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.”

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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.”        


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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.

107 awesome elementary teaching ideas you can implement tomorrow (2020)
This helpful book is chock full of high-interest, easy-to-use activities for your elementary school classroom.

Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education (2019)
This textbook presents an integrative approach to thinking about research methods for social justice. In today’s education landscape, there is a growing interest in scholar-activism and ways of doing research that advances educational equity.

Is everyone really equal?: an introduction to key concepts in social justice education (2017)
This is the new edition of the award-winning guide to social justice education.
Based on the authors’ extensive experience in a range of settings in the United States and Canada, the book addresses the most common stumbling blocks to understanding social justice. 

Starting inquiry based science in the early years: look, talk, think and do (2016)
Young children are intuitive scientists. This book builds on their inherent curiosity and problem solving as they move forward in their scientific thinking. 

The genius hour guidebook: fostering passion, wonder, and inquiry in the classroom (2020)
Promote your students’ creativity and get them excited about learning! In the second edition of this popular, practical book, authors Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi show you how to implement Genius Hour, a time when students can develop their own inquiry-based projects around their passions and take ownership of their work.

Everyday SEL in Middle School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom (2016)
In this new book from educational consultant Carla Tantillo Philibert, you’ll gain practical strategies for teaching social-emotional learning (SEL), mindfulness, and movement to help your middle school students maintain positive relationships, assume responsibility, become bodily aware, and grow into productive, contributing citizens. You’ll find out how to lead students through games, simple yoga poses, breathing techniques, and other activities that are easy to incorporate and help you manage your classroom.

The role of research in teachers’ work: narratives of classroom action research (2018)
In the debate regarding what constitutes teachers’ work, academics and bureaucrats continue to speak for teachers, with teachers’ voices rarely heard and not accorded equal recognition. The Role of Research in Teachers’ Work addresses this imbalance by privileging teachers’ voices as they narrate their experiences of engaging in systematic inquiry. The book embeds the teacher narratives within the scholarly debates about the nature of knowledge and the nature of professional practice.


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