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Curriculum Resources

We are here to help! Below is a collection of some resources for you to use when planning curriculum. If you are doing a specific project, please let us know so that we can curate resources for you! We can save you valuable time. 

Blended Learning Tools

A screencast is a recording of your computer screen with your own voice narrating the presentation on the screen. This is a great tool to facilitate the blended learning model. Not sure how to use a screencast in your classroom? Take a look at this article with 5 great ways to make screencasting work for you.  The best take away for busy teachers is to create a live screencast of your lectures this year. As you lecture in class this year, record yourself! Next year, you will have a screencast on that topic, and can use this to flip your classroom! 

Screencast-O-Matic The free version works quite well at creating a screen cast. Software needs to be downloaded from the website. Once a screencast is created it can be published for free on a YouTube channel. Creating a YouTube channel requires an email account.

Screencastify offers a Chrome extension in the Chrome store. This allows you to quickly and easily record your screen and save it to your Google Drive!

Use Vibby  to edit and insert your comments into a Youtube video for students to students watch! Students can also reply to your comments right in the video. A great way to engage students in video content. Simply share the edited video with a link. 

Informational Text

Newsela You can use this site for current events as well as nonfiction in general. This is a great place to be able to differentiate instruction for different reading levels. Every article is available at five different reading levels. The free version allows teachers access to 500 articles, there are no advertisements, articles can be assigned to classes and students can take quizzes on the articles. You will want to sign up and become a member.

Teaching Kids News offers articles written for students in grades 2-8. TKN is a companion to a non-profit children’s literacy program called Getting Kids Reading. At the end of each article, there is a “Curriculum Connections” section that includes writing and discussion prompts, grammar features, and a reading prompt. These are ideal for printing out and sharing with the class. 

TweenTribune is put together by the Smithsonian. Signing up is free, and it allows access to articles broken down into different Lexile levels. If you register for a free account, you can also access some lesson plans and daily quizzes.

Dogo News gives teachers the option of choosing the appropriate grade range for articles that can be printed out and used in the classroom. In addition to articles about current events, there are also science, social studies, international, and entertainment articles. At the top of each article, there are a few colorful buttons. If you click “CCSS”, you will be brought to a variety of Common Core aligned activities created for each article. At the end of every article there are also a few comprehension questions and a critical thinking challenge. 

On the home page of Discovery Education there are options to watch 2 videos under the “Global News” section. These videos are a short recap of current events from the past week. The “Global Wrap” option is for grades 6-8, while the “Global Stories” option would be for grade 5. If you click on “Global Wrap” or “Global Stories” it will bring them to a page that breaks down the video into segments. At the top of this page, there is a “materials” menu. If you are using “Global Stories” this menu will include a document with curriculum aligned assignment suggestions. The teacher center offers a variety of resources as well, including lesson plans. 

Listen Current is a great online resource for auditory learners. This site offers current events stories from various radio stations. It also includes lesson plans, listening guides, vocabulary, and class activities if you sign up for a free account.

Science and Math Resources

An interactive periodic table of elements from Ted-Ed with videos about each element attached! Or, try this one from the Royal Society for Chemistry

Check out these interactive Math and Science simulations from the University of Colorado. Let your students play around with concepts such as fractions, graphing, magnetism, buoyancy, energy, and much more. 

Show your students the body systems in 3D with this tool from BioDigital Human

Check out the Science behind the news, lesson plans, or interactive activities about friction and weather for your students to experiment with! 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers a collection of lessons and tools for science teachers. 

Front Row this is a Reading and Math practice website for grades K-8 addressing Common Core Skills. The students learn at their own pace. Helps differentiate instructions among students. Great for drill and practice.It is free. It has a whiteboard area for students to work out problems.Confidentiality is an issue do not have student logon with real names. One teacher has students sign in with their class number as their first name and their initial of their last name as their last name.

Khan Academy is a great site for math & science, offering practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that allows students to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Coach mode allows you to monitor students. Students must log in with gmail or facebook acount.

ELA Resources

Social Studies Resources

Interactive Games and Simulations

Curation Tools

We can curate resources for you here! Check out our existing examples under the grade level tabs. Email us for more information about how we can set a page up for you. 

LiveBinderThis is a great place to store and organize your resources. It is very easy to navigate! Check out these tutorials for LiveBinder.

BlendspaceThis site allows you to create mix of multimedia resources in one place. It is a great tool if you want for the flipped classroom. Is allows you to curate resources for research and instruction. While the teacher creates a log in to set up the pages, students do not need to log in to access the content.This resource page will give you ideas on how to utilize Blendspace along with a brief tutorial. You may want to check out this tutorial through youtube.

Copyright Free Digital Media

Creative CommonsUse this portal to search for copyright free images, videos, and music.

Google Images - Enter a search term. When you see the results click on "Search Tools" drop down menu located under the search box at the top of the page. Select "Usage Rights".

Health/PE Resources

Music Resources

Create A Book Resources

Storybird 

Storyjumper 

Drawing Tools