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.

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All the K – 9 Unit Study Kits can be found here.

Read Around the World contest Winner!


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A big congratulations to Ian Tilley winner of our Read Around the World Contest. Please contact Pippa for your prize.   Thanks to all our amazing readers who inspired me to learn more about world geography as we enjoyed picture books from each continent!  I look forward to doing this again with you all next year!  Save the dates for March 2018.

Maker-Ed Update!


Two Friday Sessions Left this Semester!

Keva planks: Chutes and Tunnels! Friday April 21st 2017 9-11am

Makey Makey: Friday May 12th 2017 9-11am

If any of your students from grade 3- grade 7 are interested in attending these sessions please email Justine Dehod at library@heritagechristian.ca to register or if you have any inquiries.

Library Unit Studies!


All Unit Studies are available in both physical format through L4U, and in digital format through Overdrive.  View all units here: Unit Study Kits

 

Daily and Seasonal Changes Unit Study Gr. KSpring

The Reason for Seasons – Gail Gibbons
Fantastic Gifts of Fall – Dandi Daley Mackall
Super Gifts of Spring – Dandi Daley Mackall
Wonderful Gifts of Winter – Dandi Daley Mackall
Animals in Fall: Preparing for Winter by Rustad, Martha E

This unit includes some lovely Christian books by Dandi Daley Mackall. Your child will enjoy learning about the seasons, weather, and how animals and plants are affected by the changes. Make a Cloud Jar or a wind chime…so many activities to choose from!

Light and sound unit study Gr. 1light

1. Usborne Light, Sound, Electricity by Kirsteen Rogers, Phillip Clarke, Alastair Smith and Corinne Henderson.
2. Scholastic Sound and Light by Pan Canadian Science Place
3. Fun Science with Toys Light & Sound
4. What are Light Waves? By Robin Johnson
5. Energy:Heat,Light,and Fuel by Darlene R. Stille
6. Hands-on kit:  2 Prisms,  2 Convex Lenses, 2 Concave Lenses, Primary colored paddles, Tuning fork

Learn about sources and properties of light and sound using prisms, lenses and a tuning fork!
There are many exciting experiments to choose from as well as activities like making a suncatcher.

Forces Unit Study Gr. 2Forces2

Move it! by Adrienne Mason
Forces Make Things Move by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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This hands-on unit includes magnets so the student can learn about force and motion. Create a marble run or try pendulum painting. Make Lego cars to compare force and distance. Such a fun way to learn!

Solids, liquids, and gases unit study Gr. 4matter

1. The Solid Truth about States of Matter by Agnieszka Biskup
2. Junk Drawer Chemistry by Bobby Mercer
3. Chemistry Matters – AIM (PDF booklet)

Chemistry concepts such as phases of matter, changes in phases, and how temperature affects matter are covered in this unit. Your student will enjoy the variety of experiments included. Who doesn’t love making a volcano? Or playing with GAK?

Discovering Canada’s Governments Gr. 5 Unit Studycdn govt

Canada’s Government by Daniel Francis
Canada’s Maple Leaf by Ann-Maureen Owens
Our Country, Our Parliament by Parliament of Canada
Who Runs this Country Anyway? by Joanne Stanbridge

What do you know about the government of Canada? How does it work? How is it different from the government of the United States? How is the Canadian government different from the government of other countries in the world? Who is the head of the Canadian government? Do you know which political party they belong to? How is the Prime Minister elected? These and more questions will be explored from a Christian viewpoint.

Solar system unit study Gr. 6space6

Our Universe by Debbie and Richard Lawrence
Our Universe Teacher Supplement
Amazing Solar System Projects by Delano Lopez
Space Encyclopedia by David Aguilar
All the Stars in the Sky by CJ Taylor

Explore our solar system! Planets, moons, asteroids, comets and more! There are many fascinating videos to watch and excellent projects to choose from. The Aurora Borealis chalk pastels picture is a favourite!

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:

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Documents:

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

 

 

 

Two NEW unit studies for Gr. 5 & 6!


World Government and Economics Gr. 6 Unit Studydownload

1. Governments Around the World by Heinemann Library
2. What is Trade? by Carolyn Andrews
3. What is Importing and Exporting? by Carolyn Andrews
4. What is Scarcity of Resources? by Jessica Cohn
5. Land Use by Janice L. Redlin
6. Avoiding Hunger and Finding Water by Andrew Langley
7. Using STEM to Investigate Alternative Energy by Barbara R. Sandall
8. Using STEM to Investigate Issues in Food Production by Barbara R. Sandall
9. Parent Guide

This informative unit covers different systems of government, economic policies and resource management, globalization and trade.
Rather than being divided by day, the unit plan uses the key questions to breakdown content, activities, and experiences.

Human Rights, Immigration and Discrimination unit study Gr. 5humanrights

1. As Long as the River Flows by Larry Loyie
2. Caged Eagles by Eric Walters
3. Coming to Canada by Susan Hughes
4. The Kids Book of Canadian Immigration by Deborah Hodge
5. Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak by Emily Hearn
6. My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling
7. Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker
8. White Jade Tiger by Julie Lawson
9. Parent Guide

Learn about immigrants who came to Canada and their contributions to Canada’s development, as well as the discrimination they faced. Japanese internment camps, residential schools and the underground railroad will be covered along with discussion about Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

These unit studies are available for booking in L4U!

Homeschool Convention!


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Save the dates!  Visit BC Convention to register!  Earlybird deadline is March 31st!

More L4U Library Units!


Motion of Objects unit study  Gr. K

  •  Let’s Move by Pan Canadian Science Place Teammotion
  • Give it a Push, Give it a Pull
  • Captain Kidd’s Crew Experiments with sinking and Floating
  • The Three Little Pigs

How can you make objects move?  How does the shape or size of an object effect the object’s movement?  How does the material the object is made of effect the object’s movement?

These and more questions will be explored using interesting books and some great activities! Kids love acting out The Three Little Pigs story by creating their own houses!

 

Water Unit Study Gr. 2wat

  •  Young Discoverer Flying and Floating Science Facts and Experiments by David Glover
  • A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney
  • Water Cycle by Bobbie Kalman
  • Down comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley
  • Water: Little Scientist by Martha E. H. Rustad

Water is essential to all living things! Learn about the water cycle and how important it is in our daily lives. Watch some videos and have fun with experiments!

Energy unit study Gr. 4energy

  • DK Eyewitness Books: Energy
  • Energy: It’s Forms, Changes and Functions
  • Janice VanCleave’s Energy for Every Kid
  • Why Should I Save Energy?

Energy – it’s a fascinating topic! What is energy? What forms does it take? Make a balloon car or witness a chain reaction in Stixplosion! Your student will have a lot of fun choosing experiments to learn the answers to so many questions!

Solutions, Chemistry Gr. 5 Unit Studymat

  1. Properties of Matter by Debbie and Richard Lawrence
  2. Chemistry Matters from AIMS

Chemistry can be a daunting subject to teach.  This short unit, which can be done in 4 weeks, covers solutions, solubility, properties of solutions and how they are used. Enjoy watching videos and choosing experiments – ice cream might be involved!

All of these kits are available for booking in L4U!

 

Library kits for YOU!


Natural resources Social Studies and Science Physical Unit Study Kit Gr. 5

1. Explorrocke Rocks and Minerals with 25 Great Projectsby Cynthia Light Brown
2. Explore Water with 25 Great Projects by Anita Yasuda
3. Our Resources by Pan Canadian Science
4. British Columbia, It’s Land, Water and Mineral Resources by Sandy Frances Duncan
5. Environmentalists from our First Nations by Vincent Schilling
6. Keepers of the Earth by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac

This rich unit covers a number of important topics from a Christian perspective such as respecting our environment and sustainable resources. It also covers the rock cycle and the structure of our planet.  Many engaging activities are included for you to choose from!

Human body unit study Gr. 5skel

This unit includes some very engaging books, great activities and projects! Iit even includes a blood pressure monitor kit and a card game:

  1. Your Circulatory System by Conrad J. Storad
  2. Your Digestive System by Rebecca L. Johnson
  3. Your Muscular System by Rebecca L. Johnson
  4.  Your Respiratory System by Judith Jango-Cohen
  5.  Your Skeletal System by Caroline Arnold
  6. Bodyworks by Pan Canadian Science
  7. The Human Body – 25 Projects
  8. Blood Pressure Monitor Kit
  9. Human Body Card Game

What a great way to cover this topic and have some fun as well!

Body Systems unit study Gr. 6human

Continue learning about the different body systems with this unit. This is a shorter unit that can be completed in just 4 weeks! Pick your favorite activities – there are lots to choose from!

  1. The Digestive and Excretory Systemsby Susan Dudley Gold
  2. The Human Bodyby Kathleen M. Reilly
  3. The Nervous System by Joelle Riley
  4. The Reproductive System by Steve Parker

All of these kits are available for booking in L4U!

 

Looking for a Unit Study?


It’s that time of year when parents start looking at what needs to be done by June, or earlier, so everyone can enjoy a summer break!  Unit study kits that were booked months ago are no longer needed because the topic was covered in a co-op. Or the reverse: Oh my goodness, Johnny needs to cover Simple Machines!!  What to do?  If you review your advanced bookings and find things you no longer need, please delete your booking so another family can use the item.

If you review your advanced bookings and find things you no longer need, please delete your booking so another family can use the item.

If you have gaps that need filling, check L4U for physical units that can be shipped direct to your door!  We have a number of unit studies available right now, so gettem’ while they’re hot!

  • Motion of Objects unit study  Gr. K
  • Daily and Seasonal Changes Unit Study Gr. K
  • Light and sound unit study Gr. 1
  • Local Environment Unit Study Gr. 1
  • What is a Community? Unit Study, Gr. 1

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  • Forces Unit Study Gr. 2
  • Water Unit Study Gr. 2
  • Matter can Undergo Physical and Chemical Changes Gr. 2 unit study
  • Life Cycle of Plants and Animals gr. 2 unit study
  • History of British Columbia unit study gr. 4
  • Solids, liquids, and gases unit study Gr. 4
  • Energy unit study Gr. 4
  • Explorers Unit Study Gr. 4:
  • Discovering Canada’s Governments Gr. 5 Unit Study
  • Human body unit study Gr. 5
  • Natural resources unit study Gr. 5
  • Simple machines Gr. 5 unit study
  • Solutions Chemistry Gr. 5 Unit Study
  • War and Conflict Unit Study Gr. 6
  • Body Systems unit study Gr. 6
  • Solar system unit study Gr. 6
  • Mixtures and solutions Gr. 6 Unit Study
  • Extreme Environments unit study Gr. 6
  • Fossils Unit Study Gr. 7
  • Ancient Egypt Unit Study Gr. 7
  •  Ancient Mesopotamia Unit Study Gr. 7
  • Life in the Middle Ages Gr. 8 Unit Study

Just log in to L4U and search for the title. Use the term “unit study” to narrow your results!

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

STEM Integration Webinar


Happening tomorrow! Lunch n Learn with Kathy Whittome and STEM/STEAM integration in your classroom!

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The learning commons is very excited to welcome you to a STEM/STEAM Integration workshop, with our STEM mentor leader Kathy Whittome.

Who may come?  Students, staff, and teachers.

When?  February 24th @12-1 pm PAC.

Where?  Zoom conference.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/759979571

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,759979571#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)

Meeting ID: 759 979 571

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=-tyBax_eOww58EtMLFxbYtwgQLqImEt7

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