Curriculum Connections

September 2015

Linking to Teacher Resources

Welcome back! We hope you are having a great start to the 2015-2016 school year. Enjoy the resources we have included in the MVESC September Curriculum Connections. If you have any topic ideas you would like to see covered in future issues, connect with us below.

Do you need Graduate Credit, Contact Hours, or Step Up to Quality time?

No Problem! Register for the 2015-2016 Big Ideas 4 Little Learners Series.

These interactive professional development sessions will take place on Wednesdays from (4:00pm-5:00pm) via video conference. Attend from your home school or at the Muskingum Valley ESC. Teachers (PS-3rd) and early childhood staff will have the opportunity to gain research-based practices from one or all sessions. Find out more here.

Distance Learning Student Session Opportunities for October

Boo-ti-ful Pumpkins

Students will examine various math concepts in this “fall themed” video conference lesson. Using a pumpkin, the presenter will facilitate an interactive student lesson on circumference and estimation. Student groups work collaboratively to explore the mathematical concepts and to explain their methods of achieving the answer. Appropriate literature is used to solidify the topics explored.

Cost: $85.00, 30 student maximum


Friendship and Respect

Building student citizenship skills through respect are important components of any classroom setting. Students will look at gaining and giving respect to each other through interactive literature extensions. The perfect distance learning event for building friendships in the new school year. Cost: $85.00, 30 student maximum REGISTER

Spider Insider

Come one… come all… if you dare! Spiders, spiders, EVERYWHERE! This interactive lesson is perfect for fall holiday units and activities. PreK-KDG students will enjoy music, literature, and science all wrapped into one fun and interactive lesson. “Spider Insider” includes activities that practice letter recognition, rhyming words, sorting /classifying, and fine motor skills. Read more here.

Ohio’s Tests for 2015-2016

What state tests will Ohio's students take during the 2015-2016 school year?

Ohio's goal is to assure students have the skills and knowledge necessary for success in career or future education. Ohio’s State Tests help to measure students’ progress. Click here to read more on test taking in Ohio.

Technology Skills and Readiness Resources for Ohio's New State Tests

Created and maintained by John Mansel-Pleydell, this site offers technology tools, question types, links to Ohio’s science and social studies PBA and EOY tests and answer keys, as well as other helpful links and resources listed in the tabs across the top. John has even added a link to Florida’s Practice AIR ELA and math tests to take online. Although Ohio is creating their own test, this will give a preview of what those questions may look like. I think this site has a lot to offer every educator as we prepare our students for Ohio’s State Tests.

Click here to access John's site:

Project Based Learning (PBL)

Do you know the difference between a dessert project and a main course project? Project Based Learning engages students at the onset of learning (main course) verses after learning takes place (dessert). Several of MVESC member districts recently sent a team of teachers to a three-day Project Based Learning training presented by a certified trainer from Buck Institute for Education. This program focuses on the four C’s; communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Check out free resources from the Buck Institute at

Make Career Connections

Check out the Ohio Department of Education resources for hundreds of lessons and activities to make career connections within academic subject areas. The activities were developed by Ohio educators and can be viewed by subject, grade level and topic.

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Do you have a questions for us? call:
Curriculum Director:
Cathy Morgan - (740) 452-4518 ext.111

Curriculum Consultant
Cindy Miller-(740) 452-4518 ext. 179

Gifted Coordinator:
Susan Larson - (740) 452-4518 ext. 109

Distance Learning Coordinator:
Leslie Charles (740) 452-4518 ext. 133