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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 19, Number 2, October 2006

10 new BCTF lesson aids

Please note: No Lesson Aids catalogue will be printed and mailed to schools this fall. For the most current listing of BCTF Lesson Aids, please check the online Lesson Aids catalogue at bctf.ca/TeachingResources.aspx?id=6414.

1 LA 8034 I’m Spelling Now! Langley Schools, 65 p. ©2000. This 18 cm x 22 cm workbook for Grades 1 and 2 is a full-colour, spelling book to support early literacy. The book provides pages for students to record their own words as they learn to read and write. Students can learn to spell the most commonly used English words, record their own words as a handy reference for their own writing, practice identifying the differences between the short and long vowel sounds, practice printing and upper and lower case letters, and practice alphabetizing—a lifetime research skill. The book includes pages adjacent the letter pages on which students can write their new words. $4.95.

2 LA 8009 Basic Phonics Skills, Level C, Grades 1–2, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, 290 p. ©2004. This book features 238 reproducible skill sheets and 20 reproducible Little Phonics Readers featuring stories that utilize the phonetic elements presented in that book. The book is organized into sections by phonetic or structural element, with each skill presented in the same consistent format. Worksheets for each skill progress in difficulty so that teachers may choose practice that meets individual student needs. Note that the book is published in the USA and may contain some US-based standards. $29.95

3 LA 8010 Basic Phonics Skills, Level D. Grades 2–3, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, 290 p. ©2004. This book features 242 reproducible skill sheets and 20 reproducible Little Phonics Readers. The book is organized into sections by phonetic or structural element, with each skill presented in the same consistent format. Note that the book is published in the USA and may contain some US-based standards. $29.95

4 LA 9557 Optics: A Teacher’s Guide to Light and Optics, Let’s Talk Science, 40 p. ©2001. This resource book will engage participants in a hands-on approach to the teaching of optics. Topics covered are the transmittance and absorption of light, how objects are seen, the laws of reflection, how light is refracted and the characteristics of mirrors and concave and convex lenses. Includes teacher suggestions, background information, hands-on student activities and a glossary. Grade 4. $22.95

5 LA 9558 Good Vibrations: A Teacher’s Guide to Exploring Sound, Let’s Talk Science, 56 p. ©2002. This coil-bound resource book explores what causes sound, what factors affect the quality of a sound and can sound cause harm. Includes teacher suggestions, background information, hands-on students activities, blackline masters, and a glossary. Grade 4. $19.95

6 LA 1005 Direction for Creative Writing Teachers. A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Perspective, Dan Lukiv, 274 p. ©2006. This resource is a collection of internationally published articles by the author. It is a comprehensive guide for teachers who are interested in teaching creative writing, and includes extensive direction about what sorts of activities and events may encourage some students to become adult creative writers. Chapters about tact and the nature of encouragement highlight the teacher’s responsibility to create a classroom environment that promotes individuality and creative expression. The work, five years in the making, utilizes three of the author’s research projects in which he interviewed established Canadian writers about experiences in school that had encouraged them to become adult creative writers. Grades 8–12. $18.95

7 LA 9908 The Practice of Teaching: A Handbook for TOCs and New Teachers, BCTF, 62 p. Rev. 2006. This handbook book is designed to help teachers on call and new teachers understand the services and resources of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, enhance classroom-management skills, and improve job-search skills. Practical tips and information on beginning your career as a teacher on call and as a classroom teacher, classroom management and teaching strategies, resources available, and job search strategies are among the many articles included in this resource booklet. $8

8 LA F9005 Quand lire rime avec plaisir : pistes pour exploiter la littérature jeunesse en classe, ÉlaireTurgeon, 228 p. ©2005. Un recueil d’une cinquantaine de fiches d’exploitation pédagogique conçues pour accompagner les romans jeunesse publiés chez Québec Amérique. Feuilles reproductibles. 1re–7e. $42.95

9 LA9015 Histoire de lire : la littérature jeunesse dans l’enseignement quotidien, Danièle Courchesne, 200 p. ©1999. Un recueil d’activités accompagnées de propos théoriques visant la lecture : montrer aux jeunes à explorer une page couverture ou table des matières, les inviter à se renseigner au sujet de l’auteur et de l’illustrateur, les mener à découvrir la personnalité des personnages et leur quête, de donner le goût de lire. Ces activités peuvent durer une quinzaine de minutes ou s’étaler sur plusieurs jours et s’intègrent facilement à l’enseignement du français, des mathématiques et des arts plastiques. Recommandations de livres incluses. Élémentaire. $43.95

10 LA 9772 Moving and Grooving: A User Friendly Dance Program for Schools and Community Groups, Nick and Mary Anne Turner, ©2004, 166 p. and eight music CDs. This resource promotes the culture of square and round dancing, and the social, mental and physical health benefits of these dance forms. The package includes eight audio CDs of dance music and a resource binder. The resource book includes CD content lists and two dance sections on moving and grooving. Each section can be used as a stand alone program or the sections can be combined. All dances are non-sex-oriented and partners are designated by numbers for left hand/right hand dancers. The dances in both sections can be used in schools from Grade 3–12. The moving section includes collections of traditional dances and solo dances, notes for teachers, partner dances, trio dances, mescolanzas, contra dances, traditional squares and an index for moving. The grooving section is entirely modern square dancing and includes caller biographies, 10 teaching units, index for grooving section and abbreviations explained. Grades 3–12. $89.95

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: 9:00-5:00 Mon. to Fri. from Sept. to June; 9:00-5:00 Tues. to Fri. during July and Aug.; 9:00–12:00 on Sat. during Sept., Oct., Jan., and Feb. bctf.ca/TeachingResources.aspx?id=6414.

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