Curriculum Resource Center Collections
About the CRC Collections
The Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) is a unit of Library Programs and Services
and is also supported by the School of Education (SOE). The CRC is a special
collection that serves the students and faculty of the SOE, which includes
the support of the curriculum of the Teacher Preparation Program and the
Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary Education. The CRC makes available
a variety of current, high quality instructional materials for grades kindergarten
through six, with supplemental materials for pre-school and grades 7-12 when
appropriate to the curriculum. Priority for selection is given to those materials
that directly support the course work of students in the School of Education.
The CRC also makes available materials that are relevant to the teaching
profession for personal and professional development.
Books and Materials
The CRC collection of books and materials comprises professional literature,
curriculum based materials, and children's literature.
To locate books and materials in the CRC, search the
Professional literature is located in the non-fiction section. The materials
include books and AV materials that are representative of current educational
theory, practices, and general information about the profession of teaching.
Curriculum Based Materials The curriculum based materials, located in the
non-fiction section, include elementary school textbooks, curriculum guides,
activity books, professional materials, literature for children and young
adults, reference books, educational journals and magazines, audio and video
cassettes, DVDs, posters, maps, manipulatives, kits, games, and puzzles.
The CRC maintains a collection of children's and young adult literature,
with an emphasis on award winning books. The collection reflects other prestigious awards
in addition to works that stimulate interest in reading. Easy readers, picture
books, and board books help compose the literature collection in the CRC.
Arrangement of the Collections
The majority of the materials in the CRC are shelved by Library
of Congress (LC) Call Numbers. Because the materials are arranged by
LC Call Numbers, when you locate a book on a specific topic, there should
be other books on the same or similar topics shelved in the same area.
The primary collections in the CRC are the EDUC, LIT, and JUV collections.
The EDUC collection is composed of non-fiction materials, including non-fiction
children's books. The LIT collection is fiction for young adults (chapter
books), and the JUV collection contains books for younger children (primarily
grades 3 and under).
Magazines and Journals
The CRC has a small collection of magazines and journals that are available
for use within the CRC. The CRC retains one year's worth of back issues. Many magazines and journals relevant to the field
of Education and teacher preparation are available through EBSCOhost
Database -- Access over 4000 full-text journals, including those
specific to the field of education, through PREL's subscription to Ebsco. Fiction
K-8, which is part of Ebsco, includes information about children's literature.
Please see a CRC staff member for the username and password required
to access the above subscription databases.
Websites for Educators
The electronic resources collection also consists of Websites for Educators,
which are reviewed and compiled by the CRC Program Coordinator. The websites are categorized
by topic, and include several sites for accessing lesson plans and activities
in various subject areas.
Guide to great art on the Internet”
Lessons, how-tos, articles, and more from the Kennedy Center
at the Getty--Teacher programs and resources from the Getty museum,
including A Guide to Building Visual Arts Lessons.
- ALA Notable Children’s Books--Selected by
the American Library Association,
this list automatically includes the current year's Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert,
and Batchelder Award and Honor books.
Medal-- "Awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished
American picture book for children.
Literature Web Guide-- Resources for books for children and young
adults, including commentaries, discussions, links to awards, and recommended
Scott King Book Award--""Honors a Black author and a Black
illustrator for outstanding contributions which promote better understanding
and appreciation of the culture and contribution of all peoples to the
realization of the American Dream."
- Database of Award Winning
Children's Literature--DAWCL has over 5,000 records from 60
awards across six English-speaking countries.
Medal-- Awarded annually "to the author of the most distinguished
contribution to American literature for children."
York Public Library's 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Scoop--Search author/illustrator biographies, activities, and links
to sites related to children's books and authors.
Kinds of Minds-- Devoted to “understanding differences in learning.” Links
are provided to articles, discussion groups, resources, and more.
- Hoagies’ Gifted
Education Page--Information for parents, educators, kids, and teens
that is continually updated and includes numerous articles from ERIC.
- Council for Exceptional
Children””Information Center on Disabilities and Gifted Information--Numerous
links to research, articles, teaching resources, and FAQs, often supported
by information from ERIC.
of Special Education-- A Web Resource for Special Education-- Special
Education information (including history and events), online resources,
and categorical information from the Curry School of Education at the
University of Virginia.
- EDSITEment-- "The
Best of the Humanities on the Web from the National Endowment for the Humanities
in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities." This site
includes lesson plans, selected websites, and more.
- Read Write Think--
Lesson plans, standards, web resources, and student materials
- National Council of Teachers
Lesson Plans & Activities (general)
- Educator’s Reference
Desk-- Lesson plans for many subject areas, resource guides, and
a searchable archive of the ERIC archive.
- Federal Resources for Educational
Excellence (FREE)--Teaching and learning resources from federal agencies.
- Gateway to Educational
Materials (GEM)-- Search thousands of websites for articles, lesson
plans, and more through this consortia website.
Schrock’s Guide for Educators-- “A categorized list of sites useful
for enhancing curriculum and professional growth.”
Internet Index-- Home > K-12 Education > Lesson Plans-- Websites
with lesson plans that are evaluated and indexed by librarians for subject
Education-- From the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum
Studies, this website includes access to lesson plans in Art and
Design, Science and Technology, History and Culture, and Language
Arts. Lesson plans frequently include an online exhibit. Access is also
provided to recommended websites, activities, and publications.
Music and Drama
- PE Central--
“The premier web site for health and physical education.”
Education Lesson Plan Page-- Lesson plans submitted by educators
in addition to web links and instructions for games that can be played
Council for the Social Studies””Your Classroom-- Curriculum Standards,
Lesson Plans, and Teaching Resources from the National Council for the
- SCORE History/Social
Science --Lesson plans, featured resources, and over 5000 websites
aligned to California's History/Social Science Curriculum.
- Social Studies
Lesson Plans and Resources-- Lesson plans, activities, current events,
- Special Education Resources -- Information on learning, speech, hearing, vision and behavioral disabilities.
Links to parent and educator resources are included.