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Makerspace

In my grade 6 & 7 RTI group we have been investigating and exploring Makerspace ideas and materials. Here are some books that inspired us:

Invent to Learn is a great educator resource, that includes not only practical ideas but also the pedagogy.

The best, most inspiring book for parents, teachers, and students. Great ideas in here from cardboard structures to e-textiles to LED sculptures.

  

Duct tape projects! Start with the wallet. It’s not as easy as it seems. Duct tape is available at Michaels in funky patterns, look for their online coupons.

Such a fabulous book!

A little more than the maker movement, the Unbored book series is more of a way of life, a mindset, a bit old school hip.

The kids loved this book. It may be the title.

Another great resource.

All except Invent to Learn are available at the Vancouver Public Library.

Thank you

The latest Elephant and Piggie is a must buy for your classroom or library. I read it aloud to several classes last week and they loved it!

Wednesday, May 4th is Star Wars Reads Day in the library. Drop by at recess, lunch or after school for lots of fun activities: character drawing contest, a trivia quiz, and a Star Wars word search. We will have lots of Star Wars book to read, so put on your favourite Star Wars costume and come to the library!

Wonderful and Wordless

One of the early primary teachers requested a pile of wordless books. I pulled favourites and also went hunting for ones I’d never heard of. Here are two beautifully illustrated wordless books that I discovered in my search:

Magical and complex, both stories are for older students.

 

I just love books by wonderful, award winning Laura Vaccaro Seeger. I Used to be Afraid is a gorgeous, simple tale of transformation. I read it aloud to a group of Kindergarten students and they loved it. The book invoked many connections for the kids, and they were dying to share their stories.

Laura Vaccaro Seeger who also wrote Green, available in French as Vert, and Les Citrons Ne Sont Pas Rouges, both of which work very well in French and English.

  

My favourite LVS book just might be Bully, the story of a young bull who takes out his anger on others only to regret the consequences. Will there be redemption and transformation for him? Another favourite read aloud.

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Another wonderful book by local author, Deborah Hodge, West Coast Wild is a gorgeous ABC book with lots of information about local wildlife and habitats. Read aloud and make connections, be inspired to research local animals and write a class ABC book, and learn more about the area we live in. An essential library book for all westcoast schools. Karen Reczuck‘s stunning, realistic watercolours are evocative and compelling.

Recommended by Carrie Gelson, here are a few beautiful, teary picture books about death.

Missing Mommy is a poignant tale of a young child grieving.

When Mommy dies, a little boy worries that he will forget her smell and the sound of her voice.

Buckley misses his Papa immensely, so he crafts little boats and sends them out to sea with a note. Buckley knows that if the boats don’t return, his Papa has received them. When Buckley makes an unexpected discovery, he begins to accept that Papa may not be coming back.

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