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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 19, Number 6, April 2007

Yours for the asking

Teachers’ Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

The teachers’ institute is a unique professional development opportunity for teachers of governance and citizenship education. Each November, the program brings together approximately 70 educators from across the country, for an intensive, informative, unforgettable week on Parliament Hill.

The institute is hosted by the Speakers of the Senate and the House of commons and organized by the Library of Parliament. The program is open to teachers of social studies and related subjects, including political science, history, law, civics, or Native studies, currently teaching from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

For more information, go to www.parl.gc.ca/education, toll free 1-866-599-4999. Completed applications must be forwarded electronically or be postmarked no later than April 30, 2007.


The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) invites you to discover the LangCanada.ca portal, a one-stop window on the Internet to information on official second language teaching and learning.

You will find an abundance of educational resources, educational materials, training organizations, and information that enhances second official language teaching and learning in Canada. Simply by visiting the site, you have easy access to a database of over 3,000 educational resources and over 500 educational institutions.

To quickly find classroom resources, you can search the database by type of language program you are teaching, by skill level of your students, by theme or subject, by keyword, and even by the specific type of teaching and learning material you need (games, texts and documentation, references, clipart, exercises, tests, music, etc.)

Established in 1970, the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) increases awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the importance of second language learning and teaching throughout Canada and promotes the advancement of professional excellence among language educators. See www.caslt.org for more information. Become a member today to discover more language teaching resources and to be kept informed on the latest developments in the language teaching profession.

Free teaching resources

Surfing the web for information about plastics and the environment just got a whole easier with an educational web site dedicated to just that. Have a look at www.plastics.ca/teachers and you’ll find everything from a 101 primer on plastics (history, evolution, materials, etc.) to a colourful poster depicting how a plastic pop bottle gets recycled into a fleece sweatshirt. All the material on the web site is available for free. Most of it can be downloaded from the site and most of it is available in French.

The Environment and Plastics Industry Council (www.plastics.ca/epic) created the web site, working with teachers and consultants. There is a range of curricula suitable for teachers of students in Grade 2 through to Grades 9 and 10. There are also on-line games, crossword puzzles, and word finds that can be downloaded and reprinted.

Sign up on the web site for an electronic newsletter—Plastics in-Class—that discusses real-life plastics recycling applications, provides classroom activity suggestions, and highlights various contests and/or events. Signing up on the web site.

Breakfast for learning

Breakfast for learning (BFL) is the leading national non-profit organization solely dedicated to child nutrition. Working to ensure that every child in Canada attends school well nourished and ready to learn, BFL provides program grants, nutrition education resources and research, and advocacy. To date, thousands of children have been served nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks through the programs we support. Studies show that kids need to eat well in order to learn well and Eat Right! Be Bright! the Club is an interactive web site dedicated to child nutrition that can help ensure students are getting the most out of every school day.

The site also presents kid-friendly games and teaching materials that will help get kids excited about healthy eating and excelling in the classroom.

For more information, visit www.breakfastforlearning.ca.

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