The Canadian Reader
The Canadian Reader, written for students in grades 3 to 5, combines Canadian current “events and issues with geography to expand students’ knowledge of Canada while enhancing their ability to read and understand informational text.” Each month The Canadian Reader may include:
- three news stories, written at a level students can understand;
- detailed literacy-based lesson plans, including ready-to-use graphic organizers and criteria for assessment;
- a map assignment featuring a region of Canada highlighted in one of the articles;
- Did You Know? – a non-fiction comic strip featuring background information related to one of the news stories, accompanied by a lesson plan and supporting material.
Cost: free for registered and enrolled students
To find the amazing extra resources available in the LesPlan site, when you log in to download the latest issues of these subscriptions, you will see “Student Resource Links” just above the issues. https://www.lesplan.com/en/subscribers
Click on that button to find many more links and suggestions for teaching each of the topics introduced in the various articles of The Canadian Reader. (E.g. the site may offer: “Before Reading” suggestions, “Extension” for added teaching ideas, “Internet Connections” for more information about the same story and related topics, “After Reading”) At the top right-hand side of the page, you will also find links to previous issues.
For the extra teacher resources that are available in LesPlan, please go to https://www.lesplan.com/en/resources There you will find:
- Activities (“Find someone who…” to familiarize students with key people in Canada)
- Assessment Rubrics (Criteria and marking rubric for assessing assignments of maps and paragraphs)
- Assignments (Assignments to familiarize students with different aspects of Canada and current events)
- Graphic Organizers (blank graphic organizers: everything from Big Ideas to Venn Diagrams)
- Templates (e.g. “Find Someone Who…” template)
Using LesPlan with the New BC Curriculum
From LesPlan we learn: “The new system provides teachers with more time and flexibility to explore topics in depth with students.” Our resource spends 1000 words on a topic, but the critical thinking questions, extended learning questions, and multiple links to additional resources allow for deep exploration. Many teachers allow their students to choose one of the three stories and go deep from there. To become mini experts who then teach the class.
“All 6 of the core competencies (communication, creative thinking, critical thinking, positive personal and cultural identity, personal awareness and responsibility, and social responsibility) are well served by current events resources–especially ones that often feature social justice stories.”