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Cinco de Mayo Resources

KimJonesimageBy Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May, on Monday this year) is perhaps a bigger holiday in certain parts of the United States than it is in Mexico. This is despite it being a celebration of a victory by the Mexican Army over French troops in 1862 at Peubla, Mexico. The observance in the U.S. is a celebration of Mexican-American culture among the large community in the U.S. of people with a Mexican heritage.


In Mexico it is observed primarily in the state of Puebla and is known as the Day of the Battle of Peubla (in Spanish: El Día de la Batalla de Puebla).

Cinco de Mayo is not just about a national fiesta. It is an important springboard for learning about Mexican history and culture. We currently have a number of featured Social Science resources on Curriki for this year’s observance.


For Elementary School: Cinco De Mayo Vocabulary Worksheet

Contributed by: Curriki’s Thematic Collections – This worksheet includes vocabulary related to Cinco de Mayo.

For Middle School: Mexico Geo-Political Map

Contributed by: Marshall Cavendish

For High School: The African Influence in Mexico

Contributed by: Brenda Faye – This curriculum unit is based on experiences as a participant in a Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad. The unit explores the African presence in Mexico from a historical and cultural perspective.

You can also find additional Cinco de Mayo resources on Curriki hereWe hope you find some of these resources useful in your classrooms.

Women’s History Month Resources

janetpic_preferred_croppedBy Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. This year, the theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment”. You can find more about the celebration of, and history behind, National Women’s History Month in the U.S. here.

There are plenty of related resources on Curriki, appropriate across all grade levels. Some of the exemplary resources are available here, and here, and here. The last of these includes a number of free Kindle e-books on women’s rights and other topics.

Can you name these accomplished women from history, who exhibited character, courage and commitment?



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Telling Time: Three Terrific Resources

janetpic_preferred_croppedBy Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki




Here are three excellent Curriki resources for learning how to tell time, for kindergarten and lower grade elementary school students.


Clock at Royal Observatory, Greenwich (credit: Alvesgaspar)

Just in Time:


This resource includes time telling games and an interactive learning clock.


Time zone plaque in Chicago (credit: Joe Smack)

Playing with Time:


This is a board game for telling time, and it is Common Core Standards aligned (first grade). It is one of the exemplary resources on Curriki.

Class Clock:


This is an applet for telling time, with both analog and digital displays, that teachers can use with elementary school classes. Our thanks to the Santa Clara County Office of Education and Karen Bergesen for sharing these resources.

And now, as a bonus, and for a much longer term perspective, here’s a resource which covers a time scale of tens and hundreds of millions of years!

Digging for Dinosaurs:



Stegosaurus, Field Museum (credit: Killdevil)

This is an algebra resource at the high school level that is built around a theme of dinosaurs. Dig deeper to find more ancient dinosaur fossils! Thanks also to the Santa Clara County Office of Education for pointing out this resource as well.

Curriki Project-Based Geometry Course Now Available Free Worldwide

KimJonesimageBy Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

We are very pleased to report that the Curriki project-based high school Geometry course is now available here. Students are going to love geometry after taking this course! So many students hate math because it’s difficult to make a real-life connection between math and their everyday lives. By adopting a Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach, we show students that geometry is not only theoretical, but practical and necessary. Students will move beyond a basic understanding of concepts to an enjoyment of discovery.

This free Geometry course not only leverages the popular PBL “active” approach but is also aligned to Common Core State Standards. Available online at the Curriki site, it is designed to meet the needs of students raised in a global, interactive, digitally-connected world through the use of real-world examples, engaging projects, interactive technologies, videos and targeted feedback. Developed with funding from AT&T, the Curriki Geometry course is modular, so can be used as the foundation for students’ Geometry 1 curriculum, as a supplementary resource, in an after-school program, or in a homeschool environment.

geometry2The course units have been designed with carefully selected Curriki instructional materials, interactive content, videos and other materials that students can explore and use as they solve the series of challenges in each unit. The course structure is based on the six Common Core High School Geometry topics, organized in six units covering: (1) Congruence (2) Similarity, Right Triangles and Trigonometry (3) Circles (4) Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations (5) Geometric Measurement and Dimension, and (6) Modeling with Geometry. The Common Core Math Practice Standards are woven through each unit, with projects and explorations designed to develop students’ mathematical “habits of mind”, problem-solving and reasoning skills, and abilities to use mathematical models and technology tools strategically.

Thom Markham, Ph.D., President of PBL International, is the designer of the course. He notes that Project-Based Learning points us toward the future of education. “It’s a proven method for integrating the 21st century skills of communication and teamwork into the delivery of core subjects. Taking it online is the next step in offering this student-friendly approach to learning to a wider teacher audience.”

“When was the last time you had to force a kid to put down a text book?” asks Scott McNealy, Curriki board member and chairman of Wayin. “Never! On the other hand, give them a computer and a dynamic learning platform, and they never want to stop. We have to support future generations in the best ways possible given the challenges they will face.”

We thank AT&T for a $250,000 contribution to support the Curriki Geometry course as part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s $350 million commitment to education. Launched in 2008, AT&T Aspire is one of the largest-ever corporate commitments to address high school success and workforce readiness.

We encourage you to take a look at the Curriki Geometry course today, and to consider how it can be utilized in your classroom or school.

Summer Reading Resources for Students

janetpic_preferred_croppedBy Janet Pinto, Chief academic Officer, Curriki

How can we help children keep their minds engaged over the summer break? One of the best ways is by encouraging them to read.

There are a number of summer reading lists which you can find on Curriki. Here we mention a few of those.

Below is a link to a set of eight different reading lists for students in K-12. Each list is well annotated and like a mini book talk – engaging and hooking to even the most reluctant reader. This resource even includes a list for boys who are reluctant readers.


phot by Darwin Bell via Flickr Creative CommonsAnd here are two lists for teenage students:

For teenage girls –


For teenage guys –


There are quite a few other resources, just go to curriki.org and search on “summer reading”!

Free Language Arts Curriki Curated Resources!

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki

Wow, it’s been a busy summer here at Curriki as a small but energetic team of teachers put together more than 150 curated collections in several subject areas. A big thank you to Jessica Flint, Nate Merrill, and Marlaine deGuia!

These new collections are available to you for FREE and we simply ask that you share Curriki with your colleagues so they can take advantage of these time-saving, best-of-the-best lessons and activities.

Since there are so many new resources, we’re breaking this up by subject area. In a recent blog we presented over 80 STEM resources. Today, we’re proud to share more than three dozen Language Arts and Arts collections with you.  Please check them out, put them to work, and tell us what you think!


Language Arts:

  1. English Interactive Whiteboard Activities
  2. Ancient Greek Religion Lesson Plans
  3. Teaching Shakespeare:  Julius Caesar
  4. Teaching Shakespeare:  Macbeth
  5. Teaching Shakespeare:  Romeo and Juliet
  6. Teaching Shakespeare: Othello
  7. Writing Assessments
  8. Grammar Worksheets
  9. Language Arts Games
  10. Language Arts Webquests
  11. The Bible: literature and testament
  12. Sentence Structure
  13. Ancient Rome
  14. Ancient Greek Religion Lesson Plans
  15. Resources for Implementing Book Reports in the Language Arts Classroom
  16. General Resources for Approaches to Literary Analysis
  17. The Literature of Mark Twain
  18. Resources for The Call of the Wild
  19. Literature of Edgar Allan Poe
  20. Resources for Fahrenheit 451
  21. Resources for Teaching Satire and Parody
  22. Writing Expository Essays]
  23. Newbery Literature Guides
  24. Resources for The Giver
  25. Resources for To Kill a Mockingbird
  26. English Language Arts Diagrams and Photographs
  27. Language Arts Graphic Organizers
  28. Language Arts Videos
  29. Language Arts Rubrics
  30. Language Arts Vocabulary Lesson Plans
  31. Verb Worksheets
  32. Noun Worksheets
  33. Noun, Verb, Adjective and Adverb Lesson Plans


  1. Using Film and Movies in the Classroom
  2. Wolfram Alpha Activities
  3. Music Theory
  4. Music Activities and Worksheets
  5. Music Lesson Plans

We hope you enjoy working with these new collections.  Stay tuned for more new resources in the Social Studies and Health subject areas!

Festive Featured Content

Photo by Drilnoth

Photo by Drilnoth

It’s almost Halloween, and to get into the spirit of things, we’re sharing these spooky resources!

For language arts lovers, check out the Shmoop study guides for Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem, The Raven. Younger readers might like this lesson from Merit Software on the book Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by E.L. Konigsburg about two girls who pretend to be witches.

Elementary students can celebrate with the Halloween and Preposition Notebook, which uses a SMART notebook presentation to teach prepositions using Halloween vocabulary.

A Halloween logic puzzle and the Factor Monster game take some of the fear out of math, while no one can resist getting wrapped up in the Fish Mummy project!

Finally, this middle school Spanish unit includes sixteen lessons on the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. Browse the whole unit for lessons about food, or skip directly to lessons 19-35.

Happy haunting!