Welcome to April and National Poetry Month!


April heralds new spring bulbs, life and creativity in the learning commons.  As we celebrate Easter we are gently reminded that through the sacrificial death on the cross,  Life and Love may be found in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

 

Resources for Easter:

Here is our Scoop it! Newsletter.

Here is Natalie’s article with a wide variety of Easter Resources from the Learning Commons.

Ning Contests!

To celebrate all writers and poets in National Poetry Month we are having a writing contest on our Ning.  If you would like to join in the fun of writing please go to this site and learn more.  This contest is open to all students from grades 5-12.  Parents may join Ning to help younger students sign up for this event. Please contact Pippa if you need an invite for Ning.

Curriculum and Resources:

Natalie shares on some recent articles on Rainbow PublishersEvan Moor and Teacher’s Notebook on Overdrive!

Our celebrated author’s this month are Lois Lowry and Pauline Johnson Canadian poet.

We have added some K/1 Resource Units (for bible, Language Arts and Math) into Overdrive. There are the following: Apples, Fall, The NewsPirates, Rainforest, Trains and Winter Fun.

We have added many new titles to Overdrive this month – check out our Newest Additons!

New Kits:

We have been adding answer keys to our Digital Science Kits for Grade 8. These answer keys are available in Overdrive for you to download. We have keys available for Cells and Systems, Optics, Water Systems and Fluid and Dynamics.

Natural Resources Digital Kit is a new kit available this month.

Physical Learning Commons Survey:

Thank you so much for completing our Physical Commons Survey.  Your responses are shared below and will help us in the learning commons determine how to move forward:)

Here were your responses:

What resources have you used in the Learning Commons?

What resources have you used in the Learning Commons?

Due to the funding allocation changes in 2014/15 have you chosen to use the Learning Commons more?

Due to the funding allocation changes in 2014/15 have you chosen to use the Learning Commons more?

 

Did you find the Physical Kits easy to use?

Did you find the Physical Kits easy to use?

 

For Grades K-6 which resources do you prefer to use?

For Grades K-6 which resources do you prefer to use?

 

For grades 7-9 which resources do you prefer to use?

For grades 7-9 which resources do you prefer to use?

For a downloadable copy of our survey results, please go here.

Our winner of the random survey is Ai Ling Mok. Your Amazon prize will be emailed to you. Congratulations!!

From all of us to all of you we wish a very Happy Easter and blessings during this Holy time.

Your Learning Commons team.

 

 

 

 

Resources in the Learning Commons for Easter


First and foremost, please take a look at the amazing resources on Right Now Media as we celebrate The Resurrection. Right Now Media have videos for children, lessons for adults and inspiring messages that remind us about Easter and the importance of it to our Christian faith.

Here are just a few examples:

The First Easter:

The First Easter

The Easter Promise and The Witness:

The Easter Promise and The Witness

The Bible Discovery Series:

The Bible Discovery Series

The Easter Experience:

The Easter Experience

In Overdrive we have the following Resources:

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Easter Fun by Linda Standee

Have fun with faith using Easter Fun for grades 1–3! This 32-page book helps children observe the Lenten season through expressive art and craft activities, fun recipes, and an assortment of engaging puzzles. The meaningful activities delight young believers and prepare their hearts for Resurrection Sunday. The book also includes reproducibles and an answer key.

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My First Story of Easter by Tim Dowley

Tim Dowley’s My First Story of Easter retells the biblical account in simple terms, complete with bright, cheery illustrations that are sure to put a smile on the face of the reader. This Easter, give the children in your life the best gift of all-a story that explains the reason for celebration!

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Easter Eggs for Anya by Virginia Kroll

A Ukrainian Celebration of New Life in Christ Children love coloring Easter eggs, and here’s a story to explain one of the origins of this tradition. In early nineteenth-century Ukraine, Christians celebrated Easter by exchanging colorful, hand-decorated pysanky eggs—but with Papa away at the war and Mama is struggling to make ends meet, Anya’s family was too poor to buy eggs to decorate one year. That is, until Anya discovered an abandoned nest of goose eggs and began planning an Easter surprise for her family. But God had an even better surprise in store, and when the eggs unexpectedly began to hatch, Anya learned what the Easter story teaches: spring brings gifts of myriad new beginnings, just as the risen Christ gave the gift of new life to us all. Each Traditions of Faith book features a story of how significant Christian traditions emerged in cultures around the world, with a note about the origin and history of the tradition, and offers ideas and activities each family can adopt as its own.

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The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story

‘He has risen!’ Mark 16:6 Brother and Sister have come to value all the candy and Easter eggs they get on Easter morning. But a much more important value gets emphasized one Eastern morn when Papa read them the Easter story (featuring people not bears).

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Amazing Journey by Susie Poole

An accurate retelling of Christ’s death from creation to the cross that helps children learn the meaning of the resurrection.

Don’t forget the great craft ideas and printables in Enchanted Learning.

Order books from L4U! We have many great resources in L4U. Just search under Easter in the main search engine.

To learn about the celebration of Easter in other cultures, look to Discovery Education.

Good Friday and Easter Sunday in Ouro Preto:

Good Friday and Easter Sunday in Brazil

Eastern Orthodox Easter:

Eastern Orthodox Easter

Enjoy some resources about Easter from Learn 360.

Rechenka’s Eggs:

Rechenka's Eggs

Clifford’s Happy Easter in Audiobook:

Clifford's Happy Easter

Peter Cottontail in Audiobook:

Peter Cottontail

Let’s Celebrate 9 (Easter):

Let's Celebrate 9

May God Bless you this Easter!

Your Learning Commons Team

(ebook reviews by Overdrive)

Killing Jesus Trailer


Based on the New York Times best-selling book, Killing Jesus charts the political and historical conflicts that led to the execution of one of history’s most well-known figures. The 3-hour television event, premieres on Sunday, March 29 at 8 PM ET/PT.

Source: channel.nationalgeographic.com

Watch telly this Sunday for this new series to premier!

Easter Story LEGO Challenge


One of the co-op classes our youngest three are a part of this year is LEGO Challenge. There have been a variety of projects and challenges they have worke

Source: www.homeschoolcreations.net

Easter and Lego challenge.  This brings the Bible to life :)  Take the challenge!

Publishers on Overdrive: Teacher’s Notebook


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Our next amazing publisher to highlight is Teacher’s Notebook. We have over 90 resources for you to use for your next novel study, literature unit, social studies project or science experiment write up! These resources include graphic organizers, activity suggestions, project based learning and much more. We have a variety of resources, including:

  1. Novel Studies
  2. Poetry Units
  3. Science Experiment Journals
  4. Writing Activity Packs
  5. Seasonal Materials
  6. K/1 Thematic Unit Studies (with literacy and numeracy)
  7. Social Studies Resources
  8. Educational Games

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These resources are easy to use and in an Open PDF format so that they are easy to print! I hope that you will check these resources out today and see how you can incorporate them in your homeschooling experience!

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If you need help using Overdrive you can go to this help page or don’t hesitate to contact Pippa Davies at pdavies@onlineschool.ca or Natalie Sing at nsing@onlineschool.ca – we would love to help you get started!  Blessings from your Learning Commons Team!!

Publishers on Overdrive: Rainbow Horizons Publishing


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Our next publisher to highlight is Rainbow Horizons Publishing. Rainbow Horizons has many unit study resources with many Canadian related titles. They have a wide range of units to meet our BC learning outcomes. Here is just a sample of what we have available in Overdrive:

  1. Canadian Geography
  2. Canadian Government
  3. Canadian History
  4. Literature Units
  5. Science
  6. World History

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If you haven’t taken advantage of these unit studies, consider using them as one of your resources. They have comprehension questions, activity ideas, writing assignments, project suggestions and much more. Many of them include “overhead resources” that can act as a booklet to provide the background information needed for the study.

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We have a total of 40 Rainbow Horizons unit studies and we will be adding more in the new school year! These studies are available in PDF ebook or Open PDF formats so they are printable for your use.

If you need help using Overdrive you can go to this help page or don’t hesitate to contact Pippa Davies at pdavies@onlineschool.ca or Natalie Sing at nsing@onlineschool.ca – we would love to help you get started!  Blessings from your Learning Commons Team!!

Publishers on Overdrive: Evan-Moor Educational Publishers


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We are very fortunate to have a wide range of downloadable curriculum in Overdrive. There are many great publishers that we have access to. Over the next week or two we want to highlight some of our publishers and the amazing curriculum we have available for you.

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Our first highlighted publisher is Evan-Moor. Evan-Moor has a wide range of materials from K-8. Their materials are very colourful and creative and many of our families really enjoy using these materials.

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Here are just some of the options we have for you from Evan-Moor:

  1. Literature Pockets
  2. History Pockets
  3. “Daily” Resources such as Daily Math and Daily Science
  4. A variety of Writing Resources
  5. Science Unit Studies
  6. Read and Understand Units
  7. Book Reports
  8. Geography Units

All these resources come in a printable PDF Ebook format. Don’t miss out on using Evan-Moor with your K-8 student! If you need help using Overdrive you can go to this help page or don’t hesitate to contact Pippa Davies at pdavies@onlineschool.ca or Natalie Sing at nsing@onlineschool.ca – we would love to help you get started! Blessings from your Learning Commons Team!

Homeschool Convention Deadlines!


The Earlybird deadline for registering for BC CHEC is fast approaching…March 31st !

Benefits of registering early:
• Lower price!
• Receive your name tags in the mail so you don’t have to wait in line when you arrive!
• You will receive the QuickLaunch Insider and special coupons via EMAIL!
• Take advantage of the HCOS PAC funds which pays 50% of registration fees for Gr. 1-12, (but funds are limited)!

Register here: https://bcconvention.ca/index.php

Deadline for purchasing our 10th Anniversary T-Shirts is March 26th! CHEC logosmall

Tineke Ziemer designed our fabulous Logo!

• The Adult shirts are $19.98 and the Youth shirts are $16.26, taxes included
• Order and pay online https://urstore.ca/schools/ca/british-columbia/kelowna/bc-chec-2015-official-online-apparel-store/
• Pick up at the convention. This saves on the shipping costs.

See you at Convention!

Lois Lowry – March 20th


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Have you enjoyed books written by Lois Lowry? March 20th is her birthday and we hope you will check out some of the great books and resources below:
Giver
The Giver ebook and audiobook
Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering BlueMessenger, and Son. Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
Giver Novel study
Everything you need for a novel study on The Giver by Lois Lowry! There are many ways that you can use these resources. You can copy as an entire packet or you can copy pages individually! This can be for a small book club, or for the whole class!

Inside you will find:
About the Author Research Activity
Story Summary: Characters/Plot/Setting: Graphic Organizer
Comparing Two Characters: Graphic Organizer
Character Change Throughout Story: Graphic Organizer
Character Action/Motivation: Graphic Organizer
Setting: Time and Place: Graphic Organizer
Comparing Life in Community in the Giver and My Community Graphic Organizer
Plot: Problem/Solution: Graphic Organizer
Plot: Determining Importance of Events: Graphic Organizer
New Words/Meaning Graphic Organizer
Figurative Language I Found Graphic Organizer
Questions I Had in The Giver: Before/During/After Reading Graphic Organizer
Text-to-Text Connection Graphic Organizer
Text-to-Self Connection Graphic Organizer
Text-to-World Connection Graphic Organizer
Text-to-Self Connection with Specific Characters Graphic Organizer
Character/Character Traits Graphic Organizer
My Important Thoughts While Reading Graphic Organizer
Sensory Images in The Giver: Graphic Organizer
Describing the Setting: Graphic Organizer
Inferring Character Feelings Graphic Organizer
My Inference Picture
Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer
Inferring Graphic Organizer
Six Deep Question Response Activities
Four Quotes from Book Response Activities
Book Commercial Activity
Letter to the Author Activity
Lesson/Theme of The Giver Response
Gathering Blue
Gathering Blue ebook and audiobook
In perhaps her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit and that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever. As she did in THE GIVER, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future
Messenger
Messenger ebook and audiobook
Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village’s closing and try to convince Seer’s daughter to return with him before it’s too late. But Forest has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.
Son
Son ebook
They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive?  She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice. Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.
Number the Stars
Number the Stars ebook
As the German troops begin their campaign to “relocate” all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.
Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.
Number the Stars Novel Study
Everything you need for a novel study on Number the Stars by Lois Lowry! There are many ways that you can use these resources. You can copy as an entire packet or you can copy pages individually! This can be for a small book club, or for the whole class!
Inside you will find:
About the Author Research Activity
Story Summary: Characters/Plot/Setting: Graphic Organizer
Comparing Two Characters: Graphic Organizer
Character Change Throughout Story: Graphic Organizer
Character Action/Motivation: Graphic Organizer
Setting: Time and Place: Graphic Organizer
Plot: Problem/Solution: Graphic Organizer
Plot: Determining Importance of Events: Graphic Organizer
Questions I Had in Number the Stars: Before/During/After Reading Graphic Organizer
Text-to-Text Connection Graphic Organizer
Text-to-Self Connection Graphic Organizer
Text-to-World Connection Graphic Organizer
Text-to-Self Connection with Specific Characters Graphic Organizer
My Important Thoughts While Reading Graphic Organizer
Sensory Images in Number the Stars: Graphic Organizer
Describing the Setting: Graphic Organizer
Inferring Character Feelings Graphic Organizer
My Inference Picture
Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer
Inferring Graphic Organizer
Deep Question Response Activity
Two Quote from Book Response Activities
Book Commercial Activity
Letter to the Author Activity
Lesson/Theme of Number the Stars Response
Reviews by Overdrive

Pauline Johnson – Canadian Poet Born on March 10th


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Pauline Johnson is a Canadian poet whose poetry was published in Canada, the US and Great Britain. Her father was a Mohawk chief and her mother an English immigrant and her First Nations heritage is reflected in her poetry.
Discovery Education has a short video segment about Pauline Johnson. Learn 360 has a video clip about her as well.
To celebrate Pauline Johnson’s First Nations heritage here are some of the resources that we have available on Overdrive that relate to First Nation’s culture and history.
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This creative unit introduces the arts of First Nations peoples from North America, Asia, Egypt and Australia. These step-by-step, guided art lessons impart the basic styles and shapes used by each culture as well as exploring the special use of color, particular to each culture. One preferred strategy is for the teacher to demonstrate the steps with students following along creating a “rough draft”. This allows students to make mistakes and practice the various techniques resulting in a better final product. Although each lesson stands on its own, it is better to teach them in order, as the techniques being explored become progressively more difficult. This Art lesson provides a teacher and student section with a variety of step-by-step student projects and evaluation to create a well-rounded lesson plan.
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Students examine the First Nations of Canada in this fast-paced unit. Exciting activities range from Inuit string games to constructing a teepee. In general, students participate in meaningful activities associated with the theme of each lesson, which are followed by related student notes. This format helps to stress process rather than concentrating on memorization of factual information. Optional activities are also included, such as sign language, movie review of Pocahontas and Dances with Wolves. This Canada lesson provides a teacher and student section with a variety of reading passages, activities, crossword, word search and answer key to create a well-rounded lesson plan.
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Big Books for First Nations by Vera Trembach
B is for Bannock — M is for Moccasin — T is for Tipi. The stories featured in our resource are being enjoyed by children and teachers across Canada in both provincial and First Nations schools. Aboriginal children read about things that are familiar and non-Aboriginal children learn about the cultures of First Nations people. Students will learn about traditional foods, develop their listening skills, participate in letter sequencing activities and write an acrostic food poem. Included are patterns and text to make 3 big books: B is for Bannock — a recipe for bannock, patterns for big book and little book stories; Inside My Tipi — patterns for big and little book stories, creative writing pages; and M is for Moccasins. This Canada lesson provides a teacher and student section with reading passages, activities and recipes to create a well-rounded lesson plan.
 
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Secret of the Dance by Andrea Spalding
In 1935, a nine-year-old boy’s family held a forbidden Potlatch in faraway Kingcome Inlet. Watl’kina slipped from his bed to bear witness. In the Big House masked figures danced by firelight to the beat of the drum. And there, he saw a figure he knew. Aboriginal elder Alfred Scow and award-winning author Andrea Spalding collaborate to tell the story, to tell the secret of the dance.
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Each book in the Native Peoples of the Americas Thematic Unit Series contains teacher resource pages, language arts activities, art projects, informational reading reproducible activity sheets, games, and cooking projects.
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Indian Captive by Lois Lenski
Mary Jemison has been captured by a Shawnee war party! How will she survive? When twelve-year-old Mary Jemison and her family are captured by Shawnee raiders, she’s sure they’ll all be killed. Instead, Mary is separated from her siblings and traded to two Seneca sisters, who adopt her and make her one of their own. Mary misses her home, but the tribe is kind to her. She learns to plant crops, make clay pots, and sew moccasins, just as the other members do. Slowly, Mary realizes that the Indians are not the monsters she believed them to be. When Mary is given the chance to return to her world, will she want to leave the tribe that has become her family?   This Newbery Honor book is based on the true story of Mary Jemison, the pioneer known as the “White Woman of the Genesee.”   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Lenski including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.
reviews by Overdrive
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