Christmas

Valentines Day

Thanksgiving
  • Canadian Thanksgiving - Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 2nd Monday of October.
  • Thanksgiving in Canada - What Gives? - Most of us will have noticed that Canadian Thanksgiving comes well in advance of our neighbours to the south, and for all the predictable reasons: colder climate, earlier harvest, and that persistent urge to accomplish something (anything) before "they" do. But the history of our Thanksgiving is stuffed with surprises.
  • Thanksgiving Booklets - Have the students create their very own Thanksgiving booklets.
  • Celebrating a Canadian Thanksgiving - The first North American thanksgiving event occurred in Newfoundland in 1578. In the 1600s, Samuel de Champlain and the French Settlers who came with him established an “Order of Good Cheer." This group would hold huge celebrations marking the harvests and other events, sharing their food with Native American neighbors. On January 31, 1957 Parliament issued a proclamation to fix permanently the second Monday in October as "a day of general Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed."
  • Happy Canadian Thanksgiving - In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north.
  • A History of Thanksgiving and it's Celebrations - Throughout history mankind has celebrated the bountiful harvest with thanksgiving ceremonies.
  • History and Origin of Canadian Thanksgiving - In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north."
  • Thanksgiving Crafts, Decorations and Printouts - A good site from Enchanted Learning.

Halloween
  • The History of Halloween - Each year, on the last night of October, millions of children across the North America dress-up in costume and take to the streets for a spooky dose of Trick or Treat fun. But how much do you really know about this haunted holiday? Explore this site to find out the true history.
  • NASA Halloween Page - A very interactive flash site from NASA that includes a haunted house, ghost stories, a word find and some cool Halloween greetings.
  • Halloween Crafts - These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the rainbow.
  • LTK's Halloween Activities for Children - Includes links to songs, coloring pages, crafts, suggestions for costumes, recipes and greeting cards.
  • Halloween.com - This collection of links has everything you need to get your Halloween headed in the right direction.
  • Pump Up the Curriculum With Pumpkins! - Pumpkins are harvested in early fall, and echo the changing colors of the leaves. Since pumpkins are used as a decoration for Halloween, students see them everywhere! They're readily available, inexpensive materials for some wonderful classroom hands-on experiences! So why not plan a theme around pumpkins? Or spice up your curriculum with a one-time pumpkin infusion -- no matter what subject area or grade level you teach!
  • Halloween Poetry-Writing Activities - Halloween is the perfect time for your students to scare up a humorous poem or epitaph! Check out these poetry-writing ideas from teacher Glori Chaika.
  • Pumpkin Carving 101 - Here you'll find everything you need to know about carving your own pumpkin masterpieces and have a lot of fun doing it!
  • Pumpkin Stencils - Carve some absolutely phenomenal jack-o-lanterns using these free stencils. The stencils range from typical faces all the way to Martha Stewart, Elmo and Fred Flintstone.
  • More Pumpkin Stencils - And learn how to put your own image (or the image from any photograph) on a pumpkin. (That one you pay for though.)
  • Even More Pumpkin Stencils - Visit this site and download some absolutely fabulous pumpkin stencils.
  • Halloween Clipart - A huge collection of clipart divided into helpful categories.
  • Halloween Online - Includes how-to guides for haunting, decorations, make-up and costumes, and special effects.
  • Zombie Pumpkins - A few more jack-o-lantern stencils to take a look at.LOGIN: pmlavery@shaw.caPASSWORD: qwerty
  • Hershey's Trick or Treats Online - The kids can take a safety quiz, download free clipart, color and print out an online coloring book and print off some good jack-o-lantern stencils.
  • Blackdog's Halloween Party - This site has a huge selection of online games and activities. It also has things you can print off for the students.
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  • Bats: Echolocation and How it Works
  • Bat Conservation International - BCI's mission is to teach people about bats and to protect critical bat habitats.
  • Educationworld: Bats - Just before Halloween is the perfect time to work bats into the curriculum, to teach about some of the misconceptions often held about these interesting creatures of nature.
  • Bat Information Page - A good page to take a look at to see where some of the more common species of bats reside in North America.
  • Jigsaw Puzzles - interactive
  • Games - interactive
  • Blackdog's Halloween Party - many activities on this site
  • Halloween Hangman - Interactive

Remembrance Day
  • Biography of John McCrae - "In Flanders Fields" was first published in England's "Punch" magazine in December, 1915. Within months, this poem came to symbolize the sacrifices of all who were fighting in the First World War. Today, the poem continues to be a part of Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada and other countries. The poem was written by a Canadian - John McCrae, a doctor and teacher, who served in both the South African War and the First World War.
  • Royal Canadian Legion Teacher's Guide - This site is a teaching tool to help students become aware of the meaning of some of our traditions and to ensure future generations can respond to the significance of Remembrance by remembering the price paid in human lives to achieve peace. In this way we hope to ensure that these sacrifices will not be forgotten in the future.
  • Remembrance Day: Lest we Forget - A great flash site with an online photo album, history of Canada's involvement in the Boer War, WWI, WWII, Korea and since Korea and a list of casualties.
  • Our History, Our Culture, Our Heroes - Remembrance Day - Sickened by what he had seen during the Boer War, John McCrae nevertheless signed up in August 1914, and headed for France with his horse, Bonfire, in tow. Find out more here.
  • A Day of Remembrance - This site has information on the why, whom, what and how we remember. There is also a list of other sources.
  • Why a Poppy? - A writer first made the connection between the poppy and battlefield deaths during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century, remarking that fields that were barren before battle exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended. Visit to learn more about why the poppy has come to symbolize those who have died in battle.
  • Remembrance Day and the Poppy - This page, is designed to help teachers and students in their search for material on Remembrance and those who want to know more about the Poppy Campaign.
  • Courage Remembered - This site presents the role Canadian soldiers played in the wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, as shown through personal memoirs, photography, art work by Canadian war artists and the documented exploits of Canadian George Cross and Victoria Cross recipients.
  • The First Remembrance Day - On November 6th, 1919, Sir George Foster, the acting Prime Minister, rose in the House of Commons to read a message from King George V, addressed "to all the peoples of the Empire":
  • Remembrance Day Quiz - A good 10 question quiz to test your knowledge of Canadian involvement in the two world wars.
  • For King and Empire - This site explores the Canadian soldier's role in the Great War. Included in the site is a interactive battle display, a Militaria Collectors' Forum and a comprehensive Resource Centre.
  • Trenches on the Web - Probably the largest and widest ranging WWI site on the Web, very well-organized and presented. The site includes biographies, maps, posters, plans, analyses and discussions of diplomacy, weapons, songs, and more.

Ground Hog Day

St Patrick's Day

Easter
  • How to Impose Ashes on Ash Wednesday - The purpose of this rite is to remind people of their mortality and thus the necessity for repentance.
  • Blest Are We: Lenten Activities - Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing for forty days. Lent is a penitential season, one in which to turn away from attachment to material things and everyday pleasures. It is a time to examine personal relationships with God and others. Each Sunday, through the Scripture readings, important themes of Jesus’ life and teaching are recalled. The color of Lent is purple, reflecting on a time of penance. Download some great PDFs here.
  • The Season of Lent - Lent is a forty-day period before Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday. We skip Sundays when we count the forty days, because Sundays commemorate the Resurrection. Thus in 2005, Lent begins on February 9 and ends on March 18.
  • Lent FAQ - Frequently asked questions from American Catolic. Why do Catholics fast and give things up during Lent? Why are there ashes on Ash Wednesday and palms on Palm Sunday? When does Lent end? Find the answers to these and other frequently asked questions here. A great starting point for learning about Lent. Also check out their general Lent site by clicking here.
  • Easter Activities - Learn what Easter Eggs symbolize, where Easter came from and try some of the fun and educational activities.
  • Blest Are We: Holy Week - The Easter Triduum begins the evening of Holy Thursday. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper to commemorate the meal Jesus ate with his disciples the night before he died. It is customary to have a foot-washing ceremony during the liturgy to recall Jesus’ message of service. The Lord’s Passion is observed on Good Friday afternoon. Scripture readings tell of Jesus’ trial and execution, his suffering and death to bring about our freedom from sin. On the evening of Holy Saturday, we celebrate the Easter Vigil, the most important liturgy of the year. The priest blesses new fire and lights the Paschal candle, which represents Christ, the Light of the World. The priest carries the candle into a darkened church, where the light spreads to all the assembly. Download some great PDF files here.
  • The Funny Bunny Trail - This site offers category links to many topics surrounding Easter and its traditions and history.
  • Billy Bear's Happy Easter - Here you will find a host of unique Easter-related Internet activities young learners will truly enjoy. Included are cards, coloring books, egg hunts, clip art, and other Easter links.
  • Blest Are We: Easter - The Easter season begins with Jesus’ Resurrection and continues for seven weeks until Pentecost. The Feast of Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the first disciples and is the birthday of the Church. This season reminds us of the appearances of Jesus Christ to his disciples after the Resurrection. Download some great PDFs here.
  • Stations of the Cross: Especially for Children - The Stations are places where people take time to think about Jesus as he went to die on a cross. They show us how much Jesus loved us.

100 Days of School
  • Mrs. Alphabet, Math/100th Day - This site provides a variety of math activities centered around the number 100--good to use on the 100th day of school.
  • Math Central, Let's Celebrate 100 Days! - Explore "interesting way[s] to incorporate real math into your daily morning activities."
  • Day 100 - You'll find lots of ideas for celebrating the 100th day of school on this page of the Yes I Teach (Florida Education Association's Young Educator's Source) site.
  • 100 Days of School! - Some ideas for celebrating the first one hundred days of school are provided on this site. Note: There is a commercial element to this site in that books that discuss “The One Hundredth Day of School” are highlighted and can be purchased online.
  • 100th Day of School Activities - Here is a collection of activities, contributed by other educators from around the world.
  • TeachersFirst, Fifty Ideas for the 100th Day of School - "There are lots of ways to note the 100th day of school. Here are fifty of our favorites. Many of these activities will challenge upper elementary students while they're having fun. Enjoy!"
  • EDUDEAF: Fun & Educational Activities for the 100th Day of School - Detailed instructions for games and activities that kids of all ages will enjoy.
  • 100 Things To Do With Books - This site lists 100 questions/activities that can generate discussion and deeper understanding of the books students are using in the classroom.
  • CanTeach: Songs & Poems - 100th Day of School - Song and poem ideas for the 100th Day of School.
  • Descriptive Writing and the 100th Day of School - "To mark the 100th day of school, students will work at home with their families to create 100th day bottles filled with 100 matching items. They will write clues about their bottles for a guessing game, practice descriptive writing, and create a class book."
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