Exciting Changes Ahead!


Dear Patrons,
Thanks for your patience as we experience some issues with our learning commons portal over the next couple of weeks as we reorganize the system.

HCS Learning Commons

Dear Learning Commons patrons,

The Learning Commons team is making changes to our Learning Commons website after surveys revealed you had problems finding materials.   In mid June we hope to release a simpler information portal, and a more visually pleasing layout.  We have purchased a new resource manager via Insignia, and are in process of upgrading our WordPress website, hcslearningcommons.org.  Over the next few months, we will transfer some existing data, and have the new circulation system installed.

What does this mean to you as a patron?

  • Your search and booking process will be easier, and more authentic.
  • Sign up will be faster via Encom authentication, or for our campus patrons Google Suite. One set of passwords will be applicable for all systems.
  • The Learning Commons hub will allow you to search seamlessly in one place for web links, digital and non-digital books, and some of our…

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New STEAM Books on Overdrive


New to Overdrive are the Zoey and Sassafras early chapter books!  These STEM related readers are perfect for the younger set (gr 1-3) because they delve into science related topics, and pose challenging questions.

They have a lovely large font, come with images and great characters to follow in the series.   If you are looking for extension ideas check out the printables, from Teaching Mama.

 

Dragons and Marshmallows

In this whimsical first book in the Zoey and Sassafras series, Zoey—a resourceful budding scientist with brown skin, springy curls, and a cat sidekick—learns that her mother has been secretly rehabilitating magical animals in their backyard. Naturally, Zoey wants to help, but when a sick baby dragon appears while her mother is away, she must use the tools available to her to help the dragon survive. Citro plays Zoey’s anxieties against her can-do attitude, demonstrating how research, past experience, and the scientific method can come in handy (investigating what dragons like to eat, Zoey learns that they enjoy marshmallows but fish is a better choice). Dense blocks of text don’t make for a terribly inviting reading experience, but Lindsay’s cheery spot illustrations help, and Citro gracefully balances her story’s scientific and fantasy elements.

Monsters and Mold

In this second book Zoey and Sassafras discover the monster of mold and invite science experiments with bread.

Merhorses and Bubbles

In the third book of this series, Zoey and Sassafras head to the stream only to make a terrible discovery. Things get even more urgent when they learn that the magical creatures living in the stream are in danger! Can Zoey and Sassafras solve the mystery of the stream and save the Merhorses?

 

Caterflies and Ice

In the fourth book, an unexpected snow storm causes trouble for the magical creatures of the forest. When Zoey and Sassafras attempt to rescue trapped caterfly eggs, they make a mistake. Can they figure out a way to fix things before the baby caterflies hatch?

 

New Growth Mindset Books


As we teach from a Growth Mindset perspective, our students benefit from great story book role models, who present a positive and authentic voice about learning from failure or taking risks.

These new picture e books may be found on Overdrive under Collections-> Growth Mindset. 

Hopefully they will inspire your students to think outside of the box, and have courage to try something different.

Brave Irene by William Steig

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Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker’s daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn’t feeling so well and can’t possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she’s made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that’s brewing— quite an errand for a little girl.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way, as Irene proves in the danger-fraught adventure that follows. She must defy the wiles of the wicked wind, her most formidable opponent, and overcome many obstacles before she completes her mission. Surely, this winning heroine will inspire every child to cheer her on.
William Steig’s Brave Irene is a 1986 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka

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“[Raschka’s] marvelous sequences, fluid style, and emotional intelligence capture all of the momentum and exhilaration of this glorious accomplishment,” raves School Library Journal in a starred review.
Learning to ride a bike is one of the most important milestones of childhood, and no one captures the emotional ups and downs of the experience better than Chris Raschka, who won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for A Ball for Daisy. In this simple yet emotionally rich “guide,” a father takes his daughter through all the steps in the process—from choosing the perfect bicycle to that triumphant first successful ride. Using very few words and lots of expressive pictures, here is a picture book that not only shows kids how to learn to ride, but captures what it feels like to fall . . . get up . . . fall again . . . and finally “by luck, grace, and determination” ride a bicycle!
This Read & Listen edition contains audio narration.

Thanks for the Feedback I Think! By Julia Cook

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It doesn’t matter is RJ hears compliments or constructive feedback, he is never sure how to respond. With guidance from his family, RJ learns why feedback, even when it’s difficult to accept, is information he can use to become a better person.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back up Again) by Dan Santat

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From the New York Times–bestselling creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favourite place to be is high up on the city wall—that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up.

Dare the Wind;  The Record-Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud) by Tracey Fern

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Ellen Prentiss’s papa said she was born with saltwater in her veins, so he gave her sailing lessons and taught her how to navigate. As soon as she met a man who loved sailing like she did, she married him. When her husband was given command of a clipper ship custom-made to travel quickly, she knew that they would need every bit of its speed for their maiden voyage: out of New York City, down around the tip of Cape Horn, and into San Francisco, where the Gold Rush was well under way. In a time when few women even accompanied their husbands onboard, Ellen Prentiss navigated their ship to set the world record for speed along that route.

I am not Little Red Riding Hood.  By Alessandro Lecis

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A little girl enters the snowy forest wearing a vibrant red scarf and holding a basket in hand. But don’t be fooled—this is not a story about Little Red Riding Hood! The little girl soon meets, not an incredulous wolf, but rather a courteous, white bear. When asked what is in the basket she replies, “Nothing. I’m collecting snow, soft snow.” The bear then leads her to the very best snow, which can only be found where the moon sleeps.
Once they arrive, the little girl and bear dance among the snowflakes. He informs her that she can’t keep the snow; it will inevitably melt. Regardless, the girl fills her basket with snow and the bear brings her home. After parting ways, she realizes the bear was right—the snow has disappeared, just as the bear has. With endearing characters and a simple, poetic style, Alessandro Lecis and Linda Wolfsgruber have successfully created a mystical tale about enjoying the here and now and the magic of the winter season.

 

March Winds and April Showers Bring Forth Flowers!


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We are in all need of spring flowers after a long winter.  As we look ahead we can enjoy longer days, and more sunshine and flowers. Yippee!  Here are a few spring ideas for you to check out on your March schedule.

March 8 is International Women’s Day!  Celebrate with books on Overdrive that promote the amazing qualities of the females in our lives.

Easter is almost here!  A time for Holy reflection and appreciation of our sovereign Lord.  Celebrate with our digital library on Easter books!

 

Techie Tuesday Webinars!  Mark your calendars!

Brain Olympics Workshop with STEAM mentor Sara Zuidhof.  Find out more in this article

Research -Middle School Style with Beth (Subscriptions Facilitator) and Pippa (Learning Commons Director) .  Find out more in this article.

 

Extra news!

Our digital unit studies are now all housed conveniently for you on Overdrive.  Check them out here.

March Good Read selections on Overdrive for all ages.  Check them out in this article here.

March Special Ed/Learning resources in our physical commons.  Check out this article here.

 

Blessings from the learning commons!  Enjoy your spring break!

Pippa Davies

Exciting Changes Ahead!


 

Dear Learning Commons patrons,

The Learning Commons team is making changes to our Learning Commons website after surveys revealed you had problems finding materials.   In mid June we hope to release a simpler information portal, and a more visually pleasing layout.  We have purchased a new resource manager via Insignia, and are in process of upgrading our WordPress website, hcslearningcommons.org.  Over the next few months, we will transfer some existing data, and have the new circulation system installed.

What does this mean to you as a patron?

  • Your search and booking process will be easier, and more authentic.
  • Sign up will be faster via Encom authentication, or for our campus patrons Google Suite. One set of passwords will be applicable for all systems.
  • The Learning Commons hub will allow you to search seamlessly in one place for web links, digital and non-digital books, and some of our research subscriptions.
  • Booking for next year’s physical resources will begin in late May, or earlier if we get the go-ahead from our vendor.  We will alert you if that is the case.
  • Our other subscriptions will be included on a password-protected page on the WordPress site.  This may only begin in the fall. For now, please continue to use Encom for passwords under the “Curriculum Resources” tab.
  • Once the new site is live we will expect some glitches.  Please be patient as we update any of these issues. Prayer is appreciated 🙂  The long-term result should be worth the wait.

Thank you for your continued patronage!

 

Blessings from the Learning Commons team.

Pippa Davies, Learning Commons Director.

 

Good Reads on Overdrive!


High School

Overdrive by Eric Walters.  Gr 9-12

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Jake has finally got his driver’s license, and tonight he has his brother’s car as well. He and his friend Mickey take the car out and cruise the strip. When they challenge another driver to a street race, a disastrous chain reaction causes an accident. Jake and Mickey leave the scene, trying to convince themselves they were not involved. Jake finds he cannot pretend it didn’t happen and struggles with the right thing to do. Should he pretend he was not involved? Or should he go to the police?

The Curse of the Viking Grave by Farley Mowat.   High School

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The popular sequel to his award-winning Lost in the Barrens, this is Farley Mowat’s suspense-filled story of how Awasin, Jamie and Peetryuk, three adventure-prone boys, stumble upon a cache of Viking relics in an ancient tomb somewhere in the north of Canada. Packed with excitement and with little-known information about the customs of Viking explorers, this story of survival portrays the bond of youthful friendship and the wonders of a virtually unexplored land.

The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings (readers guide included)

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No novel better epitomizes the love between a child and a pet than The Yearling. Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend. There has been a film and even a musical based on this moving story, a fine work of great American literature.

Elementary School

 

A Butterfly is Patient by Sylvia Long

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The creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet and A Seed Is Sleepy have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. From iridescent blue swallowtails and brilliant orange monarchs to the worlds tiniest butterfly (Western Pygmy Blue) and the largest (Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing), an incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder. Perfect for a child’s bedroom bookshelf or for a classroom reading circle! Plus, this is the fixed format version, which looks almost identical to the print edition.

The Doll People by Ann.M Martin.  Audiobook. Middle grades.

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The 100-year-old Doll family—beautifully crafted china dolls passed down through four generations of girls in one American family—meet their new neighbours, the Funcrafts, a doll family made completely of plastic and delivered straight from the factory shelves.
Annabelle Doll is eight years old—she has been for over a hundred years. Not a lot has happened to her, cooped up in the dollhouse, with the same doll people, day after day, year after year…until the Funcrafts move in. Now Annabelle has a friend. Sure she’s made entirely of plastic and she’s living in the scariest room in the house, but she’s an adventurer, and after a hundred years of boredom, that’s just what Annabelle needs.

Why Do Rabbits Hop? Penguin Young Readers by Joan Holub.  Read Aloud Format

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Gr 2-3-Using a question-and-answer format, Rabbits discusses the different traits and behaviors of rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils. While all are rodents, each one has its own peculiarities. Horses does the same for horses and ponies. Charming, full-color photographs and drawings, especially those depicting the animals interacting with humans, mostly children, enhance the large-type texts. A winning combination of tightly written narrative, age-appropriate vocabulary, and worthy illustrations guarantees that independent readers will enjoy these titles.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA

The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing by Helen Lester.  Read Aloud.

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Ewetopia is not comfortable in her own wool, and every attempt she makes to impress the other sheep falls flat. So when an invitation to the Woolyones’ Costume Ball arives, Ewetopia knows her chance to shine has come at last. After trying on fifty-eight different costumes, she finally finds the perfect one—or so she thinks. But her wolf ensemble turns out to be none too popular with Rambunctious, Ramshackle, and Ramplestiltskin, so Ewetopia finds herself standing all alone again when a stranger enters the room. He is dressed simply as a sheep, but he is so handsome, none of the other sheep notice anything peculiar about his costume choice. Ewecalyptus, Ewetensil, and Heyeywe all look on as the newcomer chooses to dance with none other than Ewetopia. But as they dance across the floor, Ewetopia begins to wonder about her mysterious partner: Why is his growl so deep? Why does he have such long, sharp claws? And why does he keep calling her Mother?!!!

Swimmy by Leo Leonni .  Read and Listen.

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In this charming Read & Listen edition, kids can dive deep in the sea to discover a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger. With its graceful text and stunning artwork, this Caldecott Honor Book deserves a place in every family’s ebook collection.
This ebook includes Read & Listen audio narration.

Adult Professional Development

In the Name of Jesus by Henri Louwen

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Henri Nouwen was a spiritual thinker with an unusual capacity to write about the life of Jesus and the love of God in ways that have inspired countless people to trust life more fully. Most widely read among the over 40 books Father Nouwen wrote is In the Name of Jesus. For a society that measures successful leadership in terms of the effectiveness of the individual, Father Nouwen offers a counter definition that is witnessed by a “communal and mutual experience.” For Nouwen, leadership cannot function apart from the community. His wisdom is grounded in the foundation that we are a people “called.” This beautiful guide to Christian Leadership is the rich fruit of Henri Nouwen’s own journey as one of the most influential spirtiual leaders of the 20th century.

Brain Olympics Workshop! Save the date!


March 6th   3:00 p.m.

Brain Olympics:  Pumping Up Growth Mindsets and Design Thinking in Your Home

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What:  Join HCOS teacher, Sarah Zuidhof, as she discusses how to exercise and train for a gold-medal Growth Mindset in your kids.  Sarah will share helpful book titles, activities and project ideas that she has tried with her own five kids that could motivate you for new Applied Design projects in your family.

Who:  Parents, teachers

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

Blessings,
Learning Commons Team

I love reading new Non Fiction on Overdrive!


February purchases on Overdrive this month include some awesome high school and elementary reads!

High School!

Only Remembered by Michael Morpurgo,

Published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this beautiful anthology collects favourite extracts, poems and images from some of the UK’s leading cultural, political and literary figures.

Poems, short stories, personal letters, newspaper articles, scripts, photographs and paintings are just some of the elements of this astonishing collection, with cover and artwork by renowned illustrator, Ian Beck.

Among the many contributors are Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Andrew Motion, Miranda Hart, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, Antony Beevor, Emma Thompson, David Almond, Dr Rowan Williams, Richard Curtis, Joanna Lumley, Raymond Briggs, Shami Chakrabarti and Sir Tony Robinson.  Link in Overdrive when signed in:

A Fair Deal:  Shopping for Social Justice by Kari Jones.  Middle Grades

Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It’s about helping producers in developing countries get a fair price for their goods. In A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice, Kari Jones provides a history of trade, explaining what makes trade systems unfair and what we can do about it. By examining ways in which our global trade systems value some people over others, the book illustrates areas in which fair trade practices can help families all around the world and suggests ways to get involved in making the world a more equitable place. Link in Overdrive when signed in.

Speaking our Truth:  A Journey of Reconciliation by Monique Gray Smith

Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by survivors and their families. Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.  Link in Overdrive.

Elementary School

Around the World Right Now by Gina Gascone

In this multicultural travelogue through each of the 24 time zones, young readers are invited to travel the world and experience all the people, places, and things that exist on our planet right now. In every minute of every hour of every day, something wonderful is happening around our world. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, an artist sits behind his easel working on a painting. While at the same time in Greenland, an Inuit boy begins training his first pack of sled dogs. While in Madagascar, a playful lemur is trying to steal treats from a family’s picnic, just as a baby humpback whale is born deep in the Pacific Ocean. A perfect read-aloud to help introduce geography and time-telling as well as a celebration of the richness and diversity of life on our planet.  Link in Overdrive.

The Industrial Revolution: INVESTIGATE HOW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CHANGED THE WORLD with 25 PROJECTS by Carla Mooney

Imagine a world without brand-name products! Before the Industrial Revolution it was not possible to produce enough of the same item to have a brand, but in 100 years the world changed from make-your-own everything to a society of manufactured goods. The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World introduces the dynamic individuals who led this revolution and how their innovations impacted the lives of everyone, rich and poor, city-dwellers and farmers alike. Elements of history, biography, civics, science, and technology combine with activity-driven enrichment projects that kids can do with minimal supervision. Activities include creating a water-powered wheel, designing a steam ship, building a telegraph machine, and making a pinhole camera.  Access this book here.

Traditional Stories of the Northwest Coast by Carla Mooney Traditional Series of the Northwest Coast

The Northwest Coast region covers the strip of land along the Pacific coast of Canada and the northern United States. Traditional Stories of the Northwest Coast Nations features stories from several of the region’s Native Nations, including the Haida, Quileute, and Lummi. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter give readers a clear look at this subject. Features include a table of contents, infographics, a glossary, additional resources, and an index. Aligned to BC standards. Core Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.  Link in Overdrive

Sea Turtles by Cindy Rodriguez

Series :  Eye to Eye with Endangered Species

Beautiful photos and text examine the issues endangered sea turtles face and how they can be saved.  Link in Overdrive.

Where is Easter Island by Megan Stine

Unearth the secrets of the mysterious giant stone statues on this tiny remote Pacific island.
Easter Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean thousands of miles from anywhere, has intrigued visitors since Europeans first arrived in the 1700s. How did people first come to live there? How did they build the enormous statues and why? How were they placed around the island without carts or even wheels? Scientists have learned many of the answers, although some things still remain a mystery. Megan Stine reveals it all in a gripping narrative.
This book, part of the New York Times best-selling series, is enhanced by eighty illustrations and a detachable fold-out map complete with four photographs on the back.  Link in Overdrive.

 

How to be Research Savvy with Pippa!


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 5 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

 

Read Aloud Day!


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HCS Learning Commons

Welcome to the World Read Aloud Day on February 1st 2018 @ 10 am!  To celebrate this auspicious day we are inviting students to come and hear famous author Christine Pakkalashare her love of reading and her fabulous books from the series : Last But Not Least Lola! These early chapter books are perfect for your students in grades 2-5.  They are also available on Overdrive and should be read as a prelude to the session if possible.

What:  Author read aloud with information on Christine Pakkala’s books and writing.

Who may attend?  Students in grades 1-7 and parents/teachers

Where?  Zoom Video conferencing platform.

Time :  10 am PAC

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…

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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!

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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.

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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)

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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

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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!

Inquiry Based Picture Books!


Inquiry based picture books are an excellent way to introduce many subjects into your core curriculum and encourage wonder and curiosity.

Overdrive Library has many Dawn Publications Science Picture Books . These books include wonderful ways to engage your students in wanting to learn more about a wide variety of subjects. Many of the Dawn Publication books have corresponding free extension activities (or a longer guide from Overdrive) to help you with expanding your student’s learning. Just type in ‘Dawn Publications’ as your keyword search and you will find many awesome picture books.  Or look under Teachers Lounge at our Inquiry Based Picture book collection.

New in this series!

 

Here is a sample of the books that we have already added:

A Drop Around the World

A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney and Teacher’s Guide

This book is a year-after-year favorite with teachers. It engagingly leads readers around the world following a drop of water—whether as steam or snow, inside a plant or animal, or underground—teaching the wonders and importance of the water cycle. (There is lots of geography, too.) Four pages of science about the qualities of water are included.

Going Around the Sun

Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Marianne Berkes has a gift for making science fun, and this book is exhibit A. Mother sun and her “family” of planets spin, roll, tilt, blow and whirl around the Sun to the tune of Over in the Meadow. Each of those actions is astronomically correct. For example, Earth is the one that tilts, and that is what creates the seasons. It is also astronomically up-to-date, with Pluto being a dwarf planet. Bright illustrations create an exciting mood, and there is plenty of interesting supplementary information in the back along with tips on related ways to integrate science, art, and literature in the classroom.

Going Home

Going Home by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Teachers! This book is like a whole unit on migration wrapped in a winning combination of easy verse, factual language, and beautiful illustrations. For animals, migration is a powerful compulsion to travel, sometimes over long distances, often skipping many meals. Sometimes, as in the case of the monarch butterfly, a round-trip takes several generations. Why do they do it? How do they succeed? The ten featured species offer a broad representation of migration: loggerhead turtles, monarch butterflies, manatees, ruby-throated hummingbirds, Pacific salmon, Canada geese, California gray whales, caribou, Arctic tern, and emperor penguin. The book is loaded with additional tips for teachers. Once again Marianne Berkes combines her teaching, writing, and theatrical skills to combine entertainment with education—creative non-fiction at its best.

How We Know What we Know about Climate Change

How we Know what we Know about Our Changing Climate and Teachers Guide

When the weather changes daily, how do we really know that Earth’s climate is changing? Here is the science behind the headlines – evidence from flowers, butterflies, birds, frogs, trees, glaciers and much more, gathered by scientists from all over the world, sometimes with assistance from young “citizen-scientists.” And here is what young people, and their families and teachers, can do to learn about climate change and take action. Climate change is a critical and timely topic of deep concern, here told in an age-appropriate manner, with clarity and hope. Kids can make a difference!

Natures Patchwork Quilt

Nature’s Patchwork Quilt by Mary Miche and Extension Activities

Just imagine all of nature – mountains, prairies, oceans, and all – lying on your bed as a patchwork quilt! Take flora and fauna in their unique habitats, fold them up and you have a book, this book. Earth’s major habitats are spread before you, ready to be examined. Here in this beautiful package are revealed the key concepts of natural science. This patchwork quilt of nature covers the whole Earth, your home – yours to learn about, to enjoy, to care for, and to love.

Over in Australia

Over in Australia by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Australian animals are unique. Their babies may be riding in mama’s pouch, or hitching a ride on daddy, piggy-back! Children will sing, clap and count to the rhyme of “Over in the Meadow” as they learn about wallabies, koalas, wombats, and more. Cut-paper illustrations add to the fun.

Over in the Arctic

Over in the Arctic by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Teachers and parents, here is another favorite from Marianne, who has a special talent. The kids think it is entertainment while teachers and parents think it is a great lesson about the Arctic! This book combines singing, counting, and full-body action with terrific cut-paper illustrations that kids will want to imitate. Over in the Arctic, the snow goose honks and the wolf howls. Children too will joyfully honk and howl while they count the baby animals and sing to the tune of Over in the Meadow. And they will hunt for hidden animals on each page. A big plus for educators are several pages of extension ideas for curriculum and art projects as well as resources on the web and elsewhere.

Over in the Forest

Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Jump like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and . . . uh-oh . . . watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of forest animals to the rhythm of “Over in the Meadow” in this delightful introduction to the woodland habitat. They will also count the babies and search for hidden animals. And when they see how each illustration is made from cut paper, they may be inspired to try cut-paper art, too.

Over in the Jungle

Over in the Jungle by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Teachers and parents, here is the easiest, most entertaining way ever to teach about this important habitat. The special talent of this author is entertaining kids while the adults think it is a lesson about the rainforest. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among monkeys that hoot, ocelots that pounce, parrots that squawk, and boas that squeeze! It will not take much to have your child joyfully hooting and squawking too. And the illustrations are painstakingly all done in polymer clay and then photographed, giving a 3-D effect. They are truly remarkable, vividly conveying the abundant energy of a rainforest, and will inspire many an art project. Plus there are several pages of extension ideas for curriculum and art projects as well as resources on the web and elsewhere.

Pass the Energy Please

Pass the Energy, Please! by Barbara Shaw McKinney and Teacher Guide

Here is a favorite of elementary science teachers for the food chain. Each of the creatures passes the energy in its own unique way. In this upbeat rhyming story, the food chain connects herbivores, carnivores, insects and plants together in a fascinating circle of players. All beings on Earth—from the anchovy to the zooplankton—depend upon the green plant, which is the hero of the story. The special talent of the author shines again (see also A Drop Around the World) for being able to present the science curriculum so concisely, creatively, and cleverly.

Salmon Stream

Salmon Stream by Carol Reed-Jones

Named a prestigious CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, this is a poetic yet accurate description of the life cycle of salmon. For kids, it is fun and eye-opening. For teachers, it is a valuable supplement to a unit on water, fish and ocean animals, and life cycles. Fast-paced prose and brilliant illustrations follow the salmon from their form as eggs in a stream to the wide ocean, eventually making a hazardous journey home to their stream of origin. As in her earlier best-selling book, “The Tree in the Ancient Forest,” author Carol Reed-Jones uses cumulative verse – a literary technique that is not only enjoyable but suggests how interconnected salmon are with their habitat. At the back is a section on salmon facts and what makes a good habitat for them, teaching the basics of ecology and why clean streams and waters are so important.

Seashells by the Seashore

Seashells by the Seashore by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Both classroom teachers and vacationing parents will find this little book to be a charmer. Counting from one to twelve, Sue picks up shells—periwinkle, kittens paw, scallop—and carefully adds them to her bucket as a gift for Grandma. She and her friend identify the shells, and when they discover one that still has the mollusk living inside they put it back in the water—learning that shells are actually the abandoned homes of sea animals—but sometimes the animal is still home! The paperback edition contains a tear-out shell identification card to enhance the hands-on lesson in simple wonders from nature.

Sunshine on my Shoulders

Sunshine on My Shoulders by John Denver

This heartwarming book—an adaptation of one of John Denver’s best-loved songs—is a lovely reminder of the good, pure things in life. “Sunshine On My Shoulders” celebrates friendship, sunshine and simple joy. Children and adults alike will love Christopher Canyon’s whimsical and humorous illustrations, that capture the innocence of childhood. This is one of a series of picture book adaptations of John Denver’s songs that reflect the gift of friendship and nature.

The Sea that Feeds Us

This is the Sea that Feeds Us by Robert F. Baldwin

From the delightful opening verse of this poetic nonfiction book, the reader learns the important concept that plankton is the first link in the ocean food chain. The rhyming text continues and covers each link—the shrimp who eats the plankton, the sea bass who eats the shrimp and the humans who catch the sea bass for dinner. This is a wonderful resource for studies on ocean plankton, habitats, and food chains.

What's in a Garden?

What’s in the Garden? by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Good food doesn’t begin on a store shelf with a box. It comes from a garden bursting with life, color, sounds, smells, sunshine, moisture, birds, and bees! Healthy food becomes much more interesting when children know where they come from. So what’s in the garden? Kids will find a variety fruits and vegetables, and a tasty, kid-friendly recipe for each one to start a lifetime of good eating. A “food for thought” section presents interesting facts about each fruit and vegetable, and a “how does your garden grow?” section explains facts about gardening and the parts of plants.

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