How do I assess my student’s reading level?


WHAT IS READING ASSESSMENT?

Reading assessment is essential for beginning readers.  As our students enter the world of reading they come with their backpack full of reading differences, based on their special needs and skills in literacy.  As teachers and parents it is our job to help create a baseline for their performance, to encourage their skills at their level and to design literacy instruction to meet their individual needs.

Reading concepts include letter knowledge, phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency and comprehension.  As we monitor reading development we help our students move forward at a pace which benefits their pacing.  We also can instruct our teachers with up to date assessment and guide our instruction.

HOW DO I ASSESS MY STUDENT?

HCS Learning Commons has a free subscription available to our students called Reading Eggs.  Reading Eggs for K-3 focuses on the core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies, while Reading Eggspress Gr4-7  focuses on building reading fluency and comprehension, spelling and vocabulary, and a range of writing skills including grammar and punctuation.

When your student enrolls in this program they will be automatically assigned into their reading or lexile level.  This lexile level will help guide your teacher/librarian as how to recommend further reading resources for your students.

  • To find out more about getting started with Reading Eggs go to this page
  • To discover more about reading assessment using Reading Eggs and lexile levels use this tutorial.  Here is a link to a 2-minute video to help teachers find their students’ lexile level in Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress:  Reading Eggs Reporting Dashboard – Video.  You can also listen to a recording via our Reading Eggs representative.  Contact Beth Johnson @bjohnson@onlineschool.ca

Once you have your student’s lexile level, you can enjoy lots of great fiction and non-fiction books on Reading Eggs Library and Overdrive E Library.  Reading Eggs will keep you updated on your student lexile level as they continue in the program.

On Overdrive refine your search to find materials that correspond with your student reading skills. Click on Collections Fiction or Non Fiction, and then refine as shared below in the image by Lexile level.

You can also discover a lovely plethora of easy to read picture books that come with read-a-loud options, and many classic audiobooks!  What a perfect  way to get your reading happening for all modalities!

Blessings as you encourage your beginning student on the wonderful process of reading and learning!

 

New Learning Commons Ahead!


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We are very excited in the learning commons to be dreaming BIG!  Yes a new physical commons is being designed in the next year to accommodate all things literacy, MakerEd and technology!  This new physical commons will be part of the campus school building and will continue to be the warm and exciting hub of the blended school, where students feel at home reading, playing. learning, researching, making and socializing.

A few years ago we transitioned from a library to a library commons in virtual and physical space (albeit small).  As we dare to dream BIG, and envisage our new space our learning commons team would like to invite you to join in the planning by sharing your thoughts in this survey.

Thank you in advance for sharing in the survey.  We will share the results with you.

 

 

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Our Grade 5, 6, and 7 OverDrive Booklists Have Just Been Updated

 

We have a huge selection of books on OverDrive that have been sorted for you according to grade level and subject.  We have just updated the following pages to include further categorization and our new titles:

Grade 5 Science, Socials, Language Arts, and Math (scroll down)
Grade 6 Science, Socials, Language Arts, and Math (scroll down)
Grade 7 Science, Socials, Language Arts, and Math (scroll down)

 


 

New!  Donna Ward Supplemental Kits in L4U Physical Library

 

The following L4U kits include the non-consumable books required to use Donna Ward’s  consumable workbooks (Courage & Conquest, and Geography, Province to Province), and are now available:

Grade 4 First Peoples and European Contact – Supplemental Pack – Part 1

Grade 4 First Peoples and European Contact – Supplemental Pack – Part 2

Grade 5 Immigration, Government, Natural Resources – Supplemental Pack Part 1

Grade 5 Immigration, Government, Natural Resources – Supplemental Pack Part 2


 

Don’t Miss Our November Techie Tuesday Webinar!

 

An Indigenous Perspective with Denise
 Tuesday, November 14th at 12. pm

 

Denise McLaughlin will explain an indigenous perspective, which will help us relate to indigenous peoples, and teach their unique perspective in meaningful and authentic ways.

Denise is Metis from Southern Ontario.  Her family’s lineage can be traced back to the Red River Settlement, now Winnipeg, Manitoba.  As an Indigenous person, Denise feels God has gifted her with a strong spiritual awareness and a heart for creation.  Denise graduated from The Indigenous Education Program at UBC. NITEP has a focus on Indigenous education and best education practices for teaching Indigenous curriculum.  Denise has lived and worked in remote First Nations communities and has connections in several Coast Salish communities.  She has also had the opportunity to attend Church services on reserve and has attended the Native Pentecostal Church.  Dr. Jo-anne Archibald’s teaching of story-work and Denise’s own experiences of sharing stories help to define her practice of building relationships and connections with students.

“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t nurturing or caring for something”

– Denise McLaughlin

Who may attend:  Students K-12 and parents, staff.

Where: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,337380724#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 337 380 724
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WGxM9a_azkFS0blBUvXizrNB2ieUiEdp

 

All Techie Tuesday Webinar information and updates can be found on our website, here.


 

Be sure to check out all our recent blog posts including:

“Story of the World” and “Growth Mindset” eBooks On Overdrive, and
New Grade 8 Science Digital Unit Study Kits 

 


 

 

 

 

October ThankFALL!





September flew by with a great start to a new school year!   We hope you are enjoying the crisp Autumn air, after the hot and fiery summer!  We pray your students have settled into a good school routine with their learning, and we look forward to connecting with you this year.  As you start the school year, we want you to know that we are here to help and guide you in your school choices for curriculum.  We pray that your students will feel encouraged, inspired and confident as they seek to find new challenges that suit their purpose and gifts.  We also pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families!


There are numerous ways to get in touch with us!


NEW TECHIE TUESDAY VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS!
  • Instead of Lunch ‘n Learn workshops, we now have Techie Tuesdays.  Check out our fall lineup of virtual workshops on Zoom.
  • Let us know if you have a special unique gift you would like to share with our families.  We will host you in a workshop or you can share an article to our blog.

NEW PURCHASES IN THE COMMONS!

Hello, My Name is JD Robot!  Check out our newest friend in the learning commons!


NEW ON OVERDRIVE!

There are new eBooks in OverDrive, and check out this article on “Read an eBook Day

Have you checked out our OverDrive Grade Level Lists recently?  These resources link directly into Overdrive if you are already signed in:  KindergartenGrade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9.

If your student is struggling to find his or her passion, check out our thematic lists to find project ideas!

New professional development in The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros.

Books about Thanksgiving on Overdrive!


NEW KITS!

Many of you have been patiently awaiting our Grade 8 Unit Study Kits.  Good News!  The first of our Science Kits is available now!  Check out our Gr. 8 Cells Digital Unit Study Kit.  Our Plate Tectonic kit is almost here.  Check the website this week!


FROM OUR CURRICULUM CONSULTANT

Help, I Still Need Curriculum!  by Cynthia Duncalfe

 


SCOOPIT NEWSLETTER!

See our updated newsletter on the latest web links in our Learning Commons, including STEAM, Maker ideas and farming, plus harvest lesson plans.


UPDATED INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PAGES

Click on this page for some ideas for integrating Indigenous Peoples content into your curriculum.  Your teacher now has a spreadsheet of all the correlations to resources in our learning commons.  Contact your teacher for this spreadsheet.


NEW FROM SUBSCRIPTIONS!

Wanting ideas for getting your students to start writing?  Try Kidblog, a subscription which allows you (as teachers or as parents) to set up a roster for your students to write and, if you wish, to interact with other students.

A great way to teach science:  Mystery Science!!  Contact your support teacher to be assigned the mysteries, and enjoy a great family-friendly site for K-5 science.


UNIT STUDIES and BOOKING in L4U

It’s been a busy time in the learning commons – we can tell by the bare shelves that homeschoolers everywhere are hard at work!  Many new families have joined us – Welcome!  We are happy to help you navigate the websites and learn the ropes!  And YES, we still have lot of unit study kits available to book throughout the year.

Read More!


Blessings from the Learning Commons team!

Techie Tuesdays!


Dear Learning Commons patrons,

Our staff is delighted to share that we will be running Techie Tuesdays every third Tuesday of the month.  These webinars will be hosted on Zoom virtual classroom, and will include professional development on literacy, library software, STEAM learning, and subscriptions information.  If you have a gift which you would like to share with our team, or you would like more training on some aspect of learning please share with us, and we will be happy to try and organize on your behalf.


Techie Tuesday L4U with Shandra

When:  Sep 19th @ 2.30 pm (PST)

What:  Shandra will share how L4U works, how to search and borrow and navigate the newly curated grade topics.

Who?  Open to staff and parents

Where:  Zoom classroom Link

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap :    Canada: +16475580588,,7813674494#

Or Telephone:    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):Canada: +1 647 558 0588      Meeting ID: 781 367 4494

International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=xTJzEvdkUGSdkPGpxcsKxyYg3r9Qe4hK

Click on this poll to register:


Techie Tuesday Overdrive Read an E Book Day!  With Pippa and Cynthia

When:  Sep 26th @2.30 pm PAC

What:  Pippa will share the love of reading e books and show you how to find materials on Overdrive.  Cynthia will share on curriculum resources on Overdrive.

Who may attend:  Students K-12 and parents, staff.

Where:  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,337380724#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 337 380 724
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WGxM9a_azkFS0blBUvXizrNB2ieUiEdp

Click to register here:


 

Hello my name is JD Robot!


Have you met JD Robot in your classroom?  If not you will be thrilled to hear that as part of expanding our MakerEd technologies at HCS Learning Commons, based on the latest educational trends in the Horizon report,  we are excited to share our newest and latest friend in the commons, who might very well take over our work one day!

JD robot

This week of training our teachers and STEAM mentors were immersed in learning how to teach this robotics course under the dedicated supervision of Dennis from Robots.education.com.

Robots

In the video below Dennis shares some of his robotics experience and expertise in teaching coding.

 

Our students are about to be totally engaged and amazed at what they will learn with this interactive humanoid robot at your community connection centre, in the winter and spring. Watch for a learning camp in your area! Stay tuned!!

 

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Welcome from the Learning Commons!


Dear Learning Commons patrons,

Welcome back to another exciting school year!

In our continuous effort to provide the very best service to you, I am delighted to introduce our vision, and our amazing team members who are here to help with your every need throughout the school year.

HCS Learning Commons!  Encouraging Community through Discipleship, Literacy, and Innovation.   

The mission of HCS Learning Commons is to provide Discipleship, Literacy and Innovation to all our patrons and staff.  As we purchase our collection of digital and non-digital resources, we try to discern what meets the needs of all our schools from a Christian perspective.  Our goal is to provide easy information retrieval, and quality resources for all your educational needs.   We also host a dynamic community on NING for our high school students, and run book clubs and STEAM workshops in your neck of the woods!

What is a Learning Commons?

“A Learning Commons is a common, or shared, learning ‘space’ that is both physical and virtual. It is more a perspective than a “place.” A Learning Commons perspective supports a student-centred approach that emphasizes active and collaborative engagement and encourages the co-creation of knowledge by all learners.

We love to work one-on-one with families and students to share resources and provide bibliographies to help meet the new curriculum standards.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us via email, phone, Skype, NING, Facebook, Twitter or Zoom.

New Patron Training

For those of our patrons who are new to our school here is a training document which will help you uncover what the Learning Commons has in store for you in 2017/18.


Team Learning Commons

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( picture is missing Steve, Erin and Rachael)

My name is Pippa Davies (on the far right of the photo), and I work as our Learning Commons chair to facilitate our team, and help with reference, inquiry, reference queries and requests for new acquisitions.  Our Learning Commons is made up of an awesome group of dynamic library staff;  including Shandra Wiebe, Cynthia Duncalfe, Beth Johnson, Rachael Rennie, Erin Duncan, Kelly Wiebe, and in the campus arena are Steve Cox and  Justine Dehod.  Please click on our contact page to find out how to get hold of each team member, and understand how each team member works in our digital and physical commons!

NEWS EVENTS!

  • Book clubs happening in your area!  Check them out on this page.
  • STEAM mentors in your area.  Click on this page.
  • Mentor Protégé Program.  Click on this page.
  • NEW Humanoid Robots! To be launched in the late Fall/Winter at a Community Connections centre near you !
  • New Grad page (more content to come this year).

We pray that your upcoming year will be full of amazing learning and joyful activities.  Don’t hesitate to send us your questions and we will be delighted to serve.

Blessings from the Learning Commons team!

NEW on the WEB JUNE


With Summer almost here its time to have fun outdoors and experience some STEAM learning, and catch up on Internet safety, and social studies.  To discover more about STEAM and our STEAM mentor’s updates check out our school website.

ERAC has some new websites now available on their curated  website which have been previewed for viewing accuracy and appropriate content.

Ideas for learning outdoors may be found on our web linking library under Outdoor Education.

Here are some new sites we found for you to help with your summer research and learning!

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Discover investigations and games with the Lawrence Hall of Science!

“How fast does the wind blow? What makes things sticky? Where do insects live and plants grow? What is the best way to clean up the environment? How do humans measure up in the animal kingdom?

So many questions—and so many ways to find answers! In these interactives, use your hands, feet, eyes, ears, brain, imagination and cool tools to experiment, design, test and discover amazing things about the world around you. It’s science and it’s fun!”


Engineering For Good- Middle Grades

Engineering for Good is a three-week, project-based learning unit for middle school science classrooms focused on developing solutions for negative impacts of plastics on the environment. In these NGSS-aligned lessons, students use the engineering design process to define a problem, brainstorm solutions, develop prototypes and iterate on their designs. The project culminates with students producing videos about their solutions to share with the community.


        Four Directions Teachings.com   

The goal for the project was to create an engaging site where people could experience Indigenous knowledge and philosophy and where educators could incorporate the site into their curriculum. FourDirectionsTeachings.com honors oral traditions by creating an environment where visitors are encouraged to listen with intent as each elder/ traditional teacher shares a teaching from their perspective on the richness and value of cultural traditions from their nation.


Teach your students about Cyber safety with CynjaSpace

CynjaSpace is a revolutionary internet security app combining the safety, control, and activity reports parents need, with the fun and freedom of using the web and chatting with friends that kids want.

Now there’s an app that allows children to chat with approved contacts and learn responsible digital behavior, while parents easily manage kids’ online presence with convenient controls, alerts, time limits, and activity monitors.


Canada A Country by Consent 

A Country by Consent is a national history of Canada which studies the major political events that have shaped the country, presented in a cohesive, chronological narrative. Many of these main events are introduced by an audiovisual overview, enlivened by narration, sound effects and music.

This was the first digital, multimedia history of Canada. It started out as a laserdisc in 1993 and the CD-ROM version has been used in schools across the country. This online, public domain site is the fifth edition of the project.


HIGH SCHOOL

Legacy of Hope Foundation

The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national Indigenous-led, charitable organization founded in 2000 with the goal of educating and raising awareness about the history and many legacies of the Residential School System. These include the direct and ongoing impacts on First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Survivors, their communities, and their descendants. Our mission is to educate towards creating just and equal relationships of reconciliation and healing for all Canadians, to expand awareness of and access to the rich legacy of the contributions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the world, and to make known the histories of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, including the histories of injustice.


PHET Interactive Simulations

Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.


ThinkCERCA

“ThinkCERCA is an online program designed to support individualized instruction in critical thinking for students in grades 4-12. The CERCA acronym (Claims, Evidence, Reasoning, Counterarguments, Audience) represents the site’s structured approach to teaching critical thinking and argumentation. While reading one of the program’s numerous text selections, students can make claims about what they’re reading. They’re then prompted to support these claims with evidence from the text, explain their reasoning, and address possible counterarguments. Throughout, students are prompted to use audience-appropriate language as they write.

The basic, free version offers teachers texts (leveled by grade band), CCSS-aligned close reading assessments, and student and class data, as well as support and planning ideas. ThinkCERCA’s full, paid version also includes ready-made lessons, a school-wide writing and assessment platform, district-wide data reporting, college and career portfolio storage, and the aforementioned close reading and argumentation lessons, which are really the heart of the program. These ThinkCERCA lesson sets each connect a text with some performance of understanding, whether it’s creating a summary or completing a dynamic graphic organizer to form an argument. From there, students can draft an essay that teachers can score online.”  CommonSense review.


FINANCIAL LITERACY ALL GRADES

This list of websites and apps from TeachHub has some great suggestions in regards to developing financial literacy for early, middle and high school grades.

Why Audiobooks Work!



I LOVE listening to audiobooks!  Perhaps it’s a sign of my age, but growing up as a young child in South Africa, radio was the only media we had other than books.  I can remember the names of my favourite radio shows so well, including the exciting content, as my mind was left to imagine all the visual details, and fill in all the gaps.

Some of you may think that listening to audio is not really reading. Does it count as reading?

Listening to audiobooks “counts” as reading if you believe that reading is not only decoding, but critically thinking about the author’s message, and making heart connections!


Why Is Audio Beneficial?

Here are some ways listening to audiobooks can encourage students who may struggle with reading:

  • Introduces students to higher reading levels and more advanced vocabulary
  • Models good interpretive reading
  • Teaches critical listening skills
  • Introduces new genres that students may not otherwise consider
  • Assists in bringing an understanding of different dialects and accents.
  • Provides a read-aloud model along with the written book
  • Opens the pathway to important discussions at the dinner table
  • Allows all family members to listen together, and experience the wonderful delight of hearing stories told

This past year we have made an effort to purchase more audio books on our Overdrive eLibrary for your reading enjoyment.

To discover audio simply refine your topic/keyword search by clicking on the left-hand filter and search via audiobooks.  

 

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To view our entire collection of audiobooks, go to advanced search, and choose “audiobooks” as the format.  

How to find audiobooks

You may listen to the audio by simply clicking on the links after borrowing the item and then sharing to your browser!


New in Audio!

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Summer Reading and the Books are Open!


Yes, it’s almost time to bring out the beach towels, and head for the sun and turf with our basket of books!  To stay on top of the reading lapse over summer, we have some awesome ideas to help you stay literate.  Catch these on Overdrive, which is open all summer long!


TEACHERS and PARENTS:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT on OVERDRIVE

To discover a wonderful array of professional development resources, look no further than our Overdrive eLibrary.  You will find homeschooling books (philosophies),  teaching books, and different pedagogies including STEAM and Inquiry-based learning.  To access these materials click on Overdrive eLibrary under “Collections” and then under “Teacher Lounge“.


Here are some of our newer materials on Overdrive for you to enjoy, and catch up on all things Professional Development!

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In Hacking Education, Mark Barnes and Jennifer Gonzalez employ decades of teaching experience and hundreds of discussions with education thought leaders, to show you how to find and hone the quick fixes that every school and classroom need. Using a Hacker’s mentality, they provide one Aha moment after another with 10 Quick Fixes for Every School—solutions to everyday problems that any teacher or administrator can implement immediately.


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Something happens in students when they define themselves as makers and inventors and creators. They discover powerful skills—problem-solving, critical thinking, and imagination—that will help them shape the world’s future…our future. In Launch, John Spencer and A.J. Juliani provide a process that can be incorporated into every class at every grade level…even if you don’t consider yourself a “creative teacher.” And if you dare to innovate and view creativity as an essential skill, you will empower your students to change the world—starting right now.


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History of the English Bible is unknown to many people who regularly read scripture. It is a story of deprivation, perseverance, and achievement.

The Catholic Church had maintained a grip on the Bible for a thousand years, ensuring on pain of death that the Latin version was the only scripture available. In the late 1300’s and early 1400’s scholars and theologians began to rebel against the Church’s monopoly and began to produce ‘English’ Bibles, initially scribed laboriously by hand and using the Latin text ‘word for word’ as the source.

William Tyndale was a man with the divine mission to make the Bible accessible to the common Englishman. Not satisfied with the Latin Bible as his source, he went back to the original Hebrew and Greek and produced an English Bible. After years of evading capture Tyndale was arrested and in 1536 he was burnt at the stake as a heretic under the orders of the Church and King Henry VIII, but his legacy lives on in the English Bible which today still comprises nearly 90% of his beautiful, resonant translation.


STUDENTS:  SCIENCE and INQUIRY

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Lives of the Scientists

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.


Who Says Women Can’t be Doctors?  In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly, no women were doctors.

In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly, no women were doctors.

But Elizabeth refused to accept the common beliefs that women weren’t smart enough to be doctors, or that they were too weak for such hard work. And she would not take no for an answer. Although she faced much opposition, she worked hard and finally—when she graduated from medical school and went on to have a brilliant career—proved her detractors wrong. This inspiring story of the first female doctor shows how one strong-willed woman opened the doors for all the female doctors to come.

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone is an NPR Best Book of 2013


Eleven Experiments that Failed Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup–and nothing else–all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with the book’s curious narrator. Here are 12 “hypotheses,” as well as lists of “what you need,” “what to do,” and “what happened” that are sure to make young readers laugh out loud as they learn how to conduct science experiments (really!).

Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup–and nothing else–all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with the book’s curious narrator. Here are 12 “hypotheses,” as well as lists of “what you need,” “what to do,” and “what happened” that are sure to make young readers laugh out loud as they learn how to conduct science experiments (really!).

Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter–the ingenious pair that brought you 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore–have outdone themselves in this brilliant and outrageously funny book.


If I built a Car and If I built a House are both by Chris Van Dusen, introducing students to the art of making.

Young Jack is giving an eye-opening tour of the car he’d like to build. There’s a snack bar, a pool, and even a robot named Robert to act as chauffeur. With Jack’s soaring imagination in the driver’s seat, we’re deep-sea diving one minute and flying high above traffic the next in this whimsical, tantalizing take on the car of the future. Illustrations packed with witty detail, bright colors, and chrome recall the fabulous fifties and an era of classic American automobiles. Infectious rhythm and clever invention make this wonderful read-aloud a launch pad for imaginative fun.


Caroline’s Comets

Caroline Herschel (1750–1848) was not only one of the greatest astronomers who ever lived but also the first woman to be paid for her scientific work. Born the youngest daughter of a poor family in Hanover, Germany, she was scarred from smallpox, stunted from typhus and used by her parents as a scullery maid. But when her favorite brother, William, left for England, he took her with him. The siblings shared a passion for stars, and together they built the greatest telescope of their age, working tirelessly on star charts. Using their telescope, Caroline discovered fourteen nebulae and two galaxies, was the first woman to discover a comet and became the first woman officially employed as a scientist—by no less than the King of England! The information from the Herschels’ star catalogs is still used by space agencies today.


Enigma by Eric Walters

Having successfully foiled a Nazi plot to kidnap one of the British Royal Family, brothers Jack and George are on the move again—this time to England. The boys and their parents are traveling aboard a merchant ship that’s part of a convoy carrying supplies and troops to the battlefields of Europe at the request of the royal family, who wishes to thank them for rescuing Princess Louise.

Crossing the Atlantic is challenging enough … but when the destroyers attached to their convoy torpedo a U-boat, events take another very surprising turn. The U-boat was transporting a secret: a secret that Jack and George’s mother is now entrusted with … and a secret that the Nazis will kill to protect. When the family comes ashore in England, they’re whisked off to Bletchley Park, the hub of the British spy network, so that they can help to decipher it.


 

Lunch n Learn Webinars May


Dear learning commons friends,

We have three upcoming Lunch n Learn training webinars happening soon this month!  Mark your calendars for some learning about resources to help with Inquiry!

 

What:  Subscriptions:  Introduction to Inquiry Webinar with Beth and Pippa

When:  24th May 12pm-1pm

Who?  Open to parents, staff and students gr 4 and up

Where:  Zoom classroom.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,337380724#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 337 380 724
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WGxM9a_azkFS0blBUvXizrNB2ieUiEdp

Register here at this poll.

 

What:  Overdrive e library How to use e books, and find resources to meet the new curriculum with Pippa and Cynthia.

When:  25th May 12pm-1pm

Who:  Students, parents and teachers

Where:  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,337380724#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 337 380 724
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WGxM9a_azkFS0blBUvXizrNB2ieUiEdp

Register here at this poll

What:  How to use the L4U physical library; How to search and book unit studies and resources for the year!

When:  Monday,  29th May 12pm-1pm

Who:  Students, parents and teachers

Where:  Zoom classroom

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Overdrive Summer Read!


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We are getting ready to launch our Summer Read program with Overdrive e books.  From June 7th to August 7th we will be sharing new fiction to support your reading needs so that your students may keep reading all year long!  Free, simultaneous access will be available on all fiction materials for both younger and older reading interests.  To find out more about what books are available click on this link here.

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STEAM into 2017/18


Many of you have caught onto the ‘STEAM’ challenge, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics”.

You might ask yourself, “How do I teach the STEAM or STEM process?”  We have tons of teaching materials and lesson plan activities for you to explore!  We also have STEAM book clubs and workshops happening in the fall.  Watch for grades 2-7 STEAM book clubs, and STEAM workshops to be advertised on our Student Book Club page, blog page and also on the learning groups website.  Our mentors are so excited about sharing their vision with you.  Feel free to contact them for more information: Kathy Whittome – Lower Mainland, Steve Bastian – Vancouver Island, Mark Lamden – Northern Island, Shannon Beglaw – Okanagon, and Sara Zuidhof -Kamloops and Salmon Arm, as well as Justine Dehod in the Learning Commons!

RESOURCES

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  • Find out more about STEM careers with this World of Work career book on STEM careers by Diane Lindsey Reeves.  Print off some lesson plans based on copyright provided.
  • STEM in the World of Work series provides an age-appropriate and interactive introduction to the nationally recognized Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics career pathway using informal self-assessment elements, career profiles, informative sidebar features, and back matter activities.
  • STEM Trailblazers series covers famous STEM astronauts, engineers and physicists.
  • Discover grade level workbooks on STEM from grade K-5.  Engaging tasks and detailed rubrics will help you understand the STEM process and how to apply the standards.
  • STEM series workbooks by Mark Twain media have been created by the NCSS (National Science Education Standards)  to help you connect your students in the middle grades to real life science, such as food production and alternative energy.
  • STEM to Story helps you connect fiction to science.  Ever wanted to write science fiction, make a planet Oobleck with simple ingredients, or engineer airplanes?  This book is for all grades and has simple lesson plans, which will help walk you through each stage of the process.
  • The STEM Labs series is a lovely middle grade series of workbooks which provides labs that cover topics like geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.
  • Complete Classroom Press workbooks are jam packed with activities, many of which are STEM or Inquiry  related. Just type in the keyword “Complete Classroom Press” and you will find tons!
  • Inquiry Picture books are perfect for introducing Big Ideas and sharing the topic of interest.  Simply sign into the Overdrive eLibrary, click on Collections and then Teachers’ Lounge, the Collections menu again, and look for our Inquiry Picture book tab.  

Recently I shared some great STEAM sites that are in our web linking library now.  You will find them under the heading STEAM/Maker Education.

To find out more in regards to MakerEd materials, philosophy, and resources, you can review our STEAM and MakerEd page here.  If you have a gifting in this area please contact Pippa, as we are always looking for volunteers and experts in the field.

Blessings to you and yours as you explore the beautiful world of STEAM or STEM!

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