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Top OER Classroom Resources for June

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki

janetpic_preferred_croppedWe’re featuring June’s top OER resources for elementary, middle and high school students.  Feel free to add them to your collection, modify them, or share them with others!

English Language Arts


This resource contains Clifford The Big Red Dog: Interactive Storybooks. Find phonics fun, games, and stories for early readers.


Rags to Riches Game Students play ʺwho wants to be a millionaireʺ style game to practice grasping the meanings of words by context clues.

c3HIGH SCHOOL: Fotobabble

Fotobabble lets users create ʺtalking photosʺ that are completely web-based. Users upload a photo or image, click ʺrecordʺ to record their voices through the computer’s microphone and then click to save and share their new, audio-captioned photos. It’s a great resource for language teachers and ELL teachers.

Social Studies

c4ELEMENTARY: Summer Coloring Pages

This link takes you to a site with loads of coloring pages to keep kids busy once school lets out.


In QUANDARY, players aged 8-14 shape the future of a new society while learning how to recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives. Players must make difficult decisions in which there are no clear right or wrong answers but important consequences – to themselves, to others in the colony and to the planet Braxos.

c6HIGH SCHOOL: World Geography Flashcards

World Geography Flashcards offers 250+ flashcards with images covering world geography, countries and capitals.


c7ELEMENTARY: Plant Adaptation Game

In this game, you must choose the best ecoregion for the given plants. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course.

c8MIDDLE SCHOOL: Code Fred: Survival Mode (Body System Educational Game)

In Code Fred: Survival Mode, you’ll play mini-games to send adrenaline to help Fred run faster, build a blood clot to help heal a wolf bite, prioritize energy intake to the most critical organs, and even fight bacteria invaders after Fred gets sneezed on in the woods.

c9HIGH SCHOOL: STEMware: Zombie Plague

In STEMware: Zombie Plague, students explore a 3D world where they are responsible for identifying the pathogenic microorganism causing a deadly outbreak and implementing a cure. Embedded assessments allow teachers to track student interactions.

Please share this blog with others who might enjoy these resources.

Handwritten Mail to the Chief

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki

NHD_header-1National Handwriting Day in the U.S.A. will be on January 23, 2013. The “lost art” of handwriting is celebrated each January 23 on John Hancock’s birthday.


In order to promote good penmanship, and civic engagement, the Handwriting Without Tears company is encouraging elementary students to send handwritten letters to the President. They can provide advice and “share … hopes for the future, words of wisdom, good wishes” as President Obama’s second term begins. Letters should be sent to Mail to the Chief by January 15, 2013. Their web site has information on how to participate, for grades K-5, including downloadable information packets and double-lined paper. You can visit their site here: http://www.hwtears.com/sites/default/lpform/mttc2012form.php?pc=website

Why handwritten letters? Handwriting Without Tears maintains that “Handwriting is more than a style—it’s a thought process. It’s the primary way elementary students communicate. Handwriting promotes an organized approach to communication, maximizes thinking time, and boosts creativity.”

Here are a few of the more interesting suggestions from handwritten letters send by students at the beginning of the President’s first term:

·         “You should get a group of scientists to try to make a flying car that runs on air.” (Ryan in Delaware)

·         “Always be truthful. You will avoid trouble.” (Ainsley in Rhode Island)

·         “Can you stop the racism and stop the wars? Make people remember their manners.” (Victor, 4th grader in North Carolina)

·         “Sometimes I hope schools will have better food. Sometimes it looks like it expired a long time ago.” (Joel in Arizona)

·         “I would like for you to change the Food Lion to have lower prices.” (Mirian, 4th grader in North Carolina)

·         “If reporters are asking you questions, just smile and answer one at a time.” (Sophie in Nebraska)

·         “Bullies should be arrested and go to jail.” (Eden, 2nd grader in Indiana)

·         “I know you’ve heard of global warming. Everyone has, but most people aren’t doing anything.” (Alana, 5th grader in Tennessee)

·         “My advice I’d like to offer you is to lower taxes. Also, if you are getting a dog, you should get a beagle. They are really cute!” (Julia, 3rd grader in New York)

·         “I think you should stop the wars and don’t let your dog break anything.” (Ben, 1st grader in Massachusetts)

·         “Please work with other presidents and kings. Meet with them and become their friends. Then we can all get along.” (Abigail in Wisconsin)

·         “You know there is mother, father and grandparent’s day, right? I think there should be kids day.” (Izel, 5th grader in Maryland)

·         “Never doubt or be scared, for you are the president of the U.S.A.” (Evan in Michigan)

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!

Don’t Overlook the Arts

by Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer

September 11-17th was National Arts in Education week.  How did you celebrate the week?  Did you teach your students the joy of listening to great music, or how to appreciate a new piece of art? Studied Browning or acted out a 2 part play?

For many educators, Arts education is becoming an afterthought as the focus and funding is on STEM.  As we totally support STEM, we want to call attention to the study of  the Arts.  As a global community, we need to ensure Art Education does not become optional. The importance of stretching a student’s imagination

and innovation through artistic expression and study is as critical as doing so in the study of science or mathematics.  As the US House of Representatives stressed in their designation of the 2nd week of September as “Arts in Education Week,” the “Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theater, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.”

Let’s ensure the study and focus on Arts in Education is not confined to only the 2nd week in September.  To help you with this endeavor, we have provided a list of free Arts resources available on Curriki.

1. Arts  – This rich curriculum includes videos, full lessons, worksheets, and technology covering  a broad array of topics from Drama, to Popular Culture to Visual Arts and careers in the Arts.

2. Language Arts – Covering all ages, you will find great resources in literature, story telling (almost a lost art!), writing, journalism and more.

3. World Language Resources – Broaden your students’ understanding of the Arts through the teaching of world languages. From Cultural Awareness to linguistics to writing and informal education you will find a fascinating assortment of curriculum and resources.

4.  Join a Curriki Group on the Arts – Connect with other teachers to share best practices, discuss issues and engage in new ways to ignite students’ interest in the Arts.

We would love for you to share your thoughts and your great Arts curriculum. Your work may make the difference to another teacher as they strive to  inspire a student in Arts!