Orca Teacher Resources

Orca Teacher Guides

Speaking Our Truth Teacher Guide
Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation is a nonfiction book for middle readers that examines how we can foster Reconciliation in an accessible way. Centered around the writings of Monique Gray Smith, this teacher guide is a comprehensive support for educators focusing on Indigenous teachings and looking to build an inquiry-based unit plan about Reconciliation.

Orca Footprints
The Orca Footprints Teacher Guide helps educators build an inquiry-based unit plan based on three learning mod-ules: Our Earth, Our Work and Our Global Community.

Orca Origins
The Orca Origins Teacher Guide helps educators build an inquiry-based unit plan that focuses on the diverse traditions from different cultural celebrations around the world and teaches students tolerance.

Story Ninja

The Story Ninja program consists of 21 ready-to-use lesson plans and accompanying videos that cover story-building, writing and editing, inside a Story Ninja Kit.

Developed by award-winning author Sigmund Brouwer, students will become Story Ninjas who focus on the fun of delivering story through reading and writing while improving their literacy skills. Learn more at www.storyninjasrock.com.


Digital Subscriptions

Digital Subscriptions
Orca Digital Subscriptions are a unique, easy and cost-effective way to provide ebooks to an entire class, school or library system. Free trials available!




Books for Teachers

Pembroke Publishers: Quality Books for Teachers
Pembroke Publishers produces high-quality, practical books for teaching and learning. Written by leading educators, the books offer a blend of new ideas, best practices, practical strategies and tools. Exploring a wide range of topics, from reading and writing to critical thinking and technology in the classroom, Pembroke books celebrate the joy of learning.



Using Orca Books in the Classroom

Orca Series for Striving Readers
High-interest novels with contemporary themes, written expressly for students reading below grade level.

Free Teacher Guides
Professionally written teacher guides available as free downloads

Reading Levels
Learn more about the many systems of leveling fiction, including Fry Reading Levels, Lexile Levels, and the Guided Reading method.

Dedicated Websites
Additional resources for Orca series and titles



Downloadable Support Materials

Classroom Ideas
Teaching strategies, classroom activities and projects. Trying to set up a balanced reading program in your classroom? Need to learn more about Lit Circles? Get the answers here.

Orca Classroom Connections
Orca's quarterly teacher resource newsletter—your place for free lesson plans and activities, discount codes and book suggestions. Sign up for this quarterly resource and access archived editions.