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.

topic searchResources

Want to start your own book club?

The Learning Commons has a number of titles set aside for Book Clubs. Each title has multiple copies which can be borrowed by the group leader for the time needed.


  • The Call of the Wild
  • Enigma
  • The Giver
  • The Hobbit
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
  • Pieces of the Past
  • The Prophet, the Shepherd and the Star
  • The Roman, the Twelve and the King
  • Sabotage
  • Second Watch
  • The Reluctant Deckhand
  • Ultra

To find the book club books, log into L4U and go to Topic Search, then click on 002 Books by Topic/Subject. Then click on the Book Club icon for the list of books available.  To book contact Shandra Wiebe at

topic search

Books by topic

Great K-2 Resources!

We have added another book pack!

Being polite and kind, grade K-2 Core Competency Pack

Books included:kind
The Magic Word
Oskar and the eight blessings
Maggie’s Chopsticks
Fair-minded Fran
Each Kindness
A Chair for my mother

This kit supports 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.

Do you use or have you considered using the Come Sit by Me curriculum?  If so, you are in luck!  We carry the manuals as well as book packs for both Volume 1 and Volume 2. You can find the correlations to curriculum here.

The packs include books for two units, like this one (manual not included, book separately):

Part 1   Come sit by me : Volume One – Ages 4-7
I Can Do It! & Cats and Dogs
Kit contains 8 pictures books for the units in Come Sit by Me.csbm

  1. Hurry Up Franklin!
  2. Franklin Rides a Bike
  3. Franklin Fibs
  4. Franklin’s New Friend
  5. Franklin is Messy
  6. Sandwiches for Duke
  7. The Klondike Cat
  8. Pussycats Everywhere
  9. I want a Dog

There are 4 book packs altogether for Volume 1 and 3 book packs for Volume 2.

More resources can be found here.

To find these physical resources, log into L4U and go to Topic Search, then click on the appropriate grade icon. Here you will find a list of resources which you can book (learn how to book):


New Physical Unit Studies Gr. 7 & 8

We are pleased to announce that the updated Grade 7 Ancient Egypt and Ancient 280px-egypt-giza-sphinx-01Greece Unit studies are now available!

New books and great activities await!

For Grade 8 we have:

Plate Tectonics Unit Study Gr. 8 KIT 551 PLAplate

1. Plate Tectonics and Disasters by Tom Greve
2. What is the Theory of Plate Tectonics? by Craig Saunders
3. Geology by Barbara Woyt
4. The Geology Book by Dr. John D. Morris
5. Unit Guide

What is the theory of plate tectonics?  Learn about earthquakes, volcanoes and geological formations.

Kinetic molecular and Atomic Theory Gr. 8  KIT 539 KINatoms

  1. Atoms and Molecules by Tracy Nelson Maurer
  2. Investigating the Chemistry of Atoms by Elizabeth Cregan
  3. Atoms and Molecules by Nigel Saunders
  4. What is Atomic Theory? Adam Mclean
  5. Molecular kit containing: balls: 30 white , 15 black, 10 red, 4 blue, 8 green, 2 orange, 3 yellow, 4 purple, 4 grey, 2 dark blue, 2 dark purple; Bonds: 55 short clear, 8 short white, 55 grey, 22 blue, 1 remover tool
  6. Unit Guide

In this fascinating unit readers will discover some of the basics of physics, including matter, atomic yheory, alchemy, electrons, neutrons, protons, nucleus, and radioactivity. They will learn how particles move in different states and how atomic theory provides evidence for the existence of atoms and molecules.

Cells Unit Study Gr. 8  KIT 612 CEL

  1. What is Cell Theory? by Marina Cohen
  2. Vaccine Innovators by S. Wood
  3. Superbugs by John DiConsiglio
  4. Plague and Pandemic Alert! by Julie Karner
  5. Cells: How are Living Things Built? by Marina Cohen
  6. Wonder of the Cell – Creation Library Series DVD
  7. Unit Guide

cellFrom insects to elephants, every living thing on this planet is made up of cells, the tiny building blocks of plant and animal life. Each cell is alive-and each has work to do! What do cells look like? How do millions and billions of cells work together to form one plant, one animal, or one human being?

These unit studies are available in two formats: Digital, using Overdrive resources,  and Physical in L4U.  To find them, log in to L4U, go to Topic Search, then click on the Grade Icon:

Career Education Page

Let’s assume you’re working away on making sure you have the curriculum you need for your students… when you suddenly come to a component that says, “Career Education” and your brain stops working.  What in the world do they want for Career Education?  What do they MEAN by Career Education?  How can you manage to find material that will meet that requirement?

I am here to tell you about a new resource that will answer your needs!  We have created a Career Education page in the Learning Commons.  This page gives you an introduction, goals, and an overview of the areas that Career Education should cover.  Like this, for example:

Career Education diagram 2016-08-16

Looking at a chart like that will not answer all your questions. so you will need to scroll down the page to find the links to “Resources for Career Education” for Grades K-3, 4-5, 6-7 or 8-9.  On those pages you will find more explanations of the “Big Ideas” and “Curricular Competencies” that are expected.  Better yet, you will find all kinds of Resources from OverDrive (the digital or eBook collection), from L4U (the campus library) and, below that, from the subscriptions HCOS offers.

If Career Education is the area in which you need help, go to Career Education Resources and you will find the help you need.  BUT…  if you are looking for help related more to a particular grade, you need to go to this icon on the right side of all the Learning Commons pages:Resources for BC's New Curriculum

It will take you to BC’s New Curriculum: Resources for Each Grade.  This is the most amazing resource we offer to help you with meeting your students’ learning needs year by year.  (And it has Career Education information, as well.)

Win a New Reading Device this Holiday!

This Christmas holiday the learning commons is hosting a device raffle to promote our e-book and audiobook collection!  Each time you borrow a book from Overdrive eLibrary your name will be entered into a raffle, and the grand prize is a Kobo eReader!  The more books you read the more times your name will be entered!!

  • Library patrons can join in anytime between December 7th and December 31st, 2017 just by clicking on an e-book and borrowing it in Overdrive
  • Prize:  Kobo Aura eReader
  • The prize winner will be announced the first week of January 2018 on this blog!
  • For more details on using Overdrive go here.

Happy Reading!!

Blessings from the learning commons team!

New on the Book Shelf in OverDrive!

We have some awesome new materials on OverDrive just in time for reading in front of that warm, cosy fireplace!  So head over to OverDrive eLibrary and immerse yourself in some awesome stories!


“The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

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#1 New York Times Bestseller
Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle School)
Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Books of 2015
New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II, from the acclaimed author of “Jefferson’s Sons” and for fans of “Number the Stars”.

Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother, Jamie, is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

This begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take in the two kids. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the hands of their cruel mother?

This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.

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“Seeds of Time” by KC Dyer (BC author)

Thirteen-year-old Darrell Connor is a troubled girl, still haunted by the motorcycle accident that took her father’s life, and part of her leg, three years ago. She is not pleased when her worried mother sends her to board at Eagle Glen School for the summer.

But there is a sense of mystery at the school that appeals to Darrell, and as she investigates, she finds adventure and begins to form a few tentative friendships. When she stumbles upon a passage through time, she begins to wonder – is it possible to change her own past?

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“Nativity” by Cynthia Rylant

In the spirit of her acclaimed “Dog Heaven” and “Cat Heaven”, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant illustrates the nativity story in her powerful folk art style.
Cynthia Rylant takes the beloved text of the nativity story, as told in the King James Bible, and lovingly illustrates it in her simple, but bold, style that has been called “stunning” by “School Library Journal”. As she did with the creation story, Rylant has created a sublime take on a classic story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

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“The Trumpeter of Krakow” by Eric P. Kelly

For well over thirty years, Eric P. Kelly’s Newbery Award winner has brought the color and romance of ancient times to young readers. Today, “The Trumpeter of Krakow” is an absorbing and dramatic as when it was first published in 1928.

There was something about the Great Tarnov Crystal….Wise men spoke of it in hushed tones. Others were ready to kill for it. Now a murderous Tartar chief is bent on possessing it. But young Joseph Charnetski is bound by an ancient oath to protect the jewel at all costs.

When Joseph and his family seek refuge in medieval Krakow, they are caught up in the plots and intrigues of alchemists, hypnotists, and a dark messenger of evil. Will Joseph be able to protect the crystal, and the city, from the plundering Tartars?

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“The Second Mrs. Gioconda” by e.l.konigsburg

Why did Leonardo da Vinci lavish three years on painting the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait from his hand? In E. L. Konigsburg’s intriguing novel, the answer lies with the complex relationship between the genius, his morally questionable young apprentice, and a young duchess whose plain features belie the sensitivity of her soul.


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“Planetary Science:  Explore New Frontiers” by Matthew Brenden Wood

What do you see when you look up into the sky at night? The moon, stars, maybe even a comet or asteroid? You can also see other planets! In “Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers”, readers ages 12 to 15 embark on a journey through the solar system and beyond, exploring planets, moons, dwarf planets, exoplanets and everything in-between. For many ancient cultures, planets were mysterious objects that moved against the backdrop of the heavens in strange but predictable patterns. Ever since Galileo Galilei first used a telescope to explore the moons of Jupiter, we’ve known that the planets are much more than mysterious points of light in the night sky. With the creation of incredible technologies such as space probes, giant ground-based telescopes, and Earth-orbiting observatories, we’ve learned that Mars once had water on its surface, that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been churning for centuries, and that thousands of exoplanets circle distant suns. “Planetary Science” is also exciting because of what we don’t know. Was there ever life on Mars? Is Planet Nine lurking in the outer reaches of the solar system? Will we ever find another Earth? How far can we go? In “Planetary Science”, readers examine the latest information on Pluto, the discoveries of the Mars rover Curiosity, and the incredible catalog of distant planets uncovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. They learn about how planets are formed, and why they travel on their orbits. Planets, those pinpricks of light you might spot on a clear night, come closer through informative illustrations, links to online primary sources, illuminating sidebars and fun facts, and hands-on, in-depth activities, such as building scale models of planets, hunting for alien worlds through citizen science, and crafting a comet in the kitchen. “Planetary Science” also promotes critical thinking skills through inquiry, discovery, and research by encouraging readers to explore questions that remain unanswered, such as whether Mars once had life or the possibility of a ninth planet hiding in the furthest reaches of the solar system. With discoveries being made almost every day, it’s an exciting time to be a planetary scientist!

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“Plastic Ahoy:  Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch” by Patricia Newman (Gr 4-8)

Plastic: it’s used to make everything from drink bottles and bags to toys and toothbrushes. But what happens when it ends up where it doesn’t belong—like in the Pacific Ocean? How does it affect ocean life? Is it dangerous? And exactly how much is out there? A team of researchers went on a scientific expedition to find out. They explored the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where millions of pieces of plastic have collected. The plastic has drifted there from rivers, beaches, and ocean traffic all over the world. Most of it has broken down into tiny pieces the size of confetti.

For nearly three weeks at sea, researchers gathered bits of plastic and ocean organisms. These samples helped them learn more about the effects of plastic in the ocean. Follow along on the expedition to find out how scientists studied the Garbage Patch—and what alarming discoveries they made.

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“The Truth About Stories” by Thomas King  (Gr. 9-12)

In his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures, award-winning author and scholar, Thomas King, illuminates North America’s relationship with its Aboriginal people. He is also winner of the 2003 Trillium Book Award.

“Stories are wondrous things,” declares King in his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures, “And they are dangerous.” Beginning with a traditional Native oral story, King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest, gracefully elucidating North America’s relationship with its Native people. Native culture has deep ties to storytelling, and yet no other North American culture has been the subject of more erroneous stories. The Indian of fact, as King says, bears little resemblance to the literary Indian, the dying Indian, the construct so powerfully and often destructively projected by White North America. With keen perception and wit, King illustrates that stories are the key to, and only hope for, human understanding. He compels us to listen well.

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“DK findout! Coding”  Series DKfindout!

Discover the amazing power of computer programming, and how it is all around us, with this exciting book full of amazing images, fun quizzes, and incredible information.

Learn why we use code, how computers interpret code and the history of coding from Ada Lovelace and early programming languages to today’s Python and Scratch. Supporting STEM education initiatives, this book will get kids excited about programming and eager to go from browsing to building.

Filled with colorful images and quirky facts, “DKfindout! Coding” is engaging and educational.

Learn more about computer coding – or anything else – at, a free educational website for kids to have fun with information and expand their knowledge.

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“Explore The Ice Age with 25 Great Projects” by Cindy Blobaum

Brrr…does it feel cold? Get out your gloves and get ready to experience the Ice Age! In “Explore the Ice Age! with 25 Great Project”, readers ages 7-10 discover what an ice age consists of, why we have them, and what effect an ice age has on living organisms and ecosystems, paying particular attention to the most recent Ice Age, which is the only one humans were around to witness. About 12,000 years ago, glaciers up to 2 miles tall covered up to one-third of Earth’s land! Explore how these moving mountains of ice changed almost everything on Earth, including shorelines, weather, plants, animals and human activities, migration, and more. Learn the science and techniques of archeological and paleontological digs to understand how we know so much about a time that happened before recorded history. Science-minded activities lead readers to discover what a world covered in ice means for the earth’s crust, its atmosphere, and what happens when the planet begins to warm and the ice melts. Projects include creating mini glaciers to move mountains and create beaches, and recreating the lifestyles of Paleolithic people to discover what they ate, how they hunted, how they made tools and clothes and their history in art. Don’t wait for the next ice age to get started! Cartoon illustrations, fun facts, and a compelling narrative make “Explore the Ice Age!” an essential part of any STEM library.

Hour of Code Ideas

What is “Hour of Code”?

At we read, “The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event.”  Hour of Code happens during the week of December 4-10th this year.

Avid Larizadeh, head of the Hour of Code UK campaign explains it this way, “The Hour of Code is an attempt to teach people the basics of computer programming in 60 minutes in a fun, simple way. It is part of a campaign that, a non-profit organisation, launched in the US with the goal of introducing coding into the US curriculum and raising awareness around what coding is.  The idea was to show that it’s not just about the geek in the basement or the super-tech-savvy person but that it actually plays a role in everything we do and everybody should have access to it. And 20 million kids signed up to it.”


Ideas for a Successful “Hour of Code”

  1. Make it student-directed
  2. Create opportunities for differentiation
  3. Allow them to “fail forward”
  4. Encourage them to MAKE with code!
  5. Try a one hour tutorial with hour of Code ideas here.

If you want to set up an “Hour of Code” using Tynker, here is a quick video with ideas:

Are there webinars that we can attend that will help us with this?

Register for a Tynker “Hour of Code” webinar  (Nov 29 or 30, Dec 6 or 7–various times)  20 minutes long

Register for a BrainPOP “Hour of Code” webinar  Nov 29 at 12:30 p.m.  45 minutes long

Follow up with lots of great coding books on Overdrive here under the Creative Thinking core competency!

To discover more about some amazing ADST materials check out our Making Sense of ADST article.

Making Sense of ADST – It CAN be fun … REALLY!


Did you know that Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) is all about tapping into students’ natural curiosity, and desire to design and create?  It may be easy to think of ADST as just another box to check off, but what if we instead saw the process of designing and creating as central to our student’s educational experience?  


From BC’s New Curriculum Website:  

The Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies curriculum builds on students’ natural curiosity, inventiveness, and desire to create and work in practical ways … the ability to design and make, acquire skills as needed, and apply technologies is important in the world today and a key aspect of educating citizens for the future.”



In Kindergarten through Grade 5, the Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies competencies are meant to be addressed in combination with grade-level content from other areas of learning.  That means that spending time on that project and letting your student design, make, and share something is very much part of addressing these competencies.  

In Grade 6 and 7, students should experience a minimum of three of the following: Computational Thinking; Computers and Communications Devices; Digital Literacy; Drafting; Entrepreneurship and Marketing; Food Studies; Media Arts; Metalwork; Power Technology; Robotics; Textiles; Woodwork.

In Grades 8 and 9, students complete the equivalent of a full-year “course”, which can be made up of one or more of the areas introduced in grade 6 and 7 (Computational Thinking; Computers and Communications Devices; Digital Literacy; Drafting; Entrepreneurship and Marketing; Food Studies; Media Arts; Metalwork; Power Technology; Robotics; Textiles; Woodwork).


For more information, I invite you to visit our NEW! HCOS Learning Commons ADST Resources pages:


Resources for ADST Grades K–3

Resources for ADST Grades 4/5

Resources for ADST Grades 6/7

Resources for ADST Grades 8/9


Exciting New Book Packs!

We have put together some wonderful book packs that make it easy and convenient for you to cover core competency topics in grades K-7:

  1. Social responsibility in the natural environment, grade K-3

Books included:tokyo

Lessons from Mother Earth
Our tree named Steve
What does it mean to be global?
Micky & Friends: Go Green, guide to sustainable lifestyle
Canada’s Natural Wonders
Tokyo Digs a Garden

This kit supports the core competency of social responsibility in the natural environment. Social responsibility involves the ability and disposition to consider the interdependence of people with each other and the natural environment; to contribute positively to one’s family, community, society, and the environment; to resolve problems peacefully; to empathize with others and appreciate their perspectives; and to create and maintain healthy relationships. Suitability: Grade K, 1, 2, 3.

  1. Personal & cultural identity Gr. 2-3

Books included:identity
I like myself
World of Stories
I like who I am
Lila and the Crow
Mama do you love me?

Positive personal and cultural identity competency involves the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of all the facets that contribute to a healthy sense of oneself. It includes awareness and understanding of one’s family background, heritage(s), language(s), beliefs, and perspectives in a pluralistic society. Suitability: Grade 2, 3.

  1. Social responsibility, grade 3-5

Books included:malala
For the right to learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story
Missing Nimama
The Hundred Dresses
Every Human has Rights

Social responsibility involves the ability and disposition to consider the interdependence of people with each other and the natural environment; to contribute positively to one’s family, community, society, and the environment; to resolve problems peacefully; to empathize with others and appreciate their perspectives; and to create and maintain healthy relationships. Suitability: Grade 2, 3, 4

  1. Social responsibility, grade K-2

Books included:refugee
The Can Man
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey
Step forward with responsible decision-making

Social responsibility involves the ability and disposition to consider the interdependence of people with each other and the natural environment; to contribute positively to one’s family, community, society, and the environment; to resolve problems peacefully; to empathize with others and appreciate their perspectives; and to create and maintain healthy relationships. Supports “Reach out and give” and “Accept and value each person”. Suitability: Grade K, 1, 2

  1. The Way I feel, grade K-3

Jake Drake Bully Busterbucket
The Darkest Dark
Sachiko mean happiness
Looking after me
How full is your bucket?
How we feel – 32 cards, 1 CD, instructions.

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 demonstrate self-respect and express a sense of personal well-being. This kit supports cooling down and working through anger. Suitability: Grade K, 1, 2, 3

  1. Creative Thinking Gr. 2-3

Books included:creative
I wonder
The Box
Beautiful Oops!
What Do You Do with a Problem?
What do you do with an idea? / Kobi Yamada.
How To…

Creative thinking competency involves the generation of new ideas and concepts that have value to the individual or others, and the development of these ideas and concepts from thought to reality. Suitability: Grade 2, 3

  1. Critical Thinking Gr. 4-7

Books included:critical
Smallest Girl in the smallest Grade
The Invisible Boy
A Different Pond
The owl and the lemming
Step Forward with Problem Solving
Peter and the Wolf

Critical thinking involves making judgements based on reasoning: students consider options; analyze these using specific criteria; and draw conclusions and make judgments. Critical thinking competency encompasses a set of abilities that students use to examine their own thinking, and that of others, about information that they receive through observation, experience, and various forms of communication.

  1. Honesty and telling the truth Gr. K-2

Books included:honest
Flo the Lyin’ fly
Be honest and tell the truth
Nobody’s perfect
Howard B. Wigglebottom and the monkey on his back : a tale about telling the truth
The Merchant and the Thief

This kit supports 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 demonstrate self-respect and express a sense of personal well-being.

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


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

subject search

How do I assess my student’s reading level?


Reading assessment is essential for beginning readers.  As our students enter the world of reading they come with their backpack full of reading differences, based on their special needs and skills in literacy.  As teachers and parents it is our job to help create a baseline for their performance, to encourage their skills at their level and to design literacy instruction to meet their individual needs.

Reading concepts include letter knowledge, phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency and comprehension.  As we monitor reading development we help our students move forward at a pace which benefits their pacing.  We also can instruct our teachers with up to date assessment and guide our instruction.


HCS Learning Commons has a free subscription available to our students called Reading Eggs.  Reading Eggs for K-3 focuses on the core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies, while Reading Eggspress Gr4-7  focuses on building reading fluency and comprehension, spelling and vocabulary, and a range of writing skills including grammar and punctuation.

When your student enrolls in this program they will be automatically assigned into their reading or lexile level.  This lexile level will help guide your teacher/librarian as how to recommend further reading resources for your students.

  • To find out more about getting started with Reading Eggs go to this page
  • To discover more about reading assessment using Reading Eggs and lexile levels use this tutorial.  Here is a link to a 2-minute video to help teachers find their students’ lexile level in Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress:  Reading Eggs Reporting Dashboard – Video.  You can also listen to a recording via our Reading Eggs representative.  Contact Beth Johnson

Once you have your student’s lexile level, you can enjoy lots of great fiction and non-fiction books on Reading Eggs Library and Overdrive E Library.  Reading Eggs will keep you updated on your student lexile level as they continue in the program.

On Overdrive refine your search to find materials that correspond with your student reading skills. Click on Collections Fiction or Non Fiction, and then refine as shared below in the image by Lexile level.

You can also discover a lovely plethora of easy to read picture books that come with read-a-loud options, and many classic audiobooks!  What a perfect  way to get your reading happening for all modalities!

Blessings as you encourage your beginning student on the wonderful process of reading and learning!


New Overdrive eBooks for ADST and the Core Competencies


New Applied Design Skill and Technologies (ADST) eBooks!


ADST came into effect with BC’s New Curriculum in 2016 and in grades K – 5 is meant to be addressed “in combination with grade-level content from other areas of learning in cross-curricular activities to develop foundational mindsets and skills in design thinking and making” (BC’s New Curriculum).   

ADST Big Ideas for Grades K – 3:
  • Designs grow out of natural curiosity;
  • Skills can be developed through play; and
  • Technologies are tools that extend human capabilities.
ADST Big Ideas for Grades 4 – 5:
  • Designs can be improved with prototyping and testing;
  • Skills are developed through practice, effort, and action; and

The Maker Education, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), and Project-Based Learning models offer excellent avenues for integrating the required ADST skills into our grades K – 5 teaching and learning.

To find relevant K – 5 ADST resources on OverDrive, select “Teacher Resources” from the Collections menu on the main page …

Teacher's Lounge from main page

… then select, Creative Thinking Competency; MakerEd/STEAM Education:

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From here, you can filter your results to only see juvenile titles, which will weed out some of the books for older students for you.


ADST Resources for Grade 6 – 9 on OverDrive

Did you know we have over 120 books in our ADST collection on OverDrive?

In Grade 6 and 7, students can choose a minimum of 3 specific disciplines such as Computational Thinking, Computers and Communications Devices, Digital Literacy, Drafting, Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Food Studies, Media Arts, Metalwork, Power Technology, Robotics, Textiles, and Woodwork. 

In Grades 8 and 9, students have the option to focus on one or more of the aforementioned areas of learning, provided that the culmination of the learning in these areas equates to a full year course.

To find ADST Resources on OverDrive, select “More Collections” from the main menu …

More Collections

… and then scroll down the page until you find, ADST – Applied Design, Skills, and Technology:



For more information about ADST and resources available to you through our Learning Commons, please refer to this page.


New! eBook Collections to Address the Core Competencies of BC’s New Curriculum

We are very pleased to announce all new Core Competencies Collections on OverDrive!

What are the Core Competencies all about?  Here is a brief description:

Communication -The communication competency encompasses the set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences, and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media.  View the Communication Profiles and Illustrations »

Thinking – The thinking competency encompasses the knowledge, skills, and processes we associate with intellectual development. It is through their competency as thinkers that students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. Thinking competence includes specific thinking skills as well as habits of mind, and metacognitive awareness.


Personal and Social – Personal and social competency is the set of abilities that relate to students’ identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society. Personal and social competency encompasses the abilities students need to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world.

To view our Core Competencies Collection on OverDrive, first select “Teacher’s Lounge from the main menu …

Teacher's Lounge from main page

Then, select the Core Competency of your choice:

Core Competencies

From here, you will be able to sort and filter your results from the options on the left of the page.


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