World Debt Clock Hyperdoc

I have done some form of this activity with several of my students and they have learned a lot about the debt in other countries as well as in Canada! We have explored the student's own solutions for the debt problem and extended this to a compare and contrast project of two or more countries culminating with an infographic. 

This gives Grade 9+ students the opportunity to work with real world statistics and do some critical thinking and research to extend those statistics into real world solutions. This activity encourages critical and creative thinking as well as statistical analysis. 

Here is the World Debt Clock Hyperdoc. It is in a Google Slides format but you can easily download as a PDF if you prefer. 


First Peoples Interconnectedness - Grade 9 Science

I am so thankful for FNESC and their amazing publication to help with First Peoples science lessons. All the ideas that I got for this activity with my Grade 9 students were from the FNESC materials here. The ideas came from Unit 8.

To begin, we reviewed the four elements of the Earth and used the Blackline Master 8-1. 

I read several First Peoples stories from The Spirit of Canada book. We looked at each of the stories through the lens of the four elements.

We then watched the video Respect and discussed it. 

We then watched a video about the Northern Abalone of the Haida Gwaii to begin our activity about the Abalone. 

After we did this lesson plan which really helped us to understand threatened resources that are important to First Peoples. 

Finally, we watched this video Keepers of the Coast

This lesson really challenged us to see how important interconnectedness and sustainability is for all. We learned the importance of stewardship of resources and the perspectives of First Peoples about resources. 

I hope that you enjoy this lesson as much as my students did! Blessings! Natalie

Periodic Table - Grade 9 BC Science

One of my amazing students managed to stick with our lessons on the Periodic Table of Elements and we both learned a lot in the process! Here are some of the things that we did:

1. Watched videos from the Ted-Ed Periodic Table and each lesson we were together three were chosen and reported on: Including what the uses of the element are, interesting facts and where it fell in the periodic table.

2. Each week we used the element cards from Quick Six to learn more about the elements. What type of element they were, some of the uses and interesting facts. Thank you to Ellen McHenry for the amazing resources you share!

3. We then had a poster-sized Periodic Table of Elements on the wall and were able to create our own colour coded table with the Quick Six element cards. 

4. Finally, we did this puzzle to once again solidify the learning of the types of elements. 
Despite the sheer volume of elements, this whole unit wasn't as onerous as one might think. The facts about the elements made it interesting and engaging. 

I hope you enjoy your own study of the Periodic Table! 

Blessings, Natalie

Text Features and Geronimo Stilton

Learning about text features will help our students in creating their own visual representations of both fiction and non-fiction. One of the best ways I could show students text features was to use Geronimo Stilton books. 
There is a great use of fonts, colours and formats in each of these books that helped as a springboard for discussion of text features.

Each of my students that looked at these books was able to rapidly see the use of text features. In many of the books there are "non-fiction" pages that are formatted very differently from the rest of the books. This helped to compare and contrast format, font and colour. 

We also explored infographics, posters (including Glogster) and other representations of the use of text features. I hope this will help you as you look at text features! (ELA content beginning in Grade 2 for BC's Modernized Curriculum)


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Compare and Contrast Canadian Ecozones to Natural Resources

Physiographic features of Canada is part of the outcomes for BC Grade 9. One of the sample activities suggests comparing and contrasting physical features and natural resources in different regions of Canada. This is the project my student and I did to explore natural resources in Canada.

First, I created a block poster of a Canadian map in order to have lots of room to explore the regions and the resources. I also went to and got clip art to represent our resources. You can find them in this PDF

We used the map above to explore our Ecozones. We then began to add natural resourcescrops and Canadian mining to our map. 

As we added resources to the map, I was asking my student why they thought that the resource was located in that area. We researched what we couldn't answer from the obvious geographic features. 

This was a great way to explore ecozones and Canadian natural resources! 


The Black Plague Interactive Lesson

My student and I had a wonderful time learning more about the Black Plague with these varied activities. 

First, we took a look at this infographic. It was very informative about many aspects of the Great Plague! We also explored this powerpoint for more information, especially about supposed cures. 

Next, we played this simulation about the spread of the plague. 

We used counters to keep track of the spread to each of the towns. Thanks to Homeschool Den this really brought home the spread of a contagious disease with little to stop it!

We then used this template to do a newspaper article based on the spread of the black plague in our towns from the simulation above. 

This lesson was interactive and interesting! Enjoy!!