Curriculum

Influence of Features of Curriculum Materials on the Planned Curriculum

The study explored the verb clauses and thematic development evident in curriculum materials and in transcripts of teachers planning lessons using the materials. A central argument is that though teacher characteristics influence the ways they plan lessons with curriculum materials, the materials themselves influence teachers’ planned lessons via the ways mathematics is construed in the materials. We used verb clause and thematic analysis to analyze the features of curriculum materials and teachers’ lesson planning using those materials.

Author/Presenter: 
Jeffrey Choppin
Jon Davis
Amy Roth McDuffie
Corey Drake
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2021
Short Description: 

This study explored the verb clauses and thematic development evident in curriculum materials and in transcripts of teachers planning lessons using the materials.

EDC Earth Science

This high school curriculum offers over 61 data-intensive Earth Science investigations, all set in real-world contexts and includes a variety of other activities, including topical fiction and non-fiction readings and research projects and presentations that build critical life and scientific literacy skills. 

Author/Presenter: 
Ruth Krumhansl
Year: 
2015
Short Description: 

This high school curriculum offers over 61 data-intensive Earth Science investigations, all set in real-world contexts and includes a variety of other activities, including topical fiction and non-fiction readings and research projects and presentations that build critical life and scientific literacy skills. 

Earth Science Resources

This online collection of transformative geoscience resources includes Earth system models, data visualization tools, and curriculum modules. Each module is designed for middle and high school students and is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Teacher Editions, which include detailed background information, tips, and exemplar student responses, are available to help teachers guide their students through each module.

Author/Presenter: 
Amy Pallant
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2021
Short Description: 

This online collection of transformative geoscience resources includes Earth system models, data visualization tools, and curriculum modules. Each module is designed for middle and high school students and is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Teacher Editions, which include detailed background information, tips, and exemplar student responses, are available to help teachers guide their students through each module. Classroom management tools, reports, and a real-time dashboard to help teachers track their students' progress are also available through the Learn portal. Validated pre- and post-assessments for each module are provided.

I-Engineering Curriculum Resources

In the "How can I make my classroom more sustainable?" unit,  teachers and students collaboratively investigate how to make their classrooms more sustainable.  Using the teaching/learning process of Engineering for Sustainable Communities (EfSC), and two design challenges, students engage meaningfully in both the practices of engineering and the disciplinary core ideas of energy systems, transformations and sources (within the contexts of circuitry & renewable energy).

Author/Presenter: 
The I-Engineering Team
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

In the "How can I make my classroom more sustainable?" unit,  teachers and students collaboratively investigate how to make their classrooms more sustainable.  Using the teaching/learning process of Engineering for Sustainable Communities (EfSC), and two design challenges, students engage meaningfully in both the practices of engineering and the disciplinary core ideas of energy systems, transformations and sources (within the contexts of circuitry & renewable energy). To make engineering more accessible to a wider range of learners, I-Engineering situates the engineering work in real world contexts and constraints, and focuses on both the technical and social dimensions to design work.

Mathematically Captivating Learning Experiences

Learning experiences that spur student curiosity, captivate students with complex mathematical content, and compel students to engage and persevere (referred to as “mathematically captivating learning experiences” or “MCLEs”).

Author/Presenter: 
The MCLE Team
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

Learning experiences that spur student curiosity, captivate students with complex mathematical content, and compel students to engage and persevere (referred to as “mathematically captivating learning experiences” or “MCLEs”). Designed using mathematical story framework, the content within mathematical lessons (both planned and enacted) is framed as mathematical stories and the felt tension between how information is revealed and withheld from students as the mathematical story unfolds is framed as its mathematical plot.

Getting Unstuck Scratch Curriculum

Getting Unstuck is a 10-module intermediate Scratch curriculum to help your students develop greater creative and conceptual fluency with code. The curriculum reimagines the classroom as a design studio: a culture of learning in which students explore, create, share, and reflect. Get started with the curriculum by reading the orientation, then explore the modules.

Author/Presenter: 
The Getting Unstuck Team
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2021
Short Description: 

Getting Unstuck is a 10-module intermediate Scratch curriculum to help your students develop greater creative and conceptual fluency with code. The curriculum reimagines the classroom as a design studio: a culture of learning in which students explore, create, share, and reflect. Get started with the curriculum by reading the orientation, then explore the modules.

STEP UP Curriculum

High school physics lessons designed to empower teachers, create cultural change, and inspire young women to pursue physics in college. The lessons build a counternarrative in the classroom, dismantling the commonly-held stereotypes of what physics is and who physicists are, which opens possibilities in students’ minds for pursuing physics in college.

Author/Presenter: 
The STEP UP Team
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

High school physics lessons designed to empower teachers, create cultural change, and inspire young women to pursue physics in college. The lessons build a counternarrative in the classroom, dismantling the commonly-held stereotypes of what physics is and who physicists are, which opens possibilities in students’ minds for pursuing physics in college.

Mathematical and Computational Methods for Planning a Sustainable Future (PS-Future)

Instructional modules that bring sustainability topics into classrooms in a way that emphasizes the methods and tools of mathematics and computing and illustrates their role in planning for sustainability. Through the modules, students learn foundational and emerging concepts in mathematical and computational sciences set in the context of sustainability issues involving physical, biological, environmental, and social sciences.

Author/Presenter: 
The PS-Future Team
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 

Instructional modules that bring sustainability topics into classrooms in a way that emphasizes the methods and tools of mathematics and computing and illustrates their role in planning for sustainability. Through the modules, students learn foundational and emerging concepts in mathematical and computational sciences set in the context of sustainability issues involving physical, biological, environmental, and social sciences. Students develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the ways that these disciplines interact through inquiries driven by real problems such as combating invasive species, understanding environmental threats, managing water resources, interpreting weather data, and simply living greener.

Animated Contrasting Cases in Geometry

In this collection of materials, four geometric topics are covered in animated, digital materials.

Author/Presenter: 
Erin Krupa
Jon Star
Brianna Bentley
Josh Mannix
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

In this collection of materials, four geometric topics are covered in animated, digital materials. There are also paper-based materials for the four geometric topics: Angles, Transformations, Pythagorean Theorem, and Volume. These topics are discussed in scenarios of contrasting cases, where two fictional students each present a unique method or solution strategy to the same problem. The goal is then to analyze both methods and discuss similarities and differences, strengths and weaknesses of each. 

Interactions curriculum

This NGSS aligned curriculum is designed to support high school physical science students in developing an understanding of the forces and energy involved in atomic and molecular interactions. The year-long Interactions curriculum could be used in a physical science class, or tweaked to embed activities into a chemistry class. Interactions can be offered as a paper-pencil curriculum with the teacher facilitating web based simulation activities on a classroom computer, or it can be offered completely online for classrooms where students have personal (or shared) computers.

Author/Presenter: 
The Interactions Team
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 

This NGSS aligned curriculum is designed to support high school physical science students in developing an understanding of the forces and energy involved in atomic and molecular interactions. The year-long Interactions curriculum could be used in a physical science class, or tweaked to embed activities into a chemistry class. Interactions can be offered as a paper-pencil curriculum with the teacher facilitating web based simulation activities on a classroom computer, or it can be offered completely online for classrooms where students have personal (or shared) computers. Students will develop and use models of interactions at the atomic molecular scale to explain observed phenomena and develop a model of the flow of energy and cycles of matter for phenomena at macroscopic and sub-microscopic scales.

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