||Volume 19, Number 4, January/February 2007
Ten new BCTF lesson aids
1 LA 9348—Acts of Transformation from War Toys to Peace Art: A Teaching Resource Guide! This teacher resource guide presents a case study, with lessons for K–12, to start a conversation on "A Culture of Peace and Non-Violence," and the practice of peace in schools and communities. This guide encourages ordinary people to start peacemaking in their homes, schools and workplaces and to practice peacefulness in a mindful and demonstrative manner. Using the lessons in the guide, teachers can ask children in their school or classroom to surrender their toys of violence so the toys can be converted into works of peace art. The toys of violence would then be rendered into a work of peace art by children, teachers and artists, and exhibits could be organized in schools and in community galleries or museums. Grades K–12. $6.50
2 LA 9501—Song of the Salish Sea: A Natural History of Northwest Waters by Earthwise Media and People for Puget Sound, 45-minute DVD, ©2006. The Salish Sea consists of Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This video examines the fragile habitats that make up this large inland sea and its watershed. Spectacular video of the habitats and the creatures that live there are combined with graphics, photographs, and simple animations to examine these environments and the processes that shape them. Some of the ways humans have impacted each habitat are shown along with ways we can reduce those impacts. The teacher’s guide provides a copy of the narrative script, a list of 90 vocabulary words used in the presentation, suggested quiz questions, and suggestions for independent study. Grades 6–12. $29.95
3 LA 2079—Teaching About Historical Thinking by Mike Denos, Dr. Roland Case, Dr. Peter Seixas, Dr. Penney Clark, 110 p. ©2006. This resource focuses on six interrelated concepts central to students’ ability to think about history. These core concepts are historical significance, evidence, continuity and change, cause and consequence, historical perspective, and moral judgment. The nature and importance of each concept is discussed as are the problems associated with helping students understand them. The resource offers specific suggestions for introducing the concepts to students and for applying them throughout the history curriculum. An extended teaching example illustrates how these concepts work in tandem as students learn to think critically about history. The resource also includes ample activity sheets to create engaging history lessons. Grades 10–12. $21.95
4 LA 8093—Paragraph Writing by Evan Moor Educational Publishers, 80 p. ©1997. The materials in this book are for modeling and practicing the basic skills of paragraph writing. Materials include teaching ideas, reproducible forms, and a paragraph writing centre. Topics covered include parts of a paragraph, types of paragraphs, and planning paragraphs. Teaching ideas, student reproducibles, and writing forms cover identifying parts of a paragraph: main idea/topic sentence, supporting details; writing various types of paragraphs: descriptive, narrative, directions, compare and contrast; planning paragraphs using a web and an outline; and 21 different writing forms are provided. The writing centre includes ready-to-use materials such as sentences to sequence to make paragraphs, picture cards to write about, and topic sentence paragraph starters. Grades 2–4. $12.95
5 LA 8095—Sequencing by Evan Moor Educational Publishers, 114 p. ©1998. Sequencing practice, whether picture stories or simple word stories, provides young learners with many important skills. This book provides a wide variety of reproducible cut-and-paste sequencing activities for children from preschool to beginning readers. The book is divided to the progressively difficult sections: real-life sequencing experiences; three-, four-, and six- part picture stories, sequencing words into sentences, and sentences into simple stories. Grades K–2. $16.95
6 LA 9179—Writing Fabulous Sentences and Paragraphs by Evan Moor Educational Publishers, 114 p. ©1997. This book includes lessons to improve and refine students’ sentence and paragraph skills. Lessons and activities progress from writing sentences to writing paragraphs. There are complete teacher instructions and over 70 reproducible models and student writing forms. Topics covered include sentences, single paragraphs, multiple paragraphs, 27 organizer forms for writing six types of paragraphs, and teacher resource information on keeping writing folders, holding student writing conferences, writing conference forms, and a paragraph skills checklist. Grades 4–6. $12.95
7 LA 2234—Project Resiliency: Drug Resistance Education by Barry MacDonald, Langley School District, 22-minute DVD, 40-p. guide. This resource package includes a 22-minute film about youth overcoming adversity and substance abuse, and a 40-page documentary guide. The film features youth telling it like it is—that drugs and other substances have damaged their lives. It focuses on how accurate drug information, personal strength, courage, and resiliency are the antidote to drug temptation and hardship—not hype and hysterics. The documentary guide is not designed to answer all questions about drugs or addiction but set the stage for meaningful dialogue. Grades 8. $49.95
8 LA 8035—Sparking Literacy and Learning by Cec Welk, Langely School District, 135 p. This all-inclusive resource for Grade K–7 teachers includes literature and information strategies to spark students’ creativity and to enhance their understanding of the books they read. Interactive reading, writing, and thinking strategies provide a framework for using quality children's literature as part of a balanced literacy program. This book includes dozens of strategies to promote understanding and comprehension, as well as student response blackline masters. $22.95
9 F3104—La quête de Little Bear, Diane Silvey, 36 p. ©1995. Ce livre d’histoires en couleurs illustré enseigne le respect à l’égard des autres. Les illustrations du livre sont réalisées par Joe Silvey (Salish). Ce livre porte sur le sujet des insultes, en montrant au début le personnage principal, Little Bear, comme un être égoiste et sans considération pour les sentiments des autres. Little Bear apprend à apprécier les traditions de ses ancêtres et par le rituel quotidien de la purification, il se met en harmonie avec la nature. Little Bear apprend le respect pour les autres et l’autonomie. Ce livre est une légende moderne des Premières nations et emploie la méthode traditionnelle d’utiliser des histoires comme outil d’enseignement. Le livre comprend des sujets de discussions que les parents et les enseignants peuvent avoir avec les enfants. Ce livre peut également être utilisé dans le cadre des ERIs concernant les sciences, les mathématiques, et la planification personnelle. Recommandé par le ministère de l’Éducation de la Colombie-Britannique. Primaire. $21.95
10 LAF8004—Le sondage d’observation en lecture-écriture, Marie M. Clay, Gisèle Bourque, 151 p. M-3e. Outil d’observation et d’évaluation de la lecture et de l’écriture. Primaire. $49.95
More curriculum resources and information are available at www.bcalmer.ca.
To order any of the above lesson aids, enclose a cheque payable to the BCTF or authorized purchase order to BCTF Lesson Aids Service, 100-550 West 6th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2 or telephone 604-871-2180 or toll free 1-800-663-9163, Local 2180, with a Visa or Mastercard. GST and postage/ handling are included in the prices. Orders are sent by return mail. Lesson Aids office and display room hours: 9:00–5:00 p.m. Mon. to Fri. from Sept. to June; 9:00–5:00. Tues. to Fri. during July and Aug.; 9:00–12:00 on Sat. during Sept., Oct., Jan., and Feb. bctf.ca/TeachingResources.aspx?id=6414.