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Puppets Casey and Finnegan

Puppets Casey and Finnegan alive and well on Hornby Island Adapted by cbc.ca by Nancy Carson Level 2 Listen to Casey and Finnegan– Level 2 Reading by Jessica Heafey For 27 years, a little child and a dog made many Canadian children very happy. Casey, the child, and Finnegan, the dog, were puppets. They were part of…

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B.C. man’s harpsichords

B.C. man’s harpsichords used around the world Adapted from The Northshore News by Nancy Carson Level 3 Craig Tomlinson was 16 and living in Coquitlam. It was the 1960s and folk music was very  popular again. Many folk musicians played the dulcimer.* Tomlinson looked everywhere for one. *dul-si-mer Never gave up Tomlinson said, “You could…

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The Word of the Year

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph: 😂. This is the first time Oxford chose a pictograph as the Word of the Year. The ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ is the name of the emoji. In 2015, this emoji was used more than other emoji in the U.K and in the U.S. The word emoji comes from…

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Andong Song

Adapted from The Province and NHL.com by Nila Gopaul Level 1 Listen to “Andong Song”– Level 1 Reading by Jessica Heafey Andong Song is 18 years old. In June 2015, he became the first Chinese player in the NHL. “I am the first,” he says. Andong started to play ice hockey in China. He was six years…

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A bouquet you can eat

Adapted from WE Vancouver by Nancy Carson Level 2 We often visit friends or family for a meal. Sometimes we take flowers as a gift for the host. Flowers are nice but they last about a week. Sometimes we take chocolates. However, some people do not want to eat candy. They don’t want their children to…

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Woman, 80, lands plane

  “Cessna Grand Caravan” by PinCheck is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0  Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Level 1 Helen Collins flies to Florida with her husband. They enjoy eating and sitting by the ocean at Easter. John Collins, 81, is a pilot. They start to fly home.

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Crisis in Syria

Crisis in Syria Adapted from The Vancouver Sun, CBC News, CNBC, and Aljazeera America by Nila Gopaul Listen to “Crisis in Syria”– Level 3 Reading by Corey Muench Civil war started in Syria in 2011. The war continues today. Over 100,000 people have died. Syria is a country in western Asia. Its population is 22.5 million. About 5,000 Syrians…

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How old is a lobster?

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson Level 1 Now scientists know the age of a lobster. They count the lobster’s rings. We do this with trees. We count the rings in the wood. Read the PDF. How old is a lobster-PDF Visit the link: Some interesting facts about lobsters for teachers Crustaceans, like…

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The spirit bear

The Spirit Bear Adapted from CBC News by Nancy Carson Level 3 A creature of legend lives on the central coast of British Columbia. This is the only place in the world where it can be found! This creature is the Kermode Bear. It is also called the “Spirit Bear” or “Ghost Bear”.

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Solly’s cinnamon buns go around the world

Adapted from WEVancouver by Nancy Carson Level 2 Leah Markovitch owns Solly’s in Vancouver. Solly’s is a bakery and deli. The bakery makes Jewish baking. They serve soup and sandwiches, too. You can sit down. You can have a snack. Or you can eat a nice lunch. Read the PDF. Solly’s cinnamon buns goes around the…

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Aboriginal veterans honoured

Adapted from The Province and CTV News by Nila Gopaul On Sunday, November 8, about 100 people marched through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The marchers sang and beat on native drums. The event was the city’s 10th annual National Aboriginal Veterans Day March. The march started at Carnegie Centre and ended at Victory Square. At Victory Square,…

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“In Flanders Fields” poem is 100 years old

“In Flanders Fields” poem is 100 years old Adapted from Canadian War Museum and Wikipedia by Patti-Lea Ryan Level 3 This year is the 100th anniversary of the writing of the poem “In Flanders Fields”. The poem was written in 1915 by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. Who was Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae? Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae was a…

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Buy a poppy

People honour soldiers and veterans Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Remembrance Day is on November 11. Every November, plastic poppies are made and sold. Canadians wear these poppies on their left lapels, close to their hearts. They wear poppies to remember Canadians who died in wars. Poppies are a symbol of Remembrance Day.

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Diamond Poems

We are a class of LINC 4 students with the Immigrant Welcome Centre in Nanaimo B.C. Every month we study The Westcoast Reader, and we noticed that there was a poetry contest last month. We would like to submit some poetry of our own done in the ‘diamante format’. These poems are in the shape of…

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Movember is here!

Story adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul In November, men and women join together. They talk about men’s health. They call November “Movember”. Mo means moustache. Many men do not talk about health issues. Movember encourages* men to talk about issues, such as prostate cancer and depression. *encourages (en-KER-re-jez) – gives hope to someone

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Halloween is on October 31

Halloween safety tips Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Listen to “Halloween safety tips” Reading by Nila Gopaul Halloween is on October 31. Trick-or-treating is a Halloween custom in Canada. On this day, many children dress in costumes. In the evening, children go to houses.* They knock on doors or ring bells. Children say “trick or…

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Bike education

Bike education Story by Jafar Eshraghi, LINC student Illustrations by Nola Johnston Windsor Neighbourhood Learning Centre, in collaboration with HUB Cycling, http://www.bikehub.ca, organized two biking events this past summer. All LINC students and their families were eligible, so my wife, my daughter and I decided to join the “How to Ride Safely on the Road”…

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A young inventor

A young inventor Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul Level 3 Listen to “A young inventor” – Level 3 Reading by Corey Muench Ann Makosinski is a young inventor. She and her flashlight are famous. The Victoria, B.C., teenager won a top prize at the 2013 Google Science Fair. She has been in Time Magazine and on…

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A good business

A good business Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul Level one Listen to “A Good Business”– Level 1 Reading by Jessica Heafey Jason Vanderveen has a very good business. Vanderveen Hay Sales is in Surrey, B.C. Every day, it gets many calls. Farmers call to buy hay. They use the hay to feed their…

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Canada has a new prime minister

Canada has a new prime minister Adapted from cbc.ca by Nila Gopaul Canada has a new prime minister. Justin Trudeau is the leader of the Liberal Party. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won 184 seats of the 338 seats in parliament. The Liberals will form a majority government. The Conservatives will form the Official Opposition. Trudeau, 43, was a…

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Harvest time is the right time for giving thanks

Harvest time is the right time for giving thanks Adapted from Canadian Living: “How to cook a turkey” and BC Turkey Growers by Patti-Lea Ryan Level 2 What better time to give thanks? Farmer’s markets and stores are filled with fresh vegetables. The vegetables are fresh and colourful. Carrots, brussels sprouts, broccoli, yams and corn, to…

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October is National Anti-bullying Awareness Month

Bullying Adapted from bullyingcanada.ca; thebullyproject.com; and The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Level 2 Bullying happens when a person or people hurt or scare another person, again and again. Bullying is wrong. Bullies want to make a person feel small and powerless. Here are four examples of bullying:

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October 1 is National Senior’s Day

Did you know? There are more people in Canada now over 65 than under the age of 15! A House of Baba Yagas Adapted from CBC.caradio by Nancy Carson Level 1 Thérèse Clerc is in her 60s. She lives in Paris, France. She knows she is getting old. She thinks where will I live? How will…

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Help for single parents on welfare

Help for single parents on welfare Adapted from the Province of B.C. and The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Level 3 Listen to “Help for single parents on welfare”– Level 3 Reading by Nila Gopaul Free tuition for 12 months of training. Training must be in 60 in-demand jobs, such as cooking, baking, retail, office support work, early…

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Wilbur the pig

Wilbur the pig Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul Level 1 Listen to “Wilbur the pig” – Level 1 Reading by Nila Gopaul Wilbur has a good life now. He lives at a dog day care in Vancouver. The day care is called Canine Adventure Den. His owner, Kirsty MacGregor, found Wilbur on the Internet. Wilbur lived in Edmonton, Alberta….

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Father of Haida manga

Story adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Level 2 March 2010 Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a Haida artist. He was born in Prince Rupert, B.C. in 1954. But Michael was raised in Haida Gwaii The old name for Haida Gwaii is Queen Charlotte Islands*. Why did Michael start drawing manga? One day, some Japanese…

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Two paws in the ocean, and two paws on the land

Two paws in the ocean, and two paws on the land The fish-eating gray wolves of B.C.’s coastal islands Adapted from CBC News by Nancy Carson Level 2 The Heiltsuk* people of Bella Bella knew something special about B.C.’s gray wolves. For 6,000 years the Heiltsuk have lived in that area. They have always known…

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World Peace Day is September 21

Watch the full film The Day After Peace below. The International Day of Peace is sometimes called World Peace Day. It is celebrated on September 21 every year. This special day is dedicated to world peace. The UN* General Assembly started the International Day of Peace in 1981. “On this day, in the lead-up to the Day of Peace, I am asking…

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Lawyer loves law

Lawyer loves law Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Level 1 Listen to “Lawyer loves law”– Level 1 Reading by Jessica Heafey Constance Isherwood is a lawyer. She lives in Victoria, B.C. Constance is 95 years old. She has 100 clients. She enjoys going to court. She likes to prepare cases for the judge. “No…

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The youngest teachers in B.C.

Information adapted from Roots of Empathy Program by Nancy Carson Level 3 Roots of Empathy (ROE)  is a school program. It educates the mind and the heart. The program is for children from Kindergarten to Grade Eight. ROE is about “emotional literacy”.  It teaches important life skills. Read the PDF. Try the exercise. The youngest teachers in…

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Rosh Hashanah begins

We wish a happy Rosh Hashanah to our readers and their families! Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. It is a special occasion for prayer and reflection. It is also a day of celebration. Links: Learn more about Rosh Hashanah here. Read about how Rosh Hashanah is celebrated in Canada. Try…

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Too much homework?

Too much homework? Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul Level 2 Listen to “Too much homework?”– Level 2 Reading by Nila Gopaul Last year, Arieanna Shaughnessy was in grade 4. She was nine years old. Each week, Arieanna got 10 hours of homework. Arieanna’s mother said her daughter was very tired and stressed. “She can’t sleep…

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Digital Storytelling: A pleasant experience

Digital storytelling: A pleasant experience Story by Heng Bian, LINC student at Collège Éducacentre College Last month our class did digital story presentations using a program called Brainshark. Do you know Brainshark? It not only has a cool name, but it is a software program. It lets you tell a story using pictures and audio.

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Chores

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun Level 2 November 2010 Chores are small jobs around the house, such as washing dishes and doing laundry. Chores are part of family life. Studies show that doing chores helps children to become more successful adults. Read the PDF. Try the Exercise. Chores-PDF What parents can do:

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Backpack safety

Level 2 Special thanks to the BC Chiropractic Association Illustrations: Nola Johnston Choose a backpack: with many pockets, so you can balance your heavy things, such as books. with wide, padded shoulder straps: Read the PDF Backpack Safety-PDF

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Bernice Gordon, a crossword pioneer

Bernice Gordon, a crossword pioneer (January 11, 1914 – January 29, 2015) Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Bernice Gordon loved to make crossword puzzles. Her first crossword was published in 1952. It was published in a U.S. newspaper, The New York Times. For over 60 years, Bernice made one crossword puzzle each day. Her crosswords went…

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Residential Schools and Reconciliation Resources for teachers

Adapted from CBC.ca and The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Residential Schools and Reconciliation Resources Teachers from around B.C. are meeting at a conference in Vancouver. They are reviewing new material. The material is about residential schools and reconciliation. What are residential schools? The residential school system operated in Canada from 1875-1996. During this time, about 150,000 aboriginal…

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B.C. Subway opens 400th restaurant

B.C. Subway opens 400th restaurant Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and www.wikipedia.org by Nila Gopaul, 2013, Level 2 Subway restaurants are successful in B.C. Recently, the 400th Subway store opened in Vancouver. The restaurant is near Rogers Arena. An arena is an indoor sports place. The Vancouver Canucks hockey team plays there. It is a good…

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From housewife to queen: Cindy Lee sells T&T* Supermarkets for $225 Million

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and T&T Supermarket company website Level 2 October 2009 Cindy Lee came to Vancouver from Taiwan in 1972. She just wanted to have a simple life. Lee shopped in Chinatown in the rain with her three children. Shopping in Chinatown was not convenient (con-vee-nyint). There were no shopping carts. There…

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Two heroes save four

Two heroes save four Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul Level 2 June 2010 Last June, Matt and Tyler were driving on the Trans-Canada Highway to Revelstoke, B.C. A van swerves Suddenly, a van in front of them swerved (turned direction quickly). The van rolled down 20 metres into Griffin Lake. The van began to…

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Tips for a short camping trip

Campers roast marshmallows Photo by the Government of British Columbia/CC, Flickr Tips for a short camping trip Adapted from Wikipedia by Patti-Lea Ryan Edited by Nila Gopaul Level 3 NOTE for campers: Click here to find current fire bans in BC  Checklist of things to do before leaving home If you plan on taking a pet…

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About birthday cakes

Adapted from cbc.ca by Nila Gopaul Level 3 Birthday cakes are delicious, say children. They are sweet and rich. Why do we celebrate birthdays with cake? Why do we put candles on birthday cakes? And why do we sing over these cakes? History During the 8th century, the people in Rome, Italy, celebrated birthdays with cake. Cakes were…

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Community gardens

Community gardening Story adapted from Wikipedia by Patti-Lea Ryan and the writer’s experience Level 3 Community gardening is very popular in cities. Many people like to grow fresh vegetables and flowers. Some gardeners do not have space for a garden. So they can become a member of a community garden. These gardens are maintained by…

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Who’s speaking, please?

Who’s speaking, please? Biases can affect communication Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson Level 3 Many people have stereotypes. A stereotype is a strong belief about a whole group of people and every person in that group. You feel that everyone in the group is the same in some way. Positive and negative…

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Killer whale rescued from rocks

Killer whale rescued from rocks Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Level 2 On July 22, 2015, cries came from a young killer whale. The calf was caught on some rocks. She could not move. She was crying in pain. It was a hot day in Hartley Bay, B.C., a First Nations community 145 kilometres south of…

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Dyeing brown grass green

Dyeing brown grass green Adapted from The Province and The Vancouver Courier by Nila Gopaul Level 2 The weather is very dry this summer. Lawns are turning brown. There are water restrictions all over B.C. These lawns are not dead. They will turn green again in the fall with the rain. Some people do not like brown…

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An octopus “sees” with its skin

An octopus “sees” with its skin Adapted from cbc.ca by Nancy Carson Level 2 Cover the eyes of an octopus with your hands. Or put a blindfold over its eyes. It will not be blind! New Study Researchers studied pieces of skin from a California two-spot octopus. Octopus skin is different from its eyes. The…

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The tiny ferries in False Creek

The tiny ferries in False Creek Adapted from Wikipedia by Patti-Lea Ryan Level 3 Looking for something fun to do? Why not try one of the little ferries in False Creek. The Aquabus and False Creek Ferries offer short ferry rides. Both companies also offer mini cruises around False Creek. People take the ferries: To…

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Festival of Eid al-Fitr

Festival of Eid al-Fitr  Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul More than 85,000 Muslims in B.C. will start to celebrate the end of Ramadan today, July 17, 2015. Ramadan is a month-long holy time, where Muslims get closer to God. Mohd Adli Bin Abdullah, Consul General of Malaysia in Vancouver, says Ramadan is a “joyous…

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Kites

Kites Story submitted by Bob Luo Kites were invented in China. China has two perfect materials for building kites. Kitemakers use silk and bamboo. Silk is used to sail the kite. Bamboo is used to make the framework. Bamboo is lightweight but strong.

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