Made the Grade – April 2017

 

Pax

Pax

Grades: 5-9
Supplier: Not Available

Young Peter and Pax, his adopted pet fox, are inseparable—until his father enlists in the military. Peter must go and live with his grandfather, and his father insists that Peter give up Pax. Peter throws Pax’s favourite toy and while the fox chases it, his father drives them away, abandoning Pax in the woods. Peter quickly learns the error of his actions and is grief stricken. He sets off alone and on foot to find Pax, passing through a potential war zone. En route, Peter befriends war veteran Vola, who gives him the strength to see his journey through. At the same time, Pax also must find Peter, and has his own adventures trying to reunite with his companion. This compelling novel alternates between the viewpoints of both Pete

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Absolutely Almost

Absolutely Almost

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Albie suffers from a learning difficulty and struggles academically. He believes that he is “almost” good at things but is always a little behind in his work. Consequently, he must leave his private school and his best friend, change schools and go to special classes. At the new school he is bullied by his classmates who make his life miserable. At the same time, Albie’s home life is a challenge—his parents neglect him due to their busy lives and his grandfather has no time for him as he has difficulty with academics. As Albie struggles to figure out his place in the world he builds a circle of people around him — new friend Betsy, who also is teased mercilessly because of her stutter, Mr. Clifton, who runs the Math Club, and his babysitter Calista who provides the support his family does not – whose friendship and support help Albie gain confidence and

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Secret Path

Secret Path

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack has one goal – to escape from the residential school near Kenora and make his way back to his family. He flees from the school and follows the railroad tracks back home. Unfortunately, Chanie doesn’t know he has over 600 km to go to reach his family. During this formidable journey, Chanie succumbs to starvation and the cold, and dies on the railroad tracks. This vividly illustrated, haunting graphic novel puts a human face on residential schools and deals with the residential school experience thoughtfully and sensitively. Gord Downie’s poignant poems and songs can be downloaded, and an excellent animated video is accessible o

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Skraelings

Skraelings

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

Young Inuit hunter Kannujaq, while travelling across the Arctic tundra, comes across a group of Tuniit people – a mysterious tribe he has heard about, but never encountered. When their camp comes under attack by Viking invaders, Kannujaq must decide whether to put aside his prejudices against the Tuniit and help them fight the invaders. He allows himself to be drawn into the conflict and battles against the Viking warriors. This short, approachable, historical fiction novel presents the traditions and beliefs of all three cultures and their varying world views and per

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Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

Written with an authentic indigenous voice, this comprehensive collection of essays provides background information and contemporary perspectives on the key issues facing First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in Canada. In a well-designed, clear, and user-friendly format, the author attempts to dispel myths and stereotypes about indigenous peoples and facilitate a respectful relationship between indigenous peoples and non-Aboriginal Canadians. This is an excellent resource for educators, especially those teaching senior social studies courses, to gain the perspective of Canada’s aborigina

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Blanket of Butterflies, A

Blanket of Butterflies, A

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

This beautifully illustrated, easy to read, and action-packed graphic novel follows the adventures of Shinobu, who is searching for his family’s missing samurai sword and armour in Fort Smith, NWT. He must deal with encounters with local thugs, and following a vicious attack, young Sonny and his grandmother, members of the local Aboriginal community, help Shinobu recover and retrieve the sword using peace and reconciliation rather than

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April Raintree

April Raintree

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

Suitable for a grade 10-12 audience, this novel tells the story of two sisters who were victims of the residential school system, separated from their family and from each other. As adults, each sister deals with the situation quite differently: one remains true to her Indigenous roots while the other tries to fit into society. This emotionally-charged story of healing and hope presents the reality facing Indigenous people today, many of the stereotypes about Indigenous peoples, and the legacy of residential schools

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Chief: Mistahimaskwa, The

Chief: Mistahimaskwa, The

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

Sarah, a young Cree girl, is learning about Chief Mistahimaskwa—Big Bear—at school. On her walk home from school, she encounters a bear and drops her textbook. When she retrieves it the next day, it has been struck by lightning and become magical; as she opens the book, it comes alive with the story of The Chief. Sarah is taken back to the Saskatchewan Plains of 1832 and she re-lives many of the key events of The Chief’s life. This boldly illustrated, compelling graphic novel is aimed at a young audience

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It's All About Thinking: Creating Pathways for All Learners in the Middle Years

It’s All About Thinking: Creating Pathways for All Learners in the Middle Years

Grades: 5-9
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

With a focus on middle years learners (grades 5-9), the resource is rich with practical, timely, and innovative teaching ideas and pedagogy that fully align with 21st century skills. Concepts are clear, detailed, and sequential for easy navigation by beginning or experienced teachers. This user-friendly, well-designed resource supports inclusive education, inquiry, critical thinking, assessment practices, cross-curricular studies, social-emotional and self-regulated learning, and focuses on core competencies and student-centered

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One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and Inclusion

One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and Inclusion

Grades: K-12
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

B.C. educator Shelly Moore encourages educators to reconsider the concept of inclusion, think differently about diversity, and approach their students in a more inclusive way. The resource demonstrates a shift from inclusion as a special-education initiative to a philosophy that teaches to the diversity of all students and includes ideas for adapting and modifying curriculum for any student who needs it. An easy-to-read, honest, and inspiring look at a new approach to inclusive

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Bold School: An Inquiry Model to Transform Teaching

Bold School: An Inquiry Model to Transform Teaching

Grades: K-12
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

This timely professional resource assists educators in implementing inquiry-based learning into K-12 classrooms. A readable, well-organized and easy to follow resource, it provides teachers with strategies to develop creative, critical, and compassionate thinking, and to encourage students to make changes in their local and global co

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Words Their Way With English Learners 2/e

Words Their Way With English Learners 2/e

Grades: K-8
Supplier: Pearson Canada

This comprehensive, engaging teacher resource is based on current research that reflects the diverse learning needs and literacy backgrounds of English Language Learners. Its word study approach to teaching ELL focuses on rich literacy activities, appropriate for ELL learners from the emergent level through to the advanced level. Instructional ideas and activities can be easily differentiated as the program is tailored to unique developmental levels determined by teacher assessments. The activities target specific literacy needs, are rich in variety, sequential, adaptable, and supported with games and activities. This resource links word study to the larger literacy focus of reading and writing which is important in the new BC c

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Big Idea: Science

Big Idea: Science

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Pearson Canada

This highly accessible collection of student books and accompanying teacher’s guide is aimed at ELL students and striving readers. Centred on the grade 3-6 science curriculum, each student book focuses on a different science topic, and has highly readable text, useful graphic organizers, and engaging photographs. The comprehensive teacher’s guide is rich in activities and strategies to support and extend the learning for each book. It also has a section devoted to developing the content, vocabulary, and activities for the Big Idea and essential questions for each of the stud

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Big Idea: Social Studies

Big Idea: Social Studies

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Pearson Canada

This attractive, well-illustrated, and well-designed resource kit covers a variety of topics in the grade 4-6 Social Studies curriculum. The kit consists of 12 student books and a comprehensive teacher’s guide. The student books are suitable for ELL students and struggling readers at all levels. Each student book covers a central theme and presents big ideas and inquiry questions in concise text with a variety of diagrams, illustrations, and photographs to help explain key concepts. Teachers will appreciate the various instructional strategies, pre-reading suggestions, reading strategies, vocabulary aids, and graphic o

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Oxford Illustrated Math Dictionary

Oxford Illustrated Math Dictionary

Grades: 7-11
Supplier: Not Available

This extensively illustrated resource supports ELL students, at high beginning to high intermediate levels, in learning math vocabulary and concepts covered in grades 7 to 11. Each math term is thoroughly defined and illustrations, pronunciation, and examples are included to support comprehension and usage. A wealth of practical, handy math charts and tables are grouped at the end of th

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Oxford Picture Dictionary for the Canadian Content Areas

Oxford Picture Dictionary for the Canadian Content Areas

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

This well-designed, lavishly illustrated resource will support ELL students at the starting and emerging levels in both mainstream classroom settings and ELL classrooms. Its key vocabulary words and basic concepts in a variety of content areas will allow ELLs to take part in regular classroom activities at an adapted level, and in an ELL classroom will aid development of general and academic vocabulary. Each chapter provides a variety of useful activities, and the extensive “Reproducible Activity Book” (purchased separately) provides teachers with an array of activities to extend student learning, including activities with a greater degree of differentiation and adaptations for ELL

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