Monday, March 29, 2010

The British North America Act was signed by Queen Victoria on March 29, 1867

The Constitution Act, 1867 (formerly called the British North America Act, 1867, and still known informally as the BNA Act), is a major part of Canada's Constitution. The Act created a federal dominion and defines much of the operation of the Government of Canada, including its federal structure, the House of Commons, the Senate, the justice system, and the taxation system. The British North America Acts, including this Act, were renamed in 1982 with the patriation of the constitution (originally enacted by the British Parliament), however it is still known by its original name in United Kingdom records. Amendments were also made at this time: section 92A was added, giving provinces greater control over non-renewable natural resources.

- Wikipedia

Lesson Plan Information
Title: Canada's Constitution Challenge
- the differences between the British North America Act of 1867 and the Constitution Act of 1982.
- students design and build a game based on facts about the Canadian government.
Grade Level: 4-6, 7-12
Subject: Canadian history / visual arts
Materials: Colored pencils, markers, scissors
Time Needed: Multiple Sessions
Provided by: Crayola

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Houdini, One of the Greatest Magicians Ever, Was Born

Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926), born Erik Weisz, was a Hungarian American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer. He was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena.

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Lesson Plan Information
Title: The Magician's Apprentice
Objectives: students will:
- follow instructions to perform a magic trick
- assess the instructions with a rubric
- teach a fellow student how to perform the magic trick.
Concepts / Vocabulary: following directions, magic, trick, rubric
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8
Subject: Arts & Humanities
Materials: Internet access, coins, handkerchiefs, straws, construction paper, pencils, scissors, glue, carrots, toothpicks.
Time Needed: Two 50-minute class periods
Provided by: Education World (Author: Cara Bafile)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Michelangelo, Who Painted the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Was Born

Michelangelo (1475 - 1564) was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival and fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci.

- Wikipedia

Lesson Plan Information
Title: Michelangelo Art
Objectives: Students will learn about the artist Michelangelo and what it was like to paint the Sistine Chapel.
Grade Level: 2-6
Subject: Art, Social Studies
Materials: Paper, Tape, Crayons, Markers, Paint, Brushes, desks, colored pencils etc.
Time Needed: Two 50-minute class periods
Provided by: Hotchalk - The Lesson Plans Page (Author: Audrey)