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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, No. 1, September 2004

Ten new BCTF lesson aids

1 LA 2579 Canada: Who Are We and Where Are We Going? by Tony Carrigan, 290 p. This comprehensive resource and activity book is about immigration, multiculturalism, and the Canadian identity, all three are intertwined. The book includes nine chapters with over 100 related activities for students in Grades 4 to secondary on the following topics: The Immigration Story, The Immigrant’s Progress, What is Culture?, Cultural Commonalities, Spiritual Celebrations, Does Canada Have a Culture?, Multiculturalism in Canada, What is Racism and Responding to Racism. Also included is an afterword, end notes, and an appendix on supporting second language learners. Grades 4+ $25.95

2 LA 8098 How To Do Plays with Children produced by Evan-Moor, 289 p. This "how to" resource book provides teachers the opportunity to incorporate a play into many areas of the curriculum. Features include scripts, programs and invitations, costuming and scenery suggestions, and planning and organizing tips. Simple instructions for younger students, reproducible headbands for acting out 10 favorite stories, four rhyming plays with scripts, take-home scripts for individual parts, and reproducible masks. For older students three plays--Things Could Always Be Worse, The Magic Pasta Pot and The Shoemaker and the Elves--includes scenery, props and customing directions, script, a program, and five readers theater selections, including Cave Pet and The Giant Rutabaga. Published in the USA and may contain some US-based standards. Grades 1–6. $28.95

3 LA 9661 Art Making Materials: A Treasury of Recipes and Tips produced by the B.C. Art Teachers’ Assn., 55 p. This book focuses on the materials with which art is created. The "Materials, Technologies and Process" is one of the four content areas of all B.C. art curricula, IRPs. This resource book provides recipes and tips that are helpful to teachers when commercial materials are not available and special affects can be achieved through some of the unique applications suggested in this book. Grades K–12. $12.95

4 LA 9201 Canadian Social History: Songs and Stories of Canada by John Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat, 480-min. CD (MP3 and PDF). This CD includes a series of 16 half-hour audio presentations (in select and play MP3 format) with songs, drama, stories, and sound effects. The presentations are grouped around occupational themes (logging, mining, fishing, transportation, homesteading), geographic themes (Quebec, the Atlantic provinces, the Prairies and British Columbia), historical themes (the fur trade, settlement, the gold rushes) and musical themes (folk instruments, the transmission of songs). There are song-teaching sections for each presentation in which Jon and Rika, the host and singers teach the students directly. Included on the CD is a 125-page teacher’s guide (in select and display or print PDF format) with a chapter for each presentation containing words and music for 50 of the 83 songs, background information on the theme of the presentation as well as lesson ideas and discussion topics. Grades 2–11 $29.95

5 LA 9338 Never Again—Peace Education and Remembrance Day by Jan Slakov, 285 p., 45-min. CD. Kit includes lesson plans for a variety of levels, from K-12, mostly in English, some in French. It also includes a 45-minute audio CD of peace songs and a CBC radio documentary about the Christmas truce of WW I. The lessons are designed to promote appreciation for the many cultures and other wonders of our planet and to promote critical thinking in this time of crisis with many people, from local students to foreign authors, having contributed to it. In this International Decade for the Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World, it will help teachers and others promote nonviolence as a positive force, not just an absence of violence. Send in comments and ideas by e-mail js@ saltspring.com,. Grades K-12 $29.95

6 LA 8458 The Complete Book of Multiplication and Division: Grades 2–3 produced by Creative Teaching Press, 144 p. This book includes activities to teach students powerful strategies to help them achieve mastery of basic multiplication and division facts and then apply that knowledge to more advanced number concepts. Activities include basic facts plus advanced number theories. Students build on prior knowledge and use a thinking or reasoning approach rather than solely rote memory. $18.95

7 LA 9437 The Complete Book of Multiplication and Division: Grades 4–6 produced by Creative Teaching Press, 144 p. This book includes activities to teach students powerful strategies to help them achieve mastery of basic multiplication and division facts and then apply that knowledge to more advanced number concepts. Activities include basic facts plus advanced number theories. Students build on prior knowledge and use a thinking or reasoning approach rather than solely rote memory. $18.95

8 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.) Grades 3–6 $19.95

9 LA 2229 What Kind of Language is That? by Leah Kitamura and Kristi Lauridsen, SD. 42, 95 p. Teacher resource handbook presents a framework for discussing name-calling and verbal harassment in high school and how it can be stopped. Explores the issues of appropriate language, social responsibility, and challenging popular stereotypes. The intended purpose of this week-long unit is to make students conscious of the power of their use of language to affect others in their environment, specifically the school environment, and to promote a use of language at school that is sensitive, thoughtful, and appropriate for making all students and staff feel safe and comfortable. The Grade 9 level has been chosen as the primary target audience for this material, as this is a level that has been identified as a time when students begin to crystallize their identities, and an age when students are impressionable to positive role modeling that will set a tone for their senior school years. This unit includes the articulation and visual display of many powerful words for the sake of discussing their meaning and impact. Ground rules are reinforced throughout the unit to assist in the comfort level of all participants. Reproducible handouts and overheads are included for use with the lesson plans, as well as shorter workshops targeting Grade 8 students, student leaders, student facilitators and teachers. Grades 8+ $15.95

10 LA 2029 Teacher Resource Pack: Teaching Global Issues produced by Victoria International Development Education Association, 135 p. This resource package provides teachers with information, tools, and resources to incorporate the teaching of global issues into the classroom. The package contains a starter pack entitled "Teaching Global Issues," two resources from the VIDEA Global Learner Series,one copy of the VIDEA Sweatshop series (Sweatshop Clothes) with facilitator’s guide, and a feedback questionnaire. Designed as an introduction to the subjects, this resource is divided into teaching global issues and global learning activities. Grades 8–12. $22.95

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 1-800-663-0163, 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 to 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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