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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 1, September 2007

Ten New BCTF lesson aids

1 LA 9350—What Would Gandhi Do? K.I.S.S.: Keep it Simple Solutions to Global Problems by Pummy Kaur, 195 p. ©2006. This book contains unique insights and perspectives, and offers simple, highly effective, individual solutions to global problems; solutions that are congruent with Gandhian principles such as simplicity, seva (service), self-sufficiency, courage and compassion. This book clearly and succinctly demonstrates current global problems are immediately reversible, without government, business, industry, or financial-sector assistance. The author, a teacher and mother of three, provides rational, concrete, easy solutions to very complex global problems. The book challenges the western-minded of all ages, races, genders, nationalities, and faiths to examine their own individual complicity in global problems, and it inspires educated, selfless, future conscious, and compassionate individual actions. Recommended by David Suzuki, the Honorable Iona Campagnolo, and Al Gore. Elementary and secondary. $21.95.

2 LA 2235—Smoke Screen 2: Through the Eyes of New Canadians produced by Access to Media Education Society, 25-minute DVD, ©2006. Smoke Screen 2 is a youth-driven tobacco prevention/ cessation resource to help classroom teachers and community leaders keep youth from smoking or to help them stop smoking. The package contains two documentaries and two facilitator’s manuals—one for ESL classes/teachers and one for general use. The documentaries tell the story of a group of newcomer youth who are given the opportunity to learn about the dangers of tobacco use and develop antitobacco advertisements aimed at other youth. The guides (25–35 pages) contain five formal lesson plans for teachers desiring to use the material in their classrooms to meet the prescribed learning outcomes of Health and Career Education 8 and 9 or Planning 10. The ESL documentary and guide are primarily designed for advanced ESL students, but the DVD also includes a version that includes plain language English subtitles, a version of the ESL documentary that includes simple Chinese subtitles, and a version of the ESL documentary that includes Punjabi subtitles. In addition the CD contains a glossary of terms, worksheets/graphic organizers to go with many of the lessons, full transcripts of the documentary in five languages (Simple Chinese, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Korean, Spanish). Recommended by the BC Ministry of Education. Grades 8–12. $35.

3 LA 9349—Our Home and Native Land: British Columbia Geography produced by LearnSmart Publishing Co., 50 p. ©2006. This workbook provides a fun way for students to learn the basics of BC’s geography—borders, rivers, lakes, islands, land regions, cities, mountain ranges, highways, and parks. The workbook is based on the political and physical colour map of BC and the two reference sheets—BC at a Glance and BC Facts, included at the beginning of the workbook. The book contains 37 worksheets and 17 maps, project evaluation form, and answer key for the worksheets. Grades 3–7. $19.95.

4 LA 8210—Communities: A Cross-Curricular Unit by D. & N. Hughes, 56 p. ©2007. This illustrated activity book, with reproducible pages, explores the concept of community by examining the structures and elements specific to family, classroom, neighbourhood, and city communities. The book is thematic and cross-curricular in approach, and encourages students to explore community issues through critical-thinking and discussion activities, reading and writing activities, and art and puzzle activities. Fun activities include creating a neighbourhood collage, building a family tree, and sketching school and neighbourhood maps. Students learn about the importance of mutual reciprocity within community structures, and through the story of Wilbur Wibblespoon they learn the value of commitment and responsibility in the classroom setting. Activities promote critical-thinking skills and related written-language skills. Grades 1–3. $17.95.

5 LA 8022—Take It To Your Seat Phonics Centres: Grades K–1 produced by Evan-Moor, 194 p. ©2004. This book includes full-colour materials to construct the centres with full-colour reproducible student task cards and step-by-step teacher directions for making and using each center, reproducible student activity sheets or answer forms and answer key. The 13 self-contained centers are easy to make and phonics topics include visual discrimination, rhyming words, upper- and lower-case letters, initial and final consonant sounds, short-vowel sounds, counting syllables, word families, and more. Produced in the United States and may contain some US-based standards. $21.95

6 LA 9438—Middle-Grade Math Minutes: One Hundred Minutes to Better Basic Skills by Creative Teaching Press, 112 p. ©2000. The math problems on each reproducible sheet can be done in one or two minutes. Each minute consists of 10 classroom-tested problems of varying degrees of difficulty, integrating problem solving, and basic math skills. This format offers students an opportunity to improve their own fluency in a manageable, non-threatening format. The quick, one-minute format combined with instant feedback makes this a challenging and motivational assignment students will look forward to each day. Students become active learners as they discover mathematical relationships and apply acquired understanding to complex situations and to the solution of realistic problems in each minute. An answer key is included. Produced in the United States and may contain some US-based standards. Grades 6–8. $14.95

7 LA 9439—Eighth-Grade Math Minutes: One Hundred Minutes to Better Basic Skills by Creative Teaching Press, 114 p. ©2007. Take just one minute a day to quickly assess student progress in basic math skills. This book features 100 quick reproducible drill sheets to help students increase speed in math operations and strengthen problem-solving skills. The 10 problems on each sheet can be done in one or two minutes and are a great warm-up to the daily math lesson. The format combined with instant feedback makes this a challenging and motivational assignment students will look forward to each day. Students become active learners as they discover mathematical relationships and apply acquired understanding to complex situations and to the solution of realistic problems in each minute. An answer key is included. Produced in the United States and may contain some US-based standards. $14.95.

8 LA 9440—Algebra Puzzles: Build Pre-Algebra and Algebra Skills Through Puzzles and Problems by Creative Teaching Press, 82 p. ©2007. Algebra Puzzles uses games, puzzles, and other problem-solving activities to give students fresh, new ways of exploring learned concepts. While reviewing essential concepts and vocabulary for pre-algebra and algebra, the book helps students visualize and think more deeply about these abstract ideas. The perfect antidote to algebra anxiety. An answer key is included. Produced in the United States and may contain some US-based standards. Grades 6–8. $13.95.

9 LA 9441—Percents: Reproducible Activities for Targeted Practice by Creative Teaching Press, 50 p. ©2007. The activity pages provide problem-solving activities that allow students to apply what they have learned and practise critical-thinking skills. Students receive reinforcement in: identifying and naming percents, finding and ordering equivalent fractions, decimals and percents, determining the percent of a number, finding a variable that involves a percent, using percents in real-world activities, and solving equations involving percents. Answer key included for quick reference and student self-check. Produced in the United States and may contain some US-based standards. Grades 5–6. $4.95.

10 LA 9183—Parts of Speech and Punctuation: Reproducible Activities for Targeted Practice by Creative Teaching Press, 50 p. ©2007. The activities approach the skills in a variety of ways to provide multiple perspectives on the concept. They are designed to cover different aspects of the topic, including using proper sentence structure, identifying parts of speech, using parts of speech, using capitalization rules, and using proper punctuation. Answer key included. Produced in the United States and may contain some US-based standards. Grades 5–6. $4.95.

More curriculum resources and information are available at www.bcalmer.ca.

To order the above lesson aids, enclose a cheque payable to the BCTF or authorized PO to BCTF Lesson Aids Service, 100-550 West 6th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2 or call 604-871-2180, toll free 1-800-663-9163, ext. 2180, with a Visa or Mastercard. GST, postage/handling are included in prices. Orders sent by return mail. Lesson Aids office and display room hours: 9–5 p.m. Mon. to Fri. from Sept. to June; 9–5. Tues. to Fri. during July and Aug.; 9–12 on Sat. during Sept., Oct., Jan., and Feb. bctf.ca/LessonAids.


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