Curriculum Connections

February 2016

Linking to Teacher Resources

Enjoy the resources we have included in the MVESC February Curriculum Connections. If you have ideas you would like to see in future issues, connect with us below.

Beginning Reader Resources

Do you need specific ideas for promoting early reading skills? Ever thought of using BookFlix, the Early World of Learning, and World Book Kids to reinforce fundamental reading skills? These resources are valuable in teaching the Reading Literature standards and Reading Informational Text standards. Check out these resources available through INFOhio. See more here.

ClassDojo - App puts parents into kids’ classrooms

With ClassDojo, teachers and parents help children learn important soft skills, such as grit, curiosity, and focus - for free! ClassDojo replaces classroom management tools and behavior trackers, like gold-star charts, with positive feedback and parent communication. Read more here.

It’s a “Seussical” good time!

Join us for this fun, interactive lesson to celebrate the birthday of the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss! This distance learning event focuses on fun facts about Theodor Seuss Geisel and his classic story “Green Eggs and Ham.” See More.

Reserve your spot before it is too late! To view open slots visit CILC. All times listed below are shown as Eastern Standard Time.

Ohio's State Tests- Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)

Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) outline specific content knowledge and skills students should display at each performance level on a state test. Explore Ohio's reporting resources for English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies for grades 3-8 state tests. Ohio's State Tests Reporting Resources

Two Great Websites for February


Are you looking for FREE WebQuests with thousands created by teachers. You can search by subject area and grade band. Check out this site -


IWonder is a new feature in the Students & Parents grade-leveled resource section of INFOhio. Click any grade level to access IWonder with its hand-picked websites that are perfectly suited for grades 3-9. It can be used for homework, research, or exploring new ideas. You can even suggest a good site. Share this gem with your students. They won’t need to wonder anymore.

Two February Science Apps

15 fun science YouTube channels for kids, explaining science phenomenon, answering science questions and demonstrating science experiments.

Check out this great collection of Dr. Seuss inspired science activities. Ideas for measuring, graphing, observation skills, experiments, and lots more!

Ohio Guide to 2015 Ohio School Report Cards

On Feb. 25, the Ohio Department of Education will release the second portion of the 2015 Ohio School Report Cards. This portion includes three components, Achievement, Gap Closing, and Progress, as well as updated information about gifted students and district financial expenditures. To help prepare for the complete report card release, here is a Guide to 2015 Ohio School Report Cards.

When Was the Last Time You Visited the Muskingum County Library?

MCLS will pull a collection of up to 25 book titles on a particular topic or subject for you to pick up at the desk. Have you looked at all their databases? Check out their primary Tumblebook collection, ScienceFLIX, Culture Grams, Consumer Reports, Hoopla (instant book or movie download), and much more. Take a minute and look.

Muskingum Valley ESC Curriculum Department

Do you have a questions for us? Call:
Curriculum Director:
Cathy Morgan - (740) 452-4518 ext.1111

Curriculum Consultant
Cindy Miller - (740) 452-4518 ext. 1179

Gifted Coordinator:
Susan Larson - (740) 452-4518 ext. 1109

Distance Learning Coordinator:
Leslie Charles (740) 452-4518 ext. 1133