Hey Little Ant ~ How to be reflective?

Because Hey, Little Ant ends with a question–“What do you think that kid should do?”– the story naturally leads to discussion. Children want to keep talking. Common topics include bullying (“Have you ever felt like the ant?”) and the connectedness of living things (“Do you think the ant’s as important as the child?”).



Some general questions to consider:

  • What do you think the kid should do? Explain your answer?
  • What are some of the reasons for squishing the ant?
  • Is it okay to squish the ant? If so, under what conditions?
  • Are there other living things that makes it okay to squish or stamp out?
  • What are some alternative ways to deal with this situation?
  • The Ant says they are very much alike? Do you agree or disagree? Explain.

Teacher Reference Links:

http://the firstgradeparade.org/hey-little-an/



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Division 3 worked in groups to develop qustions about great art thefts!

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Great Art Thefts

What are some of the things these images have in common? 

  • You will see 4 images.  In partners, explain your thinking. 
    • What are some things they have in common?
    • Do I have a least 4 ideas? What are they?





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Inventing & Engineering

Making mistakes and learning from them is part of the process.  Watch Kid President!

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Inman Library ~ Animals in War Display

Why is there a bear in the Remembrance Day Display? Check out some of the videos below about “Winnie”,  most famous Canadian Bear!

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Honouring our Aboriginal Veterans

Some of our most decorated Veterans are aboriginal people. Indigenous people have a long and proud tradition of military service in Canada. From the earliest days before Canada was even a country of its own, through the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, post-war peace support efforts, Afghanistan and on to the present day, thousands of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous men and women have served bravely and well in uniform. 

National Aboriginal Veterans Monument located in Ottawa.

What would a monument to brave Aboriginal Veterans look like if you were the one who designed it? What kind of animals and symbols would you use? Here is your big chance! Why don’t you take a sheet of paper and design, draw and colour your own monument to these Canadian heroes!  Download National Aboriginal Veterans Monument Student Activity and colour.

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Aboriginal Veterans (Intermediate Activities)

Teacher Resource Links providing a historical view of Aboriginal Veterans.



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Canadian Veteran Connection ~ Winnie the Pooh

 Here are slightly three different videos explaining the bear’s connection to Canada and how the great granddaughter, Lindsay Mattick, is bringing this story to life through her picture book.


The following news link from Forces.net explains behind the story of this Canadian Veteran’s tale.

The great granddaughter of a Canadian soldier whose bear cub inspired the story of Winnie the Pooh has visited the UK to retrace his footsteps show in the video below:


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Provinces and Territories

Here are some links to use as you gather facts about your province.  Remember to organize your information around the main headings in Kidspiration.

Teacher Reference Links:

CDN The Symbols of Canada for Teachers.


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D.E.A.R. ~ A Buddy Reading Memory

It was a great read!  Buddy classes selected a book to share with their buddy during D.E.A.R on Tuesday, October 24th. This was an opportunity for the older students to select classics or books that were once read to them when they were young.  It was a special sharing opportunity and once reading time ended, students worked together to create their buddy reading memory.

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