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Canadian Heroes & Division 3


Division three students are researching Canadian Heroes.  They are using variouscanada emblem_only resources for their research.  In the library we are exploring a few digital resources that the students can access through this website that can help them with their research.  On Monday, January 11th, the students logged onto the website, went to the research menu, and then dropped down to “Data Bases” sliding over to “Other Educational Data Bases.”  We then opened the “Canadian Encyclopedia” link and the students were able to search for information on their Canadian Hero.

This is a free Canadian reference site that “plays an essential role in providing Canadians and others with accurate, updated information about our people and country…….the Encyclopedia is available free to anyone with Internet access; it now receives more than six million unique visitors annually for 9.5 million page views. The Encyclopedia contains more than 30,000 multimedia items including images, maps, games, audio and video. Multimedia is augmented through acquisition and partnerships with Maclean’s magazine and The Canadian Press. The new interactive features include curated content exhibits, interactive timelines, immediate updates of important events and a user-generated content map that invites Canadians to share their stories. The site also offers a new learning centre for teachers and parents that contains classroom resources, quizzes and themed study guides.”

The Story of the Canadian Encyclopedia, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/about/

Since we had a little more time, we went back to the research menu, and then dropped down toworld book “Data Bases” sliding over to “ERAC Data Bundle.”  The Mission Public School District has access to various digital resources including the World Book Encyclopedia.  Students need to log in using their school user name and access code.   The students have received a letter with all the access codes, and we went over it during the lesson.  If you are interested in receiving another letter with this information just let me know.  Good researching Division 3 🙂

How Wolves Change Rivers

With the frozen ground of late, on Monday, January 4th, I was able to show many students how freezing moisture in the ground causes a frost heave, as crystals grow up within the soil and break the soil apart.

frost heave

Later in the week I showed Division 4 and 5 a YouTube video put out by Chris Agnos, founder of Sustainable Human, a non-profit organization with some interesting ideas on ways to make the world more sustainable.  What really interested me in this video however, were the connections that were made to the impact that every choice, every action, and every element of nature has on its environment.  This short video shows how introducing wolves back into Yellowstone National Park, which had been absent for 70 years, changed the patterns of the wildlife and these changes lead to changes in the physical geography.  The changes in the physical geography lead to less soil erosion by the rivers, and a change in the very rivers themselves.  An interesting idea and perspective and the discussion afterwards with students was truly thought provoking.  The students made many connections.

Scholastic Book Fair

scholastic bookfair

We have just finished our first Scholastic Book Fair for this school year.  The book fair was open during lunch (after students eat lunch of course) and after school.  It was also open during the Teacher/Parent Conferences, and I really enjoyed meeting so many parents.  The students were encouraged to bring down their parents to introduce them to me, so if you missed me this time I encourage you to come visit me at our next book fair or even just pop in after school one day.

I am proud to tell you all that the book fair was a roaring success!  It is such a pleasure to have so many eager readers and wonderful parents who support their children’s reading.

book fair monster1

We sold over 800 books and our total sales were over $5000!  This means that our school gets to keep 60% of the profits in the form of new books for our library.  I have already chosen just over a $1000 dollars worth of new books, and I was able to purchase a lot of books that I just would not be able to afford for our library without the book fair fund raiser.  I took into account books that the students requested to support their reading interests and books that the staff requested to support their learning programs when choosing these new books.  I also took into account my knowledge of the types of books I see students are interested in and the types of books we need to fill out our collection in order to support districts learning outcomes.

book fair monster2

I have saved a good portion of the funds to further develop our library and school needs in the coming months.  As with all forms of learning resources, books become dated and need to be removed from our collection.  As holes form they need to be filled with new and up to date resources, so I want to thank all of you so much for not only being so supportive of your children’s reading interests, but so supportive of our wonderful school.

There were several different contests happening during this event, and many prize baskets to win.  Students from divisions 1, 2, 3, 10, 12, and 13 all won prize baskets.  Each prize basket included a book choice along with a bookmark and several other tools.  Another student from division 3 guessed how many pages were in this pile of books almost dead on, and won a copy of the newest “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series  “Old School”  along with a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” poster.  The grand prize of choosing $25 worth of books went to a student in division 2, and Mr. Clark also gladly accepted the reciprocal prize of choosing $25 worth of new books for his classroom.

I have to tell you, that without the support of the PAC for lending me the space to set up the book fair, the parents who gave up so much of their time to help out during the fair, and the numerous students who helped out with the setup, the running and the take down of the book fair, this fair would not have been anywhere near as successful.  So a giant THANK YOU to all of those from our learning community who stepped in.  In addition a huge THANK YOU to our wonderful, supportive school administrators and to the staff who were so understanding and flexible during the book fair.  I’m so lucky to be working with such a wonderful school community.

DEAR: Drop Everything and Read 2015

Monday, October 26th was BC School Library Day, and students all over BC stopped what they were doing and read for 20 minutes to celebrate the joy of reading.

Division 2 helped spread the word by creating wonderful posters to place around the school and after lunch the whole school, teachers included dropped everything and just relaxed and escaped into their books.  Even the parents and children in Little Readers were able to participate in this wonderful celebration.  Reading is such an integral component in everything we do, from reading for the pure pleasure of reading to being able to follow the directions of complex tasks.  I want to thank all of you who were able to participate, and look forward to next years event.

Why Read?

The more you read, the more you know.  The more you know, the smarter you grow.  The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice, when speaking your mind or making your choice.                                                                                                                    author unknown

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