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K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection

We Share the Seasons

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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 resource highlights science and social studies topics centred on the seasons and First Nations' cultural and community activities that take place throughout each season. The pairing of scientific details with cultural details enriches understanding and develops interest.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
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”, this resource supports English Language Arts, Social Studies and Science curricula for students K-2, and could be utilized as a reference for grades 3-7. It includes information for educators – details about each season, an outline for charts in the text, and background information on content for each section. This additional information could also be utilized as support material for secondary students. Framed in the context of a Talking Circle, the resource allows for discussion while honouring Aboriginal ways of knowing. Colourful photographs and illustrations provide details and highlight scientific and cultural elements of each season.

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?
Moderately
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:
Cleverly organized to introduce key cultural themes and highlight scientific details, this resource takes readers through each season from First Nations’ perspectives. Topics include storytelling, the importance of ceremonies and other community events, as well as essential foods and how they are harvested. Facts for each season are presented alongside cultural understandings and questions created to generate discussion in a Talking Circle.

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:
Created with purpose, this resource couples scientific details about each season with cultural details that enrich understanding and develop interest. It is developed to enhance teaching and allow students to access information in a straightforward manner. Each page is colour-coded and features beautiful photographs and illustrations, and gives information backed up with further material for teachers to utilize or introduce as they like.

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 distinctly laid out as an instructional resource for primary science and social studies with an Aboriginal approach, and achieves this skilfully with the use of symbols, colours and photographs to organize and shape understanding. There is a reference section for educators and confident readers which builds on the content with more detail, and allows for some differentiation of instruction. Featuring beautiful illustrations and photographs, as well as instructions and questions for facilitating a Talking Circle, this resource provides some opportunity to extend and personalize learning.

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:
This resource highlights science and social studies topics centred on the seasons and cultural and community activities that take place throughout each season, appropriately detailed for primary-level students. It builds on students’ understanding by inviting recollections or understandings of seasonal events such as the experiences we celebrate or the people we visit at different times in the year. The beautiful photographs and accurate illustrations engage and reinforce concepts, as well as highlight the differences between the seasons.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
We Share the Seasons has a teachers' guide at the beginning of the resource. The resource is part of a bundled package that includes related materials - salmon designs on bulletin board trimmers for classroom display, four moon posters representing Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter moons, season cards for sorting and categorizing. 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 the “From the Mountains to the Sea” series. Formulated to facilitate discussion in a Talking Circle model, it is also constructed to pair science and social studies content, create opportunities for critical thinking, and can be utilized to teach reading strategies, text features, and as an anchor for creative writing and art projects.
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