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Resources for Rethinking: R4R

Welcome to Resources for Rethinking. Developed by Learning for a Sustainable Future, R4R.ca connects teachers to over 1000 lesson plans, books, videos and other materials that explore the environmental, social and economic dimensions of important issues and events unfolding in our world today. R4R resources have been reviewed by experienced classroom teachers and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for each province and territory.

Resources for Rethinking: R4R

Common Sense: Digital Citizenship

Help students take ownership of their digital lives. All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. Award-winning K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum:
Addresses top concerns for schools; one example is a “pause for people lesson to help kids learn to step away from technology.
Prepares students with critical 21st-century skills. Supports educators with training and recognition. Engages the whole community through family outreach. Free and paid content available.

Common Sense: Digital Citizenship

Atlapedia Online

Atlapedia Online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.

Atlapedia Online

Teach and Transform

Liz Kleinrock is an anti-bias educator and consultant based in Los Angeles, California. Content focused on equity and inclusion for K-12 will support teachers in developing a social justice lens for their own practice. Lesson plans for use in the classroom are also available.

Teach and Transform

TVO Kids – National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day is June 21st. Learn about the diverse culture of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people of Canada.

TVO Kids – National Indigenous Peoples Day

Journeys in Film

Films have long been overlooked as an educational tool. Films can open our minds, inspire us to learn more, provide a bridge to better understanding major issues of 21st century concern, and compel us to make a difference. When properly used, film can be a powerful educational tool in developing critical thinking skills and exposure to different perspectives. Journeys in Films provides free curriculum guides, lesson plans, and discussion guides to support the use of films as educational tools in your classrooms.
Note: Be sure to follow your school board’s policy about using video (film) in your classroom. Canada’s Fair Dealing Decision Tool will help you evaluate whether you are allowed to use a video resource in your classroom.

Journeys in Film

 

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Indigenous perspectives much older than the nation itself shared through maps, artwork, history and culture. Content is available online in a beautiful dynamic website, and you may also purchase the multi-volume resource.
This atlas was created by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in conjunction with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis Nation, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Indspire.
In this atlas, you will find outstanding reference maps of Indigenous Canada, as well as a section devoted to Truth and Reconciliation, including detailed pages on many aspects of the topic with contemporary and historical photographs, maps and more. There’s also a glossary of common Indigenous terms.

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

OTF Planboard – Organize, Collaborate and Share: Lesson Planning Simplified

With free access to all OTF members, OTF Planboard enables teachers to get organized with their lesson plans online. Teachers can create, edit and share in one seamless experience.
Over 250 sample lessons– created by Ontario teachers for Ontario teachers – are already available and can easily be added into your daily lesson plans. These plans can be personalized for particular classes or courses using the integrated planner. Best of all, Ontario curriculum expectations are all built into OTF Planboard. You can embed curriculum expectations, images or videos, and attach documents to your lessons.

OTF Planboard – Organize, Collaborate and Share: Lesson Planning Simplified

Tvo.org – Taking a walk through Indigenous history

This website has many resources and this specific link is focused on Indigenous perspectives. There are in Ontario Hubs. There are important discussions on reconciliation and reclaiming identities.

Tvo.org – Taking a walk through Indigenous history

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services: Online Lesson Plans from the Archives of Ontario Organized by Theme

This website has a lot of archival information. This link is specifically for black history. It has lesson plans and centers diverse voices.

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services: Online Lesson Plans from the Archives of Ontario Organized by Theme