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Praying Mantis

Stop by the library to check out our latest acquisitions, praying mantis nymphs. Bring a container – I am giving them away!

 

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Makerspace

Mme. Bronwen and I ran a Makerspace experience for her grades 4 & 5 French Immersion students this year. After two sessions with recycle bin materials, we switched to Tinker Toys, building blocks, PlusPlus and other prefabricated, commercially available materials. Engagement was high and it was a great sandbox for developing social skills necessary for effective group work (not always easy).

These makerspace experiences were inspired in part by our Professional Book Club selection, Invent to Learn, an introduction to the maker movement in educational settings.

May the Fourth

was an exciting day at Strathcona. It was our third annual Star Wars Reads celebration and the library offered numerous fun literacy activities. Above, you can see our bulletin board, that grew over a week, building anticipation. Staff and students came dressed as favourite Star Wars characters. One of my favourites, was the Princess Leia hoodie:

 

At recess and lunch we had Star Wars books on display and pencil/paper activities. The ultimate activity was the Star Wars Trivia Game Show, set up by tech guru Mme. Annie. Using the site, Kahoot and a projector/screen, kids answered Star Wars trivia questions using iPads. It was a tad tricky for some of the primary students to log in, but the intermediates gladly helped as many as they could. We also ran a draw for students who could guess how long the average Wookie lifespan is (400 years).

Locally raised brothers Jack and Holman Wang are the authors and needle felt artists of the Star Wars Epic Yarn board book series, one of my favourite children’s series. Ever popular, the Star Wars phonic books are a hit for hight interest low vocab seekers.

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

 

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/

https://www.historicacanada.ca/

http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/home/

http://www.historymuseum.ca/

http://www.canadashistory.ca/

http://www.heritage.nf.ca/index.php

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/exploration-settlement/pathfinders-passageways/Pages/pathfinders-passageways.aspx

 

 

Evaluating Websites

http://www.petroldirect.com/

Select a website below and use the CRAAP test to decide if the site is credible or not.

http://www.thedogisland.com/

http://www.molossia.org/countryeng.html

http://zapatopi.net/afdb/

http://www.dhmo.org/

https://allaboutexplorers.com/

http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

http://buydehydratedwatermt.weebly.com/

 

 

 

Black History Month

There are so many great picture books to read with kids for Black History Month, but this year try this true story:

viola

Viola Desmond was arrested in 1946 in Halifax for sitting on the main floor rather than the balcony in a theatre. Because she was a non-white patron, theatre employees insisted Desmond sit in the balcony. She refused and was taken away by the police. Viola Desmond’s face will now be printed on Canada’s ten dollar bill.  An essential library book.

 

The Two Sisters

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The Two Sisters, a tale from the Squamish Nation, that explains the existence of two iconic peaks on the north shore of Vancouver. If you live in the lower mainland, you probably know these peaks as The Lions. This beautifully illustrated book is loved by teachers and students. Never in the library and always in use, I hope to purchase another two copies. As one grade 4 student told me, “I can see them from my front window!”

An essential library book. Great for launching writing and art projects.