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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 16, Number 4, March 2004

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Too close to home: Anti-Semitism and Fascism in Canada, 1930s—1940s, Discovery Kit

This new resource provides students and teachers with primary source materials from Canada in the 1930s and 1940s, including newspaper articles, letters, diary entries, photographs, cartoons and propaganda materials, which address the issues of anti-Semitism, Fascism, Nazism, propaganda and immigration in Canada during the Holocaust. Kit contains 40 artefacts and a study guide. Cost $20.

For information or to purchase contact: Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, 50-950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7, ph: 604-264-0499, f: 604-264-0497, info@vhec.org, www.vhec.org.

March is Nutrition Month

This year’s theme of "Eat Well, Play Well" is focussing on healthy eating and physical activity for school-aged children and youth.

It’s a great time to foster healthy living habits with Mission Nutrition*, a fun, interactive and easy resource to teach kids about nutrition, physical activity and positive self-esteem. Mission Nutrition is an engaging program that supports teachers with curriculum-based lesson plans and entertaining activities that target four grade levels: Kindergarten—Grade 1, and Grades 2–3, 4–5, and 6–8. The age-appropriate classroom activities include fun and interactive games, songs, puzzles, science experiments, and activity sheets.

Mission Nutrition is a joint initiative of the Dietitians of Canada and Kellogg Canada Inc. The program was created by Canadian dietitians, with input from teachers and leading experts in physical activity, psychology, and health education.

The free, bilingual resources are available online at www.missionnutrition.ca or by calling 1-888-453-6374.

Free business ed programs and materials

Junior Achievement of British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization committed to inspiring and motivating B.C.’s children and youth to take an active role in their future through business education. JABC currently runs the following programs for students in Grades 5–12.

• Business Basics

Grades 5 and 6

• Dollars with Sense, Grade 8

• Economics of Staying in School, Grades 9 and 10

• The Company Program: A Student Venture, Grades 11 and 12

• JA Titan, Grades 11 and 12.

Visit the Programs section of the web site at www.jabc.org or call 604-688-3887 for further information or to register your class for a program.


Earth Day: April 22

The Environment and Plastics Industry Association (EPIC) is asking students across Canada in Grades 4, 5, and 6 to create a new plastic product using discarded plastic items. The "Let’s Reuse It!" design challenge began in September with entries being accepted until Earth Day, April 22, 2004.

One winner will be chosen from each Grade and the three classes will each receive a free microscope. Each student in the winning class will also receive a free litterless lunch kit.

Complete contest details are available at www.plastics.ca/teachers. To order copies of the poster, contact rgauvin@cpia.ca with the words "contest poster" in the subject line.

To find out more about the free teaching resources, visit the Teachers’ Resource area at www.plastics.ca/teachers.

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