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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 3, November/December 2007

New BCTF Lesson Aids

1 LA 1070—Critical Challenges in English for Secondary Students, rev.©2007, 144 p. This revised book is part of the Critical Challenges Across the Curriculum series and includes a collection of 21 detailed lesson plans for infusing critical thinking into middle school and high school English. The teaching activities span many genres including novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, songs and fairy tales. The resource features such challenges as assessing which character in Lord of the Flies is the best leader, arguing for or against inclusion of a particular novel in the curriculum for a specific grade level, judging the extent to which the fate of Romeo and Juliet was beyond their control, and assessing the level of students’ control over their own fates. This new edition has been greatly expanded to include a new critical challenge on "concrete" poetry, newly created assessment rubrics for every challenge, many more student activity sheets to scaffold their learning, and an enhanced focus on teaching the "tools" for critical thinking in English. Grades 8–12. $37.95

2 LA 9101—Harry Potter Novel/Movie Studies by Tina Drewes Barneston, ©2007, 40 p. This resource includes novel studies for the Harry Potter series. Three questions are included in each chapter of the novel studies: looking for detail, general comprehension, and critical thinking. A movie study sheet to be used with the showing of each movie is included to encourage critical-thinking skills. Grades 4–7 . $4.95

3 LA F9531—Le cycle de la vie/ Recyclage: Manuel de l’enseignant (préscoliare et primaire), Artist Response Team, ©2004, 282 p. et Holly Arntzen et Les voix de la nature CD. Les chansons du CD Le cycle de la vie ont été traduites en français par Sylvain Archambault et interprétées par les élèves de l’École Porter Street à Vancouver, de l’École Aylmer/St Marks à Gatineau (Québec) et de l‚École St Luke à Calgary. Les chansons figurant dans le CD ont trait aux espèces en danger de disparition et à la viabilité écologique. Le manuel et le CD ont pour objet d‚aider les enseignants à donner aux élèves une base de connaissances sur la préservation de l’environnement : en effet, le CD touche à des sujets tels que les espèces en danger de disparition au Canada et ce que l’on peut faire pour leur venir en aide. Chaque unité liée à une chanson constitue une leçon intéressante, ou une série de leçons, pour l’enseignant et comporte de nombreuses suggestions d’activités de difficulté graduelle se rattachant aux résultats d‚apprentissage du nouvel ERI sur les sciences de la maternelle à la 7e année. Le CD explique en détail l’information d’ordre scientifique et le lien avec le recyclage. Le texte contient des originaux prêts à photocopier et des illustrations. Les activités en langue, en sciences sociales, en sciences, en mathématiques et autres sujets se relient aux paroles des chansons par le biais de la musique, de l’information, d’histoires et d‚illustrations. Un rapport est établi entre la protection de l’habitat, la réduction de l’empreinte écologique et le recyclage des contenants de boissons, une activité qu’un enfant peut accomplir. Les chansons en groupe servent de sujet d’inspiration pour l’apprentissage et transmettent le message à la collectivité qu’il est possible de venir en aide aux espèces en voie de disparition par le recyclage. Recommandé par le ministère de l’Éducation de la Colombie-Britannique. Élémentaire. $55

4 LA 9934—Honouring the Child: Changing Ways of Teaching by Pamela Proctor, (©2007, 285 p. This resource is for all educators who are struggling to maintain a child-centred classroom. This unique book is not a how-to book, rather it is a full description of a teacher’s experience over 35 years and the challenges she faced as she transformed from one who was traditional and rigid to one who learned to work more openly with children and thus liberating them to learn. The author’s transformation began during her year teaching in Britain when she gained a heightened awareness of what is possible in the classroom. Her search culminated in her meeting like-minded colleagues who together opened a small school in East Vancouver and organized a homelike environment with mixed-age classes and areas for play, reading, writing, calculating, creating, exercising and making music. See www.honouringthechild.com. $29.95

5 LA 8581—Turning the Earth published by the Vancouver School Board, ©2007. 290 p. This resource was developed by five Vancouver teachers to help primary and intermediate students see and understand plant development through the seasons, to discover that growing your own fruits and vegetables leads to a healthy lifestyle, and to become stewards of the land and to learn to use the earth— not use it up. The guide includes month-by-month activities for gardening indoors or out. Specific lessons are set out for the beginning and active gardener. Blackline masters complement the lessons. A garden alphabet contains much helpful information relating to developing the garden such as grant writing, composting, garden design, and edible flowers. The bibliography has useful materials such as science resources, cookbooks for the classroom, music, and plant and animal stories. A glossary of botanical terms is also included. Grades K–7. $18.95

6 LA 8004—More Sight Word Books—Level 2: K–1 published by Creative Teaching Press, ©2001, 146 p. This book features 30 cross-curricular mini-books with fun, predictable text that can be reproduced and students can personalize to make their very own set of beginning readers. The stories in this resource give students repeated practice reading and writing over 50 words that most commonly appear in print. Also includes tips for making "reading sticks," which help students follow words as they read and clever ideas for turning the mini-book covers into student-made art projects. Each mini-book also has a place for students to dedicate their book to someone special. The sight wordbooks are great tools for boosting comprehension skills, improving fluency, and expanding vocabulary and are also useful for English as a Second Language. Note that this book is produced in the USA and may contain some US-based standards. $17.95

7 LA 8023—Take It To Your Seat Phonics Centers: Grades 1–2 by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, ©2004, 194 p. 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 centre, reproducible student activity sheets or answer forms and answer key. The 12 self-contained centers are easy to make and phonics topics include long- and short-vowel sounds, consonant digraphs, vowel digraphs, initial and final consonant blends, word families and more. Note that the book is published in the USA and may contain some US-based standards. $21.95

8 LA 8024—Take It To Your Seat: Phonics Centers: Grades 2–3 by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, ©2004, 194 p. 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 centre, reproducible student activity sheets or answer forms and answer key. The 12 self-contained centers are easy to make and phonics topics include long- and short-vowel sounds, consonant digraphs, vowel digraphs, initial and final consonant blends, word families and more. Note that the book is published in the USA and may contain some US-based standards. $21.95

9 LA 8049—Phonics Activities: K–2 by D. Varty, ©2007, 68 p. The illustrated phonics activities in this resource were used by the author as a review of skills that had already been taught. The activities can be used for K-2 students, ESL students, and students with special needs, and as independent and self-checking activities. The Bingo, Path to Wizard’s Mountain, and Crazy Eights are games for two or more players. $5.95

10 LA 8067—Word Families Instant Learning Centers: K–2 by Creative Teaching Press, ©2004, 34 p. This resource contains four ready-to-go centers to keep students on task and reinforce key concepts. The centers include Family of Four, Magic Word Family Spelling, Slap and Say, and Frogs on a Log. The book includes task cards and 66 picture and letter cards. Each center includes a task card, a center management card and all the picture and letter cards students need to complete the center activity. No reproducing, coloring, or cutting is required for the cards and all cards are color coded to assist in managing the materials for each center. Note this book is produced in the USA and may contain some US-based standards. $10.95

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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