The following Aboriginal resources may be useful when exploring Social Emotional Learning in the classroom. Over 60 picture books were recently shared with staff at Georges Vanier Elementary and we explored how these books might support the Core Competencies in B.C.’s new curriculum. Focus was on Personal Awareness and Responsibility and Social Responsibility.
This list reflects picture books we currently have in our collection or titles that will be added in September ’17. They were selected as authentic Indigenous sources or are titles held and shared by the District Aboriginal Department. It is not intended to be exhaustive but rather to provide a window into how Aboriginal titles may be used to reach school-wide SEL goals.
Each book has been placed within the context of a core competency with specific details outlining how that title might be utilized. Many books are listed in multiple sections. Titles are linked to webpages with further details. Aboriginal perspectives have also been outlined as well as a final section on further supportive digital resources on numerous titles.
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The Maker Movement can be a great way to approach literature study by using meaningful, high interest problem based and project based learning. As Teacher-Librarians incorporate Maker Education activities into the Learning Commons, there are endless opportunities to use literature to facilitate this hands-on learning.
Reading can spark interest and provide context for projects in the same way that Maker activities can create enthusiasm for further literature explorations. It is not the case that designated time spent in the elementary Library Learning Commons must be either literature based or have a Maker focus. The two can be complimentary and interwoven.
Here are a few book titles and projects that might help to spark ideas:
This week every class K – 2 had a refresher lesson in the Learning Commons about health. Something about story time draws little ones to touch their faces. In an effort to remind students about hygiene we talked about germs, nose picking and hand washing. This is particularly important on the days we use the iPads, although we all share the books, door knobs, railings and table tops. We also took a look at some images of germs under a microscope.
We read ‘Sick Simon’ by Dan Krall which helps children visualize the germs and encourages them to understand how sickness can spread. We also sang along with a catchy little tune in a video called ‘ Picking Your Nose is Nasty’.
Other titles in the Vanier Library collection include:
What Does it Mean to be Kind? 2015 Rana DiOrio
With simple, straightforward text and adorable illustrations, this book is a great go-to resource for parents and caregivers to help young children easily understand what acts of kindness are all about. Continue reading
Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to show appreciation for the things that are most important to us. At Vanier we have some great resources to help classes talk about giving thanks.
Get your toes tapping and take a look at some of these music resources available in the Vanier LC. Learn about the lives of musicians, styles of music, inspiring biographies, musical jobs and enjoy some great lyrics and picture books.
Nothing says Fall like a crisp red apple and it’s a great welcome back-to-school theme. Check out these ‘applicious’ resources available in the Vanier Learning Commons.
Apples, Apples Everywhere! by Robin Koontz Autumn is apple harvest time. Come along on a trip to the apple orchard. Find out how apples are picked and stored. Learn which apples are best for munching. But watch out for the apple worms! Continue reading