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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 16, No. 5, April 2004

Ten new BCTF lesson aids

1 LA1071 The ABC's of English Grammar: A Twenty-First Century Handbook, Ron Rothnie, M.A. 140 p. ©2003. Self-directed study containing basic information and rules of grammar, practice exercises, an answer key, a glossary, and an index. The objective of the book is to offer basics in the English language so learners can refresh, improve, or even gain new skills in spoken and written English. Grades 6 and up. $22.95

2 LA2002 The Interactive Social Studies Classroom Student Centered Publications, 163 p. ©2004. The information in this book helps shift the responsibility for learning to the student and it develops a classroom where the student is an active participant. The book includes a rationale for incorporating the interactive process, a detailed explanation of the steps of the process, and forms for use when implementing the process, teacher evaluation, peer evaluation, and student reflection. Includes over 124 assignments for Grades 8–11 social studies. Activities also teach students social responsibility, academic and employment skills. Grades 8–11. $29.95

3 LA2037 The Middle East–Wall Map Knowers Ark Educational Foundation, 69 cm x 91 cm map, ©2004, Second Edition This full colour, double-sided, wall map/poster is a fact-packed education course on Middle Eastern issues and conditions and can be used for a fast-track orientation to Mid-East fundamentals. Side 1 is a high-resolution satellite image of the entire region from the Mediterranean to India. Side 2 includes detailed maps and charts of Iraq and Israel/Palestine; pre-1948 Palestine; Ancient Palestine-maps and historical chronology of 16 conquests since 1500 BC; West Bank; Gaza Strip; Oil and Gas; US Military Bases; International Treaties; Water systems-watersheds, pipelines, wells and desalination plants. Grades 4 and up. LA 2037A--Folded Wall Map $18, or 2037B--Laminated Wall Map . $35.45

4 LA9282 Our World, Sonja E. Schild, 63 p. ©2003. This workbook includes worksheets, maps (26 blackline maps and eight colour maps), a project evaluation form and an answer key. It is suitable for elementary schools, home schooling, ESL students, and students with special needs. The first half of the workbook teaches students the basics of world geography using maps, charts, and illustrations. The second reinforces and tests students on the subject matter using pictures, crossword puzzles and games. It requires research and encourages creative thinking and problem solving. Grades 3–7. $26.95

5 LA3048 Calculus Manual 1: Function Definitions for Students, E.E. Engstrom, 45 p. ©2003. This award-nominated calculus manual, "eye candy for calculus students" includes three chapters (with calculator computations). Chapter 1: functions, limits and rates of change; functions; function limits; strategy to use tangent lines to parabolas as slope predictors. Chapter 2: derivatives, derivative chain rule, derivative as rates of change, trig functions, derivaties of exponential and logarithmic functions, differentials, approximations, linear/ quadratic, linear approximations, applications, derivatives: graphing/ curve sketching, antiderivaties. Chapter 3: integral calculus, indefinite integrals, fundamental theorem of integral calculus, integration numerical. $18.95

6 LA8458 Math Activities on the Computer, Grades l–3, Produced by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers 80 p. ©1998 This illustrated book presents lessons that help young students practice mathematics concepts while they learn about and use computer drawing and keyboarding skills. Includes step-by-step directions for 26 lessons; reproducible templates for lessons; user-friendly manual; and computer skills checklist. Note that the book is produced in the USA and may contain some USA references. $19.95

7 LA8578 Take It to Your Seat Science Centers, Grades 3–4, Produced by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers 192 p. ©2004. This resource includes 14 self-contained centers for science and literacy skills, are easy to make with step-by-step directions and include full-colour covers and tasks cards. Topics include science vocabulary, space, animals, plants, simple machines, energy, human body and forms of matter. The book is produced in the USA and may contain some US references. $22.95

8 LA9321 Butter Churns and Stern Wheelers, Christine Galbecka and Alix MacNiel, 46 p. ©1999. This resource book about a farm boy's adventures in 19th century British Columbia includes readings and activities for Grade 4 and 5 students. Focussed on the B.C. Lower Mainland, the readings, exercises, and activities allow students to develop their critical thinking skills, extend their understanding of local history, and relate their life experiences to events in the story. Grades 4–5. $13

9 LA9328 Ontario: Land and People, Bill MacDonald, 40 p. ©2000. This resource book, designed for Grades 4–6 readers, is filled with information and activities on the Niagara Escarpment, the Great Lakes, Sainte Marier-Among-the Hurons, the Loyalists, rural-urban changes, growing fruit in Niagara, inside a gold mine, pollution, Toronto and much more about Canada’s most populated province. This book includes information and reproducible activities that develop reading comprehension skills through such topics as climate, natural resources and provincial capitals. Numerous maps are included to develop map skills. Grades 4–6. $14.95

10 LA2050 Sweatshops: Clothes, Victoria International Development Education Association, 28 p. ©2001. This booklet examines who makes the clothes we wear, looking behind the labels to the realities of the most globalized industry in the evolving global economy. This resource book is a tool for education and action in the classroom, in campus, in the union movement and for the general public. This booklet is part of VIDEA's Sweatshops series focussing on the global production line and linking producers and consumers. Grades 8 to Adult. $7.50

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; 8:30 to 4:30 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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