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.

L4U find by author

 

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:

Video:

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Documents:

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

 

 

 

STEAM Reading Buddies 3 and 4


Week three was so much fun for STEAM learning with our grade 2 reading buddies

Our students displayed  creativity,  imagination and discussion inspired by the Bible passage “For in Him we live and move and have our being.”  Acts 17:28 and the story The Three Little Pigs from Overdrive E library.  We also watched and sang the Bible song The Wise Man Built His House.

Questions were scaffolded for guided inquiry and research.  We tackled these questions:

Which little pig had the right house? How do you know? Have you ever been in a big storm/earthquake/natural disaster. How did you feel? How do we build our houses in BC, or say Quebec? Do you think this is the right way to build our homes based on the three pigs experience? Give reasons. How should we build our houses to withstand force? How can we make our houses more secure to withstand incredible force? Where does God say we need to build our homes?  I am excited to see the activities ensuing from these suggested ideas.

Students draw or retell The Three Little Pigs using puppets from a BC perspective.

Or do this STEM lesson

http://www.mrsthompsonstreasures.com/2014/10/three-little-pigs-stem-challenge.html

Or this one

https://staoblog.org/2015/09/28/internal-and-external-forces-and-the-three-little-pigs/

Today Nov 9th we shared our creations and the students had time to ask questions.  Some of our students used straws, paper, wood, popsicle sticks and lego or domino blocks to make their houses.  We then watched in action as one of our students used the force of the big bad wolf with the means of a hair dryer to see the effects of her building.  We discussed the results with great questions and thoughts on how force can be exerted and what can withstand such force.  Of course living in BC versus living in Quebec had its different consequences.

After this debate we listened to The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and enjoyed another debate on the verity of one persons point of view.  It was good to hear how the truth can be subverted depending on who was sharing it.  More to follow next time 🙂

I am having fun with my STEAM buddies.  They are showing  me that its okay to just have fun learning and asking questions!

 

Planting and Growing: Great books from Overdrive!


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Curious George Discovers Plants by H. A. Rey (K-2)

George’s friend Chef Pisghetti makes the most delicious vegetable soup! When the chef is running low on fresh vegetables, George wants to lend a hand in the rooftop garden—but he has a lot to learn about greenery. Come along as George discovers all about gardening, plants, what makes them grow, and why they’re important. Based on the Emmy-winning PBS show, this story is filled to the brim with additional facts, real photos, experiments, activities, and more. Learning about science has never been so much fun!

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The Good Garden by Katie Smith Milway (K-3)

María’s family are poor Honduran farmers, growing barely enough to eat. Then a new teacher comes to town and shows María sustainable farming practices that yield good crops. An inspiring story, based on actual events, that shows us how farms and hopes are transformed as good gardens begin to grow.

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Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (K-3)

A beloved classic—written by a beloved Caldecott winner—is lovelier than ever!

Barbara Cooney’s story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication.

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The Secret Garden and Study Guide (4-8)

Mary Lennox is born in India. She is a sickly, sallow child, whose parents hide her away with her Ayah. After her parents die in a cholera outbreak she is sent to live in Yorkshire with her uncle. She is, once more, left mostly to herself. Her uncle still mourns his beautiful wife ten years after her death, and seeks to escape his grief by traveling. When a chambermaid tells Mary about her mistress’s garden, which her master locked up on her death, Mary is determined to find it. Bit by bit, as the garden comes back to life, so do the lives of those around her begin to mend.

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Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zeitlow Miller (K-2)

On a trip to the farmers’ market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents’ gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes…. What’s a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble?

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (K-2)

Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were — Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. Mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother Mrs. Rabbit who puts him to bed after dosing him with camomile tea.

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Wangari Maathai – The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prevot (K-3)

Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a nonviolent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Africa through its reforestation. Her organization planted over thirty million trees in thirty years. This beautiful picture book tells the story of an amazing woman and an inspiring idea.

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What’s in the Garden by Marianne Berkes (K-3)

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.

Reviews by Overdrive

Do Pumpkins Float or Sink? | Wonderopolis


Source: wonderopolis.org

Science question of the day.  Video and summary of the science behind flotation.

May News!


Welcome to May and sunshine reading!

As the school year winds down,  and our students head outdoors, it may be a challenge to keep them interested in doing “school” work. You may have that panicky feeling that you need to be assessing your students with all kinds of tools. Your curriculum may not be covered up to 75%??  ANDDD now you have to find curriculum for next year:)  Put away your filing!  Relax and enjoy some new stories, web links and curriculum plans for this year or next.  Next year you can complete your curriculum goals by 100% 😉

This month our learning commons team would like to share curriculum resources on Flowers and Nature, Music and Composers, Weather , Light and Biographies.  We celebrate the wonderful layers  of the reading process and biographies on Overdrive, as well as a book review on the book “I am Daring Greatly”.

Reading stats show that engagement of younger students will happen regardless of whether you are reading with traditional paper book or e-book. So long as the parent child attachment is happening during the reading process all is golden.  To encourage easy access to picture books we have purchased lots of wonderful picture book material to invite great reading opportunities.  To search for picture books on our e library please go to this tab under Collections called Picture books.  One of my favourite picture books in our collection is  “My Dog is Smelly as Dirty Socks” by Hannoch Piven.  I love this story about family and differences, with unique and colourful illustrations. The questions at the end will encourage reading attachment time!

Web tools re lesson plans and educational resources!

Plants and Flowers

Music and Composers 

Weather and Climate

Light

NEW!  Overdrive E kits click on this link here.

NING News and activities  (PS Ning is being upgraded to web 3.0)

Our poetry challenge is underway on the Ning and we welcome all budding poets from grades 3- grade 12 to join in this creative writing competition.  If you are not a member of the Ning please email me and I will share an invite or I can share your poetry myself.

Scoopit Newsletter for current trends on all things distance learning!

USER SURVEY

We ask that all staff and patrons please complete our user survey, so that we know how to serve you best in the coming year!  Thank you!

https://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/cloewen/copy-learning-commons-survey-2014/

Blessings from the learning commons team!

Light! Resources in Overdrive


(image from Wikipedia)

(image from Wikipedia)

Electric light came to Ottawa streets on May 1st, 1885. What an exciting day that must have been to go from darkness to light! Today we explore the topic of light in the Learning Commons and we hope that this will inspire you to take a closer look at our Light and Optics titles on Overdrive.

Light and Colour

Light and Colour by Barbara R. Sandall

Connect students in grades 5 and up with science using Light and Color. This 80-page resource “sheds light on” the scientific basis of light and color perception. The book covers topics such as the concepts of light and color perception, how light travels, and what determines how bright light is. It contains subject-specific concepts and terminology, inquiry-based activities, challenge questions, extension activities, assessments, curriculum resources, and materials lists. The book supports National Science Education Standards and NCTM standards.

Light and Dark

Light and Dark by Julie Murray

Discusses the basic science concept of light and darkness.

Secrets of Light

Secrets of Light by Anna Claybourne

In Secrets of Light, you will find out where light comes from, why rainbows occur, and how cameras work.

Light

Light by Britannica Educational Publishing

Our visual experience of the world and our ability to perceive the objects and people around us would be impossible without light and the many roles it plays in our daily lives. In addition to facilitating our perception, light sustains life on earth by providing energy to plants and heating the atmosphere. The fundamentals of light—including how it is measured, its interaction with matter, and the particle and wave theories of light—are covered in this detailed volume.

Lets Investigate Light

Let’s Investigate Light by Buffy Silverman

With an emphasis on how important light is to our Earth, this title explains how light effects photosynthesis, how light travels, the different properties of light and how both animals and people depend on it. Whether it’s ultraviolet light that help bees pollinate flowers to solar panels that use the Sun’s light to heat our homes, it’s all addressed in this beautifully illustrated book.

Super Cool Experiments Light

Super Cool Science Experiments: Light by Dana Meachan Rau

Following the scientific process, this title provides instruction on how to conduct experiments that help students gain a better understanding of light.

Light and Optics

The Project Guide to Light and Optics by Colleen Kessler

Science projects for kids pertaining to light and optics.

Discover Light and Sound

Discover! Light and Sound by Avaly McGinley

The activities in this book reinforce basic concepts in the study of light and sound, including the nature and behavior of light, sources and uses of light, types of lenses, the vibration and travel of sound, and the characteristics of sound. Various activities, such as experiments, puzzles, and review questions help students effectively learn the principles presented. General background information, suggested activities, questions for discussion, and answers are included. Encourage students to keep completed pages in a folder or notebook for reference and review.

Heat, Light and Sound

Heat, Light and Sound 1-3 by Edward P. Otleb

Developed by leading science educator and former president of the National Science Teacher’s Association, Ed Ortleb, “Heat, Light, and Sound” offers curriculum-oriented worksheets that provide a focused unit of information on each subject. No teacher preparation is required to use the pages. Activities include coloring, cutting, pasting, sequencing, matching, drawing, games, and puzzles. Extension activities and background information included in teacher guide.

Light Reflection and Refraction

Light – Reflection and Refraction by Evan Moor Publishers

Hands-on activities, balance of processes and content, and uses readily available materials. Includes a full-color activity poster.

Step by Step Experiments Light and Vision

Step by Step Experiments with Light and Vision

Explains what light and vision are; describes the scientific method; and includes experiments testing different light and vision concepts.

Reviews by Overdrive

January News!


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Welcome to Winter in the learning commons;)

 This month we are focusing on some of the wonderful curriculum we have in our blended learning commons.  As research beckons, book reports get published and science experiments presented,  we thought we would invite you to try some amazing curriculum and learning resources.
Shandra Wiebe shares more about some of our science curriculum  found in the physical learning commons.  Click here.  To check out science non-fiction on the E Library  click here.  Feel free to add your suggestions, as we want to grow this area?

Are you interested in science lab reports?  Find some rubrics here.  General science websites are found here.

For information on assessment from a Christian worldview go here, and here.

New in social studies on the E Library we have activity guides, and books on ancient Egypt and Rome.  Grade 7 students we appreciate your opinion on these items and if you want us to order more?

Reading Promotions

Missions Read-A-thon starts this February and if you have a student in grades K-9 you might want to encourage them to take part in this exciting literary/missions event.  Please contact Shandra Wiebe if you have any queries in this regard.

Events happening on the E Library include the Device Raffle.  To learn more how to take part read this article. The only requirement to win an e reader is to read something on HCS E Library.  Contact Pippa if you need help setting up your device.

Social MediaNatalie shares more about using Google Plus for our community,  and how social media can work for you here.

Events on the Ning!  Currently we have The HCS Schools Innovator of the Year Awards.  Check out more about this new and interesting challenge for all students grade 4 and up here.

Current Awareness  Newsletter.  To learn more about upcoming Olympics fun, coding lessons, homeschooling goals and Valentine’s Day check out our latest newsletter.Blessings from all in the Learning Commons!

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The Plight of the Honey Bee… Special Edition update @ 2Learn.ca


See on Scoop.itHCS Learning Commons Newsletter

Lots of information and educational resources to help teach your students about the plight of the honey bee.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

List of links to share about the life of the honey bee in Canada.

See on www.2learn.ca

Click to Cure – Cancer Research UK and Zooniverse Cell Slider


See on Scoop.it21 century Learning Commons

Join Cancer Research UK and Zooniverse in the fight to beat cancer – accelerate cures with a few clicks of your mouse!

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Biology students in high school will have opportunity to learn more with this cell animated tutorial and will help fight cancer in the process!

See on www.cellslider.net

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