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BC Votes 2017 and The Westcoast Reader

The Westcoast Reader April 2017 issue is now available! April 2017 is a special double issue with a four-page insert, B.C. Votes 2017.  The supplement will help readers understand how elections work in BC, in advance of the provincial election in May.   In addition, the April issue contains articles about food, hockey, a new… Read more

Tweet to Learn

Another interesting suggestion from the Minnesota Literacy Council, Tweet to Learn is an activity that uses Twitter to develop writing skill. If you’re new to Twitter, here’s a fun guide: A Dr. Seuss-Inspired Guide to Twitter from Hootsuite To learn more about using Twitter for education, browse Kathy Schrock’s Twitter for Teachers.

Show and Tell

A long-time favourite in elementary classrooms, show and tell, or personal artifact sharing, continues to be an effective teaching tool. As well as being used to build speaking and writing skills, this student centred activity can help build relationships. Read Updating an Age-Old Class Activity to see how sharing personal artifacts can serve several purposes…. Read more

Preschool Reading Readiness Milestones

Nemours Reading BrightStart! has developed a website for parents with helpful information on milestones for reading readiness from birth to 5 years, a preschool reading screener, at home activity ideas, articles for parents, and lists of recommended books. This can be a good source of information on reading readiness and activities that foster early literacy… Read more

Namaste Book Series

In 2014, the Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy (TCAL) published the Namaste series of stories. Keiron Galloway worked with students to write the stories. The stories are available for free download. “Six people tell of seeking asylum in Australia, fleeing their homeland under dangerous circumstances, living in limbo, and leaving everything behind for a new… Read more

Foundational Skills in the Service Sector

Drawing on PIAAC data, the National Skills Coalition in the United States has produced a new document, Foundational Skills in the Service Sector: Understanding and addressing the impact of limited math, reading, and technology proficiency on workers and employers. “Across the United States, millions of men and women with limited reading, math, or digital problem-solving… Read more

Library Holidays

The Decoda Literacy Library will be closed for staff holidays from March 27th to April 10th. Please request resources by Thursday, March 23rd. Returns and requests after that day will be processed when the library reopens. Thanks!

World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day! It’s a day to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry, promote the reading, writing and teaching or poetry, and raise the visibility of poetry. Take a quiz to test your understanding of poetry terms. For more of a challenge, try Can you match these famous first lines to the… Read more