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. Volume IX Number 18. . . . May 9, 2003
Manitoba has the greatest difference between summer and winter temperatures. In the summer it has a high of 40° Celsius, and in the winter a low of 40° Celsius. That's a difference of 80°!
with a variety of fun activities, this book will keep readers busy
for quite awhile. The book begins with a brief overview of Canada.
One page is devoted to each province or territory, complete with the
province's flag and plenty of trivia. Following each province's featured
page is a game, puzzle or quiz which pertains to that province. For
example, a word scramble composed of important words from the Northwest
Territories page reinforces the names of explorers, animals and places.
However, not all of the activities are "educational." Some
are purely for fun, such as mazes and a snakes and ladders type game.
The activities also vary in their level of difficulty. "Spot
the differences," mazes and word searches are a little easier
than the rebus and hink pinks, which require more creative thinking.
One interesting activity asks students to match the famous culinary
delight with its province of origin. Nanaimo bars, Lunenburg lobster
bisque and Summerside spuds are just a few. Answers to all activities
are provided at the back of the book.
Unfortunately, the activities are not reproducible without a license. This has implications for classroom teachers. However, the book would be perfect for a car trip or a rainy day at the cottage.
Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian at Bird's Hill School in East St. Paul, MB.
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