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5 Lesson Plans Inspired by the Holidays

Posted by Michael Johnson on Fri, Dec 13, 2019 @ 02:33 PM

 

Holiday season is upon us - there are so many different cultural celebrations going on. But how can we show them all some love in the classroom? These lesson plans will help.

December 2019 marks the 100 years of making broadcasting accessible to the general public. Here are historical highlights, followed by STEM activities to try out with your students!

1. History: A Colonial Christmas in Williamsburg

Christmas in colonial Virginia was not unlike the first Thanksgivings: feasting on and celebrating the harvest with close family and friends. Unlike today though, where the Christmas hype train pulls in as early as November 1, the holiday season in eighteenth-century Virginia only kicked off on December 24, and culminated with a big party called Twelfth Night on January 6.

3 STEM activities to mark 100 years of radio broadcasting

Posted by Michael Johnson on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 @ 11:51 AM

 

1919 was a big year for technology as North America gets its first-ever radio station.

December 2019 marks the 100 years of making broadcasting accessible to the general public. Here are historical highlights, followed by STEM activities to try out with your students!

5 Useful Classroom Resources for Thanksgiving

Posted by Michael Johnson on Mon, Nov 25, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

 

It's Thanksgiving! But before we give thanks and tuck in, let's talk history.

How did Thanksgiving become such an integral part of America's identity? We dug up five useful classroom resources to help you and your students get to the bottom of that question:

5 Classroom Topics to Mark 30 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Nov 5, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

November 9, 2019, is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Its fall in 1989 was an iconic moment in contemporary world history: the symbolic end of the Cold War, the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union, and the reopening of Eastern Europe to the West. Here are some talking points we thought might help inspire your classroom.

Thanksgiving Dinner, Inspired by Canadian Geography

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

 

Thanksgiving in Canada isn't quite the spectacle that it is in the United States. There isn't a giant parade or nationally-viewed football game (though hockey season just started, so there's that); and yes, Canadians usually wait for Thanksgiving in the U.S. to brave the black Friday mayhem. It's also in early October. But the concept of bringing loved ones together around the table - passing bowls of stuffing, mashed potatoes and various pies while mom or dad ceremoniously carves the bird - is equally important to Canada's cultural fabric.

Read This Before You Travel Internationally With Your Phone

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Oct 22, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

FREEZE!

Before you Instagram that mountain of poutine you’re about to eat during your class trip to Quebec, or search Google Maps for directions to the Eiffel Tower during your student tour of Paris, your cell phone bill is begging you to read this.

Many phone plans include unlimited calls, texts, even data plans nationwide, but as soon as you go abroad you could be looking at hundreds of dollars in additional fees. This five-step guide will help you use your phone on the road without breaking the bank.

 

Five Keys to a Fantastic Class Trip Fundraiser

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Oct 1, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

This is a sponsored blog post in collaboration with our partner, Recipes in a Jar. If you're based in Canada and looking for a class trip fundraiser that's as simple as it is effective, Recipes in a Jar is your answer. They'll set you up with a free, personalized online store where you'll sell their product: elegant mason jars containing the dry ingredients for delicious and healthy recipes! It's socially responsible too. Check 'em out!

An effective fundraiser is more than a means to support your trip cost: it can raise awareness, boost registration, and energize your students. The following steps can help you not only get your trip off the ground but also build a lasting tradition of student travel in your community.

 

Five Simple Steps to Making the Most of Your Class Trip Spending Money

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Sep 17, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

This one goes out to the parents and students!

Sure we're a little biased, but class trips RULE. Really though, what's better than visiting, seeing, tasting and experiencing new things with your friends?

As you prepare for your epic school trip, you're going to think about spending money. It's inevitable. You'll need some for a few meals (mostly lunch), snacks, souvenirs, etc. Thing is, you're going to need that spending money for the entirety of your trip. It's harder than it sounds! So here's how you can manage and make the most of your student tour spending money.

The Next 5 Questions You Should ask When Planning a Student Tour

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

We recently talked about the first five questions you should ask yourself as you embark on the preliminary planning of your class trip.

Questions are good! That's how we get answers. So let's keep it going.

Here are the next five questions you should be asking. Now that the early-stage thinking is done, you want to start thinking about the glue that will piece everything together. That way, your trip will really start to take shape and your community will have something tangible to think about before the school year kicks into full gear.

The First 5 Questions You Should Ask When Planning Your Student Tour

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Sep 3, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

So, you'd like to plan a class trip. That's genius! You are a genius. The world is a better place because of you.

But what comes next?

Having spent almost three decades listening to teachers from communities all over North America, we’ve boiled down some questions to help you stay organized and energized throughout your planning experience.

To start, here are the first five questions you should ask yourself as you embark on the preliminary planning of your class trip: