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Curriculum Resource Centre

A guide to the resources and services of the Curriculum Resource Centre (CRC) in the Faculty of Education. Come visit us in Seton Academic Centre 408.

Great Websites for Kids

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Great Websites for Kids was created by the American Library Association (ALA) as a "compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14, including websites that are noteworthy for excellence and appropriateness for young people."

Sections include educational subject areas ( literature, social sciences, science, mathematics, the arts) as well as sites for parents, caregivers, teachers and others.

Newly evaluated and accepted sites are added to the database three times a year. The committee also reviews all sites within the database twice a year to guarantee sites are still relevant, appropriate and accessible.

 

 

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning (AASL) The 2016 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. 

Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

The NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website  provides access to curriculum, digital and online resources within the Educators section.

The Digital Video Library provides teachers in Nova Scotia with access to professional development video resources produced by LRTS. Videos can be viewed online, downloaded from the website, or DVD copies can be ordered from the Education Media Library.

Search by grade level, series, subject or keyword.

Science

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

Access to this site and associated online journals is restricted. Education and Child and Youth Study students can obtain login information by calling the CRC at (902) 457-6426 or emailing crc@msvu.ca.

Some of the websites recommended by the NSTA include:

 CASES Online is a collection of inquiry-based lessons to engage K-12 and undergraduate students in exploring the science behind real-world problems. Through CASES, you can transform your students into motivated investigators, self-directed and life-long learners, critical thinkers and keen problem solvers. Our cases are grounded in Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Investigative Case-Based Learning (ICBL), and related student-centered pedagogies.

Elementary Adventures in Chemistry includes lesson plans, classroom activities, and background science information, activity sheets and related reading, video demonstrations and molecular model animations (American Chemical Society).

Engineering is Elementary (Museum of Science, Boston) supports educators and children with curricula and professional development that develop engineering literacy. The 50+ video snippets can be used "to see firsthand examples of how developing enigneering habits of mind supports learning acorss the curriculum; and to observe real students and teachers engaged in the five steps of the EiE Engineering Design Process."

The San Fransisco Exploratorium Museum website includes Science Snacks, a section featuring hands-on, inexpensive,  teacher tested science activities. The Designing Teaching and Learning Tools page also includes many useful links.

DK findout! has easy-to-access, authoritative DK content and subject-based, curriculum-linked articles to support classroom learning and teaching, as well as up-to-date resources and ideas for projects and homework.

Secondary History

Markville History is an award winning website created by the York Regional District School Board and Markville Secondary School. The site includes interactive lessons and activities, curriculum guides for History in the higher grades and apps.

Social Studies

Bring Canada’s capital into your classroom with these free, bilingual teaching resources.

The Gathering Place: An Exploration of Canada’s Capital is a resource for teachers of grade 5 to 8 Social Science and History. The lessons and activities explore:

  • Canadian culture, identity and symbols
  • Government, citizenship and democracy
  • Canadian stories, heroes and celebrations

Canada’s Capital treasures (Gr. 6-9)

These seven lesson plans explore how some of the Capital’s most inspiring commemorations, heroes and symbols contribute to our sense of personal, community and national identity. The activities meet the curricular objectives in Social Studies, History and Geography programs in provinces and territories across the country. Five of the lesson plans also feature a media literacy activity.


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