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Collection Spotlight: Orange Shirt Day 2020

Orange Shirt Day is September 30. Below you will find resources that may be requested from UBC Education Library. X̱wi7x̱wa Library’s “Indian Residential School System in Canada” research guide also includes materials that address the reality of the Indian Residential Schools. Many contain additional resources for teaching or encouraging discussion at home.


The orange shirt story / author, Phyllis
Webstad; illustrations, Brock Nicol.


I am not a number / written by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy
Kacer; illustrated by Gillian Newland.


Stolen words / written by Melanie
Florence; illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard.


When we were alone / David Alexander
Robertson; Julie Flett.


shietko / Nicola I. Campbell; pictures by Kim La Fave.


Shin-chi’s canoe
, written by Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave


legs: a true story / Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton; artwork by Liz Amini-Holmes.


You hold me up / Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel.




Speaking our
truth: a journey of reconciliation / Monique Gray Smith.

Science Literacy Week 2020: Biodiversity Resources

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! Collection Spotlight: Books for New Teachers

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.

Physical Branches Closed, but We’re Still Here to Help

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.

Looking for a book or article? Want to book a Zoom research session? Have a question about citations?

Please reach out to for assistance.

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Collection Spotlight: Reflecting on Practice — Summer as a time for teacher growth and development

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