Connecting Curricula for Deeper Understanding

Connecting curricula for deeper understanding

Academic disciplines have a lot in common, we should interconnect them.

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Taking Steps to STEM

Use a design process to take a STEM approach in any subject

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Promote metacognition and reflection in STEM

Ways to support student thinking throughout the STEM learning process

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22 Creative Ideas for Earth Science

Earth science projects build content knowledge and promote inquiry

Full STEAM Ahead

Full STEAM ahead: combining stories, shapes, and art in primary

5 ideas for making in math and art with young learners.

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Empower young scientists with data explorations

Building powerful science foundations for elementary learners.

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Data Storytelling

Tell stories to build number sense and data skills

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Connecting Math and Art

Help students see how deeply math and art are intertwined


Engage primary students in science

Build observation, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills with projects that use painting, matching, writing, narration, and more.

Creativity tools in Math

Making in Math

Build number sense and problem-solving in with a creative approach

Student reflecting on their work.

Reflecting in STEM

The benefits of reflection in the STEM approach to instruction.

Visual Math

Visualize math with creativity tools

Provide students with tools and opportunities to visualize math concepts, helping them build solid mathematical foundations.

Add Creativity to Intermediate Math

Add creativity to Intermediate math

Creative technology tools help intermediate students to demonstrate, explain, and justify their thoughts using illustrations, text, and audio.

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Taking a Project-Based Approach to STEM Learning

How STEM and PBL go hand in hand.

image of pile of puzzle pieces to showcase patience and attention to detail

Animation Skill Requirements

Student dispositions necessary for successful animation production

Clay cell division

Make science fun and creative with clay animation

Explore complex scientific topics in a manner that is engaging and fun.


Animation in secondary math and science

Provide students with the opportunity to build deeper content understanding through animation projects.

Beyond Understanding in Math

Move beyond understanding in math

Use the eight Standards for Mathmatical Practice to build a deeper understanding in math.

Assess Technology Literacy

Assess technology literacy

Combine a model like TechYES with open-ended tools to address technology literacy, and engage and inspire children.

Snowman glyphs

Collecting data with pictures with primary students

Help students develop mathematical understanding of data collection and data analysis

Student project

Designing inventions with simple machines

Students use Pixie to design inventions that solve authentic problems.

Student project

Make story problems meaningful and fun

Students use Pixie to show their understanding of multiplication relating to word problems.


Animal Reports: Digging Deeper

Second-grade students use Wixie to demonstrate their understanding of animals and habitats by publishing research and giving oral presentations.

Connecting to Literature in Math

Connecting math to literature

Children's books about math that make for great student-published books and projects.

Student project

Force and Motion

First graders combine images and voice reflections to demonstrate understanding of force and motion.

Student project

A better unit assessment

Students go "hands-on" with clay animation to conceptualize physics and science curriculum.

Pattern play

Iconic Pattern Play

Support healthy cognitive development with a combination of physical and computer-based play activities.

Learning Hub

The computer lab as a learning hub

If students can use a computer whenever they need to, for as long as they need to, they'll learn more, and school becomes more learner-centered.

Student project

Building early technology foundations

Students create a counting book to build foundation curriculum and technology skills.

One Tech Period

Make the most of one tech period a week

Make the most out of your limited time in the computer lab.

Authentic research.

Ask an expert: Authentic research for students

Use experts to demonstrate the connections between what students learn and the world that is outside of the classroom.

Weather map

Presenting Weather: Real World Style

Present research in a way that connects student work with real-life experiences

More sites to help you find success in your classroom


Share your ideas, imagination, and understanding through writing, art, voice, and video.

Rubric Maker

Create custom rubrics for your classroom.


A curated, copyright-friendly image library that is safe and free for education.


Write, record, and illustrate a sentence.


Interactive digital worksheets for grades K-8 to use in Brightspace or Canvas.

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