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Contents
1.  - Grade 4 Knight School..................................- began in 2000
2.  - Grade 5 Ancient Civilizations........................- began in 2003
3.  - Grade 6 Explorations & Native Studies..........- began in 2005
4.  - Grade 7 Canadian History (1610 to 1812)......- began in 2007
5.  - Grade 3 Pioneers .........................................- began in 2008



Grade 4 Presentation
"Knight School"

 
 

November 9, 2011 -   Summit Heights Public School, Toronto  
G. Eschle, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"I can tell you that I would rate you as excellent or above average in every category. The presentation was absolutely fantastic. The whole school (parents, teachers, students) are still talking about it. Many of the other teachers were really excited when I told them that you do presentations for other grades as well. The school has had presenters come in the past to do a presentation on Medieval Times. Every teacher I have spoken to said that your presentation was far better. I am not sure if you noticed, but many teachers stopped by during their prep time to watch. All the teachers who passed by were really impressed with how authentic the set up was. Adil and I particularly appreciated how the presentation was very informative, entertaining and realistic. We were so thrilled with how interactive the presentation was, and how many students got a chance to come up, participate and even wear costumes. The students especially enjoyed getting to see, touch and experience the armour, weapons and artefacts. I think that everyone's favourite part was watching Adil dress up in the armour and engage in a sword fight. Again, with regard to all these aspects of the presentation, I would rate you with top marks. We will definitely be doing this presentation again next year and every year we teach grade 4."

 

April 17, 2008 -   St. Joseph Catholic School, Oshawa  
C. McNeil, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"The children were captivated. It grabbed the boys attention and kept it. Performers had an excellent sense of humour. The cost was one fourth of other presentations and we did not have to leave the building. Awesome experience for my special needs students without all the anxiety of a bus trip. Thank you."

 

April 15, 2008 -   Doncrest Public School, Richmond Hill  
Ms. Vario, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"Blades of Glory brought medieval times to reality for my students. The presentation was very concrete. Students really enjoyed the hands-on nature of the presentation. All in all it was a great experience for both students and teachers."

 

April 10, 2008 -   St. Luke Catholic School, Ottawa  
Manon Boudreau, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"Very complete. Great knowledge of the Ontario curriculum. Wonderful use of student interactions! Knight School is a must! It is your curriculum back into a Medieval time!"

 

March 4, 2008 -   Thorncliffe Park Public School, Toronto  
Nancy Bordonaro, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"This presentation has never failed to entertain and teach. I would reccommend it to any Grade 4 teacher. It has always been talked about by students as a highlight of the year. Thank you! Great as always."

 

February 22, 2008 -   St. Catherine Elementary School, Peterborough  
Adam White, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"Wow! What a wealth of knowledge and artefacts. Brings learning to life!"

 

January 18, 2008 -   Russell Public School, Russell  
Mrs. Siobhan Rock, Gr. 4/5 Teacher  

"Great presentation. The students were captivated. They were very attentive. I was very impressed. Lots of information & lots of 'hands-on'. Loved the fight!"

 

January 18, 2008 -   Russell Public School, Russell  
J. Bertrand, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"Enthusiastic. The presenters voices are great with the theme. To the point. The material - WOW!! Many students participated. The 'hands-on' aspect was super!"

 

November 2, 2007 -   Washago Public School, Washago  
Aaron Cornelisse, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"The knights were great with the kids as well as extremely knowledgeable about the topics. I hope they are the two who come back next year. A must for any Grade 4 Social Studies program. Very Real!"

 

October 31, 2007 -   Harrowsmith Public School, Harrowsmith  
Kallista Kelly-Gossage, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"Involving the students was the key to keeping them interested. The information presented was valuable and followed the curriculum expectations (Grade 4 Social Studies). 'Guys' kept the presentation at the children's level. Thank you! The students had 'fun' and they 'learned lots' to share with their parents."

 

June 14, 2007 -   Doncrest Public School, Richmond Hill  
Mr. Lett, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"Very informative & interactive. It was great that the students could try on the knights armour and hold their weapons. Lots of students got to participate during the presentation. Both presenters spoke with animation and at a good volume. It was a great fun dance for all the students to enjoy while participating. The students had a great time because the information is presented in a fun way."

 

June 11, 2007 -   Prince of Wales School, Barrie  
Melissa Sheridan, Deb McCormick, Barbara Pike, Gr. 4/5 Teachers  

"A great 'hands-on' experience for the students. The program is structured and curriculum based. An excellent supplement to the Grade 4 Medieval Times unit."



 

May 29, 2007 -   Spruce Glen P.S., Huntsville  
Mrs. Stephen, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"Great at attempting to include all students, good incorporation of listening/moving/'hands-on', etc., good role plays - really engaged kids & had them 'buy in' to the presentation, wonderful assortment of 'knight gear'."



 

May 24, 2007 -   Beaches Alternative & Kimberly P.S., Toronto  
H. Willows, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"A lot of interesting information presented in an age-appropriate manner. Students were attentive, interested and involved throughout the presentation!"



 

May 22, 2007 -   Archbishop O'Sullivan Catholic School, Kingston  
Mrs. M. DeNoble, Gr. 4/5 Teacher - saw both presentations  

"Fantastic presentation! My students saw both presentations and really enjoyed everything - the hands-on activities, the artefacts, the drama, the medieval fight, etc., A great review of our study of 'Medieval Times Unit' and the 'Ancient Civilizations Unit'! All studenta were actively engaged for both presentations! I would gladly have you visit our school again!"



 

May 7, 2007 -   Fieldcrest Elementary School, Bradford  
S. Leggatt, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"Really liked how they involved students. Great information, easy to understand. Great displays. We used this as an introduction to our 'Medieval Times Unit'. Engaged students & gave them a great knowledge base for the unit."



 

May 2, 2007 -   Ardtrea Cumberland Beach Public School, Cumberland Beach  
Ms. T. Prohaszka, Gr. 4 Teacher  

"Great overview & consolidation of Grade 4 Medieval curriculum. Great interaction with the students to engage them in the presentation."



Grade 5 Presentation
"Ancient Civilizations"

 
 

April 17, 2008 -   St. Joseph Catholic School, Oshawa  
E. Glover, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"The students learned a lot while also being active participants. You have not only helped the students learn, but you also created memories. Thank you."

 

April 14, 2008 -   Holy Name of Mary, Ancaster  
L. Vallorio, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"Excellent! The best presentation I've seen in 24 years of teaching. An outstanding presentation that is linked to curriculum expectations. Great artefacts, interactive presentation. Students loved it!"

 

April 10, 2008 -   St. Luke Catholic School, Ottawa  
Manon Boudreau, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"Very 'rich' visual presentation. Very accurate following the Ontario curriculum. Great interactions using student participation. Great costumes. Highly reccommended to reinforce and complete your lessons! It is a must!"

 

February 21, 2008 -   St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School, Whitby  
Mrs. Cassell, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"The presentation on Ancient Egypt was fantastic. The museum came to us and was 'hands-on'. The live involvement of the students in the stories was humourous AND educational."

 

January 18, 2008 -   Russell Public School, Russell  
Mrs. Siobhan Rock, Gr. 4/5 Teacher  

"I was so impressed. The music and the lighting added so much effect. The students and myself were mesmerized! I loved it! The stories told were very interesting and told in a simple way that held everyone's attention. Loved the costumes!"

 

December 11, 2007 -   Berrigan Elementary School, Barrhaven  
Lea Varvaresos, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"Student involvement was fantastic! The presentation was well worth it. The presenters and their creative use of story telling made history come alive for the students! A great presentation that can be used as an introduction or wrap up to the Grade 5 study of Ancient Civilizations."

 

December 11, 2007 -   Berrigan Elementary School, Barrhaven  
Sabrina Belchamber, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"This surpassed my expectations! The presenters were very good at managing the behaviour of the students and kept them interested from start to finish. The artefacts and props were fascinating - the kids loved them! I also really liked the way stories were told about the ancient civilizations involving the students. They connected with history in an interesting way."

 

November 21, 2007 -   St. Andrews Separate School, St. Andrews  
Sheldon McDougall, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"Students were very engaged in all aspects of the presentation. Presenters spoke loud and slow and kept students attention. An exceptional compliment to the Social Studies material that is taught. Brings dry textbook material to life!"

 

June 14, 2007 -   St. John Evangelist Catholic School, Whitby  
Nicole McNeil, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"The 'hands-on' approach makes the Ancient Civilizations curriculum come alive for the students. Students love the opportunity to touch and handle the various artefacts - something that probably wouldn't happen in a museum."

 

June 11, 2007 -   Prince of Wales School, Barrie  
Melissa Sheridan, Deb McCormick, Barbara Pike, Gr. 4/5 Teachers  

"A curriculum based presentation that the students were highly engaged in. The props and presenters were fantastic!"



 

May 22, 2007 -   Archbishop O'Sullivan Catholic School, Kingston  
Mrs. M. DeNoble, Gr. 4/5 Teacher - saw both presentations  

"Fantastic presentation! My students saw both presentations and really enjoyed everything - the hands-on activities, the artefacts, the drama, the medieval fight, etc., A great review of our study of 'Medieval Times Unit' and the 'Ancient Civilizations Unit'! All students were actively engaged for both presentations! I would gladly have you visit our school again!"



 

May 11, 2007 -   John Dryden Public School, Whitby  
C. Kerr, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"A great way to travel to the ancient world."



 

May 10, 2007 -   Chris Hatfield Public School, Milton  
L. Whitaker, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"Awesome artefacts with lots of opportunity for students to get involved!"



 

May 10, 2007 -   Our Lady of Good Voyage School, Mississauga  
Mrs. Mendonce & Ms. Rozario, Gr. 5 Teachers  

"A wealth of information on different civilizations imparted to the students. The students enjoyed taking part in the various activities which kept them interested in the presentation. Good display & artefacts."



 

May 4, 2007 -   St. Mark Separate School, Mississauga  
R. Keddy, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"Wonderful props and costumes. Excellent student involvement; fits beautifully with the curriculum being taught in class."



 

May 4, 2007 -   Helen Wilson Public School, Brampton  
Simon Perrier, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"Links to Ontario curriculum documents and educational units coincide with the presentation's information."



 

May 2, 2007 -   Ardtrea Cumberland Beach Public School, Cumberland Beach  
Mark Anderson, Gr. 5 Teacher  

"A great review of the Grade 5 curriculum."



Grade 6 Presentation
"Explorations & Native Studies"

 
 

March 27, 2008 -   Glen Dhu Public School, Whitby  
Paul Switzer, Gr. 6 Teacher  

"It was an excellent presentation. Very hands-on. I especially liked how so many of the students were involved in the presentation. It was also very relevent to the curriculum! Engaging and entertaining."

 

March 19, 2008 -   Pleasant Corners Public School, Vankleek Hill  
E. Smith, Gr. 6 Teacher  

"It made history come to life for my Grade 6 students. They enjoyed the re-enactments and participating in the show. The Explorations presentation was dynamic, interactive and educational. A great summation based on the Ontario curriculum for Grade 6 Canadian Explorations Unit."

 

March 18, 2008 -   Berrigan Elementary School, Ottawa  
Mr. Stewart, Gr. 6 Teacher  

"Lots of hands-on activities to help students remember specific explorers and aboriginal groups and interactions between them."

 

February 14, 2008 -   Wismer P.S., Markham  
J. Petroy, Gr. 6 Teacher  

"This presentation allows the students the opportunity to truly understand the concepts by "seeing it". A lot of the students gained a better understanding by participating. Thank you. It was great!!"



 

May 24, 2007 -   St. Mark Separate School, Mississauga  
Freeman & Johnson, Gr. 6 Teachers  

"Lots of artefacts - good use of bringing the students into the activity. Very professional."



Grade 7 Presentation
"Canadian History"
 

March 31, 2008 -   Truedell Public School, Kingston  
Tom Corneil, Gr. 7 Teacher  

"Amazing. Lots of participation, interesting artefacts and relevent information. An amazing opportunity for students to interact with history."

 

February 4, 2008 -   Colonel J.E. Farewell P.S., Whitby  
Coralie Driver, Gr. 7 Teacher  

"The students loved the opportunity to re-enact historic events in costume. They also loved touching the artefacts. This was a great introduction to Grade 7 history. The students will now have lots of prior knowledge to refer to when we do work in class. Drama & physical movement are fantastic tools for learning. Thanks so much!!"





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