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Canadian Language Basics

Canadian Language Basics (2011) is a set of teacher guides that follow the LINC2/ELSA2 curriculum guidelines and correlate to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs).  There are three volumes that are coordinated to the seasons (and the main teaching terms).  Each book supplies teachers with one term’s worth of weekly lesson plans, daily agendas, grammar references… Read more

New Rapid Reads fiction

New in the library, fast-paced fiction for adults! The Shadow Killer by Gail Bowen – Late-night radio host Charlie D has only two hours to find a troubled young boy and then convince him not to kill his father and the rest of his family. Reading level 5.0. The Next Sure Thingby Richard Wagamese –… Read more

First Nations 101

  First Nations 101 is a primer that presents an overview of the diverse and complex lives of First Nations people.  Written by Lynda Gray, a member of the Tsimshian Nation and a Vancouver resident, this book covers over 70 subjects including veterans, youth, urbanization, child welfare, appropriate questions to ask a First Nations Person,… Read more

Grammar

Here are two new books with different approaches to grammar – Grammar practice activities: a practical guide for teachers. 2nd ed. (2009) contains a large and varied collection of grammar practice activities for a wide range of levels and ages. It includes a CD-ROM with classroom material and artwork from the book. You know a… Read more

Essential Skills of Halloween

Happy Halloween! For a bit of fun today, read our Nine Essential Skills of Halloween.  The Essential Skills apply to everyday life – even the holidays.

Easy Computer Guides

New in the library! These two resources from Grass Roots Press are easy to read guides with basic computer use information.  Both are by Louise Latremouille. My Parents Went Mac! is a beginner’s guide to using a Mac computer.  In addition to showing how to set up the computer, it covers searching the Internet with Safari… Read more

National School Library Day today

To celebrate National School Library Day, the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association is urging everyone to participate in the DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) challenge. Between 11 and 11:20 a.m. today, school children across BC will Drop Everything and Read, to celebrate the love of reading. Many of us may not be able to drop everything at… Read more

Controlling Complexity

A new resource from SkillPlan – Controlling Complexity: an introduction to question structure explains the elements of question structure and explores how the complexity of questions can be controlled in order to scaffold learning. To borrow this resource, email

Creativity

New in the library! Out of our minds: learning to be creative (revised edition) by Ken Robinson, 2011. This book examines creativity in education and in business, arguing that current education systems leave individuals without the sense of creative ability needed by the workforce later in life. To borow this book, email Almost a year… Read more

International Plain Language Day today

October 13th is International Plain Language Day. Here’s just a sample of some of the online resources available about plain language: Clear writing and design: a reader friendly handbook by Melanie Cutting and Jan Draper (2008) Plain language: a guide to clear, effective communication from the Saskatchewan Literacy Network (2010) Making it clear: a clear… Read more