SHARE YOUR #EBOOKLOVE FOR READ AN EBOOK DAY AND WIN!



 

Read an eBook Day is Monday, September 18th

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Share your #eBookLove on social media for a chance to win a Kobo Aura ONE thanks to our friends at Kobo.  Simply share a post, picture and/or videos showing off your #eBookLove for a chance to win this incredible device. OverDrive will notify the winners and share their posts throughout the week of the 18th.

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Read an eBook Day was created to promote the joy of digital reading and modern storytelling.  Visit Read an eBook Day website to get book recommendations, hear interviews with authors by our Professional Book Nerds podcast, and post comments about their eBook experiences. We hope you’ll join the conversation by sharing what you’re reading, stories about why you love eBooks, and by using the hashtag #eBookLove on social media for a chance to win content credit and devices!

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New eBooks on OverDrive for STEAM and MakerED

Need some inspiration?  We have lots of new eBooks on Overdrive for STEAM and MakerEd.  To find these excellent resources, first log-in to your Overdrive account, and then click this link.  To see our new titles first, sort by “added to site”.


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Highlights:

 

Adventures in Coding
Hello Ruby Series, Book 1

Cover of Adventures in Codingby Linda Liukas

Meet Ruby—a small girl with a huge imagination, and the determination to solve any puzzle. As Ruby stomps around her world making new friends, including the Wise Snow Leopard, the Friendly Foxes, and the Messy Robots, kids will be introduced to the fundamentals of computational thinking, like how to break big problems into small ones, create step-by-step plans, look for patterns and think outside the box through storytelling. Then, these basic concepts at the core of coding and programming will be reinforced through fun playful exercises and activities that encourage exploration and creativity.

In Ruby’s world, anything is possible if you put your mind to it.


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The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation

(With Audio Recording) by Gilbert Ford

With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind toy: the Slinky!  One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer, and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk…and so did Richard’s imagination. He knew right away that he had stumbled onto something marvelous.

With the help of his wife, Betty, Richard took this ordinary spring and turned it into a plaything. But it wasn’t just any old trinket—it was a Slinky, and it would become one of the most popular toys in American history.


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by Andrea Beaty
Embark on an adventure of personal creativity and invention with fan favorite Rosie Revere! This activity book features art from the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer and will inspire young readers with activities of all kinds. Kids will have the chance to design a better bicycle, build a simple catapult, construct a solar oven, and more! This empowering activity book will teach problem-solving and creative-thinking skills crucial to STEM fields while also providing opportunities for its readers to try new things and, sometimes, to fail. As the picture book so brilliantly showed hundreds of thousands of young readers, flops are an inevitable part of success and something to be celebrated rather than feared. Created by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, the same New York Times bestselling team who brought us Rosie Revere, Iggy Peck, and Ada Twist, this activity book will be perfect for old and new fans alike!

A cool idea with a big splash   You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for rockets, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.   A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem-solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.


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Design Thinking
Series: 21st Century Skills Innovation Library: Makers as Innovators

by Kristin Fontichiaro

Learn how to think critically about the design of things you want to make. Readers will learn to analyze the efficiency of their plans, while still feeling encouraged to push forward with new ideas. Photos, sidebars, and callouts help readers draw connections between new concepts in this book and other makers-related concepts they may already know. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.


 

 

Help, I Still Need Curriculum! TIPS From our Curriculum Consultant


help-153094_1280The new school year is nearly upon us, and if you’re like me, there may still be a subject or two that you have yet to decide on curriculum for.  I’ve enjoyed the phone conversations and email dialogue I’ve had with many of you, and for the rest of you, I thought I’d share some tips to help you find the best curriculum options for your child(ren).


TIP #1:  Explore the HCOS Learning Commons

 

  • Discover our Grade Level Pages – a comprehensive collection of what the Learning Commons has to offer, including subscriptions, free of charge to HCOS families, and organized by grade

 

  • Consider these Unit Study Kits – using your choice of eBooks OR books from our L4U physical library, these kits for Social Studies and Science are fully aligned to BC’s standards and are adaptable to all learning styles

 

  • Check out this comprehensive Newbie Training document – tap into all the resources, programs, and events the HCOS Learning Commons has to offer

 


TIP #2:  Narrow Down the Options for Print Curriculum

 

  • Check out these Curriculum Picks from our BC vendors, chosen to address BC’s standards

 

  • Explore HCOS Recommended Resources (note that some of these options may require supplementation to fully address BC’s standards)

 

  • For a broader range of options, explore all the vendors who accept HCOS PO#s.  (Note that some of these options may require supplementation to fully address BC’s standards)

 


Questions?  Contact Cynthia Duncalfe, Curriculum Consultant:  cynthia.duncalfe@onlineschool.ca

TAKE 5! … we interrupt your summer to share FIVE Curriculum Option updates



The BC Day long weekend is over, and some of us may begin to turn some of our attention towards planning for another fruitful year of home learning.  Here are a FIVE IMPORTANT UPDATES to keep in mind as you plan:

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  1. Updated Comprehensive Grade Level Resources Pages for K – 9, PLUS all new Grade 10 – 12 Resources Pages

  2. Updated Suggested Homeschooling Resources Pages

  3. We now have THREE comprehensive curriculum vendors in BC who have prepared Curriculum Options for HCOS students:

  4. New Unit Study Kits and Curriculum Correlation Packages

We now have Unit Study Kits for Grades K – 7, and so far this year, we’ve added:


5.  Our Overdrive Digital eBook and Audio Library has dozens of new books for you, and don’t forget to check out the great selection of curricular resources available to you in our L4U Physical Library!

 

NEW Gr. 8 Curriculum Correlation Packages Available August 1st in the L4U Physical Library


The purpose of the Curriculum Correlations Guide is to outline how a specific curriculum aligns with BC’s standards, showing you which sections of the material to complete.  Please note, these are NOT Unit Study Kits. (Unit Study Kits for Grades 8 and 9 are coming later in the fall once our Curriculum Writer, Rachael Rennie is back from maternity leave).

These Guides have been designed to help you prioritize your time and effort, assisting you in addressing the relevant content and core competencies.

The Curriculum Correlations Package may be borrowed from our L4U Library, and includes the Curriculum Correlations Guide, AND the necessary curriculum. We recommend that you complete these Packages in consultation with your teacher so that your student’s learning style and needs can be addressed.


Correlations Guides for Social Studies

These Guides use the “Romans, Reformers, and Revolutionaries” curriculum by Diana Waring.  You may borrow the Curriculum Correlations Package from the L4U Physical Library, which includes the Guide, and the required curriculum.


Correlations Guide for Science

This Guide uses “God’s Design for the Physical World:  Heat & Energy” by Answers in Genesis.  You may borrow the Curriculum Correlations Package from the L4U Physical Library, which includes the Guide, and the required curriculum.


Also New!

Correlated Grade 8 Science Resources in L4U Physical Library

Plus!

Find all available resources on our Grade 8 web page

Coming Soon!

Grade 9 Curriculum Correlations Packages

 

New Resources for Grades 8 and 9



Many of you are already planning what resources you will be using for the fall, so we thought it would be the perfect time to let you know that we’ve got even more available to you for Grades 8 and 9 than ever before!


Updated Grade Level Pages

These pages have been organized by grade AND subject to make it easy for you to find available resources.

Simply go to our Learning Commons website, hover your mouse over the “BC’s New Curriculum” tab on the lower menu, and select “Resources by Grade“.

How to find Grade pages

You will find new offerings in ADST, Arts, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and more!  Here is the new Grade 8 Resources page, and the new Grade 9 Resources page.

Other K-9 Resources by Grade pages can be found here.


Updated Overdrive Digital Library e-Book Lists

It is really easy to find all the wonderful digital resources available to you through our Overdrive eBook Library.

Just go to our Learning Commons website, hover your mouse over “Overdrive Digital Library” in the top menu bar, and then select “Grade Level Lists“.

How to find audiobooks

We’ve just purchased a ton of new resources, and we’ve organized our Grade 8 and 9 Science and Socials titles according to the new curriculum “Big Ideas” to make things even more convenient for you!

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All Overdrive eBook Library K-9 Grade Level Lists can be found here.


 

Canadian Historical Fiction, Anyone?


Karen Autio is a local author of a trilogy of historical novels for young readers.

Here’s a snapshot of each historical novel, available now in our L4U Physical Library:

Second-WatchCoverSecond Watch – An immigrant story of hardship and hope, faith, and family. In May 1914, when the Finnish Lutheran Mäki family of Port Arthur, Ontario, finally cobbles together enough for passage to Finland on the Empress of Ireland, they never dreamed it would be the steamship’s final voyage, wrecking in the St. Lawrence River.

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Saara’s Passage – After surviving one of the worst marine disasters in Canadian history, Saara Mäki still feels a little at sea. “Saara, your life has been spared for a purpose.” But all this 12-year-old girl can see is washing dishes and peeling potatoes. That is, until Aunt Marja contracts tuberculosis and must move a thousand miles away to the Toronto sanatorium, leaving Baby Sanni behind with Saara’s family. S\aara’s next passage takes her into entirely unfamiliar waters.

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Sabotage – The courage and wits of siblings Saara and John Mäki are put to the test when German spies sabotage Canada’s war effort in Port Arthur in 1915. Told by both Saara and John, this final book in the trilogy takes readers into a real-life world of espionage, sabotage, and paranoia. The story involves immigration, discriminatory policies of the Canadian government, internment of enemy aliens, treatment of minority groups, and human rights, all of which lead students into understanding different perspectives and making ethical judgments.

 

All three titles are published by Sono Nis Press (www.sononis.com) and were finalists for awards including the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, and the BC Chocolate Lily Book Award.

Each of Karen’s books has a free downloadable Teacher’s Guide or Student Activity Guide, available through her website:  http://www.karenautio.com/SchoolVisits.html.

To learn more, visit her website at www.karenautio.com or her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/KarenAutioAuthor.

For even more Canadian historical fiction options, please refer to the following pages:  Canadian Historical Fiction Part I, and Canadian Historical Fiction Part II.

 

New Gr. 7 Digital and Physical Unit Study Kits Available Now!


Looking for a way to finish up that last Science and/or Socials Unit in this last semester? These Unit Study Kits provide tons of content and lots of options for interacting with the material in fun and engaging ways.  Unit Studies are available in both physical format through L4U, or in digital format using Overdrive e-books.

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Ancient Egypt Civilization Digital Unit Study Kit

Ancient Greece Civilization Digital Unit Study Kit

Stay tuned:  More Grade 7 Socials Kits coming soon!

 

 

Grade 7 Science Digital Unit Study Kits

Creation and Evolution Digital Unit Study

Matter and Elements Digital Unit Study

Fossil Record and Climate Change Digital Unit Study

Energy and Electromagnetism Digital Unit Study Kit

 

Grade 7 Science Physical Unit Study Kits

Available from L4U Library

Fossil Record and Climate Change Physical Unit Study Kit

Creation and Evolution Physical Unit Study Kit COMING SOON!

Matter and Elements Physical Unit Study Kit COMING SOON!

Energy and Electromagnetism Physical Unit Study Kit COMING SOON!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Grade 7 Digital Unit Study Kits for Science – Available Now!


Term 3 is well under way.  Does your Grade 7 student need to finish up that final unit in science?  Our newest Grade 7 Digital Unit Study Kits may be just what you are looking for!

Each kit focuses on one of the Big Ideas in BC’s New Curriculum, so for each grade and subject, you’ll notice that we provide a variety of kits.  Complete some, complete them all … they’re designed to fit seamlessly into your overall student learning plan.

In each of our Digital Unit Study kits, you will be provided with suggested books from the HCS Overdrive E-Library, (you’ll need your login information to access), videos to watch, and activities to share with your child.  These kits are all about student choice and enabling your student to focus on areas where they have the most interest.  Therefore, you will not be required to complete all activities listed under each key question, instead, you will be able to choose activities which most appeal to you and your child.

Each key question featured in the unit will include recommendations on how many activities to complete in order to fully address the curriculum content and competencies. Finally, each activity will have icons showing which competencies of BC’s new curriculum the activity addresses.

If you prefer to use physical books, you’ll need to find the kit you are looking for and reserve it in our L4U Physical Library.  Again, you’ll need your login information, and once logged in, go to advanced search by author “Rachael Freed” to find and reserve the Unit Study Kit of your choice.

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All the K – 9 Unit Study Kits can be found here.

Tips for Tuning-Up Your Grammar Skills


Annual Grammar Day is March 4th


 

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1.  Try Out a New Tool

Grammarly:  This online proofreading tool checks your text for grammar, punctuation, and style, and features a contextual spelling checker and plagiarism detector.  It is available as an add-on for Office, for Windows, and as a Chrome Extension.

2.  Follow a Facebook Page With a Little Humour

  • Grammar Girl:  This page is a good mix of light-hearted fun, and short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Grammar Girl makes complex grammar concepts simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules.
  • The Grammar Police:  Because sometimes we need a bit of humour to engage our minds with grammar.  And yes, I just began and sentence with “because”.  Oh, and there again with “and”…
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3.  Check Out Some Books in Overdrive

 

overdrive-bookSkin Like Milk, Hair of Silk:  What Are Similes and Metaphors? by Brian P. Cleary.    

Overdrive description:  Are you as clever as a fox? Or perhaps you’re as sharp as any spike? If so, this book will be a piece of cake! Clever rhymes from Brian P. Cleary and humorous illustrations from Brian Gable present similes and metaphors. When it comes to grammar, this team is not as slow as thick molasses. Oh no, they’re as bright as polished pennies! Each simile and metaphor is printed in colour for easy identification in this gem of a book. Read it aloud and share in the delight of the sense – and nonsense – of words. 

 

the-grammar-teachers-activity-a-dayThe Grammar Teacher’s Activity-a-Day180 Ready-to-Use Lessons to Teach Grammar and Usage by Jack Umstatter

Overdrive description:  This must-have resource features 180 practical, ready-to-use grammar and usage lessons and activities–one for each day of the school year. The activities included help students in grades 5-12 to acquire, improve, and expand their grammar skills, and become more adept and confident writers.

 

4.  Have Some Fun with Apps, Videos, and BrainPop

  • Grammar Wonderland Apps available on iTunes and Google Play
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