NWT Literacy Council

StorySacks [Video – 2:41] (2009)

This video explains how to make a storysack consisting of a book with props, games and ideas for activities to engage children in reading.

Eric Carle’s popular book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is the basis for the storysack being prepared in this video.

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2012-02-28

StorySacks in Action [Video – 2:28] (2009)

A storysack consists of a book with props, games and ideas for activities to engage children in reading. This video shows a little boy discovering Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” through a storysack.

The adult reading the book aloud uses toy food items from the sack to keep the toddler’s attention. As well, she pauses frequently to let the boy respond to the story.

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2012-02-21

Foam Books [Video - 3:12] (2009)

This short video shows an adult and a child making a book by using sheets of craft foam, regular paper, and paper fasteners.

The project is simple enough for a child to do with a little help. Adult participation would be required as one stage of the project calls for the use of a hot-glue gun.

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2012-02-14

Accordion Books [Video - 3:35] (2009)

This video shows how to make a small book that unfolds like an accordion. The project calls for materials that are readily available, including regular paper, index cards, transparent tape, glue and ribbon.

The pages of the book can feature a specific learning theme, like colours or numbers. The format can also be adapted to make a keepsake book of photographs or other memorabilia.

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2012-02-07

How To Kit - Learning in Everyday Life (2011)

The goal of Family Literacy Day, celebrated annually on January 27, is to raise awareness of the importance of reading and taking part in other literacy-related activities as a family.

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2012-01-03

How To Kit - Culture Days Activities (2011)

The authors of this kit point out that learning about a variety of cultures helps people become more understanding and accepting of others. With that goal in mind, they have come up with a variety of activities that can be used in a classroom, library or literacy program to help explore other cultures.

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2011-11-15

How To Kit - Comics and Graphic Novels (2011)

The authors explain that a comic is usually a short instalment of a larger story, while a graphic novel is usually an entire story bound and published in a single book. They point out that graphic novels have an important role to play in promoting literacy and may appeal especially to reluctant readers and visual learners.

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2011-11-08

Digital Storytelling: A Great Way to Engage and Inspire Learners (2010)

The authors note that storytelling has always played a big role in Aboriginal culture. Digital storytelling simply brings that tradition into the computer age.

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2011-11-04

Blogging in the Classroom (2011)

A Great Way to Engage and Inspire Learners

The authors begin by explaining what a blog is and why it can be a good learning tool, then go on to describe several types of blogs that are particularly relevant in a classroom setting.

The authors explain that blogging can benefit learners by helping them develop their writing ability, gain multimedia skills, and build an online community.

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2011-10-18

Family Literacy in the North (2010)

This presentation offers both an introduction to the work of the NWT Literacy Council and an explanation of the importance of family literacy.

It includes information about the council’s Family Literacy Training Institute, which has trained more than 500 people; the Tools for Community Building project; and the challenges the council faces. As well, one woman shares her experiences as a family literacy facilitator in her community.

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2011-10-11

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