Biodiversity Teacher Resources at UBC Education Library

Please visit the UBC Science Literacy Week 2020 LibGuide for even more books

E-Book Resources at Education Library

Teacher Resources

The school garden
curriculum: an integrated K-8 guide for discovering science, ecology, and whole-systems thinking / Kaci Rae Christopher.


green: the high school years: hands-on learning in grades 9-12 / edited by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn.


Climate Change in Practice: Topics with Group Exercises /
Robert Wilby


Learning for sustainability in times of accelerating change
 / edited by Arjen E.J. Wals and Peter Blaze Corcoran.


Connecting with nature: a naturalist’s perspective / Robert C. Stebbins

Emerging biology in the early years: how young children learn about the living world / Sue Dale


Nature sparks: connecting children to the natural world / Cross Aerial


Greening school grounds: creating habitats for learning / Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn


Nature-based learning for young children: anytime, anywhere, on any budget / Julie Powers and Sheila Williams Ridge


Perfect pairs: using fiction & nonfiction picture books to teach life science, 3-5 /
Melissa Stewart and Nancy Chesley



You are the earth know your world so you can make it better
/ David Suzuki and Kathy Vanderlinden; art by Wallace Edwards; diagrams by Talent Pun


 into citizen science / Vic Kovacs


Rewilding: giving nature a second chance
/ Jane Drake and Ann Love


Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar /
Wendy Kitts


Salmon Forest
/ David Suzuki


Picture books

Arctic Sky
/ Krykorka Vladyana


Over and under the snow / Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal


Over and under the pond / Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal


Flowers are calling / Rita Gray and
Kenard Pak


Two truths and a lie: it’s
alive! / Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson


The girl who drew butterflies: how Maria
Merian’s art changed science / Joyce Sidman


The Underground habitats, by Molly


Wolf Island / Ian McAllister & Nicholas Read


Teacher Resources

A little bit of dirt: 55+ science and art activities to reconnect children with nature, by Asia


Environmental science activities
kit: ready-to-use lessons, labs, and worksheets for grades 7-12 / Michael L. Roa.



Tree of life: the incredible biodiversity of life on earth by Strauss, Rochelle; Thompson, Margot


Nowhere else
on Earth: standing tall for the Great Bear Rainforest / Caitlyn Vernon.


Biodiversity [6 pack] / Sandy Szeto

Welcome to UBC Education Library!

Normally, our Collection Spotlight displays are located on a giant feature wall on the main level of our branch– but things are a little different this year!  We hope to be back to normal soon and are looking forward to seeing you and helping you in person.

In the meantime, please enjoy browsing this online book display of both eBooks you can read online, and physical books you can request using the UBC Library Materials Pick-Up Service.

This month’s Collection Spotlight is “Books for New Teachers.”

Zen teacher: creating focus, simplicity and tranquility in the classroom / Dan Tricarico.
LB2840 .T75 2015

A practical guide to teacher wellbeing / Elizabeth Holmes.
LB2840.2 .H645 2019

See me after class: advice for teachers by teachers / Roxanna Elden. (Great Reads)
LB2844.1.N4 E43 2013

The beginning teacher’s field guide: embarking on your first years / Tina H. Boogren.
LB2844.1.N4 B658 2018

You can do this: hope and help for new teachers / Robyn R. Jackson.
LB1025.3 .J334 2014

The new teacher book: finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom / edited by Terry Burant [and others].
LB2844.1.N4 N476 2010

The first-year teacher’s survival guide: ready-to-use strategies, tools & activities for meeting the challenges of each school day / Julia G. Thompson

Your first year: how to survive and thrive as a new teacher/ Todd Whitaker

101 answers for new teachers and their mentors: effective teaching tips for daily classroom use / Annette Breoux

The first-year English teacher’s guidebook: strategies for success/ Sean Ruday

Progress plain and simple: what every teacher needs to know about improving pupil progress / Michael Harpham.

Due to the quickly evolving situation with COVID-19, UBC Library branches across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses will remain closed until further notice. The library continues to provide access to electronic resources and librarian support for research, teaching and learning.

Research help is available from UBC Education Library via email or remote consultation.

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Summer can be a time for rest, but for teachers, it’s also a perfect opportunity for reflection and professional development.

For those looking to digest new information and plan for the coming school year, the following eBooks are all accessible from the comfort of your home:

Harris, B. (2011). Battling boredom: 99 strategies to spark student engagement.


Sharples, & Mike. (2019). Practical pedagogy: 40 new ways to teach and learn (1st ed.).


Whitaker, T. (2020). What great teachers do differently: Nineteen things that matter most.


Mindes, G. (2020). Contemporary challenges in teaching young children: Meeting the needs of all students.


Volz, Austin, Higdon, Julia, Lidwell, & William. (2019). The elements of education for teachers: 50 research-based principles every educator should know (1st ed.).


Melser, N. A. (2019). Teaching soft skills in a hard world: Skills for beginning teachers.


Mansfield, J. (2019). Pedagogical equilibrium: The development of teachers professional knowledge (First ed.).


Agarwal, P. K., Bain, P. M., & Wiley (2019). Powerful Teaching: Unleash the science of learning (First ed.).


Hicks, T., Hyler, J., & Pangle, W. (2020). Ask, explore, write: An inquiry-driven approach to science and literacy learning (1st ed.).


Krebs, D., Zvi, G., & Taylor & Francis  (2020). The genius hour guidebook: Fostering passion, wonder, and inquiry in the classroom (Second ed.).

Subject headings: Effective teaching

X̱wi7x̱wa Library and Education Library are pleased to present a virtual display of over 50 electronic picture books, graphic novels, fiction, non-fiction and biographies featuring Indigenous themes and authorship.

These Indigenous children’s literature titles were carefully compiled by the employees of X̱wi7x̱wa Library and are all available online at UBC Library.

Please click on the book cover or the title and then “Full Text Online” to access these eBooks.


7 Générations: Pierre (Volume 1, French Edition) by David A. Robertson (2013)
Graphic novel


7 Générations: Cicatrices (Volume 2, French Edition) by David A. Robertson (2013)
Graphic novel


A blanket of butterflies by Richard Van Camp  (2015)
Graphic novel


Catching spring by Sylvia Olsen (2004)
Juvenile fiction


Cloudwalker by Roy Henry Vickers  (2014)
Picture book


Comment la rivière Petitcodiac devint boueuse / Ta’n Tel-kisi-siskuapua’qsepp Petikodiac Sipu / How the Petitcodiac River became Muddy (French, Mi’kmaq and English) by Marguerite Maillet (2011)
Illustrated folklore


Death by dinosaur: A Sam Stellar mystery by Jacqueline Guest (2018)
Juvenile fiction


A different game by Sylvia Olsen (2010)
Juvenile fiction


Ends/begins by David A. Robertson (2010)
Graphic novel


The evolution of Alice by David A. Robertson (2014)
Juvenile fiction


Fatty legs: a true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton (2010)
Juvenile non-fiction


Ghost river by Tony Birch (2015)
Juvenile fiction


Ghosts by David A. Robertson (2019)
Juvenile fiction


The grizzly mother by Brett D. Huson (2019)
Picture book


Halfbreed by Maria Campbell (1982)


He who dreams by Melanie Florence (2017)
Juvenile fiction


Him standing by Richard Wagamese (2013)
Juvenile fiction


How things came to be: Inuit stories of creation by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley (2015)
Illustrated folklore


Kiss by kiss: Ocêtôwina: a counting book for families (Plains Cree and English) by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


Le roi de glace: Mkumiey eleke’wit = The ice king (French, Mi’kmaq and English) by Corine Gallant (2012)
Illustrated folklore


Little you: Kitapisîsisin (Bush Cree and English) by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


Little you: Anetséleh (South Slavey and English) by Richard Van Camp (2013)
Picture book


Little you: Nën Nechíle (Chipewyan and English) by Richard Van Camp (2013)
Picture book


Little you: Kîya-K’apisîsisîyân (Plains Cree and English) by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


May we have enough to share by Richard Van Camp (2019)
Picture book


Middle row by Sylvia Olsen, Sylvia (2008)
Juvenile fiction


Molly’s promise by Sylvia Olsen (2013)
Juvenile fiction


Monsters by David A. Robertson (2018)
Juvenile fiction


Murphy and Mousetrap by Sylvia Olsen (2005)
Juvenile fiction


My heart fills with happiness by Monique Gray Smith (2016)
Picture book


My heart fills with happiness / ni Mîyawâten Niteh Ohcih (Plains Cree Edition) by Monique Gray Smith (2018)
Picture book


Native American games and stories by James Bruchac (2000)
Juvenile non-fiction


The next sure thing by Richard Wagamese (2011)


Nimoshom and his bus by Penny Thomas (2017)
Picture book


Not my girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton (2014)
Picture book


Pemmican wars (Vol 1: A girl called Echo) by Katherena Vermette (2017)
Graphic novel


The poet: Pauline Johnson by David A. Robertson (2014)
Graphic novel


Powwow counting in Cree by Penny Thomas (2013) **Coming Soon**
Picture book


The raven and the loon by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley (2014)
Picture book


The raven and the loon: Inuktitut language version (by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley (2013)
Picture book


Raven brings the light: A Northwest Coast legend by Roy Henry Vickers (2013)
Picture book


The rebel: Gabriel Dumont by David A. Robertson (2014)
Graphic novel


Scars by David A. Robertson (2010)
Graphic novel


Soapstone porcupine by Jeff Pinkney (2018)
Juvenile fiction


Sous la lune de corbeau (French) by David Bouchard (2016)
Picture book


Speaking our truth: a journey of reconciliation by Monique Gray Smith (2017)


A stranger at home: a true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton (2011)


Strangers by David A. Robertson, David (2017)
Juvenile fiction


Sugar Falls: a Residential School Story by Robertson, David Alexander (2012)
Graphic novel


The pact by David A. Robertson (2011)
Graphic novel


Three feathers by Richard Van Camp (2015)
Graphic novel


The way of thorn and thunder: the Kynship chronicles by Daniel Heath Justice (2011)


We sang you home by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


We sang you home: Ka kîweh nikâmôstamâtinân (Plains Cree and English) by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


Welcome song for baby: a lullaby for newborns by Richard Van Camp, Richard (2007)
Picture book


Welcome song for baby / ni Nikamon ‘Tawâw Nipepîmis’ (Plains Cree and English) by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


What the Elders Have Taught Us: Alaska Native Ways – Photography by Roy Corral. (2013)


Yellow line by Sylvia Olsen (2005)
Juvenile fiction


You hold me up by Monique Gray Smith (2017)
Picture book


You hold me up /Ki Kîhcêyimin Mâna (Plains Cree and English) by Monique Gray Smith (2018)
Picture book


In honour of National Indigenous History Month, UBC Education Library is highlighting 5 Indigenous eBook teacher resources available at UBC Library.  All of these professional teacher resources are available as “full text online” to our UBC users by clicking on the images or titles and then “online access” or “full text online” at the catalogue page.

Potlatch as pedagogy: learning through ceremony /Sara Florence Davidson and Robert Davidson

“Inspired by Haida ceremonial practice, father and daughter present a model for learning that is holistic, relational, practical, and continuous.”


Learning and teaching together: weaving indigenous ways of knowing into education
/ Michelle Tanaka.
“Tanaka recounts how pre-service teachers enrolled in a crosscultural course in British Columbia immersed themselves in indigenous ways of learning and teaching by working alongside indigenous wisdom keepers. Together, they transformed cedar bark, buckskin, and wool into a mural that tells stories about the land upon which the course took place. In the process, they discovered new ways of learning that support not only intellectual but also tactile, emotional, and spiritual forms of knowledge.”


Truth and indignation: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools / Ronald Niezen.
“The original edition of Truth and Indignation offered the first close and critical assessment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as it was unfolding. Niezen used testimonies, texts, and visual materials produced by the Commission as well as interviews with survivors, priests, and nuns to raise important questions about the TRC process. He asked what the TRC meant for reconciliation, transitional justice, and conceptions of traumatic memory.
In this updated edition, Niezen discusses the Final Report and Calls to Action bringing the book up to date and making it a valuable text for teaching about transitional justice, colonialism and redress, public anthropology, and human rights. Thoughtful, provocative, and uncompromising in the need to tell the “truth” as he sees it, Niezen offers an important contribution to understanding truth and reconciliation processes in general, and the Canadian experience in particular.”


Speaking our truth: a journey of reconciliation / Monique Gray Smith
“Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by Survivors and their families. Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.”


Aboriginal worldviews and perspectives in the classroom: Moving forward / BC Ministry of Education
“The past decade has witnessed several significant developments affecting Aboriginal Education in BC. Most visible, perhaps, has been the acknowledgment on the part of both the Province of British Columbia and government of Canada of the mistreatment and disrespect that Aboriginal peoples have endured throughout much of our nation’s history. This has resulted in a new attentiveness on the part of government to long-standing demands from Aboriginal leaders for a fresh approach to the provision of formal education at all levels.”


Peggy Lunn has resigned from her position as Head of the Education Library. Wendy Traas is acting as Interim Head.


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Contact your liaison librarian for more help:
Emily Fornwald
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Ideas for your next read, watch or listen from our online collections

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have compiled recommendations from a handful of UBC librarians for you to watch, read, and listen from home. From archived films to Indigenous literature and family-friendly activities, all these resources can be found in UBC Library’s online collections.

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A selection of picturebook e-resources available online from UBC Library related to Mental Health:

Happy and Sad written by Madhav Chavan; illustrated by Rijuta Ghate.

This book helps children to learn about feeling happy and sad through questions and answers by promoting emotional literacy.

You Hold Me Up By Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel

“This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.”

My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith; illustrations by Julie Flett.

“This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.”        


Resources for parents, teachers, caregivers, or any poetry lovers looking for fun ways to create poetry at home.

Blackout Poetry

Blackout Poetry Maker

Magnetic Poetry Word List

New York Times: Searching for Poetry in Prose (requires log-in)

Upper Canada District School Board LibGuide on Poetry

Poem in Your Pocket Day
On Thursday, April 30, 2020, celebrate the 4th annual Poem in Your Pocket Day across Canada. The day encourages people to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. Find out more at


Ebooks available from UBC Library

How to teach poetry writing: workshops for ages 5-9
by Michaela Morgan.
“Now in a fully revised third edition, How to Teach Poetry Writing: Workshops for Ages 5–9 is a practical, activity-based resource of poetry writing workshops. Each workshop provides enjoyable activities for pupils, aimed at building enjoyment and understanding of what poetry is and how to write it”

Poetry goes to school: from Mother Goose to Shel Silverstein
by Barton, Bob; Booth, David W.
“A must-have for teachers who want to engage students in reading and writing, and fill their classrooms with poetry.”

Little You / Kîya-K’apisîsisîyân
by Van Camp, Richard

Sweetest Kulu
by Kalluk, Celina; Neonakis, Alexandria

All Day I dream about sirens
by Domenica Martinello.
“From Homer to Starbucks, a look at sirens and mermaids and feminism and consumerism. What started as a small sequence of poems about the Starbucks logo grew to monstrous proportions after the poet fell under a siren spell herself.”

The Hobo’s Crowbar
by Lawson, JonArno; Dempster, Alec
“The latest wacky and wonderful collection of children’s poetry, Governor General’s Award winner JonArno Lawson’s”

Crazy about Hockey!
by Lesynski, Loris; Rasmussen, Gerry.
Collection of poetry about the sport of hockey.

Toes in my nose and other poems
by Sheree Fitch; illustrations by Sydney Smith.


Non-ebook resources
UBC Library Poetry Booklist

A selection of resources available online from UBC Library related to climate change and the environment:

Rebuilding the Earth by Mark Everard

Highlights humanity’s interdependence with our planet’s ecosystems
Brings together widely applicable lessons on positive regenerative change
Advocates for practical and integrated sustainable development


50 climate questions: a blizzard of blistering facts
by Peter Christie; illustrated by Ross Kinnaird.

Looks at the history of climate change and its effects, from “snowball Earth” to carbon dioxide emissions.


Environmental protests
by Duchess Harris.

As people began to see how pollution and industry could damage the environment, they began to seek change. This book explores the research that revealed how common practices harmed the environment, the events people held to raise awareness, and the tactics protesters use to protect nature and change laws.


Climate change and the voiceless: protecting future generations, wildlife, and natural resources
by Randall S. Abate, Monmouth University.

Abate identifies the common vulnerabilities of the voiceless – future generations, wildlife, and natural resources – and demonstrates how the law can evolve to protect their interests more effectively. This book will appeal to anyone interested in how the law can mitigate the effects of climate change on those who stand to lose the most.


What we know about climate change
by Kerry Emanuel

A renowned climatologist assesses current scientific understanding of climate change and sounds a call to action.


A people’s curriculum for the Earth: teaching climate change and the environmental crisis
by Bigelow, Bill; Swinehart, Tim

A People’s Curriculum for the Earth is a collection of articles, role plays, simulations, stories, poems, and graphics to help breathe life into teaching about the environmental crisis.


What is climate?
by Bobbie Kalman.

Introduces the concept of climate, including the four seasons; describes how it differs all around the world, from tropical to arctic; and explains drastic climate change and how it is affecting the Earth.

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