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British Columbia, It's Land, Mineral and Water Resources
Author: Sandy Duncan
Format: Paperback
  • This exciting text was developed specifically for the BC Science and Social Studies curricula. It is the only comprehensive resource available which provides all the content necessary to learn about B.C.'s living and non-living resources. And best of all it has been developed in B.C. by B.C. educators and has been recommended by the BC Ministry of Education.

    Students will learn:
    - about land, mineral and water resources; the ways we use the resources and the effects of using them.
    - how we use the land for growing crops, for raising animals and hunting wildlife and for forestry, tourism and recreation.
    - that B.C.'s mountains are full of minerals and how this abundance of minerals makes mining B.C.'s third most important industry.
    - why water is an important resource in B.C. for drinking, hydroelectric power, recreation, industry and as a food source.
    - the uses, benefits and economic impact of BC's resources; from traditional First Nations to present day.
    - the evolution of the technology used in resource development and use, environmental issues, sustainability and careers.


    Special Features of this resource include:
    - Before You Read - encourages students to access their knowledge of the subject before reading for information.
    - Looking Ahead - provides an overview of the content of the chapter.
    - Story Profiles - present information in an alternate format that students will find interesting and entertaining.
    - What Do You Think? - challenge students to think about and debate issues.
    - Charts and graphs - present statistical information in a graphic format.
    - Clipboards - highlight interesting information.
    - Looking Back - summarizes the content of the chapter.
    - After You Read - suggest activities that review or extend the content of the chapter.
    - Key words are highlighted the first time they appear in the text. These words are defined in the glossary.

    Teacher’s Guide available.


Junior Atlas of Canada and the World
Author: Pacific Edge
Format: Board Book
  • Finally, an atlas especially created for younger students. The production of “The Junior Atlas of Canada and the World” is a successful culmination of a careful collaboration of elementary teachers determined to provide primary students with a resource that is interesting, clear and easy to use. This colourful atlas provides children with simplified political and physical maps of the world, the continents, Canada and the provinces. Unlike most school atlases, the clutter has been kept to a minimum—only the most basic of facts and visual information is given so as not to distract young eyes and minds.

    Simple and clear, The Junior Atlas of Canada and the World will be helpful for teaching younger students about basic map skills and for discovering interesting facts about the world and Canada. The colourful and clearly designed maps, fact pages and a simple index of the continents, oceans and countries make discovering our world and country much easier for primary students.

    What’s Inside
    • basic information to help young students understand maps and globes
    • simplified world maps showing the continents & oceans (political and physical) and population
    • simplified maps for each continent (political and physical) and “fast facts”
    • simplified maps of Canada (political and physical)
    • a simplified political map for each province and territory showing natural resources and a basic information page with colour photographs
    • simplified illustration of the Great Lakes & Waterways
    • a Canada facts page
    • a world facts page
    • an index

    Grades 2 -4


Junior Atlas of Canada and the World map skills workbook
Author: Brenda Boreham
Format: Board Book
  • The Map Skills Workbook helps your students learn basic map skills using Junior Atlas of Canada and the World for reference. The reproducible pages in the workbook focus on key concepts and are designed for young students as they grow in their awareness of the larger world.

    Key Concepts:
    • globes and maps as representations of the world
    • features of maps: titles, labels, legends
    • directions: north, south, east, west symbols
    • hemispheres
    • continents and oceans
    • Canadian provinces and territories
    • Countries of North America
    • Canadian symbols (e.g., national and provincial
    • land form and political maps flags, national anthem, provincial birds and flowers)


Mounds of earth and shell
Author: Bonnie Shemie
Format: Paperback
  • Much of what we know of life among the inhabitants of North America before the arrival of Europeans comes from mounds in the southeastern U.S. However, there is much debate among scholars about the findings. Excavations show sophisticated cities, large effigy mounds, centers of worship, and possibly, vast earthwork calendars. Objects found in the mounds and burial sites provide graphic information about how these ancient people lived.


Native Peoples
Author: Robert Livesey
Format: Paperback
  • Although Canada's citizens are usually thought of as law-abiding and loyal to authority, there have been some notable and powerful rebels. From fiery spirits such as William Lyon Mackenzie and Louis-Joseph Papineau in 1837, to men and women who simply defied social convention, Canada's rebels have had a strong impact on its growth as a nation.


Shaman's Nephew
Format: Paperback
  • This collection of 28 short stories recounts memories of Inuit life, from hunting and fishing to the Shaman's mystic endeavours. Interesting and informative, this beautifully written and illustrated book is a meaningful record of an extinct way of life.


Skywatcher's Companion
Author: Stan Shadick
Format: Paperback
  • Skywatcher's Companion: Constellations and Their Mythology
    A Starry Starry Night Discovery Book (series)

    A colourful and informative sidekick to Stan Shadick's hugely popular Skywatchers Calendar

    The star-studded night sky is the biggest movie screen in the universe, and it has fired the human imagination ever since our ancestors first looked up in awe and marvelled at its grandeur and its mysterious twinkling lights. Over the last 5,000 years, people from many different cultures have been inspired to create stories about the formations that the sky's billions of stars seem to make.

    Each culture's stories, or myths, are known collectively as a mythology. They were created to explain mysteries of the natural world, such as why storms occur, why the seasons change and why crows do not sing like other birds. Among the first people to tell these stories were the ancient kingdoms of Mesopotamia, located roughly where the country of Iraq is today. As these kingdoms grew and prospered, mythological beliefs came to be tied to the heavens above. Star formations were attributed to the gods-for if not the work of the greatest gods, what could these jewel-like objects, so beautiful and constantly changing, possibly be?-and often represented legendary heroes on Earth who had somehow earned an eternal place in the night sky. Storytellers made up new tales to explain how the lives and actions of those gods influenced the lives of humans.

    These myths give us insights into how ancient people tried to make sense of the world they lived in and the sky above it. Learning about the constellations and their mythology is the focus of this book; future books in this new series will explore other aspects of our starry, starry nights.


The Inuksuk Book
Author: Mary Wallace
Format: Paperback
  • In a stunning book, artist and children's author Mary Wallace, in consultation with Inuit elders and other noted experts, gives a fascinating introduction in words, pictures, and paintings to the many forms of the inuksuk structure and its unique place in Inuit life and culture.

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The Kids Book of the Far North
Format: Paperback
  • The Far North is a region shared by Canada, the U.S. (Alaska), Russia, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland. For those who don't live there, the region appears to be a bleak, desolate place of snow, ice, glaciers and bitter cold. But the Far North is home to many plants, animals and people who have developed remarkable ways of adapting to one of the harshest climates on Earth. This book in the Kids Book of series examines the region's fascinating history, modern life and fragile ecosystem with facts, stories, legends, illustrations, timelines and maps.


Wild About the West Coast Discovery Book
Author: Adrienne Mason
Format: Paperback
  • "Mom, when are we going to get there?" Parents know this question all too well. Wild About the West Coast Discovery Book is a fun way to help pass the time in the car, on the ferry, at home, on the beach or even at school. This beautifully designed activity book is uniquely British Columbian with images from salamanders to slugs, wolves and waves, surfers, shorebirds and more. This activity book is much more than a colouring book and includes more than a dozen puzzles as well as space for children to record their favourite moments on the Coast. The art is detailed and visually appealing, created by artist Marion Syme, a graduate of Emily Carr School of Art and Design. Wild About the West Coast is fun, educational and makes a wonderful keepsake for visitors from near and far.


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