SAS Curriculum Pathways in the Elementary Classroom


Editor's Note: Jenny Kelley teaches third grade in Pitt County, NC. She recently earned certification as a SAS® Curriculum Pathways® Master Teacher. On January 23, information for the 2014-2015 Master Teacher Program will be available on our web site. In this guest post, Jenny describes some of the SAS Curriculum Pathways resources she uses in her elementary classroom.


Remember back when we were in school, and it was all about books, paper, and pencils? Well, as most educators know, those days are over! Kids today have their attention deeply focused on iPhones, iPads, iPods, laptops, tablets, Kindles, Nooks, etc. You name it, the kids have it. Why not use these as opportunities to engage culture and meet the kids right where they are?

Student engagement is a big problem in our public schools because of well, let’s just say it…dry, boring teaching along with dry, boring content. SAS Curriculum Pathways is a great resource program that basically fits all subjects and content areas. You can use applications to reinforce or even introduce concepts. The best part, you do not have to pay for it! What teacher doesn’t like the sound of that?

The majority of resources in SAS Curriculum Pathways are aimed at middle and high school. But this is not a barrier for elementary teachers! Here are just a couple of the many lessons that, with some adjustment for my students, proved to be a good fit for my third grade curriculum:

Strategies for Reading Mythology

With this Interactive Tool for English language arts, students develop strategies for reading mythology—predicting what they will learn before reading, identifying details and organizing ideas while reading, and explaining what they have learned after reading.

SAS Curriculum Pathways Strategies for Reading for Meaning

Parallel or Perpendicular?

This mathematics resource (tool-based lesson) is great for expanding students' knowledge of geometry and lines.

SAS Curriculum Pathways Parallel or Perpendicular?
These resources sound fabulous, right? Well, to learn more, simply go to, sign up for an account, and get started integrating technology. (Students can sign up for individual accounts too!) Then consider signing up for one of the free Online Learning options. That is how I first got started with SAS Curriculum Pathways…those professional-development courses and the resources in SAS Curriculum Pathways have changed the way I teach.


Tip: To see the levels a resource is designed for, log in as a teacher on the Search page. You can then filter search results by elementary (ES), middle (MS), and high (HS).


About Author

Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore coordinates and conducts professional development for Curriculum Pathways. He works with schools and organizations around the country and has presented at conferences for organizations such as the National Council for the Social Studies and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. A former army officer and social studies teacher, he spent 10 years on the Curriculum Pathways humanities team creating new digital curriculum products.

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