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Becoming Scientists
Format: Paperback
  • Inquiry-based teaching in diverse classrooms, grades 3-5

    Good science starts with a question. This book offers a look into real classrooms where teachers use inquiry science to engage students in seeking answers the same ways real scientists do — they design experiments, make predictions, observe and describe, offer and test explanations, and share their conjectures with others. This practical book shows teachers how to:

    build on students' experiences, background knowledge, and readiness
    manage a diverse classroom during inquiry science exploration
    faciliatate science discussions
    deepen their own science content knowledge

$25.95

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British Columbia, It's Land, Mineral and Water Resources Teacher's Guide
Author: Cathy Ready
Format: Paperback
  • This resource was developed specifically for the BC Science and Social Studies curricula. It is the only comprehensive resource available which provides all the content necessary to learn about B.C.'s living and non-living resources. And best of all it has been developed in B.C. by B.C. educators and has been recommended by the BC Ministry of Education.

    Students will learn:
    - about land, mineral and water resources; the ways we use the resources and the effects of using them.
    - how we use the land for growing crops, for raising animals and hunting wildlife and for forestry, tourism and recreation.
    - that B.C.'s mountains are full of minerals and how this abundance of minerals makes mining B.C.'s third most important industry.
    - why water is an important resource in B.C. for drinking, hydroelectric power, recreation, industry and as a food source.
    - the uses, benefits and economic impact of BC's resources; from traditional First Nations' to present day.
    -the evolution of the technology used in resource development and use, environmental issues, sustainability and careers.

    The comprehensive teacher's guide provides support materials necessary to meet the prescribed learning outcomes for both the development of skills and the acquisition of knowledge. Hands-on activities, blackline masters and teaching strategies are included.

$59.99

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Cycle of Life/Recycle: Handbook for Educators Book w/CD
Format: Coil Bound
  • This handbook makes the connections between protecting habitats and an action within the power of a child: recycling. The bookmark provides an easy entry into its components including: stories to be read aloud; learning and teaching guides; sparks for activities that are flexible and can be adapted to different grade levels; the biology section containing articles on 60 endangered species in 10 ecozones throughout Canada; the recycling section that explains the history and processing of 6 different container types; and in depth essays on life cycles, ecological footprint, extinction, biodiversity and more.

$65.95

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First Nations Full Day Kindergarten
Format: Paperback
  • Over 300 pages of cultural components to complement traditional kindergarten skills and concepts:
    PROGRAM BACKGROUND, Budget Categories, Integrating First Nations Studies, Cognitive Education Method, Activities, Skills and Goals, Monthly Rhythms, Sample Week, Sample Daily Routines. THEMES: Longhouse - Autumn & Winter, Longhouse - Spring and Summer, Salmon, Bears, Planning a Potlatch, Christmas Festival, Cedar, Canoes, Weaving, Drama, plus cultural materials support themes. Factual background information for teachers to read or share with students.

$41.00

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First Nations Science and Ethnobotany Unit K to 10
Format: Paperback
  • FIRST NATIONS Science & Ethnobotany Unit K-10

    15 individual fold outs. Each fold is designed to be used either as a total class project with direction by the teacher or as projects for individual students or teams of students. In-depth description of at least one plant native to the area, one experiment, information about plant identification, plant use and activities.

$35.00

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From Time Immemorial Teacher's Guide
Author: Diane Silvey
Format: Paperback
  • From Time Immemorial provides an honest and up-to-date survey of the history of the coastal First Nations from pre-contact to the present. The culture of the coastal people was highly complex. Although there were many similarities, there were also many differences among the groups who shared the wealth of their life-sustaining environment.

    This book provides a broad overview of traditional ways common to a large number of diverse groups. It encourages readers to learn more about particular groups who, long ago, walked the shorelines and forest trails of the Pacific Northwest.

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    The Teacher’s Guide provides support materials to meet 100% of the prescribed learning outcomes of the Grade Four Social Studies curriculum in BC with links to Social Studies IRP grade four learning outcomes and the Shared Learnings document. It contains detailed lesson plans, reproducible blackline masters, assessment strategies and tools and activities integrating theme across the curriculum (Science, Math, Art and Language Arts).

    Table of Contents

    Part One
    Using the Student Text
    Using the Teacher’s Guide
    Your Social Studies Unit
    Prescribed Learning Outcomes Charts
    Setting the Stage


    Part Two
    From Time Immemorial
    Chapter 1: Living Together: Villages and Families
    Chapter 2: Living in Balance With the Sea: Fishing
    Chapter 3: Living in Balance with the Land: Hunting and Gathering
    Chapter 4: At Home by the Forest: Shelter and Clothing
    Chapter 5: Travel in the Pacific Northwest: By Land, By Sea
    Chapter 6: Living with the Spirits: Ceremonies and Beliefs
    Chapter 7: Expressing a Culture: Art, Drama, Music and Games
    Chapter 8: Living with Other Nations: Trade and Warfare
    Chapter 9: Contact with Strangers: Explorers and Traders
    Chapter 10: Living with the Newcomers: A Way of Life Ends
    Chapter 11: Losing Rights and Freedoms: Legislation and Discrimination


    Part Three
    Appendix A: Blackline Masters
    Appendix B: Assessment/Evaluation Tools
    Appendix C: Annotated Related Resource List
    Appendix D: Universal Declaration of Human Rights and First Nations RightsInfractions
    Appendix E: The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

$59.95

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How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed
Author: Ray Kurzweil
Format: Paperback
  • The bold futurist and bestselling author explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain

    Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization—reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines.

    Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.

    Certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books of the year, How to Create a Mind is sure to take its place alongside Kurzweil’s previous classics which include Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever and The Age of Spiritual Machines.

$29.50

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It's All About Thinking: Collaborating to Support All Learners in Mathematics and Science
Format: Paperback
  • Collaborating to Support All Learners in Mathematics and Science

    Grade: for grades 5-12

    In this second volume of It’s All About Thinking, the authors focus their expertise on the disciplines of mathematics and science, translating principles into practices that help other educators with their students.

    How can we help students develop the thinking skills they need to become successful learners?
    How does this relate to deep learning of important concepts in mathematics and science?
    How can we engage and support diverse learners in inclusive classrooms where they develop understanding and thinking skills?
    In this book, Faye, Leyton and Carole explore these questions and offer classroom examples to help busy teachers develop communities where all students learn. This book is written by three experienced educators who offer a welcoming and “can-do” approach to the big ideas in math and science education today. In this book you will find:

    insightful ways to teach diverse learners (Information circles, open-ended strategies, inquiry, manipulatives and models)
    lessons crafted using curriculum design frameworks (udl and backwards design)
    assessment for, as, and of learning
    fully fleshed-out lessons and lesson sequences; inductive teaching to help students develop deep learning and thinking skills in Math and Science
    assessment tools (and student samples) for concepts drawn from learning outcomes in Math and Science curricula
    excellent examples of theory and practice made accessible
    real school examples of collaboration — teachers working together to create better learning opportunities for their students

$36.00

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Le Cycle De La Vie/Recyclage Book w/CD
Format: Coil Bound
  • This French version (text and song lyrics) was translated by Quebec biologist Sylvain Archambeault. The songs were performed by children’s choirs in BC, Alberta and Quebec. We’ve had many comments from French teachers about the artistic excellence of the songs. Le cycle de la vie/Recyclage fills a gaping need for quality, new songs and science education materials for use in French immersion schools. See English description for more details.

$65.95

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Outside Our Window: Developing a Primary Nature Program
Author: Liz McCaw
Format: Coil Bound
  • Nature based classrooms are powerful programs that seamlessly merge early childhood and environmental education to develop a lifelong connection with the natural world. This book is for preschool and primary educators who are thinking about adding a nature component to their current program and for those who have started to take their students outside and are looking for more information to run a successful and safe outdoor program. This user-friendly book provides guidance on how to organize, manage and resource a nature early learning program.

$25.95

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Putting it All Together
Author: Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
  • 8th Edition

    FIRST NATIONS AWARENESS: Putting It All Together

    Teachers' Curriculum Guide/Student Activities

    10 units of First Nations studies at the primary and intermediate levels based on the Pacific Coast Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuu Chah Nulth and Salish tribes.

    1. What is Culture? Comparing Cultures.
    2. Environment Helps Shape Culture.
    3. Salmon Legend.
    4. Salmon Cycle Mural.
    5. Work and Play Help Shape Culture.
    6. Families are Important.
    7. Clans, Crests, and Names.
    8. Art, Music, Dance, Drama-Communicating.
    9. Writing, Staging and Performing a Play.
    10. Planning a Potlatch.

$35.00

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The Big Book of Nature Activities: A Year-Round Guide to Outdoor Learning
Format: Paperback
  • The average child can identify over 1000 corporate logos, but only 10 native plants or animals—a telling indictment of our modern disconnection from nature. Soaring levels of obesity, high rates of ADHD, feelings of stress and social awkwardness and "Nature Deficit Disorder" are further unintended consequences of a childhood spent primarily indoors.The Big Book of Nature Activities is a comprehensive guide for parents and educators to help youth of all ages explore, appreciate and connect with the natural world. This rich, fully illustrated compendium features:Nature-based skills and activities such as species identification, photography, journaling and the judicious use of digital technologyIdeas, games and activities grounded in what's happening in nature each seasonCore concepts that promote environmental literacy, such as climate change and the mechanisms and wonder of evolution, explained using a child-friendly, engaging approachLists of key species and happenings to observe throughout the year across most of North America.Perfect for families, educators, and youth leaders, The Big Book of Nature Activities is packed with crafts, stories, information and inspiration to make outdoor learning fun!

$39.95

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The Cedar Club Forest Detectives
Author: Diane Swanson
Format: Paperback
  • The Cedar Club Forest Detectives introduces readers to the fabulous rainforests of British Columbia and the Pacific-Northwest. It shows how plants and animals interact and adapt themselves to the forest. It shows how living things depend on non-living things, such as water, light and soil. The book also presents examples of fossil forest life, First Nations’ uses of forests and the ways people harm-and help-the forest. By the end of the book, Andrew, Karen and Nick want to help care for the forest. They find a way.

    The Nature Detective Series is a set of five books and five teacher’s guides, developed specifically to address learning outcomes in the new national science curriculum, it is an essential addition to your classes grade collection.

    Written by award winning BC author, Diane Swanson, the Nature Detectives Series tells the stories of groups of adventurous nature detectives as they discover the life in five different ecosystems; westcoast rainforest, seashore, wetland, grassland and river. These enjoyable books provide primary teachers with a language-based resource from which science and language arts can be extended across the curriculum.

    The books also present examples of fossil life, traditional First Nations uses of ecosystems and the ways people harm and help the environment. Teacher’s Guide available.

    Table of Contents

    Each text includes:
    • an examination of the diversity of plants and animals
    • how plants and animals have adapted themselves to their environment
    • how plants and animals interact with each other
    • an examination of the life cycles of specific plants and animals
    • a comparison of fossils with plants and animals
    • a look at the causes and effects of extinction and endangerment of plants and animals
    • information about First Nations’ use of plants and animals in each ecosystem
    • glossary and index

    48 pp, full color illustrations, glossary, index

    Level: Grades 3-4

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The Cedar Club Forest Detectives Teachers Guide
Format: Coil Bound
  • The Cedar Club Forest Detectives Teacher's Guide provides excellent support materials to meet the national Life Science learning outcomes for the development of skills and the acquisition of knowledge. The guides provide all the resources necessary to facilitate the integrative teaching of Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

$23.95

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The Central School Seashore Detectives
Author: Diane Swanson
Format: Paperback
  • The Central School Seashore Detective introduces readers to the super seashores of British Columbia and the Pacific-Northwest. It shows how plants and animals interact and adapt themselves to the seashore. It shows how living things depend on non-living things, such as water, light and soil. The book also presents examples of fossil seashore life, First Nations uses of forests and the ways people harm-and help-the seashore. By the end of the book, Jay, Lisa, Adam and Fran want to help care for the seashore. They find a way

    Each text includes:
    • an examination of the diversity of plants and animals
    • how plants and animals have adapted themselves to their environment
    • how plants and animals interact with each other
    • an examination of the life cycles of specific plants and animals
    • a comparison of fossils with plants and animals
    • a look at the causes and effects of extinction and endangerment of plants and animals
    • information about First Nations’ use of plants and animals in each ecosystem
    • glossary and index

$9.95

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