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T O O L S O F T H E T R A D E C O N N E C T I O N S ILLUSTRATION: BOMBOLAND/COLAGENE ➤ VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF CANADA What's the importance of sports in culture? How can we use our forests responsibly? Consider these and other questions with museum educators' lesson plans. Browse by theme, location or grade then save your docs in the "My Content" folder for later. Visit: bit.ly/1yBIi7A ➤ CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY Imagine the lives of Canada's French settlers, investigate the mysteries of ancient Egypt or take a closer look at the 27 most influential Canadians. The Teacher Resources section is packed with grade-specific games, videos and lesson plans. Visit: bit.ly/1FVs7SY ➤ CANADIAN MUSEUM OF NATURE Watch video clips and navigate museum microsites in the Teacher Zone to explore marine ecosystems. Compare polar bears with grizzly bears and access online glossaries to define key terms for climate change and biodiversity, to name a few. Visit: bit.ly/1yBHY8Z ➤ CURRICULUM SERVICES CANADA This site's massive educational webcast database includes sessions on play-based learning and student engagement — searchable by subject and grade. Check out the list of webcasts and videos for teachers, plus Ministry-approved textbooks. Visit: bit.ly/15MxaKB ➤ MATH CENTRAL Want to make geometry more exciting; calculus captivating? Access the resource room for lesson plans on nearly every mathematical topic. Plus, check out the Outreach Activities for listings of related competitions and camps across Canada. Visit: bit.ly/1tDWfvz ➤ OPHEA Can healthy choices really be fun? This site offers teaching tools to ensure they are, like a Hands Up video series about wellness, a Get Plugged-In program to cultivate community involvement and a Wallet Wellness program for fostering financial fitness. Visit: bit.ly/1wckQ1i ➤ MEDIASMARTS Teach students to take charge of their daily media exposure with lesson plans that tackle advertising analysis, cyberbullying and social media savvy. The site also offers workshops for teachers as well as articles covering media literacy issues and trends. Visit: bit.ly/1ApDFwC ➤ STATISTICS CANADA Bring numbers to life. A downloadable teacher's kit (in the Teachers and Educators section) uses statistics to define our impact on the environment. Plus, access research on such topics as technologies in schools, literacy and student demographics. Visit: bit.ly/1yaHnMD Searching for appropriate classroom resources that will satisfy your elementary or secondary students' needs? Browse no further! Click on these eight Ontario Ministry of Education-suggested sites for everything from Canadian history to coping with calculus. For additional links to bookmark visit bit.ly/15MuU6g. BY MELISSA CAMPEAU

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