KCDL: Kraus Curriculum Development Library – Lesson Plans for the New Year!

You probably already know that the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library offers a wealth of books about education, curricula, lesson planning, and more. But that’s nowhere near all we have! (Check out previous blog posts for just a taste of what SSHEL has to offer.) UIUC students, faculty and staff have access to a great database called the Kraus Curriculum Development Library, or KCDL for short. Please note that KCDL is only available at a library computer or off-campus to UIUC affiliates with a NetID and password. According to the welcome page, KCDL contains “curricula, frameworks, and standards” in almost every subject imaginable for teachers (and teachers-to-be) of PreK through twelfth grades and adult basic education. It brings together teaching strategies, content, educational objectives, and evaluative techniques created by schools, school districts, government organizations, non-profit agencies, and corporations. Material added since 2001 is available in full-text in KCDL, but some older materials are only available on microfiche. Don’t worry, if you find an article you’d like to access but it’s not available in full text, SSHEL also has KCDL microfiche and a microfiche reader and printer. (And we’re happy to help you find the right microfiche and show you how to operate the reader.)

The search page for KCDL looks a little intimidating at first because it has so many options, but it’s set up to guide you through searches so you can find exactly what you need. These options include (individually or in combination with each other): title/annotation, primary section, subject, educational content, grade level, issuing agency, state, country, publication year, and KCDL edition. Each search category includes a definition, and KCDL also has a number of helpful tutorials and tips to further optimize your searches. It also has a keyword search option; although the advanced search option generally works much better. And of course, SSHEL librarians and staff are always happy to help you search KCDL.

To demonstrate just how helpful KCDL can be, we’ll present a few assignment scenarios. We’ll walk you through a sample search and describe a handful of the unique materials available in KCDL to supplement your lesson plans and assignments. One quick note before we begin. For each of the following searches, mark the “Results with full-text documents” box if you don’t want to use resources on microfiche.

Scenario 1:
Create a 50 minute lesson about Abraham Lincoln for third graders.

Naturally, SSHEL has books about Lincoln for children, social studies and history lesson plans and textbooks for teachers and education students, and even a couple of curriculum kits. But take a look at the additional unique materials for educators and students offered by KCDL.
For this first scenario, we’ll do a guided search like this:
1) In the Primary Section category choose “Social Studies” AND
2) In the Subject category pick “Presidents” AND
3) Finally, choose “Third” in the grade level category
4) All other search categories are left blank to indicate “any”

One of the results of this search is a thirty-eight page teacher resource guide about Lincoln’s farewell address to Springfield, Illinois created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The illustrated guide contains the text of the address, background information, and six Lincoln lesson plans.

Would you like your lesson plan to combine Lincoln and the holidays? The search results also include another teacher resource guide created by the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum called Christmas at the White House. It contains an essay about the Lincoln Family Christmas, but also paintings and photographs of White House Christmas decorations through the years; an overview of recent president’s unique decorations; and discussion questions, writing prompts, and worksheets with answer keys.

Scenario 2:
Teach kindergartners about safety.

Again, SSHEL offers many great books about safety for young students and teachers, but KCDL can help you create a unique and comprehensive lesson plan.
A guided search is again your best bet to find resources about safety:
1) In the Subject category choose “Safety” AND
2) In grade level pick “K”
3) As before, all other categories are left blank to indicate “any”

This search yields a long list of interesting resources, including a 32-page PDF about outdoor safety entitled Parks and Protected Areas: Lost and Found, created by the Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation. It contains information about outdoor safety, several suggested activities, and reproducible hand-outs for students and parents. Another result is called CyberSmart! K-12 Student Curriculum: Safety and Security Online from the Character Education Partnership. It’s over 100 pages of lesson plans, worksheets, alignment to ISTE National Educational Technology Standards, home connections, and suggested activities for students in grades K-12.

Scenario 3:
You have a ten-page paper to write for your C&I class comparing high school STEM education initiatives.

For this assignment, we’ll do a guided search like this:
1) Choose “STEM Education” in the Subject category AND
2) Choose “Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth” in the Grade Level category (hold the CTRL key to choose multiple selections)
3) Again, leave all other categories blank to indicate “any”

This search provides fifteen results, including a 330-page document called simplyScience Curriculum published by the Fairbanks, Alaska North Star Borough School District. It’s chock full of information about science (including STEM) learning objectives for grades K-12 in the Fairbanks School District. Also, among the results is a document,Goals, Guidelines, and Standards for Student Scientific Investigations, issued by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) that offers a completely different set of goals, guidelines, and standards for science and STEM education. The results also contain a document from the Rhode Island Department of Education calledRhode Island K-12 Grade Span Expectations (GSEs) in Engineering and Technology.

As you can see, KCDL can be very useful for education students or anyone else interested in finding unique items about curriculum and teaching. We hope this introduction to KCDL proves useful in your research. Stop by SSHEL, and we’ll help you find some great resources for your next assignment!

Prepared by:
Jessica Zieman
Graduate Student
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Resources for Beginning Teachers

Starting your first classroom assignment in the fall? Considering K-12 education as a career possibility? Interested in working with young adults in a public or school library? The Education and Social Science Library has a top notch collection of materials for professional educators, in addition to our renowned S-Collection of books for youth. The following list represents some of the resources we have available to help you start your first year teaching with confidence.
Handbooks and Manuals

Donoghue, Donna; Sally Wakefield, and Esther Collins.
A Guide for Beginning Elementary Teachers: Getting Hired and Staying Inspired. 2005.

Includes advice from professionals on preparing portfolios, starting the school year successfully, navigating the requirements and impacts of No Child Left Behind, and discipline and management of students.
[Education 370.2373 D719g]

Jonson, Kathleen Finney.
The New Elementary Teacher’s Handbook: Flourishing in Your First Year. 2002.

Assists new teachers with strategies for fitting in to his or her new work environment, programs for special needs students, and tips on relieving stress.
[Education Q. 372.11 J738n2002]

Kitchen, Bob.
It’s Your First Year Teaching, But You Don’t Have to Act Like It. 2003.

Helps the new teacher prepare to effectively and confidently interact with other education professionals, parents, and students.
[Education 371.1 K647i]

Shelton, Carla F. and Alice B. Pollingue.
The Exceptional Teacher’s Handbook: the First Year Special Education Teacher’s Guide for Success. 2000.

Specialized advice from seasoned educators for first year special needs student teachers.
[Education Q. 371.90973 Sh44e]

Resources for Lesson Plans

Educators Progress Service, Inc.
Elementary Teachers Guide to Free Curriculum Materials. 2009.

Organized by subject, this guide features instructions on writing letters of request for free materials from a wide variety of sponsors. Intended for use during the current school year and published annually.
[Education Reference A.372EL26]

Educators Progress Service, Inc.
Secondary Teachers Guide to Free Curriculum Materials. 2009.

Organized by subject, this guide features instructions on writing letters of request for free materials available to high school teachers from a variety of institutions and sponsors. Intended for use during the current school year, published annually, includes an index.
[Education Reference 016 Ed821]

Good, Thomas L, ed.
21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook. 2008.

Volume 1 covers educational policy, developmental context of learners by age and stage of learning, building learning environments, and chapters on curriculum development by subject area. Volume 2 provides guidance on using technology in the classroom, non-school curriculum, and current issues in teacher preparation and instruction.
[Education Reference Q. 370.973 T918]

A wide range of lesson plan ideas are also available on the web. Some of these include:

Educator’s Reference Desk: Lesson Plans

This high quality site offers over 2000 lesson plans, written and submitted by teachers across the US. You can browse the collection by subject or search using keywords. The search also lets you limit by grade level.

GEM: The Gateway to Educational Materials

Sponsored by the National Library of Education of the US Department of Education, this is a one stop educational resource which provides information, lesson plans, and activities pertaining to all k-12 subjects. Users can browse sites by subject or keyword, or they can search by subject, keyword, title, or full-text of the site description.
Children’s Books

And, for the younger crowd, we suggest a few books that are suitable for children reading about teachers; or for beginning teachers looking for a little inspiration or humor.

Cox, Judy.
Mrs. Millie goes to Philly! 2008.
Students enjoy their teacher’s silly misuse of words during a class field trip to Philadelphia.
[Education S Collection, Q. SE. C839mr]

Hamilton, Richard.
Let’s Take Over the Kindergarten. 2007.
When their teacher gets stuck in the jungle gym, the kindergarten students decide to take over the classroom and do exactly what they want — at least for a while.
[Education S Collection, SE. H1807l]

Borden, Louise.
The Last Day of School. 2006.
Matthew Perez, the official timekeeper of Mrs. Mallory’s third-grade class, has a special good-bye gift for her. The shool year is coming to an end, and everyone at Albert E. Chapman Elementary School is counting down, including Mrs. Mallory’s third grade class. In the last weeks of school there is much to be done, from putting away supplies to cleaning out desks to finding a summer home for the class pet, Rhoda. Now — finally — the last day is here! Matthew Perez, one of Mrs. Mallory’s students, has a perfect good-bye gift for his teacher, and he can’t wait to give it to her. But when is the right time? Not in the morning when other kids are giving their gifts. Not during the Last Day fun of kickball and ice-cream treats. Will Matt get his chance before the school day is over?
[Education S Collection, S. B6447l]

Chardiet, Bernice; Grace Maccarone.
The Best Teacher in the World. 1995.
Bunny’s favorite teacher, Mrs. Darcy, teaches Bunny not to be afraid to ask questions.
[Education Storage SE.C374BE1995]