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K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection

We Are a Community

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Author/Publisher/Website: Boreham, B.; Mack, T.
Copyright: 2015
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Mar/2016
Submitting suppliers/Website: Strong Nations
Primary Identifier: Title
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-12
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Resource Description

Part of the "From the Mountains to the Sea" series, this beautifully constructed and visually appealing resource incorporates science and social studies content using an Aboriginal worldview and approach, focusing on the concept of interconnectedness in the environment. It encourages discussion and critical thinking while honouring Aboriginal ways of knowing.

CURRICULUM FIT

This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Reading
Social Responsibility
Writing
Comments:
Part of the series "From the Mountains to the Sea," We Are a Community supports English Language Arts, Social Studies and Science curricula for students K-2, and could be utilized as a reference for grades 3-12.

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?
Moderately
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
This resource supports the Aboriginal learning standards focusing on the concept of interconnectedness in the environment; how all living things are interdependent; and how peoples' needs and wants are met in communities. Topics include the importance of the river, ecosystems that change with the seasons, salmon and how they provide food and nutrients, and acknowledgement of traditional and contemporary ways of living.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
This beautifully constructed and visually appealing resource highlights the importance of the river, salmon, and respect for the environment and ecosystems. The cultural details enrich understanding and develop interest in order to enhance teaching and allow students to access information in an engaging, straightforward manner. In each book, the science content is on the left page and the social studies content is on the right page. Each page features uniform font and text size along with beautiful photographs and illustrations.

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?
Moderately
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?
Moderately
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Extensively
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Moderately
Does the resource support a gradual release of responsibility i.e. explicit instruction, guided practice, independent learning?
Moderately
Does the resource provide varied opportunities to demonstrate learning and extend thinking?
Extensively
Does the resource provide appropriate tools for assessment?
Moderately
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Extensively
Comments:
This resource is succinctly and artistically developed to enhance the primary science and social studies curriculum using an Aboriginal worldview and approach. We Are a Community does not have teachers' notes, but is self-explanatory as it is read aloud. The use of symbols, labels, colours, photographs and illustrations to organize and shape understanding is skillfully utilized to engage the learner. This resource allows discussion while honouring Aboriginal ways of knowing, and incorporates an excellent chart showing the life cycle of the salmon.

PRINT CLASSROOM

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Extensively
Does the classroom reference have a bibliography and footnotes?
Not at all or slightly
Are the subject area list and/or subtopics extensive?
Moderately
Do the external links contribute to the learning experience
Extensively
Does the resource broaden students’ experiences and understandings?
Extensively
Does the resource make effective use of visual elements?
Extensively
Are the images compelling?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Student research tools
Primary reference material
Comments:
Part of the series "From the Mountains to the Sea," We are a Community incorporates Aboriginal knowledge of ecosystems, life and water cycles, the importance of salmon to the community, and the concept of respect for the environment. This resource allows for discussion while honouring Aboriginal ways of knowing. Colourful photographs and illustrations provide details and highlight scientific and cultural elements.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
We Are a Community is part of a bundled package that includes cedar bulletin board trimmers, matching and life cycle cards focusing on salmon, and a CD called 40 Million Salmon Can't be Wrong. These supplementary items were not part of the evaluation.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This resource could be utilized on its own or with other books from “From the Mountains to the Sea” series. Formulated to facilitate discussion, it is also constructed to pair science and social studies content, creating opportunities for critical thinking, teaching reading strategies and text features, and could be used as an anchor for creative writing and art projects.
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