Month: May 2020

❇️ My Cute Graphics: Free for personals and educational use.

❇️Pixabay: Free image and royalty free stock. Search for images- photos, vector graphics, illustrations, and also videos.

❇️ Emojipedia: Lots of free emojis to add to your google classroom documents. A tip– Use selected emojis on sections of your Google Classroom subjects and documents to help your students stay organized.

Wizardly World is the official Site of the Harry Potter world. You can register for free and investigate everything Harry Potter.

J.K. Rawling has granted open licence to read aloud her books during the Covid-19 outbreak. This means that teachers can post themselves reading to their students. Some teachers never got to finish reading the book they started before the outbreak. Now is your chance to read to your students.

❇️ Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone, ‘The Boy Who Lived’.

❇️ Noma Dumezweni reads Chapter Two: ‘The Vanishing Glass’.

❇️ Eddie Redmayne reads Chapter Three: ‘The Letters from No One’.

❇️ Stephen Fry reads Chapter Four: ‘The Keeper of the Keys”.

❇️ Simon Callow, Bonnie Wright, and Evanna Lynch read Chapter Five: ‘‘Diagon Alley’.

❇️ Jamie Parker and the Broadway cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child read Chapter Six: ‘The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters’. Have a watch and listen. This chapter is read as a script with a wonderful casting of characters reading the parts. Enjoy this read.

❇️ Olivia Colman, Jonathan Van Ness, and Kate McKinnon read Chapter Seven: ‘The Sorting Hat’.

❇️ Alia Bhatt, Alec Baldwin and his daughter Carmen, introduce us to Professor Snape, the Potions teacher at Hogwarts.reads Chapter Eight: ‘The Potions Master’.

❇️ Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol read Chapter Nine: ‘The Midnight Duel”. Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol narrate Harry’s first flying lesson, as well as a midnight adventure in the castle, where he meets a rather unusual dog.

❇️ Whoopi Goldberg reads Chapter Ten: ‘Hallowe’en’.

❇️ David Tennant and David Beckham read Chapter Eleven: “Quidditch”.

❇️ Matthew Lewis, Helen Howard and Imelda Staunton read Chapter Twelve: “The Mirror of Erised’.

❇️ Hugh Bonneville reads Chapter Thirteen: ‘Nicolas Flamel’

❇️ Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, and Helen McCrory read Chapter Fourteen: ‘Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback’.

❇️ Claudia Kim and Dakota Fanning read Chapter Fifteen: ‘The Forbidden Forest’.

❇️ Kenneth Branagh and Ruth Wilson read Chapter Sixteen: ‘Through the Trapdoor’.

❇️ The Patels, The Gaffneys and the McKennas read Chapter Seventeen: ‘The Man with Two Faces’.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

❇️ simpleK12 – Just-in-time teacher training

During this time of isolation teachers have the opportunity for self-directed professional development.

Many districts are having their teachers reach out to their students using Google Classroom. If you need technology support to learn how to use Google Classroom to your advantage, look no further. You can sign up for free and then view 30-minute webinars to get you on your way to an online classroom for your students.

❇️ simpleK12 offers lots of free webinars. Sign-up to their site for free to have access to a lot of free webinars and resources.

There is a treasure trove of excellent learning opportunities for teachers here. When I was in the classroom I did pay for the low yearly fee to have access to my learning on-demand. It was worth every penny. I started with the free offerings for some time until I just couldn’t be without what they offered on my timeline. Have a look. You won’t be disappointed.

The webinars are always useful, time-efficient, and presented by teachers in the trenches who offer many practical ideas.

Ministry of Education, Social Studies, History, Geography Grades 1-8 Curriculum

People and Environments: Living and Working in Ontario – cursor down to page 92 of the curriculum to review the expectations for this strand.

Students can determine land use in cities. Then they can design and build their own city using the building templates provided by the British architect studio, Foster + Partners. The templates included are for skyscrapers and a variety of houses.

Have the students brainstorm what is found in a city. (Include: street names, traffic signs, roads, ponds, parks, government buildings, homes, etc)

Students can alternatively create their own city using boxes, Lego, other building blocks, or found material.

Printable Paper Buildings Design your own streetscape from the templates at