New Book Series : Early Canadian Life

We are excited to introduce a new series of books to the TLA library which will be ready to be checked out for the 2016/17 school year: Early Canadian Life.  This social studies book series could also be a great addition to reading novels about pioneers such as Little House on the Prarie or Sarah, Plain and Tall.

    

  

As described by Valerie Nielsen in CM Magazine:

     “With pioneer life ensconced as a topic in the early years’ social studies curriculum, it is not surprising to find the Weigl Educational Publishing firm coming up with a series of information picture books on life in early Canada. Each of the glossy hardcover books in the series is 24 pages long and examines the differences between life today and life in pioneer days. The text is made up of short, easy to read paragraphs interspersed with photographs (most from the National Archives) captions and small nuggets of information encapsulated in a “Did you know?” frame in every chapter.

     Each book begins with an introduction which is designed to give children a sense of how different (and indeed, how difficult) it was for the early settlers in Canada.

     Following the introduction, each book is made up of nine chapters plus a glossary and index on the last page. Words defined in the glossary appear in bold text throughout the volume. Chapters are short (just a double page spread), and many contain a vivid first-hand account of life in earlier times.

     Each book in the series concludes by presenting a “Then and Now” Venn diagram which helps readers compare and contrast past and present aspects of the topic being discussed. Students are invited to copy the diagram and see if they can come up with other similarities and differences between present day and pioneer times.

     The “Early Canadian Life” series…are likely to catch and hold the interests of contemporary youngsters. These books should prove a useful resource for primary teachers and a valuable addition to [learning about] pioneer life for seven to ten year olds.”

Teaching with the Dear Canada series and I Am Canada series

If you have a child in grades four – seven, you have likely heard of the Dear Canada series (which I highly recommend for SS/LA).  These books are historical fiction, written in diary format by a main character during a specific historic event or time period.  Some titles that we have in the TLA library include:

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…just to name a few!  But did you know that Scholastic has created multiple teaching resources called Teaching With Dear Canada ?  These are non-consumable resources that you can order through your Home teacher from the TLA library.  We have volumes 1 – 4 and each of them focus on 4 Dear Canada novels.  They give a timeline of Canadian history, story summaries, lists of thought-provoking discussion questions and engaging extension activity ideas.

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Dear Canada also has a brother series called, I Am Canada (also highly recommended).  The main characters are boys and aimed at ages 9 – 12.

So far, we just have 2 titles in our library but I hope to be adding more in the coming year.

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Scholastic has posted discussion guides for each I Am Canada book on their site.   Watch a video about this new series of books here on the Scholastic website.

Incorporating language arts and social studies by reading historical fiction is a great way to pique a child’s interest in history in a way that they can begin to understand what it might have been like during those periods of time.  I hope that you and your child will have a chance to check out some of these titles in the coming the school year.