February News -> Learning Commons

February brings snow and the Olympics!!  The Learning Commons brings creative,  fun activities, and engaging learning resources to help you with your February learning!


sagradart-80571 Unsplash.com

Hopefully, many of our students have achieved some new reading scores with their Read-A-Thon goals.  Keep reading, don’t stop!  The more words you read or listen to the more literate you become!

This month we also celebrate Black History Month, Valentines Day, and lots of awesome events in our Techie Tuesday line up, and for our students on Ning some wonderful contests.


New in the Learning Commons!

Kits!  We have the following new kits available now:

Gr. 8 Electromagnetic Spectrum and Light Digital Unit Study Kit

Gr. 8 Middle Ages Digital Unit Study Kit

Middle Ages Kit Extension:  The Crusades Digital Mini-Unit Study Kit Guide

Gr 8 Renaissance Digital Unit Study Kit

Reformation and Counter-Reformation Digital Mini-Unit Study Kit Guide


New Books in L4U!

New Core Competency Packs!  Also curated collections on Overdrive.

Inquiry based Picture books!

New Maker Sessions in Kelowna!

Do you have students in K-3 in Kelowna?  Check out our amazing Maker ed days this semester in this post.

Highlight Special Education Resources on Overdrive!

Did you know that we have many materials on Overdrive to help you plan your curricular goals for your students?  From Hi/Lo books (books with high content and lower lexile level) to; graphic novels, audio books, reference books and workbooks,  we have a plethora of curriculum and fiction to keep your students busy reading at their confidence level.

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 2.10.02 PM

This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

To find materials with an SE focus please go to Overdrive e library-> Collections-> Special Education->Hi/Lo Resources-> Graphic Novels.

Also, check out the format for read-along picture books in this post, here.


New from the Web Linking Library!

Valentine’s Day.

Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913-1918

STEAM resources

Salmon in the Classroom

Endangered Species Canada

Winter Olympics resources

 New from Ning!

Photography contest– all grades.

Book Trailer contest– all grades

STEAM contest- all grades

To join Ning please contact Erin Duncan.

One-Minute Dare

I have the suspicion that many families have not yet viewed our “Grade Resources Pages” for K-9 students.  Take a minute to go to https://hcslearningcommons.org/bc-ed-plan-resources-for-each-grade/, scroll down to choose any grade (K-9), then scroll down through the subjects, which are listed in alphabetical order.

Just take one minute to look—I dare you!  (It can be done in 4 seconds!)

  • At the top of the page you will find the link to the BC Curriculum for that grade
  • Next, you will find information about how to access (1) the Learning Commons, (2) our subscriptions usernames and passwords, and (3) BC ExamBank for practice tests.
  • Under each subject heading (E.g. ADST, Math, Science, etc.) you will find information related to that grade, coming from our Learning Commons (Library), Subscriptions, and available Online Resources.
  • Under the heading “Curriculum and Unit Study Kits”, you will find that grade’s list of kits, reading list, booklists, curriculum suggestions, and novel/literature studies available.
  • One particularly helpful heading is “First Peoples Integration”, which will give you information on where to find First Nations information you can include in your studies.
  • At the bottom, you will find Special Education Resources (from the OverDrive and L4U libraries), Subscriptions Correlations and Weblinks.


New Techie Tuesday and Literacy Events Happening Soon – Mark Your Calendar!

February 1st

Read Aloud Day!  Come and join author Christine Pakkala share on her books from the Lola series.   Middle grades.   To sign up please go to this article here.


February 6th

How to be Research Savvy with Pippa.  3:00-4;00 pm.  PAC time

What:  Pippa Davies will share some of the important criteria needed to evaluate the web as well as some essential tools we can use to make our work more authentic and valid, including copyright and online privacy.

Who:  Students in grades 4 and up, parents, teachers.

Where:  Zoom classroom.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/556887929

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,556887929#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 556 887 929
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=sRWsgcPbbWi9gLojIRSVW6zY9BDa2x6C

Click on this poll to register


Tuesday, February 13, 2018,  at 3:00 p.m.

Gizmos Webinar – Gizmos Presenter:  If a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, a Simulation Is Worth a Million!

Math topics come to life and student depth of understanding soars when using online simulations to introduce, develop and expand conceptual understanding. With simulations, students are more engaged and more likely to explore and rediscover concepts, just like a true mathematician. Join us to learn how you can use Gizmos to support your students at home and guide them to success.   (Topic to be illustrated:  Density and Distance/Time)

Gizmos main photo

What?  Webinar about using Gizmos for exciting math learning, taught by a Gizmos trainer

Who?  Parents, students (especially Gr. 7-9), teachers

Where?  https://zoom.us/j/757702827

Answer this poll to register for the webinar:


Feb 20, 2017   3:00 p.m.

Blogging, Digital Writing, and Personal Learning Networks with Cynthia, Pippa and Beth

What:  Join HCOS Curriculum Consultant, Cynthia Duncalfe, as she gives an overview of how blogging using platforms like our HCOS KidBlog subscription can enrich learning experiences and even serve as a portfolio of learning for your students.  Pippa Davies, teacher-librarian and Director of our Learning Commons will share the importance of digital writing and how simple it is to develop your own personal/professional learning network.

Who:  Students, parents, teachers

Where:  Zoom classroom: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/7918784239

Blessings from your learning commons team!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: