Teaching Resources

Poems recited by Robert Service

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Robert Service by his cabin in the Yukon

Robert Service, a wanderer and a poet, became famous in his lifetime for ballads about the Klondike Goldrush.

He wrote many poems before he went to the north, and later, was transferred by the bank he worked for to Whitehorse, and then Dawson City.

He heard the old-timer’s tales and turned them into verse.

We love to share with you YouTube audios of Robert Service reciting two of his most famous poems The Shooting of Dan McGrew and The Cremation of Sam McGee. Click the link in the title above the image to go to our webpage. While there, also see printables of the text so your family can follow along, with notes for reading comprehension.

Our family fondly remembers the middle school years when we read through a ballad a day at the dinner table.

Every Canadian should know the ballads of Robert Service. I hope you enjoy them.


Teach the Five Themes of Geography

Teach the Five Themes of Geography

What are the Five Themes of Geography? Learn along with your children with these easy lesson plans.

For the young set: Click Here to see lesson plans using the 1941 award winning picture book Make Way for Ducklings about a family of mallards growing up in a park.

Statue of the title characters of Make Way for Ducklings by Nancy Schön, in Boston Public Garden. Taken by Gareth Owen.

For Grades 3-6 National Geographic offers an easy lesson plan on the Five Themes of Geography.

For upper grades: Click Here for more activities to teach The Five Themes of Geography by National Geographic.


Historical Inquiry – Skill #1 for Intermediate/Senior Grades

Evaluating Historical Significance

How do we decide what is significant history to study? Pioneers? Riel? Sir John A.? Marilyn Bell?

Determine significance by analyzing an event, person, or development against specific criteria.

Upper elementary & high school students can practice this skill with this worksheet. Download to see the criteria which helps us evaluate historical significance.Click here for the worksheet: http://bit.ly/fg9Wor