For the last two weeks the classroom sized Battle of Vimy Ridge floor map has been keeping my students very busy. On loan from Canadian Geographic Education, the map comes with a teacher binder full of creative, hands-on learning activities for the students. We have looked at the topography of the area using contour lines, the Cdn. Corps advances demarcated by the use of plastic chains and strategic locations depicted by coloured cones. The students also enjoyed using the 3D tour of Vimy Ridge created by EF Tours and seen through the use of 3D viewers from Google. All of this hands-on learning has helped my students to have a better understanding of the events and circumstances that are associated with the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Several of these students had participated in a fundraiser last spring for the Vimy Foundation's Education Centre. This building will serve as a hands on learning exhibit next to the monument at Vimy Ridge in France. As a thank you for the contribution of $3598.00 (representing the number of Canadian soldiers that died at Vimy Ridge) a plaque will be on display in perpetuity at the education centre with the name of Chemainus Secondary School. We are very proud of this accomplishment along with the 3 plaques we have at Juno Beach education centre for similar fundraising efforts in previous years.
Thanks to Canadian Geographic Education and EF Tours for providing great learning resources for students!
There are many lesson plans and other resources at the Can. Geo. Educ. website: www.cangeoeducation.ca/resources/
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