Read Around the World Event


Welcome to the Read Around the World Book Club!  Join Pippa Davies, teacher librarian, as she celebrates beautiful picture books from around the world, during two sessions in March.  Each week we will read books from different parts of the world, celebrating all of the continents.  Parents can help their students by starting a passport for reading around the world.  Then students can continue with their reading after the two weeks.   If they read 20 or more picture books from around the world by the end of March, they will be entered into a draw for a $50 Amazon gift certificate for more books!  All they need do is share their passport with Mrs. Davies at the end of March to be entered for the prize.

Who may attend?  Students and parents in grades K-6

Where will this happen?  Zoom videoconferencing room.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 Read around the World Celebrating Picture Books 
Time: Mar 8,  and 15th 2017 11:00 AM- 12 PM PAC time

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/585395427

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,585395427#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 585 395 427
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=xWY-QWAogGJIs54iSSwMPUW0-N16p5_b

Cost:  Free

Please register at this poll here.

Micro: Bits and more!


Hello Folks,

We have just added over 100+ new items to the L4U catalogue!  Did you know you can easily find all of the recently added items quickly and easily from the Home page by scrolling through the New Items or clicking the View More button to see them all:

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We have added some great new hands-on items as well:

Happy Atoms will help your students learn about how atoms form.  View more here.

Micro: Bits are the newest, coolest gadgets to learn about coding!  View more here. You will need to log into L4U to place your bookings!

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You can view all of the MakerEd items available by clicking on Topic Search, then 001 Resources, then click on Maker Education (STEAM):

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Passing the Baton to Cynthia Duncalfe


Have you ever ran a relay race? Have you been part of a team of runners who’s goal is to do the best for their portion of the race?

I feel that being the curriculum consultant in HCOS is like a relay race. Sarah Bennett passed the baton to me, and I am now passing the baton to Cynthia Duncalfe.

I have known Cynthia for many years. She will be a great help to families and teachers in HCOS in curriculum consulting and development of resources. I know she is knowledgeable, a life-long learner, and a passionate homeschool mom. I know that Cynthia will serve you each day to the glory of God!

In leaving as your curriculum consultant, I leave with memories of joy and fulfillment! I am so thankful to God and all the wonderful people he has brought into my life through the Learning Commons and all of HCOS! I have been incredibly blessed!

I leave with full confidence in Cynthia and I am certain that she will serve you very well! I know that she would love to hear from you! You can contact her anytime at cynthia.duncalfe@onlineschool.ca

Blessings to you, Natalie

Picture Book Biographies on Overdrive


We have recently added many picture book biography titles to Overdrive and they are wonderful additions to your reading about any subject! The list below has all of the titles available including previously added titles.

Picture Book Biographies in Overdrive

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Book-A-Neer Winners!


 

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Ahoy Mateys!

We’ve had another successful Read-a-thon with 128 students participating! Each class winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card and the Top Readers will receive a $50 Amazon gift card!  Congratulations to the winners for the most minutes read in their class or category:

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Thank you all for participating!  You read a lot of books!  Total time for everyone reading is 3,798 hours!  Isn’t that amazing!!  You guys ROCK!!

Parents can download the certificate for participation here  cert2017

A BIG Thank you to the HCOS Parent Action Committee for making these prizes possible!!

Biography Collections on Overdrive


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Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed The World by Cynthia ChinLee

Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neal Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change her world and the world around her.

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Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster

In this special two-book bundle you’ll meet remarkable women in science, sport, preaching and teaching, politics, war and peace, arts and entertainment, etc. The book is full of amazing facts and fascinating trivia about intriguing figures. Discover some of the many heroines Canada can be proud of. Find out how we’re remembering them. Or not! Augmented by great quotes and photos, this inspiring collection profiles remarkable women — heroines in science, sport, preaching and teaching, politics, war and peace, arts and entertainment, and more. Profiles include mountaineer Phyllis Munday, activist Hide Shimizu, unionist Lea Roback, movie mogul Mary Pickford, the original Degrassi kids, Captain Kool, hockey star Hilda Ranscombe, and the woman dubbed “the atomic mosquito.”

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Exceptional Women Environmentalists by Frances Rooney

Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Canadian environmentalist and founder of the Environmental Children’s Organization, and Jane Goodall, famed primate researcher and advocate, are two of the ten women profiled here who are making a difference for our planet.

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Heroes of the Environment by Harriet Rohmer

This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Plenty of photographs and illustrations bring each compelling story vividly to life.

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Legends in Their Time by George Sherwood

A remarkable cast of past and present young Canadians stride across the pages of Legends In Their Time, each having a significant role to play in Canadian history. Beginning in the 1500s and moving on into the 20th century, each chapter contributes insights into the evolution of Canada as a nation.

Author George Sherwood’s thorough research and his scene setting bring to life the heroic accomplishments and tragic exploits that make Canada’s story a fascinating and entertaining account. Included are explorer Etienne Brule; Osborne Anderson, survivor of Harper’s Ferry; inventor Armand Bombardier; human rights activist Toy Jin “Jean” Wong; and the heroic Terry Fox, to name but a few of the extraordinary lives that are chronicled. Complementing the text are historic photographs and original artwork by award-winning artist Stewart Sherwood.

“For those who think Canada lacks heroes or Canada does not honour its heroes, Legends In Their Time is the book for you. Extensively researched and written in an engaging style, it recognizes that heroes and heroines come in many forms, as shown in the richness of our history.”- John Myers, Teacher Educator, OISE/UT

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Lives of Extraordinary Women by Kathleen Krull

“Not all governments have been run by men. Lives of Extraordinary Women turns the spotlight on women who have wielded power, revealing their feats—and flaws—for all the world to see. Here you’ll find twenty of the most influential women in history: queens, warriors, prime ministers, first ladies, revolutionary leaders. Some are revered. Others are notorious. What were they really like?

In this grand addition to their highly praised series, Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt celebrate some of the world’s most noteworthy women, ranging from the famous to those whose stories have rarely been told.

Features twenty extraordinary women, including Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Perón

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Lives of the Explorers by Kathleen Krull

You might know that Columbus discovered America, Lewis and Clark headed west with Sacajawea, and Sally Ride blasted into space. But what do you really know about these bold explorers? What were they like as kids? What pets or bad habits did they have? And what drove their passion to explore unknown parts of the world? With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, Lives of the Explorers reveals these fascinating adventurers as both world-changers and real people.

The entertaining style and solid research of the Lives of . . . series of biographies have made it a favorite with families and educators for twenty years. This new volume takes readers through the centuries and across the globe, profiling the men and women whose curiosity and courage have led them to discover our world.

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Lives of the Scientists by Kathleen Krull

Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their work—and maybe even dull. But take another look. Did you know that it’s believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom? That Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles? That Albert Einstein loved to collect joke books, and that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a Groucho Marx disguise in public? With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, the subjects of Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt’s Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) are revealed as creative, bold, sometimes eccentric—and anything but dull.

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Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet by Janet Wilson

Ten profiles of amazing young environmental activists. Each child is captured in a portrait, their achievements described, and filled out with photos. Ends with tips for kids to make a difference.

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Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change by Garth Sundem

Inspire kids and teens to personal, community, and social action with this book of thirty true stories of young people overcoming adversity to achieve great things and make a difference around the world. Compelling, funny, inspiring, and poignant, the book features kids and teens who used their heads, their hearts, their character, their courage, and sometimes their stubbornness to help others and do amazing things. Inside you’ll find examples of youth volunteering, kids making a difference, and young people initiating community and social action to change their world. What makes these kids so special? Eleven-year-old Tilly saved the lives of 100 people in Thailand because she knew the warning signs of a tsunami. Ten-year-old Jean-Dominic won a battle against pesticides—and the cancer they caused in his body. Fifteen-year-old Malika fought against segregation in her Alabama town. Six-year-old Ryan raised over one million dollars to drill water wells in Africa. And thirteen-year-old Bethany, a competitive surfer, lost her left arm (and almost her life) to a shark, but got back on her surfboard.

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Trailblazers: An Illustrated Guide to the Women Who Explored the World by Lisa Graves

By land, sea, and air, women have traveled the globe, blazing a trail of exploration, discovery and empowerment.
This illustrated guide of explorers tells the incredible stories of the women who went against all odds to see the world and go beyond the limits set by their times.

The second title in Lisa Graves’ Women in History series, Trail Blazers is an indisputable resource for today’s children.

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Who Was? Series of Biographies:

Who Was Albert Einstein?

Who Was Nelson Mandela?

Who Was Alexander Graham Bell?

Who Was Alexander the Great?

Who Was Genghis Khan?

Who Was King Tut?

Who Was Isaac Newton?

Who Was Joan of Arc?

Who Was Steve Jobs?

Who Was Julius Caesar?

Who Was Mother Teresa?

Who Was Galileo?

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Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

It’s a scientific fact: Women rock! 

A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!

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Digital Citizenship and Research Skills Lunch n Learn


Digital citizenship and online safety workshop happening this Thursday. Students in grades 7-12 come and hear our mentors and Mrs Davies sharing on online discipleship.

ANTD – MMS141 Digital Citizenship from Winter David on Vimeo.

Pippa Davies is excited to share with our High school students all about digital citizenship, and the Inquiry process in a Lunch n Learn workshop.  This workshop will cover some of the ADST requirements for grade 6.

When?  9th Feb 12pm- 1pm PAC

Who?  Students in grades 6-12

Where?  Zoom Video conferencing.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/273130216

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,273130216#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 273 130 216
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=BJhgQEwrjXsbC1QfcA0566zY9BDa2x6C

Please let us know if you are attending by filling out this poll.

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Grade 6 Body Systems Unit Study


Yes!  The grade 6 unit studies continue to roll out!  This unit is now available for booking in L4U.  (Log in first to book)

Books included are:

  1. The Digestive and Excretory Systems by Susan Dudley Gold
  2. The Human Body by Kathleen M. Reilly
  3. The Nervous System by Joelle Riley
  4. The Reproductive System by Steve Parker
  5. Parent Guide

You can find more resources for Grade 6 subjects in the L4U Topic Search:

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Just log in, click on Topic Search, scroll to Grade 6 and view the subject icons:

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Bookaneer Read-a-thon


Be sure to submit your minutes for the Read-a-thon by Wednesday, Feb. 8th.

Here is the link.

Good luck!

Picture Books for Older Students


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We have put together a list of great picture books for older students. These books have a variety of artistic styles and are written about many different topics.

There are many reasons why you might want to use picture books with your older students. This first chapter from The Power of Picture Books by Mary Jo Fresca and Peggy Harkin gives some great reasons for opening up picture books to older students. We hope this wide variety of picture books in Overdrive may help you to hook your students in and expand their excitement for learning.

Blessings!

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