Grade 5 Human Body units!

The new Grade 5 Human Body Physical unit studies are ready for booking!  The Digital units are also available.  Go to the list of all Grade 5 Unit studies here.

To find the physical units in L4U, just log in and go to HOME then search by title!



Friday October 28th 2016 is the date for our next Maker-Ed session in the Heritage School Learning Commons.

If any of your students from grades 3-6 are interested please email Justine Dehod at to register for the next session or sessions.

Our last Maker-Ed session was a great success with lots of creativity and enjoyment!

 Just to let everyone know that the following Maker-Ed sessions are November 25, 9-11am:   KEVA Brain Builders ( 2D – 3D) and December 9, 9-11 am : KEVA Architecture.


Audiobooks and Reading

This is a reblog from Overdrive specialist Patty Carlyle.

Yes, audiobooks are real books

Posted on: Thursday 13 October 2016 — 16:25

Do audiobooks leave the brain distracted and disjointed or are they just another way to enjoy and absorb a story? Are audiobooks real reading, or cheating? With the rise of podcasting and storytelling events, both highly respected mediums, why do audiobooks continue to suffer this stigma?

The science of listening: decoding and translating

Daniel Willingham is one of the most respected authorities on learning styles, and has written a lot about audiobooks. He explains that there are two basic processes happening when you’re reading. There is decoding, or translating the strings of letters into words that mean something. And then there is language processing, or comprehension — that is, figuring out the syntax, the story, et cetera. Researchers have studied the question of comprehension for decades, and what you find is very high correlations of reading comprehension and listening comprehension. As science writer Olga Khazan noted in 2011, a “1985 study found listening comprehension correlated strongly with reading comprehension — suggesting that those who read books well would listen to them well. In a 1977 study, college students who listened to a short story were able to summarize it with equal accuracy as those who read it.” Listeners and readers retain about equal understanding of the passages they’ve consumed, in other words.

Not only are audiobooks a valid form of reading, but there might be some benefits that readers of the written word miss. According to Two Guys on Your Head podcast, “because you can’t go back and re-read, when you listen you are more likely to extract the deeper meaning from things quicker.” Could audiobooks actually boost reading comprehension and analytical skills?

This kind of data might explain the discovery that podcasts help children learn to read. Audiobooks can help the struggling reader, too, who might get frustrate with where they “should” be and give up too soon. Experiencing some success and enjoyment can fuel the hunger to practice and engender an appreciation for reading. “Listening while reading helps people have several successful reading events in a row, where they are reading “with accuracy and enjoyment.” And, listening has been shown to help with decoding, a fundamental part of reading.”

Audiobooks uniquely serve non-native speakers

With so many benefits for typical, native-speakers, imagine the impact audiobooks might have on English Language Learner students. They can can make note of proper pronunciation as well as slang and typical sentence structure in a closed, curiosity-welcome space. Non-native speakers might also use Read-Alongs, which offer an audio element and all its advantages, alongside a reading component. The connection between speaking and reading defines literacy and fluency, and Read-Alongs tie the spoken word to written word perfectly.

Learn about Coding with Tynker

We are excited to share more about the awesome subscription Tynker,  and would like to invite you to a webinar on how to get started with coding, which is now part of our middle grade standards for ADST.

Here are the details:

Tynker Professional Development Webinar

You have been invited to a Tynker online meeting

Join the meeting:

On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download.

On a phone or tablet, launch the app ( and enter meeting code: gettynker

Join the audio conference:

Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.

By phone:

United States – New York, NY +1.646.307.1990

Access Code 987-229-461#

Other international numbers available (

By computer via internet:

Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.

Start time by time zones (


Tue Oct 25, 2016 9 am- 10 am PAC Time

Where, +1.646.307.1990 Access Code: 987-229-461# (map)

Who may attend

Students, staff and parents

STEAM and Book Clubs

This week we started our K-3 STEAM Reading Buddies class with much excitement.  Our students came from all over the province and beyond to learn how to become design thinkers and makers!  I was delighted to join them in the process.   I am still in process, and love the whole idea of growth mindset in sharing design thinking!

To introduce the aspects of design thinking we read the following books:

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires and also You Can Draw Bible Stories by Sandy Silverthorne.  The idea was to ask some wondering questions about curiosity, imagination and inventing.  We covered the aspects of how God has created us to be perfect designers in our Genesis story of creation.  We also covered the wonderful literary elements of illustrators and authors with artistic and grammar technique.  Ashley Spires has a way of making words come alive on each page!  Sandy Silverthorne has a unique way of telling Bible stories whilst encouraging young students to learn how to draw!  Some of our students were encouraged to start drawing in the process.

We learned how the end user of our inventions was really important in the process of making.  Whether we were making a muffin for our grandma or creating a new invention for our pet, we needed to understand and feel compassion for the person, or animal we were making the invention for.

Homework for next week was to learn how to storyboard.  Parents might follow up with this lesson plan from Scholastic.  I am really excited to see what our students will bring in the way of drawings to our next session of STEAM, as they decide how and what problem to solve in the process of making!

Also in our picture book series on Overdrive e Library we have the following books which cover design thinking.

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New Grade 5 Unit Studies!

There are new Grade 5 Digital Unit studies available now!

Just click here to view: Grade 5 units

We also have two Physical unit studies ready:

Solutions (Chemistry)

Simple Machines

You can book these by logging into L4U and searching for them by title.

Here is a link to our L4U booking information page: How to Use L4U

More unit studies will be available as soon as the books arrive to complete the kits!

Unit Studies Available!

We have a few unit studies that are not fully booked right now, so if you are interested here is the list: (Be sure to log in with your own credentials to book!)


Early Literacy Unit Study #1, Kit

Motion of Objects unit study K :

Grade 1:

Fall Nature Unit Study

Grade 2:

Fall Nature Unit Study

Life Cycle of Plants and Animals gr. 2 unit study
Forces Unit Study Gr. 2

Grade 3

All Matter is Made of Particles Unit study Gr. 3

Grade 5

Simple machines Gr. 5 unit study :

Solutions Chemistry Gr. 5 Unit Study :

Grade 7:

Ancient Greece Unit Study
Grade 7.

Ancient Rome Unit Study
Grade 7.


Lunch n Learn – L4U Training

Searching! Booking! Shipping! Lunch n Learn with Shandra! Unravel the mysteries of L4U (Library for You!), our physical library of resources! You will learn how easy it is to search, book items individually or as a group, book for the year, renew, modify and delete bookings! We have amazing resources for all ages including the amazing Unit Studies! So come learn how to save money and time using L4U resources!!

Date: Wednesday, 12/Oct/2016

Time: 12pm-1pm

Who should attend: Staff and parents, students, your neighbor…everybody really!

Where: Zoom videoconferencing meeting room.

Please click on this link on the day:

Join URL:

Please take the poll so we know how many folks are attending!

Curriculum Correlations for BCEDPlan

We have many curriculum correlations to the BC ed Plan ready for you to use. We will continue to correlate our subscriptions and other resources and add the correlations to this page.

Thank you to those that helped the Learning Commons with this big task! We so appreciate your help!

Lunch n Learn- Curriculum 2016

The learning commons would love to talk all things curriculum with you!  Come to our Lunch n Learn with Natalie and Pippa, as they take a web tour through all the resources the learning commons has available for you to meet the new BCEdPlan and Christian education.  Bring your questions, and your solutions and come and learn more.  We will glean from each other🙂

Date:  4/Oct/2016

Time:  12pm-1pm

Who may attend:  Staff and parents, students

Where:  Zoom videoconferencing meeting room.

Please click on this link on the day:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,389819837#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 389 819 837
International numbers available:

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