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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 16, Number 3, January/February 2004

Yours for the asking

Free teaching resources to prevent tobacco use
The Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (Health Canada, 2002) reports that 18% of 15- to 17-year-olds smoke; 178,360 (14%) of those young people smoke 12 or more cigarettes a day. Research shows that a well-developed and well-implemented school anti-tobacco program can reduce tobacco use among youth.

The Canadian Association for School Health has prepared web-based summaries and a collection of lesson plans and several student web quests. They can be found at www.safehealthyschools.org/tobacco.htm.

Several excellent teaching and learning resources are available from Health Canada and provincial/territorial governments. Go to www.gosmokefree.ca/prof.

Paralympic schools program
A free on-line educational resource for Grade 4–9 teachers, provides Canadian students with a unique opportunity to learn about the paralympic movement and paralympic athletes.

Travel the road to Athens with Canadian paralympic athletes as they prepare for the games!

Ready-made lesson plans, fun and interactive activities including video clips, athlete interviews, and games photos are a few of the features of this schools program--transporting students and teachers to the heart and soul of the 2004 Paralympic Games.

Each lesson plan addresses the educational needs of students in Grades 4—6, and students in Grades 7–9.

To learn more about the program or to register, visit www.paralympic.ca, or contact Karen McMillan at the Canadian Paralympic Committee at 613-346-1325 for more information.

Spreading the word 2003
CBC Television, Vancouver Foundation, and the Vancouver International Writers Festival are offering two new video resources that brings the Vancouver International Writers Festival’s school events into the classroom. The videos are available free to B.C. schools and libraries (quantities are limited).

Two in the Morning (K–3)
B.C writers Bill Richardson and Chieri Uegaki bring young readers a sampling of their work. Young children will be enchanted as the two authors tell their stories.

Reality meet fantasy (Grades 6–9)
Pender Island author Andrea Spalding (Finders Keepers, The White Horse Talisman, Solomon’s Tree) lets imaginations soar to encompass supernatural horses, talismans, and old magic.

Each video, of approximately 30 minutes, includes curriculum resources. To order your free copy of a Spreading the Word video contact education@writersfest.bc.ca, or call 604-681-6330. Indicate which video you would like.

Introducing Green Star!
Green Star! provides students and teachers with regionally specific, ongoing environmental education support and inspiration. Through Green Star! students are challenged to think critically about ideas and issues, and to identify and participate in stewardship activities—making the leap from ideas to action.

Green Starr! offers visits to your school, e-mail and Internet support, newsletter kit, and an eco-challenge contest.

Register free at www.green-street.ca. Log on, click on Approved Programs, then Elementary Schools, and then British Columbia. Scroll down to the Green Star! section and then follow the instructions on "Fill Out The Form."

Contact greenstar@sierra clubbc.org. Registration is on-going until April 1, 2004.

GreenScene is the secondary-level environmental club program; Project Wolf, our secondary-level in-class program, and TREE Team (Temperate Rainforests) and ESP! (Environmental Stewardship) elementary-level, in-class programs. To find out more about all the programs, visit www.sierraclub.ca/bc or e-mail education@sierraclubbc.org.

Global education project grants
Small grants to support classroom and school global-education projects are available. The grants, to a maximum of $1000 per project, come from the BCTF International Solidarity Fund and are administered by the BCTF International Solidarity Committee. They are aimed at increasing student understanding of the challenges of less developed countries and the value of international co-operation.

The criteria for the grants and the process for application are on the BCTF web site at bctf.ca/social/globaled.



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