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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, No. 2, October 2005

Ten new BCTF lesson aids

1LA 2012—Trade My Way: Getting Ahead in the Global Trade Market by Victoria International Development Education Association, 70 p. ©2005. This resource package contains five separate guides in a folder. Each guide is easy to read and provides a brief overview of the subject with relevant factoids appearing in separate windows. Each guide concludes with a comprehensive list of web resources to encourage deeper research and action. The topics of the guides are: Teaching for Change , Treasure Islands (a brief history of the South Pacific relating to trade issues common to other developing nations), Trade Matters (an introduction to global trade), Co-operation Works (corporation vs. co-operation), Trade My Way (how to change the world for the better with consumer and career choices). Suitable for Grades 8, 9 and 12 Economics, Grades 8–11 Marketing, Grades 8–12 Language Arts; Grades 8–12 Home Economics, and Grades 9 and 11 Social Studies.

2LA 9345—A Day in the Life of a Child in Sierra Leone by Natalie Charlton and Janet Sondresen, ©2004. With the assistance of Sierra Leonean teachers, the Canadian teachers developed this kit, which is user friendly for the Grade 6 teacher and incorporates the objectives of the social studies IRP, and also reflects the current Sierra Leonean culture. The kit includes one large handmade gara cloth bag with one green binder which includes three units and four colour location overheads; one set of laminated historical timeline cards, one CIDA Movers and Shakers magazine, five sets of laminated children's drawing cards, 24 colour photos relating to the rebel war, the effects of war on children; rights of children's education; and rebuilding Sierra Leone; a small red gara bag with laminated food activity cards; a small blue gara bag with laminated shelter activity cards and a small green gara bag with one CD with six power-point presentations; three sets of water proverbs, one set of scenario cards, one white postcard and one black postcard.

3LA 9772—Mooving and Grooving: A User Friendly Dance Program for Schools and Community Groups by Nick and Mary Anne Turner, 166 p. and 8 music CDs, ©2004. This resource promotes the culture of square and round dancing, and the social, mental and physical health benefits of these dance forms. The package includes eight audio CDs of dance music and a resource binder. The resource book includes CD content lists and two dance sections on moving and grooving. Each section can be used as a stand alone program or the sections can be combined. All dances are non-sex-oriented. The moving section includes collections of traditional dances and solo dances, notes for teachers, partner dances, trio dances, mescolanzas, contra dances, traditional squares and an index for moving. The grooving section is entirely modern square dancing and includes caller biographies, 10 teaching units, index for grooving section and abbreviations explained. Grades 3–12.

4LA 8021—A Communication Framework for Family Literacy: Bridging Differences, Planning and Building Skills Sets by Jean Fowler and Sydney Hook, 64 p. ©2005. This guide, written by two speech language pathologists, offers an undertstanding about the importance of a communication framework as an underlying process when working with families and their children within a school context. The authors discuss definitions of family literacy and the role of interaction in adult-child relationships and provide information and skill sets on how to plan and implement a communications framework in family literacy. References to current literature which guide the framework are included. While the framework can be applied in any family literacy programs, it may be of particular interest to those educators working in multicultural schools and communities who wish to involve parents in supporting their children’s literacy development. K–3

5LA 9928—About IEPs by Learning Assistance Teachers’ Association, 100p. and CD Rom, Fall 2003. This issue of LATA’s The Vital Link Journal, v. 9, no. 1, features articles on IEPs, which give students the dignity and the time to be successful in their pursuit of education. Included in this issue is a CD Rom containing manual templates, IEP short form, IEP long form and checklist of adaptations and modifications. K–12

6LA 9929—Learning Assistance: Heading Into the Future by Learning Assistance Teachers’ Association, 88 p. Summer 2004. This issue of LATA's The Vital Link Journal, v. 9, no. 2, features articles and viewpoints from learning assistance teachers. K–12

7LA 9531—Cycle of Life/Recycle: Handbook for Educators (K–7) by the Artist Response Team, 282 p. & music CD, ©2004. This handbook is a companion guide to the accompanying Cycle of Life music CD by Holly Arntzen and the Voice of Nature singers—young school children from Vancouver, Victoria, Gatineau and Calgary. The CD features songs about endangered species and sustainibility. The handbook and CD are designed to assist teachers in promoting ecological literacy. Issues around endangered species across Canada and what people can do to assist them are addressed. Each song unit is a teacher-friendly lesson, or series of lessons, with many suggested activities from simple to extensive which are linked to the prescribed learning outcomes of the new K–7 science IRP. Science information and the link to recycling is fully explained. The text contains reproducible masters and illustrations. Activities in language arts, social studies, science and math, and other subjects are linked by song lyrics through music, information, stories and illustrations. Connections are made between protecting habitat, reducing ecological footprint, and recycling beverage containers—an action within the power of a child. Recommended by the BC Ministry of Education. Grades K–7

8LA 9171A—Heartbreak And Heroes by Iris Tuftin, 105 p. ©2004. In this novel, written by the same author as LA 9167A Cowboy Up, Cole, the Hollis family extends an invitation to another troubled teenager—a 14-year-old, rich and spoiled girl who brings the young active family trying times and heartbreak. Grades 5–9. $12.95 Also, LA 9171B Heartbreak and Heroes—Novel Study, 44 p. This novel study includes a chapter by chapter teacher’s guide. Also included are reproducible student resource and activity pages related to a variety of subject areas such as language arts, math, art, drama and equine studies, as well as research activities, group projects and web site links.

9LA 9339—Kids Who Care/Des jeunes motivés by Foster Parents Plan, CD Rom, ©1998. This CD ROM, which includes a multi-part study guide, available both in French and English, and a video clip on a CD Rom format suitable for PC and MAC computers, engages students with social, economic and environmental issues in West Africa. The program includes: a 23-min. video filmed in West Africa presenting issues such as deforestation, the importance of clean water for health, the Rights of the Child, community co-operation, and the ways in which environmental issues around the world are connected. Includes a Teacher’s Guide with detailed notes and lesson plans, including black-line masters, maps and graphics and a step-by-step Student Action Guide to starting a global education or environmental club, complete with ideas for student-led projects. Group and individual activities are relevant to social studies, civics and environmental science curricula. Materials are also available online in English www.kidswhocarecanada.ca, and in French at www.desjeunesmotives.ca. Also included are four Africa colour posters. Grades 4+

10LA 9342—Thirsty Planet: World Water Lessons for Elementary Students by CoDevelopment Canada, 50 p. ©2004. This is a resource book for elementary students learning about water challenges in Canada and around the world from a social perspective. The resource kit includes a teacher’s guide to activities, 12 activities with handouts, a sampling of on-line, print and multimedia and field trip opportunities, and supplementary materials and photos contained on a CD Rom with links to prescribed learning outcomes by subject and grade plus additional resources for teachers and students. Grades 4–7.

Many 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 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/LessonAids

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