Giving Thanks!

Letter from Ann


The title of this GRICScope issue is Giving Thanks. CVE has many programs for different subject areas with learning activities according to the Québec Education Program (QEP). We have acquires new titles in Financial Literacy. We invite you to take a close look to our teachers guides and student booklets which complement our programming.

If you have any suggestions, feel free to let us know about your curriculum needs.

Best Wishes!

 

Special Days – November and December


November 11th – Remembrance Day

  • Remembrance Day (14 minutes)

    A Canadian-produced look at Remembrance Day – its history, its stories, its meaning and its symbols. Using both archival and modern-day footage, this program provides young students with a glimpse into the past and a look at modern-day tributes to our fallen soldiers. From the battlefields of World War I & II to the Highway of Highway of Heroes, this program provides a touching memorial to the men and women who represent our country abroad during times of war or in peacekeeping missions.

 

November 16 – International Day of Tolerance

It is appropriate that the United Nations has declared November 16 to be the International Day of Tolerance.

November 16 is the anniversary of the founding of UNESCO. As a Canadian diplomat during World War Two, Lester B. "Mike" Pearson played a major role in the founding of the United Nations and its organizations like the FAO. A WWI veteran, diplomat and Prime Minister, Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for finding a resolution to a regional conflict (the Suez Canal Crisis) that could have erupted into an all-out nuclear war. He did it by proposing that the UN send a United Nations Emergency Force, commonly called Peacekeepers, to intervene between the warring factions. Over the years Canada became a major supplier of peacekeeping soldiers in world crisis areas. Though somewhat overshadowed by more charismatic figures today, "Mike" Pearson was a man of peace who made major contributions to the world as well as his country. I highly recommend the video Extraordinary Canadians: Andrew Cohen on Lester B. Pearson.

 

November 20 – Universal Children's Day

Universal Children's Day takes place annually on November 20. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children.

Universal Children's Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination. Children are used as laborers in some countries, immersed in armed conflict, living on the streets, suffering by differences be it religion, minority issues, or disabilities. Children feeling the effects of war can be displaced because of the armed conflict and/or suffer physical and psychological trauma.

This day is observed to promote the objectives outlined in the Charter and for the welfare of children. On November 20, 1958 the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989 and can be found on the Council of Europe website. Source

  • Blood Coltan (52 minutes)

    The West's demand for Coltan, used in mobile phones and computers, is funding the killings in Congo. Under the close watch of rebel militias, children as young as ten work the mines hunting for this black gold. This series exposes the web of powerful interests protecting this blood trade. Meet the powerful warlords who enslave local population and the European businessmen who continue importing Coltan, in defiance of the UN.

  • The Bully Proof Kit (4 x 13 minutes)

    Every day, thousands of kids are afraid to go to school because of bullies. A bully is someone who intentionally hurts another person by using abusive words, by excluding others or by using physical threats or violence. Studies show that bullying causes major problems for children, including depression, low self-esteem and truancy. Without intervention, bullies also suffer. As adults, they require more support from government agencies, have more court convictions, use more mental health services and are more prone to alcoholism.

    • Don't Stand By
    • Help! I'm a Bully
    • Are You a Bully
    • Five Ways to Stop a Bully
  • Online Resource: Child Rights Connect envisions a world in which children enjoy their rights, as defined by the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child. Our Mission is to advocate for children's enjoyment of their rights and to enable civil society actors, including children, to engage effectively with the international human rights system.

 

November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  • Blood Coltan (52 minutes)

    The West's demand for Coltan, used in mobile phones and computers, is funding the killings in Congo. Under the close watch of rebel militias, children as young as ten work the mines hunting for this black gold. This series exposes the web of powerful interests protecting this blood trade. Meet the powerful warlords who enslave local population and the European businessmen who continue importing Coltan, in defiance of the UN.

  • Girl Rising (103 minutes)

    From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls' remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

  • Miss Representation (89 minutes)

    This program explores a more subtle, but still real, form of oppression: the way in which mainstream media contribute to the under representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

 

December 1 – World AIDS Day

The World AIDS Campaign is a global coalition of national, regional and international civil society groups united by the call for governments to honour their AIDS commitments under the slogan "Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise". World AIDS Day, December 1, which also launches the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada, is a time for reflection: on what we have achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV, and what we still must achieve.

World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus.

Let by the World AIDS Campaign organization, the theme for World AIDS Day 2015 is "Getting to zero." Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths. Source

  • The Puberty Workshop and Curriculum

    This comprehensive curriculum is designed to introduce elementary-aged students to the essential facts about their changing bodies and emotions. Created with the guidance of experts in medicine, human development and sexuality education, this flexible, five-part workshop can be easily adapted to the unique needs of your class. The video and materials in this Teacher’s Resource Book may be implemented in a co-ed classroom or in single-gender sections.

    • HIV and AIDS
      Uses age-appropriate language to clearly illustrate how HIV is transmitted. Easy-to-follow animation shows how HIV attacks the immune system and how it eventually can develop into AIDS. Two on-camera physicians answer kids' questions about AIDS transmission and prevention. Video clearly states that any type of sexual activity with another person is not appropriate at this age.
       
    • From Understanding HIV and AIDS
      What is the difference between HIV and AIDS? How do you get it? Can I touch a person with AIDS? Is there a cure for HIV? Based on national health curriculum standards for middle school plus the latest science, this program arms students with the facts about HIV and AIDS. It presents an age-appropriate review of the basic terms, definitions and biology of the HIV virus plus means of infection, treatment, and protection.

 

Sunset, December 6 to December 14 – Hanukkah (Chanukah)

  • Judaism (6 min) From the series My Religion

    In this brief introduction to Judaism, we see eleven-year-old Noah Cohen and his family observe some of the most important rituals and customs associated with the Jewish religion, including Hanukkah (Festival of Lights). Hanukkah takes place every year between late November and late December in the secular calendar. It lasts eight days. Noah and his mother grate potatoes to make latkes, a pancake that is eaten during Hanukkah (and at other times). The narrator explains that the oil used in making latkes reminds Jews of the oil that kept the temple of ancient Jerusalem lit with a flame that lasted for eight days. After the dinner Noah and his parents enjoy another custom associated with Hanukkah: playing a game involving a dreidel, a four-sided top adorned with Hebrew letters.

  • Online Resource: Hanukkah at TeachersFirst – Whether you are learning about the "Festival of Lights" or want to know how to make a dreidel, TeachersFirst has activities and resources for all grade levels.

 

December 8 – Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)

Bodhi Day is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as Bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. According to tradition, Siddhartha had recently forsaken years of extreme ascetic practices and resolved to sit under a peepal tree and simply meditate until he found the root of suffering, and how to liberate oneself from it. Source

  • Buddhism (6 min.) From the series My Religion

    My Religion is a six-part series that gives students and introduction to six different religious communities: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Bahá'í Faith. In Buddhist we are introduced to the religion by eleven-year-old Suishinto, who lives in Toronto with her mother, brother and three dogs. She tells us that "We're Canadian. And we're also Buddhists." As they eat a meal, the mother says, "Blessing on our meal." The narrator notes that there are several Buddhist temples in Toronto. The Teacher Guide refers readers to a Zen Buddhist Centre in Montréal.

 

December 10 – Human Rights Day

Did you know that The Canadian Museum for Human Rights "is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights"? Located in Winnipeg, this national museum has collaborated with the Canadian Teachers Federation to make available The Canadian Human Rights Toolkit, described as "a new central hub of educational resources" on human rights. With resources for K-12 classrooms.

 

December 25 – Christmas Day

CVE makes available a large selection of Christmas themed video programs, in English and in French. The complete list can be viewed by entering "Christmas" in the search engine at the top of the page. Here are a few:

  • The Little Fir Tree (9 min.) From the series Draw Me A Story

    The tall fir tree standing in Sergi's yard is all decorated for Christmas. When Sergi's ball gets stuck in the top branches of the tree, the tree comes to life and tells the children the story of how when he was only five, his dream came true – he became a Christmas tree.

  • Mr. MacGregor's Christmas (12 min.) From the series Tales from the Magic Box

    When farm children Paula and Billy Doyle set out to cut down a Christmas tree they are warned by their father to stay clear of the MacGregor property. Through unavoidable circumstances the children find themselves on the MacGregor farm where they are confronted by its gruff old owner and his reputedly vicious dog, Brutus. The old man reveals a softer side of himself and the viewer suspects that Brutus may be friendly after all. Mr. MacGregor's kind nature is ultimately confirmed when he saves the lives of the two children. The story concludes with Mr. MacGregor and the Doyle family together experiencing the real joy of Christmas Day.

  • Online resources: Christmas at TeachersFirst: This collection of Christmas-related resources includes historical information and interesting ways to incorporate the Christmas holiday into language arts, art, social studies and many other subjects. There are resources for all grade levels.

 

New in CVE


  • Loonies, Toonies, Credit & Debit: Financial Literacy for Canadian Teens (20 minutes)

    A concerned teacher stages a financial intervention for some of her students. You'll meet Darrel, Leona, Jessica and Kristin, four high school students wading through the financial world of pay cheque, debit and credit card transactions, interest rates, car loans, tuition, housing payments and needs versus wants. With input from their teacher, employer, bank manager, car salesman and a financial advisor, these students learn important facts that will help them manage their finances throughout their lives. 

    Chapters include: 

    1. Introduction 
    2. Gross Pay & Deductions 
    3. Banks & ATMs 
    4. Credit Cards 
    5. Needs & Wants 
    6. Interest Fees and Fraud 
    7. Right Time to Buy a Car? 
    8. Budgeting 
    9. Online Banking 
    10. Investing, Stocks & Bonds 
    11. Conclusion
  • Making Sense of Your Cents: Financial Literacy for Elementary Students (16 minutes)

    Introduce elementary-aged students to money! From a field trip in a Dollar Store to a visit to a bank to an interview with a volunteer organization, children will learn what money is, how it is earned, how to save, spend and share; and lots more. 

    Our cheerful young host Olivia begins by explaining what money is. She explains the value of our Canadian currency and children learn about the eventual elimination of the penny. Students are given ideas on ways to earn money through doing household chores or helping out a neighbour. Olivia's older sister also gives students some simple tips on how to save money when shopping - how to find those elusive bargains! You'll also meet your local bank manager who gives a simple explanation of how your money can grow in the bank. Children are given simple explanations of terms such as savings, interest, and debt. 

    The program also discuss the importance of being responsible with your money as well as being charitable.

 

Special Events: War & Peace


 

Highlight on our Teacher's Guides, Learning Activities, and Interactive Whiteboard Activities


In the following videos, you will find a SMART Notebook file with a teacher's guide and a student booklet. These titles target different subject areas such as English as A Second Language, English Language Arts, Personal Orientation Project (POP), Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC), History and Citizenship, Mathematics, Contemporary World, History of The 20th Century, Geography, and Health Assistance and Nursing Vocational Program.

Themes such as child exploitation, bullying and cyberbullying as well as Sexuality Education are being covered in these episodes.

  • A Mad Venture, In the Footsteps of Jeanne Mance
    A woman in the present goes in search of a woman of the past, Jeanne Mance (1606-1673), co-founder of Montreal. Annabel Loyola is from Langres, France, birthplace of Jeanne Mance four hundred years earlier. The two women share a common itinerary that leads them from Langres to Paris and, finally, to Montreal.
  • Blood Coltan
    The West's demand for Coltan, used in mobile phones and computers, is funding the killings in Congo. Under the close watch of rebel militias, children as young as ten work the mines hunting for this black gold. This series exposes the web of powerful interests protecting this blood trade. Meet the powerful warlords who enslave local population and the European businessmen who continue importing Coltan, in defiance of the UN.
  • Cooking Up Fractions
    Spoofing the celebrity chef craze, Cooking Up Fractions uses a cooking show format to review fraction basics and present engaging math problems. Chef J and her puppet co-host, Master Chef Soufflé, tackle fraction-filled recipes with help from middle school students. Each engaging program provides excellent review and practice: Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division and Mixed Numbers. Concrete visual examples make it easy to understand fraction operations as they relate to the real world.
  • Educator's Guide to Handling Student Sexting
    This video outlines some of the bad situations teachers and administrators can find themselves in, and how they can develop strategies and policies that will benefit students and help avoid becoming victims themselves."

    This video is part of the series The Realities of Sexting (You Can't Unsend!)

  • Generation Cyberbully - Bullying without Borders
    Cyberbullies use technology – such as social networking sites and cell phone text messaging – to be cruel to others. Cyberbullying can happen anywhere and at anytime. The consequences for cyberbullies range from school disciplinary action to legal action. Victims can suffer from excessive absences and withdrawal from friends and social activities due to embarrassment or harassment. This video and its supplemental activities familiarize students with what cyberbullying is and its effects, what to do if they are ever victims of cyberbullying or see it happening, and how to aid in prevention.
  • Girl Rising
    From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls' remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.
  • Insertion of a Short Peripheric Intravenous Catheter
    Suzie Mantha, a teaching nurse at Access Career Center from Riverside School Board demonstrates how to insert an intravenous catheter. She explains the step-by-step procedure in a safe and ergonomic manner.

    This program targets Health Assistance and Nursing vocational program.

  • The Bully Proof Kit
    Every day, thousands of kids are afraid to go to school because of bullies. A bully is someone who intentionally hurts another person by using abusive words, by excluding others or by using physical threats or violence. Studies show that bullying causes major problems for children, including depression, low self-esteem and truancy. Without intervention, bullies also suffer. As adults, they require more support from government agencies, have more court convictions, use more mental health services and are more prone to alcoholism. As serious and damaging as bullying is, most victims do not report it. Even those who report it run the risk of being disregarded. Many adults do not know how to intervene in bullying situations. Clearly, there is a strong need for bully prevention education. Teachers, support staff, parent groups, student councils and administrators must join together and take action to stop bullying.
  • The Puberty Workshop and Curriculum
    This comprehensive curriculum is designed to introduce elementary-aged students to the essential facts about their changing bodies and emotions. Created with the guidance of experts in medicine, human development and sexuality education, this flexible, five-part workshop can be easily adapted to the unique needs of your class. The video and materials in this Teacher’s Resource Book may be implemented in a co-ed classroom or in single-gender sections.
  • The Realities of Sexting (You Can't Unsend!) - Student Version
    The Realities of Sexting (You Can't Unsend!) is a direct and no-nonsense message to young people about the consequences of using their cell phones to make or pass around explicit pictures or messages. The program also outlines the correct way to respond to sexting and the resources available to help victims and perpetrators. The video presents reasons a young person would send a sext and provide alternative strategies to “doing it” for popularity, because of peer pressure, and for revenge.
  • What Type of Person Am I?
    This series provides educators with all the tools they need to begin the career exploration process with their students. The video presents the six personality types and identifies what each one means in simple terms that high-school students can relate to. The program also presents examples of various careers that appeal to these different types of personalities. This Teacher's Resource book includes a series of quizzes that will help students begin to pin down where they fit into the personality type constellation. Once they discover what their prominent personality type is, they will be able to consider how their skills and preferences relate to future educational goals and career choices. Learning and Evaluation Situations are available through BIM Online.

    The learning activities target English as A Second Language Intensive as well as secondary cycle 1, Personal Orientation Project (POP), English Language Arts for elementary cycle 3 and secondary 1 for students with learning disabilities.