The 75th anniversary of D-Day affords the Canadian classroom teacher a remarkably rich opportunity to inspire students to become “active citizens” completing digital tasks that commemorate a defining moment in our shared Canadian heritage.

To demonstrate the six essential “Global Competencies” of a 21st century learner identified by CMEC (The Council of Ministers of Education Canada), Defining Moments Canada has designed multiple entry points for teachers to engage their students in learning tasks that encourage proficiency in:

  • Primary research
  • Digital storytelling
  • Critical thinking (utilizing the Historical Thinking Concepts)
  • Differentiated inquiry
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives

The Inquiry Toolkit with teacher resources for students Grades 6-11 offers a sequence of ‘Four Lessons’ to prepare a digital commemoration for ‘Juno75’.

Designed to build proficiency with the 7 Sentence Story Structure™, these Lessons are easily achievable within a Unit of Inquiry and reflect expectations common to all provincial curricula. However, the Lessons are also designed to be stand-alone for teachers who may wish to honour ‘D-Day’ within the scope of 1-2 classroom periods.

Working with our education partners at Veterans Affairs Canada, the Juno Beach Centre Association, and Canada’s History Society, Defining Moments Canada is proud to present these lessons which place students in the ‘driver’s seat’ of their own learning, emphasizing collaboration, communication and creativity.

Each lesson has been field tested by a team of eight teachers from across Canada, who are completing exemplary projects to act as demonstration models from which your classroom might be inspired – many of these will be available after May 6th, 2019 on the Showcase page of this website.

At Defining Moments Canada, we hope that you will be encouraged to conduct your own classroom commemoration for Juno75, and that your students will learn the stories of the men and women who went ‘above and beyond’ for Canada seventy-five years ago.