||Volume 19, Number 6, April 2007
Ten new BCTF lesson aids
1 LA 9982—Making Connections: A Resource for Building Supportive Integrated Classrooms by Corrine Harris, 50 p. ©2006. The purpose of this resource is to provide classroom teachers with information and insight regarding children who require an individualized program. The classroom teacher plays a profound and significant role in the student’s educational experience and it is the author’s desire to support the daily efforts in assisting all kinds of learners to achieve their highest academic and social capabilities. The students benefit academically and emotionally when an alliance or partnership is formed with their integrated classroom teachers. The book includes brief, concise snap shots of various disabilities and challenges, coupled with helpful information and strategies, references, internet resources and blackline masters. All grades. $29.95
2 LA 8580—Little Skittle Lost! Adventures on a Rocky Shore by Unicorn Studios, nine-minute DVD, ©2006. This DVD production utilizes colorful animations combined with stunning real-life nature scenes to bring messages home to young viewers. Skittle the crab lives on a rocky shore and one day he’s accidentally scooped up in a child’s bucket, and moved some distance from home. While finding his way back, Skittle encounters strange marine creatures, from whom he learns about adaptations. With each new encounter, Skittle becomes envious of the special advantages each creature has for surviving in its own environment--a wave-swept rocky shore. However, the oystercatcher convinces Skittle that crabs are "perfect, just the way they are." Includes a printed sheet of follow-up lesson ideas. Grades K–4. $14.95
3 LA 9181—Spreading the Word 3 by CBC Television, 115-min. DVD, ©2006. This is an educational initiative of the Vancouver International Readers’ and Writers’ Festival. The content contains readings and discussions by Canadian and international authors for audiences from Grades 2 to 12, which was taped live at the 2006 Vancouver International Writers’ and Readers’ Festival. The video content is connected to curriculum at indicated grade levels and includes a study guide for each event.The collection is introduced by CBC television host Gloria Macarenko. Author Maggie de Vries discusses her book "Big Fish" about a sturgeon from the Fraser River, answers audience questions for Grades 2—6, and a Rick Hansen a special message is included. Award-winning playwrights Stephan Cloutier and Dennis Foon act out how the written word is brought to life "From Page to Stage," suitable for Grades 8–12. Grades 2–12. $3
4 LA 9182—The Family Under the Bridge by Rob Seath of Novelworks, 42 p. ©2007. This reading response for the novel The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson 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 3–5. $20
5 LA 1011—In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry edited by Kate Braid and Sandy Shreve, 305 p. ©2005. This anthology showcases 175 poems by 140 Canadian poets from the 16th century to the present day, representing some of the best poetry Canada has produced. This book explores and explains Canada's verse. It covers the familiar territory of sonnets and stanzas, ballads and epigrams, blues and haiku, and it presents the less familiar, such as the villanelle and pantoum, and introduces the fugue and palindrome as emerging forms. The result is a collection that appeals to poets and readers, young and old, teacher and student. The book is a resource for creative writing and English literature classrooms. It is arranged by sections, one for each form, with a brief introduction to that form's conventions and variations. These introductions are followed by a sampling of poems, some written close to the tradition, others riffing off the rules. At the end, an extended essay explores common poetic terms and technical devices. Grades 4–12. $29.95
6 LA 8088—Daily Language Review, Grade 2 by Evan Moor Educational Publishers, 130 p. ©2005. This book includes reproducible Mon. to Fri. lessons for each day of a 36-week school year and short daily lessons. The Mon. to Thurs. lessons include two sentences to edit for corrections in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar, etc.; and three items practising a variety of language and reading skills. Fri. practise cycles through three formats: identifying mistakes, language usage and correcting mistakes in lists and letters. The pages are reproducible and the book includes a skills list and answer keys. $19.95. Also, LA 8088A—Daily Language Review, Grade 2: Student Practise Book, 130p. $4.95
7 LA 8089—Daily Language Review, Grade 3 by Evan Moor Educational Publishers, 130 p. ©2005. This book includes Mon. to Fri. lessons for each day of a 36-week school year and short daily lessons. The Mon. to Thurs. lessons include two sentences to edit, including corrections in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary and three items practising a variety of language and reading skills. Fri. practice cycles through four formats: language usage, identifying and correcting mistakes and combining sentences, and choosing reference materials. The pages are reproducible and the book includes a skills list and answer keys. $19.95. Also, LA 8089A—Daily Language Review, Grade 3: Student Practice Book, 130 p. $4.95
8 LA 9177—Daily Language Review, Grade 5 by Evan Moor Educational Publishers, 130 p. ©2004. This book includes Mon. to Fri. lessons for each day of a 36-week school year and short daily lessons. The Mon. to Thurs. lessons include two sentences to edit, including corrections in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary and three items practising a variety of language and reading skills. Fri. practise cycles through five formats: language usage, identifying and correcting mistakes, combining sentences, choosing reference materials and figurative speech (similes, metaphors). The pages are reproducible and the book includes a skills list and answer keys. $19.95. Also, LA 9177A—Daily Language Review, Grade 5: Student Practice Book, 130 p. $4.95
9 LA 9178—Daily Language Review, Grade 6, Evan Moor Educational Publishers, 130 p. ©2005. This book includes Monday to Friday lessons for each day of a 36-week school year and short daily lessons. Each of the daily lessons has five language tasks for students to complete. The following skills are addressed: sentence editing, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary, word study skills and reference skills. The pages are reproducible and the book includes a skills list and answer keys. $19.95. Also, LA 8087A—Daily Language Review, Grade 1: Student Practice Book, 112 p. This consumable student practice book includes many focussed practise exercises. $4.95
10 LA 9856—From A to Z: The Comprehensive Guide to Safe Bicycling for Kids and Adults by AMC Media Corporation, 32 p. ©1995. This colourful, illustrated guide teaches children to ride bicycles safely and defensively, to wear helmets and to apply good judgement in potentially dangerous traffic situations. This guide is easy to read, ethnically inclusive and entertaining. The dictionary format provides quick access to important information. Grades 4–9. $2.50
More 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 1-800-663-9163, 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: 9–5 p.m. Mon. to Fri. from Sept. to June; 9–5. Tues. to Fri. during July and Aug.; 9–12 on Sat. during Sept., Oct., Jan., and Feb. bctf.ca/LessonAids.