Archive for the ‘start with a book’ Category


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.

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Great Read Alouds and Engaging Students in the School Library

Literacy Day at Mackenzie Elementary School

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mary Locke, Teacher Librarian Mentor for the VSB and Teacher Librarian at Gordon, and I are hosting a workshop this Tuesday afternoon. Below you will find all of the documents we distributed at the workshop.

Great Read Alouds Slide Show

Piazza Reading List

jens book list 2016

Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod

Story Summary Gordon

Story Pyramid

Jeffers booklet Yamashita

Elements of a Story Tornroos

Dan Bar-El Author Shepherd

Character Pawagi (1)

Character Map

Can Have Are (1)

Book Review DS 2

Venn Diagram

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This is a gorgeous book that includes 16 poses and why people practice yoga in our busy worlds. It would be a great introduction to yoga in the classroom or at home. It would also be a great companion for the MindUp program.

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Looking for the perfect picture book for your inquiry on animal habitats and adaptations? Here it is: Welcome Home Bear by Il Sung Na is a gorgeously illustrated tale of a bear looking for a new home. Bear tries out many the many different homes he sees other animals enjoying, but finds that they aren’t quite the right fit for him.

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Kathryn Otoshi, author of the simple yet powerful social responsibility books One, Zero and, Two, has a gorgeous new book, that explores answers to the questions, “What will your beautiful hands do today?” Promoting imagination, creativity, and peaceful actions, this lovely new book, like Otoshi’s others, is sure to be a favourite read aloud. Great for launching a large scale art project.

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A lovely book to help you and your little one get ready for bed. A nice series of scripted poses.


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Here are the documents mentioned in the presentation that Teacher Librarian mentor Mary Locke and I did last week at the wonderful Primary Piazza.

Nonfiction Template


Dan Bar-El

Elements of a Story

Generic Book Review

jens book list

Oliver Jeffers booklet

Oliver Jeffers unit

Piazza Reading List 2

Story Summary

Superhero ABC


Generic Book Review and Dan Bar-el by Seymour Teacher Librarian Diane Shepherd-Dynes

Elements of a Story by Maple Grove Teacher Librarian Linda Tornroos

Oliver Jeffers unit and booklet by Bayview Teacher Librarian Carmen Yamishita. Check out her blog.


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