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10 Powerful Community-Building Ideas
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Teachers have long known that feeling safe and secure in school helps students focus their energy on learning. And the research bears that out: A 2018 study found that when teachers deliberately foster a sense of belonging by greeting each student at the door of the class, they see “significant improvements in academic engaged time and reductions in disruptive behavior.”

This post outlines ideas from teachers for ensuring that every student in the classroom feels like they belong.

Some of the activities included take less than five minutes. They’re divided up among the grades, but many can apply across all of the years from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Subject:
Education
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Edutopia
Emelina Minero
Date Added:
06/22/2022
5 Strategies to Build Student Belonging
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Download the guide to building student belonging.
Ideas include:
Permission to Envision
Get to Know You User Guides
Culture Boxes
Belonging Baton Pass
Morning Meetings

*This guide will need to be downloaded from Panorama.

Subject:
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Panorama Education
Date Added:
01/25/2022
5 Strategies to Build Student Belonging
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A student’s sense of belonging can come from connections with both peers and adults. This downloadable guide includes five strategies for building strong relationships with students and creating a positive school culture where everyone feels they belong.

Subject:
Education
Health Education
Wellness
Emotional Wellness
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Panorama Education
Date Added:
10/03/2022
5 Ways to Get to Know Your Students at the Start of the School Year
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Some unique ways to get to know your new crew of students at the start of the year!
*surveys
*geeky show and tell
*try a maker project to learn their creative process
*scavenger hunt
*find out what they want to learn with a student leadership team
*tap into sense of wonder

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
John Spencer
Date Added:
08/23/2022
9 Yoga & Mindfulness Tools for Mental Health
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"Learning skills to support our mental health early in life can provide significant benefits to our physical, emotional, and social growth for life. For example, for children to choose calm in times of stress, they first need the opportunity to experience calm and practice arriving at a calm state.

All of the tools you find in this toolkit help cultivate calm, mental health, and overall well being. In this resource, learn 9 yoga and mindfulness practices for mental health that are suitable for a variety of settings and time frames: each tool may be as brief as 1 minute or expanded as needed.

Use the tools individually or all together to tailor your own experience, now and for the long term."

*Counting Breath
*Core Breath
*Yoga Poses at Desk
*Brain Break
*Relaxation

You will need to share your email to download the guide.

Subject:
Education
Health & Fitness
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Yoga Ed
Date Added:
09/16/2021
Action for Happiness App
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The Action for Happiness app is based on the themes and actions from our popular monthly calendars and aims to give users a couple of friendly "nudges" each day - firstly that day's action in the morning and secondly an inspiring message towards the end of the day.

The app is like having a little personal action coach in your pocket who:

Gives you friendly 'nudges' with an action idea each day
Sends you inspiring messages to give you a boost
Helps you connect & share ideas with like-minded people

Download the app from The Google Play Store or the Apple Store.

Subject:
Education
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Action for Happiness
Date Added:
09/22/2021
Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre
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ANCIENT ECHOES INTERPRETIVE CENTRE is nestled at the junction of the Coalmine Ravine and the Eagle Creek and offers both indoor and outdoor tours of our Palaeontology sites (dinosaur and fossil displays and dig), Prairie Grasslands Ecology (virgin prairie medicine and food plants, animals in the wild and taxidermy displays), and First Nations History (petroglyphs, rock formations, effigies, archaeological dig, teepee rings, buffalo jump, food processing site, tool artifacts and pottery making displays). A permanent art exhibition by Metis artist, Jo Cooper, expresses a visual and oral story with “The Disappearance and Resurgence of the Buffalo”. Additionally, sculptures outside the centre stimulate the imagination as well as humour.
Ancient Echoes is currently operating under their summer hours, which run from May 7th to August 31st. This means we are open Tuesdays-Sundays from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (closed Mondays). Bookings can be made by calling the Centre at 1-306-377-2045 or emailing anciente@sasktel.net. Our Valley View Tea Room is open every Friday from 2:30-4:30 PM in May-August.

Ancient Echoes is a popular site for School Tours throughout the year offering custom-designed programs for students of all ages in the areas of Aboriginal History, Paleontology, Ecology, and Archaeology.

Ancient Echoes also offers regular summer programs including traditional pottery making, drum making, ecology and palaeontology hikes, full moon walks, educational and craft days for children, as well as numerous other “ project” days. A video of the ravine walk is available indoors for “rainy days”, or for those who do not wish to hike.

Ancient Echoes has just recently added a beautiful art gallery space to their walls. Our new Prairie Echoes Gallery offers numerous exhibits throughout the year of new and established artists and photographers.

Subject:
Outdoor Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Wildlife Management
Biology
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Emotional Wellness
Mental Wellness
Physical Wellness
Spiritual Wellness
Material Type:
Primary Source
Date Added:
01/09/2022
‎Calm
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Relaxing and serene app helps incorporate peace into daily life

Calm opens by instructing users to take a deep breath before landing on the home screen. This home screen can be customized, and users can choose from a range of more than 30 nature scenes and sounds to fit their preference. From this point, users can either complete a daily meditation that's provided, choose a sleep meditation, or practice deep breathing. If students choose to complete a meditation, they can choose from a list of more than 25 programs such as body scans, stories for kids, meditations for commuting, calming anxiety, demonstrating kindness, and more. Sleep Stories are fiction or nonfiction narrated stories that can be listened to before rest, which automatically shut off the app once the story finishes.

If students choose to practice deep breathing, they can follow a customizable animated bubble that expands and compresses to simulate inhaling and exhaling. Additionally, students can check their profile settings to set mindfulness reminders, link to Apple Health, analyze session history, invite friends, share statistics, or check their calendar to see how many consecutive days are included in their "streak."

This app is available from: (copy and paste URL into your browser)
Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id571800810?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.calm.android

Subject:
Education
Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Calm.com
Date Added:
06/13/2022
Canadian Women in History Course
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Launching in October 2022 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month (WHM), this course celebrates the outstanding achievements of women throughout Canada’s history. It provides an opportunity for everyone to learn about the contributions of the amazing women and girls who have shaped our society and inspired so many. Thanks to all the Canadian women who didn’t accept the status quo and fought hard to change things, today’s women have more rights and freedom. The “Canadian Women in History” course, created by Women and Gender Equality Canada and ChatterHigh, will engage youth across the country in a learning journey that honours the diverse, inspiring women and girls of Canada’s past and present.

Create a free account to have access to the four modules in the course:
- Celebrating and Commemorating Canadian Women in History
- Key Moments in History
- Women of Impact in Canada
- Gender Equality and Your Learning Journey

Subject:
Education
Social Studies
History
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Chatterhigh
ChatterHigh Communications
Women and Gender Equity Canada
Date Added:
11/10/2022
Create a Mindful Space in Your Classroom or School - Smiling Mind
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"Developed by Smiling Mind psychologists in collaboration with Dulux colour experts and Aussie educators, this Toolkit is a guidebook to help whole-school communities imagine and create healthier places to live, play, work and learn."

Subject:
Education
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Smiling Mind
Date Added:
06/01/2021
Empowering families affected by substance use - Moodle Course
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Having a family member with a substance use problem can be very stressful and overwhelming. You play a key role in supporting your relative and in promoting their wellness and recovery. Performing this role may take a toll and have a significant impact on you as well. This self-directed online program is designed to empower you as you support your loved one.

This course will help you to recognize the stress and range of emotions you may be experiencing, and to understand the importance of addressing your own needs. The course will also explore strategies you can use to cope with the challenges of dealing with a relative with substance use problems, strategies for self-care and ways to empower yourself.

The course includes 6 modules:
1. Understanding Substance Use Problems and Addiction
2. Impact of Substance Use Problems on Families
3. Supporting Your Family Member's Recovery
4. Communicating Effectively with Your Relative and Setting Limits
5. Staying Safe and Managing Crises
6. Empowering Yourself Through Support and Self-Care

Subject:
Health Education
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Module
Author:
CAMH
Date Added:
05/10/2021
Everfi Courses for Students - K-12 Overview
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Students have access to a number of courses in the area of:

*Social & Emotional Learning
*Financial Education
*Health & Wellness
*College & Career Readiness
*Early Learning

Sun West students - ask your teacher to add you to a course! Currently we access Everfi via the Clever portal. Leila Pullum (lpullum@everfi.com) is here to respond to student and teacher support questions, so please don’t hesitate to reach if you need help.

NEW courses are being added regularly.

ECE- K-3
Word Force
Healthier Me Jr
Compassion Project

Elementary/Middle 4-8
Vault
Healthier Me Middle School
Hockey Scholar Math & Science
Endeavour STEM Career Exploration
Ignition Digital Safety & Citizenship
Character Playbook
Venture Entrepreneurship
Mental Wellness Basics

High Schools 9-12
Mental Wellness Basics
Venture Entrepreneurship
AlcoholEdu
Prescription Drug Safety
Marketplaces
EVERFI Financial Literacy
Honour Code

Subject:
Financial Literacy
Computer & Digital Technologies
Education
Health & Fitness
Career & Work Exploration
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Everfi
Date Added:
06/03/2021
Every Child Matters Colouring Page
Only Sharing Permitted
CC BY-NC-ND
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Orange Shirt Day and what is now called 'The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is coming up on September 30. Here is a free resource for educators and parents of children learning and participating in Orange Shirt Day. A coloring page can be a simple tool to engage children and gives them an additional way to show their support as they learn about why orange shirt day is so important.
Coloring has been proven to have the ability to help relieve stress, generate mindfulness, engage active listening and help with the processing of emotions. And don't forget, coloring isn't just for kids!

Subject:
Visual Arts
Education
Elementary Education
Higher Education
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Native Studies
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Emotional Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Hawlii Pichette
Urban Iskwew
Date Added:
08/22/2022
Family Yoga - Yoga & Mindfulness Tools to Support Family Connection and Communication
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"A family yoga practice can be a fun, dynamic way to enjoy moments together that turn into memories. Designed for families and groups of all ages, this 25-minute yoga practice features partner work and imaginative play while teaching the value of connectedness."

Subject:
Health & Fitness
Physical Education
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Yogaed
Date Added:
10/28/2021
First Nations Health and Wellness Colouring Book
Only Sharing Permitted
CC BY-NC-ND
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This colouring book represents the collective efforts of 19 Indigenous artists,
and celebrates a diversity of health and wellness perspectives.

Colouring is an activity that can increase mindfulness and decrease stress, and
can help you find balance in challenging times.

Subject:
Arts Education
Health Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Canadian Red Cross
Date Added:
09/16/2021
Gamified Mental Wellness 30 Saskatchewan
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Free for all students and teachers in the province, this activity will give students an overview of topics like mental wellness, stress, identity, brain anatomy, addictions, mental health disorders, and community supports. They'll also learn about free Peer Support and Counselling offerings provided by the Mental Wellness 30 program. (Course funded by SunWest Distance Learning Centre and RBC Foundation)

Fill out the form to get a breakdown of the course content and additional ChatterHigh resources.

Subject:
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
ChatterHigh
Sun West DLC
Date Added:
11/10/2022
Gratitude Resources from CharacterStrong
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Gratitude Prompts & Resources
As one of the 9 Character Development traits within the CharacterStrong PurposeFull People (elementary) curriculum, enjoy these resources & activities centered on Gratitude. Download your copy today!

Subject:
Education
21st Century Competencies
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
CharacterStrong
Date Added:
11/10/2022