April 29

Keeping the Literature in Maker Education

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:

 

Wondering if building a clear plastic green house might speed up bean germination? Does the shape or size of the structure affect the rate of growth? Using recycled materials such as clear plastic cartons or create a frame with popsicle sticks and kitchen wrap.

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February 23

K-2 lesson on hand washing and germs

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:

Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo by E.S. Redmond

Germs are not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick

Sid the Science Kid: The Trouble with Germs

Keeping Clean by Honor Head

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November 23

Creating a Gender Inclusive School

Here are some of our collection’s great resources supporting Love is Love: Creating a gender inclusive school and celebrating diverse families.
Also check out the TeachBC Resource. The Gender Spectrum: What Educators Need to Know by Glen Hansman
Here are a few of our favourites…
Red, A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall K- 7 2015
Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone.
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September 6

Check out these Music Resources

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.

61FP59QVp3L._SX493_BO1,204,203,200_Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler. The most fun you’ll have reading a story aloud. Great rhythm and fun rhymes encourage children to join in this classroom favourite.  Continue reading

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September 1

Apples for the Teacher

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.

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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

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August 26

Back-to-School Jitters

With the new school year just around the corner, it’s a good time to highlight some of our favourite books to ease back-to-school jitters. Reading about and discussing a character’s nervousness or anxiety can help ease a  child’s worries during this new and exciting time.

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Back To School Tortoise by Lucy M. George It’s time to go back to school. But Tortoise is worried. What if he falls down? What if he doesn’t like lunch? What if the kids are mean to him?  The perfect back-to-school book about being brave, with a surprise at the end! Continue reading

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