The Physics of Sailing

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki

If you happen to live near a body of water, your summer days might consist of watching sailboats go by, buoyed by a warm breeze. But in addition to providing a wonderful ride, sailboats provide an awesome opportunity to learn about physics.

We know that a sailboat can travel with the wind, but what really makes a sailboat move? Curriki has put together a fascinating collection of resources to help you and your students learn about the physics of sailing. Here are a few:

  • Physics of Sailing Educator Guide – We know that a sailboat can travel with the wind, but what really makes a sailboat move?
  • Science of Sailing 101 – How can a wind-powered sailboat move faster than the wind? Why do the America’s Cup sails look like airplane wings? With the beginner in mind, Exploratorium senior scientist Paul Doherty introduces the basic physics of sailing and sail design.
  • The Physics of Sailing – This video about the science of sailing covers friction, buoyancy, Bernoulli’s Principle, Newton’s Second Law, and Newton’s Third Law.
  • The Physics of Sailing – KQED QUEST – Northern California has a 500-year history of sailing, but scientists and boat designers learn more each day about what makes a sailboat move.
  • Exploratorium Science at America’s Cup: “Sailing 101” – How can a wind-powered sailboat move faster than the wind? Why do the America’s Cup sails look like airplane wings? Learn with Exploratorium senior scientist Paul Doherty.
  • How Does A Sailboat Actually Work? – This lesson covers the concept of lift.
  • Sailing Physics – Explore how drag, friction, buoyancy, kinetic energy, normal force, and gravitational force act on a sailboat. Vector addition is also discussed.
  • Points of Sail – This video takes a multi-view approach to understanding wind direction and the sailing terminology associated with it.
  • Oracle Team USA – Racing on the Bay – Watch Oracle Team USA race in the 34th America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay.
  • Intro to Sailing Game – Intro to Sailing is a game designed to teach the fundamentals of sailboat racing.
  • The Physics of Sailing Web Tutorial & Puzzle – This lesson covers Newton’s laws, vector subtraction, Archimedes’ principle and other crucial concepts.

This is just a taste of the many resources in Curriki’s collection The Physics of Sailing. Check it out!

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Curriki’s Top 10 High School Physics Lessons

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki

PhysicsPhysics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, aimed at understanding how the universe behaves. It’s one of the oldest and most fundamental scientific disciplines. It’s also extremely difficult, especially for Advanced Placement (AP) students!

Curriki offers a diverse array of materials, primarily for high school students, to understand this vital building-block branch of science.

Curriki materials span grades 1-12, so there’s something for everyone. Here are Curriki’s Top 10 High School Physics lessons!

WISC Physics Activities

This collection of learning activities from Wisconsin Technical College teaches basic principles of physics, including heat transfer, construction of diagrams, mass vs. weight, Newton’s Laws of Motion, sloe and intersept.

Curriki’s High School Physics Collection

Curriki’s High School Physics Collection is a collection of high school Physics resources is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. It uses a variety of techniques to teach matter, energy, motion and stability and waves.

Physics of Sailing

The Physics of Sailing is a six-week high school Physics project designed in a project-based learning (PBL) format that applies Newton’s Laws to sailboat design. The project, sponsored by Oracle, mixes team-based student inquiry, direct instruction, and teacher- or student-directed activities.


Motion, which can be used in high school and beyond, introduces the concept of motion as a measurable quantity and studies its qualities.

AP Physics

Curriki offers a series of AP Physics videos presented by Paul Andersen, an educational consultant and YouTube creator living in Bozeman, MT.  Paul taught science in Montana for 20 years and was 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year, as well as a finalist for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year.

  • AP Physics: Equivalence Principle — In this video, Andersen explains how inertial mass and gravitational mass are equivalent. He also demonstrates simple methods for calculating individual inertial mass and gravitational mass, the principles Albert Einstein used to build his theory of relativity.
  • AP Physics: Forces examines forces – pushes or pulls on an object that can be determined by measuring the motion of an object.
  • AP Physics: Fundamental Particles teaches how at the smallest level all matter is made of fundamental particles; including quarks, electron, photons and neutrinos.
  • AP Physics: Elementary Charge examines how electric charge is quantized.
  • Momentum introduces the concept of momentum.
  • AP Physics: Gravitational Field Strength examines how gravitational field strength is directly related to the mass of the object and indirectly related to the square of the distance from the center of mass.

We hope these resources will help your students discover science’s most fundamental branch. Please share this article and pass the word on about Curriki’s wealth of resources for teaching physics!

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Top 10 Earth Science Lessons on Curriki

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki

Earth Science courses are some of the most fascinating, hands-on and vital ones students will take in their academic career. You might not expect OER to provide the hands-on exploration experience you would want, but Curriki’s earth science curricula might just prove you wrong!

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We have a wealth of fascinating units that will let students get their hands dirty and their minds engaged as they explore every facet of the physical world, from the earth’s core into space.

Curriki materials span grades 1-12, so there’s something for everyone. Dig in (pun intended) to Curriki’s Top 10 Earth Science lessons!

  1. WISC Earth Science Activities – The collection of earth science learning objects from Wisconsin Technical College explores heat transfer and chemical and physical changes in our world.
  2. Dynamic Earth Pop-Up Book – In this 6-week unit, students discover and learn about plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, and the relationships between all of them.
  3. The Magnitude of the Solar System – Help students visualize the enormity of the solar system, both in terms of distance and relative size of the planets, as they literally walk through an accurately scaled, human-sized the solar system.
  4. The Grand Canyon How It Formed – Today, in the deepest part of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River flows past rocks that are 1.7 billion years old. This video from PBS Learning Media describes how the river cut vertically through layers of pre-existing rock as the plateau beneath it was uplifted by tectonic forces.  (Screenshot)
  5. Earth Science, 4th grade – The curricula for 4th graders connects Technology, the Arts and Writing to Earth Science while students study patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
  6. Weather Science Kit – This unit from of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES) gives students the opportunity to observe weather phenomena, using instruments to gather weather data on temperature, wind speed, wind direction, and precipitation. They will also explore the water cycle, the relationship between the earth’s rotation, revolution, time, and seasons.
  7. Sunshine and Shadows Science Kit – Students observe how shadows form, how light affects objects, and how shadows change throughout the day. Integrated hands-on math activities are also included.
  8. Rocks, Fossils, and Dinosaurs Science Kit – The learning experiences in the Rocks, Fossils, and Dinosaurs kit focus on understanding the living environment and physical setting. By observing, classifying, collecting data, interpreting data, and manipulating data, students will investigate the properties of rocks, fossils, and dinosaurs.
  9. Powders and Crystals Science Kit –Powders and Crystals introduces students to chemical and physical properties of familiar substances, as they perform experiments and learn rules for proper use of chemicals, as well as eye safety.
  10. Properties Science Kit – By observing, classifying, and communicating, students will investigate the properties of objects, including color, shape, texture, size, weight, and ability to sink or float.

We think these resources will satisfy the curiosity of even the most avid young scientists, and will spark a passion for learning about the natural world.

Please share this article and pass the word on to your fellow teachers about Curriki’s wealth of resources for teaching earth science!

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The Science of Spring

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki

They say March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb. It depends on where you live whether that is true in 2018.

But one thing we do know for sure: Spring officially starts on Tuesday, March 20. And early signs are popping up all around us – crocuses blooming, tulips emerging from the soil, birds chirping in the early morning, buds forming on trees.

Spring is the ultimate teachable moment – teachable season, really – for science teachers. All the changes nature makes as the season turns vividly illustrate the cycle of life on our planet. So get outside and learn!

Why March 20?

Why does Spring start on March 20? Because the first day of the spring season is the day of the year when the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving northward. This day, which can fall on March 20 or 21, is known as the Vernal Equinox. Learn all about it on Curriki with Wonderopolis.

On the Ground

All around us we see plants and trees coming to life again after a winter of dormancy. Let’s use our observations to study science!

  • Hands-On Spring Activities – In this resource, students will participate in a variety of spring-themed projects, including planting a flower, creating a daffodil, building a bird feeder and going on a spring hunt – all so they can gain a better understanding of spring and all the things that happen in nature during this time of year.
  • Plant Glossary – The useful glossary will give your students the vocabulary to discuss plant concepts.
  • Parts of a Plant – In this lesson, students observe and document similarities and differences between parts of plants.
  • Plant Growing Lessons – This unit for primary grades is an experiment to show what seeds need to grow and, by extension, what plants need to thrive.
  • Plant Journal – Get outside! The new plants that push up from the ground at the advent of spring provide an opportunity for your students to start a Plant Journal (in text and pictures) to chronicle what they witness.
  • Can Plants Think? – Plants may be more intelligent than you and I are! This video explains how plants survive and function for proliferation.
  • Plant Adaptations – Examine the way plants adapt to survive in different ecosystems, such as desert, grassland, tropical rain forest, temperate rain forest, temperate deciduous forest, taiga, tundra and water.

In the Air

Birds migratingThe other big thing we notice when spring arrives is the busy sky as flocks of birds return north from the south, where many spent the winter.

  • Do All Birds Fly South In the Winter? – Join Curriki and Wonderopolis as we learn a bit about migration and see how we can help our feathered friends forage for food instead of flying farther south.
  • Flapping Birds – This Lego We-Do project examines bird adaptations, asking why there are so many kinds of birds, and how they differ to survive in many different environments.
  • Bird Populations – Follow the movements of bird populations with this lesson from BirdSource, managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

These activities should keep your class busy well into April. Happy Spring!

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Amgen Invests in Science Innovation Through Curriki

By Kim Jones, Chairman and CEO, Curriki

Curriki’s goals are ambitious – bridging the educational divide between rich and poor to bring high-quality OER to students all over the world. It would be laughable to try to do that alone, wouldn’t it?

Fortunately, Curriki has visionary partners who are as deeply committed to our mission as we are, and who sustain us, year after year, so that we can continue working to make a difference through education.

Amgen logoThe Amgen Foundation is a wonderful example of this.

The primary philanthropic vehicle of the biotech leader Amgen, the Foundation has made a grant of $25,000 to help Curriki – again. The Foundation did the same thing in 2016, providing the kind of support that has helped Curriki become the leading – and CODiE-award winning – K-12 global community for creating and sharing Open Educational Resources (OER).

Why does the Foundation support organizations like Curriki? Because it wants to inspire the next generation of innovators. Future innovators need high-quality education, especially in STEM, to help them recognize the exciting possibilities. By helping Curriki, the Amgen Foundation provides students the tools they need to make that difference. It’s an investment in the future.

Amgen also believes in strengthening communities, and finds in Curriki a global education community where its support has the potential to have a huge impact.

We are so fortunate that the Amgen Foundation shares our conviction about the importance of science education to innovation. This generous grant will help Curriki offer even more cutting-edge science education options to teachers and students around the world, and help create a community of learners who will be able to make a real impact.

About the Amgen Foundation

The Amgen Foundation is an integral component of Amgen’s commitment to dramatically improve people’s lives, and is the principal channel for Amgen’s corporate philanthropy. It has contributed nearly $300 million to local, regional and international nonprofit organizations that reflect Amgen’s core values and complement the company’s dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways.

The Foundation places a strong emphasis on strengthening science education and is committed to investing in meaningful, evidence-based initiatives that make a difference at the local, national, and international levels. To that end, the Amgen Foundation has contributed nearly $130 million to advancing science education programming globally. Learn more at

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Celebrate Black History Month on Curriki

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki

Black History Month

The history of African Americans is an integral part of the United States’ traditions, encompassing exemplary leaders, justice advocates, artists and innovators that have contributed to the nation over more than four centuries of evolution.

Because of this, every February the United States observes Black History Month, also called African American History Month.

It’s a time when the nation remembers important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout US history, and recognizes how important Black history is to the drama of the American story. Organizations, cities and states host events throughout February to educate society on the rich culture and memorable figures of African American history.

Why is Black History Month Important?

This annual remembrance grew out of “Negro History Week,” started in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. It was designated as a full-month event by President Gerald R. Ford in 1976 because he said the country needed to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of African Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. The name has evolved with the changing times.

Over more than 400 years, many generations of African Americans have struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society, and have contributed richly to the fabric of American society.

This annual time of remembrance is deeply meaningful for the African American community, but also imperative for the greater understanding of national and world history. It’s a history that’s dynamic, so every year there are new stories to tell.

Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Black History Month 2018 Theme

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman  (Wikimedia Commons)

Since 1976, every U.S. president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The 2018 theme is “African Americans in Times of War,” chosen because it coincides with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day.

Curriki Black History Month Resources

Here are some resources for your classroom, offering a variety of materials for all ages:

  • Black History and Science – Read the scientific work of African Americans and explore issues of race with this collection of Science NetLinks resources. Students can learn about the diversity of people working in the scientific community, discuss stereotypes, and follow the careers of prominent African Americans in the STEM fields.
  • Black History Month Videos – Black History Month Videos by Educational Videos for Students includes biographies of famous black Americans such as Harriett Tubman, Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Jackie Robinson and Sojourner Truth.
  • Civil Rights Movement – Civil Rights Movement for Kids teaches about Brown vs Board of Education, the 14th Amendment and Black History and more. Voices of Struggle- The Civil Rights movement, 1945 to 1965 uses audio and video to tell the story of the Civil Rights movement in America. This resource features incredible photos you won’t see anywhere else, s well as interesting music clips.
  • African American Culture – Get immersed in African American culture with Say It Loud African American Spoken Word, which features an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, an interview with W.E.B. Du Bois, who was intellectual leader and political activist, and a poetry reading by Sonia Sanchez, a well-known artist of the Black Arts Movement.

And even more …

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King (Wikimedia Commons)

You’ll find much of what you need for the entire month in EDSITEment’s Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources on Curriki. It includes a wide range of vetted multimedia resources to understand and appreciate the history of African Americans in the United States, featuring some of the most influential voices and the most memorable images in all of American history and culture.

Visit Curriki’s African American History collection for even more gems.

Here are some resources outside of Curriki that can help you gain understanding of the meaning behind Black History Month:

Sources: African American History Month website, Smithsonian Education, and Curriki partners

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Engaging Students in the Winter Olympics

By Lani deGuia, Guest Blogger and Curriki Member

olympic rings

The 2018 Winter Olympics start this week! An international tradition since 1924, the Games have HUGE potential for engaging students in the classroom. From math to social studies, students can learn a variety of concepts at Curriki while enjoying one of the biggest global events of the year.

From Feb. 9-25, the world will be watching as athletes from 92 nations compete in PyeongChang, South Korea in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. National teams will be vying for medals in sports such as skiing, figure skating, speed skating, curling, bobsledding, ice hockey, luge, snowboarding, and more.

Curriki has curated some ways for you to integrate the Winter Olympics into your instruction:

Language Arts

Olympics vs. Iditarod — In this elementary school activity, students will research and use graphic organizer or mind mapping software to compare and contrast the Winter Olympics and the grueling Iditarod dogsled race.

Let the Games Begin! — Students act as travel agents and design an itinerary for a fan to attend the Winter Olympic games. The original activity was designed for students studying the 2010 Winter Olympics, but can be modified for the 2018 games.

Speed Skating

Speed Skating

New Olympic Sport — This 10th grade language arts activity has students research and craft a persuasive essay on why a specific sport should be added as an official Winter Olympic sport.

Sports Literature — Explore sports journalism, its history, and ethics in our society.


The Science of the Winter Olympics — The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn have created a 16-part video series to explore the science behind Winter Olympic sports. Topics covered include aerial physics, motion, suit technology, speed, airlift, friction, and more.



What is Curling? — Wonderopolis explores the nuts and bolts of the sport and also offers ideas for students to experiment with curling on their own.

Curling — This Flash activity explores the concept of friction in curling equipment and surfaces.

Ski Jump — This interactive simulation explores the physics behind ski jumping.

Ski Jumping: How Do Ski Jumpers Go So Far? — Learn the physics concepts utilized for the perfect ski jump.

The Physics of Skiing — Students learn how physics is involved in skiing.

Physics of Downhill Ski Racing — Pictures and diagrams explain the physics concepts at play during downhill ski racing.




Snowfall Statistics for Snowboarding — Students evaluate snowfall data in order to find the best place to snowboard.

Social Studies

Border Disorder: Cultures and Countries in Conflict Throughout the World — Understanding By Design explores the issues and reasons for conflict between countries, particularly North and South Korea.

History Explorer:  The Early Modern Olympics — This podcast and accompanying classroom resources from The National Museum of American History cover the modern Olympic games and how much has changed since the very first ancient history games in 776 BC.

With activities like these and creative variations, you can tie in this exciting, historic phenomenon that will capture the world’s attention for three weeks in with your classroom. Get your students ready to cheer along with the world!

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Pumpkin Learning – from Eating to Barfing!

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki

Pumpkins-Farmers AlmanacDid you know that the first carved pumpkins in America were actually turnips?

That’s the kind of fun history you’ll learn when you check out Curriki’s collection of pumpkin-themed lessons plans, a great way to use the feasts of fall for interactive learning for kids of all ages!

Just Pumpkins

The Old Farmer’s Almanac starts Curriki’s pumpkin page off with a video history of pumpkin carving as it tries to create the world’s largest pumpkin patch online.

Pumpkin Exploration guides you in cutting open a pumpkin, seeing what’s inside, even roasting some delicious pumpkin seeds! (You might to make sure another adult is helping that day – it’s kind of messy.)

Pumpkin Science

Learning Registry’s Barfing Pumpkin features a 2-minute video that demonstrates chemical reaction in an amusing and highly visual way.

Pumpkin Science Experiments take ordinary pumpkins and turn them into science marvels. (Little Bins for Little Hands)

When those grinning  orange orbs start turning green and fuzzy after Halloween, check out the “Sid the Science Kid” activity on Curriki, where learners explore the effects of decay by comparing and contrasting something (an old pumpkin) that’s decayed with the same thing before it changes (a fresh pumpkin).

Pumpkin Literacy


In Pumpkins, a Level One reader in the Wonder Book series, beginning readers learn how that small seed becomes a large pumpkin.

Pumpkin Literacy, from, features a story about a pumpkin race for grades two or three. It has comprehension questions, a test, spelling activities, and an answer key.

Pumpkin Math

Pumpkin Math contains pumpkin themed math activities that cover a variety of topics, including addition, measurement, symmetry, glyphs, graphing and problem solving.

If 3 hippos eat 5 pumpkins, how many pumpkins per hippo is that? Hippos Eat Pumpkins helps students out basic math problems.

Pumpkin Phys Ed

Get the kids outside and unleash them to run around a pumpkin patch, jump in a pile of dry leaves and carry pumpkins!

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Harvey and Irma: Curriki Resources on Hurricanes

By Lani deGuia, Guest Blogger and Curriki Member

The United States and the Caribbean have recently been hit with two of the most devastating hurricanes in history. Hurricane Harvey battered Houston and surrounding areas with 30-51 inches of rainfall, damaging more than 185,000 homes and destroying 9,000. More than 30,000 people were displaced, 69 died, and hundreds of thousands lost electricity.

In the second part of a one-two punch, Hurricane Irma traveled across the Caribbean islands and then barreled up the entire state of Florida, starting as Category 5 hurricane with 175 mph winds speeds. About 6.5 million people were under mandatory and voluntary evacuation. Bringing potential storm surge of up to 15 feet, tornadoes, and a storm span the size of Texas, the damage is still being assessed.

Because these major natural disasters have been at the forefront of our nation’s concern, your students may have questions. We’ve curated some of Curriki’s top reso

September is National Preparedness Month

This month is actually National Preparedness Month with the theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed each September in the USA< sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.


Young students can check out FEMA for Kids, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency educates children about natural disasters and how kids can help prevent damage. The website features educational materials on the causes of catastrophes such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes.

FEMA’s resources include an emergency preparedness video and recommendations on building a disaster supply kit. FEMA’s Mapping Information Platform is an interactive mapping tool which enables visitors to generate a map of their area of interest simply by entering a zip code or city name.

The National Hurricane Survival Initiative was created after the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The site includes a storm readiness checklist, a hurricane questionnaire and basic hurricane evacuation procedures. The “Storms Stats” area provides a primer on what exactly hurricanes are, along with concise summaries of the wind and water damage that hurricanes can inflict.

For Elementary Level Storm Trackers

Wonderopolis offers What is a Hurricane? where it discusses how hurricanes create vicious winds, torrential rains and flooding.

Hurricanes is a collection of Science NetLinks lessons and resources to help learn more about hurricanes, wind and other weather.

Hurricane Tracking and Weather Prediction is a lesson plan that requires Stormpulse software. By following hurricane patterns, students will become more familiar with weather terminology and forecasts.

For Older Budding Meterologists

Earth Labs-Putting Hurricanes on the Calendar is a laboratory experiment where students explore NOAA’s official record of tropical storms and hurricanes, then import the data into a spreadsheet to generate a frequency histogram that they use to identify the dates of hurricane season.


Hurricanes Unit is a series of Labs that explore the formation and impact of hurricanes.

Hurricanes:  The Greatest Storms on Earth is a NASA website that contains information about hurricanes and describes how they form, intensify and then weaken. The site explains the physics of hurricane formation and also the chain reaction that intensifies hurricane so rapidly. Images, diagrams, and charts provide supplementary material.

Severe Weather:  Hurricanes! is a problem-based learning activity where students study the action of a previous hurricane (Hurricane Andrew, 1992) in preparation for analyzing, tracking and predicting landfall of the next hurricane to hit the United States during the school year. This module is part of Exploring the Environment.

SEACOOS: Virtual Hurricane Classroom is a collection of resources on hurricanes that includes a selection of activities in which students investigate storm surge, learn hurricane terminology, build and use their own weather instruments, and learn how to locate and plot points on a map using latitude and longitude.

In Community Lost: The State, Civil Society, and Displaced Survivors of Hurricane Katrinathe authors use extensive interviews with Katrina evacuees and reports from service providers to identify what helped or hindered the reestablishment of the lives of hurricane survivors who relocated to Austin, Texas.

What Could A Hurricane Do To My Home? has students investigate whether global climate change will intensify the effects of hurricanes on coastal communities by determining the areas most vulnerable to hurricane surges by using topographic maps, a physical model, and a time series of hurricane data.

What Does “Category 4” Mean? The Safir-Simpson Scale helps answer this question through a flash animation on The Associated Press website that shows the typical damage done by each of the five levels of hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. It shows the combined effect of the winds and the storm surge on buildings and trees in the hurricane’s path.

Here at Curriki, we extend our thoughts and support for all those impacted by the recent hurricanes and storms. Stay safe!

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Use Curriki Curated Resources This School Year

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki

Curriki’s website is packed full of curricula from teachers all over the world, and we always welcome more. But did you know Curriki staff also take a lot of time, working with a number of curriculum partners, to put together the highest quality resources in areas where you need them most?

So as a new school year approaches, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Use Curriki’s curated resources to complement and enhance your lesson plans and make every class interesting and informative!


Source: WISC Online

AP Computer Science Principles Course by Oracle
Curriki’s AP Computer Science Principles Course, sponsored by Oracle, offers an introduction to computer science and the art of programming for students in high school. This course adheres to the College Board’s new AP CS Principles curriculum framework.

Oracle Academy Workshops by Oracle Academy
Oracle Academy Workshops are designed to make first experiences with computing fun and engaging, while leveraging best academic curriculum practices like project-based learning and assessment tools.

Computational Thinking Resource Collection by AT&T
Students need methods for problem solving that can be applied to their future STEM careers or prepare them for college study. The Computational Thinking Collection teaches students how to solve big problems, deal with big data sets and create solutions.

Karl Fisch Algebra Video Collection by Karl Fisch
This outstanding series by Karl Fisch, a veteran middle school and high school math teacher, uses video to demonstrate algebra principles, from graphing inequalities, to probability and statistics.

EconEdLink Lesson Plans
These lesson plans from EconEdLink, which provides economic and personal finance lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students, teach economics at all levels. There’s something for everyone, from Rumble, Grumble, Gurgle, Roar, which allows the youngest students to define economic wants (if you’re a penguin!) to Do You Have a Yen to Go to College?, which gives high schoolers tools to calculate college costs.

Financial Literacy Resources
This collection of Financial Literacy Resources, curated by Curriki, includes Finance and Budgeting for elementary and middle school students, as well as two levels of finance for high school students.

Curriki Curated Mathematics Collections
Curriki has also created a curated, Standards-aligned mathematics collection featuring:

WISC Computer Programming Activities
This collection of learning activities on computer programming from Wisc-Online include algorithms, debugging, C++ and more. Wisc-Online is a collaborative effort of the 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), designed to use a digital library to improve learning for students.


AP Environmental Science Video Collection by Bozeman Science

Source: Bozeman Science

Paul Andersen, an educational consultant living in Bozeman, MT, has created hundreds of science videos for learners worldwide. His AP Environmental Science videos cover geology, environmental systems, water resources, the atmosphere and much more.

Physical Sciences Collection, sponsored by Oracle Foundation
Curriki’s Physical Sciences Collection, sponsored by Oracle Foundation, is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and covers matter, motion, energy and waves.

Crash Course Chemistry
In Crash Course Chemistry, an amusing, folksy narrator named Hank does his best to convince us that chemistry is not torture, but is instead the amazing and beautiful science of stuff.


Source: 911 Memorial Museum

American History
Curriki’s curated American History Collection includes resources that span the scope and sequence of an American History course at the high school level, including primary source documents, digital history files, GIS resources, audio and visual resources, and lesson plans.

The National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center has made a wealth of resources available on Curriki. Curriki offers a comprehensive library of materials that include everything from the Bill of Rights, the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, the presidency, the separation of powers, and so much more. Check back in September – the Constitution Center celebrates Constitution Day on Sept. 17.

911 Anniversary Collection
With the anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks coming up next month, you’ll be wise to check out Curriki’s comprehensive interactive 911 Anniversary Collection. In addition to Award Winning Lesson Plans: Teaching 911, you’ll find resources for helping young children understand, and dozens of poignant stories divided into five topical sections: A Day for Reflection; Kids Make a Difference; A Nation Recovers; What’s Next for America?; and A Time for Tolerance. You’ll also be able to take your students on a virtual tour of the 911 Memorial Museum.


ELA Materials
Curriki has curated a wealth of top-quality resources for teaching English Language Arts, including free e-books for elementary and middle school students.

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