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The Curriculum Collection of K-12 textbooks, selected curriculum documents, and books for children and young adults is located on the Second Floor of the SFU Bennett Library. Designed for students in the Faculty of Education's Professional Development Program (PDP), the Curriculum Collection is also available to all members of the SFU community.
Three types of materials are collected: curriculum documents, K-12 textbooks, and books for children and young adults.
To find materials in this collection through the SFU Library Catalogue, select Curriculum Collection (instead of the default Entire Collection option) from the drop-down search menu and search these materials by Keyword, Author, Title, etc.
The BC Ministry of Education's Curriculum Documents (aka Integrated Resource Packages) outline provincially required learning outcomes, suggested ideas for instruction, lists of recommended learning resources (books, videos, electronic resources, etc.) and possible methods for teachers to use in evaluating students' progress.
Tips for finding curriculum documents:
- Browse full-text curriculum documents by subject area or grade through the BC Ministry of Education website
- To find print copies of curriculum documents for a particular subject or grade, try a keyword search in the library catalogue limited to the Curriculum Collection (e.g. Social Studies 11)
Selected textbooks recommended for use in B.C. schools, including teachers' editions, form a major part of the collection. (Note: Out-dated texts will be removed as new texts are added, with some retained in the Lam Graduate Research Centre for historical research.)
To find out which texts are recommended for a particular subject and grade level check the BC Ministry of Education's Catalogue of Learning Resources page.
Tips for finding textbooks
- To find a specific textbook, search by the author's name or by title in the Library Catalogue.
- Textbooks can generally be searched by grade level (e.g. a keyword search limited to the Curriculum Collection for grade 6).
- You can also search by subject area (e.g. a keyword search limited to the Curriculum Collection for mathematics).
- NEW: SFU Library's Collection of Recommended Learning Resources: An Excel workbook, with subject tabs (Math, Social Studies, etc.). This spreadsheet lists all of the provincially recommended resources currently available at SFU Library
The children's and young adult literature collection includes fairy and folk tales, picture books, fiction, comics/graphic novels, beginning readers and non-fiction/informational texts.
Other children's literature research resources available via SFU Library are listed on the Children's Literature Information Resources guide.
Tips for finding children's literature
- The literary works are generally classed in PZ and can be found in the Library Catalogue under author or title.
- Juvenile non-fiction works are catalogued under their subject followed by the sub-division Juvenile literature. To find call numbers for juvenile non-fiction works, search in the Library Catalogue under keywords (e.g. astronomy and juvenile literature).
- You can also search for fiction books on a particular topic (for example, a search for halloween limited to the Curriculum Collection).
- In general, children’s literature (fiction and non-fiction) cannot be searched for in the Library Catalogue by grade level or age.
The Curriculum Collection does not generally include kits, games, pictures or any non-print material. Teaching aids in these formats are available in many district resource centres. For software and videos, visit the Education Central in the Education Building.
Books relating to the study and teaching of a particular subject may be shelved in the regular Bennett Library stacks as well as in the Curriculum Collection. Find books about the study and teaching of a subject through a keyword search in the Library Catalogue (e.g. search for the keywords mathematics and study and teaching to find books about how to teach mathematics).
Books that include lesson plans may be shelved in the regular Bennett Library stacks as well as in the Curriculum Collection. To find lesson plans, do a keyword search in the Library Catalogue (e.g., search for the keywords mathematics and lesson plan* to find lesson plans related to mathematics).
Lists of recommended Canadian, U.S. and international lesson-planning websites/resources are also available through the Additional Resources section of the Education research guide.
Please contact one of our Ask A Librarian services for further help in person or via phone, email, text or online chat.