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Lorax~ Excellent Environmental Story for Kids or use in classroom


Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)

PG  86 min  –  Animation | Family | Fantasy  –  2 March 2012 (Canada)
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A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

 

 

Directors: Chris RenaudKyle Balda

Writers: Ken Daurio (screenplay), Dr. Seuss (book), and 1 more credit »

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…Universal’s 3D feature film adaption of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is actually the second time the beloved writer’s story has been brought to the screen – the first time being an animated short that premiered on TV back in 1972. In that 40-year span between Lorax adaptations, the issue of environmental preservation has continued to rage, and so the tale is (unfortunately) as relevant today as it was decades ago.

 But is a 3D movie rife with musical numbers, slapstick comedy and a “hip” modern edge really the best delivery system for a message to kids about environmental responsibility? Or is the presentation of the message at odds with the message itself?…Click here to continue reading the Review…

 

 

Digital Technology helps save Language


Digital technologies are the new life-savers for languages on the verge of extinction, linguists said Friday as they announced eight new dictionaries at a major science conference in Vancouver.
“We’re turning the digital divide into a digital opportunity,” said David Harrison, a National Geographic Fellow at Swarthmore College near Philadelphia.
More than half of some 7,000 languages alive today were considered on the verge of extinction within a century, “threatened by cultural changes, ethnic shame, government repression and other factors,” the scientists said in a paper.
But use of technologies, even by peoples without written languages, “is a heartening trend,” said Harrison. “Language extinction is not an inevitability.”…click here to read more

 

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Gathering Today for Our Aboriginal Children’s Future


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The second Gathering Today For Our Aboriginal Children’s Future, held on November 30th 2010, provided another opportunity for Chairs of Delegated First Nation Agencies (DFNA), Representatives of First Nations served by Child and Family Services Authorities (CFSA), and Co-Chairs of CFSAs to come together as a governance group to discuss issues concerning Aboriginal children and youth in care, and their families.

The Honourable Yvonne Fritz, Minister of Children and Youth Services, hosted the November 30th 2010 governance meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to report on progress made on each of the Next Steps indicated in the Report of the inaugural meeting, and to provide another opportunity for the governors to strengthen the relationship between DFNAs and CFSAs.

One of the items committed to at the inaugural gathering was the development of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Provincial Government, Alberta First Nations and the Federal Government. The Deputy Minister, Steve MacDonald, reported that there have been several meetings with DFNA and CFSA technicians, and Representatives from Treaty 6, 7 and 8 Treaty Organizations to identify the steps to be taken, the best way to proceed, and the issues to be addressed. The Deputy Minister hoped that a business case and an invitation to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to be at the table would be ready for review and approval before Christmas. He also pointed out that there is a strong interest in having the MOU drafted before the end of this fiscal year, that is, by March 31st 2011….click to read more

 

Canada Fails Aboriginals in Education but supports other countries


…one of the students, a smart and popular boy from a reserve in northern B.C., dropped out this fall, it was an eye-opener for Pearson’s director, David Hawley. While the school provides special support for students from war-torn countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, it never occurred to him that students from Canada, home to one of the world’s top-ranked education systems, would need the same consideration. He and his staff are now investigating whether they can provide first nations students with the same supports they provide international refugees…

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/aboriginal-struggles-at-elite-school-reveal-stark-realities-in-canadian-education/article2335007/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=Referrer%3A+Social+Network+%2F+Media&utm_content=2335007&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links&service=mobile

 

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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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Tim Wise – The Pathology of White Privilege


Tim Wise – The Pathology of White Privilege
Wise provides a non-confrontational explanation of white privilege and the damage it does not only to people of color but to white people as well.

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=3812249801848706206&hl=en&fs=true

 

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:

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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…

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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…

 
 
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