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CTN’s Newsletter for Northern California Catholic Schools • September 04
HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL SUMMER BREAK
YOU MUSTN’T QUIT
We have made some exciting changes to our website that will make it easier for teachers
When things go wrong, as they at member schools to find exactly what they need. We have expanded our collection
sometimes will, of streaming video content and added over 40 new links to expand the breadth of our
When the road you’re trudging seems Curriculum and Catholic Resource area. Some highlights are listed below:
When the funds are low and the debts Streaming Video
are high We now have a collection of religion videos online for your use. Enter the streaming video site
And you want to smile, but you have to and type in the keyword area “catholic” and approximately 20 videos will be available for
sigh, CTN members’ use. This library of Catholic videos will be expanded throughout the year.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest! if you must–but never quit.
Life is strange, with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won if he’d stuck
Stick to your task, though the pace
seems slow -
You may succeed with one more blow.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt -
And you never can tell how close you
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest
It’s when things seem worst that YOU
~ from the Book of Virtures by William
Bennett, submitted to CTN by Ken
Willers, Principal at St. John’s School,
San Francisco Curriculum and Catholic Resource Area
We have created Religion Curriculum Correlations for grades K-8 that identify the outcomes
NEW TEACHERS to be completed by CTN videos, scripture references and websites. This information is
available in a folder called “Religion Correlations”. This document will be a great time saver
Visit our website at www.ctnba.org. for all Religion Teachers. A special thank you to Diane Farhner, a teacher at St. Raymond
New teachers will love all the resources School in the Archdiocese of San Francisco who completed this project over the summer.
available! Ask our experts to help you
with your fact finding by using our We have also posted a selection of Middle School lesson plans in a folder called “Streaming
RESEARCH DESK. Lesson Plans”. These lesson plans encompass a variety of subject areas and identify specific
streaming video clips to enhance a classroom lesson - check them out for yourself.
1. Visit our home page www.ctnba.org
2. Click on the Research Desk button The Religion Correlation and Middle School Lesson Plans folder will be available for use in
3. Enter the info about your school and early September. Your streaming video password or school passcode can be used to gain
the topic you’d like help researching access to Streaming Video, the Research Desk and the Curriculum and Catholic resource
F ocus on F aith by K atie M cMaster
Catholic Identity at the Start of the School Year
Our Catholic schools are faith communities centered on Jesus in the Holy Eucharist; communities in which faith is integrated with life.
Teachers must accept the responsibility for incorporating and integrating Catholicism into their classrooms. Remember the words of
Pope John Paul II from his encyclical Catechesis Tradendae, that in the classroom, “You are Christ’s instruments. It is Christ who is
taught and it is Christ alone who teaches.”
Easy Ideas to Make a Classroom Catholic:
• Let posters and bulletin boards reflect the diversity of • Create subtle reminders with banners on classroom
God’s creation. Be sensitive to racial balance and computers: “Make God Smile,” “Jesus Is Present,” or
body styles. “God Will Always Love You.”
• Affirm positive messages on posters and bulletin • Create a hero bulletin board with the biography of a
• Keep a neat classroom. God’s universe is orderly. • Post the parish or school mission statement as well as
daily or special prayer intentions.
• Establish a prayer corner with contemporary statuary
and a Bible.
Lesson Plan with icebreaker activities helps students get comfortable with one another. This activity uses the book The Giving Tree and
includes a discussion about giving.
How to Make a Prayer Corner
Everything that goes there should be as beautiful as you can make it. Invite every student to be responsible for the upkeep of the
prayer corner. Try and make sure nothing distracts from the prayer corner. Remember to keep the Bible prominent during all your
teaching time. Children are influenced greatly by the way you revere and love your Bible.
Articles to include when designing a prayer corner:
• A cross
• An image of Mary
• A candle
• A bowl of holy water
• An alms box
• Seasonal items to add and take away an example of a simple prayer corner
made by teachers and students
Decorating your Classroom
Remember that when decorating your classroom you are teaching an aspect of a way of life and all these things must support the
Catholic way of life. Making a classroom physically Catholic means to remind students visually of their faith and it’s teachings.
Decorating the classroom will help lead your students to joy and wonder which leads to thanks and praise.
Communities of catechists who share free resources and ideas Web page with clip art for classroom newsletters
for the classroom teacher. Level: Teacher
Video Highlights from CTN’s Library
Grades K-2 Grades 3-5
Davey & Goliath Working Together: You Bug Me Math Works:
School, Who Needs It? Broadcast Video Identifying the Problem
Broadcast Video GET-009 (15:00) Broadcast Video
DG-065 (30:00) A variety of situations show children who are MW-002 (15:00)
A lovable boy and his faithful dog have ex- irritated with the behavior of someone else. Problems can be solved by restating the
citing adventures that teach religious values To solve the problem, they learn to identify problem, changing the context, discarding
while entertaining young viewers. Davey what annoys them and develop strategies to unnecessary information and indicating what
gradually learns to understand his relation- deal with it effectively, as suggested in the is given and needed.
ship with God, to get along with others, and book Angel Child, Dragon Child. Mon., 9/13 10:45-11:00 Ch. 12
to understand himself as a growing person. Wed., 9/13 1:30-1:45 Ch. 12 Tues., 9/14 9:45-10:00 Ch. 10
Discussion Guide Available Fri., 9/17 10:25-10:40 Ch. 10
Tues., 9/7 10:30-11:00 Ch. 10 Math Works:
Wed., 9/8 1:00-1:30 Ch. 12 Looking From The Inside Out: Place Value In Decimals
Thurs., 9/9 9:00-9:30 Ch. 12 That’s Me Broadcast Video
Fri., 9/10 12:30-1:00 Ch. 10, Broadcast Video MW-004 (15:00)
1:45-2:15 Ch. 12 IO-002 (15:00) A mistake in a grocery order is corrected by
Mon., 9/13 8:20-8:50 Ch. 12 Iris loses confidence when she compares learning the relative size of numbers to the
herself to her gifted older sister. With help left and right of the decimal point. An athlete
Getting Along: It’s Mine she learns to build her self-esteem by accept- shows how decimals figure in scoring.
Broadcast Video ing a new challenge - sharing her art to help Mon., 9/27 10:45-11:00 Ch. 12
GET-002 (15:00) someone else. Tues., 9/28 9:45-10:00 Ch. 10
Sam and Laura get into an argument over Tues., 9/14 11:20 Ch. 10
sharing crayons. The story Jamaica’s Blue Fri., 9/17 1:25-1:40 Ch. 10
Marker helps them realize that sharing can
become a positive experience. Discovering Simple Machines: Com-
Level: Grades K-3
Mon., 9/13 9:25-9:40 Ch. 12 pound Machines
Wed., 9/15 9:15-9:30 Ch. 10 Broadcast Video
The Gospel According To St. Ber- Summarizes
nard: You Can Handle Anything the information
Broadcast Video presented in the
SB-001 (25:00) series. “A machine
Bernie arrives at a family picnic where is a devise or tool
Daniel has just broken his arm. He teaches that does one or
Daniel and Jennifer that God is always there, more of these Includes:
caring for us and listening to our prayers. three things: makes work easier, makes work • Video: Insects: The Children’s Video
Thurs., 9/9 11:35-12:00 Ch. 12 faster, or changes the direction of a force. Encyclopedia - Vol. V in the Tell Me
Mon., 9/13 8:55-9:20 Ch. 12 Two or more machines used together make a Why series
compound machine.” (Teacher’s Guide, p. 1) • Book: Curious Kids Guide Insects
Story Circle: Charlie Needs a Cloak Fri., 9/10 9:00-9:10 Ch. 10 and Bugs
Broadcast Video Mon., 9/13 11:05-11:15 Ch. 10 • Book: Miss Spider’s Tea Party by
SF-031 (8:00) David Kirk
When Charlie’s old cloak becomes torn and
tattered, he spins a new one, showing how
cloth is made from wool. CTN’s Top Ten Most Requested Multimedia Kits
Mon., 9/13 1:40-1:48 Ch. 10
Wed., 9/15 8:50-8:58 Ch. 12 • California Missions All Multimedia Kits are available for 2-week
Thurs., 9/16 9:05-9:13 Ch. 10 • Insects loan. To borrow CTN kits, please call our main
Fri., 9/17 11:05-11:13 Ch. 10 office number: 650-326-7850
• Human Body
• The Rosary or leave a message with Scheduling:
• Island of the Blue Dolphins 650-326-7850 ext. 12
Little Nino’s Pizzeria
Broadcast Video • Solar System
We deliver loan items via UPS and ask that
RR-002 (30:00) • What Every Teacher Should
you call and schedule a pick up to return a
Tino helps out at his family’s restaurant and Know About ADD
video promptly as we often have waiting lists.
learns about teamwork. LeVar talks with • Sacraments - Celebration of
families that operate their own businesses. Life Visit CTN¹s Web site at www.ctnba.org and
Wed., 9/15 9:35-10:05 Ch. 10 • Alexander Calder click on “Multimedia Kits” to see an updated
Thurs., 9/16 1:05-1:35 Ch. 10 • Diego Rivera list of kits in our library. There is no charge to
Fri., 9/17 11:30-12:00 Ch. 10
member schools for shipping videos and kits.
Grades 6-8 Professional
History’s Ancient Legacies: Pompeii The Human Body Systems: Learning Disabilities and Discipline:
Broadcast Video The Respiratory System When the Chips are Down
WH-046 (25:00) Broadcast Video 62:00 min.
Pompeii was buried beneath a mountain of HBS-002 (24:00) Loan Only
ash when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The lungs and air passages that make up the In this award-winning program from PBS,
This video takes students back to the city as it breathing system are responsible for getting Richard Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed. uses the anal-
was, and then compares the original city with oxygen to the body and removing carbon ogy of poker chips to explain self-esteem.
the latest views of the ruins. Uses superb 3D dioxide. Explains the respiratory system and The more poker chips a person has, the
graphics and computer animation, all of its organs and parts. better the person’s self-esteem. How do you
Wed., 9/8 1:45-2:10 Ch. 10 Mon., 9/13 11:10-11:34 Ch. 12 get poker chips? By experiencing success.
Thurs., 9/9 11:05-11:30 Ch. 10 Tues., 9/14 9:00-9:24 Ch. 10 Lavoie compares the large supply of poker
chips that football star, “Joe Cool” has ac-
Religions of The World: Buddhism cumulated to the few poker chips that “Larry
Broadcast Video Learning Disabled” has because he doesn’t
WR-001 (28:00) appear to be good at anything. Lavoie tells
Shot on location in India, Nepal, Thailand, teachers and parents that their job is to make
and Japan, this program explores the history, sure that all students have more poker chips
development, art, and influence of Bud- at night than they did in that morning. The
dhism in the world. Topics include the Noble video identifies three common factors that
Eightfold Way, the teachings of the Buddha, will help teachers and parents figure out how
the concept of karma, the importance of to create “winning” opportunities.
compassion and the relationship between Includes a Discussion Guide
Buddhism and Hinduism.
Tues., 9/7 1:30-1:58 Ch. 12 Ennis’s Gift
Building Connections To The Past:
Religions Of The World: Islam Loan Only
Broadcast Video In this film you’ll
WR-003 (28:00) meet actors, scien-
Explains the ancient
Islam is the world’s fastest growing, and tists, business lead-
Egyptians’ search for
perhaps most misunderstood religion. This ers, a polar explorer,
immortality, the tech-
program gives an introduction to the Muslim a teacher and dozens
nique and mystique
faith, its foundations, and its past and pres- of others, both children
ent influences on the world. Islam is a faith and adults, who have
and the incredible
that, although the world’s youngest, has one thing in common:
precision of pyramid
attracted more than one billion followers. The they all have learning
video highlights Islamic practices in India, differences.
the history of hiero-
Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.
glyphics, a form of
Tues., 9/21 1:30-1:58 Ch. 12
writing which was lost
for thousands years
until the Rosetta Stone was
deciphered in 1822.
Level: Grades 6-12
Mon. 9/13 8:45-9:00 Ch. 10
Wed., 9/15 9:50-10:05 Ch.12 Includes:
• Video: Alexander Calder, American Masters Series, WNET (60:00). Includes archival
BROADCAST AND VIDEO footage of Calder at work, scenes from his
LOAN REQUESTS famous circus events, and interviews with
other artists who evaluate his contribution to
• Broadcast videos may be scheduled at
• Video: Mobile, by Alexander Calder,
alternate times by calling CTN at
National Gallery Program, AHA-018
650-326-7850, ext. 12 or by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. (24:00) – a documentary shows the creation
and installation of the giant mobile in the East
• Loan videos and kits may be borrowed
Wing of the National Gallery of Art.
for 2 weeks and should be returned to • Book: Alexander Calder and His Magical
CTN. Mobiles, by Jean Lipman. A treasury of
• Videos may be duplicated unless noted favorite works by Alexander Calder is
otherwise. accompanied by the story of the artist’s life and career.
• CTN staff are available to assist you from • Book: Calder’s Circus This book documents Calder’s “Circus Years” and the Circus
7:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. figures themselves.
• UPS return label included with each video • Exhibit Leaflet: “Alexander Calder 1898-1976” San Francisco MOMA
at no cost to you.
NEW VIDEOS ... NOW AVAILABLE
New Videos for Grades K-3 New Videos for Grades 4-6 New Videos for Grades 6-8
All About Neighborhoods Ancient Chinese Inventions Great Age of Exploration
(10:00) Broadcast or Loan 4-part series (1400-1550)
Level: Grades 1-3 (26:00 Each) Broadcast or Loan (33:00) Broadcast or Loan
Take a trip through American Level: Grades 5-8 Level: Grades 6-12
neighborhoods and elsewhere in the world This 4-part program recounts the dramatic This two-part program takes students
and explore their wonderful diversity! This story of the rise and fall of an empire, an through the history of the Great Age of
program explains that neighborhoods empire that at its prime spawned incredible Exploration, focusing on the period from
are where people live, learn, play, and inventions that sparked the dawn of our 1400 to the mid-1500’s. Using animated
work. They are also places where people modem world. The story of the genius of this maps and “on-location” video, students
move in and out, and change. The video astonishing civilization is told by traveling learn about the shift from the Medieval
stresses that neighborhoods must work back in time to witness China’s inventions to the Renaissance era and the trade of
together and follow neighborhood rules and how they were used. Asian luxury goods. Topics also include
and community laws in order to make the Prince Henry the Navigator, the early
neighborhood a good place to live, work, Part 1 - Weaponry, Agriculture, & slave trade, the voyages of Christopher
and play. Lively music and poetry are Games Columbus and other explorers.
integrated into the program making it an The Chinese developed intricate crossbows
enjoyable and educational experience. far ahead of their time, fleets of paddle Exploring the Renaissance
boats, curving iron plows, wheelbarrows, (20:00) Broadcast or Loan
Native American Folktales folding umbrellas, conveyor belts, Level: Grades 6-8
(22:00) Broadcast or Loan restaurants, golf, chess, kites, hot air Provides excellent insight into the
Level: Grades 1-3 balloons, and parachutes. “rebirth” of Europe, or the Renaissance.
This video uses music and colorful Marvelous innovations in art, literature,
animation to present four tales from four Part 2 - Magnetism, Seismometry, communications, architecture, science,
different Native-American groups: Shipbuilding religion, and explorations helped make
Impressive achievements included a device this a “rediscovery period.” A review of
“The Boy Who Loved Bears” comes for indicating the direction and force of the 1400 years prior to the Renaissance
from the Pawnee, a Plains group. This an earthquake, odometers, the compass, is a significant portion of the program.
beautiful tale helps youngsters understand gimbals, intricate differential gears, double Students meet great figures such as
the significance of bears in Pawnee culture action piston bellows, continuous flame Shakespeare, Michelangelo, Galileo,
and recognize the deep bond between throwers, and rudders, bulkheads, and fore Raphael, da Vinci, Martin Luther, and
Native Americans and nature. and aft sails to enable a ship to sail against Henry VIII, and many others.
the wind. Teacher’s Guide with lesson plans,
“The Turkey Girl” comes from the student activities, discussion questions,
Pueblo culture of the Southwest. It shows Part 3 - Astronomy and and script available
the importance of trust in Pueblo culture Chronograph
and explains why turkeys flee when After experiments with sundials, water and Civilizations In Conflict:
humans approach. candle clocks, the Chinese developed the Byzantium, Islam, and the
world’s first accurate clock involving an Crusades (330-1453 A.D.)
“Storytelling Stone” from the Seneca escapement device. Their mathematicians (18:00) Broadcast or Loan
tribe of the northeastern woodland area, calculated pi; their astronomers recognized Level: Grades 6-8
explains how stories first came to humans. the egg yolk shape of the earth and Filmed in eight different countries, this
The stone tells the young man how to developed an accurate system for measuring program examines the historical era
receive tales. After learning to give thanks the movement of the stars. that lasted from 330 to 1453 A.D. and
and make sacrifices for the stories, the focuses on the southern and eastern
youngster becomes the first person to hear Part 4 - Printmaking, Armaments, regions of the old Roman Empire. The
them. In time, he passes along the stories & Rocketry, program examines three main subjects:
to others. Government first is the rise and fall of the world’s first
Chinese inventions Christian state, the Byzantine Empire;
“Pelican Girl” comes from the Pacific and discoveries that second is the growth of the Islamic
Coastal Miwok group. It is a cautionary are covered include civilization; third is the Crusades, a series
tale that encourages children to obey gunpowder, bombs, of conflicts involving Islam, Byzantium,
tribal rules. Pelican Girl has just become shrapnel, underground and Catholic Western Europe, that
a woman, and, according to the ways of and sea mines, aerial bombs and muskets spanned three centuries. The rich visual
her people, must not pick berries or bend (fire lances), rockets, cannon, immunization, imagery of the live-action video is
down for several weeks. But she forgets paper, printing with movable type, modem enhanced by the use of animated maps
and the results are tragic. books and bookstores, civil service exams and historic artwork, which combine to
and playing cards. bring this important era of history to life.
To schedule or borrow a video, call CTN at 650-326-7850 ext. 12. You may also email email@example.com
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New Ways to Use Digital Video in the Classroom
With digital video versatility abounds! You are not limited to turning off the lights and projecting video to the whole class. Here are a
couple of examples of how you can break that mold:
• Divide your class into learning stations. In small groups, have students rotate through your stations in timed intervals.
Use a streaming video clip at one or several of the stations.
• Students or teachers can build their own interactive multimedia quizzes in PowerPoint.
Here is how you can hyperlink one slide to another:
• Embed your unitedstreaming video clip and write your question and multiple-choice answers below it.
• Create a new slide for each of the multiple-choice answers.
• For the wrong answers, embed a video that gives a hint at the correct answer and list the question and answers again for a
second chance. For the correct answer make a congratulatory slide.
• To link each answer to the appropriate slide, highlight one answer at a time, click on Insert, select Hyperlink and the Insert
Hyperlink box will appear.
• Click on Bookmark on the right side of the Insert Hyperlink page.
• Select the PowerPoint page you wish to link to this answer.
Have You Discovered Kathy Schrock’s
Guide for Education?
This awesome site contains over 2000 education related links. The site can be
found in CTN’s Curriculum and Catholic Resources area of our website. Click on
“Education Portals” and then on “Discovery School.”
Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for
enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the
best sites for teaching and learning. The sites are easy to access by subject. Take
a look at Kathy’s Picks for the month and content rich sites. The Teacher’s Corner
provides you with critical evaluation tools, bulletin board ideas and slide shows for
teaching and much more.