Website: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Website:

13 K-12 STUDY CANADA Loan-Kits at WWU K-12 STUDY CANADA Resource Valise (2) (9 multimedia resource-based units for teaching) K-12 STUDY CANADA Student Novel Collection (36 regional novels for young adults - Grades 4-9) University of Maine The Canada Valise (Les Buells Curriculum and Artifacts ) Teacher Loan-Kits

14 K-12 STUDY CANADA Resource Valise

15 9 Units of Study Artifacts Teacher Resources Internet Lists Multimedia Resources 8 CD-ROMs 8 Music CDs 7 Videos/DVDs

16 Multimedia Resources Canadian Geographic Explorer Canada: Confederation to Present Cross Country Canada Totem Poles Adventure Canada Land of the Inuit Nunavut Territory Canadian Treasures 8 CD-ROMS

17 Multimedia Resources 8 Music CDs Sing a Song of Canada + Songbook (Kim Soleski-Ward) Stompin Tom Sings Canadas History (Stompin Tom Connors) Canada is for Kids – Vol. 1 & 2 (Michael Mitchell) Un Pays Qui Se Chante (Various Québec Artists) For the Times (Schooner Fare) This Child (Susan Aglukark) Gords Gold (Gordon Lightfoot) Sing a Song of Canada: A Musical Journey Across Canada (Kim Soleski-Ward CD & Songbook)

18 Multimedia Resources 7 Videotapes/DVDs The Canadian History Series ( ) Postcards from Canada Paddle to the Sea The Group of Seven The Sweater CBC Life & Times: L.M. Montgomery Breaking the Ice: The Story of Mary Ann Shadd

19 Unit 1: O Canada! Artifacts: Set of Provincial & Canada Flags Deck of Cards Eh! Fold-Out & Laminated 3-D Maps 12 Laminated Placemats Canada-at-Glance Binder Insert Teaching Resources: Canada Northern Neighbor The Spirit of Canada Canadas Maple Leaf: The Story of Our Flag The Kids Book of Canada Sing a Song of Canada O Canada! NIE Supplement Internet List: 20 websites

20 Unit 2: BC - Totems & Emily Carr Artifacts: Totem Pole Teaching Resources: Emily Carr: An Introduction to her Life and Art The Art Room Bentwood Box; Button Blanket; Cedar Plank Mask; Spindle Whorl BC: Land and People Internet List: 12 websites

21 Unit 3: Images of Ontario From City to Shield Artifacts: CN Tower Model & Brochure Art Pin (A.J. Cassons White Pine) Teaching Resources: Looking at Landscape Resource Package Images of Nature: Canadian Poets and the Group of Seven Meet the Group of Seven Internet List: 12 websites

22 Artifacts: Montreal Canadians Away Hockey Jersey Teaching Resources: Québec: Land and People The Sweater (book) The Rise and Fall: New France Internet List: 12 websites Unit 4: Québec – les Habitants & the Habs!

23 Unit 5: The Maritimes & the Land of Anne Artifacts: P.E.I. License Plate w/ Anne Teaching Resources: Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writers Life Duncans Way Internet List: 14 websites

24 Unit 6: Canadas North & the Inuit Artifacts: Inuksuk Kit Teaching Resources: Artists in the Arctic Resource Package The Kids Book of the Far North The Inuksuk Book Arctic Stories Internet List: 12 websites

25 Unit 7: Canadian Dreams - The Railroad, RCMP & Yukon Gold Artifacts: CN Model Railway Car or RCMP Postcards/Poster Teaching Resources: The Cremation of Sam McGee The Kids Book of Canadas Railway Boldly Canadian: RCMP The Mounties For Kids Activity Book Life in the Old West Series: The Railroad and The Gold Rush Internet List: 12 websites

26 Artifacts: Childs Game Teaching Resources: Contemporary Art By First Nations Artists Resource Package Canada History: Prehistoric Canada (Ancient Canada– Aboriginal People) Paddle to the Sea From Time Immemorial Maple Moon Internet List: 12 websites Unit 8: Canadas First Nations

27 Unit 9: Black Canadians and the Underground Railroad Artifacts: 2 Posters Teaching Resources: In Our Time: An Introductory Learning Guide The Spirit of Africville The Story of Mary Ann Shadd The Kids Book of Black Canadian History Internet List: 11 websites

28 K-12 STUDY CANADA Student Novel Collection

29 Unit 1: O Canada! Tunnels of Time (M. Harelkin Bishop) Saskatchewan Rebellion (J. Scanlon) Manitoba Who Has Seen the Wind? (W.O. Mitchell) Saskatchewan Jake and the Kid (W.O. Mitchell) Saskatchewan Ticket to Curlew (C.B. Lottridge) Alberta

30 Unit 2: BC: Totems and Emily Carr Wills Garden (L. Maracle) also suitable for use with Unit 8 The West Coast Murders (R. MacGregor) Ravens Flight (D. Silvey) Lambs of Hells Gate (M.L. Bright) Cariboo Runaway (D. Davis)

31 Unit 3: Images of Ontario From City to Shield The Lost Sketch (Adventure.Net Series – A. and D. Spalding) A Bushel of Light (T. Harrison) The Ghost of the Stanley Cup (R. MacGregor) Horror on River Road (R. MacGregor)

32 Unit 4: Québec: les Habitants & the Habs! Terra Incognita (A. Metikosh) The Hollow Tree (J. Lunn) The Quebec City Crisis (R. MacGregor) The Kings Daughter (S. Martel)

33 Unit 5: The Maritimes & the Land of Anne The Girl on Evangeline Beach (A. Carter) Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) Anne of Avonlea (L.M. Montgomery) Anne of the Island (L.M. Montgomery) Lucy Maud and Me (M.F. Coady)

34 Unit 6: Canadas North and the Inuit Napachee (R. Feagan) The Screech Owls Northern Adventure (R. MacGregor) Lost in the Barrens (F. Mowat) Call of the Wild (J. London) Not a Canadian author

35 Unit 7: Canadian Dreams: The Railroad, RCMP & Yukon Gold Jasons Gold (W. Hobbs) Not a Canadian author Ambush in the Foothills (B. Freeman) Gold Fever Trail (Monica Hughes) Steel Across the Shield (P. Berton)

36 Unit 8: Canadas First Nations Maybe Tomorrow (J. Weir) My Name is Sepeetza (S. Sterling) Wills Garden (L. Maracle)

37 Unit 9: Black Canadians and the Underground Railroad Underground to Canada (B. Smucker) If I Just Had Two Wings (V.F. Schwartz) The Last Safe House (B. Greenwood)

38 Overview of Print Publications Textbooks Reference Materials Classroom Resources Classroom Workbooks Atlases & Classroom Maps of Canada Picture Books Student Literature Publishing & Purchasing Sources

39 Textbooks

40 Reference Materials


42 PreK-3 Classroom Resources

43 K-8 Classroom Resources

44 Grade 4-8 Classroom Resources


46 Grade 4-10 Classroom Resources

47 K-8 Student Workbooks

48 Grade 4-10 Student Workbooks

49 Atlases & Classroom Maps of Canada

50 Fun Picture Books

51 Picture books can teach about people and history…

52 …about Canadas Aboriginal Peoples

53 … about the Arctic

54 Students are never too young to read literature by Canadian authors…

55 Historical fiction engages students and teaches about interesting time periods…

56 Youth fiction creates a sense of place…

57 …for students of all reading levels.

58 Pacific Edge Publishing Website: Chapters Bookstore Website: Kidsbooks Vancouver Website: Powells Books (Victoria) Website: JK Publications Website: Publishing & Purchasing Sources

59 Top Ten K-12 STUDY CANADA Teacher Sites Government of Canada Gateways Other Well-Connected Websites Canada via the Internet

60 Top Ten Websites #1 Government of Canada Click "About Canada", "About Government" or "Provinces/Territories…so much to learn that you may never visit another site! #2 Statistics Canada Explore many lesson plans and data for K-12 and post-secondary students and educators. #3 PBS' Online Extra Teacher Resources Type "Canada" and discover 4521 matches! 3084 just for Québec. #4 - Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Students will be drawn into Canadian history and archival research through the enticement of solving real "cold crimes"! Sound pedagogy behind material and teacher resources.

61 Top Ten Websites #5 U Alberta Canadian Studies WebCentre Middle/high school students can easily navigate the many useful graphics and information bites. #6 Canada Eh? A personal page that offers downloadable Canada graphics useful for the classroom as well as a variety of information for students about Canada. #7 Historica Dominion Institute Professional Development Page Intermediate/secondary level lesson plans covering different periods and events in Canadian history. #8 Parks Canada #9 Unofficial Canadiana www- #10 The Canadian Social Studies Super Site Carefully screened connections to quality websites about Canada are offered that also give a glimpse into how Canadians teach about themselves.

62 Kids Canada Indian & Northern Affairs How Canadians Govern Themselves teaching material Canadian Info by Subject - National Library of Canada Canadian Heritage Information Network Key GC Gateways to Learning

63 Now its time to share the fun of exploring Canada and Canada-US relations with students! The End is really the beginning…

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