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Interesting or Useful Web Sites for Educators or Parents

These are a few of my favourites and I expect to add to them from time to time.  Please let me know if you have come across particularly useful books or web sites in your travels.  I would be happy to check them out and add them to these lists.


Go to the Links section for notes from the authors’ presentations and links to excellent sites on gifted children and adults.


Information on policies, publications and laws.  Some publications are free to the public or parents. Some are free to teachers if ordered through the schools.  Teachers can download  publications and instructional videos .  Other instructional DVDs will be sent free.  Great if you missed the latest initiative.


Our beloved National Film Board offers the opportunity to watch its films free, on-line.  This is a good way to preview films that might be suitable for your class.  While the films are free for individuals, schools must take a subscription.


Statistics Canada.  Stats can be very difficult and dry to learn how to use, but fascinating to read.  For example, did you know that Montreal and Ottawa are both 60:40 bilingual?  The difference is that in Montreal, the 60% represents the francophone population, whereas in Ottawa it represents the Anglophone population.

Stats Can is happy to share the joy with teachers.   Explore the web site and look out for publications specifically aimed at schools.  Math and geography classes can be a whole lot more interesting when there is real world information to discuss.  There are even lesson plans.


Put the CIA to work for you.  You can find the basic vital statistics for all the countries of the world here in their World Factbook.  Select a country and find information on the economic, political, social and physical geography.  It is important to remember the source.  For example, Palestine is not recognised as a country.


For teachers whose principals are only impressed by a liberal sprinkling of jargon, here is a generator to raise a smile for those weary moments in a staff meeting or in co-creating a report.


Lots of great information about Canadian history, geography, literature, sports ….


This is the web site for the McCord Museum in Montreal.  Naturally, it has its own perspective and so is an excellent complement to the Canadian Encyclopedia.  The museum itself is worth a visit, too.


A website for people who problems with organisation and want to get some control over their lives.  If you need to bring some order into your chaos, check it out.  She addresses the issues of teachers, students and office workers, too, but her main focus is running a household in a minimum of time with a maximum effect.

A Musical Mission: Impossible

Music major and minor scales




Music: Grade 5

Overall Expectations

By the end of Grade 5, students will:

• demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of music specified for this grade (see below) through listening to, performing, and creating music;

• create and perform music, using a variety of sound sources;

• use correctly the musical terminology associated with the specific expectations for this grade;

• read simple musical notation;

• identify and perform music from various cultures and historical periods;

• communicate their response to music in ways appropriate for this grade (e.g., through

language, visual arts, drama, creative movement).

Specific Expectations

Knowledge of Elements

By the end of Grade 5, students will:

– interpret correctly whole notes, half-notes,

quarter-notes, and eighth-notes, and the

corresponding rests in 4/4 time;

– conduct in 4/4 and 2/4 time, using standard

conducting patterns;

– recognize the major scale through listening

and in notation;

– demonstrate understanding of the meaning

of the sharp, flat, and natural symbols;

– explain the use of key signatures and identify

the key (e.g., G major) of music they

sing or play;

– begin to sing or play the major scale in

keys that occur in the music they sing or


– identify the form of introduction, verse,

and chorus in music that they sing, play, or


– recognize different kinds of tone colour in

pieces of music (e.g., the sound of steel


– recognize and classify various instruments

(e.g., as woodwind, brass, stringed, or

percussion instruments);

– sing or play in tune (e.g., in unison songs,

“partner” songs, rounds);

– demonstrate an understanding of correct

breathing technique and posture when

playing and/or singing.

Creative Work

By the end of Grade 5, students will:

– create an accompaniment for a story,

poem, or drama presentation, using their

knowledge of beat, rhythm, tone colour,

and melody;

– sing or play expressively, showing awareness

of different tone colours;

– create musical compositions that show

appropriate use of various elements of

music (e.g., tempo, dynamics, melody,

form, tone colour), and perform them;

– create and perform a song based on a

scene from a story or poem;

– sing familiar songs and manipulate a musical

element to change the overall effect

(e.g., change tempo or rhythm in “Hot

Cross Buns”).

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Critical Thinking

By the end of Grade 5, students will:

– describe how various elements of music

are combined to create different moods

(e.g., compare tempo and melody in

“Hard Day’s Night” and “Yesterday” by

the Beatles);

– communicate their thoughts and feelings

about the music they hear, using language

and a variety of art forms and media

(e.g., computer graphics, charcoal


– listen to music from the Renaissance

period (e.g., Now Is the Month of Maying

by Thomas Morley) and identify its main

characteristics (e.g., polyphonic texture).