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Orca Books resources

Resources to help teachers using "Orca book" materials

This great collection of High interest novels is transforming how many teachers are approaching reading. There is no excuse for not having an engaging, accessible book for any student, of any age. Here are some resources provided by Orca Books to make using this material even easier!

Orca novels arranged by theme:

Reading activities

Teachers' Guides (by novel)


"Inkling" Demo Video

No dead trees required.

College texts are being revolutionized by a new iPad app called "Inkling".
"Inkling titles are less expensive than the paper versions, and you can buy them by the chapter. So you’ll only pay for what you use, and you can buy stuff as you need it. No dead trees required."


For Film Students - "The Film Daily" archived

Archived versions of the Film Daily - from 1992-1929

“The highlight of the magazine is the strong emphasis on short subjects. While most of the other trade magazines treated shorts as space allowed, shorts received regular reviews in The Film Daily, including for many years, a quarterly review of short subject production and releases.”

For more information about the project, read Leonard Maltin's Indie Wire blog post here:



Online climate science magazine (for K-5 teachers)

This online magazine for K-5 teachers focuses on climate science and how to teach it effectively. The magazine illustrates connections between science and literacy. In addition, the publication offers professional learning resources to help teachers increase their understanding of essential climate science principles.

See also

Food safety website

Food Safety Site

The Food Detectives Fight BAC!® game gives kids a fun way to learn about foodborne illness. (Visit the kid's site to play the game.) Watch music videos, solve cases.

Games include:

  • BacTV: 5 songs and videos help kids learn through song. Feel free to review the song lyrics.
  • The Case of the Kid Who Knew Enough: Youth are encouraged to make stickers or signs that share key reminders about food safety. They will need a printer. Most office supply sections of stores carry the label paper needed for making stickers.
  • The Case of the Filthy Fingers: By working through a timeline, kids learn when they should wash their hands, and when handwashing really isn't needed.
  • The Case of the Bacteria that Kept Growing: In this arcade-style game, kids kill bacteria with heat and soap.
  • The Case of Good Food Gone Bad: By safely handling food while making snacks and meals, kids can prevent foodborne illness. This class game of concentration offers hints and a few jokes as well.

Real-world connections to science

Short video segments highlight real-world connections to science. The elementary segments at "Our World" focus on the natural versus the designed world, exploring such topics as what makes up a solar system and what it's like to sleep aboard the International Space Station. Educators Guides and a Teacher Toolbox offer suggestions for incorporating NASA video clips into classroom instruction.

Les débrouillards - science magazine

Les sciences pour les jeunes - "Les débrouillards"

Website has content that supplements the print version of this magazine.
"Une revue de science qui s'adresse aux jeunes de 9 à 14 ans."


Water for Life - Owl Kids site

How Canadians are helping turn down the heat on a global emergency.

"Did you know that more than a billion people throughout the world don't have easy access to clean drinking water? It's a crisis that may soon reach a boiling point, especially on the water-starved continent of Africa."


Owl Kids World Watch - Haiti

Owl Magazine has put together a series on Haiti that covers the recent earthquake as well as past disasters this island nation has endured. It also focusses on how Canadians have been helping the Haitian people.

See also

Science et Vie Junior - Science Magazine

La Revue Science et Vie - contenu en ligne

Selected articles, videos and images that relate to the content of the print version of the magazine "Science & Vie Junior".

Walrus Magazine - June issue

The Walrus - Canadian content in our own national magazine

Opinion pieces, Canadian fiction, religion, society, books, essays.
(content more suitable for secondary and post-secondary students)

"The Walrus launched in September of 2003 with a straightforward mandate: to be a national general interest magazine about Canada and its place in the world. We are committed to publishing the best work by the best writers from Canada and elsewhere on a wide range of topics for readers who are curious about the world. The Walrus is published by a registered non-profit charitable foundation."

"The Canadian Experience" - Civic Literacy Project

The Canadian Experience

"A collection of 52 weekly-posted columns by some of Canada’s best historians, this one-year series explains who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going.  Interesting and informative, a good guide for Canadians old and new, welcome to The Canadian Experience."


YES Mag Teacher Resource Page

Links to use with YES Mag in your classroom:

If you subscribe to this magazine, here are some additional links to supplement the print version. Some of these links are interesting enough to use even without the magazine!


Canadian Children's Book News

Canadian Children's Book News keeps readers informed about the latest in Canadian children’s books, and provides reviews for recommended books, author and illustrator interviews and profiles of publishers and bookstores.

The back issues are now available online in PDF at their website.


iPads in education - FYI

"iPads for Learning" website - Australia

"This website is for educators who want to learn about using iPads in education. Here you will find
information about the Victorian school iPads for Learning trial including specially selected apps,
classroom ideas and technical tips."

In particular: 21 steps to 1-to-1 success

MysteryQuest #11: Explosion on the Kettle Valley Line

Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History: #11
Students delve into primary and secondary sources as they reconstruct the 1924 rail car explosion that killed nine people, including Doukhobor leader Peter Verigin. This intriguing challenge is part of the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History series.

For other MysteryQuests, visit the homepage:

Imagineaction - a student-driven social action movement

Imagineaction is a program designed to facilitate teacher-student-community interaction in social action. -  Imagineaction builds on the successful Green Street program by enhancing the strictly environmental focus to include a focus on six themes – Connect (relationships), Engage (participatory citizenship), Thrive (Health and Wellness), Lead (Leadership), Live (environmental sustainability), and Care (poverty).

Intro video:
This 3-minute video from the Canadian Teachers Federation introduces intermediate students to ways they can take action to make the their school, neighbourhood and world a better place.

Showcase of projects:

The benefits of outdoor learning (Preview Book online)

Moving the Classroom Outdoors
by Herb Broda

"Ready to reap the benefits of outdoor learning or expand your current efforts? The new book Moving the Classroom Outdoors is your guide. Author Herb Broda brings you the best examples from dozens of schools and nature centers across the country, complete with illustrative photos and nuts & bolts advice. Preview the entire book online!"

Video Time Travel Machine

Pick a year, and click refresh.
(Also available as an iPad app)

Drawing from Youtube content, this clever portal allows the user to view video game clips, TV footage, commercials, current events, sports, movies and music from a particular year. (Of course depending on the year selected, the content may be quite limited.)

"YTTM lets you voyage to whatever year you pick, via the magic of internet video. Each video is hand selected for purity and awesomeness."

Learn Video-Making Basics

Vimeo Video School

"Vimeo Video School is a fun place for anyone to learn how to make better videos. Start by browsing our Vimeo Lessons, or find specific video tutorials created by other members."

Great suggestions for students and teachers, done in a humorous way. Each of the clips in "Video 101" would make a great review of basics or intro to a longer lesson. (The clips and humour are more suited to a teen audience. Preview the clips before using with your class.)


Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades

No More I'm Done: Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades
by Jennifer Jacobson

"Yes! Primary students can grow into being independent writers! Disregarding the false notion that writing instruction in the primary grades needs to be mostly teacher directed, Jennifer Jacobson shows teachers how to develop a primary writing workshop that helps nurture independent, engaged writers."

Download the study guide in PDF format!

Planning for reading into the summer

It's the Last Dance (Winding up the school year)
By Donalyn Miller

"What will my students remember about our class? What will they take away from it? What will they leave behind? I want my students to commemorate what they have accomplished this year and plan for their reading lives into the summer and beyond. Talking with the kids today about our classroom, we decided on the following activities for the final days of school. Student-driven, with little prep or class time required, these culminating activities provide meaningful reflection and fun moments for our classroom community, as well as set the stage for more reading..."


Graphic Poster - What TLs do.

What Teacher-Librarians teach - printable poster
by Joyce Valenza

A nice outline of the very important skills and strategies TLs cover in their work with students and teachers. Worth printing and posting!