What a Mystery Read-a-thon!


The Read-a-thon starts on Monday, Jan. 22nd so be sure to sign your students up soon!

Here is the link to all of the information you need!

Updated Unit Study/CC List


At this time of year, many families are looking for resources and assume that most of the kits are booked up.  Often there are changes as folks delete bookings, so there is more availability. Here is an updated list of all of the Physical Unit Studies, Curriculum Correlations Packs and Donna Ward Supplementary Packs available for booking in L4U. You will need to log and go through the booking process to see what dates are available.

Kit list by grade 2018 PDF to download

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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.

New Books in L4U!


We have added some great new resources in L4U (Library for you)!

Science:

The new BC Science Connections 8 and 9 provide current, relevant, and rigorous content

that stresses science process skill development, mastery of knowledge outcomes, and the connections between science, technology, society, and the environment.

STEM Resources:

STEM, Grade 1 (Applying the Standards)

Applying the Standards: STEM for grade 1 offers 64 pages of highly engaging STEM tasks. It includes a problem-solving rubric and guided pages that walk students through completing each step of the STEM process. First graders will complete tasks in areas such as measurement, flight physics, food chemistry, sound, and the geometry of structures.

We have also added: STEM, Grade 2 (Applying the Standards) and Stepping into STEM Grade 4. Search by:  Series = Maker Ed for the whole series. 

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The World Book Natural Marvels Series 
Natural Marvels takes readers around the globe to explore exceptional land features created by such forces as erosion and volcanic activity. Carefully written text breaks down sometimes complex processes into more easily understood segments. Arresting photography captures the attention of readers while revealing the often beautiful results of these forces at work. Readers will stare down into the depths of canyons, up to the peaks of still-growing mountains, and almost feel the spray from crashing waterfalls as they learn what causes these dramatic land forms.

Search by:  Series = Natural Marvels
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Draw Canada And Greenland by Draeger, Kristin

Geography is essential to a child’s education. And basic to that study is a simple outline ofprovinces, countries and continents. In Draw Canada and Greenland I have tried to give students an easy introduction to committing the map of Canada and Greenland to memory. Through simple, step-by-step instructions, students learn to draw each province and territory as they connect to their neighbors and, with a little practice, will be able to draw Canada and Greenland as a whole.

Digital and information literacy Six book Series:

Music and video streaming by Mooney, Carla

Smart machines and the Internet of things by Nagelhout, Ryan.

Research project success using digital tools by Michalski, Pete

Web-based digital presentations by Daniels, Leonard

Virtual reality  by Rauf, Don

Strategic searches using digital tools by Towne, Isobel

Search by:  Series = Digital and information literacy

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New Competency Packs!


We have added the last two Core Competency Packs to the L4U library. These packs support the core competency of personal awareness and responsibility. Personal awareness and responsibility includes the skills, strategies, and dispositions that help students to stay healthy and active, set goals, monitor progress, regulate emotions, respect their own rights and the rights of others, manage stress, and persevere in difficult situations. Students who demonstrate personal awareness and responsibility demonstrates self-respect and express a sense of personal well-being.

 

Communication, grade K-3 Core Competency Pack

Five Books included:
Lacey Walker Nonstop Talker
The Noisy Paint Box
The day the crayons quit
My Mouth is a Volcano
Communication, then and now

Personal awareness and responsibility, grade 2-3 Core Competency Pack

Six Books included:
Extra yarn
Lemonade Hurricane
The boy who harnessed the wind
Four Feet, Two sandals
Up the Creek
Making Friends is an art

 

All of these book packs are available to book in L4U.

They can be found in the Topic Search: Topic Search: 001 Curriculum Resources as well as under each grade icon.pic2

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You can also search by typing in “core competencies” then click the Subject icon

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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!

New Unit Study Kits and More!


 

New Grade 8 Socials Digital Unit Study Kits

 

We have three new Socials Unit Study Kits for Grade 8:

Coming Soon! Crusades Digital Mini-Unit Study Kit

To cover content and curricular competencies for Gr. 8 Socials, students are required to complete the Middle Ages kit AND the Renaissance kit, and EITHER the Reformation Mini Kit or the Crusades Mini Kit (coming soon).

 

More Learning Commons News

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 special request for a new webinar topic, please let us know and we will look into finding an expert to share!

Our 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 centers near you. We also have one set available for usage from L4U. See this post for more.

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Overdrive and L4U Intermediate Resources

 

What? Discover 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.

 

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!

 

Bible Study and Character Training


Parents are often asking about resources for bible study, devotions and character training.

Here are some highlights of the resources we have available in physical format in L4U:

Character First Series

Each unit contains 3 lessons on 3 different character traits such as Attentiveness, charObedience and Thankfulness.  For each characteristic included you will find 3 pieces of literature that demonstrate the character trait presented:
1. Bible Story or verse
2. Article about an animal
3. Article about an historical character.
Memory work, games and activities are also included. Master copies for photocopying coloring pages are included.

You can visit this website for online resources as well.

Plants Grown Up: Projects for Sons on the Road to Manhood and Polished Cornerstones: Projects for Daughters on the Path to Womanhood by Forster, Pam 

Each chapter offers a variety of reading, writing, Bible study, and active projects for you plantto choose from for each of your unique sons. Projects in each chapter are listed in order according to increased difficulty. Start work in each area and continue to disciple your children with increasingly more difficult assignments.
Each project is labeled with the school subject it relates to, enabling homeschoolers to easily incorporate projects into their regular school plans.

We have more books on Character for all grade levels which can be found in L4U. To book, log into L4U and go to Topic Search, then click on 001 Curriculum Resources. Scroll to the Character, Manners and Values icon.

You will also find the Apologetics/Bible Study in the Topic Search under 001 Resources.

In this list, we have DVDs and CDs as well as many titles by authors such as:

Kay Arthur’s Inductive Bible Studies for kids series

Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ series

Ravi Zacharias – The End of Reason

Apologia – What We Believe series of four books:

Who is God and Can I really Know Him?
Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?
Who is my neighbor?
What on Earth Can I Do?

If you are looking for a good study to do with older teens in a group setting, we have:

True U: Does God Exist? 

In this first DVD set of the TrueU series, Dr. Stephen Meyer plays a “philosophical survival game,” pitting four worldviews against one another in the quest to decide which one gives the best answers. Dr. Meyer examines the evidence and provides the tools needed for students to defend their faith and make it their own. This is the perfect resource for students preparing to enter college and a culture that may be hostile to their faith.

True U: Is the Bible Reliable? building the historical case

Who is God, and how can we know Him? The Bible claims to be the direct revelation of our Creator. So if the biblical record is true, it is a primary means by which the God of the universe has revealed Himself to mankind. However, if it can be proved false, then the God of whom it speaks is simply one more pretender in the assembly of gods that man has created.

In Is the Bible Reliable? Dr. Stephen Meyer challenges you to examine the historical and archaeological evidence to determine for yourself the veracity and accuracy of biblical Scripture. Is the Bible true? You decide.

Includes two DVDs, each with five 30-minute lessons, and a 96-page, two-color discussion guide.

We hope this helps you find resources for your student’s needs.

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!

NEW! Dash the Robot!


The Learning Commons has added another great resource for younger students grades K-3!

Dash is a real robot, charged and ready to play out of the box. Responding to voice, dashnavigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot you always dreamed of having. Use Wonder, Blockly, and other apps to create new behaviors for Dash — doing more with robotics than ever possible. You need a compatible device to use Dash, see list in the library record.

Go to this website to watch tutorials and learn how to use Dash.

Also included are 3 books to enhance learning:
Hello Ruby – Adventures in Coding by Linda Liukas
Boy & Bot – Ame Dyckman
My First Coding Book, DK

To book, log into L4U and go to Topic Search, then click on 001 Curriculum Resources.  Then scroll to the Maker Education (STEAM) icon for the whole list of resources.

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