Featured Activity Kit – The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Storytelling Set

A classic work of children’s literature,  The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, first published in 1969, is beloved by children, parents, and teachers alike. The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Storytelling Set allows educators to bring the picture book to life with colourful props and a puppet. The set’s caterpillar puppet transforms easily, from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly. The props feature the snacks the caterpillar famously munches his way through, ranging from an apple to a cupcake. Additionally, the storytelling set contains a green felt board for displaying the props while reading aloud. The 17-piece set is surface-washable and appropriate for children aged two and up.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Storytelling Set can be used with primary and kindergarten students across diverse curriculum areas. The story could be used to teach kindergarten students about the days of the week, as the caterpillar eats his way from Sunday to Saturday. The caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly lends itself to science curriculum connections, helping students understand animal life cycles. Teachers and teacher candidates wanting to have students create art inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Eric Carle might be interested in tutorials created by Eric Carle himself, such as  “How I create my pictures” and “How I paint my tissue papers”.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an internationally beloved story and the OISE Library has editions of the picture book in a variety of languages. Our Children’s Literature collection features a French translation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or rather La chenille qui fait des trous. Additionally, the library has an array of dual-language editions of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Spanish, ChineseUrdu, Vietnamese, and Somali.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Storytelling Set is currently on display on the ground floor of the OISE Library next to the service desk. Stop by and experience Eric Carle’s classic story in a whole new way.

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OISE Library in the Internet Archive

Did you know more than 2,000 books and periodicals from the OISE Library have been digitized and are available through the Internet Archive? The Internet Archive, established in 1996, houses digital copies of more than 19 million books, audio recordings, videos, and images. Materials digitized from the OISE Library collections would be of particular interest to students and scholars doing research on education, both historical and contemporary. One of the most popular items in the OISE Library Internet Archive collection is The Child and the Curriculum by John Dewey, which has been viewed almost 16,000 times. Take some time to search the OISE/UT Library Collection on the Internet Archive and let us know what you uncover.

The OISE Library has been featuring items digitized on the Internet Archive on our Twitter account. Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with digitized gems, library services, events, and collections.


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Closed for the Canada Day weekend

The OISE Library will be closed Saturday July 1st, Sunday July 2nd, and Monday July 3rd for the Canada Day weekend. We will reopen Tuesday July 4th at 8:30am.

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend!

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Pride Month Seasonal Display

This month’s seasonal display is a celebration of Pride Month and the LGBTQ2S community. The OISE Library collections include materials which discuss LGBTQ2S issues both historic and contemporary. Additionally our Children’s Literature Collection contains books with LGBTQ2S themes appropriate for a wide variety of reading levels. Get the Pride Month party started by picking up one of these thought provoking reads.

Our Stacks and Curriculum Resource Collections feature a number of titles which focus on the experiences of LGBTQ2S students and teachers. Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion by Z Nicolazzo is based on interviews with nine transgender college students, examining the realities of being trans in the classroom and on campus. Queer Girls in Class: Lesbian Teachers and Students edited by Lori Horvitz is a collection of personal stories written by queer women drawing on their perspectives as both students and educators. The collection touches on both personal experiences with homophobia and pedagogical techniques the writers have used to address discrimination and ignorance. “Don’t be so Gay!”: Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe by Donn Short features interviews with queer youth in Toronto drawing on their personal stories of homophobic bullying to assess the effectiveness of existing safe-schools policies and legislation.

Looking to celebrate Pride Month with a story? The Children’s Literature Collection has materials ranging from graphic novels and picture books to novels and short story collections with with LGBTQ2S themes. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a Stonewall Book Award winning young adult novel. A coming of age story which focuses on two Mexican-American teens, Ari and Dante, following them as they deal with friendship, sexuality, and love. Love is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting is a collection of comics focused on mourning the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting and celebrating the strength and resilience of the LGBTQ2S community. The collection features short 1-2 page comics with art and words contributed by more than 30 creators.  Wrist by Nathan Adler is a monster story with a plot spanning over a hundred years. In addition to its century-spanning narrative,  the story features a two-spirit character. Author Nathan Adler is also contributor to Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time,  another anthology featured in our Pride Month display. Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time, edited by Hope Nicholson, collects science fiction and fantasy stories by Indigenous writers, with all of the stories featuring LGBTQ and/or two-spirit characters.

There are a number of books focusing on LGBTQ2S history from our Stacks and Curriculum Resource Collections. Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington deals with gay men’s persecution and imprisonment under the Nazis. Writing for a teen audience, Setterington examines the tragic history of the pink triangle symbol. Awfully Devoted Women: Lesbian Lives in Canada, 1900-65 by Cameron Duder draws on letters and journals to tell the stories of Canadian lesbian and bisexual women prior to the rise of second-wave feminism. And They were Wonderful Teachers: Florida’s Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers by Karen L. Graves studies the period from 1956 to 1965 when teachers in Florida were subject to investigation and firing on the basis of their sexuality.

The display case on the Ground Floor of the OISE Library features these books and many more Pride Month related works. All items included in the display are available to be checked out, speak to staff at the library service desk if you need any assistance.


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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day (June 21st, 2017)

On June 21st, we celebrate National Aboriginal Day! This is an opportunity to engage in conversations that educate and reflect on the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Join the OISE Library in honouring Indigenous communities across Canada. Check out this month’s lobby display for more classroom resources.

Alliances: Re/Envisioning Indigenous-non-Indigenous Relationships Edited by Lynne Davis

Published by the University of Toronto Press, Alliances features scholars that explore non-Indigenous and Indigenous relationships. The book discusses how non-Indigenous people, who define their work in the social and environmental justice fields, can work in solidarity with Indigenous peoples without replicating the continuing colonial relations that characterize the broader frame of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships in Canada today. Reflective of ontological, epistemological, and ideological framings in historical contexts and present day, individuals and the Canadian society have tried to make sense of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships. By exploring Indigenous paradigms of relationship, such as the Kaswentah, or Two Row Wampum, and practices of kinship, scholars in Alliances communicate how respectful relationships between Indigenous and settler society can operate, challenge state policies, and guide analysis as well as plan strategic action.

Aboriginal History and Realities in Canada: Grades 1-8 Teachers’ Resource by Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

Written by experienced elementary educators and consultants, this teachers’ resource calls upon expertise concerning personal connections with First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities in Ontario. It supports elementary educators in building inclusive and safe learning environments for their students while sensitively, respectfully, and reflectively considering the histories and relationships of Canada’s First Peoples. To support curriculum development and classroom learning, this resource guide can be used as a tool to provide elementary students with a foundation of respect and acknowledgement of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. Each lesson plan learning goals, success criteria, materials required for the lesson, background information for teachers, learning assessment, and activity worksheets.

Learning and Teaching Together: Weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Education by Michele TD Tanaka

New to the OISE Library, Learning and Teaching Together seeks to inform educators on how to respectfully weave Aboriginal content into their lessons. Taking an Indigenist approach to education, the book recounts how the Indigenous peoples of both North and South America have developed a diverse variety of approaches to teaching and learning and more specifically “learning how to learn”. In this book authors highlight four areas of orientation: 1) the real and practical needs of the tribal society to systematically address physical, social, psychological, and spiritual needs of members; 2) the uniqueness of individual learning styles and encouraging development of self-reliance and self-determination; 3) the application of special intellectual, ritual, psychological, and spiritual “teaching tools” to facilitate flexibility, viability, and effectiveness; and 4) the honouring and facilitation of the psychological and transformational process of students’ opening up to a self-knowledge and natural capacities for learning.

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson

“A fierce scream echoed through the woodlands…” Everything Hiawatha had ever known had burned to the ground. Ridden with anger, hunger, and sleeplessness, Hiawatha meets the Peacemaker,  a spiritual leader who is known for his sacred powers. With him, he carries a message:

“I know of your pain. I know of your loss. I carry a message of healing. I have come to tell you of the Great Law: Fighting among our people must stop. We must come together as one body, one mind, and one heart. Peace, power, and righteousness shall be the new way.”

He asks Hiawatha to accompany him on his journey to unite the Five Nations of the Iroquois people who are at war: the Cayuga, the Seneca, the Oneida, the Mohawk and the Onondaga. Follow Hiawatha and the Peacemaker to discover if they can reunite and form the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, officially known as the Haudenosaunee or People of the Long House.

The First Flock: Certain Rights Based on Aboriginal Heritage by Dustin Milligan

The “First Flock” is an analogy to a First Nation and their experience after the arrival of Europeans. The narrative seeks to teach children about Indigenous rights in Canada. In reference to the definition of Indigenous rights, practices, customs, and traditions integral to the First Flock are a distinctive place and continuity with Canada’s history.

Follow Thanadel and her family amongst a flock of geese in the Northwest Territories as they fly from Bow River down to Colorado each season. However, over the years, their journeys grew more challenging than ever. The arrival of the crows expelled the “First Flock” from the land and resources in the Northwest Territories. They laughed at the flock’s tradition of flying in a “V” formation. Banished from their home land, some geese struggled from the difficulty to make the return flight. Find out if the crows allow the geese to land on their home land in the Northwest Territories.

For more recommended titles on National Aboriginal Day and Indigenous Peoples, please visit the OISE Lobby Display on the ground floor of the OISE building. Please see the OISE Library catalogue for additional resources.

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