Using the Curriculum Standards Module - Help Sheet


Overview

The Curriculum Standards (Academic Benchmarks) application is a tool that allows teachers to locate curriculum standards based on several criteria. Curriculum standards are created and published by each state in order to convey the educational requirements in each subject area at each grade level that students are expected to learn and teachers are expected to teach.

In addition, The Curriculum Standards application includes U.S. Common Core Standards and standards for Canadian provinces.

The Curriculum Standards application is available in the following EBSCO interfaces:

The application can be accessed two ways. The user can go directly to the Curriculum Standards application by typing http://absite.ebscohost.com/ into the browser window or by clicking specific links on the database home pages. (See next section.)

Accessing EBSCOhost Curriculum Standards from within databases

  1. From Student Research Center, Searchasaurus, and Kids Search, click on Teacher Resources in the upper right corner of the homepage screen. If you are using one of the other interfaces, skip to #5.

    SRC - Teacher Resources Link

    Searchasaurus - Teacher Resources link

    Kids Search - Teacher Resources link

  2. Under Curriculum Standards, click on United States or Canada.

    Curriculum Standards links

  3. Selecting the desired province or state will link user to a corresponding external education website, which launches in a new browser window.

  4. Selecting the “Curriculum Standards Application” will launch the EBSCOhost Academic Benchmarks application in a new browser window. Skip to step #6.

    Canada & United States curriculum standards links

  5. From English Language Learner Reference Center, History Reference Center, Points of View Reference Center, and Science Reference Center, click on the Curriculum Standards link under Reference Shelf tab at the right of the screen. This will launch the Academic Benchmarks application in a new browser window.

    Reference Shelf Links

  6. Select desired State from drop-down list. You may also choose COMMON CORE (at the top) or Canadian – Western and Northern Canadian Protocol.

    Browsing by State

  7. Select Standard, Subject, Year, and Grade to access the state’s curriculum standards, which will display in a column on the right side of the screen.

  8. Click on the plus sign (+) icon to view standards for your chosen topic. Standards can be further expanded by clicking on subsequent plus sign icons. Click minus sign (-) icon to collapse list.

  9. You have the option to Print, Email, or Save the information to your computer as a .txt file.

    Browsing Curriculum Standards

Using Search Strings

Within the Curriculum Standards (Academic Benchmarks) application, teachers have access to a number of recommended Search Strings to help them find relevant, professional content.

  1. Select your State, followed by Standard, Subject, Year, and Grade. You may also choose COMMON CORE or Canadian – Western and Northern Canadian Protocol.

  2. Click on (+) to expand standard to include individual benchmarks. Click (-) to collapse. Click on (+) of individual benchmark to reveal Search String.

    Search Strings

  3. From within your desired database, enter the recommended search terms in the Find fields. Click Search. A results list will display.

Incorporating Curriculum Standards into Lesson Plans

  1. Select State, Standard, Subject, Year, and Grade to access the state’s curriculum standards, which will display on the right side of the screen. You may also choose COMMON CORE (at top of drop-down list) or Canadian – Western and Northern Canadian Protocol.

  2. In the upper right corner of the screen, you are given the options to Print, Email, or Save the information to your computer as a .txt file.

    Print Email Save Links

  3. If you save the .txt file to your computer, be sure you remember which folder you saved it in. From there, open the file.

  4. Copy and paste the standards from the .txt file to your lesson plan. You will need to format your document accordingly.

    Saved Curriculum Standards text file



ID: 6420
Topic: Interface Features, Database Products and Content
Services: Searchasaurus, Student Research Center, Kids Search, Literary Reference Center, Points of View Reference Center, English Language Learner Reference Center, Literary Reference Center Plus, Science Reference Center, History Reference Center
Link: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=6420
Updated: June 2014

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