Join us for our third annual celebration of science—an event for educators, writers, librarians and parents.  Find out how to inspire young minds to love science and math through interesting science books, simple hands-on activities and science collections!      

9:30-12:00  Beaty Biodiversity Museum 2212 Main Mall, UBC  Saturday November 3, 2012

   Featured Scientist  
Dr. David Close
(traditional name Himko-kaps-kap) of the Aboriginal Fisheries Research Centre will share his passion for protecting the Pacific lamprey—an eel-like fish with a large, sucking mouth full of horny teeth.  Through cutting-edge science and traditional knowledge he furthers our understanding of one of the oldest native fish species and why it is disappearing in British Columbia.

 Featured BC Science Writers
Dianna Bonder
, illustrator of Leon’s Song; Alex Gabriel, science centre/museum interpreter & writer; Dora Lee, Biomimicry & advocate for the Canadian Association for Girls in Science;   Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone, written over 70 hands-on science books such as Backyard Science, Nature Science, Projects for a Healthy Planet;  Michelle Mulder, science enthusiast; Gillian Richardson,  Ecosytems,  Kaboom Explosions of All Kinds and more.

Come on a guided tour of one of Vancouver’s premier museums and learn about their fascinating collections and exciting programs.  Did we mention the best part? This year the event is FREE!  Who could turn down a fun-filled morning featuring the skeleton of a blue whale?  

Your one stop shop for field trip information!

Date: Monday, October 1, 2012, 3:00 – 6:00pm (arrive when you can)

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver BC

  • Meet the educators from over 50 field trip sites
  • Opportunities to win a free field trip for your class
  • Bus bursaries for charter transportation
  • Refreshments for pre-registered guests
  • Free parking – draw for those who can show a transit ticket!

TEACHER REGISTRATION IS OPEN.  Click here to register.

Advanced registration is required to attend. This is an adult only event due to liquor licensing.

Bring a colleague to the event. Print a poster for your staff room (see below). 


~text from the B.C. Field Trips Website

Children and youth can attend a variety of summer programs offered by the Digital Media Academy at the UBC Vancouver Campus.  Courses include filmmaking, acting, game and comic creation, science, engineering, architecture, art, music, photography, and media studies.  Education is fun! 

For more information, dates, and registration, view the website here.

Celebrate the 25th Annual Science and Physics Day at Playland!  With help from a group of educators from the UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy, teachers can bring their classes to Playland to have fun and study physics in action. The British Columbia Brightest Minds Competition is part of the Science and Physics Day two-week event, so bring your students to Playland for some educational fun!

Read more and see the video from The Vancouver Sun here.

Program guides and ride specifications:
Amusement Park Biology 12
Amusement Park Chemistry 12
Amusement Park Physics Grades 11-12
Amusement Park Science Grade 10
Amusement Park Science Grade 8
La Science du Plaisir
Science of Fun (Grades 4-7)
Ride Specs

Also, Marketing Day for Business students, and The Science of Agriculture: PNE Kidz Discovery Farm School Tours  Grades K-4

Using Children’s Literature Across the Curriculum: A Handbook of Instructional Strategies

This resource uniquely offers preservice and inservice teachers templates for using quality children’s literature to implement six themes across grades K-8. The themes are based on national curriculum standards and text sets are carefully selected to facilitate discussion, analysis, and problem solving across the grades.      

Boston : Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, c2011.

Author biographies here.

~Description and Author bios from Publisher’s website

UBC Library Holdings Information here.


Bring your class for a wide variety of dynamic, educational and interactive mountain adventures that include science, social studies and recreational components. These programs help teachers meet curriculum objectives while providing students with hands-on, motivating and fun experiences. 

~more information from The Peak of Vancouver Grouse Mountain Website

Link also available from the UBC Education Library Website under K-12 Instructional Resources

Join the discussion and help shape a National Reading Plan that will encourage, support and promote the joy of reading across Canada.

Have a look at the National Reading Plan DRAFT here.

Click here to view a detailed programme.

Register now, SPACE IS LIMITED.

~text and links from the National Reading Campaign website.

It is easy to talk about what could be, what should be and what other people could do.  Instead, I would like to share what I have done, and what we are trying to do, as we engage in and embrace this learning evolution.

I began my career trying to emulate the teachers I remembered most, and through the stories I remembered from my school experiences.  The teacher was mixing content, stories and weaving a narrative. While hardly an actor, there was something about the performance of teaching I really did enjoy. I would organize the desks in a circle, and while this was great for students to engage with each other, it also gave me centre stage.  I was very focussed on the lesson plan and activities in the classroom.  I saw myself as the expert, and it was up to me and the textbook to help students understand the content. Now, here is a true confession — I loved being the ‘sage on the stage’. In my Social Studies and English classes I would often retell the stories my memorable teachers had told me.

As I became more comfortable, I tried to allow students more of an opportunity to tell their stories.  I worked to create situations where students could simulate the real world.  In History class this might have been a United Nations role-play lesson, or reviewing a series of case studies in Law class. Students loved the examples drawn from the “real world”.  In Law, we would study cases making headlines in the news, and other Social Studies’ classes leant themselves ideally to current events.  I loved the relevance that came from these lessons, as well as the engagement.  Combining my lectures with hands-on activities, like putting Louis Riel on trial, led to an even richer teaching and learning experience.

Read Chris Kennedy’s article here.

By Chris Kennedy, February 22, 2012 The cultureofyes Blog

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