They taught us about the Halifax Explosion, Laura Secord, the Bluenose, Avro Arrow, Jackie Robinson and so many other things.
And every single one ended by saying: "A part of our Heritage".
It's been announced that the collection is growing once again. It's hard to believe they started with 13 short films, expanded to more than 70 and now there will be even more. Most are available online.
While I now lean towards teaching Elementary school, I used to think I'd teach high school History, and I thought it would be neat to use these videos in the classroom.
I'd like to match up a few books suitable for younger grades with a few of my favourite heritage minutes.
Early on Christmas morning the guns stop firing through the ruined landscape. A young soldier peers through a periscope over the top of the trench. Way out in no man's land, he sees a small red shape moving on the barbed wire. A brightly colored robin is trapped, one wing flapping helplessly. Now in paperback, In Flanders Fields tells the story of a young homesick World War I soldier who risks his life to cross the desolate space and rescue the robin from the barbed wire that separates the opposing forces in their trenches. Brian Harrison-Lever's striking artwork and Norman Jorgensen's dramatic narrative make this an eloquent, moving counterpoint to the senselessness and inhumanity of war.
What books would you match up with any of the over 70 Heritage Minutes?