Resource Bulletin #2:

Created by Peggy Janicki, Indigenous Teacher/Mentor SD 75, Jan. 2020

With this teaching in mind, here are some additional resources to consider when planning remote learning opportunities for students:


“Why use this website?”

“There are two main reasons for teachers to use the Sq’éwlets website.

This site was designed with the Sq’éwlets community rather than about them. The Sq’éwlets people, who live where the Fraser River meets the Harrison River, approached archaeologists from the University of British Columbia to help investigate and support their claim that their local territory included an ancient burial ground. The researchers and archaeologists worked with the Sq’éwlets people to ensure that artifacts, or “belongings,” and other archaeological materials were excavated and treated respectfully. The content of the website respects Indigenous protocols regarding sacred information and procedures. The information is not just about the Sq’éwlets people, it is coming to you from the Sq’éwlets people using their own voices, language, and understandings.” (Source: Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre / Stó:lō Nation)

Classroom Resources and Lessons (available in English and French)

Lesson 1: Story telling as an Oral History (Grade 3-5)

Lesson 2: Place-based Understanding of our Environment (Grade 3-5)

Lesson 3: Aboriginal Resource Use and Sustainability (Grade 4-7)

Lesson 4: Aboriginal Communities of the Past and Present (Grade 4-7)

Lesson 5: The Past is our Future (Grade 4-9)

Lesson 6: Origin and True Stories (Grade 6-8)

LesPlan Educational Services: Our team of classroom teachers, writers, and illustrators select the previous month’s top news stories, then craft age-appropriate, leveled stories summarizing the key points and perspectives for students. We include the background information often lacking from traditional news stories – as well as key vocabulary definitions – to help students understand the issue, and strive to present all sides of any debate. Our aim is to foster understanding and develop critical thinking so that students can develop their own positions on each story we cover.  (Canadian, Gr. 3-10)

  • What in the World? / Le Monde en Marche is a photocopiable current events resource for Canadian students in grades 5 – 10.  Click here for the free downloads page.
  • / is an engaging, online interactive current events resource for students in grades 3 and up.  Educators and parents can sign up for a  free-30 day trial. Once you create your account, LesPlan will automatically convert your trial to a free subscription until the end of the year.

Math Resources:

Math mentor teachers, Rebekaah Stenner and Camille Anderson, are posting weekly math activities to try at home for K-Gr. 7+.

Low tech everyday ideas and online resources available.

Social Emotional Learning:

CASEL: SEL Resources for Families and Educators during COVID-19

As the country and the world respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are all feeling a range of emotions. At CASEL, we understand how important it is to attend to the social and emotional needs that arise during times like these. SEL offers a powerful means to explore and express our emotions, build relationships, and support each other – children and adults alike – during this challenging time. CASEL CARES is a new initiative that connects the SEL community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances.

We Schools @ Home: We’re committed to helping you navigate the world of distance learning during this challenging time. WE Schools @home offers free online tools and resources to complement and support at-home learning. Developed for Grades K through 12, this weekly lesson package includes interactive and experiential curriculum-based resources, materials and lesson plans with an emphasis on well-being, social and emotional learning, service-learning and fostering resiliency.

Click here for detailed information. Sign up is required for access to some of the resources.

Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2): (Canadian, Gr. 4-12)

“We know that educators have come to rely on us for high quality materials that take a thinking approach to teaching and learning. You can be confident that in the transition to online learning we will never sacrifice educators’ goals of nurturing student thinking and building important competencies. Everything you find here is true to our mission of supporting efforts to create thinking learning environments and opportunities.
On this dedicated web-page you will find:

  • Ready-to-post Materials to Support Student Learning Online
    • PDF or fully editable powerpoint lessons that students can independently work through
    • background briefing sheets to support their learning
    • activity sheets in Word format that students can write or type in and send back to you to demonstrate their thinking
    • notes that you can cut and paste into your online platform with instructions (from you to your students) about each lesson
  • French resources (more being added soon)
  • Tips for Teachers
    • critically thoughtful discussions online
    • thoughtful engagement with various text forms containing your course content including videos, articles, and other online content sources
  • Ready-to-share Parent Materials (coming soon)
    • how  to help children make good decisions
    • how to support and nurture thinking through play and everyday activities
    • how to engage with your children in meaningful ways that nurture thinking when reading with them”

Digital Literacy and Social Media: Resources for Families

Common Sense Media: includes resources for understanding news coverage, apps for staying calm, free online events, app reviews and more. *Educators, please follow MPSD District digital resource and app selection guidelines if you are considering using any of the apps listed here with families.* (American)

Mediasmarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy for Families and Educators

  • Mediasmarts blog: articles to help families manage screen time and stay connected.

Canadian Geographic Online Classroom (K-12, Canadian)

Canadian Geographic Education is announcing the launch of its new Online Classroom, created to support students in finishing the school year from home and to offer fun activities that families can do together.

For years, Can Geo Education has worked to develop engaging, innovative and accessible online educational resources for classrooms and its more than 23,500-member network of educators. Can Geo Education now prides itself in being able to support parents, students and teachers by offering free, bilingual educational content that they can access from home. The new Online Classroom initiative will feature activities and materials all geared toward providing long-distance learning while also connecting Canadians virtually.

Can Geo Education’s Online Classroom will host online webinars, drawing from our extensive archive of educational content (such as what lessons can be learned from the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918), live Google Hangouts with adventurous explorers, challenging online trivia, and much more.

Follett Lightbox Interactive E-books: Follett is the provider of MPSD’s library system, Destiny

Follett is making all of 1,200+ LightBox/AV2 World Language interactive eBooks available to schools for free. (American)

  • Go to:
  • Location: select “Any Location
  • School: select “Follett eLearning, McHenry, IL”,
  • Click Go

  • Choose Login (top right corner of the page)
    •   username = guest, password = follett