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EDU 6418: Integrated Practices in the Content Area

Books in the Main Stacks

Our catalog includes many books you can borrow on teaching in the content areas. Here are a few searches to get you started.

Active learning
Classroom management
Content area reading
Cognitive learning
Experiential learning
Effective teaching
English language—study and teaching
Learning, psychology of
Mathematics—study and teaching
Science—study and teaching
Social sciences—study and teaching
You can also search many of these terms as keywords combined with other terms, such as “diverse learners” and learning or “language arts” and teaching.

Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • Citation of Sources
    This lists citation engines which help you create proper citations as well as providing information on different citation styles.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Farenga, S., & Ness, D. (Eds.). (2005). Encyclopedia of education and human development. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
Edited by members of Dowling’s faculty, this three-volume set gathers essays on a variety of education-related topics in one place. Essays are arranged by topics, such as: “Instruction,” “Assessment, and Philosophy of Education,” “Issues and Trends in Subject Matter Knowledge” and the section “Educational Issues Concerning Diverse Populations.”
Consult the index for specific topics or issues.
Reference LB15 .E473 2005

Guthrie, J.W. (Ed.). (2005). Encyclopedia of education, 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA.
Over 850 articles, including entries on learning and instruction, educational theory, assessment, and more. Consult the index to locate specific topics or issues.
Reference LB15 .E47 2003 v. 1–8

Kincheloe, J.L., & Weil, D. (Eds.). (2004). Critical thinking and learning: An encyclopedia for parents and teachers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
These essays explore critical thinking from a variety of angles and analyze the implication of these new perspectives on classroom practice. Essays of interest can be found in the following sections: “Educational Psychology,” “Educational Relevance,” “Empowerment, and Teaching & Learning.”
Reference LB1590.3 .C735 2004

Leicester, M., et al. (Eds.). (2000). Education, culture, and values. New York: Falmer Press.
Each of these six volumes focuses on a particular aspect of education as it relates to our values and culture. These writings offer “diverse and challenging opinions about current educational concerns.” The following volumes may be of interest to students in this class: “Volume I: Systems of Education: Theories, Policies, and Implicit Values;” “Volume 2: Instructional Issues: Pupils, Schools, and Teacher Education;” and “Volume III: Classroom Issues: Practice, Pedagogy, & Curriculum.”
Reference LB17 .E24 2000

Leonard, D.C. (2002). Learning theories A to Z. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
A dictionary-style reference book providing definitions of “over 500 terms related to learning theories and environments.” A good place to look for a brief summary of a particular theory. An annotated bibliography of selected books and articles is included.
‘’‘ Reference LB15 .L4659′’‘

Turkington, C., & Harris, J.R. (Eds.) (2001). The encyclopedia of learning disabilities. New York: Facts on File, Inc.
This volume includes over 600 entries defining various learning disabilities and related legal issues/legislation, assessment techniques, and assistive technologies. Indexed.
Reference LB 4704.5.T86 2001

Handbooks and Guides

Mowrer, R.R., & Klein, S.B. (Eds.). (2001). Handbook of contemporary learning theories. Mahwah, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates.
This volume includes 14, in-depth essays, written by scholars and educators, on various learning theories. Each essay includes a substantial list of references. Indexed.
Reference LB 1060 .H3457 2001



You can browse the following titles for current information in the field:

Language Arts
Reading & Writing Quarterly
Science and Children
Social Studies and the Young Learner
Teaching Children Mathematics

Use the Journal Locator to find out which databases index these titles and others you may be interested in.

Lesson Plans

ABC Teach
ABC Teach is a site where teachers, students, and parents can obtain worksheets and lesson plans. The site started as a free educational website for teachers was created by Sandy Kemsley, a Michigan schoolteacher. In addition to the abcteach staff, more than 300 independent writers from around the world contribute materials. ABCteach offers free materials as well as an optional fee-based membership section. Over two million people visit the free site each month to find materials for preschool through eighth grade. A monthly newsletter is available to anyone who wants to stay on top of the newest materials added to the free site.

ARTSEDGE - the National Arts and Education Network
ARTSEDGE — the National Arts and Education Network — supports the placement of the arts at the center of the curriculum and advocates creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience. ARTSEDGE empowers educators to teach in, through, and about the arts by providing the tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula that fully integrate the arts with other academic subjects. ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.

Asia Society
This website serves as a resource from which teachers can pick and choose parts of essays, particular lessons, and teaching ideas that suit their individual teaching purpose. For example, some teaching and learning materials on this site are short: you will find many worksheets or document-based questions that may be completed in one class period or as a short homework assignment. Other materials, particularly those that explore important trends, philosophies or complex histories, use inquiry-driven models of teaching and learning.

Columbia Education Center
Lesson plans created and contributed by teachers who've used them successfully in their classrooms and web-based teaching resources created as part of the ECHO projects abroad.

Core Knowledge
This collection contains units developed by teachers in Core Knowledge schools and presented at recent Core Knowledge National Conferences. The units are organized by grade level, and within grade level by subject area; click on the links on the left-hand side of this page to begin browsing. Please see Special Areas for cross-grade and cross-curricular lessons, as well as lessons for Physical Education, Gifted/Talented, Special Education, Technology, and other special subjects. For a list of suggested resources, please see Resources to Build On.

Crayola Lessons
Find hundreds of hands-on, standards-based lesson plan ideas designed to: Integrate the arts into the daily curriculum Stimulate independent thinking through visual learning Search ideas by grade, subject, theme, and/or Crayola product.

Everything ESL
41 content based ESL lesson plans for beginning through intermediate students.

KidsArt sponsors a large section of free art teaching resources and lessons on our web site. The American folk art projects in the Art Map USA section are available to anyone. You will also enjoy art lessons and ideas in the Quick Art and Top Ten sections.

Searchable by subject lessons using photos and photography.

Learn NC
LEARN NC’s lesson plans span the wide range of curriculum areas for every grade from K to 12. Our collection includes the best instructional plans created by North Carolina educators as well as high-quality materials from state and national partners.

Lesson Plans Page
Over 2,500 free lessons submitted by educators. To find lesson plans that match your criteria, begin by selecting a subject, or search for specific topics. Very easy to use. They also have Educator Discussion Forums where you can participate in discussions with other educators on a variety of topics.

Library of Congress American Memory Learning Page
Investigate curricular themes using primary sources from across the American Memory Collection.

National Conference of State Legislatures
The lesson plans outline for students the importance of representative democracy, the message that their voice counts and the valid role of special interest groups in the process. The plans complement the NCSL publication "Your Ideas Count," a student booklet used by legislators as a "leave behind" resource after their classroom visit. Teachers are invited to download the lesson plans and use them as appropriate in their classrooms.

National Endowment for the Humanities
In the coming year EDSITEment will provide new lesson plans and update existing ones as well as offer an extensive list of reviewed digital links to help teachers integrate Picturing America images in their classrooms.

National Geographic Xpeditions
Explore our incredible Earth and help students understand important environmental issues. Teacher-tested lessons, sorted by standard and grade level, interactive fun for home or the classroom and hundreds of printer-friendly maps.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This section provides direct access to lesson plans developed by scientists and educators during Ocean Explorer field seasons. These lessons are geared toward students in Grades 5-12. Presented here as Web-based education materials, each lesson plan corresponds with a specific ocean exploration and can be supplemented with daily logs prepared by scientists and educators during each mission at sea. Images and video captured in the daily logs provide an invaluable resource for teachers and students as they explore these lessons. Each hands-on lesson includes the following sections: Focus Questions, Learning Objectives, Teaching Time, Seating Arrangement, Background Information, a step-by-step Learning Procedure, The “Me” Connection, Connections to Other Subjects, Evaluations, Extensions, Resources, Student Handouts, and connections to daily expedition Web logs. Each activity is correlated to the National Science Education Standards. Some also have Adaptations for Teachers of Deaf Students.

National Park Service - Teaching with Historic Places
One of Teaching with Historic Places' primary offerings is a series of classroom-ready lesson plans. Created by National Park Service interpreters, preservation professionals, and educators, these lessons use historic sites to explore American history. All of the lessons are available free of charge on the Web. On-line lesson plans are ready for immediate use in the classroom. They can be used directly on the computer or they can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students.

P.E. Central Health and Physical Education Lessons
PE Central is for K-12 physical educators, classroom teachers, students, and parents. Resources on the site include ready-to-use PreK-12 health, physical education and integrated lesson ideas; ready-to-print assessments; great programs that allow kids to log their physical activity and motivate them to continue to be physically active; adapted and Preschool PE information; ways to share and recognize innovative programs and ideas; ideas for creating and maintaining a positive learning environment; and online forms for teachers to submit their ideas.

Public Broadcasting Service
Provides lesson plans and resources. Use toolbar on the left to search by subject area.

ReadWriteThink offers a wide array of standards-based lesson plans that meaningfully integrate Internet content into the teaching and/or learning experience. Lessons can be selected according to grade band (K–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12) and area of literacy practice. Each lesson is research-based, and includes a detailed instructional plan. The lessons are written for the teacher but include student-ready materials such as worksheets, interactives, and reviewed Web resources.

Scholastic for Teachers
Features lesson plans, strategies, tools, printables, resources by grade level, free programs and informaton for new teachers.

Special Ed Lesson Plans from Teach-nology.com
Excellent examples of lesson plans for learners with physical or mental challenges. These plans give guidance on how to address students of differing ability levels.

Special Education Lesson Modification Tips
Suggestions from educators regarding classroom management, lesson modification, and teaching strategies for working with special ed students.

Special Education Lesson Plans
Links to lesson plans for special education classrooms.

The Getty Center
Arts lesson plans from the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Thirteen Ed Online
Responding to the national need for sustained teacher training, Thirteen/WNET New York, PBS's flagship station, developed Thirteen Ed Online. This free service features everything from standards-based lesson plans and classroom activities to a multimedia primer, online mentors, and reviews of curriculum-based Web sites.

U.S. Mint Lesson Plans
Coin-centric classroom plans covering Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science, and lesson plan sets based on the popular 50 State Quarters® Program, the Westward Journey Nickel Series™, and the Presidential $1 Coin Program. Classroom teachers helped design all the lesson plans on this site. Not only have these activities passed the "kid test," but they were developed with National Standards in mind.

This site provides a unified gateway to the resources previously linked to the WebQuest Page at San Diego State University and those at the portal at WebQuest.Org.

Web Sites

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
ASCD Promotes the exchange of ideas and explores new initiatives and programs. Publications: Educational Leadership, Journal of Curriculum and Supervision. Check out their Reading Room.

Education week on the web
Ezine that deals with current issues in education.

U.S. Department of Education (ED) Home Page
Use the A-Z Index to located "curriculum" materials and Resources.

WIFO New skills/ new competences/ new qualifications Sources
WIFO survey research projects and conferences of curriculum development, including project reports and publications, papers presented at conferences, and contributions published in proceedings or collective volume. Links to supportive materials provided.

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