Curriculum Connections

March 2015

Linking to Teacher Resources

The "Pot of Gold” lies right here in our schools. We have a great group of educators! Please check out the resources we have found for March - enjoy!!

March Websites - iCivics and Zaption

Check out iCivics!

iCivics provides students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action (with the materials and support). Free resources include print-and-go lesson plans, award-winning games, and digital interactives. The iCivics games place students in different civic roles and give them agency to address real-world problems and issues. The iCivics curriculum is grouped into topical units that align to state and Common Core standards. Sign up with a user name and password to explore this site!

Don't just watch. Learn!

Zaption turns online video into engaging, interactive learning experiences. Quickly add images, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and private video libraries. Make video come alive for your students.

Take a minute to watch the demo and “featured tours”. Free video lessons to copy and use in your classroom!


March App - FaceTalker by ISBX

FaceTalker - FREE

The possibilities are endless with this app. Make still photos and images talk using this app along with your voice recording. Easy enough for an elementary student to use. Imagine having a raccoon narrate his own animal report.

Get creative! You can make anyone or anything FaceTalk - dogs, dinosaurs, George Washington, whatever you can get your hands on! The FaceTalk mobile app allows you to a pick photo from your photo album, camera, or Facebook. You can select your photos or your friend’s photos and turn them into living, breathing FaceTalkers!

Learn About Teacher Stress Relief

Let's face it: teaching is a tough job. There are plenty of obstacles that teachers face in and out of the classroom, whether it is behavioral issues in the classroom, or the workload outside of the classroom:
  • grading tests
  • grading homework assignments
  • making lesson plans
These are just some of many parts of a teachers job. Do you ever find yourself dealing with:
  • unmotivated, disrespectful, unruly students?
  • students from disadvantaged or multicultural backgrounds?
  • large classes?
  • heavy workloads?
  • unreasonable accountability standards?

What teacher doesn't?

This Education World article can help! Read here.

March PINs

You work hard all day. You think when you leave and go home, your stress will be over, and you can relax. Then you remember, you have to cook dinner for your family. This is not always a pleasant task. You are tired. Your kids are involved in sports or dancing. You are involved in church or community commitments. Maybe you don't like to cook. Even if you do enjoy cooking, who has the time? Its just another thing to stress you out. Check out the PINs on the Muskingum Valley ESC "Helping Stress" Board. Maybe you will even find cooking can be a stress reliever!

The first one is freezer meals. The second is a crockpot recipe. ENJOY!!

Student Video Conferences of the Month

Down on the Farm

Students will finally get the answers to those brain burning questions like…”Why do pigs roll in the mud?”, and “Why are some eggs white, and others are brown?”. Experiments and farm artifacts will take kids on a virtual field trip to the farm! Don’t miss the opportunity for your students to find the answers to these questions and more! It is definitely a connection that they will not soon forget!

Grades KDG-3

From Egg to Butterfly

This distance learning event looks at the life cycle of the magical butterfly. The life cycle stages and butterfly development will be explored in this interactive lesson. Topics discussed include: habitat, metamorphosis, migration, adaptation. The kids will wrap up this lesson with an interactive game titled: “Who Wants to be a Butterfly”.

Grades KDG-2

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills

"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is a curriculum developed by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy that focuses on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 for both in-school and out-of-school environments. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism. Skills to Pay the Bills Activities

Brain Breaks for Students

Brain breaks have been all the rage for quite some time. We've learned that regularly incorporating short movement activities into the instructional day not only allows children to get their ‘wiggles’ out, but energizes them and increases their ability to focus on the next learning activity as well. Click here for some "Brain Break" resources.

Questioning for Thinking and Learning

Involving students in the creation of questions for discussion and assessment is critical to the learning process. Please click here to read an article which illustrates how to engage students in the writing of questions and view two brief videos that show this happening in the classroom.

Follow this link to the PDF which contains Costa's Level of Thinking and Questioning stems for English language arts, math, science, and social studies. This is an excellent resource tool for students in all subjects.

Mapping with PARCC Using the Math Tool Kit

Blend the critical focus areas of the Common Core with the PARCC Model Framework to map Math Curriculum

Dr. Ky Davis has outlined and described the Common Core critical focus areas for each grade level in The Math Toolkit for the Common Core. Ruth Ware used the PARCC Model Content Framework to demonstrate the content emphasis in the standards at the cluster level in The Navigator to PARCC Evidence Tables, Blueprints and Performance Level Descriptors in Mathematics.

The PARCC-based Standards Maps have been bundled according to the PARCC blueprints.

Use this link to read more about the Maps

Use this link to order any of our Curriculum Tools.

Muskingum Valley ESC Curriculum Department

Do you have a questions for us? call:

Curriculum Director:

Cathy Morgan - (740) 452-4518 ext.111

Gifted Coordinator:

Susan Larson - (740) 452-4518 ext. 109

Distance Learning Coordinator:

Leslie Charles (740) 452-4518 ext. 133