November 29

New #SOGI Resources

SOGI 1 2 3 was created by ARC Foundation in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Education, BC Teachers’ Federation, UBC Faculty of Education,  and local, national and international LGBTQ community organizations. We look forward to collaborating with school districts across BC, BC Principal’s and Vice-Principal’s Association, BC School Superintendents Association, BC School Trustees Association and BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. We are working together to address the immediate need to support marginalized LGBTQ students by effecting rapid and progressive change in attitudes, policies, and practices toward creating safer and more inclusive school environments for all students.”

Below are some of our more recently arrived resources. Click here for a comprehensive list of  the top 77 additions to our growing collection.

Also, here are some of our collection’s great resources supporting Love is Love: Creating a gender inclusive school and celebrating diverse families. (130 titles)

And check out the TeachBC Resource. The Gender Spectrum: What Educators Need to Know by Glen Hansman

My current favourite…

Not Quite Narwhal (2017) Heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of narwhals. Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different. Then one night, an extra strong current sweeps Kelp to the surface, where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him!  The revelation leaves him torn: is he a land narwhal or a sea unicorn? 


I Love My Purse (2017 ). Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First his father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his “strange” choice. After all, boys don’t carry purses. They point out that they, too, have things they like, but that doesn’t mean they go out in public wearing them. But Charlie isn’t deterred.


The Pink Suitcase (2018) What was his grandmother thinking when she bought Benjamin such a strange present: an empty pink suitcase! To his mother’s horror, Benjamin is not only drawn to the suitcase—he absolutely loves it. What’s more, as he grows older he shows no signs of wanting to give it up. Spanning the generations, The Pink Suitcase is a warm-hearted and amusing tale about being different and celebrating the individual.


Teddy’s Favourite Toy (2018) A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys—and mothers. Teddy has a lot of cool toys. But his very favorite doll has the best manners, the sickest fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style. Then one morning, something truly awful happens. And there’s only one woman fierce enough to save the day.


The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya. (2016) A five-year-old boy becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi, the red dot commonly worn by South Asian women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.

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November 26

Updated: Indigenous Resources to Support Personal and Social Core Competencies

This document explores how Indigenous resources might support Social Emotional Learning Core Competencies in B.C.’s new curriculum. Focus is on Personal Awareness and Responsibility and Social Responsibility.

Titles were selected as authentic Indigenous sources or are resources selected and shared by the District Aboriginal Department. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but rather to provide a window into how Indigenous titles may be used to reach school-wide SEL goals.

Indigenous perspectives have also been outlined as well as a final section on further supportive digital resources. See also links to resources for discussing Residential Schools and a full list of our Indigenous resources.

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November 21

Early Novels for Beginning Readers

Early novels vary widely in not only the reading level but also in the presentation. For newer readers, many books described as early chapter books can be an intimidating challenge. Here’s a selection of high interest, lower vocabulary ‘Chapter Book’ series for new readers.

Criteria for inclusion in this list includes profuse illustrations that match the text, lower vocabulary, clear font, larger print size wide wide spaced lines and words, multiple paragraphs, shorter chapters, engaging covers and a high interest story. There are, of course, lots of others, but these are some favourites in the Vanier LC.

Ella and Owen by Jaden Kent   2017

Galaxy Zack by Ray O’Ryan 2013

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November 17

If I Built a House: Literature link to MakerEd

We like to keep the literature closely linked to our Maker Education activities. Here’s a link to a useful list of books that can easily be linked to a Maker activity. This week we explored Chris Van Dusen’s If I Built a House and designed our own structures with unique features. We have also done this activity with the companion book If I Built a Car.

Like the character in the book, we used a variety of materials to design our structures including Tinker Toys, Lego and K’nex. We will be linking this to our Japan theme next week and some classes will be exploring traditional Japanese home design.

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November 15

Celebrating Fall Books

Students have been sharing several Fall themed books over the last few weeks. Grade 2s in Division 15 used paint swatches that were pre- cut in the shape of leaves to show our learning about fall words. For a list of some of our great new Fall books check here.

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November 9

Understanding Character with Face Swap

Students discussed the phrase ‘in someone else’s shoes’. We talked about characters in a story and developing an understanding of empathy. Students made ‘I’ statements as if they were the character in the book. We then had some fun with a Face Swap App so the students could become the characters they were describing.

“I like to play with my Grandchildren. It makes me happy.”

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November 9

Origami Wreath for Remembrance Day

We learned about Sadako through pictures, videos and the great book Sadako’s Cranes by Judith Loske. Building on their previous knowledge, students created origami ‘Fortune Tellers’ that were transformed into poppies when added to our wreath. Students who knew how to create the origami, taught others in their table group and had a chance to shine as leaders.

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