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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on March 25, 2014

Recently added The First Nations Series for Young Readers Teacher Resource : Grade 4-10 :  a resource companion to the First Nations series for Young Readers from Second Story Press by Shawntelle Nesbitt.

The introduction includes praise for this author and resource. “Shawntell Nesbitt gets it! Rich and extensive programming flows throughout Nesbitt’s guide, which demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of all that must be considered when bringing First Nations, Métis, or Inuit culture into the classroom”–Shelley Knott-Fife.

“The series and resource guide are current and allow students to learn about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit role models while incorporating Aboriginal perspective.”–Lynn Herr

“Durham District School Board’s Authentic Learning Wheel and Deconstruction Approach have been incorporated [in this resource] … Nesbitt has recognized the immeasurable value of the Anishinaabe Medicine Wheel Teaching of the Four Aspects of Human Beings as foundational to holistic education today”…–Deanna Fry.

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Community in TOP GRADE: Can Lit for the Classroom

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on April 5, 2013

Six new works from Top Grade the Canadian children’s publishers initiative.

Righting Canada’s wrongs resource guide, by Lindsay Gibson, Ilan Danjoux, and Roland Case, The Critical Thinking Consortium.       940.531771 GIB

Includes resource guides for Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War and Italian Canadian Internment in the Second World War.  Support for teaching about Canada’s past treatment of ethnic minorites and how to approach the topic of racism.  The series is devoted to the explanation of the stories of the Canadian governments’ racist actions against various ethnic groups through our history, the fight for acknowledgement and justice, and the eventual apologies and restitution of subsequent governments.

Pier 21 : Listen to my story, by Christine Welldon.  325.71 WEL

Get to know the children and their families who arrived at Halifax’s Pier 21 from countries such as Estonia, Italy, and Ukraine, as well as Scottish and Jewish orphans.  They came to escape World War, Russian Communist rule, to find work, and search for farmland.

Sagkeeng Legends stories by John C. Courchene ; compiled by Craig Charbonneau Fontaine.  398.2 COU

Two stories in Anishanabemowin are translated into English.  Anishanabe syllabics are included in the translation as they capture the true sounds and expression of Indigenous languages.  Oral history is crucial in determing Indigenous Peoples’ connection to lands.  These stories provide connection in the Sagkeeng First Nation, continuing existence as Anishanabe, and evidence of the rich history of the Courchene family.

Manitowapow : Aboriginal writings from the Land of Water, editors Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Warren Cariou.  819.08 MAN

This is the first book in the Debwe series.  The “Debwe series” named for the Anishinaabe concept meaning “to speak the truth” showcases both established and new writers, who work with experienced Aborigial editors to create books of the highest quality.  This anthology is a rich collection of stories, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches.  It features historical writings, literary writing, nonfiction and political writing, local storytellers and keepers of knowledge, new vibrant voices that express modern Aboriginal experiences.

Follow Your Money : who gets it, who spends it, where does it go? by Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka.  330 SYL

Accessible and fun, a vital introduction to the way money flows from creator to distributor, to retailer and customer.

Moving out : a young adult’s guide to living on your own, by Cindy Babyn.  646.700842 BAB

“Practical and philosophical on how youth can look for apartments, find movers and roommates, budget, stand up for their tenant rights, effectively overcome homesickness, develop good health and social habits, respect the environment, and live with all the cultures of the world in one of our great Canadian cities”–cover.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on December 17, 2012

Engaging students is crucial to learning and interactive whiteboards a valuable tool that will take lessons to the next level in literacy learning.  Explore with Literacy Smarts : simple classroom strategies for using interactive whiteboards to engage students, by Jennifer Harper and Brenda Stein Dzaldov.  Introduces simple activities and tasks that use interactive whiteboard technology in original ways to go beyond simple text and encourages connecting the classroom to the “real” world. 

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Three new volumes with brain-focused strategies for learning-and living for focused classrooms, mindful learning and resilient children from Scholastic.  The MindUp curriculum.  Grades Pre-K-2 ; Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8.  “This research-based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students. Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life”.

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Another addition Socially responsible literacy : teaching adolescents for purpose and power, by Paula Selvester and Deborah G Summers. A new vision moves teachers away from teaching reading for its own purpose to seeing reading as a way to motivate students to connect with their world.  Each chapter includes reflection questions that move the reader toward personal and professional development, along with classroom applications that provide specific strategies and ideas for engaging literacy projects.

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Calm, alert, and learning : classroom strategies for self-regulation by Stuart Shanker. Canada’s leading expert on self-regulation guides through an exploration of the five major domains of self-regulation-what they are, how they work, what they look like in the classroom, and what we can do to help students strengthen in a domain.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on October 29, 2012

Les jeunes lecteurs peuvent decouvrir beaucoup d’information, en francais, sur  le Canada: les celebrations canadiennes, les emblemes canadiens, gouvernement Canadien, l’histoire du Canada, les jours de Fete du Canada, les pionniers canadiens, les sciences, Regions geographiques du Canada, la terre et les habitants du Canada.

Les sciences:  Les saisons est un survol excellent sur ce qui fait que chaque saison est unique.  A partir de la couleur changeante des feuilles a l’automne et de la naissance des bebes animaux au printemps a la formation des flocons de neige en hiver et au temps plus chaud a l’ete.

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Je regarde le ciel guide les jeunes lecteurs parmi les objets et les visions qu’ils peuvent apercevoir quand ils observent le ciel.

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Les celebrations canadiennes chaque livre donne de l’information sur l’histoire, les symboles et les traditions de ces celebrations speciales.

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La serie Les emblemes canadiens explore les symboles qui ont forme l’identite de notre nation.  Chaque livre explique comment un symbole est devenu important pour le Canada et quel role ce symbole dans la societe canadienne de nos jours.

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La serie Gouvernement Canadien examine le role du gouvernement dans le developpement du pays.  Les six livres de cette serie explorent les relations entre le Canada et le village mondial, la Constitution du Canada, les droits de la citoyennete dans une societe multiculturelle et les structures sociales, economiques et politiques du Canada.

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La serie L’histoire du Canada celebre l’histoire passionnante du Canada et guide le lecteur au moyen d’une exploration approfondie des principaux evenements qui ont faconne la nation.

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Les jours de Fete du Canada donne aux lecteurs une vue captivante des traditions et des celebrations qui accompagent les jours feries les plus importants du Canada.  Chaque livre revele des faits fascinants sur l’histoire, les traditions, les symboles et les festivites de chacun de ces jours speciaux.

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Apprenez quelque chose sur les vies des gens travailleurs qui ont ete les premiers a s’etablir au Canada dans la serie Les pionniers Canada.  Elle aide les eleves a comprendre les differents roles qui etaient importants dans toute communaute de ce temps-la.

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Les eleves qui commencent le secondaire peuvent explorer la terre, les animaux sauvages, le climat et les habitants de chacune des sept regions geographiques du Canada dans la populaire serie Regions geographiques du Canada.  Chaque titre presente des images captivantes, des tableaux, des connaissances-eclair, des photos en couleur et une image satellite de la region.

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La terre et les habitants du Canada proposent un voyage fascinant a travers les dix provinces et les trois territoires du Canada.  Ces livres explorent les caracteristiques naturelles et culturelles qui rendent chaque province ou terriroire unique, y compris son environnement, ses arts, ses sports et les cultures de la region.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on October 29, 2012

New print edition from Canadian Curriculum Teacher Helper series. Students will learn about Canada in these simple to understand, comprehensive unit helpers.  Follow-up activities are included designed to consolidate the concepts taught.  Includes assessment ideas and an end-of unit test. Our new titles : All about Canada Grades 1-2 ;  Canada’s aboriginal peoples Grades 4-6 ;  Canada’s geographical regions Grades 4-6 ;  Canada’s pioneers Grades 2-4 ;  Canadian government Grades 4-6 ;  Canadian traditions and celebrations Grades 2-3 ;  Music lessons Grades 1-3 ;  Our community Grades 1-2 ;  Urban & rural communities  Grades 2-3. 

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Canadian content for Canadian teachers.  GEOWAT- Innovative Teacher Publishing has all of their titles available on-line.  Navigate to the subject of your choice and click on a book to see a sneak-peek of its content.  Sneak-peeks are printer friendly, so feel free to print and use in your class.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on December 5, 2011

Newly acquired samples are available for  Language Arts Hi-Lo reading from Saddleback Educational Publishing.  Here are a few of the series with some of the sample titles.

Choices: Life strategy novels for striving readers. Reading level: 1.0 to 2.0 / Grades: Young Adult High School.

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Carter High Mysteries: High School with a twist.  Reading level: 1.0 to 2.0 Grades: Young Adult High School.

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District 13: Edgy Hi-Lo Sports Novels. Reading level: 1.0 to 2.0 / Grades: Young Adult High School.

Series written using carefully chosen vocabulary and simple sentences.  The novels offer compelling teen stories about characters that interest young adult readers.  Using sports as a backdrop, these edgy and mature titles confront issues that are of great importance to urban teens, especially teenaged boys:  coming of age, dating, fitting in, friendship, drugs, self-esteem, and school.  Straightforward plots move readers through the 48-pages of text quickly and efficiently with satisfying resolutions.

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The Heights: Low-level gentle reads.  Reading level: 1.0 to 2.0 / Grades: 5 to 8.

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Right Now!: …But what happens next!  Reading level: 1.0 to 2.5 / Grades: Young Adult High School.

The Right Now! series contains colorful high-impact graphics and cutting edge design, which adds drama to every page.  These 40-page stories, containing no more than 600 words each, are intended for striving readers who struggle with traditional classroom fiction.  The gripping realism of each story draws the reader on…but what happens next?  The endings are ambiguous – students can debate what’s next in a series of activities designed to further explore the subject.

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Strange But True: sure to intrigue even the most reluctant reader… Reading level: 3.5 to 4.0 / Grades: Young Adult High School.

Who isn’t fascinated by the world of the weird?  These stories are the ultimate in high-interest reading.  Fact or fiction?  Real or unreal?  Let your students decide.  The people, places and things in these story collections range from the peculiar to the preposterous, from the creepy to utterly terrifying, from the odd to the awful.  Yet all are based on eyewitness accounts or the solid scholarship of series investigators.

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True Crime: shocking stories of lawlessness and justice.  Reading level: 4.0 / Grades: Young Adult High School. One title in this series is  Forensics.

The science of forensics is little understood except for what we watch in prime time.  Five chapters explore forensic dentistry, ballistics, computer forensics, facial reconstruction, and fingerprinting.

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Problem Solving To Brain Breaks

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 7, 2011

Problem solving in mathematics Grades 3-6: powerful strategies to deepen understanding, by Alfred S. Posamentier and Stephen Krulik.  

Each chapter begins with a problem posed for the teacher. Compare your solution with that suggested.  Work out several problems intended for students.   Compare the teacher solution with those intended for the students.  Teaching notes included.

The book is divided into nine strategies: organizing the data; intelligent guessing and testing; solving a simpler, equivalent problem;  acting it out/simulating the action; working backwards;  finding a pattern;  logical reasoning;  making a drawing;  adopting a different point of view.

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Brain breaks for the classroom Grades K-5 : quick and easy breathing and movement activities that help students reenergize, refocus, and boost brain power- any time of the day! by Michelle Gay.

Each activity pairs simple step-by-step directions with an imaginative prompt to enhance students movement experience.  Variations and tips are provided to offer easier modifications and more rigorous challenges.  Choose one brain break to do during a short transition or put together a series of exercises for alonger break.  Fosters individual and group focus.

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Teaching the female brain: how girls learn math and science, by Abigail Norfleet James.

Taking the position that both biology and environment influence how girls learn, the focus is on making sure that teachers recognize and understand the cognitive gender differences and social influences that affect how girls learn.

Dr. James establishes a broad understanding of gender differences and an awareness of the many ways to influence positively girls’ confidence in math and science.  Specific strategies for math (ch. 4) and science (ch.5) are covered.  Some boys who approach the learning process in ways similar to girls will also benefit from the approaches discussed.  Finally suggestions are included for developing schoolwide programs to help all students.

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Teaching numeracy: 9 critical habits to ignite mathematical thinking, by Margie Pearse and K.M. Walton; foreword by Arthur Hyde.

Each of the chapters in Part I is devoted to one of the nine habits.  The appendix contains sample numeracy-based lesson plans such as the introduction to division (Grades 2-3), elapsed time (Grades 5-6) ; surface area of a right rectangular prism (Grades 7-8). Part II focus is on the how, and the style of lesson planning.  Five essential components of a numeracy based mathematics lesson are developed.

Transform mathematics learning from “doing” to “thinking.”  Applications throughout the book show how to monitor and repair students’ understanding; represent mathematics nonlinguistically; develop students’ mathematics vocabulary; create numeracy-rich lesson plans.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on May 25, 2011

Four new Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws graphic novels and teacher guides,  The sugar bush ; The Voyageurs ; True hearts ; Tall tale are now available.  The teacher guides are on CD-ROM published by 

“The first series of comic strips are based upon the teachings of  The Seven Grandfathers (wisdom from the Anishinabek Community)…” from the website.  Set in 18th century colonized North America, two mischievous Ojibwa brothers play pranks and have adventures using a traditional Ojibwa medicine that transforms them into animals for a short time.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on March 3, 2011

Introducing a new novel set (Call number NS1192) available through the Terry James Video Library. 

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor to his or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games.

Sample copies and teacher guides for “The Hunger Games”, as well as, audiobooks of the entire trilogy are available in the Terry James Resource Library.

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Digital Photography

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on October 19, 2010

Digital photographs can be manipulated, displayed, printed,  made into art, and much more.  The Terry James Resource Library has many digital photography resources from “how to” books to Ontario Ministry of Education licensed software.  Follow the link below to check out what is available in our online catalogue.

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