||Volume 17, No. 7, May/June 2005
Ten new BCTF lesson aids
1 LA 9926 — Early Literacy: Part 1, produced by the Learning Assistance Teachers' Association, Fall 2002, 74 p. This issue of LATA's The Vital Link Journal, volume 8, number 1, features articles, ideas, materials, and programs and services available on early literacy in British Columbia. Grades 1–4. $12. Also available, LA 9927 Early Literacy: Part 2, Spring 2003, 79 p. Grades 1–4, $12.
2 LA 9172A — Spreading the Word 2 produced by CBC Television, ©2005, 115–minute VHS format. An educational initiative of the Vancouver International Readers and Writers Festival. Contains readings and discussions by Canadian and international authors for young audiences, Grades 4–8 and Grades 8–10, which was taped live at the 2004 Vancouver International Writer and Readers Festival. The video content is connected to curriculum at indicated grade levels. Accompanying teacher's guides are available at www.writersfest.bc.ca/schools. Authors Brian Keating and Graeme Base discuss their books and answer audience questions for Grades 4–8. Authors Jaclyn Moriarty and Tess McWatt discuss their books and answer audience questions for Grades 8–10. $8.75. Also available in DVD format,
LA 9172B—Spreading the Word 2, $3.
3 LA 9344 — Caring for Young People's Rights by Jan Nichol, Dan Kirk and Roland Case, 126 p. ©2004. This resource fosters understanding of the nature and range of basic human rights and appreciation of the importance of protecting these rights. Human rights are personalized through real-life profiles of young people in a variety of developing countries. Students then translate the shortfalls in these young people’s daily lives into statements about the rights that everyone needs in order to enjoy a minimum quality of life. Students examine successful development projects by Canadian NGOs and then assume the role of development director in planning a project to secure the rights of one of the profiled young people that students have read about. Includes seven the following critical challenges with suggested activities: judging quality of life, drawing the line on rights, refining the class charter, reporting on the status of rights, getting the word out, deciding who to support and designing a development project and blackline masters. $29.95
4 LA 9978 — Kids with Special Needs: Information and Activities to Promote Awareness and Information Produced by Creative Teaching Press, 200 p. This award-wining book about kids with special needs includes background information, simulations, and classroom activities to promote understanding and awareness. Also includes a comprehensive resource list and bibliography. Topics cover all types of disabilities and health issues, as well as mainstreaming and inclusion, developing an IEP, using bibliotherapy, and more. (Note that the book is published in the USA and may contain some US-related references.) $19.95
5 LA 9173 -- Maniac Magee Reading Responses by Rob Seath of Novelworks, ©2005, 60 p. This reading response for the novel Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli can be used with any classroom groupings, from individuals to whole class. It is effective for children on adapted or modified programs as well as those learning English as a second language. It is helpful for students who find written output to be a challenge and weaker readers are provided structure because most of the responses focus on critical story elements such as characters, setting, problems and plot. The responses can be photocopied for classroom use as overheads or for individual use. This resource includes open-ended responses, classification activities, analogies, puzzles and word searches and answers. Grades 4–7. $20.
6 LA 9516 — Get Bear Smart produced by the Produced by Canadian Bear Alliance, ©2004. Get Bear Smart is a unique deck of high quality, regular playing cards with bear photographs that colorfully explains 52 things you don't want to do in bear country. The cards can be used to play favourite card games or create new variations on traditional card games. The cards introduce players to smart facts about living with bears while at home, hiking, camping and all about general bear etiquette. Ideas for variations on games are also included. K–12. $8.
7 LA 9336 — Symbols of Canada by LearnSmart Publishing Co, ©2004, 2 p. The "Symbols of Canada" is a bilingual, 3-hole, two-sided, ready-reference laminated sheet that shows the flag, coat of arms, flower and bird of each province and territory. Grades 4+. $3.50
8 B> LA 3048 — Calculus Manual 1: Function Definitions for Students by E.E. Engstrom, 45 p. ©Rev. 2004. This award-nominated calculus manual, "eye candy for calculus students" includes three chapters (with calculator computations). Chapter One: functions, limits and rates of change; functions; function limits; strategy to use tangent lines to parabolas as slope predictors. Chapter Two: derivatives, derivative chain rule, derivative as rates of change, trig functions, derivatives of exponential and logarithmic functions, differentials, approximations, linear/quadratic, linear approximations, applications, derivatives: graphing/curve sketching, antiderivitives. Chapter Three: integral calculus, indefinite integrals, fundamental theorem of integral calculus, integration numerical. $18.95
9LA 2398 — Seeing Red: An Anger Management and Peacemaking Curriculum for Kids by Jennifer Simmonds, 82 p. ©2004. "Seeing Red" is designed to help elementary and middle-school aged students better understand their anger so they can make healthy and successful choices and build strong relationships. Overall it aims for participants to realize that they can control their behavior and develop practical skills and strategies to manage their feelings which, in turn, will increase their self-esteem. These objectives are achieved through role playing common situations, identifying associated feelings, doing problem solving, recognizing negative behaviors, and anticipating consequences. Uniquely designed for small groups of willing participants, "Seeing Red" enables participants to learn from one another and empower each other. Each session includes objectives for that particular lesson, a list of supplies needed for its activities, a description of tasks to do before the lesson, background notes to the leader, a warm-up activity at the start, an explanation of the various learning activities, and a closing activity. For ages 6–12. $23.95
10 ESL220 — Around the World with Proverbs, Metaphors and Storytelling: An Interactive Workbook for Students by Vivian Chu, ©2004, 70 p. This student resource complements the teachers' resource book "Teaching Global Unity Through Proverbs, Metaphors, and Storytelling," BCTF lesson aid ESL 219. This resource package consists of a student workbook and a CD ROM including sound files for listening and dictation practice and language activities on global issues of peace, war, freedom, justice/injustice, social respon-sibility, poverty, oppression, racism and hope, and the universal themes of love, wisdom, beauty, truth, good and evil, time, money, persistence, power, caution, death, heaven and angels. Also included are thought-provoking discussions featuring international proverbs, collective metaphors, and storytelling focused on illuminating and increasing consciousness of the sacred unity in humanity. The vision that inspired this book is the awareness that language learners can engage in intercultural communication and gain global understanding while acquiring linguistic skills. Students can also acquire reflective and critical thinking skills, and contribute to the peace process as they become active global citizens. Grades 4+ $24.95
Many curriculum resources and information are available at www.bcalmer.ca/
For a complete listing of over 1000 BCTF Lesson Aids, consult the cataloque in your school library or the Lesson Aids online catalogue, bctf.ca/LessonAids
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