2. Our Clever Crazes for Kids® Curriculum, National Associations, and Professional Organizations
CleverCrazes.com is always updating and adding new educational materials. For example, since I recorded my website video, CCK has added “You and the World of Art,” including visual art, dance, and music, further extending the concept of critical thinking for your students. The Arts turns STEM into STEAM. CleverCrazes.com brings to K-8 classrooms, after-school programs, parents, and guardians across the country new and exciting ways to engage kids in learning about the STEAM disciplines. Students will see how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics are integrated into their everyday lives. Watch your students’ confidence grow as they develop a fundamental love of learning.
In creating the 3.0 website and the CCK STEM Expeditions curriculum (lesson plans), the CCK curriculum team followed many state standards in science and social studies and significant Common Core concepts in mathematics and English, as well as 23 educational associations and professional organizations when developing the grade-appropriate, scaffolded educational materials. We realize that some concepts taught in the classroom vary from state to state. Therefore, we have developed our CCK STEM Expeditions in leveled grade bands of K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.
Throughout the Clever Crazes website, students will be introduced to STEAM careers that will serve as motivational goals and topics for discussion.
Educators will find the elements for individual state standards and Common Core State Standards from which they can choose. Our educational activities and games enhance and enrich the standards to which you are teaching. We also provide “specials” (extra-curricular activities). For example:
- Step It Up and Kickstart Your Brain®
Our live-action personal trainer, Kimmie, takes students and adults through 16 specific exercises. Kimmie explains how each activity is correctly performed and how the activities benefit physical health.
- You and the World of Art
This “world” explores the Arts (visual art, dance, and music), providing the critical thinking needed to problem solve. The Arts turns STEM into STEAM.
- Safe Routes to School
In this “special,” our young scholars will learn about personal safety to and from school (and, of course, other destinations). This includes bike safety, walking safety, caring for the local environment, consideration of others, and much more.
Many national associations have now argued for the integration of technology, as well as 21st-century skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking, into the teaching of core content disciplines. Clever Crazes referenced the guidelines of those organizations in the development of content for the website. These include:
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Physics Teachers
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Association for sTEm Teacher Education
Cable in the Classroom
Council for Economic Education
Games in Education
International Reading Association
International Society for Technology in Education
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association for Sports and Physical Education
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Council for History Education
National Council for the Social Studies
National Council of Teachers of English
National Council for Teachers of Mathematics
National Education Association
National Middle School Association
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
National Science Teachers Association
North American Association for Environmental Education
US Geological Survey Education