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Archive for September, 2009

Wash Up! It’s In Your Hands

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 24, 2009

Discusses simple facts about hand washing– why it’s important, when to do it, and most important how to do it properly. Students also learn about microorganisms, viruses, and bacteria. In addition, they learn about other simple things they can do to stay clean– washing their hair and caring for the clothes.

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Life in the Middle Ages DVD Series

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 18, 2009

What was it like to be a valiant knight, an affluent noble or a penniless serf in medieval Europe? Watch Life in the Middle Ages and find out! This engaging video series explores the lives of people from the Middle Ages and the complex and interesting relationships that developed among them. Remarkable facts about the housing, food, clothing and entertainment of the times are offered within the context of exciting historical reenactments and dramatic footage of European castles and medieval festivals. Go behind the scenes with our knowledgeable and enthusiastic host as she shoots a documentary about the Middle Ages and provides us with a great deal of information in the process!  Titles include:

The Doctor — A History of the Middle Ages — The Merchant — The Monk — The Serf — The Noble — Social Structure in the Middle Ages — The Knight.

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Digital Probe Science Kit for Grade 7-8

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 17, 2009

The Terry James Video Library has many kits available for science classrooms of various grades.  The most recent addition is a digital probe science kit for grades 7 and 8. Thirty-eight hands-on experiments using sensors, at the intermediate level, covering experiments in temperature, motion, force, conductivity, gas pressure, heart rate, light, magnetic fields, pH levels, and voltage.

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Information Literacy

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 16, 2009

Today’s students have a world of information at their fingertips.  The Terry James Resource Library has many materials available to help teachers help students deal with the information age.  An example of these resources is:

building infoBuilding Info Smarts by Carol Koechlin & Sandi Zwann

Help students master the tools and strategies that they need to work with all kinds of information and make it ther own — from reading books and analyzing a movie to working on a research project.  Grades 4-12.

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Les Classiques de Frederic Back – Frederic Back Classics (DVD)

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 11, 2009

frederick backRegroupe les principales œuvres du cinéaste d’animation québécois Frédéric Back.  Présentation spéciale par Hubert Tison et Frédéric Back  — Abracadabra  — Inon, ou, La conquête du feu  — La création des oiseaux –Illusion? — Taratata! — Tout rien — Crac!  — Le fleuve aux grandes eaux  — Entrevue: Frédéric Back et “Le fleuve aux grandes eaux” — L’homme qui plantait des arbres — Entrevue avec Jean Giono, auteur du récit “L’homme qui plantait des arbres”  — Entrevue avec Hubert Tison — Portrait de Frédéric Back = Portrait of Frédéric Back.

The best known works of Canadian animation legend Frédéric Back.  Special introduction by Hubert Tison and Frédéric Back  — Abracadabra  —  Inon or the Conquest of fire  —  The creation of birds — Illusion?  — Taratata! —  All nothing  — Crac!  —  The mighty river  —  Interview: Frédéric Back and The mighty river —  The man who planted trees  —  Interview with Jean Giorno, author of “The man who planted trees”  — Interview with Hubert Tison —  Portrait of Frédéric Back  —  Interview with Frédéric Back.

Frédéric Back, internationally renowned film-animation artist, muralist, illustrator, and teacher (born at Sarrebrück, France 8 Apr 1924). Back studied Fine Art at Rennes, France, before immigrating to Canada in 1948. He was hired by Radio Canada in Montréal in 1952 and worked in graphics and visual effects on many educational and scientific television shows. In 1968 Back joined the newly created (by Hubert Tison) animation division, releasing his first film, Abracadabra, in 1970. Since then he has finished eight more short animated films, primarily for young children and usually with a message associated with ecology or Quebec culture. His films are known for his exquisite technique of drawing on frosted acetate with coloured pencils in a gentle post-Impressionist style.

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Pioneer Canada French and English DVD’s

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 10, 2009

The Terry James Video Library has several new Canadian pioneer videos that are available in both french and english versions.   Titles include:

Construire une premiere maison — Building a first home — La vie des premiers pionniers — Earliest pioneer life — Le village des premiers pionniers — The early pioneer village.

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Make Some Noise (DVD)

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 9, 2009

make some noiseThe Terry James Video Library has recently purchased 6 episodes of the popular CBC series, Make Some Noise.  This series features young people becoming activists.  The six episodes are:

Keeping it Real — Beyond Our Borders — Indifference is Deadly — Open Spaces — Activism is Everywhere — Fight for Change.

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Grammar

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 8, 2009

The Terry James Resource Centre Library has many useful resources on teaching grammar.  Some of the new titles include:

grammarGrammar Study: Helping Students Get What Grammar is and How it Works — Teaching Grammar With Perfect Poems for Middle School — Teaching Grammar With Playful Poems — Painless Grammar — Teens, Technology and Literacy: Or, Why Bad Grammar Isn’t Always Bad.

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Motivating Students

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 3, 2009

The Terry James Resource Library has  many resources on motivating students.  One of our more recent additions is:

The Book Whisperer

Known for her popular blog, “The Book Whisperer,” Donalyn Miller book whisperersays she has yet to meet a child she couldn’t turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller’s students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. She shares her teaching methods and includes a dynamite list of recommended “kid lit” that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.

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Secrets to Success for Science Teachers

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 3, 2009

secretsFrom successfully setting up a classroom to achieving meaningful instruction, science teachers face a variety of challenges unique to their practice every day.  This easy-to-read guide provides new and seasoned teachers with practical ideas, strategies, and insights to help address essential topics in effective science teaching, including emphasizing inquiry, building literacy, implementing technology, using a wide variety of science resources, and maintaining student safety.

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