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Short Answer Questions


'Stop' 9: Winnipeg


Event A


Short-Answer Questions

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1. Why is George not allowed to sit in the airplane?

2. What does RCAF stand for?

3. What are these planes used for?


Activities


1. Canada has a rich aviation history. Visit the Canada Aviation Museum’s resources website for more information, and activities involving aviation history.


'Stop' 10: Saskatoon to Edmonton


Short-Answer Questions

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1. Where does Ruthie live?

2. What are her chores?

3. What are the differences the girls notice between Canada and England?

4. Does Ruthie like her house in Canada?


Activities


1. a. Ask students to brainstorm with you about what types of emotions Ruthie would be feeling when she left England?


Brainstorming Questions to Consider:


  • What would it be like to move to a new country all alone?
  • How would Ruthie feel when she arrived at Canada? When she got to her new home?


b. Have the students write a paragraph about personal experiences that have brought out similar emotions (sadness, excitement, relief, fear, etc.)




'Stop' 11: Edmonton to Jasper


Short-Answer Questions

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1. What are the children excited to see in Jasper?

2. What is a wireless?

3. What is a Nazi?

4. Why are Anne and George worried?


Activities


Use this time to introduce students to web searches. Discuss the difference between sites that have reputable information, or “good” sites, and sites which do not - “bad” sites.


Write the answers on the board as students give possible answers. With students, develop a grid of questions they should ask when looking at websites to evaluate if the content is good or not. For example:


Author Ease of use Date created Sponsors Good information
Is the author’s name on the site? Do they have credentials? Is it clear how to get around the site and find information? When was the site created? When was the last update? Who sponsored the site? A school? A museum? A company? Is this site useful for you? Does it have lots of interesting information?

After this has been created, ask students to use a kid-friendly search engine (recommended by your school) to search for words like “World War 2” and “Blitz.”


Ask them to fill out a sheet on each term you have chosen:


Term Date it occurred Definition URL of site Is this a good site to find information?
World War 2 1939-1945      

'Stop' 12: Jasper to Vancouver


Event A


Short-Answer Questions

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1. How long have Anne and George been travelling?

2. What types of things have the children travelled on?

3. What does Mrs. MacTavish tell the children about Vancouver?

4. Do the children have to wear gas masks in Vancouver?


Activities


1. Ask students to create a booklet or comic book of illustrations (with a descriptive sentence for each illustration) for the activities Mrs. MacTavish describes to Anne and George.


Event B


Short-Answer Questions

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1. What do Anne and George use to talk to their mum and dad?

2. What did George learn how to do?

3. What did Anne join to help the war effort?

4. Why is George getting a paper route?


Activities


1. Write a chronology of the things Anne and George did and saw on their journey, including all important stops, people the children meet, and events they discuss. Use a roll of newsprint and have the students illustrate 'Stop' and people from the vignettes to place on the timeline.



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