Welcome to our International Day Of Peace digest! This email includes fun activities for the classroom, extra resources for teachers and parents, and some reflection questions near the end.
The International Day of Peace has been celebrated on September 21st worldwide since 1981. Peace is when you do not have a problem with yourself or others.
Peace allows us all to be happier. The goal of this day is to focus on peace even though we have differences. Click here to learn more!
You are at peace when you feel free and calm within yourself and with others. Through peace, we can get along better with one another. We need to take the time today to focus on peace. Being at peace can help one to clear their mind and focus on their goals and dreams.
When students learn to be at peace, it will be easier doing classroom tasks and working with other students. Today, let’s focus on peace and the importance of it!
1. Art Express - PEACE:
Have your students create an art piece that shows 3 words that they feel describe peace. Then have the students present their art to the class. For an extra challenge (and lots of laughs), ask the students to act out one of the words without talking and have the class guess what the words are before revealing their creation!
2. X Movement Classroom Meditation Videos:
Have the students watch a meditation video - click here. After the meditation, ask the students to reflect on how meditation helped them feel calm and relaxed. In the end, allow the whole class to share how they felt!
3. Make a Peace Flag:
Get the students to make a flag that has peace-promoting drawings or statements on it. You can hang these flags up as a reminder to stay peaceful within yourself and with others!
4. Peace tree:
Make a tree trunk out of paper. Make leaf-shaped papers for each student. The students can write a statement about or draw images on the leaf-shaped papers and put it on the tree!
5. Breakout groups:
In groups, the students can think of as many ways as they can to show peace to others! The group with the longest list wins!
External Resources For
Teachers And Parents
1.To watch a 10-minute meditation video to be in a more peaceful state, click here.
2. To check out the benefits of meditation, click here.
3. To check out other ways to clear your mind and learn the benefits of clearing your mind, click here.
4. Click here to access some activities for students to complete on Peace Day.
5.Click here to learn 10 ways to spread peace and kindness to others.
1. When are you the most at peace? Why?
2. Why is it important to think about peace and to spread peace?
3. How can your classroom become a more peaceful place today?
4. When you are stressed or anxious, how can you bring yourself to be peaceful?
5. How can being peaceful help you get along better with others?
Q. How do all the oceans say hello to each other?
A. They wave!
Q. What has hands, but can’t clap?
A. A clock!
Q. Why can’t a person’s nose be 12 inches long?
A. Because then, it would be a foot!
Q. What do you call the horse that lives next door?
A. Your neigh-bour.
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Make sure to share this email and these resources with staff and the wider community to encourage having more peace! We need peace within us to have a clear mind. Let’s spread peace today!
Cheers for now,
- The X Movement Team
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Welcome to our Positive Thinking Day digest! This email includes fun activities for the classroom, extra resources for teachers and parents, and some reflection questions near the end.
Positive thinking is looking at the good over the bad in a situation, and aiming for good results. Positive thinking will make us happier and allow us to do things without worrying. Positive Thinking Day has been celebrated every year on September 13th since 2003. The goal of this day is to encourage people to apply a positive attitude towards their life by focusing on more positive thoughts. Click this link to learn more.
Positive thinking means you are aware of the challenges and obstacles you face in life and you choose to find a positive way to approach them! To accomplish this, you need to be aware of your inner voice. Is your inner voice building you up or tearing you down? To have more positive thoughts, you need to set your mind on the thoughts that serve you by building you up.
Being more solution-focused over problem-focused can also help shift your thinking. Being solution-focused can allow you to make your situation better rather than focusing on what you don’t have. Positive thinking helps you have a healthier body and mind. We need to think positively because it changes one’s inner voice from I can’t to I can! Positive thinking can help us do better on tasks than if we were to focus on the negative! Today, reflect on your inner voice and focus on how you can think more positively.
1. XM Classroom:
Use X Movement’s fitness videos for the class! It’s a great way to energize students. Students will feel more positive because their body would release endorphins! This is a great way to start off the day and get the students in a more positive state. Click here to view some of these videos.
2. Positive affirmation list:
Ask students to make a list of positive things they will tell themselves when they feel they cannot do something or are anxious!
3. Class positive thinking game:
Have the class play a game where they have to throw a ball around or you can randomly select students to quickly say something positive! You can even have a certain amount of time that the students must respond within. Once students answer, they must select another student that has not gone to say something positive.
4. Write or draw positive events!
Students can write about or draw all the positive things that happened to them in the last month or so. This can help them reflect on the positivity in their life and remind them of what they’re thankful for! Students can also share this with the class.
5. Breakout groups:
Group students together and let them come up with a list of ways to be more positive! This way, students can autonomously come up with their ways to have positive thinking. The group with the most answers wins!
External Resources For
Teachers And Parents
1. When someone focuses on the negative too much, they tend to have cognitive distortions of their reality
We all develop values, beliefs, and attitudes throughout our lives. Be aware of your own personal biases. Understand where your ideas about 2SLGBTQ+ people come from.
2. Speak up
Stereotypical comments can lead to discrimination towards 2SLGBTQ+ people. Do your part to combat gender and sexual stereotypes. Make it known that homophobic and transphobic jokes and teasing are offensive and unacceptable.
3. Use inclusive language
Language has the power to validate and acknowledge identities, but also to deny them. Respect the language people use when speaking of themselves and of their relationships (i.e. “husband”/”spouse”/”partner”/etc.) If unsure, always use inclusive and gender-neutral language (without assuming gender or sexual orientation).
4. Ask for pronouns
Gender can be very important to a person’s sense of self. “Misgendering” (incorrectly gendering) someone can cause them to feel disrespected and alienated. Always ask for pronouns to prevent emotional distress and to set an example of respect. Do not assume you know someone’s gender by how they look or sound. When asking someone for their pronouns, it can help if you share your own.
5. Respect self-identification
Gender identity can be deeply personal; it is not something to be questioned nor is it up for discussion. Respect the terminology a person uses to describe their identity.
6. Being an “ally” is about our actions
“Ally” isn’t just a name we call ourselves; it’s about our actions and how we show up for 2SLGBTQ+ communities. Be there to support 2SLGBTQ+ communities when celebrating their success, as well as during vulnerable times.
Physical activity can be a powerful tool for Canadians as we cope with COVID fatigue. We know many people have found it challenging to keep active with the unpredictable nature of the pandemic and its impact on our mental health.
National Health and Fitness Day is a time to celebrate the benefits of activity and share the ways we can move, feel good and share the joy of the great outdoors! Let's get up and get moving. Show us your moves Canada!
The National Health and Fitness Day Act, Bill S-211, became law in December 2014. Canada is facing an inactivity crisis. Daily physical activity is on the decline and preventable illness is on the rise. It's time to get up, get out, and get active!
National Health and Fitness Day is an initiative to challenge Canada to become the Fittest Nation on Earth, starting with making one day, the first Saturday in June, the day when Canadians get active in any way they wish.
To help the celebrations, X Movement has created a free playlist of activities that you can all do virtually together while remote learning (even to complete outside in the beautiful June weather!), to promote Health and Fitness.
World Health Day is celebrated annually on 7 April and each year draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme for 2021 is "Building a fairer, healthier world".
The date of 7 April marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. For this year, WHO notes that COVID-19 has highlighted that some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others - entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age.
All over the world, some groups struggle to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water and air, food security and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature death, states WHO, and it harms our societies and economies.
Read more about World Health Day 2021 on the WHO website here.
Need some ideas for activities? Try these!
Practice Mindful Meditation
Promoting world health isn’t just about diet and exercise, it’s about promoting mental health as well. In these trying times, students may be feeling anxious because their normal everyday routine has been uprooted. To help combat some of that anxiety, students can practice mindful meditation.
Most kids love to dance, and there's something about music that lightens the day. Have your children create playlists and crank up that music. You can even create dance routines together! If you're looking for some inspiration for a routine, you can follow this dance!
Hand-washing is a super important topic to regularly cover and remind everyone of (not just children!), especially given the COVID-19 pandemic. This song to the tune of 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat" is another fun one to add to your repertoire.
Thank a frontline worker
As a class, put together a letter or cards thanking a frontline worker. You could also share these messages virtually with posts on a classroom or school Twitter account!
Free resources on
X Movement Classroom:
World Health Day 2021 Playlist
Our free playlist on X Movement Classroom has videos that cover a wide range of topics on health, whether it be from Nutrition, mindfulness, physical activity and fitness, as a way to introduce the idea to children that health is wholistic, and not just attributed to physical health.
This Monday March 8th is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate progress made and raise awareness of the work that needs to be done to ensure the full participation of women and girls for future generations.
International Women’s Day had its first celebration in 1911 and has since been celebrated each year for over a century. The goal? To recognize incredible women, their achievements, and their futures!
This year's theme is “Choose to Challenge”, which challenges us to think of plans and actions that actively fight gender inequality!
This International Women's Day, let's think of ways to actively engage our students and prompt them to think about the importance of gender equality and ways we can work to achieve this in everyday life.
Click here to view a discussion starting video following the 2021 “Choose To Challenge” theme. For a “classic” TEDx talk from 2013 by the brilliant Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie titled, “We should all be Feminists” click here.
Need some ideas for classroom activities? Try these!
Discuss with students the history of International Women’s Day and the purpose for celebrating such a special day.
Have students make posters to display on International Women’s Day.
Use these activity cards to prompt your students to actively think and engage!
Share this fact sheet to supplement their learning!
Click here for an IWD kid-friendly informational youtube video that covers gender equality through history.
For a complete list of amazing classroom resources, click HERE.
Free Resources on X Movement Classroom:
Female Lead Activities:
Strong female leads can help empower women and girls, as well as create mentors and positive role models. We’ve put together a FREE playlist of videos on our X Movement Classroom online platform led by our female-identifying Energizers to help engage students, spark a conversation and lead activities while you celebrate International Women’s Day 2021!
1. How often do you bring up gender equality in your curriculum?
2. Is there a role you can play in International Women's day this year?
3. Why is it important that we live in a balanced world?
4. What are some stereotypes some people may have about women? Why is this not good/healthy?
5. Do you think that women are underrepresented in any aspects of modern Canadian life?
6. Can you think of any professions in which women outnumber men? Why do you think that this is the case?
Jokes to share in your classroom:
What has ears but cannot hear?
Why did the student eat his homework?
Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake!
How does a vampire start a letter?
Tomb it may concern…
What do you call a duck that gets all A’s?
A wise quacker.
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