DEC Scan Journal : Volume 34 Issue 4
2015 Volume 34, Issue 4 61 Contents Editorial Reflections Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Challenging and controversial picture books: creative and critical responses to visual texts Edited by Janet Evans Routledge, UK, 2015 ISBN 9781138797772 [741.5] There are more and more picture books designed to appeal to readers beyond Kindergarten. Some cover more controversial subjects such as the recently reviewed Jessica’s box by Peter Carnavas where the main character has a disability. This book is a collection of essays demonstrating that picture books need to be taken more seriously, and showing great respect for the readers which include hard to engage students who find reading a challenge. The essays look more closely at Grimm’s Fairy Tales pointing out that they are stories for everyone not just for children and also at humorous picture books such as The story of the little mole who knew it was none of his business (Holzwarth & Ehrlbruch, 1989). The resource includes interesting insights based on children’s opinions of a range between primary and secondary schools and scientists and mathematicians is outlined on this website. Showcase describes some of the projects in which the partnerships have been involved. Presentations and demonstrations provides further detail about inspiring activities and experiments in Mathematics and Science across many schools. A map shows the extent and participation of these partnerships including Mathematicians in Schools, Scientists in Schools and ICT in Schools. This program supports the three interrelated strands of the Australian Science Curriculum; Science Understanding, Science Inquiry Skills and Science as Human Behaviour. The descriptions of the activities and results of this program should spark ideas and questions amongst teachers and students implementing the new NSW Science K–10 syllabus. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: AC; Mathematics; Science SYLLABUS: Mathematics K–10; Science K–10 PUBLISHER: CSIRO, VIC REVIEW DATE: 12/10/2015  SCIS 1507991 *1507991* We asked CSIRO: scientists in schools by CSIRO Seeds of Science: Roots of reading Teacher resources Utilising a Do-it, Talk-it, Read-it, Write- it approach, this American curriculum has much to offer Science teachers implementing the new NSW Science K–10 syllabus. Explore the units lists topics designed to combine Science and literacy, separated into categories such as Soil habitats, Light energy, and Models of matter. Multimedia resources links to videos, still images and sounds used in the units of work. Although the curriculum content is based on the books developed primarily for this program, the Strategy guides link closely to the literacy skills required in the NSW Science K–10 syllabus and would support teachers and students in communicating and explaining, posing questions, documenting findings and designing and planning strategies in Working Scientifically (Skills). Please note that although the resources are available for free, the program is not available for Australian IP addresses. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: AC; English; Science SYLLABUS: English K–10; Science K–10 (SciTech K–6) PUBLISHER: Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, USA REVIEW DATE: 12/10/2015 [507.1] SCIS 1736851 *1736851* Dr. P. David Pearson talks about Seeds of science/Roots of reading by Seeds/Roots.
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