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Kid’s Book Review: Wishes and Worries


Here’s a book recommended by an Elder and Educator from my home community of Saddle Lake Cree Nation. This is an excellent resource.  Sometimes these are hard issues to address but necessary.  If anything, let’s a child know they are not alone.

Wishes and Worries

Wishes and Worries. Coping With a Parent Who Drinks Too Much Alcohol
Tundra Books
age 5-8
Written by Centre For Addiction And Mental Health, Illustrated by Lars Rudebjer
32 pages

Synopsis from Tundra Books:

Children of parents who drink too much alcohol are affected in many ways. They may experience anger, fear, confusion, and guilt. This reassuring book, written by professionals, offers information in the form of a story about one family’s struggle. When Dad’s drinking ruins a birthday party, everyone wishes that he would just stop. If only wishing could fix the problem… (click book review link below to read more)

Book Review: http://www.everythingmom.com/kids-books/kids-book-review-wishes-and-worries.html

Buy at Amazon:http://tinyurl.com/74mxbt3

 

Dr. Stelomethet Ethel B Gardner


 

Coast Salish Woman with the Gift of Language Revitalization

Here are some articles and information on Dr. Gardner as additional information for our EDEL 412 class, in addition to the two articles of Dr. Gardner’s we are reading.

U of A Academic Staff ~ I recommend reading and watching a video of her.

She is currently employed at the University of Alberta as an Associate Professor within the Elementary Education Department.  She has done extensive work all across Canada.  Dr. Gardner’s primary research interests are aboriginal education, aboriginal

language and literacy, indigenous language revitalization, indigenous languages and techn

ology.  I am sure I will underrepresent Dr. Gardner in this post as I have only had a glimpse of her work and presence for one semester in 2010.  For this I apologize but look forward to reading more of her works and getting to know her better.

Other related websites or articles:

Without Our Language We Will Cease to Exist As People

High Tech Saves Ancient Language (Simon Frazer University)

Preserving the Ojibwe Langauge

Lakehead University Annual Report 2008-09

Other links:

Elementary Education YouTube

 

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WEB 2.0


Here are some WEB 2.0 Resources for their main home page. I hope this helps when using in your Lesson Plans:

Click to access

Discovery Education: http://web2011.discoveryeducation.com/
Conquering Technophobia: Web 2.0 Explained: http://ktitraci.wikispaces.com/file/view/Web2.0.pdf

 

NEW BOOK by Janet WIlson: Shannen and the Dream for a School


Here is a must see…

SHANNEN’S DREAM

Shannen Koostachin of Attawapiskat First Nation had a dream – safe and comfy schools and culturally based education for First Nations children and youth. She worked tirelessly to try to convince the federal government to give First Nations children a proper education before tragically passing away at the age of 15 years old in 2010. Now it is our turn to carry her dream forward.

“All students in Canada deserve a learning environment that they are proud to attend, and that gives them hope. 
We want the same hope as every other Canadian  student.”              
                                 Shannen Koostachin, 13, 
                               Attawapiskat First Nation

Janet Wilson, Canadian Author, Artist, Speaker has written a book on Shannen’s Dream.  Janet also has written other excellent books to add to your resources, classroom, and/or library.

Home: www.janetwilcon.ca

Recently Released book called “Shannen and the Dream for a School“: http://www.janetwilson.ca/shannen-and-the-dream-for-a-school.html


 

Are You Not Sure How to teach your Kids about Internet Privacy & get Media Literate?


Here is an excellent resource for Teachers and Parents, or just anyone wanting to educate themselves on responsible use on the Internet…

Click to access

Media Awareness Network (MNET)

Media and Internet Resources for Teachers & Parents

Resources and support for everyone interested in media literacy and digital literacy for young people. To learn how to get the most out of the tools and resources…

 

Book Review by our ATEP Class of the HUNCHBACK ASSIGNMENTS


Adventure, Suspense, Heart Pounding thought provoking…

“When Mr. Socrates, a member of the shadowy Permanent Association, hears of a hunchbacked infant with the ability to transform his appearance…naming him Modo…raises…in isolation, training him to become a secret agent.”  Soon he meets the beautiful agent Octavia Milkweed and together they help Mr. Socrates “stop the mad scientist Dr. Hyde before he unleashes his monstrous plans upon unsuspecting Londoners” staged during the Victorian era of the 1800s.

This adventurous, intriguing, “action packed adventure”, suspenseful, heart pounding, non-fictional story evoked mixed emotions in the readers from horror to sympathy to anticipation to anger; however, the common theme is they were “hooked”!

This book is geared towards grades 4 and up but it was discussed that the teacher would need to be aware of the students’ abilities and personality to get the most out of the novel because of the length, content, vocabulary, and reading level.

The unique characters really brought out the story in the book and allowed the readers to connect with them in various ways through Slade’s emotionally impacting and revealing introduction of each character in the beginning.  Author Arthur Slade did an excellent “job maintaining suspense” that the reader had a hard time putting the book down and encouraged further reading of the series.

Chapter 33 was the most intriguing chapter for me because of the underlying message the reader would receive during Modo’s intellectually strategic technique to save the children and stop the Clockwork Guilt’s evil plan.  Modo’s gift and actions in the storyline was so thought provoking that it allowed the reader to look within to look at their beliefs and interpret, from their perceptive, what moral message they would receive from the story.  It was interesting how each of us received the same similar overall message of how feeling understood, validated, and worthy can allow us to see our inner power and strength.  In addition, to helping us to believe in our self, trusting our inner voice to get us through anything; however, upon further reflection, we also received additional messages based on our experiences, morals, and beliefs like love yourself; let go of anger it only harms self and permits others to control us; and how courage and inspiration can go along way.  In addition, I liked how one of the readers said to value your inner power and “positive thinking and finding that one person in life you can listen to and get strength from” helps us all.  This is a very powerful message for young people to understand because a youth’s life can be so confusing sometimes. It was very interesting reading different points of views about what lesson(s) were embedded in Modo’s strategy to save the children.

This novel was a pleasure for the readers and a great resource for the classroom; in addition to the great resources via website like book reviews, study guide, videos, and more.  Overall, we can all agree this is an excellent and fun read!

Download the Attached PDF FIle for use in the classroom.

www.hunchbackassignments.com

www.arthurslade.com

 

EDEL 335 Social Networking


Twitter:
#edel335atep

Posterous.com:
brendalee.posterous.com

Diigo.com:
http://www.diigo.com/user/badyck8

By
Shannon M Houle

 
 
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