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Tuesday, January 30  – Minecraft Books and activities

Wednesday, January 31 – Drawing contest!

Thursday, February 1 – Trivia Game

Friday, February 2 – Surprise

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Minecraft Reads Week

Minecraft Reads Week!

Join us in the library at lunch for a week of Minecraft related books and activities! We won’t be playing the actual game, but we will have an awesome trivia game using Kahoot with prizes. Dates announced soon…

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Strathcona School Library has moved out of the community centre building. After 40 years, the VPL moved to their new branch, a beautiful new facility on East Hastings and Heatley, and the school library remained on the site for 1.5 years. Now, the seismic upgrade of the school is complete, and the school library is moving to the southwest corner of the Senior Building on the main floor. Here is what Monday in the new space looked like:

Hopefully this Monday will look a little different.

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Come to the Library at Lunch to

celebrate Harry Potter Week

October 30 – November 3, 2017!


Monday, October 30 – read books, word searched, colouring pages

Tuesday, October 31 – Halloween – Harry Potter costume contest – prizes – Harry Potter characters only!

Wednesday, November 1 – Harry Potter Lego Movie

Thursday, November 2 – Harry Potter Kahoot – trivia game – prizes

Friday, November 3 – play a fun game of Quiddich!

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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.

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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!

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Hour of Code

hour of code

Have you done Hour of Code yet? Hour of Code a great way to introduce coding to kids. Using command blocks instead of javascript, students instruct their character to perform certain tasks, working their way through the levels. Using popular characters, such as Elsa from Frozen and Steve from Minecraft, students of all ages are highly engaged in the activities. As a teacher, you can register your class and have them sign in. This way you are able to keep track of their work and when the wifi fails, the kids can log back in without losing any of their work. On the other hand, logging in is a bit of a pain, so with some classes, we did not bother to do this.

Above, you can see two kids playing with the Frozen game using the library Smartboard. Not only great for demoinstrating and watching the instructional videos, the Smartboard was also fun to code on. Such a big screen and easy to move the blocks around. Most of the kids used iPad minis in pairs and individually. You can also use desktops, other mobile devices, and even paper.

People in my generation grew up learning to code our Commodore 64’s, using Logo at school, and trying to get our games to work using DOS. As such, our generation had experience with coding, but kids these days, well with slick operating systems, they often have no exposure to coding at all. This is the second year I’ve participated in Hour of Code at Strathcona, having first heard about it from our fabulous Tech Mentor Annie Simard. I can’t wait to try it again. Hour of Code is a great introduction and a fabulous thing to do with your kids at home or in class.


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