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California Science

by Jim Cummins Timothy Cooney James Flood

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Illinois Scott Foresman Science [Grade 4]

by Jim Cummins Timothy Cooney James Flood Barbara Kay Foots M. Jenice Goldston Shirley Gholston Key Diane Lapp Sheryl A. Mercier Karen L. Ostlund Nancy Romance William Tate Kathryn C. Thornton Leon Ukens Steve Weinberg

Hardbound Pupil Editions for Grades 1-6 are organized into four units-Life, Physical, Earth, and Human Body sciences. An age-appropriate workbook is available for Kindergarten students.

Language, Power and Pedagogy

by Jim Cummins

Population mobility is at an all-time high in human history. One result of this unprecedented movement of peoples around the world is that in many school systems monolingual and monocultural students are the exception rather than the rule, particularly in urban areas. This shift in demographic realities entails enormous challenges for educators and policy-makers. What do teachers need to know in order to teach effectively in linguistically and culturally diverse contexts? How long does it take second language learners to acquire proficiency in the language of school instruction? What are the differences between attaining conversational fluency in everyday contexts and developing proficiency in the language registers required for academic success? What adjustments do we need to make in curriculum, instruction and assessment to ensure that second-language learners understand what is being taught and are assessed in a fair and equitable manner? How long do we need to wait before including second-language learners in high-stakes national examinations and assessments? What role (if any) should be accorded students' first language in the curriculum? Do bilingual education programs work well for poor children from minority-language backgrounds or should they be reserved only for middle-class children from the majority or dominant group? In addressing these issues, this volume focuses not only on issues of language learning and teaching but also highlights the ways in which power relations in the wider society affect patterns of teacher-student interaction in the classroom. Effective instruction will inevitably challenge patterns of coercive power relations in both school and society.

My World Social Studies: The Growth of Our Country

by Jim Cummins The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Linda Bennett

Your child is ready to complete his or her primary homeschool programs, which means you need a challenging Social Studies curriculum. myWorld Social Studies: Grade 5B/6 is the final stage in the myWorld Social Studies series. The curriculum for homeschooling uses the best in educational research and effective storytelling techniques to ensure your child completes his or her primary education with a solid grasp of the subject. This step in myWorld Social Studies continues right where Grade 5A left off, giving both you and your child a seamless transition from one curriculum to the next. Additionally, the program will set your child up for their secondary educational journey. By the time you reach the conclusion of myWorld Social Studies, your child should be able to: Use a variety of source types (such as first-hand accounts, textbooks, both fiction and nonfiction texts, etc. ) to deepen his or her understanding of important historic events. Understand that not all accounts are accurate and discern between a reliable and unreliable narrator. Display understanding of current events by completing assignments and reports on timely topics. Recall the roots of modern civilization, including facts on ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Understand two sides of world events (such as wars). Recount the development of the American colonies and how they became a nation. Participate in community service events. Understand local, state and national governments, and how they work both independently and together. The myWorld Social Studies homeschool program aims to help your child become an active, engaged and responsible citizen while simultaneously learning about important historic events. Additionally, your child will understand geography and how it connects to other areas of Social Studies. For more information about the specific items included in myWorld Social Studies: Grade 5B/6, visit the Features and Benefits page.

Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning: Teaching Second Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom

by Jim Cummins Pauline Gibbons

How does a mainstream elementary classroom teacher with little or no specialized ESL training meet the challenge of teaching linguistically diverse students? Pauline Gibbons suggests how: integrate the teaching of English with the content areas of the regular curriculum. What's more, she shows how in this practical resource book. Gibbons begins with a strong theoretical underpinning for her practice, drawing on a functional model of language, sociocultural theories of learning, and current research on second-language development. After supporting her view that the regular curriculum offers the best language-learning environment for young ESL students, Gibbons demonstrates the ways in which content areas provide a context for the teaching of English, from speaking and listening to reading and writing. These in turn are treated not as discrete skills, but as ones that can also be integrated in the learning of diverse subjects. Gibbons illustrates this with a wide range of teaching and learning activities across the curriculum, supplemented with programming and assessment formats and checklists. Language learning is not a simple linear process, but involves the ongoing development of skills for a range of purposes. Gibbons sees this development as largely the result of the social contexts and interactions in which learning occurs. By focusing on the ways in which teachers can "scaffold" language and learning in the content areas, she takes a holistic approach-one that appreciates the struggle of students learning a new language, while simultaneously developing subject knowledge in it, and the challenge for teachers to address these needs. Given today's culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, ESL students can no longer be thought of as a group apart from the mainstream-they are. the mainstream. This book describes the ways to ensure that ESL learners become full members of the school community with the language and content skills they need for success.

Science

by Timothy Cooney Jim Cummins James Flood Barbara Kay Foots M. Jenice Goldston Shirley Gholston Key Diane Lapp Sheryl A. Mercier Karen L. Ostlund Nancy Romance William Tate Kathryn C. Thornton Leon Ukens Steve Weinberg

Hardbound Pupil Editions for Grades 1-6 are organized into four units-Life, Physical, Earth, and Human Body sciences. An age-appropriate workbook is available for Kindergarten students.

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