Students from Division 5 show how much they like to read by creating a #MannequinChallenge video.
What Does it Mean to be Kind? 2015 Rana DiOrio
With simple, straightforward text and adorable illustrations, this book is a great go-to resource for parents and caregivers to help young children easily understand what acts of kindness are all about.
How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? 2016 Jane Yolen
Do siblings in your home ever fight over a toy? Do good friends at school ever push or call names? And do buddies also know to share, give cookies, and apologize? Come along and laugh as little ones make friends and stay friends…the dinosaur way
With a Friend by Your Side. 2015 Barbara Kerley
Help kids develop skills essential to their social and communicative development, and create a sense of belonging and security. A comprehensive afterword details the backstories of the incredible photos, which feature children and animals from around the world.
Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy. Acts of Kindness for Kids 2014 Bernadette Russell
This book is jam packed with awesome activities for spreading joy and kindness throughout the land, with an extra helping of magic and mischief. Are you sneaky enough to pull off a reverse robbery, by sliding a treat into someones bag or pocket? Have you got the guts to undertake a serious smile collection mission, and smile at every stranger you see all day long? Or perhaps you could brighten up a friends day with a Happy Un-birthday card…
Cross-curricular explorations and building connections during Diwali. Useful links to information, activities and videos to help your class celebrate the Festival of Lights. Diwali in 2017 is on Thursday, October 19, 2017 and will continue to Monday, October 23, 2017.
STEM ideas and activities which can be linked to Diwali including: investigating shadows, creating shadow puppets, using spectroscopes and colour wheels to study light and colour, exploring electrical circuits and making lava lamps.
A rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. At Diwali, people draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes.
Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to show appreciation for the things that are most important to us. At Vanier we have some great resources to help classes talk about giving thanks.
Choosing apps for school iPads can be a transformational task that might encourage discussion on learning goals and school missions. There are many great apps available but there are a few things to consider.
Begin by clarifying your vision for the use of the devices. What are your objectives and goals, the ‘why’. Look at apps that help you meet those goals.
Look for apps that are used to create rather than consume. Continue reading Create vs. Consume
Check out our school community building project. Students who came to the Learning Commons all contributed to a wonderful hall display. Our goal is to celebrate our differences and to recognize that all together we can create great things. Read on for instructions on how to create your own school Masterpiece.
Get your toes tapping and take a look at some of these music resources available in the Vanier LC. Learn about the lives of musicians, styles of music, inspiring biographies, musical jobs and enjoy some great lyrics and picture books.
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler. The most fun you’ll have reading a story aloud. Great rhythm and fun rhymes encourage children to join in this classroom favourite. Continue reading Check out these Music Resources
Nothing says Fall like a crisp red apple and it’s a great welcome back-to-school theme. Check out these ‘applicious’ resources available in the Vanier Learning Commons.
Apples, Apples Everywhere! by Robin Koontz Autumn is apple harvest time. Come along on a trip to the apple orchard. Find out how apples are picked and stored. Learn which apples are best for munching. But watch out for the apple worms! Continue reading Apples for the Teacher