Curriculum Connections

February 2017

Enjoy the February 2017 Educator Resources from the Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Department!

See below how you can get your name in for this month's special drawing for educator books and tools from our library.

Notice and Note

Muskingum Valley ESC is excited to host Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, authors of Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies on March 1, 2017. Check out some of the free and purchasing resources below:

  • Link to a released portion of the book Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Beers and Probst.
  • Link to purchase the ebook Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Beers and Probst.
  • Link to purchase Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies.
  • View video overview of the signpost strategy.
  • View overview for students of the fiction signposts, text clues, connection to literary elements, and questions to ask when rereading.
  • Print reproducible cards of the fiction signposts for students.
  • Use the Notice and Note Study Guide Videos: II (1-4) and III from the authors explains the process and approach.
  • Explore an Example of how to use in lessons.
  • Explore reading mini-lessons, organized by grade level.

Resources organized by Louisiana Believes:

UDL Toolkit

The National Center for Universal Design for Learning features the UDL Tech Toolkit as a resource for students and teachers. The Toolkit contains resources for audiobooks, graphic organizers, writing tools, math tools, research tools and much more!

The Right Question Institute

"The ability to produce questions, improve questions and prioritize questions may be one of the most important—yet too often overlooked—skills that a student can acquire in their formal education. Strong critical thinking is often grounded in the questions we ask. By deliberately teaching questioning skills, teachers will be facilitating a process that will help students develop a mental muscle necessary for deeper learning, creativity and innovation, analysis, and problem solving." Check out the The Right Question Institute for a wide range of innovative educational resources.

Sugar Sugar Math Playground

"Math Playground is a popular learning site filled with math games, logic puzzles and a variety of problem solving activities. A favorite of parents and teachers, Math Playground provides a safe place for children to learn and explore math concepts at their own pace."

Readworks- Article a Day

Students read high-quality non-fiction articles every day as part of a weekly, topically, related article set. Go to the Readworks Article A Day website to access articles, resources and videos of classroom use.


Is there a need in your district to provide targeted, consistent, rigorous writing instruction and standards-based scoring across all grades, classrooms, subjects and schools? Check out Citelighter, an on-line writing program.

Citelighter provides:

· 1000+ Common Core aligned writing templates for grades 2–12

· Corresponding standards-based scoring rubrics

· Flexible templates & rubrics so teachers can add/remove scaffolding

· Britannica Online content with Lexile levels

· Plagiarism check function

· Integrates easily with Google docs or Word

· Model lessons

· Demonstration videos

· Writing suite that mirrors state assessment environments

KinderArt-Cross Curricular Art

"What better way to create excitement in the math, science or history classroom? Art helps children understand other subjects much more clearly... from math and science, to language arts and geography.... Combing art with storybooks, poetry language arts activities and much more."

Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History

For guidance in enhancing the rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History, check out the C3 Framework for Social Studies (College, Career and Civic Life.)

From the National Council of Social Studies, a Guidance Document.

Social Studies Resources

Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago provides these classroom lessons and resources for elementary, middle, and high school teachers.

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