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Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.
In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.
Elementary Education OER
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
This book will help you to understand elementary mathematics more deeply, gain facility with creating and using mathematical notation, develop a habit of looking for reasons and creating mathematical explanations, and become more comfortable exploring unfamiliar mathematical situations.
CK-12 Second Grade Science
Digital textbook covering the following chapters: A World of Ice and Water, Changes, Earthquakes, The Grand Canyon, Mountains, Preventing Erosion, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes.
Arts Integration in Elementary Curriculum: 2nd Edition
Topics include: Arts Integration, Music, Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, and Physical Education and Movement. A set of lecture slides for the textbook are also included as an additional file.
Curiosity, Complexity and Conversations
This is a book about writing (and reading) nonfiction with children in their elementary years of schooling. In these chapters we define how we have come to understand nonfiction, and we describe what it looks like in our classrooms. Recent educational policies and standards have encouraged the use of nonfiction in earlier grades than has been common in past practice.
Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education
This textbook covers topics such as developing curriculum through the planning cycle, appropriate guidance techniques to support children’s behaviors as the self-regulation abilities mature, and planning for preschool-aged children in specific domains.