We Vow In Your Classroom

 

We Vow invites teachers and school boards across Canada to join us.

There are many ways for teachers to integrate the We Vow website and mission into the classroom and, more broadly, your school’s public service mission.  Here is a partial list of suggested learning opportunities drawn from the Ontario curriculum:


MUSIC

Materials:  Audio source to play “We Vow”, lyric sheets, blank sheet, pencil, pencil crayons.

Assignment:

1)    Teacher plays the We Vow song or video in class

2)    Teacher hands out lyric sheet to students.

3)    Students listen and read along.

4) After song has ended, teacher asks each student to choose one line from the song, reflect on its meaning for and write, draw or tell a story about how the line resonates with them.

Please see:

Grade 4 Music Curriculum C2.1 and C2.2

Grade 5 Music Curriculum C2.1 and C2.2

Grade 6 Music Curriculum C2.1 and C2.2

Gr. 7 Music Curriculum C2.1

Gr. 8 Music Curriculum C2.1

Assignment (for Grades 7 and 8):

Materials:  Audio source to play “We Vow”, lyric sheets, blank sheet, pencil, music program.

Assignment:

1)    Teacher plays the We Vow song or video in class

2)    Teacher hands out lyric sheet to students.

3)    Students listen and read along.

4)    After song has ended, teacher asks students about their emotional reactions and then asks each student to compose a musical composition reflecting one of those emotions.

Please see:

Grade 7 Music Curriculum C1.3

Grade 8 Music Curriculum C1.3


DANCE

Assignment:

1)     Teacher plays the We Vow song or video in class

2)     Hands out lyric sheet to students. Students listen and read along.

Afterward, the teacher breaks the class into small groups of three or four. Each group is tasked with choosing a verse or chorus from the song and using movement to communicate the underlying idea. Present their thoughts and reflections on the scene and how it communicates experiences in their own lives.

Please see:

Grade 4 Dance Curriculum A1.3; A1.4 and A2.1

Grade 5 Dance Curriculum A1.3; A1.4 and A2.1

Grade 6 Dance Curriculum A1.3; A1.4 and A2.1

Grade 7 Dance Curriculum A1.1

Grade 8 Dance Curriculum A1.1, A1.2


Visual Arts

Assignment: Teacher plays the We Vow song or video in class.

Afterward, the teacher hands out any relevant media forms and asks each student to create visual work that expresses feelings or ideas inspired by the song. Students then present their work and explain their thinking.

Please see:

Grade 4 Visual Arts Curriculum D2.1

Grade 5 Visual Arts Curriculum D1.1

Grade 6 Visual arts Curriculum D1.1

Grade 7 Visual Arts Curriculum D2.1

Grade 8 Visual Arts Curriculum D1.1, D2.1

Materials: Poster paper, any medium i.e. pencil crayons, pastels…etc

Assignment:

1) Teacher plays the We Vow song or video in class.

2) Teacher asks each student to create a poster that “presents solutions to stereotyping, bias or bullying”. Students then present their work and explain their thinking.

Please see:

Grade 4 Visual Arts Curriculum D1.3

Grade 5 Visual Arts Curriculum D1.3

Grade 6 Visual Arts Curriculum D2.1

Grade 7 Visual Arts Curriculum D1.1

Grade 8 Visual Arts Curriculum D


Drama

Assignment: Teacher plays the We Vow song or video in class and hands out lyric sheet to students. Students listen and read along. Afterward, the teacher breaks the class into small groups of three or four. Each group is tasked with choosing a verse or chorus from the song and use role play to explore social issues such as racism, bullying and social inequity expressed in the lyrics. Afterward, students present their thoughts and reflections on the scene and how it communicates experiences in their own lives.

Please see:

Grade 4 Curriculum B1.3

Grade 5 Curriculum B1.1

Grade 6 Curriculum B1.1

Grade 7 Curriculum B1.1

Grade 8 Curriculum B1.1



Rachel, OTTAWA 

Rachel started an initiative at her school sharing a special video message, vowing to stop bullying in their school. 

I vow to collect blankets, hats and mittens in my neighbourhood to donate to the homeless shelter. I don’t ever want those people to feel cold.
— Ally, Age 12, Toronto
I vow to volunteer before school to help serve the school breakfast program. No child should ever have to be hungry and I want to make sure I show that with my actions.
— Hudson, Age 9, Toronto

Cindy, Mississauga

I vow to hold a sing-a-thon at school with the help of our choir teacher to raise money for the homeless shelter so that there is enough food for them to eat. 

Cindy, Age 8, Mississauga

Nathan, Halifax

Nathan, age 11, has vowed to gather friends together to clean up garbage at the neighborhood playground where children play. 

I vow to shovel snow for my neighbour who is older and can’t do it for herself. Every time it snows I will make sure her path is clear and she is safe inside.
— Michael, Age 10, Toronto