Spring Edition 2018

A Word From Our Team

In this GRICScope Spring Edition, you will find a variety of programming covering different subject areas for all levels with support material such teacher's guides, learning activities, interactive whiteboard activities and free educational websites.


Special Days: April

April 4th 1968 – Death of Martin Luther King (39 years old)

  • Glory

    Plot: Robert Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.  Scene: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw informs the troops of his all-black company that they are to be paid less than white troops.

  • Othello

    Astonishingly, David Harewood was the first black actor to play the great Moorish Venetian general Othello at London's National Theatre, triumphantly taking on the role—but not until 1997. Now he returns to the play to discover how the centuries have changed our views of it. Harewood learns about the Moorish ambassador who visited the court of Queen Elizabeth I and may have inspired Shakespeare. He meets the National Theatre's latest Othello, Adrian Lester, who has also starred in a play about Ira Aldridge, the 19th-century American actor who was the first black man ever to play the role in England; the reviews were shockingly racist. And he watches different Othellos on film, including Laurence Olivier's acclaimed if controversial "blacked-up" version from the 1960s.


April 7 – World Health Day

In this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance #HealthForAll. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.

  • Germs Away! The ABCs of Hand Washing

    Hands spread 80% of common infectious diseases like colds and flu. So how can we prevent this? It's simple! Hand washing is the most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick. It's a fact! Health Canada and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have proven it. Host Tara informs young children how to keep those nasty germs away in this fun-filled program. This 6 minute video gives students in Preschool to Grade 2 simple facts about hand washing – why it's important, when to do it, and most importantly, how to do it properly. Along the way, they also learn about germs and the importance of keeping their hands away from their eyes, mouth and nose.

  • Home Care

    Christine Gendron is a nurse with a difference: she does post-natal home visits. To stay up-to-date on the field of health care, visit the U.S. portal allnurses. It's a meeting place for nurses around the world, with news and hundreds of useful links to training and jobs, as well as the latest jokes from health professionals.

  • 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

  • Radio-oncology

    Johanne Simard has a special way of treating her patients, who suffer from cancer, with compassion. But along with her capacity to comfort the afflicted, she also has the latest devices that science and medical technology can bring to bear on this frightening disease. Johanne is a radio-oncologist at Hopital Notre-Dame. The program follows her as she works with a patient, and we see the kind of education it takes to join the profession.


April 9 – Vimy Ridge Day

Vimy Ridge Day pays tribute to the Canadian soldiers who played a major role in one of World War One's major battles, the Battle of Arras launched on April 9, 1917. Canadians fought in an area called Vimy Ridge. Of the 11,000 Canadian casualties sustained in that battle, nearly 3,600 died. But Vimy did help foster the growing conviction that Canada was no longer a mere colony, but a nation. In 2003, the Canadian government enacted Bill C-227, which recognized April 9 as Vimy Ridge Day. In 2006, a Quebecer, John Andrew Powell, set up the Vimy Foundation "to preserve and promote Canada's First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage." Among other activities, the Foundation sponsors student visits to the Vimy Memorial, and also learning resources on its website.

  • World War I Canada's Role

    An excellent way to introduce you students to the battle, and the larger issues and consequences of the Great War is the CVE video World War I Canada's Role, which tells the story of our "War to End All Wars" both overseas in the trenches of the Western Front and on the home front. This history is recounted using archival film footage, photographs, posters, songs from the period and soldiers' letters home.


April 18th 1955 – Death of Albert Einstein (76 years old)

  • Energy Works

    The sun produces energy. It is the ability to do work. Energy is the driving force behind everything that happens in the universe and keeping us alive. Light energy is converted into chemical energy and storing it in bonds of sugar. This process is called photosynthesis. Plants need light, water, carbon dioxide and sugar. We find mechanical energy through power plants producing electrical energy.


April 22 – Earth Day

"Celebrated every year on April 22, Earth Day is the largest environmental event in the world. More than six million Canadians – including nearly every school-aged child – participate in an Earth Day activity in their communities. We partner with and support hundreds of organizations across the country, as they engage Canadians in annual celebrations of this Special day".

CVE video can help your class understand why it is so important to develop an awareness of environmental issues by showing how these issues play out in our own back yards, so to speak.

  • Search! As the World Turns

    Our planet Earth is an amazing place! From large boulders to tiny grains of sand, our planet houses things of all different shapes and sizes. In this episode of Science and Me, Molecular Mike looks at both living and nonliving things on our Earth and where they can be found. Join us on this installment of Science and Me, and get ready to rock… As the World Turns!

  • Beyond Earth

    This program is about how Earth fits in the universe. How our galaxy "The Milky Way" is not the only one to exist. We find comets, asteroids, planets and their moons. There are over 60 other galaxies (spiral, elliptical). Our solar system consists of inner planets and outer planets also called Jovian planets referred as gas giants. It also explains the different characteristics of each planet.

  • Economy

    The second element of Culture is Economy, which distinguishes subsistence needs necessary for survival from wants resulting from the human urge to do more than just survive. While some cultures stress one or the other more, all show a mixture of the two. The interaction of geographical, topographical, climatic and natural resource realities with economies contributes considerably to most cultures. Since few individuals can meet all their own needs, different economic systems have evolved, from barter to monetary, from free market to command economies, from individual to mass production, but again, contemporary cultures are depending upon and learning more from each other.

  • Geography

    The first element that influences how people act in cultures is Geography, which can be broken down into Topography, Climate and Natural Resources. Topography, the natural surface features of an area, causes people to adapt, often by changing land and water phenomena, or by building structures upon them. Climate, the average temperature and precipitation of an area over time, creates many varied human lifestyles. Natural Resources, animal, plant and mineral, are behind many human activities, from economics to religious beliefs and values, from indigenous to developing to developed cultures. These diverse cultures are beginning today to depend more upon each other to meet their needs and wants.

  • Our Changing Planet

    The planet Earth is constantly changing. This program focuses on what the planet Earth is made of inside and out (crust, lava, magma). The planet is made of different types of rock: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Wind, water and weather tear down the surface of the land creating earthquakes, tidal waves, physical and chemical weathering, volcanoes, erosion, acid rain, mountain formation. This program shows different types of shores and the effect it has in our daily lives as well as the theory of plate tectonics.

  • Tree of Life

    We can find plants just about everywhere on Earth! In this episode of Science and Me, Molecular Mike takes a closer look at these amazing living things. We'll find out about roots, stems, leaves, and all the things plants need to live. Time to grab your shovel and dig into some science fun! Join us on this installment of Science and Me and see what grows on the… Tree of Life!

  • Weather or Not

    The weather makes changes to our planet Earth, and so do people! In this episode of Science and Me, Molecular Mike looks at ways that weather patterns make natural changes to the Earth, as well as ways people change the Earth and how we can protect it from harm. Join us on this installment of Science and Me, and bring your umbrella… Weather or Not your need it!


April 23th 1616 (approx) – Dead of William Shakespeare (52 years old)

  • Shakespeare Uncovered

    Behind every Shakespeare play is a story. Shakespeare Uncovered portrays the Bard as an impresario who, four centuries ago, defined show business in his day-drawing on historical sources, stealing and adapting ideas, bringing back popular characters, writing prequels, and developing dramatic ideas from the politics of the day. In each episode, a major Shakespearean actor or director explores and reveals the extraordinary world and works of William Shakespeare and the still-potent impact they have today. The presenters have spent their lives with Shakespeare's work and relate not only to the stories of the plays themselves, but also how they came to be written, how they have been performed, and how they have survived over 400 years. Excerpts from the Great Performances Shakespeare series are also included.