January 2021 Musts

This is a collection of high quality resources that can be used throughout the month of January and beyond.

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50 Questions To Ask Kids To Check In & Get To Know Them
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"Getting to know the students in your classroom can be tricky. It can be even tougher to connect when you’re teaching online. Despite the challenge, it’s more important than ever to find ways to check in and strengthen your relationship. Not sure where to begin? Here’s a list of 50 questions to ask elementary kids throughout the year."

(This article says the prompts are for elementary students, but they will really work for any age, adults included).

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Posted Jeanne Croteau
Date Added:
12/14/2020
5 Clue Challenge
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"All over the world, people live in diverse regions, and climates with different animals, plants, and interesting nuances. As I have traveled the world working with teachers and students, I have tried to bring experiences back to my own classes. Below you'll find short videos where you will get 5 clues to guess a location, animal, or person. Some videos were created by me as I traveled. Others were submitted to me by teachers and children from around the globe. Your mission is to do research and figure out the answer to each challenge in as few clues as possible. Have fun! "

Can you guess where he is?
Can you guess what animal it is?

Subject:
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michael Soskil
Date Added:
12/12/2019
CLASS DISCUSSION TECHNIQUES: NO HIDING, NO OVERPOWERING – ELT-CATION
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This is a collection of ideas for classroom discussion to get EVERYONE involved!

Strategies include:

Quiz, quiz, Trade
Opinion Poll
Stepladder
Gogomo
World Cafe
Brainwriting
Thinking Hats
Tug of War

Subject:
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Svetlana Kandybovich
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Date Added:
12/16/2019
Character Playbook
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Character Playbook is an innovative digital course that uses engaging strategies to educate students about cultivating and maintaining healthy relationships during their critical middle school years. Comprised of six lessons that cover key concepts around positive character development, social-emotional learning (SEL), and building healthy relationships, Character Playbook allows students to engage with real-world scenarios, including examples of bystander intervention, resolving conflicts, effective communication, and positive relationships.

This Course Covers
Analyzing Influences
Understanding & Managing Emotions
Communicating Effectively
Resolving Conflicts
Stepping In
Making Decisions

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Everfi
Author:
Everfi
Date Added:
09/04/2018
Create unique experiences with interactive images, videos & 360° media — ThingLink
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"ThingLink is an award-winning education technology platform that makes it easy to augment images, videos, and virtual tours with additional information and links. Over 4 million teachers and students use ThingLink for creating accessible, visual learning experiences in the cloud."

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
12/11/2020
Digital Citizenship Guide for Parents
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"Being a parent has never been easy, but it can be even more challenging once your kids are using the internet. Even if you're not up on the latest technologies and platforms, though, you have an important role — maybe the most important — in your kids' online lives. This guide will prepare you for the conversations you need to have with kids when they first start using digital devices, as they grow and their online activities change, and when things go wrong.
The guide is divided into three sections that each deal with a different aspect of digital citizenship, to teach your kids to Respect People's Feelings, to Respect Privacy and to Respect Property online."

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
MediaSmarts
Media Smarts
Public Safety Canada
Date Added:
03/13/2020
Dollar Street
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Have you ever been interested in what it really costs to live somewhere per month?

Dollar Street let's you explore how others live all over the world based on their monthly income. You can click the photos to learn ore about the families pictured.

See how people really live.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
12/12/2019
Educator Wellness — Yoga Ed.
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"Educators, we love you. And we see how much time and energy you give to your students, often at the cost of your own health.

The truth is, as easy as it is to put our students first and ourselves on the back burner, our wellness is key. Our wellness plays a fundamental role in leading a healthy and fulfilled life. And at the end of the day how healthy and fulfilled you feel deeply affects your relationship with your students, colleagues, and overall school community.

Designed for educators, our toolkit includes practical, easy-to-use yoga and mindfulness tools to support your overall health and wellness as an educator. These tools give you the opportunity to take a well-deserved brain break and take care of your wellness right there during the in-person or distance learning school day.

Our 37-page toolkit includes:

7 dimensions of wellness

7 chair yoga tools

4 mindful practices

2 journal activities

1 vision board template

1 visualization

1 affirmation template with 10 pre-made affirmations

No previous yoga experience or extra equipment necessary

Make your wellness a priority.

Enter your info below to download the toolkit."

Subject:
Health Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Yoga Ed
Date Added:
12/08/2020
Happier January 2021 - Action for Happiness
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"How can we start this new year happier? Things have certainly not been easy over the last year, and we are still in difficult and uncertain times. The best way to try to handle our difficult emotions and experiences is by focusing on what we can control. This month, we're encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to try to boost happiness - for ourselves and others around us - to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same."

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
Action for Happiness
Date Added:
12/22/2020
How to use the NEW Breakout Rooms in Microsoft Teams meetings 🚀 JUST LAUNCHED 🚀
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A step-by-step tutorial on how to use new Breakout Rooms in Microsoft Teams meetings. Use Teams Breakout Rooms to partition and organize your meetings more effectively. Learn how to create, rename, join, start and close Breakout Rooms in Teams plus lots more. I show the Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms experience from both the organizer side and the attendee perspective.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Mike Tholfsen
Date Added:
12/15/2020
Hundreds of Financial Literacy Resources
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"A one-stop-shop for educators working to increase students’ financial literacy skills. This program is built by teachers to provide resources and activities that connect directly to 42 modules in Saskatchewan’s Financial Literacy 20, 30 curriculum. Free middle years and secondary level content can be accessed on the site, and educators can inquire about professional development opportunities."

Subject:
Practical & Applied Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
Saskatoon Industry Education Council
Date Added:
12/02/2020
Lesson Plans - Financial Literacy for Everyone
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"Give your students a deeper understanding of money management using a curriculum offered by Choices & Decisions: Taking charge of your financial life™. This program is designed to teach young people how to set long and short-term personal and financial goals; create and work with a personal budget; identify how and when to use credit; save and invest, understand the basics of banking services and develop character and confidence. The materials can easily be adapted for use in a wide variety of instructional settings including high schools, colleges and adult education programs.

Start making a difference with your students today. Select specific lessons or in-class activities or download everything as a PDF file."

Choices & Decisions Introduction

Decisions & Goals: Making Decisions; Making Money; The Art of Budgeting;

Loans & Expenses: Student Loans; Living on your Own; Buying a Home; Cars and Loans

Banking & Credit: Banking Services; Saving and Investing; About Credit; Credit Cards

Consumer Knowledge: Influence of Advertising; Consumer Awareness; In Trouble; About Consumer Privacy

Subject:
Practical & Applied Arts
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Practical Money Skills Canada
Date Added:
12/12/2019
Marian Small – Thinking Mathematically
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This is a great site for teachers that love math (and maybe don't love but teach math anyway!)

You'll find some amazing sample questions covering different depths of knowledge, some great ways to focus on strategies, and more!

Use the top right navigation bar to find example exit slips, spatial reasoning tasks, visual pattern examples and blog entries.

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
Marian Small
Date Added:
02/25/2020
MinuteEarth
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Great, short, engaging videos to explain all things about our awesome planet! There are tons of great animal videos here.
These videos can answer a lot of the "wonders" students have.

Subject:
Science
Biology
Earth Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
Minuteearth
Date Added:
12/07/2020
RESOURCE BANK TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Unrestricted Use
Public Domain
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This site houses the training videos for The Sun West Resource Bank.
Come here to learn how to:

Make an account
Search resources
Save resources
Create resources
Remix resources

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/10/2018
Science News for Students - News from all fields of science for readers of any age
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"Teachers can use the site as in-class reading material to supplement units in science, math, and language arts. The readings are streamlined, age-appropriate versions of articles on the adult Science News site and provide helpful tools for tackling the task of reading scientific texts. The Going Deeper link for each article takes students to a related article on the companion Science News site with more detailed information. Kids can also use the simpler readings on Science News for Students as support articles to build their basic understanding before moving on to more complex text of the same topic. If you scroll to the bottom of the articles, many of them contain “Power Words” and their definitions. Reviewing the words in advance can help kids better understand the text. Some articles also contain questions for kids to answer while reading." (Common Sense Media)

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Author:
Alison Pearce Stevens
Beth Geiger
Bruce Bower
Carolyn Wilke
Colorado Public Radio
Douglas Fox
John Pickrell
Jonathan Lambert
Sid Perkins
Silke Schmidt
Date Added:
01/22/2020
Remix
The Social Dilemma: A Cross Curricular Unit
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CC BY
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This is a cross curricular project revolving around the documentary The Social Dilemma. Students will write an essay and create an Action Plan to tackle the issues surrounding Social Media and it's pervasiveness in our lives. The outcomes covered are focused in Social 7, Health 7 and ELA 7. 

Subject:
English Language Arts
Health Education
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Author:
Kira Toews
Timothy Hom
Date Added:
12/08/2020