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Science Fun at Home

Science experiments at home can be fun, easy and inexpensive. Here are 5 tips for getting the most out of family science activities. Looking for science experiments to try at home? Here are a few places to find ideas: Bring Science Home from Scientific American Big Science for Little Hands at Home from Science World… Read more

Wildfires in BC

The Westcoast Reader covers news in BC and you can read a recent article on Wildfires in BC every summer online. This Level 3 article includes links to videos (like the one below) and what you need to know to report a wildfire.

Decoda’s Summer Reading – Fanny Romeyn

I usually like to read non-fiction.  I like biography.  It is fascinating and inspiring to hear people share their life stories. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes is the last non-fiction book that I read this year.  “No is a complete sentence” – is one thing that sticks to my mind. But every now and then,… Read more

Fun Google Secrets

Most of us are familiar with Google Doodles, the changes Google makes to its logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.   Did you know there are also less obvious fun features? The following video describes some of Google’s Easter eggs, the hidden messages, in-jokes or features in this… Read more

COABE Journal Summer 2017

The latest edition of the Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education is offering free access to their latest issue. The Forum in the Summer 2017 issue focuses on technology and adult learning. Click here for links to an interactive PDF and an EPUB copy.

100 Best Books for BC Students

Are you looking for reading material for children? Did you know that BC teachers have created lists of “100 Best Books for BC Students”? There’s a list for elementary students and a list for secondary students. They’re good places to look for favourites as well as something new. Sometimes a book can be the turning… Read more

Quiz: Can you complete the book title?

How familiar are you with books? Take the Oxford Dictionaries Can Your Complete the Book Title? Quiz and see how you do. While it might be more difficult than you expect, you don’t actually have to have read the books to know the titles.

Math Snacks

Summer slide isn’t just about losing language skills. There’s summer math loss, too.  It’s estimated that children lose approximately 2.6 months of learning in math over the summer. In Summer Math Loss: Why Kids Lose Math Knowledge, and How Families can Work to Counteract It, four recommendations are made for helping children retain math learning:… Read more

How to spot a misleading graph

Statistics are used to help us to see trends and make decisions. And, often complex data is presented in visual ways that make it easier to understand. Graphs are a popular way to represent data and creating graphs is easier than ever. But, the same data can be manipulated to present different graphs that tell… Read more