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.

 


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

Lets Do Inquiry!


Are you excited about teaching your students from an inquiry standpoint with the new BC curriculum?  Or are you feeling a tad nervous?  Do you enjoy being the sage on the stage giving all the questions and answers via textbook, or do you love the curious questions inspired from a delightful conversation?  As we ponder these new changes I would like to encourage you to try one new thing in the coming months before summer.  I hope that we can learn together as a community sharing resources and discovering AWESOME learning that ties into our students passions and beliefs.

Here are a few resources and tips that we have discovered along the way with Inquiry and digital resources.  If you would like an introduction to Inquiry catch up on the different types of inquiry here. Here are some tips for inquiry learning.

  • Help your students learn how to break down information with visual aids such as graphic organizers, webbing, mind maps or storyboards.
  • Communicate clear expectations and rubrics.
  • Create a timeline for a project which allows for deeper learning but is also practical.
  • Build in time to fail and start again, or add to an idea.
  • Provide ongoing feedback.
  • Help your student design an essential question by brainstorming why, how and what.
  • Share about primary and secondary sources, worldview or purpose in writing.
  • Encourage your student to evaluate articles for bias.
  • Encourage your student’s work ethic and applaud their final product.

Subscription Databases with an Inquiry base.

Science Power  (World Book) which is now part of our ERAC digital bundle brings you science with an a la carte menu!

Science Power uses extensive multimedia—including interactive animations, videos, illustrations, and photos—to teach upper elementary-age children core science concepts. Each lesson in the site is paired with an experiment, extension activity, critical thinking questions, quizzes, and websites to amplify the content of the lesson and promote learning. Pre and post assessments help students and teachers work in collaboration.

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http://bit.ly/21XomHI

BrainPop and Inquiry

Many of you may love BrainPop and will be pleased to know that it ties in very nicely with the inquiry correlations.  Take a look at this page which Natalie did earlier this year and see how the alignments work for the new curriculum.  You will see lots of terms like science projects and scientific process! Mind mapping comes alive with the Make a Map. This is a great way to start your project using 21st century skills.  Game based learning comes alive in BrainPop with awesome quizzes and assessment tools to help your students move safely into the future, and have fun at the same time!  Read more about the research findings in regards to games and learning here.

Teaching students to understand bias is no problem if you use resources like What in the World and The Canadian Reader.  Both of these resources teach current Canadian and international events from a critical thinking base at lower lexile levels.

 The Canadian Reader / Nos Nouvelles is a classroom-ready current events resource for students in grades 3 and up. This publication, available in English and in French, combines current Canadian events and issues with geography to expand students’ knowledge of Canada while enhancing their ability to read and understand informational text.  Here is an example of a reading strategy worksheet with an inquiry approach.

What in the World? / Le Monde en Marche (Level 1) is a photocopiable current events resource, published in English and French, for Canadian students in grades 5 through 7. Designed to enhance students’ understanding of and interest in current Canadian and international events and issues, this publication addresses numerous curriculum outcomes while saving teachers valuable time.

Explora Elementary and High School which are the old Ebscohost sites teach your student about choosing the right keywords in searching, filtering their search using different criteria, how to access websites that are current, reliable and relevant and all articles, images and videos come with citation and copyright free for projects.

Learn 360 comes aligned to the new First Peoples content relevant to British Columbia.  It also ties in nicely to Inquiry learning with  K-12 core curriculum videos, video clips, newsreels, images, speeches and other primary and secondary sources.

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http://bit.ly/21XoO8Y

Discovery Education Canada Streaming Plus

This wonderful tool will soon be aligned to all Canadian curriculum and boasts an easy breakdown of all subjects with lesson plans, STEM learning, health and more!  Students can find great ideas for STEM learning with projects and also build boards, and find writing prompts for that elusive essay.

Pebble Go is a unique grades K-4 database which covers awesome project ideas using lovely inquiry based Capstone books!

PebbleGo is a kid-friendly, searchable database that covers a variety of topics. Animals, earth and space, biographies, and social studies — each sold separately — are further divided into topics and subtopics. For example, the weather topic contains an investigation called “What are Clouds?” Every subtopic presents a five-part report with text, photos, videos, links to similar topics, printable assessment sheets, and a correct citation.

Kids can read on their own, or choose have text read to them. Each database also includes some simple games, an article of the day, a search field, and a poll related to article topics. For example, in the biographies database, there’s a poll titled, “Which artist do you like best?” The teacher resource section/administrative account has comprehensive lesson plans, printable activity sheets, and some basic overall usage statistics (log-in frequency and popular articles).

Tynker is our most recent purchase in the learning commons, and we are very excited to see how our students in grades K-8 benefit from learning how to code!  This new subscription ties in very nicely with project based learning and critical thinking.  Students are encouraged to share their projects in an ongoing format.  Beth blogged about this new subscription here.

We have many books in our Overdrive and L4U with an inquiry base.  Natalie shared about some of our recent inquiry based picture books in this article here.

For our subscriptions please contact your teacher or Beth Johnson our subscription co-ordinator who will help you get going with links to passwords and tutorials.

Blessings to you and your families over the Easter season!

Pippa and the learning commons team.

Springing into March


Thank you God for your creation!  Sun and flowers have arrived in South Surrey!  Spring is imminent! Time to stretch and head outdoors to enjoy nature, poetry, creative writing and reading about nature!

New Resources and Articles! Natalie shares how to discover more about Polar Bears with fiction and non-fiction resources in this article.

Websites of the Month!   Read this article about Great Kids’ Milestones!

Current Awareness on Scoopit with contests, apps and articles.

Maker-Ed  – STEAM Learning

HCOS student Maclean has fun with the learning commons  Makey Makey kit and video games!  Watch here:

New Kits!

Communities – Grade 2

British Columbia History – Grade 5

Introduction to Canadian Government – Grade 5

Ancient Civilizations – China – Grade 7

Cells and Systems – Grade 8 and 9

Fluids and Dynamics Grade 8

Optics – Grade 8

Math Shape and Space – Grade 8

More unit studies have been added.  Please read this article by Shandra.

Ning Our talent show is still happening on Ning.  High school students be sure to load your entry soon before the contest closes at the end of the month. The next event happening is the writing contest in March/April to coincide with a writing workshop by Sigmund Brouwer.  Check out more here.

Younger students in grades 5 and up to grade 12 may enter this one and parents may post on their behalf.

Subscription Survey Results A big thank you to all our participants in the recent survey!  You told us you liked the following subscriptions the most! Untitled

  • You also told us that 55% of patrons are using the eLibrary.
  • Our stats in the physical commons show an increase of 30% and in the virtual commons over 100%.
  • You told us you liked hands on, engaging supplementary tools to help support 21st-century learning.
  • You also told us you liked databases that helped support independent reading and learning.

Innovation in the Learning Commons! We value your input into making our learning commons an innovative and exciting hub of our blended schools.  If you have more ideas to suggest to our learning commons team please read more in this article.

Blessings

Pippa Davies

Learning Commons Team

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