May 11

Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

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Photo Credit: obaxterlovo via Compfight cc

In Social Studies, we’ve been learning about Canada’s involvement in world trade. We’ve studied imports, exports, goods and services, manufactured goods versus raw materials, and we’ve learned how Canada is involved in international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

The students have been asked to research an NGO--a not-for-profit organization, primarily a voluntary citizens’ group that operates at local, national, and international levels. Here are some helpful websites about the NGOs the students will be researching about:

  1.  Canadian Red Cross
  2. Habitat for Humanity
  3. Free the Children
  4. Goodwill Industries
  5. Doctors Without Borders
  6. Salvation Army
  7. Ryan’s Well Foundation
  8. World Wide Fund for Nature


April 18

Conserving Energy Rap #6

The grade 6 culminating task was to design a rap that demonstrated the students’ knowledge and understanding of conserving energy. Some groups talked about biomass energy, turning off lights, and ultimately what can happen if we’re not stewards of the earth!

Earth Day is this Friday…what are YOU doing to help Mother Earth stay healthy? Do you recycle? Do you bike to school? Comment below and tell us your story of how YOU are a steward of the earth.

March 22

Canada & Renewable Energy

According to Statistics Canada, RENEWABLE ENERGY is  energy obtained from natural resources that can be naturally replenished or renewed within a human lifespan, that is, the resource is a sustainable source of energy.

Here are some interesting facts about Canada and its contribution to sustainable energy consumption:

  • Canada, with its large landmass and diversified geography, has substantial renewable resources that can be used to produce energy; these resources include moving water, wind, biomass, solar, geothermal, and ocean energy.
  • Canada is a world leader in the production and use of energy from renewable resources. Renewable energy sources currently provide about 18.9 per cent of Canada’s total primary energy supply.
  • Moving water is the most important renewable energy source in Canada, providing 59.3 per cent of Canada’s electricity generation. In fact, Canada is the second largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world.
  • Wind is the second most important renewable energy source in Canada. It accounts for 3.5 per cent of electricity generation in Canada.
  • Biomass is the third largest renewable source of Canada’s electricity generation. Its share in Canada’s electricity generation is 1.4 per cent.
  • Wind and solar energy are the fastest growing sources of electricity in Canada.

We’ve heard of many different types of renewable types of energy such as solar or wind energy, but what is BIOMASS ENERGY? Have a look at the videos below to gain a better understanding.

March 20

Commonwealth Day

A long time ago in the 1700s and 1800s the United Kingdom was an Empire and it ruled many countries today that were not countries then at that time. In that time when the British Empire ruled these nations the British Empire almost owned half of the world. It is held to honor the British Empire as without them we would probably not be a country today, and these nations that were part of the British Empire at the time are also know as Commonwealth nations, and are no longer under British rule.

It is held on the 2nd Monday of March. Canada is one of the most well known commonwealth nation. In Canada, Canadian flags are to have a British Flag flown right beside it, mostly in Federal/Government buildings,  Military Bases, and Airports. The British Flag is only aloud to be flown from sun rise to sun set on that certain day to show respect.

Some Commonwealth nations are: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, Ghana, Belize, Pakistan, Namibia and many, many more

The Union Jack Flag Defence Images via Compfight

Reconciliation: The Peacekeeping Monument Jamie McCaffrey via Compfight

 Feel Free to ask questions, thank you 🙂