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!


Not to late to sign up for our Read Aloud Day on Zoom! Check it out!

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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

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!

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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Techie Tuesday: STEAM Mentor Mark Lamden shares on Coding Design


January 30th, 3:00 p.m.
STEM Education with Mark Lamden:  Focus on Tynker

What:  Not sure what ADST is?  Curious about the Design Process?  Wondering how to help your students get the most out of Tynker?  Join us today as we take a look at our new online Module called ADST and Levelled Coding.  This Module teaches the Design Process and guides students through a course in Tynker.  Mark Lamden (one of our HCOS STEAM Mentors) will walk us through this new module, demonstrating how to use Tynker as part of your ADST plan for the year.

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

When:  3pm PAC time

Where:  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/185297414

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,185297414#
Or Telephone
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location)
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 185 297 414
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=yORRZwP-6lTwGpU5HOxZsZyC7gmJcqiL

 

Read Aloud Day!


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 Pakkala share 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: 337 380 724
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WGxM9a_azkFS0blBUvXizrNB2ieUiEdp

Sign up at this poll or in the comments area.

Read Along Books on Overdrive!


Do you have a student who struggles with reading, or who is just beginning reading?  Are you a busy teacher or mum who needs something to keep her younger student busy whilst helping an older sibling?  Then your answer is Overdrive Read Along Books format.

You can find these readers by choosing the tab, Subject ->Fiction and then refine your search on the left with FormatRead Along Books.  Currently we have about 120 of these books and looking to purchase more of these as demand grows.

Happy reading with this best version of an audio-picture book!

Device Giveaway Winner


CONGRATULATIONS and FELICITATIONS!!  We have a winner for our device giveaway on Overdrive!

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AND our winner IS ………

Jaslyn Thienbunlertrat!!

Please contact Pippa Davies to confirm your prize!

Thank you all who participated in the reading event during the month of December!  Watch out for our next Mystery Read-A-Thon happening soon!

 

New Year New Goals!


 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Happy New Year!

January and Winter are here, and the research, reading, and learning are happening!  January is traditionally one of the busiest times of year for reading and research!  Let us know if we can help you with any of your research or project queries.  We love to find the very best bibliographic resources to help your student shine!

We look forward to hosting our Mystery Read-a-Thon later this month, as well as two webinars on Intermediate resources on Overdrive and a STEAM session! If you have a request for a webinar on some new learning please let us know and we will look into finding an expert to share!

SURVEY RESULTS

Thank you for participating our new physical commons survey.  Here are some of the results.

FUNCTIONS OF A LEARNING COMMONS TOP THREE:

  • 92 % Believe the learning commons should be a place to borrow a variety of materials
  • 83% believe that the learning commons serves as a place of research and reading.
  • 63% believe that the physical commons serves as a place for Maker ed learning.

ARCHITECTURAL ASPECTS TOP THREE:

  • Natural Light
  • Open Plan Layout with a few traditional office/collaboration/reading rooms.
  • Innovative Out of the Box style architecture

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OF THE LEARNING COMMONS TOP FOUR:

  • 88% Books
  • 76% Electronic access and wireless support
  • 72% Library staff
  • 61% Robotics and Maker Kits!

 

NEW IN THE LEARNING COMMONS

The learning commons has purchased a set of Dash robots for our younger K-Gr 5 students.  Our STEAM mentors and teachers are excited to launch these this year at community centres near you.  We also have one set available for usage from L4U.  See this post for more.

 

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Mystery Read-A-Thon

Jan 22- Feb 9th.  Register by reading the post above.

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Overdrive and L4U Intermediate Resources

 

WhatDiscover how to use Overdrive and L4U to find Intermediate Resources.  Pippa and Cynthia will walk you through the joys of reading using audio and eBooks including some of the amazing digital kits we have on Overdrive.

When?  January 16th at 3 pm

Where?  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/794363237

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,794363237#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 794 363 237
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=OpBgMMDDAvr8wSA56VIIB1E4cczQAtmu

Register at this poll here.

 

Coding and Tynker:  Discovering the Design Process

 

What?  Not sure what ADST is?  Curious about the Design Process?  Wondering how to help your students learn these skills?  Join us today as we take a look at ADST, the Design Process, how it relates to various skills, coding, and more.  Mark Lamden (one of our HCOS STEAM Mentors) will walk us through these topics, and introduce us to some of his own courses which have been created to help families tackle ADST successfully.

Who?All individualized students and online students/parents or staff are welcome. There will be a time for Q and A after the session. 

When?  Jan 30th @ 3 pm  

Where:  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/185297414

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,185297414#
Or Telephone
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location)
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 185 297 414
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=yORRZwP-6lTwGpU5HOxZsZyC7gmJcqiL

Please register at this poll here.

Blessings for a healthy, happy and peaceful New year!

From the Learning Commons Team!

Win a New Reading Device this Holiday!


This Christmas holiday the learning commons is hosting a device raffle to promote our e-book and audiobook collection!  Each time you borrow a book from Overdrive eLibrary your name will be entered into a raffle, and the grand prize is a Kobo eReader!  The more books you read the more times your name will be entered!!

  • Library patrons can join in anytime between December 7th and December 31st, 2017 just by clicking on an e-book and borrowing it in Overdrive
  • Prize:  Kobo Aura eReader
  • The prize winner will be announced the first week of January 2018 on this blog!
  • For more details on using Overdrive go here.

Happy Reading!!

Blessings from the learning commons team!

New on the Book Shelf in OverDrive!


We have some awesome new materials on OverDrive just in time for reading in front of that warm, cosy fireplace!  So head over to OverDrive eLibrary and immerse yourself in some awesome stories!

FICTION

“The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

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#1 New York Times Bestseller
Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle School)
Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Books of 2015
New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II, from the acclaimed author of “Jefferson’s Sons” and for fans of “Number the Stars”.

Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother, Jamie, is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

This begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take in the two kids. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the hands of their cruel mother?

This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.


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“Seeds of Time” by KC Dyer (BC author)

Thirteen-year-old Darrell Connor is a troubled girl, still haunted by the motorcycle accident that took her father’s life, and part of her leg, three years ago. She is not pleased when her worried mother sends her to board at Eagle Glen School for the summer.

But there is a sense of mystery at the school that appeals to Darrell, and as she investigates, she finds adventure and begins to form a few tentative friendships. When she stumbles upon a passage through time, she begins to wonder – is it possible to change her own past?


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“Nativity” by Cynthia Rylant

In the spirit of her acclaimed “Dog Heaven” and “Cat Heaven”, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant illustrates the nativity story in her powerful folk art style.
Cynthia Rylant takes the beloved text of the nativity story, as told in the King James Bible, and lovingly illustrates it in her simple, but bold, style that has been called “stunning” by “School Library Journal”. As she did with the creation story, Rylant has created a sublime take on a classic story that will appeal to readers of all ages.


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“The Trumpeter of Krakow” by Eric P. Kelly

For well over thirty years, Eric P. Kelly’s Newbery Award winner has brought the color and romance of ancient times to young readers. Today, “The Trumpeter of Krakow” is an absorbing and dramatic as when it was first published in 1928.

There was something about the Great Tarnov Crystal….Wise men spoke of it in hushed tones. Others were ready to kill for it. Now a murderous Tartar chief is bent on possessing it. But young Joseph Charnetski is bound by an ancient oath to protect the jewel at all costs.

When Joseph and his family seek refuge in medieval Krakow, they are caught up in the plots and intrigues of alchemists, hypnotists, and a dark messenger of evil. Will Joseph be able to protect the crystal, and the city, from the plundering Tartars?


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“The Second Mrs. Gioconda” by e.l.konigsburg

Why did Leonardo da Vinci lavish three years on painting the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait from his hand? In E. L. Konigsburg’s intriguing novel, the answer lies with the complex relationship between the genius, his morally questionable young apprentice, and a young duchess whose plain features belie the sensitivity of her soul.

NON FICTION

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“Planetary Science:  Explore New Frontiers” by Matthew Brenden Wood

What do you see when you look up into the sky at night? The moon, stars, maybe even a comet or asteroid? You can also see other planets! In “Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers”, readers ages 12 to 15 embark on a journey through the solar system and beyond, exploring planets, moons, dwarf planets, exoplanets and everything in-between. For many ancient cultures, planets were mysterious objects that moved against the backdrop of the heavens in strange but predictable patterns. Ever since Galileo Galilei first used a telescope to explore the moons of Jupiter, we’ve known that the planets are much more than mysterious points of light in the night sky. With the creation of incredible technologies such as space probes, giant ground-based telescopes, and Earth-orbiting observatories, we’ve learned that Mars once had water on its surface, that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been churning for centuries, and that thousands of exoplanets circle distant suns. “Planetary Science” is also exciting because of what we don’t know. Was there ever life on Mars? Is Planet Nine lurking in the outer reaches of the solar system? Will we ever find another Earth? How far can we go? In “Planetary Science”, readers examine the latest information on Pluto, the discoveries of the Mars rover Curiosity, and the incredible catalog of distant planets uncovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. They learn about how planets are formed, and why they travel on their orbits. Planets, those pinpricks of light you might spot on a clear night, come closer through informative illustrations, links to online primary sources, illuminating sidebars and fun facts, and hands-on, in-depth activities, such as building scale models of planets, hunting for alien worlds through citizen science, and crafting a comet in the kitchen. “Planetary Science” also promotes critical thinking skills through inquiry, discovery, and research by encouraging readers to explore questions that remain unanswered, such as whether Mars once had life or the possibility of a ninth planet hiding in the furthest reaches of the solar system. With discoveries being made almost every day, it’s an exciting time to be a planetary scientist!

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“Plastic Ahoy:  Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch” by Patricia Newman (Gr 4-8)

Plastic: it’s used to make everything from drink bottles and bags to toys and toothbrushes. But what happens when it ends up where it doesn’t belong—like in the Pacific Ocean? How does it affect ocean life? Is it dangerous? And exactly how much is out there? A team of researchers went on a scientific expedition to find out. They explored the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where millions of pieces of plastic have collected. The plastic has drifted there from rivers, beaches, and ocean traffic all over the world. Most of it has broken down into tiny pieces the size of confetti.

For nearly three weeks at sea, researchers gathered bits of plastic and ocean organisms. These samples helped them learn more about the effects of plastic in the ocean. Follow along on the expedition to find out how scientists studied the Garbage Patch—and what alarming discoveries they made.


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“The Truth About Stories” by Thomas King  (Gr. 9-12)

In his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures, award-winning author and scholar, Thomas King, illuminates North America’s relationship with its Aboriginal people. He is also winner of the 2003 Trillium Book Award.

“Stories are wondrous things,” declares King in his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures, “And they are dangerous.” Beginning with a traditional Native oral story, King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest, gracefully elucidating North America’s relationship with its Native people. Native culture has deep ties to storytelling, and yet no other North American culture has been the subject of more erroneous stories. The Indian of fact, as King says, bears little resemblance to the literary Indian, the dying Indian, the construct so powerfully and often destructively projected by White North America. With keen perception and wit, King illustrates that stories are the key to, and only hope for, human understanding. He compels us to listen well.


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“DK findout! Coding”  Series DKfindout!

Discover the amazing power of computer programming, and how it is all around us, with this exciting book full of amazing images, fun quizzes, and incredible information.

Learn why we use code, how computers interpret code and the history of coding from Ada Lovelace and early programming languages to today’s Python and Scratch. Supporting STEM education initiatives, this book will get kids excited about programming and eager to go from browsing to building.

Filled with colorful images and quirky facts, “DKfindout! Coding” is engaging and educational.

Learn more about computer coding – or anything else – at www.dkfindout.com, a free educational website for kids to have fun with information and expand their knowledge.


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“Explore The Ice Age with 25 Great Projects” by Cindy Blobaum

Brrr…does it feel cold? Get out your gloves and get ready to experience the Ice Age! In “Explore the Ice Age! with 25 Great Project”, readers ages 7-10 discover what an ice age consists of, why we have them, and what effect an ice age has on living organisms and ecosystems, paying particular attention to the most recent Ice Age, which is the only one humans were around to witness. About 12,000 years ago, glaciers up to 2 miles tall covered up to one-third of Earth’s land! Explore how these moving mountains of ice changed almost everything on Earth, including shorelines, weather, plants, animals and human activities, migration, and more. Learn the science and techniques of archeological and paleontological digs to understand how we know so much about a time that happened before recorded history. Science-minded activities lead readers to discover what a world covered in ice means for the earth’s crust, its atmosphere, and what happens when the planet begins to warm and the ice melts. Projects include creating mini glaciers to move mountains and create beaches, and recreating the lifestyles of Paleolithic people to discover what they ate, how they hunted, how they made tools and clothes and their history in art. Don’t wait for the next ice age to get started! Cartoon illustrations, fun facts, and a compelling narrative make “Explore the Ice Age!” an essential part of any STEM library.

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