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Orca Currents
 
Item #: CS-OC Includes: Complete Set - 50 Paperback Books (1 of each title) + Resource Guide
Price: $580.00
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Reading Level (Grade): 2.00-4.00 Interest Level (Age): 10-14
 
Author(s): Various

Orca Currents is a series of short, high-interest/low reading level novels with compelling, contemporary plots for reluctant middle-school readers. Orca Currents offers this often-overlooked group of reader a new and exciting alternative written by much-loved Canadian authors. Themes include humour, adventure, sports, family. The Orca Current Complete Set includes 50 paperback novels plus the accompanying Resource Guide.

Key Features:
-Contemporary stories -Compelling characters -Ideal for Lit Circles -Ideal for Independent Reading


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121 Express Orca Currents

121 Express

RL: 3.90 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
It's survival of the fittest on this bus ride.
The students of the 121 express are infamous for bad behaviour and Lucas knows his role on the bus will determine his social standing at his new school. Lucas is tired of being one of the nerds. When he attracts the negative attent... (more)
 
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Bear Market Orca Currents

Bear Market

RL: 3.80 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
A grizzly case of wildlife poaching.
While volunteering at the local zoo, Robyn, Nick and Trevor learn that grizzly bears are being poached and their gall bladders removed for use in alternative medicine. Always ready to solve a mystery, the kids set out to find the poachers. B... (more)
 
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Benched Orca Currents

Benched

RL: 3.80 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Will this prank mean Cody loses everything?
When Cody and his friends accept a challenge from a local gang to steal a park bench, their main concern is keeping themselves on the gang's good side. Cody learns that the stolen bench had been dedicated to the father of the English ... (more)
 
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Beyond Repair Orca Currents

Beyond Repair

RL: 2.90 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Stalking the Stalker
As much as life has irrevocably changed since the death of his father, much has stayed the same for Cam. He's always had a great deal of responsibility around the house, but the burden is heavier now in combination with the load of grief he's been carrying.... (more)
 
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Bio-pirate Orca Currents

Bio-pirate

RL: 4.00 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Trevor, Nick and Robyn sleuth it up at science camp.
Trevor, Robyn and Nick decide they have a mystery to solve when Trevor discovers a suspicious looking young man snooping around. They learn about missing research involving the use of carob beans to aid in cancer treatment-po... (more)
 
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Blob Orca Currents

Blob

RL: 2.90 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
School is hell when you're not perfect.
It's hard enough for Eve to adjust to a new high school without the extra weight she's gained over the summer. Her best friend is ashamed to hang out with her, and she's become the focus of a schoolmate's cruelty. Determined not to be "th... (more)
 
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Branded Orca Currents

Branded

RL: 4.10 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
What's really behind a label?
The principal announces that the school is implementing uniforms, and Ian finds himself caught in a conflict. His friend Julia wants him to devise a plan to fight the decision, and the principal is determined to convince Ian the uniforms are a good... (more)
 
Item: 267-5
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Camp Wild Orca Currents

Camp Wild

RL: 3.80 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
"He's trying to portage the kayak by himself!" Herb exclaims. Before either of us can run forward to help him, Charlie stumbles. The earth beneath him gives way, and he and his boat tumble down in a small landslide. They hit the water above the falls with a splash. "Rescue rope!" I scream.... (more)
 
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Chat Room Orca Currents

Chat Room

RL: 4.00 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Is Linda the victim of mistaken identity?
Linda is shy and avoids getting involved at school. But when her high school sets up online chat rooms she can't resist the urge to visit them. Fuelled by interest in a student with the nickname Cyrano, Linda participates in online conv... (more)
 
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Cheat Orca Currents

Cheat

RL: 2.80 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
How far would you go to make the grade?
Laurel discovers her passion for investigative journalism when she writes an article for her school paper about the homeless man who's been living at the school. Eager to write more articles with impact, she launches an investigation of a... (more)
 
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Cracked Orca Currents

Cracked

RL: 3.40 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Bananas, bobsleds, sabotage and shenanigans.
Trevor, Nick and Robyn are ready to solve another mystery. When bobsledder Josh Gantz is accused of deliberately injuring a fellow competitor, he runs the risk of being thrown out of the sport—right before the World Cup. Courtney Gan... (more)
 
Item: 700-2
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Crossbow Orca Currents

Crossbow

RL: 3.40 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Matt nees more than a crossbow to survive.
Fourteen-year-old Matt has only one goal in life: to become a hermit. He has no use for school, but he loves the solitude of the forest. When he hikes up to the cabin he built for himself, he discovers a mysterious stranger named Forrest h... (more)
 
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Daredevil Club Orca Currents

Daredevil Club

RL: 3.90 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
How far will Kip go to stay in the club? Kip's only friends are the members of the Daredevil Club, a club whose mission is to complete seven dangerous dares before their rivals, the Wildmen, complete their list of dares. Before the cliff diving accident in which he lost the use of ... (more)
 
Item: 614-2
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Dog Walker Orca Currents

Dog Walker

RL: 2.60 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Turk's moneymaking scheme gets out of control.
Turk needs cash, but he's allergic to his own sweat so getting a job is out of the question. Then he makes a discovery: Girls love dogs. Turk's friends will do anything to meet girls. Turk starts a dog walking business. His friends... (more)
 
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Explore Orca Currents

Explore

RL: 3.50 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Mike explores the world of outdoor recreation and discovers a new side of himself.
When Mike Longridge gets himself in trouble yet again, he is given a choice: juvenile detention or an outdoor program called Explore. He opts for Explore, but soon finds himself wondering how h... (more)
 
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Fast Slide Orca Currents

Fast Slide

RL: 3.80 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Clay Gibson, teen lifeguard, has to solve the mystery of the emptied register.
Clay would much rather work as a lifeguard at the beach than at Safari Splash, the new water park in town. He's certain the summer will drag along, despite his position at the Boa, the park's faste... (more)
 
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Finding Elmo Orca Currents

Finding Elmo

RL: 3.90 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Feathers fly when a black cockatoo goes missing from a black-tie do."
Fifteen-year-old Tim loves his job at his dad's pet store, partly because he gets to spend time with his best friend, a black cockatoo named Elmo. But things at work have been tense since the store moved to a l... (more)
 
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Flower Power Orca Currents

Flower Power

RL: 3.50 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Callie's mother has chained herself to a tree.
Callie's mother has chained herself to the neighbour's tree and is living inside the treehouse. She refuses to come down until the neighbour, Mr. Wilson, agrees to leave the tree standing. Soon reporters arrive to interview Callie ab... (more)
 
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Fraud Squad Orca Currents

Fraud Squad

RL: 3.90 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Bones are not the only thing to uncover at this dinosaur dig.
When Trevor, Nick and Robyn visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Robyn is inspired to raise funds for a dinosaur dig that will close soon if it doesn't find funding. The kids are caught up in another mystery when a chain ... (more)
 
Item: 114-2
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Horse Power Orca Currents

Horse Power

RL: 3.50 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Wild horses couldn't drag Callie to this protest, but her mom could.
Once again Callie is forced to take part in her mom's latest crusade. They head into ranch country to camp-bloodthirsty mosquitoes, stinky outhouses and all-at a protest to save a rural school. Callie's grandmot... (more)
 
Item: 881-8
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Hypnotized Orca Currents

Hypnotized

RL: 3.10 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
A hilarious tale of hypnotism gone haywire.
Rufus and his sister Alexa hate each other at the best of times. When Rufus's friend Phil manages to hypnotize Alexa, Rufus is ready to enjoy the power. They begin by ordering Alexa to be kind to her parents and Phil. The plan backfir... (more)
 
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In a Flash Orca Currents

In a Flash

RL: 3.10 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
A humerous book for boys and girls about technology, flash-mobs, activism, and friendship
The first flash mob Ian puts together himself is a sixty-plus person, four-minute pillow fight in a department store. His friend Oswald is thrilled with the event, but Julia, the one Ian r... (more)
 
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Junkyard Dog Orca Currents

Junkyard Dog

RL: 3.10 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
One worn-out dog inspires Justin to change his life.
Justin is fascinated with the aged guard dog at the corner store. He names it Smokey and sneaks the dog treats. Smokey belongs to a company that supplies working dogs to local businesses. Justin is thrilled to get a job worki... (more)
 
Item: 155-5
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Laggan Lard Butts Orca Currents

Laggan Lard Butts

RL: 3.50 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Sam and his friends try to change the name of their school team.
Sam Campbell's school team, the Laggan Lairds, always loses. When someone suggests that their name be the Laggan Lard Butts, Sam thinks the team should change its name. What is a Laird anyway? The basketball coach... (more)
 
Item: 518-3
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Manga Touch Orca Currents

Manga Touch

RL: 3.50 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
On her school trip to Japan, Dana learns about Japanese culture and about herself.
Dana is excited about her school trip to Japan despite the fact that she is surrounded by the Melly Mob, "in- crowd"¯ kids who make fun of her. Dana is certain she will be less of an outsider in ... (more)
 
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Marked Orca Currents

Marked

RL: 3.50 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
When Colin accepts a summer job he doesn't expect to become a criminal suspect.
When Colin accepts the job to clean up the graffiti in an upscale neighborhood he worries that he might be targeted by gangs. But he didn't expect to become a suspect in a series of robberies. Every... (more)
 
Item: 992-1
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Mirror Image Orca Currents

Mirror Image

RL: 2.30 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Inspired by a school art project and a new friend, Sable learns to look beneath the surface of an image
Sable wears only black and has always felt that doom is near. Lacey wears pink and seeks beauty everywhere. A sadistic art teacher pairs Sable and Lacey together for their fina... (more)
 
Item: 665-4
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Nine Doors Orca Currents

Nine Doors

RL: 3.20 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
It's just a harmless little game...or is it?
Emery's neighbor, Richard, is the kind of kid who gets under your skin. When Richard suggests a game of "Nicky Nicky Nine Doors," Emery can't come up with a good excuse not to play. Using chocolate bars as "stunt poo," the boys start... (more)
 
Item: 073-2
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Perfect Revenge Orca Currents

Perfect Revenge

RL: 2.50 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
When mean girls turn to magic...
Lizzie Lane is used to life at the top of the food chain. Her near-perfect life is ruined when Rachel, a girl she socially destroyed, exacts her revenge by getting Lizzie in trouble for cheating on a test. Friendless and facing detention, Lizzie... (more)
 
Item: 102-9
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Pig Boy Orca Currents

Pig Boy

RL: 2.00 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
A boring field trip turns dangerous.
Dan is not sure he'll survive the boring field trip to a remote heritage farm. How could a place with no running water, telephone or electricity be anything but dull? The farmer knows nothing about farming and is angry about having to conduc... (more)
 
Item: 643-2
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Queen of the Toilet Bowl Orca Currents

Queen of the Toilet Bowl

RL: 3.60 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Renata learns to be proud of who she is
When Renata is chosen to play the lead role in the school musical, students who used to ignore her start saying hello and congratulating her in the hall. She is happy until it becomes evident that Karin, a wealthy girl who expected to get t... (more)
 
Item: 365-6
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Rebel's Tag Orca Currents

Rebel's Tag

RL: 2.20 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
The way of the rebel has its pride
Sam's grandfather vanished from his life the day Sam's father was buried. Now, ten years later, Grandpa Max wants to make amends. He sends letters that lead Sam on a scavenger hunt. Sam follows his grandfather's bizarre instructions though he's ... (more)
 
Item: 740-8
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Reckless Orca Currents

Reckless

RL: 2.90 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Dirt-bike adventure and a wilderness rescue.
Josh knows he's riding recklessly when he knocks down the old man he suspects is the hermit of Lumberman Creek. But he is shocked when the hermit walks into the forest with his bike after the accident. Being without his beloved bike ... (more)
 
Item: 223-1
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See No Evil Orca Currents

See No Evil

RL: 2.20 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Some secrets are too dangerous to keep.
When Shawn and Daniel witness a gang beating behind the local mall they flee the scene, terrified that they've been seen. They recognize one of the attackers as a locally infamous gang member. When they learn that the kid who was attacked... (more)
 
Item: 619-7
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Sewer Rats Orca Currents

Sewer Rats

RL: 2.70 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Underground paintball adventure
Jim, Micky and Lisa belong to a secret club called the Sewer Rats. Every Saturday the Sewer Rats reign supreme in paintball wars held in the city's storm drain system. The new kid, Carter, wants to join, but Lisa doesn't want him in the club. Whe... (more)
 
Item: 488-9
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Skate Freak Orca Currents

Skate Freak

RL: 2.90 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
If it's worth doing, do it. If it's not worth doing,do it anyway
Dorf is all about skateboarding and so far that's worked out fine. But now that he's in a new city, the terrain has changed. He's no longer free to skateboard where he wishes, school is more difficult, and his pas... (more)
 
Item: 042-8
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Slick Orca Currents

Slick

RL: 3.50 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Spread the GRRRR....
Liza, determined to prove that her mother's boyfriend is no good, starts researching the oil company he works for. Liza discovers a lawsuit against the company for compensation that is long overdue to Guatemalan farmers. She starts a group at school called ... (more)
 
Item: 352-8
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Special Edward Orca Currents

Special Edward

RL: 3.20 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Is Edward special or special ed.?
Edward is a classic slacker. He's got better ways to spend his time than toiling over homework, and as long as he gets passing grades he's happy. When his fifty percent average is threatened he has to find a way to pull up his grades without ap... (more)
 
Item: 092-3
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Splat Orca Currents

Splat

RL: 4.40 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
There is more than one way to toss a tomato
Keegan and Alex are the only kids in Leamington who haven't volunteered to help out with the town's annual tomato festival. In an attempt to teach them a sense of responsibility, their fathers put them in charge of the tomato toss. Th... (more)
 
Item: 986-0
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Spoiled Rotten Orca Currents

Spoiled Rotten

RL: 2.80 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Jessica must trek through bear country to save her stepsister.
Jessica loves her yearly backpacking trip with her father, but this year everything has changed. This year Jessica has to share her vacation with her new stepmother and her spoiled new stepsister, Amy. Jessica tries... (more)
 
Item: 474-1
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Storm Tide Orca Currents

Storm Tide

RL: 3.40 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
What the tide washes in…
Left alone for the first time on the island he calls home, Simon is looking forward to a day of personal indulgence. His sister Ellen only wants to make sure they get their chores done. Their parents are busy trying to convince the government not to clo... (more)
 
Item: 807-3
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Struck Orca Currents

Struck

RL: 3.80 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Be careful what you wish for.
Claire's life is a mess. She's failing math, her depressed mother won't get off the couch, Eric, the boy of her dreams, is dating her nemesis Lucy. While Claire is wishing her life were better, lightning strikes. Soon afterward, everything changes.... (more)
 
Item: 211-8
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Sudden Impact Orca Currents

Sudden Impact

RL: 3.30 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Kurt is the only person who understands Tina and now he needs her help.
When Kurt is hurt in a soccer game and ends up in the hospital Tina tries to help him, but nobody will tell her what is wrong, and Kurt's parents don't want her around. Tina learns that Kurt needs a donor w... (more)
 
Item: 476-8
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Swiped Orca Currents

Swiped

RL: 3.00 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
In this mystery, everyone is a suspect.
Would-be detectives Trevor, Nick and Robyn are hot Would-be detectives Trevor, Nick and Robyn are hot on the trail of a sandwich thief when they learn that more than food has been going missing at school. A valuable hockey book has been s... (more)
 
Item: 646-3
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The Big Dip Orca Currents

The Big Dip

RL: 3.90 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Joe is determined to solve the mystery of the Margaret Rose.
Joe and his friend Skip are enjoying the thrill of the Big Dip, a famous rollercoaster, until they learn the old man in front of them has been shot. The old man mutters with his dying breath something about getting a ... (more)
 
Item: 178-4
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The Shade Orca Currents

The Shade

RL: 2.50 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
What is the ghost girl trying to tell Safira?
Safira doesn't believe in ghosts, but the girl in her cabin at camp was not a living person, so what was she? Her friend Trinity is convinced Safira's seen a ghost and sets out to discover who the ghost girl is. Safira is too busy d... (more)
 
Item: 931-0
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The Snowball Effect Orca Currents

The Snowball Effect

RL: 4.20 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
You never get to tell one easy lie.
Dylan and his friends snowball cars for entertainment on the weekend. When they don't get enough reaction from passing cars, they put rocks in the middle of their snowballs. Their first attack with the loaded snowballs causes a car crash. His... (more)
 
Item: 370-2
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Watch Me Orca Currents

Watch Me

RL: 3.00 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
A battered watch might change Kaz's life.
At first Kaz intends to help the old lady who's fallen in the park. But then he starts thinking about how he never gets what he wants. The next thing he knows, he's running away with her purse. The purse contains only five dollars and a... (more)
 
Item: 039-8
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Windfall Orca Currents

Windfall

RL: 4.50 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Changing the world one tree at a time.
Life is full of challenges for thirteen-year-old Liza. She is already having trouble coping with the death of a local homeless man when she learns that her family's apple tree will need to be chopped down. If that wasn't enough, the new pr... (more)
 
Item: 849-3
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Wired Orca Currents

Wired

RL: 2.90 IL: 10-14

Includes: Paperback book

 
Keegan must snowboard to safety.
Keegan Bishop, championship skier, is almost injured in a dangerous trap set for one of his teammates. Snowboard tracks leading away from the trap are the only clue as to who might be responsible. Keegan teaches himself to snowboard so he can fi... (more)
 
Item: 478-4
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Resource Guide Orca Currents

Resource Guide

RL: 2.00-4.00 IL: 10-14

Includes: Resource guide

 
A teacher's resource for Orca Currents, high-interest low-vocab novels for middle school readers Includes sections on reading levels, book discussion groups, literacy circles, assessment and follow-up activities, this resource guide enables a teacher to implement the Orca Currents ... (more)
 
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