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.


 

Summer Reading and the Books are Open!


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


TEACHERS and PARENTS:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT on OVERDRIVE

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


STUDENTS:  SCIENCE and INQUIRY

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Lives of the Scientists

Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their work—and maybe even dull. But take another look. Did you know that it’s believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom? That Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles? That Albert Einstein loved to collect joke books, and that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a Groucho Marx disguise in public? With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, the subjects of Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt’s Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) are revealed as creative, bold, sometimes eccentric—and anything but dull.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


Caroline’s Comets

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


Enigma by Eric Walters

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

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


 

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.

Grade 7 Socials

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.

Easter Blessings


 

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Spring is here, the bulbs are beginning to blossom,  and it is time to celebrate Easter and the amazing sacrifice of our Lord Jesus!

This newsletter we will share some of our favourite Easter resources on L4U, OverDrive eLibrary, and some web links.  We will also share some upcoming contests, including our poetry and talent contest on NING.  If you are new to the learning commons please read our welcome getting started for Newbies!


Subscriptions Use Survey

Results of our most recent survey may be found at Subscriptions Survey Results – 2017. A big thank you to all our patrons and staff for completing this survey, which helps inform our purchasing of resources.


Spring and Easter Titles Available Now in the Overdrive Digital Library

Have you been using our Overdrive Digital Library?  There are so many excellent resources to check out!  We have a good selection of Spring and Easter titles available for you here.


New Gr. 6 and 7 Digital and Physical Unit Study Kits

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.  All Unit Studies are available in both physical format through L4U, and in digital format through Overdrive.  Reserve today – limited quantities!

 

Grade 6 Science – Digital Unit Studies

Extreme Environments Digital Unit Study
The Solar System Digital Unit Study
Newton’s Laws of Motion Digital Unit Study
Human Body Systems Digital Unit Study
Mixtures & Solutions Digital Unit Study

 

Grade 6 Science – Physical Unit Study Kits from L4U

Extreme Environments Physical Unit Study Kit 
The Solar System Physical Unit Study Kit
Newton’s Laws of Motion Physical Unit Study Kit
Human Body Systems Physical Unit Study Kit
Mixtures & Solutions Physical Unit Study Kit

 

Grade 6 Social Studies – Digital Unit Studies

Government and Economics Digital Unit Study
Urbanization and Migration of People Digital Unit Study
Conflict and War Digital Unit Study
Global Issues and Media Literacy Digital Unit Study

 

Grade 6 Social Studies – Physical Unit Study Kits from L4U

Government and Economics Physical Unit Study Kit 
Conflict and War Physical Unit Study Kit
Urbanization and Migration of People Physical Unit Study Kit – COMING SOON!
Global Issues and Media Literacy Physical Unity Study Kit – COMING SOON!

 

Grade 7 Science

Creation and Evolution Digital Unit Study

… Stay tuned; more Grade 7 Science Kits coming soon!

Grade 7 Socials

Stay tuned; Grade 7 Socials Kits coming soon!


NING

One of my favourite truths about Easter is that God is relational. Jesus came to earth, died on a cross in our place, rose again to life and conquered the grave. He took our sin so that we may be restored to a place of relationship with God. Fellowship is a wonderful gift given to us, both in our relationship with God and with each other.

NING is an online platform, much like Facebook, but contained within the school.  NING provides homeschool families with the ability to have a school community, even if they do not live close together. It is open to students (Grades 8-12), parents and teachers. If you are interested in joining NING, or would like more information, please email Erin Duncan at eduncan@onlineschool.ca.

New contests on NING are open to students in grades 5-12. You will need a NING account to enter.  For students in Grades 5-7, the family or a parent account may be created to submit the entry on their behalf.

  • Talent Show – Open now and runs until April 30th. Share and enjoy some of the amazing talents that we have in our community! To enter, log into NING,  go to the Groups page and open “The HCOS & NING Talent Show!!!! Spring 2017”. Students are encouraged to share up to 2 talent show entries in a discussion on the NING Talent Show Group page. Everyone is welcome to take part by “liking” the entries. God made us all special and it is fun to share some of those talents in this way!
  • Poetry Contest – *Upcoming Contest* The Theme will be “New Growth”, be this personally, in the Lord, or in nature.  Contest Group Page will be accessible on NING first week  of April.

Web-Linking Library

NEW STEAM resources:


Easter and Spring Books in L4U

Looking for books about Easter or Spring/Nature Study?  In the L4U library, there are Topic Searches under 002 Books by Subject called “Spring/Nature Study and “Easter” which list many of the resources available.

Some favourite Easter books are:

  • The Week that Led to Easter
  • The Story of the Easter Robin
  • Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs
  • Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday
  • The Case for Easter
  • Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts: Discovering Their Significance to You

Fun books for Spring:

  • Karen Andreola’s Pocketful of Pinecones
  • Keepers of Life
  • Environmental Detectives Teacher’s Guide Gr. 5 – 8
  • The Usborne Complete First Book of Nature
  • Are You Ready for Spring?
  • Take a City Nature Walk

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Using Our Gizmos Subscription

Are you needing a great place for your student to learn and follow their curiosity?  Our Gizmos subscription allows you to do just that.  It is a place to learn math and science for grades 3-9.

Our Learning Commons has information for you about Gizmos.

To answer your questions about how to use the site, you can go to these links:

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Documents:

If you have questions about subscriptions, please email me Beth Johnson.

 

 

 

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

Why Ebooks as a digital tool?


As we start our school year we are looking for tools which will help our students meet the new inquiry method and help transition them into the 21st century.  Did you know we had a huge collection of e books, and audiobooks for students K-12 available in our learning commons?

Overdrive recently blogged about why you should choose e books when you approach the new school year. Here are their thoughts:

How eBooks support your current curriculum: by Christina Samek, Overdrive specialist.

” We make it easy to talk to students about eBooks. OverDrive’s custom school platform allows for a quick introduction and most importantly, a quick launching pad into individualized reading. Because it’s reading, you aren’t introducing a new skill into your classroom, you are enhancing an already necessary skill.

eBooks are an excellent, approachable gateway into a lifelong relationship with technology. A tool that fosters reading—a skill essential to success in any subject—is good technology. OverDrive’s catalog provides thousands of titles to choose from, whether it’s for your beginning readers or those preparing for college. We provide service to the full K-12 space. Our eBooks are easy to use and come equipped with key features such as an exportable note-taking and highlighting tool, a built-in dictionary, and a dyslexic font. We can serve your high achievers and your struggling readers on the same, easy-to-use platform. We connect to your existing systems to ensure your students access our eBooks using the same credentials they use every day.  OverDrive helps you individualize the learning experience!

Reading is at the core of what you’ve been teaching all along. English/Language Arts, History, and yes, even Mathematics. Great reading comprehension lends itself to all facets of your curriculum. The benefit of digital reading allows your students to absorb content at their own pace. Your high achievers can push forward without worry they’ll be judged for wanting to. Your struggling readers can take their time and utilize the built-in tools to increase their comprehension, without worrying they’ll be judged for lagging behind. It’s simple, built-in differentiated instruction. Learning behind a screen creates an innate sense of privacy. It lets your students explore their learning capacity on a device like a SmartPhone or tablet, some of their first and most familiar learning tools in today’s world.

Start talking to your students about eBooks. We have audiobooks, too, because reading is reading. We have dedicated analysts to help you build a content list to match all of your curriculum needs. We have time to help.

Make eBooks the first dip into the waters of integrating technology in your classrooms. Start with reading, because, didn’t we all?”

I would also add that with the new BC Ed plan which allows for so much choice in how our students meet their learning needs, Overdrive will help equip our students with an inquiry approach, using a format that meets new technology standards.  An e or audio book can be in your hands as soon as you get those passwords :).  Please note students under the age of 13 should always be supervised when borrowing materials on Overdrive.

If you would like to get started using our Overdrive e library please contact Shandra Wiebe for your passwords and then for training/research/curriculum ideas Pippa Davies.

Blessings from your learning commons team!

Pippa

Booking for Summer and 2016/2017


If you have re-enrolled, send us an email and we will update your account: Shandra Wiebe  swiebe@onlineschool.ca  or Kelly Wiebe  shipping@heritagechristian.ca

Once re-enrolled, you have the option of taking out material over the summer:

  • Last date for booking items for the summer is June 17th
  • Unit Studies kits will not be available to book until August 15th.
  • All material will be due back in the library August 15th, no exceptions! We need to have all items in and ready to go for the 2016/2017 school year.
  • There is a limit of 30 books and 8 AV items per family from L4U.  On Overdrive there is a limit of 5 items at a time.
  • You can book curriculum, books and AV items for the next year starting in June, date will be announced, (but not unit study kits).

Newly Enrolled Families – will be given access to L4U and Overdrive in May. Passwords will be sent out as soon as you enrol.  If you do not receive please check your junk folder as they come from L4U and not from the school. Patrons can book material over the summer. In June we will open bookings for next year. However, none of the unit study kits will be available over the summer due to the BCEdplan updates, and they will not be available to book until mid-August.   

All Patrons:

Due to the changes we are making, you may find that the system will not allow you to book items due to the Global Due Date during the month of May.  If you receive that message when attempting to book, please add your items to your bookbag, click on Display Bookbag, and email your bookbag, (there is a link at the bottom of the L4U page),

bookbagto Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca  or Kelly at shipping@heritagechristian.ca . Then send us an email regarding the dates you want to book for and we will take care of it for you.

Professional Development for U.


Reading

Hi learning commons friends,

Education is constantly changing.  Are you finding it hard to keep up with new educational technology, and constant ideas and buzzwords that are floating around the education hemisphere?  Having enjoyed Gafe (Google) summit and BC ERAC conferences recently I enjoyed gleaning and learning from others!  With that in mind we have purchased some great professional development for you to discover on Overdrive e library.  Grab your coffee and come and enjoy some wonderful reads which might inspire you to try something different!

Reading in the Wild:  Donalyn Miller

In Reading in the Wild, reading expert Donalyn Miller continues the conversation that began in her bestselling book, The Book Whisperer. While The Book Whisperer revealed the secrets of getting students to love reading, Reading in the Wild, written with reading teacher Susan Kelley, describes how to truly instill lifelong “wild” reading habits in our students.

Based, in part, on survey responses from adult readers as well as students, Reading in the Wild offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage, and assess five key reading habits that cultivate a lifelong love of reading. Also included are strategies, lesson plans, management tools, and comprehensive lists of recommended books. Copublished with Editorial Projects in Education, publisher of Education Week and Teacher magazine, Reading in the Wild is packed with ideas for helping students build capacity for a lifetime of “wild” reading.

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift; Ann Voskamp

Based on the overwhelming success of The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp has expanded her presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree so families can celebrate together. Each day, families can listen to the provided Scripture passage (which connects with the original adult book), engage with a special devotion to help children of all ages understand the Advent theme for the day, and participate in suggested activities to apply the theme.

This audiobook can serve as a precious guide to help recapture the sacredness of the Advent season and help the entire family understand and celebrate the epic pageantry of humankind from Adam to the Messiah.

Tribes; Seth Godin

A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature.

Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger. But more important, they’re enabling countless new tribes to be born—groups of ten or ten thousand or ten million who care about their iPhones, or a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.

And so the key question: Who is going to lead us?

The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals— people just like you who have passion about something. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at her fingertips.

 

One Word that will change your life! Jon Gordon

One Word explains how to simplify your life and business by focusing on just ONE WORD for the entire year. The simplicity of choosing one word makes it a catalyst for life-change. Clutter and complexity lead to procrastination and paralysis, while simplicity and focus lead to success and clarity. By celebrated authors Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon, One Word That Will Change Your Life shows you how to cut through to the core of your intention for the next year. It offers an action plan and simple process to discover your word for the year. It also explains how your one word will impact the six dimensions of your life—mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial.

 

The Montessori Method; Maria Montessori

The Montessori method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher. It stresses the importance of adapting the child’s learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing abstract concepts and practical skills. The Montessori method teaches reading via phonics and whole language, the comparative benefits of which are currently being recognized.

“To all educators this book should prove most interesting. All who are fair-minded will admit the genius that shines from the pages which follow, and the remarkable suggestiveness of Dr. Montessori’s labors.” -Henry W. Holmes

We also have copies of The Absorbent Mind and The Montessori Reader.

Science as Enquiry by Jack Hassard

Their eyes light up, they ask good questions, they can explain the concept to other students, and they relate what they learn in class to what happens in the world. That’s how students respond to the project-based, cooperative-inquiry Earth, life, environmental, and physical science lessons this book fully describes. Theoretical discussion of constructivist learning introduces the detailed lessons, many of which hinge on reproducible handouts to present a puzzling scientific phenomenon for students to investigate. Grades 5-8.

 

Digital Leadership by Eric Sheninger

Digital leadership is a strategic mindset and set of behaviors that leverages resources to create a meaningful, transparent, and engaging school culture. It takes into account recent changes such as ubiquitous connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to dramatically shift how schools have been run and structured for over a century. Leading in education becomes exponentially powerful when using technology to your advantage.

Eric Sheninger—”Principal Twitter”—shares his Pillars of Digital Leadership to help readers

 

  • Transform school culture by initiating sustainable change
  • Use free social media tools to improve communication, enhance public relations, and create a positive brand presence
  • Integrate digital tools into the classroom to increase student engagement and achievement
  • Facilitate professional learning and access new opportunities and resources

 

Let me know  if you need help getting going on our e library.

Blessings

Pippa

 

 

 

Michelle shares #Gafe Summit


Gleanings from the EdTech Summit

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I was fortunate to be able to attend the Kamloops EdTechTeam Global Summit featuring Google for Education conference in October. I was joined by the Learning Commons Team as well as Kathy Kanda, Heather Douglas and Shannon Beglaw.
The two day event was well attended and offered some great workshops on Google-related technology resources. All levels of tech were welcome from beginners to geeky. The speakers were Monica Isabel Martinez, Kim Randall, Michelle Armstrong, Donnie Piercey, James Sanders, William Lewis, Tracy Poelzer, and Davis Carlson. Each speaker opened our eyes to the opportunities that abounded to do with everything Google.

The virtual book called “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web” gives a brief taste of what the conference delivered in the way of knowledge and training for educators and Google enthusiasts. The workshops on Google apps and extensions were my particular favourite.
If you haven’t already explored the Google Chrome WebStore, it offers many apps and extensions that you can add to your Chrome browser. I have included some hyperlinks to demonstrate just a smattering of what is possible with Chrome apps and extensions. To access these links you will need to download Chrome on to your computer. The links are:

*Explain and Send Screenshots : Capture a webpage, write text and arrows and share it safely
*goo.gl URL Shortner : Shorten lengthy URL so that they are more managable to share
*TabJump : Ever closed a tab by accident or can’t find the right tab, this app helps manage your tabs
*WolframAlpha Search : Computational knowledge search engine
*Boomeranggmail: Lets you write your email and defer sending it
For More Info on Chrome: Chrome and Plugins

When searching online using Google Chrome you can eliminate a lot of the results that you get by using the Google search operators. These Youtube tutorials are great for students and parents to make their Google searches more efficient. The hyperlinks to each of these Youtube videos have been changed to Quietube links for your viewing pleasure.

Title: Conducting a Google Search by Color
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-0RqQWFubM&feature=player_embedded
Video Length: 6:09
Source: Google

Title: Conducting a Google Search by Image and Other Media
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TcrHV1kums&feature=player_embedded#at=95
Video Length: 3:56
Source: Google
Title: Conducting a Google Search by Filetype
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Z9603QPHQ&feature=player_embedded
Video Length: 4:40
Source: Google
Title: Conducting a Google Search by the ‘OR’ Search Operator
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JEtMAsUAgY&feature=player_embedded
Video Length: 5:04
Source: Google
Title: Finding Content within a Page using Ctrl (PC) or CMD (MAC) + F
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyhNTtNDfcM&feature=player_embedded
Video Length: 7:06
Source: Google
Title: Searching Using the ‘Site:’ Operator
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DndOoEVCWfI&feature=player_embedded
Video Length: 5:58
Source: Google
Monica Martinez Google site is to be found here.

Source material for this article:

Martinez, Monica. Monica’s Google Site 101. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

 

Blessings

Michelle

Learning commons newsletter!


Greetings from the learning commons,

As we burrow into Fall it is good to remember our fallen men and women.  Remembrance Day is almost here, a time to appreciate and value the men and women who served our countries so well.  To discover more in regards to these and other educational resources check out our Scoopit newsletter.

Upcoming webinars!  

Natalie and Pippa are excited to share more about all things #MakerEd in our next Lunch n Learn webinar on December 3rd. To find out more about this new way of learning go to this page.

New Unit Studies available 

More physical kits have been produced to help see you through this year. To learn more about what is still available for booking go to this page here.

Math Literacy on Overdrive.  Check out this curated list of great books for your elementary students.

New Digital Citizenship Kits

Are you looking for a way to build in digital citizenship into your student’s school year?  Look no further!  Rachael our curriculum writer has shared some awesome kits for your students to improve their digital footprint.

K-3 kit.

Gr4-6 kit

Gr 7-9 kit

Events on the Ning?

Secret Santa

It’s that time of year again! For those of you that have never played this game with HCOS/NING, Secret Santa is a fun card/gift exchange. To play this game you MUST commit to sending someone a card/gift worth $5 or less. (Tim’s cards are a good idea if you don’t know what to get.)  Send me an email with your mailing address and at the beginning of December I will scramble the names and match you with another person who you will send a card/gift to. All card/gifts NEED TO be sent out by December 12 so that it reaches the recipient on time. We (HCOS/NING) are not responsible for any late or damaged card/gifts. If you want to play you are agreeing to commit to send a card/gift.  And get one if return.  Spread the word, the more people we get the more fun it is. I will stop accepting names on Nov 30th. =) Feel free to message me with any questions. My email is eduncan@onlineschool.ca

Fall Photograph contest for all students happening until end of November 2015 .  Read more at this link here.  if you are not on the Ning please contact Erin at the address above.

Author in Residence Program- Sigmund Brouwer

We have really enjoyed having Sigmund Brouwer share with our students some great writing tools of the trade in his author in residence program.  We are looking forward to more sessions in January.  These sessions will be one day only events, and the learning camp will be shared soon to the learning groups website.

MakerEd Open House – Next Makered open house with Jessie in Kelowna is on November 27th.  Read more on this page

We have built up some lovely resources on Overdrive E Library for your reading interest, in regards to getting your students making.  Go to this page here for the curated listing. Make sure you are signed into Overdrive first.

Blessings from your learning commons team

Pippa

October/November Newsletter Learning Commons


Welcome to shorter days and more time to read by the light of the silvery moon.  Grab your students and find your classics whether on L4U or Overdrive E Library, and lets get reading!

To celebrate Drop everything and Read Day on October 26th,  we are celebrating one of my favourite author’s Beverley Cleary.  She has a lovely website which has some great literary resources.  To complement her website we have many of her resources in L4U which may be shipped to your home.   Don’t forget to DROP EVERYTHING and READ on October 26th 🙂

We would like to highlight our mentoring program in our high school.  if you have a student who is in grade 8 or 9 who is new to our school and needs a supporting hand, or maybe a Big Brother or Sister please read here and then contact Pippa.

HIGHLIGHTING SOME GREAT READS!

The wonderful Ramona series on L4U will complement multi-family reading and are suitable for grades 3-6.Ramona

On Overdrive some new additions include the following, The Cat at the Wall by Deborah Ellis.  Suitable for grades 4-8

On Israel’s West Bank, a cat sneaks into a small Palestinian house that has just been commandeered by two Israeli soldiers. The house seems empty, until the cat realizes that a little boy is hiding beneath the floorboards.

Should she help him?  After all, she’s just a cat.  Or is she?

Cloudwalker by Roy Henry Vickers.  First Peoples art and Legends.

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Cloudwalker, describing the creation of the rivers, is the second in a series of Northwest Coast legends by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Their previous collaboration, Raven Brings the Light (2013), is a national bestseller.
On British Columbia’s northwest coast lies the Sacred Headwaters—the source of three of British Columbia’s largest salmon-bearing rivers. These rivers are the source of life for all creatures in the area. But what gave life to the rivers themselves?
Astace, a young Gitxsan hunter, is intent on catching a group of swans with his bare hands. He is carried away by the birds’ powerful wings and dropped in the clouds. With only a cedar box of water Astace wanders the clouds, growing weaker, stumbling and spilling the contents. When he finally returns to earth he discovers lakes, creeks, and rivers where there were none before. The Gitxsan rejoice at having him home, and name the new river, they live alongside Ksien—“juice from the clouds.”
Roy Henry Vickers’ vibrant artwork, including 18 new prints, accompany this new retelling of an ancient story—readers of all ages will be captivated.  Suitable for sharing Myths and legends.  More First People’s books for all ages may be found by

  • Simply clicking on Collections-> More collections-> First Peoples

Math literacy! 

Do you struggle with mathematical reasoning and problem solving?  In Overdrive we have numerous math literacy books that will help make mathematics more visual and concepts easier to understand.

  • Simply go to our Mathematics section by clicking on Collections->  More Collections-> Math Literacy.

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Natalie has been working on our Special education collection, adding in some Hi/Lo content books for students who need upper level content with the lower grade Lexile level.  Watch this space for more of these kind of books soon!

  • Simply go to our Special Education section by clicking on Collections-> More Collections-> Special Education

Please note that all Special Education physical materials are now housed in L4U and may be shipped to your home.  Follow these directions from our Special Education website link.

Art

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Drawing For Beginners by Angela Pierce on Overdrive e library.  The Ultimate Drawing Art, Sketching, Pencil Drawing Techniques, Exercises and Lessons Guide

Social Studies

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Understanding Syria Today by Michael Kapek on Overdrive e library

Understanding Syria Today is an accurate and contemporary presentation that explores the Middle Eastern nation of Syria with a focus on the country as it is today: current issues, culture, and lifestyle. The book is written in an easy-to-read enjoyable narrative form for elementary readers grades 3-6. The Syria title includes a native recipe and craft for students to create. Elementary students are encouraged to consider evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. Series titles have been developed to address specific goals, higher level thinking skills, and progressive learning strategies for middle grade and junior high level students.

Science

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Eyes Wide Open by Paul Fleischman

We’re living in an Ah-Ha moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity. Add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle never before seen. The downsides weren’t visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking—suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It’s a changed world. This book explains it. Not with isolated facts, but the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the 21st century. Extensive back matter, including a glossary, bibliography, and index, as well as numerous references to websites, provides further resources.  Grades 4-8

High School reading on Overdrive.  Here are some great samples of classics available in Audio as well as e books.

classics

November 11 is Remembrance Day and our team has collaborated on some resources for you here.

  • Also on Overdrive E Library simply click on War in the keyword search and find many great fiction and nonfiction materials for all ages:

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Blessings from the Learning Commons team!

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