Stuff that works


Technology is all around us!

These books are unique in their focus on largely uncharted curriculum areas, such as signs and symbols and packaging, and in their use of everyday materials and issues that are available for free. Readers will find innovative ideas for engaging kids in understanding maps and making their own; studying the packaging materials that are typically discarded; exploring the operation of nutcrackers, nail clippers and tweezers; investigating and redesigning their own classroom arrangements and procedures, and creating signs and symbols for their classes. The ideas in these books combine the perspectives of university faculty members in education and engineering with those of elementary educators, including science specialists, Special Education teachers and regular classroom teachers in grades pre-K through 5. Another unique feature of each book is the “Stories” chapter in which teachers relate what happened in their classrooms when they implemented the new activities.

Comprehensive guides for elementary educators

  • Classroom narratives
  • Classroom-tested activities
  • Alignment with national standards in science, math, ELA & social studies
  • Professional development package hands-on and on-line

These five curriculum guides were written by the City Technology team and published by Heinemann in 2002. Their goal is to provide ideas for integrated teaching of engineering, science, math, literacy and art in elementary classrooms. They were the outcome of a collaboration between two City College faculty members and seventeen New York City public elementary teachers. Each book includes an introduction to the topic, overview of its basic concepts, activities developed and implemented by teachers in their own classrooms, accounts by the same teachers of how these activities transpired, and other resources and standards alignments.