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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, No. 3, November/December 2004

Ten new BCTF lesson aids

1 LA 9972 Teaching for Social Justice: Vancouver, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge Teacher Research. Edited by Mohammed Shamsher and Elaine Decker, 200 p. ©2004. This book includes research by teachers on teaching for social justice. This collection of research reports by a diverse group of 16 Lower Mainland teachers reflects their passion for, and commitment to teaching for social justice. One of the most striking themes that emerges is that the teacher authors care deeply about their students as human beings and at the same time, care just as deeply that all students have rich opportunities to learn and succeed. $10

2 LA 8769 Music and Writing by Rhonda Draper, CD and 18 p. ©2003. Using this CD as a tool, your students will learn how to make a simple sentence, learn about the noun, the verb, the adjective and the adverb, and learn how to "dress up" their writing using the simile. Each exercise is set to a catchy beat or melody allowing your students to develop their musicianship while they learn these important writing concepts. Check out the author’s website at www.themusicteacher. ca to listen to a 30-second MP3 sample. Grades 1+ $25

3 LA 9167A Cowboy Up, Cole by Iris Tuftin, 113 p. ©2002. This novel is a story about a 12-year-old abused boy from Vancouver who, after a family crisis, is sent by his social services officer to her twin sister’s family ranch in Alberta. At first Cole is bitter and reluctant but soon begins to respond to his new friends in the Hollis family who are determined to introduce him to their world of horses and rodeo. Before long Cole is riding and roping but his attempt to influence his young friend negatively, by getting him to join him in smoking, leads to a set-back and his need to redeem himself with heroism. This novel is a good story, and provides a teaching tool to learn about horses and the inside story of ranch life and rodeo, as the author brings a lifetime of experience to her writing. Grades 5–9 $12.95

LA 9167B Cowboy Up, Cole–Teacher Resource Unit and Novel Study 45 p. This novel study for "Cowboy Up, Cole" contains a variety of types of lessons and activities. Includes reproducible lessons and teacher guided information in a variety of subject areas such as language arts, math, art, drama and equine studies, research activities, group projects, and web site links. Grades 5–9 $14.95

4 LA 3113 Exploring Aboriginal Culture: Pow Wow by FORED BC, 262 p. ©2004. This learning resource package includes lesson plans on Totems Tell A Story, Soap Sculptures, Pow Wow Dances, and Traditional Aboriginal Food. Also included are the following resources: basic guide to First Nations names; map of First Nations of Canada; recommended book and website guide; aboriginal perspectives video resources; When Teaching About Aboriginal People; an Historical Look at Canada and BC's Relationship with First Nations; guest speaker information; "Claire and her Grandfather"; learning circle classroom activities on First Nations; It's a Pow Wow game sheet; aboriginal book list for children and seven information booklets. Grades K–3 $39

5 LA9502A Life on the Edge: A Guide to Pacific Coastal Habitats Produced by Earthwise Media LLC, 34-minute VHS videocassette, ©2004. In this beautifully filmed video, explore different marine habitats along British Columbia shores. Meet the residents of sandy beaches, eelgrass beds, rocky shores, estuaries and kelp forests, all struggling to make a living. The emphasis is on adaptations to a variety of coastal conditions. Also included are the forces shaping the shores, tides, and coastal geology. An 11-page teacher’s guide is included with suggestions for review, discussion and independent research for each of the seven chapters. Grades 6–12 $29.95

LA 9502B Life on the Edge: A Guide to Pacific Coastal Habitats—DVD $29.95.

6 F8512 J’observe les insectes : fourmis, mouches et grillons, Brillon, Gilles. bÉditions Michel Quintin, 82 p. ©1992. Ce livre est un guide d'activités et d'expériences scientifiques faciles à réaliser sur différents invertébrés qui nous entourent. Le livre incite les élèves à observer, à élever et à faire de petites expériences pour découvrir la vie de ces petites bêtes. 2e-4e année $15.95

7 LA 1072 A Teaching Unit on Consumerism and Media Literacy Produced by Victoria International Development Education Association, 20 p. ©2003. Part of VIDEA's Global Learner Series. Other available units in this series from BCTF are LA 1073 "A Teaching Unit on Music and Society," LA 2031 "A Teaching Unit on Global Warming," LA 2032 "A Teaching Unit on Peace and Conflict," and LA 2033 "A Teaching Unit on the Coffee Trade." Includes five lesson plans about consumerism. Students read a case study about consumerism in North America, and they take a critical look at how advertising affects society. Includes overheads, handouts and worksheets. Suitable for use in English and Communications 11 and 12. $8.95

8 LA 9170 Nonfiction Reading Practice, Grade 6 by the Victoria International Development Education Association 30 p. ©2001. This resource booklet looks at the child labour, and the unhealthy and dangerous working conditions, which are common place in the international toy industry. This booklet is part of VIDEA’s Sweatshops series focussing on the global production line and linking producers and consumers. Grades 8 to adult.
$8.50

9 LA 2009 Do Some Great Thing by Anthony F. Brown, ©2004. This 40-min. DVD is a documentary that relates to the story of the first Black pioneers who arrived in B.C. in 1858, establishing settlements on Vancouver Island and Saltspring Island. The documentary presents the trials, tribulations, and accomplishments of the first black pioneers who came to Canada with the intent to integrate not segregate. The documentary deals head on with the issue of racial persecution, which spans two centuries and three countries—Canada, USA and Great Britain. A printed teacher’s guide is also included. Grades 10+ $29.95

10 LA 9662 Portraits of Our Culture Produced by the Vancouver School Board, 130 p. ©2004.This hard-cover, full-colour book features the art work of Vancouver School district students. Art teachers from 32 different schools helped secondary students mentor elementary students on a variety of collaborative projects around the theme "portraits of our culture." The students painted their portraits on everything from paper to stone, ceramic tile, and found objects. They did wool felting, photography, sculpture, and multi-media. Whatever the medium, the children enthusiastically depicted their diverse cutlures in brillant colour. The images in this collection are powerful in so many ways, and the students gained confidence through shared creativity and new friendships during the process of this successful project. K–12 $36.95

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 to 5:00 Tues. to Fri. during July and Aug.; 9:00–12:00 on Sat. during Sept., Oct., Jan., and Feb. bctf.ca/LessonAids