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



 

Read an eBook Day is Monday, September 18th

Tell your story

 

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

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

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New eBooks on OverDrive for STEAM and MakerED

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


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Highlights:

 

Adventures in Coding
Hello Ruby Series, Book 1

Cover of Adventures in Codingby Linda Liukas

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

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


Cover of The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

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

(With Audio Recording) by Gilbert Ford

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

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


Cover of Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

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

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


Cover of Design Thinking

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

by Kristin Fontichiaro

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


 

 

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



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

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

  2. Updated Suggested Homeschooling Resources Pages

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

  4. New Unit Study Kits and Curriculum Correlation Packages

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


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

 

New Resources for Grades 8 and 9



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


Updated Grade Level Pages

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

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

How to find Grade pages

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

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


Updated Overdrive Digital Library e-Book Lists

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

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

How to find audiobooks

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

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


 

STEAM into 2017/18


Many of you have caught onto the ‘STEAM’ challenge, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics”.

You might ask yourself, “How do I teach the STEAM or STEM process?”  We have tons of teaching materials and lesson plan activities for you to explore!  We also have STEAM book clubs and workshops happening in the fall.  Watch for grades 2-7 STEAM book clubs, and STEAM workshops to be advertised on our Student Book Club page, blog page and also on the learning groups website.  Our mentors are so excited about sharing their vision with you.  Feel free to contact them for more information: Kathy Whittome – Lower Mainland, Steve Bastian – Vancouver Island, Mark Lamden – Northern Island, Shannon Beglaw – Okanagon, and Sara Zuidhof -Kamloops and Salmon Arm, as well as Justine Dehod in the Learning Commons!

RESOURCES

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  • Find out more about STEM careers with this World of Work career book on STEM careers by Diane Lindsey Reeves.  Print off some lesson plans based on copyright provided.
  • STEM in the World of Work series provides an age-appropriate and interactive introduction to the nationally recognized Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics career pathway using informal self-assessment elements, career profiles, informative sidebar features, and back matter activities.
  • STEM Trailblazers series covers famous STEM astronauts, engineers and physicists.
  • Discover grade level workbooks on STEM from grade K-5.  Engaging tasks and detailed rubrics will help you understand the STEM process and how to apply the standards.
  • STEM series workbooks by Mark Twain media have been created by the NCSS (National Science Education Standards)  to help you connect your students in the middle grades to real life science, such as food production and alternative energy.
  • STEM to Story helps you connect fiction to science.  Ever wanted to write science fiction, make a planet Oobleck with simple ingredients, or engineer airplanes?  This book is for all grades and has simple lesson plans, which will help walk you through each stage of the process.
  • The STEM Labs series is a lovely middle grade series of workbooks which provides labs that cover topics like geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.
  • Complete Classroom Press workbooks are jam packed with activities, many of which are STEM or Inquiry  related. Just type in the keyword “Complete Classroom Press” and you will find tons!
  • Inquiry Picture books are perfect for introducing Big Ideas and sharing the topic of interest.  Simply sign into the Overdrive eLibrary, click on Collections and then Teachers’ Lounge, the Collections menu again, and look for our Inquiry Picture book tab.  

Recently I shared some great STEAM sites that are in our web linking library now.  You will find them under the heading STEAM/Maker Education.

To find out more in regards to MakerEd materials, philosophy, and resources, you can review our STEAM and MakerEd page here.  If you have a gifting in this area please contact Pippa, as we are always looking for volunteers and experts in the field.

Blessings to you and yours as you explore the beautiful world of STEAM or STEM!

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!

 

STEAM Reading Buddies week 2


Our K-3 reading buddies virtual book club is off to a great start! We are covering some aspects from the new grade 2 science standards including Force and Motion.  After reading The Most Magnificent Thing (animated student version of the book) last week we talked about the meaning of imagination and perseverance, and what it means to fail.

Many of our students had figured out what storyboarding looks like with this simple worksheet , and they shared their beautiful illustrations of what they were going to problem solve.  All students brought their ideas to the table and presented their problems eloquently and with passion.  Some had even ventured further and made their creations, whilst others were still in the pondering stage, and researching stage as they researched other inventors. Some had tied into the compassion aspect of making, and decided to make gluten free muffins because a family member was gluten intolerant.  Another student wanted to fix a fence because the chickens were escapting from their yard.   One of our students even shared a book on First Peoples inventors and the amazing inventions they had brought to hunting, fishing and outdoor survival. There were all kinds of engineers in our class!   I am encouraged! I am learning from our future teachers 😀

We read Harriet and the RollerCoaster by Nancy Carlsen (in Overdrive e library), and discussed criteria for making a good roller coaster.  There was consensus we needed lots of steep hills!  Then we discovered who invented roller coasters and we watched a quick video on the real thing.  I felt quite sick following its trail 😉

Our next session involves bringing our story boards and home made rollercoasters or other creations to teach each other about the amazing God given force; gravity.

Yay for making!

Blessings

Pippa

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