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Age 5-7 notify me

Can't Find Supplemental Literature At Library

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Bronwyn S
Las Vegas, NV
1/13/2011
We just got started with our MBTP 5-7. I did a city wide search of our Library system, the entire city of Las Vegas and surrounding smaller cities/towns, and only 3 of the books from unit 1: Environment are in the system. I have resorted to buying the rest for this unit, the cost for the curriculum at this rate is increasing exponentially.

Would you please provide a list of alternative books and/or the topics/scope I would be searching for in alternative literature, for each unit? After speaking with my librarian, a few of the books are being phase out of the library as they show wear and tear, and are being replaced with new literature. My fear and concern is that your supplemental literature lists are becoming out of date and are not keeping up with library turnover.

Thank you
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Keith H
College Station, TX
1/14/2011
Hi Bronwyn,

I am sorry that you are having problems finding some of the books that we are using in our Age 5-7 level. Our out-of-print policy is to only use required literature that is currently in print with the publisher. Any books that go out of print are written out of our curriculum within 9 months. Our goal is to avoid precisely what you are describing where the required literature lists are becoming out of date.

It seems that you might just be referring to the supplemental literature instead of the required literature within the units. If this is the case, then we will certainly look into that as well. We are working on a rewrite of the Age 5-7 level right now anyway, so this would be a good time to review these book lists. For supplemental literature, you can certainly feel free to use any book on the subject that you can find. They don't have to be the specific books that are listed in the supplemental reading lists. You don't need to go out and buy supplemental books if they are not readily available. Just choose another on the same topic.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can be of any additional service.

Keith
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Bronwyn S
Las Vegas, NV
1/14/2011
Yes, Keith, I am only referring to the supplemental literature list.

I am looking for guidance in choosing other supplemental literature for each unit. Most of those in the supplemental literature list are being phase out or have already been removed from our very large library system. I am sure that even the supplemental literature list was picked carefully and with attention to scope and sequence. Can you give us some insight as to how those books were picked? How might we make sure we are choosing alternative books that meet the high standards set by MBTP?

Kindest Regards,
Bronwyn
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Phoebe J
Madison, IN
1/22/2011
I found that asking for an interlibrary loan found almost all of the books listed. Even though the books weren't in the local system all of them were available. It took patience and a little luck for them to arrive at the right/same time.
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Rosemary N
Eight Mile Plains, QLD
1/27/2011
Although I haven't had trouble finding specified supplemental literature, I wouldn't mind a little more guidance in the curriculum as to the aim/content of extra books (we're currently completing 7-9, Concept 2, Unit 2 which calls for lots of additional library books). As I am trying to integrate some Australian content where there's opportunity to choose your own books in the curriculum, I struggled to try and understand what the books on the required materials list were needed for. For example, for Communities Change Over Time, Lesson 2, we needed a book that showed specific things in the pictures which wasn't obvious until we actually did the lesson and it became clear what we had from the library wasn't suitable as it barely talked about the things my son needed to research. I like to prepare the unit a few weeks ahead but I don't like to activate the unit that early because I am concerned about it expiring, so I can only go by the Reading and Materials list. And, in this example, even the materials list at the beginning of the lesson wasn't specific about what the book needed to show.

Sometimes I have time to read every lesson before we do it, sometimes I don't, but more help in selecting appropriate supplemental books would be great. Especially when you have to order books online or from other libraries to complete the unit you don't want to have to make multiple trips to the library to meet the lesson's objectives.
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Keith H
College Station, TX
1/27/2011
Hi Rosemary,

Thanks for the feedback on the supplemental literature. I will pass a note along to our authors for this.

If you ever need additional time for a unit, please just let me know. I am happy to extend the expiration date if you ever run out of time.

Regards,

Keith
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Rosemary N
Eight Mile Plains, QLD
1/27/2011
Thank you Keith, that's good to know. We pace ourselves at a full year schedule and sometimes my partner's illness intrudes on even that slow pace. We came within two weeks of the last unit expiring so I got really nervous then!
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tej c
oviedo, FL
3/28/2015
Animal Habitats is out of print. I am purchasing it new here because our library cannot get it.