Let’s Paddle to the Sea Together!

Learning is a journey.  The sharing of stories is probably the greatest source of traditional learning.  Story telling comes in many forms; oral, written and video. Today, the ability to share stories has never been easier, thus the opportunities for learning are endless!

As a young student, I fondly remember watching the National Film Board’s Paddle to the Sea. It’s a story about a young Anishinaabe  boy who carves a wooden replica of himself paddling a canoe. The story follows the journey of the little canoe through the Great Lakes to its eventual destination; the Atlantic Ocean. The video connected me to the Great Lakes and opened my eyes to a world beyond Thunder Bay and Lake Superior. I loved the film, but couldn’t access it beyond the one day we watched it at school. Over time, I forgot about the story.


Fast forward almost 40 years to a gift shop across Lake Superior from Thunder Bay to Wisconsin and  Big Bay State Park, This is where I rediscovered “Paddle to the Sea” and an unbelievable learning journey was  set in motion. I shared the book with my young son and eventually, with people I was connected with throughout the world. Read more about the incredible journey in a recent blog post “Blue Gold”.

Incredibly, water also connected me to Nokomis Josephine Maddamin and the Junior Water Walkers was conceived. If you’re interested check out the webpage!!

So, the point of this post? Let’s Paddle to the Sea together!  On November 4th, join our class as we journey back in time to journey with Paddle down the Great Lakes to the Atlantic ocean. Along the way we’ll meet many incredible people and visit some amazing places! There are many cross curricular connections and you just never know where our learning will take us! Even if you don’t have access to the book the National Film Board’s video will allow you to travel with us!

In this shared doc you’ll find many ideas and resources that I like to use while reading Paddle to the Sea. Please feel free to share yours! If you’re on Twitter, share your class learning using the hashtag #Paddletothesea 

If you’re interested in joining us, add your class to this form so we can add your pin to the map and connect with you!

We’re looking forward to paddling with you!

Mr. C and TheMADClass

GO Explore Lake Superior!

I will update the above with information about how our “Paddle to the Sea” adventure went ASAP. But, I wanted to share our next adventure, which was a spin off of our Paddle to the Sea journey. Our GO Explore Lake Superior journey is outlined below. If you’d like to make a copy of the doc, you can access it here. Customize it to create your own “GO Explore___________”. Have fun and please share your journey with us!

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About mrcameron14

I am a Grade 6 teacher of 18 years in Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada. Passionate about sharing with teachers throughout the world. Teaching students how to use technology 4 good and to make a positive difference in the world. Apple Distinguished Educator 2013, SMART Exemplary Educator 2013, Google Educator 2015.
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