Monday, April 6, 2015


As both Chimney Hill Elementary (B.C. Canada) and Jules Verne School (México) are interested in developing critical thinking and real learning in their students, both schools have been working for more than eight years to create a community that learn from each other.

We are interested in making our students understand their culture, their history, their politics and the facts that affect them as citizens from their own countries and the role they play in this global world, where there is a need to develop empathy and know about others from real facts.

We all know that information found in books or even spread by media are not always as real as it seem.

So students are making research from their own countries and other´s countries and share the process on how they come a conclusion of their own about what they already know or think and what is real.

For this purpose we documenting each step of the process.

Make students know more about their own culture and National Symbols to make stories that convey a messagge of their own identity, and compare and contrast with each other´s National Symbols and culture to find out real facts of today´s live for both countries in order to brake stereotyping.


  1. Learn about own countries National Symbols and culture Know about other´s National Symbols and culture.
  • History
  • Geography
  • Culture
  • Art
  • Traditions
  • Language Arts
  1. Research on Mexico National Symbols, culture, traditions, landscape, territory. 
  1. Research on Canada National Symbols, culture, traditions, landscape, territory.
  • How  do you think mexican/canadian people live? 
  • What do you think mexican/canadian do in their free time?
  • What do you think are mexican/canadian people make for living?
  • What do you think mexican/canadian people use as mean of daily transport?
  • What do you think mexican/canadian people eat daily?
  • How do you think mexican/canadian people dress?
  • What do you think the weather is in Mexico/Canada?
  • What kind of landscape you think there is in Mexico City/Canada?
  • What kids of shops or malls you think there will be in Mexico/Canada?
  • How you imagine families in Mexico/Canada (dressing, meals, relationship).?
  • What kind of pets you have?
  • What are other´s feelings, likes and dislikes?
  • What are the games other´s like to play?
  • What you think Mexican/Canadian students study at school?
  • How you think Mexican/Canadian schools look like?
  • How do you think Mexican/Canadian houses/appartments, streets, neighborhoods are?
  • How you think hospitals, museums, national buildings, stadiums are?
  • Where do you think people in Canada/Mexico go to vacation or for the weekend?
  • How study level do you think people in Mexico/Canada accomplish?

b) Learn how to communicate what they learn and what they find to brake stereotyping

A podcast with a common story for Canada-Mexico 2015 Trip where there is told a story about how kids are alike and what make them different from each other, looking into their background as source of their own identity.

Weeks 1-3:   March 16- April 15

3.   Make up a story or fable  about National Symbosl of your own country.
4.   Make a post on each grade´s blog (The story and the research about both countries).
5.   Share it on Facebook group “Braking stereotypes Mexico-Canada”
6.   Discuss (comments) on facebook about true and not true facts about your own country.
7.   Prepare a short abstract about what is your own idea of Mexico (Mexico City) as a country after the research you had made. These questions will be posted on a blog, (Illustrate them with pictures you find during your research). 

Week 4 April 16 - April 23
During the visit

8.  According to your responses, take notes on how you imagine Mexico, and how similar or different what you imagine or read about are real or just stereotypes.  (Canadian kids).

9. Mexican kids will ask questions regarding their answers to their questions to find out whether what they read or imagine about Canada is real or just stereotypes during the Jules Verne-Chimney Hill exchange week.  

10. Take pictures, and analyze the facts you thinks towards the ideas you had. 

10. Make a joint story using your research and notes, use your pictures. 

11. Make a video where you can tell the world what you find during this approach to each other´s culture.

11. Post it on facebook, make comments, share on twitter too. 

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Part of this experience is to dispel the stereotypes that each of us has about each other's culture.  By writing a story that each of us in opposite cultures can refute or confirm, we learn about each other's world.  The students's stories will be uploaded to the blogs that Mayus has created and we will comment on whether or not each other's stories are accurate or not.  I know that one of our ambassadors took her story home on Thursday to edit….. if she could resend it to me, I will include it!

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