December,  2008                             Issue  4    



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December Resources - Don't let the December holidays disrupt the learning in your classroom. These resources can help you incorporate the holiday into your learning activities -- and provide a little fun as well. Also Winter Solstice activities and websites included!



Elementary Professional Inquiry Cycle (EPIC)A SPS professional development tool designed to support Elementary teachers, grades K-3, and teacher-librarians as they inform and advance teaching and student learning through a process of inquiry.


Health Resources K-5 - This site features sample units from the Saskatchewan K-5 Health Education Curriculum and along with additional resources”

 Health Poster for December – Water Bottle Safety



Literacy Devices - Contains a list of literary devices and their meanings; also links to activities.



  21Classes – Get your students blogging! Host and manage blogs for your students! Use the classroom homepage to communicate with your students!


See our sample that was created as a place to list and discuss ideas related to using technology to support teaching and learning. - TechLearn




  • Consider using a digital projector to project the multimedia items for entire class viewing (Flash movies, interactive tours, graphing activities, etc).
  • Many of the sites have printable resources for students and teacher facilitated lesson plans.
  • Send home website addresses connected to your classroom topics in your newsletters or list them on your classroom websites. Parents and students can explore the sites from home.
  • Consider assigning websites for additional practice, a place to begin research, or as an enrichment activity. 
  • Use online resources as CARE partner activities.



Web Sites for Teachers and Students


  • Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods - Cooperative learning and inquiry-based teaching yield big dividends in the classroom.
  • Educational Leadership Journal articles:
  • Booktalks Quick and Simple  - Need to match up a book to an interest of grade level? Try this database search, with author, title, subject, awards, and interest level options.
  • Alternatives to Traditional Book Reports - These lessons from ReadWriteThink have the students think outside of the box while thinking about their books.
    • Character and Author Business Cards  - When students make business cards for characters in books they've read or for the authors of those books, they're forced to think symbolically in order to create a short, simple text that represents the target appropriately—providing a title, relevant images, and other pertinent information.
    • Characters for Hire! Studying Character in Drama - Students track one character throughout a play (in this lesson, a Shakespearean drama) to determine the character’s education, skills, extracurricular activities, previous employment, and possible references in order to create a resume for that character.
    • Comic Strips and Cartoon Squares  - Students tire of responding to novels in the same ways. They want new ways to think about a work of literature and new ways to dig into it. By creating comic strips or cartoon squares featuring characters in books, they're encouraged to think analytically about the characters, events, and themes they've explored in ways that expand their critical thinking by focusing on crystallizing the significant points of the book in a few short scenes.
    • Creating Careers for Characters - What if one of the characters in the book you've been reading was looking for a job? This question is the focus of this activity which bridges technical writing and literary analysis by inviting students to become characters in a novel they have read, find a job for those characters, and write application letters and resumes for their assumed persona.  
    • Examining Story Elements Using Story Map Comic Strips - Comic frames are traditionally used to illustrate a story in a short, concise format. In this lesson, students use a six-paneled comic strip frame to create a story map, summarizing a book or story that they've read. Each panel retells a particular detail or explains a literary element (such as setting or character) from the story. 
    • Summary, Symbol, and Analysis in Bookmarks - Students love to make bookmarks on the computer because they get to share their ideas with other readers at their school. Teachers love the project because it gives students practice in summarizing, recognizing symbols, and writing reviews—all while writing for an authentic audience.
    • The Elements of Fiction - This versatile lesson encourages students to read a fiction book of their choice, analyze what they have read, write and illustrate an alternative book report identifying key elements of fiction, and share their stapleless book with other students in either pairs or small groups.   
    • Writing Resumes for Characters in Historical Fiction - What if a character from historical fiction came to life and asked your students for help writing a resume? What would your students need to know to help that character? This lesson invites students to put themselves in just this situation. Students explore help wanted ads, in print and online, to see what employers want then draft a resume so the character they’ve chosen can apply for a job.
  • Books for Boys - A blog by author, Max Elliot, on books for boys, reluctant readers, and why reading is so important.
  • Write Source – Writing resources for K-12 students
  • 75 Ways to Share a Book - Keep this list handy and have students choose an activity.
  • Macbeth Audio filesThe MP3 files work the best
  • Discover and Explore Macbeth - Texts and some audio files of the play
  • Shakespeare's Macbeth - Essays, summaries, quotes and character analysis
  • Penguin Classics: Teachers' Guides: Macbeth
  • Canada Year Book (CYB) Historical Collection - Browse by year, by topic, by tables, charts, photographs, and even by multimedia. Experience Canadian history come alive through their collection of film, television and radio clips.




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