Here's a book I love to throw in my bag and keep on hand while teaching in London schools: Find Out About Canada by Sue McMillan. It's only 64 pages and spiral bound, so a light addition to your suitcase.
I wrote the following review on Amazon:
This is a great book to explain all things Canadiana to someone from another country. It can be used for students in Kindergarten because it has plenty of visuals & you can use it in read-a-loud. But you can use the book all the way through to adult age students. I can particularly see it being used for grades 6-10 with reading comprehension, ESL, EAL etc.Other than one or two good Canadian books, I recommend bringing your teacher resources on a USB stick and saving your bookmarks on Delicious so you can access your favourite web based resources wherever you are.
It's very much written for a non-Canadian audience, and I love it for my teaching in London, England. When I have a few spare minutes, I can pull out the book & start a focused discussion on something Canadian - the students love it and so do I.
Here is a blog post about packing advice as well.
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