5 SAS Curriculum Pathways Hidden Gems


Every school day thousands of teachers and students use the over 1,500 free resources in SAS Curriculum Pathways. Many will visit the most popular lessons, tools, and appssuch as Writing Navigator, the Algebra course, or the U.S. History document-analysis series. All are enormously helpful to students and teachers. But the 1,500 resources also include many hidden gems. Here are five of my favorites.

1. Math: How To Solve Equations


I might have actually understood algebra in high school, rather than simply passing the classes, if this tool had been available. The clear description of each step in the algebraic process would have made sense to the high-school meand given me a foundation on which to build. And the line-by-line feedback would have eliminated the frustration of working through a problem only to find I had become lost somewhere along the way.

2. Social Studies: Introduction to the Supreme Court


When teaching civics, I faced the challenge of relating important institutions to students' daily lives. This lesson does just that for the court. By covering landmark casessuch as Tinker v. Des Moines, Vernonia v. Acton, and Morse v. Frederickthe lesson helps to reveal the direct links between the decisions made by a bunch of old folks in black robes and students' lives in school.

3. Spanish: Spanish Writing Tablet


This is one of those tools teachers don’t realize they need until they find it. Then they can’t imagine teaching without it. The tablet enables students to create common Spanish assignments such as conversations, letters, and invitations; as a result, students can focus on what's most important: getting the content right. And the inclusion of the diacritical-marks pallet makes the tool just that much more helpful.

4. English: Clear Thinking: Missing the Point

As a history teacher I (usually) encouraged open dialogue and debate. Simply put, students love to argue, and they (usually) are terrible at it. All emotion and little logic. This quick tutorial focuses on the connection between evidence and conclusion. I'd have used it in the first week of every class I taught.

5. Science: The Immune System 


This is one of the quick science tutorials that use video and a short quiz to illuminate a key topic in a visually engaging way. These are great as the basis for a flipped lesson or even for a non-science teacher to add technical information to another topic. During last year’s ebola outbreak, for example, I constructed a lesson giving students a combination of news, geography, and science to better understand that critical, fast-moving issue. 

 So those are some of my favorites… What are your SAS Curriculum Pathways hidden gems?


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.


    • Lucy Kosturko

      SAS Curriculum Pathways is a suite of resources designed to supplement existing curricula in order to engage students in meaningful learning experiences that foster a deep, robust understanding of concepts.

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