Guide to the Curriculum Collection

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Guide to the Curriculum Collection

 

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About the Collection |  Find Curriculum Materials | General Sources | Current & Historical Textbook Directories | Free/Inexpensive Materials | Diverse Populations | Subject Areas | Call Numbers

 


 

About the Collection

Overview 

The Curriculum Collection (CC), located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL), is representative of only part of the vast core of materials related to teacher education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. The emphasis of the CC is on textbooks, curriculum guides, related multimedia materials, and a collection of catalogs from textbook publishers. The CC is supplemented and enhanced by the School (-S) Collection of children's and young adult books which is housed in the same room. The primary purpose of the Curriculum Collection is to support the instructional programs of the College of Education and the methods courses in the subject disciplines for preparation of early childhood, elementary, and secondary school teachers. Together with the S-Collection, it serves the curriculum needs of the children's literature courses taught in the College of Education and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. The goals of the Curriculum Collection are as follows: to maintain a collection of items for use by students and teachers that is accessible during working, evening and weekend hours; to reflect as many different philosophies of education as possible; to provide materials of interest to varied ethnic and racial groups; to maintain a representative historical collection of textbooks for examination and research purposes; to provide a reference collection of guides to curriculum materials; and to acquire textual materials from those school districts to which University of Illinois student teachers are assigned.

Materials in the Curriculum Collection

The Curriculum Collection contains the following materials:

Because of space and budgetary considerations, the following restrictions are observed: materials in the Curriculum Collection do not duplicate items in the University Library unless strong need is shown. A selective collection of music materials is maintained in the Music and Performing Arts Library. Typically, materials published within the last ten years are located in SSHEL and circulate for 2 weeks; older material is located in the Oak Street storage facility and circulate for 4-16 weeks.

Organization

The Curriculum Collection is organized in three sections:  curriculum guides, textbooks, and kits.  Each section is designated by a prefix added to the call number:

Materials may be located under each prefix within a given subject area. Within each prefix, materials are assigned Dewey Decimal call numbers according to subject and are physically arranged in a Dewey classification sequence. Please see the  Map of the School (S-) and Curriculum Room for location of specific types of material.  Materials which cannot be located in the CC may be borrowed from other state schools using I-Share, the statewide Library Online Catalog, or may be acquired through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). SSHEL also houses the Test Collection, a collection of intelligence and development tests that are used in teacher education. Research-oriented and theoretical works are included in the SSHEL Main Stacks.

Resources Related to the Curriculum Collection

 


 

Find Curriculum Materials

When searching the Online Library Catalog for curriculum materials, an excess of non-curriculum materials are often found by the catalog. However, there are two specific ways of searching the catalog for curriculum materials only.

1. Most curriculum materials have subject headings which combines the subject of the material (i.e. history, English, economics, etc.) with the subject "study and teaching." Either the Advanced Search or Basic Search may be used. When using the Advanced Search, enter the subject (i.e. history) in the first search box and select "Subject" from the drop down menu. Then, in the second search box, enter "study and teaching" and again select "Subject" from the drop down menu.

Curriculum VuFind Advanced Search Example 06.12

 

A similar search may be conducted in the Basic Search by entering the subject plus study and teaching, i.e. history study and teaching, and selecting "Subject" from the drop down menu. To further refine the search, include elementary or secondary in the search, i.e. history study and teaching secondary. Including secondary in the search may also retrieve some college-level materials.

Curriculum VuFind Basic Search Example 06.12

 

Either of these searches should find curriculum materials related to the subject you are searching for. Please remember to check that the location of the material is "SSHEL Curriculum" or "SSHEL Storage" to ensure that it is a curriculum material. 

2. The second type of search must be done using the Classic Catalog Advanced Search screen. Enter the subject in the first search box and select "Subject Words" from the drop down menu. Then, in the second search box enter one of the call number prefixes listed above and select "MFHD Search" in drop down menu.

This is especially useful if searching specifically for textbooks (TEXT.) or curriculum guides (CURR.). This technique can also be used to locate specific materials, including kits (KIT), games (GAME), CD-ROMs (CDROM), flashcards (FLCRD), videorecordings (VIDREC), music CDs (CDISC), and DVDs (DVD).

Curriculum Advanced Search with MFHD Search

 


 

General Sources

CURR.808.8 HEIN 2002 1-7
A Field Guide to the Classroom Library. 2002.
Seven volumes, divided by grade level, which provide a comprehensive and accessible lists for hundreds of leveled children’s trade books. The Guide is intended to assist with building classroom libraries, but is also useful in identifying leveled trade books.

CURR. 011.62 NEASCH 2010
Neal-Schuman guide to recommended children’s books and media for use with every elementary subject. 2nd ed. 2010.
A resource to help teachers and librarians incorporate books and multimedia materials into everyday learning.  

372.6044 Us41 SSHEL Stacks
Using Children’s Literature Across the Curriculum: a Handbook of Instructional Strategies. 2011.
A guide to help teachers design critical literacy instruction for grades K-8. Each instructional sequence provides strategies to incorporate literature into lessons, learning outcomes, correlations to national standards, rubrics for assessment, differential instruction strategies, suggested activities, and discussion, including numerous charts and tables.

 


 

Current and Historical Textbook Directories

The Curriculum Collection includes materials dating back to the early 1800s. Most of these materials are textbooks, but some older curriculum guides are also available. The strength of the historical portion of the collection is in materials published from 1880 to 1980, although older materials are also available. Textbook series, primers, geographies, arithmetic books and many other areas are included in the historical segment of the collection. Nearly 30,000 uncataloged historical materials are located in an off-site facility, and are being processed for addition to the cataloged collection. Over 30,000 cataloged materials are available and include items published between 1800 and the present. Information about the cataloged materials is available through the Library's online catalog. Requests for information about the uncataloged items should be directed to staff of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library. For further information on historical materials in the Curriculum Collection, see Selected Internet and Print Resources for Historical Curriculum Materials.

MFICHE 428.6 AM35
American Primers. 1990. (SSHEL Microforms)
A microfiche collection of over 800 primers, readers, spelling books, alphabet books, teaching manuals, and non-instructional juvenile books from the early 18th century to the mid 1930s. The guide includes an introductory essay and bibliography. Includes combined author/illustrator/publisher, title, and chronological indexes.
 
Q.011.70973 D628
Directory of Historical Textbooks and Curriculum Collections. 2005. (SSHEL Reference)
This is a directory of educational institutions and publishers with historical curriculum collections (i.e. published prior to 1980) in the United States and Canada. Includes survey responses from 58 institutions and publishers that describe the size, dates, and focus of each collection as well as access, collection development, and preservation practices. Appendices provide the original survey, additional identified collections, unique collections, and further resources. Extensive indexes are also included.
 
S.011.7 Un3e  
Early American Textbooks, 1775-1900. 1985. (S-Collection Reference and Online)
Subject guide to a representative selection of the Early American Textbook Collection located at the U.S. Department of Education. Books for supplementary reading are listed with the textbooks.

S.016.37132 EL39
El-Hi Textbooks and Serials in Print. 1985-. (S-Collection Reference)
Inclusive list of elementary, middle, and high school textbooks and periodicals currently available for purchase. Arranged by subject with author, title, series and serial indexes. Published annually.
 


 

Free/Inexpensive Materials

Educators Progress Service, Inc., publishes a series of selective guides to free or inexpensive audiovisual and printed enrichment aids. Each guide includes a variety of indexing formats, ordering instructions, and full information for contacting procedures. Most are annually revised in their entirety. All titles below are in the SSHEL Reference area.

004.0294 G9421a1
Educators Guide to Free Internet Resources. 2002-.

507 Ed8
Educators Guide to Free Science Materials. 1960-.

307 Ed83
Educators Guide to Free Social Studies Materials. 1961-.

A.372 EL26
Elementary Teachers Guide to Free Curriculum Materials. 1944-.

016 Ed821
Secondary Teachers Guide to Free Curriculum Materials. 1998-.



 

Diverse Populations

S.016.027 L616h
High/Low Handbook: Best Books and Web Sites for Reluctant Teen Readers. 4th Edition. 2002. (S-Collection Reference & S-Collection)
This book provides book and website recommendations for teens who are reluctant readers. The first section of the book provides basic information about high-interest books and websites written and created specifically for reluctant teen readers, while the second section covers books written for young adults that happen to be easy to read and high-interest. Appendices provide web resources for teachers and librarians working with reluctant teen readers and contact information for publishers of high/low titles. Author, title, and subject indexes are also included.

Integrating African American Literature in the Library and Classroom. 2011. (online)
Provides cross-curricular lesson plans for grades K-12 integrating more than 200 books that deal with African American life from slavery to the present day. The lesson plans are organized into chapters by subject including arts, sports, education, family and friends, and many more.

S.028.1624 N143r
Rainbow Family Collections : Selecting and Using Children's Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content. 2012. (S-Collection Reference)
Includes a synopsis, awards, professional review citations, and suggestions for librarians considering acquisition for more than 250 books with LGBTQ content from around the world. Also provides a short historical overview of LGBTQ books for children, LGBTQ book awards, tips for developing welcoming library spaces, and collection development guidance.

 


 

Subject Areas

375.001 C857a
Aligning Your Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards. 2012 (SSHEL Stacks)
This book is intended to help educators implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and develop local curriculum models to help improve student performance. It provides an overview of the CCSS, explores issues related to curriculum and a national model, details techniques to develop and use a local CCSS model, provides a sample curriculum, and examines issues educators anticipate moving forward. Also includes appendixes with sample forms and an index.

CURR.973 PEAB 2005
America’s History through Young Voices: Using Primary Sources in the K-12 Social Studies Classroom. 2005.
Provides text for a variety of primary resources, including diaries, letters, and essays combined with teaching strategies and lesson plans to help integrate primary sources into the classroom.

CURR. 808.8 LIBUN 2000
Caldecott Connections to Social Studies. 2000. 
Links Caldecott books to a variety of social studies topics. Provides multiple social studies lesson plans for each Caldecott book listed.

CURR. 808.8 KEHUP 1993
Children's Literature and Social Studies: Selecting and Using Notable Books in the Classroom. 1993. 
Twelve chapters outline specific ways in which trade books can be used in the teaching of social studies at the elementary and junior high school level. Each chapter includes activities, curriculum ideas and/or detailed bibliographies pertaining to various issues in the field of social studies.

CURR 428.1 JOSSEY 2012
Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, Grades 9-12. 2012.
Presents research-based curriculum maps created by teachers to teach to the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards for grades 9-12.

CURR. 511 FULCR 1998
Exploring Math with Books Kids Love. 1998. 
Provides lesson plans that integrate literature and mathematics, including basic math computation, statistics, algebra, and geometry. Includes graphs, charts, and other exercises for students, as well as answer keys for all activities.

Integrating Young Adult Literature Through the Common Core Standards. 2013. (online)
Describes how to use young adult literature in conjunction with inquiry-based learning to teach to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Part one examines the model of text complexity in the CCSS and demonstrates how young adult literature can help students understand this concept. Part two provides discussion and analysis of the Standards and presents concrete teaching examples using young adult literature.

CURR. 500 NSTA 2010
Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, Expanded 2nd Edition: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry. 2010.
Contains 15 lessons that integrate science and reading standards to increase inquiry and interest of students in their science lessons. Lessons include physical, life, earth, and space sciences. Lessons are appropriate for grades 3-6.

CURR. 372.4 LIBUN 2010
Reading the World with Picture Books. 2010. 
This resource introduces the seven continents and then breaks each continent down to its countries. Each country is given a brief introduction before a list of several picture books from or about that country is provided. Short activities, games, poems, and quizzes about the countries are interspersed throughout.

Q.S.016.5078 P643s 2005
Science Experiments Index for Young People. 4th ed. 2005. (S-Collection Reference)
An index to experiments and activities, both simple and complex, found in science books for elementary and intermediate levels. Intended for use by librarians, teachers, and children. Each entry provides short description of project and bibliographic citation.

CURR. 500 TEAIP 2004
Teaching Science Fact with Science Fiction. 2004. 
Introduces teachers to identifying teachable science fiction texts and utilizing these texts in the classroom to teach physical, earth, space, and life sciences, as well as integrating history and mathematics into each lesson. It includes several lesson plans as well.

S.016.808 H147u v.3
Using Picture Storybooks to Teach Literary Devices: Recommended Books for Children and Young Adults. v.3. 2002. (S-Collection Reference)
Explains how to use picture books to illustrate various literary devices such as imagery, metaphor, and theme. This book lists the literary devices alphabetically and, for each device, gives a definition and a list of picture books that utilize the device, as well as specific examples.

 


 

Call Numbers

How to Read a Curriculum Collection Call Number

The Curriculum Collection houses a variety of materials to assist teachers with their duties. Due to the unique nature of textbooks, curriculum guides, and kits cataloged within the curriculum materials, there are a variety of call number elements to distinguish between distinct types of materials. Most Curriculum Collection call numbers are made up of five elements, each starting a new line of the call number. 

Sample Curriculum Collection Call Numbers

Prefix

CURR

TEXT.

KIT

CURR.

TEXT.

Dewey Number

822.33

362.29

500

745

372.4

Publisher Code

NCTE

SCHOL

MCGRH

GROW

HOLT

Date of Publication

2011

2004A

1978-80

2002

1999

Individual Volume Label

2

txt

TG.

 

3TE.WKBK.4

 

Prefix: The three most common prefixes in the Curriculum Collection are:

Dewey Number: The materials in the Curriculum Collection mostly use specific Dewey numbers that have been established for the collection over the years. The numbers in the examples above are for the following categories: Shakespeare (822.33), Substance Abuse (362.29), General Science (500), Folk Art (745), and Basal readers, reading (372.4).

Publisher Code: The publisher code is a four-to-five letter code unique to each publisher of materials in the Curriculum Collection. The code is usually made up of letters in the publisher’s name. In the examples above, the publishers are the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Scholastic (SCHOL), McGraw-Hill (MCGRH), Grow Publications (GROW), and Holt, Rinehart, Winston (HOLT).

Date of Publication: This is fairly self-explanatory; however, in the second example above you see the letter “A” after the date. This is to indicate that there are two books (or sets of books) that fall under the same call number, so we needed to differentiate between them. For example, if a publisher releases three sets of books in the same year called American History, American History: Beginnings to 1866, and American History: 1867 to Today. The original set will have no letter after the publication date. The second set will have an “A” and the third set will have a “B”.  

Individual Volume Label: The last line of a Curriculum Collection call number tells you more specifically what each volume in the collection consists of. Nearly All TEXT. and KIT  materials use individual volume labels, while most CURR. materials do not. However, sometimes a publisher will release several volumes of a curriculum guide. In that case, the individual volumes would be labeled 1, 2, and 3. In the first example above, the book is the second volume in the set. The most commonly used suffixes include: 

Suffixes can also be combined as necessary. “TE.WKBK.” is a teacher’s edition of a workbook while “TG.sup.” is a supplement to a teacher’s guide. A number before the suffix indicates either the grade or the level (if books come in Levels A-D, we will label them 1-4). A number after the suffix indicates the specific volume of the book with that call number/suffix. For instance, in the last example above, the volume is the fourth teacher’s edition of a workbook for third grade/level three.

Frequently Used Call Numbers by Subject for the Curriculum Collection

SUBJECT

DEWEY

 

SUBJECT

DEWEY

Art

700

 

Life Science

570

Civil Rights

323

 

Literature

 

Communication

302.2

 

--General

808.8

Composition

808.042

 

--American Lit

810

Dictionary Skills

423

 

Mathematics

 

Economics

330

 

--General

510 and 511

English as a Second Language

 

 

--Algebra

512

--Grammar

428.24

 

--Arithmetic

513

--Oral Communication

428.34

 

--Geometry

516

--Readers

428.64

 

Music

780

English, Basic

428

 

Natural Resources

333

Foreign Languages

 

 

Nutrition

612.3

--French

448

 

Phonics

372.4145 (pre1996) and 372.465

--German

438

 

Psychology

150

--Italian

458

 

Readers

 

--Spanish

468

 

--Basal Readers

372.4

Geography

910

 

--Remedial Readers

372.43

Government

320

 

--Adult Remedial Readers

374

Grammar

425

 

--Readers/Primers

428.6

Handwriting

372.634

 

Rhetoric

808

History

 

 

Science

 

--U.S. History

973

 

--General

500

--World History

909

 

--Astronomy

520

Health

613

 

--Biology

570

Human Rights

323

 

--Chemistry

540

Journalism

070

 

--Earth

550

Language Arts

 

 

--Ecology

577

--Elementary

372.6

 

--Physics

530

--Secondary

428.1

 

Social Science/Social Studies

300

Law

340

 

Spelling

372.632