The Canadian Flyer Series is a series that intermediate teachers have been searching for for a long time – quality historical Canadian fiction with a lower reading level. Perfect for grades 3-7, depending upon your kids and your unit of study.
Ms. Nesmith, wonderful teacher at Strathcona, encouraged me to test drive the books with a group of her kids. So that’s what I’m doing right now with a great group of kids. Each student picked one of the books from the series, read it, and completed a double sided sheet that helped them collect information about the historical event. We are now using those sheets to create short keynote presentations about the historical event that we will present to their class.
This series of some 15+ novels includes topics we love to learn and teach: the gold rush, the Underground Railroad, the explosion in the Halifax Harbour, traditional westcoast Aboriginal culture, and pioneers!
Head to the publisher’s site for free teaching resources, including a Canadian map with the novels on it, just begging for some kind of Read-Across-Canada event.