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goREACT - Chemistry made easy

Experiment with this drag-and-drop laboratory
"Experiment with chemistry virtually anywhere with goREACT! In this drag-and-drop laboratory, combine elements from the Periodic Table to create chemical reactions and discover the chemistry in the world around you! With goREACT, you can become a virtual chemist. Whether you're a novice or expert, the free play and guided modes make it fun and fascinating."

iPad and Android apps to do the same thing!


Everest Education Expedition

Retrace this Everest climb
Good for grades 5-8. Includes teacher materials, multimedia resources and a chronicle of the expedition

"In Spring 2012, a team of athletes and scientists embarked upon an historic expedition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful American ascent of Mount Everest. The team sought to retrace the steps of the first American ascent of Mount Everest via the difficult West Ridge. The Everest Education Expedition, supported by Montana State University and Montana EPSCoR, placed special emphasis on bringing the excitement of science, discovery, and global adventure into classrooms across Montana and the nation."


Sparticl - STEM videos

Images, videos, games, & hands-on activities.

Sparticl is a web and mobile collection of the very best the web has to offer in science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM. Sparticl includes answers to science questions, images, videos, games, and hands-on activities, all curated by a team of experts.

(Created by the National Productions division of Twin Cities Public Television, and supported by 3M.)


Trading Card App for iPad

A fun way to share what you know
Web-based app:
"ReadWriteThink's Trading Cards app gives kids a fun way to share their understanding of various topics, to build study aids, or to create their own fictional world of characters. Create trading cards for any number of categories, including: a fictional or real person, a fictional or actual place, objects, events, vocab words."



Teaching about BC Flora?

Here are some resources to teach about the flora of BC.

Teaching about Wild Products from BC's Coastal Rainforests

Native Plant Society of BC

Wild Edible Plants of BC

Flora of BC Flickr

Richmond Plants

e-Flora BC Photo gallery

First Nations Plants and their uses


On Reading, Learning to Read, and Effective Reading Instruction - NCTE

"An Overview of What We Know and How We Know It"
"The Commission on Reading of the "National Council of Teachers of English" has compiled an overview of what the profession knows about reading, learning to read, and effective reading instruction and referenced some of the large body of research that has given rise to this view."

This link includes an impressive bibliography of key research on "the reading process", "learning to read", and "effective reading instruction".


Organizing a "School Wide Read"

Finding Success with School-Wide Reads
Read about how this TL organizes such a successful event.

"It has been six years since I organized my first SWR. I have shared my experience with SWRs with other TLs in the district, and this year alone we have had seven middle schools in our district participate in a SWR. Not only are teachers asking about next year's SWR, but so are the students. And it all began with one great book." Tu Loan Trieu (TL at Hillcrest Middle School Coquitlam, BC)


Freedom to Read Week - Canada

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week - February 23-March 1, 2014
"Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Ideas for teachers:


Canadian Parents for French magazine

The Spring issue of CPF mag
This issue of CPF Magazine compares the different types of FSL programs currently available across the country, and features interviews with prominent Canadians who share their views on the value of Official Language Bilingualism in Canada. It also includes examples of how CPF is working to provide opportunities for students to use French outside of the classroom.


A teacher’s guide to implementing inquiry-based learning.

Focus on inquiry
"This document provides supports for implementing inquiry-based learning activities in the classroom and is intended for teachers working on their own or in teams, with or without the support of a teacher-librarian or other library personnel. It provides an instructional model that can be used by all teachers, Kindergarten to Grade 12, in guiding inquiry with students."

District Literacy Plans - Kindergarten to Grade 12 and beyond

Literacy Planning Guides

Learn how school districts are partnering with other organizations such as libraries, colleges, community groups and businesses to support the literacy needs of all community members. Review the comprehensive literacy plans prepared by school districts in collaboration with community partners. The plans support all members of the community, from early learners to adults.