The Paralympics Games London 2012 – A Teacher’s Guide

Now that the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremonies have taken place, it’s time to get excited about the of the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games and Team Canada!

I was lucky enough to be in contact with Stuart McReynolds Senior Coordinator, Education Programs for the Canadian Paralympic Committee in regards to a fabulous unit plan for both French & English teachers in Canada. The Canadian Paralympic Committee Facebook page is found at CDNParalympics.

The site will officially launch the London 2012 Paralympic Games Unit plan on Wednesday 15th August 2012. The unit plan consists of seven innovative lessons covering Math, Science, History, Geography, Health, Art, and English. The lesson plans are designed in a ready to go format with formal learning activities, objectives and plenaries. The complete list of Team Canada is posted online and is downloadable here: http://www.paralympic.ca/en/London-2012/Team-Canada.html.
Josh Cassidy 
Stuart describes the site as “a great way to get students engaged in the Paralympic spirit, and an excellent tool to educate them on the importance of Paralympic sport and the opportunities that are available for each individual to ‘Get Involved’, whether as a participant, coach, classifier or volunteer!” You can find the Canadian Paralympic Committee on twitter @CDNParalympics
I was asked to distribute this excellent resource to all of my educational contacts so that they can plan to use it during and after the Paralympic Games which will run August 29th – September 9th  2012. I thought parents, home school families and even nursery schools might want a chance to view the plethora of activities, in hopes of gaining more excitement about the Paralympic Game London 2012. 
The English & French versions can be accessed at this link : www.paralympiceducation.ca. As an educator, what I like best is the links to instructional videos are live with in the text, perfect for a SmartBoard or WhiteBoard lesson. Also the comparison from where the Paralympics began and the progress that has been made, in the pictorial essay is visually stunning. 

Donovan Tisdale 
According to PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1iLI1),  “For the first time in history, Canadians can watch live multiple online streams of Paralympic Summer Games throughout the 12 days of competition. Five digital streams will offer a total of 580 hours of live coverage. Three feeds will offer daily uninterrupted coverage of swimming, wheelchair basketball, and athletics, while two additional channels will cover a range of sports and a will show a “best of” coverage from the day. All digital channels can be accessed from CTVParalympics.ca and RDSparalympiques.ca.” 
Meaning you can still get the same fantastic coverage of the Paralympics that you did for the Olympics. 

Please feel free to pass this link on to any educational site, teachers, administrators. Enjoy!

-sm

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