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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.

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We watched this favourite video for older students:

Here are a couple favourite read alouds for Pink Day

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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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Interested in teaching about Chinese Canadian history in BC? Bamboo Shoots is an amazing and FREE online resource that has full units for grades 5 and 10. All materials are downloadable.

Bamboo Shoots

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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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I am so excited to be presenting as Mary Locke’s guest at the Primary Piazza this afternoon. It looks like a wonderful event with a similar format to our beloved Winter Tonic, the annual Vancouver Teacher Librarian conference and dinner event.

Primary Piazza 2015 PROGRAMMA

Mary and I will be presenting on Great Reads and Fun Activities.

Download Mary’s Reading List.

Download Jen’s Top Picks

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Nouveau por notre bibliotéque.









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