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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 16, No. 3, January/February 2004

Ten new BCTF lesson aids

1 LA 2049 Snapshots of 19th Century Canada co-produced by The Critical Thinking Cooperative and B.C. Ministry of Education, 154 p. ©2002. This unit of eight critical thinking challenges examines the social, political, and economical conditions throughout the 19th century from four groups’ perspectives—English Canadians, French Canadians, recent immigrants, and Aboriginal peoples. Among the activities, students prepare a report card on the implications of nine selected events from each group’s perspective; create a giant annotated timeline; write an "authentic" diary/journal entry about an assigned event; and prepare a one-page definitive assessment of the 19th century from the four perspectives. Grade 10 $15

2 LA 2054 Deceptive Beauty: A Look at the Global Flower Industry by Victoria International Development Education Association, 38 p. ©2001. The international flower trade is big business in the global economy. We often mark a special event with a gift of flowers. Flowers mean love, respect, recognition, celebration but rarely do we think about where the flowers we buy come from. This resource booklet encourages an appreciation of labour and environmental issues in the global flower industry, including trading conditions, health and safety of workers, use of pesticides, repression of union activists, and strategies to support flower workers. Grades 8 to adult $8.50

3 LA 3219 Learning by Designing—Volume 2 by Jim Gilbert and Karin Clark, ©2002, 170 p. This reference book gives the reader additional understanding of the highly developed, sophisticated Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations two-dimensional art styles. The authors have attempted to put the art into a more spiritual and cultural context by including First Nations’ ideals on ethics and philosophy and by interviewing members of an Aboriginal family. Also included is a 16-page colour section, which includes a Native Indian version of creation. It is hoped that this addition increases the clarity and shows the great beauty of the art. This book is offered as a supplement to the traditional apprenticeship training process. Four major art style regions of the Pacific Northwest Coast are included. Grades 4–12 $34.95

LA 3219A Four Worlds by Jim Gilbert, Ron Stacy and Wedlidi Speck ©2002. This full-colour booklet, is an insert for LA 3219 Learning by Designing. $10

4LA 8083 Take It to Your Seat Centers—Literacy Centers, Grades 3–4 Produced by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers 192 p. ©2003. This book includes step-by-step teacher directions for making and using 12 centers to practice reading and writing skills, full-colour patterns to construct the centers and full-colour and reproducible student task cards. No special center area is required, the centers can be easily stored for future use, the centers can be made ahead of time, and they can be used for small group and individual skill practice. The skills practiced include the following: analogies, multiple-meaning words, prefixes, suffixes, main idea and supporting details, antonyms, synonyms, combining sentences and alphabetical order. Note that the book is published in the USA and may contain some US-based standards. Grades 3–4 $19.95

5 LA 8243 I Can Make a Difference, Grades 2–3 co-produced by The Critical Thinking Consortium and B.C. Ministry of Education. ©2002, 151 p. The nine critical thinking challenges in this collection support primary students in undertaking responsible "social" action–in the home, at school, and in the broader community. The focus in the first section is on fulfilling one’s responsibilities in the face of a problem situation. The second section focuses on pro-active efforts to enhance the community. These challenges include deciding how to cheer up an elderly person, assembling a care package to support a homeless person and passing along an act of kindness. Grades 2–3 $15

6 LA 8444 Take It to Your Seat Centers—Math Centers, Grades K–1 Produced by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, ©2003, 192 p. Includes step-by-step teacher directions for making and using 12 centers to practice beginning math skills, full-colour patterns to construct the centers and full-colour and reproducible student task cards. No special center area is required, the centers can be easily stored in colourful gift bags for future use, the centers can be made ahead of time, and they can be used for small group and individual skill practice. The skills practiced include the following: sorting, addition, number order, number recognition, counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s, money, geometric shapes, patterning and graphing. Note that the book is published in the USA and may contain some US-based standards. Grades K–1 $19.95

7 LA 9971 Discovering Connections: A Guide To the Fun of Bridging Disability Differences by Linda Hill, 105 p. ©1998. Based on a course called Rebuilding Fun Into Life where people come together for fun and community participation. This illustrated guidebook is written as a curriculum for bringing youth and adults of different abilities together through a shared focus on community recreation and leisure. This book is a resource for parents, educators or professionals interested in building bridges between people. It is written to reach a wide diverse audience, from individuals to organizations, to schools and suburbs, to young and old. The activities can be easily adapted to purpose. K–12 $24.95

8LA F2002 Humanités 8e année -12e année, Intégration au secondaire, Consortium du Bas Fraser 291 p. ©1995. Document d’appui pour le personnel enseignant du secondaire préparé par une équipe d'enseignantes et d’enseignants. Le but premier est d’intéger l'étude de la langue et celle des sciences humaines dans les classes d'immersion et du programme francophone. 8e et 12e année $22.95

9LA 9543 Exploring Space. Produced by Engaging Science, a joint venture of the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre, Science World B.C. and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, 40 p. ©2002. Outlines ideas for teachers to stimulate aspects of space travel in the classroom. Includes a variety of activities to help students understand the difficulties of piloted space exploration, including communication, confined space, co-operation, and restricted resources. Through a series of eight missions, students compare different types of astronomical observations, from Earth-bound to unpiloted fly-bys to piloted sample return missions. Also students can build models of Canada’s contributions to the International space station including robotic arm, hands, and eyes; build an exact replica of the end effector (grabbing device) on the space station’s remote manipulator system--the new version of the Candarm. K–7 $11

10 LA 9322 Not So Natural Disasters: Elementary School Edition. Produced by Co-Development Canada 106 p. ©2003. A teaching unit on the links between natural disasters and climate change, environmental degradation and global inequality. Aimed at elementary teachers with the following objectives: to have students empathize with people who are impacted by natural disasters; to explore the human factors in natural disasters as linked to global inequality, climate change and environmental degradation; and to empower students to identify solutions, voice their concerns and take action. The unit consists of five sections. Each section has identified core activities that are central to the objectives of the section, as well as some optional activities. The unit is planned as a progression of activities, moving from empathy, to knowledge, to action. Grades 5–7 $22.95

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

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 Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2. GST and postage/ handling are included in the prices. Orders are sent by return mail.



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