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Curriculum Materials Center

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  • About the Curriculum Materials Center

    Mission Statement

    The Curriculum Materials Center supports the mission of the Library and the University, as well as the Conceptual Framework of the Education Unit.

    The CMC is essential to the instructional and research needs of students and faculty in programs preparing teachers for PreK-12 schools. The CMC houses educational resources that provide curriculum and instructional experiences for PreK-12 students. These materials are used by educators to develop curricula and lesson plans and may also be used in actual instructional situations. The materials also provide information for those doing research.

    • All materials in the Curriculum Materials Center may be borrowed except for reference books, which circulate if permission is granted by a librarian.
    • The circulation period is 28 days with two renewals.
    • A valid Library Barcode Identification Card is required in order to borrow materials.
    • Cards are issued at the Library Circulation Desk.
    • Local teachers may apply for a community borrowers card or an alumni card.

    Juvenile Literature/Trade Books

    Books appropriate for toddlers through young adult are divided into three areas: easy books, fiction, and non-fiction.

    • Easy/Picture books: Generally 32-48 pages long and highly illustrated. Many picture books are for younger children, toddlers to about grade three. However, some titles are on sophisticated topis and are appropriate for upper elementary and middle school.
    • Fiction: These are imaginative stories or chapter books for children from about age eight through high school age.
    • Non-fiction/Information books: Factual books for children and teens. The Dewey Decimal classification 000-999 also includes folklore and poetry.

     K-12 Textbooks

    Books used in schools for the formal study of a subject. The CMC collection includes texbooks for subjects taught from kindergarten through high school in all curricular areas.

    Big Books

    Picture books for children in a large format that are often used for shared reading. 

    Curriculum Bulletins/Activity Books

    Curriculum bulletins include teaching activity books which have numerous ideas for lesson plans. Teacher activity books contain activities for teachers to incorporate into their lesson plans, in order to meet the goals/objectives of the curriculum.

    Multimedia Materials

    Non-book materials appropriate for preschool through high school including DVDs, kits, games, flash cards, music CDs, puppets, models, audiobooks, and realia. Realia are real objects to be used for hands-on experience in teaching.

    Reference Books

    The reference collection includes reference sources related to other materials in the CMC collections. These books may circulate with permission from a reference librarian. 

    Picture and Portrait Files

    Pictures on a wide variety of topics and portraits of famous persons are available in this collection. Maps designed for elementary age students are also available.

    Historical Textbooks

    The historical text collection is a select collection of K-12 textbooks of historical value. The collection dates back to the early 1800's. To access this collection, check with a reference librarian. 

    Historical Curriculum Bulletins

    This collection contains bulletins published by the Minnesota Department of Education which were published at least 20 years ago. To access this collection, check with a reference librarian. 

    • Resources in the Curriculum Materials Center are cataloged on the MnPALS system.
    • CMC materials are arranged by the Dewey Decimal System.
    • Easy books and fiction are arranged alphabetically by author's last name.

    The CMC Librarian provides specialized services for the Center including: 

    • Reference service, including email reference and readers' advisory service.
    • Instruction for students in accessing and using CMC materials, education journals, and other professional education resources.
    • Specialized instruction on educational topics, such as censorship, reading aloud, book talking, and various aspects of children's literature.
    • Consultation about educational materials and their use in Teacher Education classes.
    • Assistance to Teacher Education faculty in selecting educational materials for the library.

    Instruction is available on accessing and using CMC materials, education journals, and other professional education resources

    The CMC open classroom (LI 209C), may be used by faculty who would like students to examine various CMC materials within the library. This classroom may be booked through the University's EMS scheduling system.

    The classroom/lab on second floor (LI 208) may be booked through the University's EMS scheduling system.

    To schedule a class contact the CMC Librarian.