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!

Grade 8 ScienceGrade 8 Socials

Grade 9 ScienceGrade 9 Socials

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


 

Reading and making in the Commons!


As a teacher I have always loved using a hook to create excitement,  and move production in the classroom.  As a teacher librarian my students in my reading buddies K-3 online class ask for extension activities.

This term we have shared lots of picture books, had scintillating, philosophical discussions after reading books like Frederick by Leo Leonni, and had fun researching animals using Pebble Go database!  The getting geeky characteristic  with Pebble Go is you can print off your production, or share as a URL straight from your iPad!

Reading Buddies students share their joy in creation after reading a great picture book like Don’t Spill the Milk by Stephen Davies! Here are a few samples of artistic creation!

Caileigh shares her watercolour below.

Kaileigh

Mikayla shares her watercolour below.

Mikayla

Don t Spill the Milk Illustration-page-001

Janel shares her pastel creation of Don’t Spill the Milk above, and below a collage after reading Frederick by Leo Leonni!

Fredrick Illustration[1]-page-001

Research using Pebble Go subscription and  Tiger Report[1]! by Janel

 

Thanks for sharing reading buddies!! You are great content creators, artists and readers!  I am going to miss ALL of  you:)

PS!  All of mentioned picture books may be loaned from our growing E Library!

Blessings

Pippa Davies

Digital Paint Programs


This useful list of digital paint programs was shared by Creativity Express as alternatives to using their online program.

“In order for us to recommend a digital paint program it needed to meet three basic rules.

  • First, the software has to be kid-friendly. This means that the child can learn to use the program either because it is simply laid out, or because there are good tutorials. This should be fun for the kids, not a burden for the parents to trouble-shoot.
  • Second, the software should be free to download, or low-cost. Though free sound great, it has its downsides. Generally software is free because it has ads in it, and with kids involved that’s not always okay.
  • Hence my third rule: any advertising must be child-appropriate.

There are a good number of digital paint programs that meet these criteria, so let’s get started!

Firealpaca – This kid-friendly art program is available for free download on both Macs and PCs. A relatively new program, it does contain advertisements. However they claim to be art-related, and only placed ion the introductory screen, along with any relevant update information or user tips. The program has layer capabilities and many different brush settings.

Copic – Another free program compatible with Macs and PCs, Copic has a user-friendly interface that incorporates Copic’s color system as well as different brush settings. Kids will love the easy look of the program, and should be able to pick it up quickly.

MyPaint – Available for PC and Linux operating systems; MyPaint has a range of functions similar to Adobe Photoshop including pressure-sensitive capabilities for use with drawing tablets. In addition to basic layering features, MyPaint has many different brush settings. Kids can even create their own brushes, allowing them to be really creative with this program!

Artrage – This program is very kid-friendly and simplistic, and is our choice for digital art software. It’s available for both Windows and Mac operating systems for $49.90. Supporting all levels of artists, ArtRage is designed to be like a virtual painting space, increasing authenticity and making the experience for kids more fun and realistic.

Sumopaint – Users can draw online or download a more comprehensive version of this easy-to-use program; it has both PC and Mac compatibility. Its tools for drawing are virtually unlimited, allowing kids to have an expanded choice for their artwork.

Artweaver – Suitable for beginners, Artweaver is a freeware program that is available for Windows computers. On this program, kids can even draw from a photograph scanned into the computer – draw on paper first, then paint on Artweaver!

SpeedyPainter – SpeedyPainter has a simple and intuitive design, and is suitable for children to use. It is downloadable for free for Windows users. It includes basic features, as well as a brush library and separate viewfinder to allow kids to really see what they’re drawing.

SmoothDraw – This program has many different brushes that can be used, as well as a simplistic interface; it’s available for free download for Windows operating systems. Children will love the ease of use in this program, and will be able to use it with little basic knowledge of tools in art programs.

Qaquarelle – Part of the Sourcefogre portfolio of software, Qaquarelle supports tablet functions and has a simple design that children will find easy-to-use. It’s an open-source software that has a free download.

Last but not least, a clever drawing tool.

DrawPile – Although not specifically a digital paint program, DrawPile is a freeware program that allows multiple users to share the same online drawing board. Kids can have fun creating with their friends wherever they may be.”

Natalie and Pippa recommend Paper 53 for an easy iPad app to use with ease and style!  However there is a small cost!

https://www.fiftythree.com/paper

Blessings

Pippa

Write & Make Art! Challenge | Passages To Canada


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Writing and art competition for students grade 1-12 from Passages to Canada website.  Great prizes!

See on passagestocanada.com

easel.ly | create and share visual ideas online


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Creating infographics at your next conference session.  Easelly does it for you

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MakeAGif – Funny Animated Gifs


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Learn how to make a gif. Create animated gifs online with our free gif animator in just three easy steps. Upload, Customize, Create.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Making images come alive with MakeAGif, renders pics into one file and creates animation.  Great way for students learning cartooning skills.

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Pencil – a traditional 2D animation software


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Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Fairly easy to use for students!  Thanks John Goldsmith @#edtechbc

See on www.pencil-animation.org

Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How a boy became an artist | Video on TED.com


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TED Talks When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was a kid, he didn’t play sports, but he loved art. He paints the funny and touching story of a little boy who pursued a simple passion: to draw and write stories.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Beautiful story of a boy who was given some art lessons and grandparents who believed in his talent.  If every child was empowered in their gifts what a wonderful world it would be!

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Christmas Story


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Beautiful rendition of art and scripture in the story of Christmas!

See on www.metmuseum.org

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