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Turtle Island Voices: Grade Five

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Author/Publisher/Website: Bouchard, D., Currie, C., Cutting, R. et al.
Copyright: 2012
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Dec/2015
Submitting suppliers/Website: Pearson Canada
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-7
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Resource Description

Turtle Island Voices is a levelled book series for grades 1 – 8 celebrating Aboriginal culture, heritage and life. Grades 1-6 consists of ten titles per grade: (three traditional stories, four modern stories, and three informational texts) and a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide. The titles cover a range of levels appropriate for the grade. This series offers all children, Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal, the opportunity to recognize the role and contributions of Aboriginal peoples in the life, culture, and heritage of Canada. It can be used to integrate Aboriginal content and perspectives into multiple classroom lessons. Stories and articles develop concepts of inter-connectedness, respect for life, and the quest for a better future.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Reading
Healthy living
Social Responsibility
Writing
Comments:
This resource can be used to meet the needs of Language Arts (Reading, Writing and Oral Language) and Social Studies (Aboriginal studies. Using the values embedded in each reader, the series can also be used to support character education and social-emotional learning. The resource, with its Indigenous focus, pairs nicely with the new curriculum as well.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
These readers are focused on Aboriginal content. They recognize cultural diversity, and represent Aboriginal Peoples in an accurate and non-denigrating way.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Should this product be identified as Canadian?
Yes
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Is the resource an Authentic First Peoples Text?
Yes
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Extensively
Can reading level be adjusted?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
These readers are highly engaging and would meet the needs of most students in a grade 5 classroom.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the kit easy to use?
Extensively

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Extensively
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Extensively
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Does the progression in learning go from the simple to the complex?
Extensively
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Extensively
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Extensively
Does the resource support a gradual release of responsibility i.e. explicit instruction, guided practice, independent learning?
Extensively
Does the resource provide varied opportunities to demonstrate learning and extend thinking?
Extensively
Does the resource provide appropriate tools for assessment?
Extensively
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Extensively
Comments:
The Teacher's Guide has a lesson plan for each reader which will assist teachers in taking students from a general overview, through reading and responding, and then to summing up the book and their feelings about it. Each plan indicates that a CD-ROM is available for the student book. This was not included in the package to evaluate. Each plan is explicit, easy to follow, and includes reference to the use of graphic organizers (found in the back of the Teacher's Guide) to help construct and assess learning. Each reader ends with 5 discussion questions to use with students called the Turtle Island Circle. Explicit instructions on how to conduct these discussions are given in the manual.

INSTRUCTIONAL MULTICOMPONENT KIT

Are the various components of the kit organized in a clear and logical manner?
Extensively
Do the companion materials contribute to the overall effectiveness of the resource?
Extensively
Is the quality of the content consistent throughout the kit?
Extensively
To what extent does the resource use multimedia to support learning?
Moderately
Descriptors:
Pedagogical overview
Teacher guide
Student activities
Assessment materials
Student print resources
Comments:
The Teacher's Guide is well organized and contains background information about First Nations learning, lesson plans for each of the 10 readers in the kit, and graphic organizers to use with the lessons. The guide makes reference to a CD-ROM which was not included for evaluation.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
A Teacher's Guide is included with the readers. There is reference to a supplementary CD-ROM with projectable pages for shared reading of each reader in the collection, but this was not included to evaluate.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
These readers can be used to integrate Aboriginal content into multiple classroom lessons. The high-interest stories range from fiction to non-fiction, are leveled and can be used to support guided and independent reading in the classroom. The Teacher's Guide gives concrete ideas on how to link Aboriginal perspectives to curriculum including Social Studies, Language, the Arts, and Science.
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