| By Nicole Albrecht |
When I heard about the new titles to be published by Gale in the upcoming months, I was geeked. Why? Because I heard that features such as video, printable worksheets, and instructional guides would be integrated into the final product. As a former teacher, I couldn’t wait to get up close and personal with our newest titles.
So, when the time came to get a sneak peek inside, I wanted to be front and center.
Animal Rights and Welfare | 5 volumes/128 pages per volume | Available March 2018
Animal Rights and Welfare, by Gale, is a five-title series that covers important and emotional topics such as animal rights, zoos, aquariums, animal testing, experimentation, and animal abuse. What I am most excited about with this set of titles—given the emotional bond many people have with animals and the role animals play in our world—is the fact that this would be a high-interest topic for students, making them excited to read.
This series also aligns to the common core ELA standards and Next Generation Science Standards, so it would a great cross-curricular resource for schools. There are many Gale eBooks on GVRL collections that could connect with these titles such as, Earth and Animal Rights and Conservation, as well as connecting to the Career and Technical Education cluster for Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources as it would be a great fit for students seeking careers associated with animals.
Example of video within Animal Rights and Welfare
Unlocking Current Issues | 5 volumes/140 pages per volume | Available March 2018
Unlocking Current Issues, a series also by Gale, focuses on current events and controversial issues that many students are faced with today. This series was built to help students gain a better understanding of issues such as transgender life, immigration, bullying, racial profiling, and guns. What I love about this series is that it provides a solid source for students as they are encouraged to look beyond the 24-hour news cycles and fake news. This series complements the already popular Gale eBooks on GVRL collections for Social Issues and Opinion Writing perfectly.
What made me giddy like a first-year teacher was all the “teacher features” (as I call them). Which are included in both Animal Rights and Welfare and Unlocking Current Issues. Each title in both series have full-color pages with clear learning objectives, chunked sections of information for easy-to-digest reading, relevant infographics, and critical thinking prompts. Each title also features primary source sidebars and callouts that encourage students to analyze and evaluate the text. For teachers, there is an appendix with assorted printable and downloadable worksheets, tip sheets, student checklists and rubrics that teachers can use in the classroom with their students. For students, what makes these series really engaging are the 2-3 minute videos in every chapter of the eBooks that are relevant to the text they are featured in. The videos are easy to follow and the script for the video is also available so students can follow along easily.
Ignition Science | 6th-8th Grade Level | Available Now!
U.X.L., an imprint of Gale, is a great source for middle school resources and the brand new, Ignition Science: Collaborative Projects, takes center stage. This happened to be the title I was most excited about for because it was developed with Douglas Enns, a middle school teacher who provided insight into his day-to-day teacher life and wrote the instructional guide for the book. The fact that a teacher had a hand in creating this book made it that much more meaningful and I immediately felt a connection to it.
Ignition Science: Collaborative Projects was created on the foundation of teamwork amongst students and relevant, real-world projects that provide students with opportunities to build on collaboration skills. This book features 70 projects structured around the Next Generation Science Standards and each project is designed with a clear purpose, suggested materials, provides a budget and timetable, as well as evaluation and extension resources. View one of several projects! Like the Animal Rights and Welfare and Unlocking Current Issues, the eBook has videos that highlight topics and contains student features such as vocabulary highlights and “Think About It” sidebars that encourage big-picture thinking. What I love about this book is that it clearly states which content area of science each project is affiliated with such as chemistry, physics, biology etc…This simple alignment makes it a cross-curricular text that multiple science teachers can use and collaborate with together.
Genetics, 2nd Edition | 4 volumes/130 pages per volume | Available March 2018
In 2003, Gale published Genetics, which encompassed all traditional genetics as well as many foundational concepts, key scientific figures, and advances in the science. Since then, technology has advanced and it was time for a significant revision. The newest version of Genetics is fresh and features classroom-ready content gaged for high schoolers. I love that this book was also created for teachers by teachers and that it offers teachers dozens of ways to teach core genetics topics to students. Genetics includes 35 videos that are embedded in the eBook and is filled with color photos, charts, and graphs to display the content in an engaging manner. Also tied to the Next Generation Science Standards, Genetics is a staple science text that teachers need in their classrooms. View one of several Instructional Guides found in Genetics.
Ignition Science and Genetics would make perfect additions to a STEM curriculum and they complement Gale eBooks on GVRL collections such as Science Fair Projects, Biology, Physics, Life and Earth Science, Health and the Career and Technical Education clusters, Health Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
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