Canada Jays – Connecting Classes across the Land

Canada Jays – Connecting Classes across the Land

 

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This school year 2019-20, the Kids’ Guide to Canada team are putting all of our focus on a brand new Social Studies and Literacy activity: creating CIRCLES of FRIENDSHIP and LEARNING across the country.

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GOALS:

  • To help students develop greater intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect, especially for Indigenous cultures (TRC 63.3)
  • To create a Social Studies learning resource for K-8 classes created BY Canadian students and FOR Canadian students.
  • To increase experiential connections-based learning across Canada, and to support teachers learning the skills to do this safely and effectively
  • To model use of the Kids’ Guide map as a learning tool

Somewhat reminiscent of “Flat Stanley,” we are sending hand-sewn Canada Jays on journeys from class to class creating circles of friendship and learning across the land. Canada Jays are not the official bird of Canada, but they live in all 13 provinces and territories, and represent the spirit of adventure very well.
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Each Circle of Friendship contains from five to eight Grade 3-8 classes, each calss from a different province or territory in Canada.
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CJ Arriving.jpg
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A class’s participation typical involves 1-2 weeks when the Canada Jay “flies in” to their “airbnb classroom“, looking for help in exploring the local community.
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While the Canada Jay is visiting with them, the students are asked to introduce him to the sites and sounds and smells of their local neighbourhood community – those that are important to them!
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By the end of the Canada Jay’s visit, students are asked to share the jay’s adventures on his online travel diary through
photographs
stories
interviews
news reports
artwork 
videos
slideshows
or whatever suits the students and curriculum.
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NOTE RE: STUDENT SAFETY
For student safety, students do not have accounts and cannot post online. Only the classroom teacher can upload student works to the CJ’s travel diary online.
 
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Where possible, short 10-15 minute live webcasts will be hosted by the National AKGTC team, to allow each class to share the CJ’s discoveries and adventures in their home community. These webcasts will be recorded and can be views by all K-8 classes across Canada.
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The Kids’ Guide to Canada team will also maintain a map of each Canada Jay’s travels, allowing students to track each Jay’s journey and adventures across this huge country we now all country. 
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Teachers can be notified of the Jays’ travels and class webcasts
by registering for the Kids’ Guide project:

REGISTER  HERE

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Teachers from outside the southern Ontario* area can apply to have your students participate in one of the circles, by sending an email to
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As soon as we have 5-7 classes from different areas across the country, we will create a new circle and contact you.  
 
*Unfortunately, we have a waiting list of southern Ontario schools wishing to participate in this activity. This list will open again in September of 2020.
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