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Resources for Teaching PreK-12


The Instructional Materials Center (IMC) on the Ground Floor of King Library supports Education faculty and students. The IMC holds a wide range of collections including preK-12 classroom materials, lesson plans, juvenile literature, games, foreign language materials, English Language Learner materials, and K-12 textbooks. The IMC also houses the Libraries' video collection. 

This subject guide includes resources for lesson planning, teacher licensing and state tests, and academic content standards.

Collection Statement

The purpose of the IMC collection is to expose pre-service teachers to a wide range of teaching materials, including items that deal with bias or controversy in children's materials. Users of this collection should always evaluate materials with their intended audience and purpose in mind and make selections appropriate to the setting in which they will be used.

Finding Books in the IMC

To find a book or curricular material in the IMC, filter your search results by location. Make sure you are looking for King Library, Ground Floor, IMC

The IMC collection is divided into several parts.

  • Juv Easy picture books for children in grades PK-3
  • Easy Readers - leveled readers for children learning to read
  • Juvenile Fiction/Non-Fiction includes non-fiction books for children of all ages and fiction books for children in grades 4-12
  • ELL - books for English Language Learners
  • Language Materials - books for teaching foreign languages
  • Big Books - oversized books for grades PK-3, perfect for reading-aloud to large groups
  • Curr Mat - curriculum materials like math manipulatives, games, puppets, science kits, etc. 
  • Textbooks - K-12 textbooks and teacher editions
  • Books - books with lesson plans, worksheets, and classroom activities
  • Reference - reference material on children's literature and teaching resources

The location and call number will end up looking similar to: King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv QA27.5 .L44 2016b

Finding Multicultural Books

Use this box to search for books. Please use the tips below for help.

The IMC holds a range of materials to support a multicultural curriculum, including books, classroom activities, and curriculum materials.

  • Search Tip: Items with a broad multicultural focus

To locate items (e.g., readers guides, classroom activities) with a broad focus on multicultural education, search the term "multicultural" (in parentheses) using a Keyword search. Locate General Location on the left-hand menu and choose IMC to see only those items located in the IMC. You have the option of sorting by most recent or "newest" publication date.

  • Search Tip: Foreign Language Materials

Browse the shelves of foreign language materials in the IMC to locate a wide range of books and kits with an international focus. Most books are written in both the native language and English.

  • Search Tip: Picture Books (Juv Easy)

When looking for picture books about a specific country, search on the country's name using a Keyword search. Ex. "India". Then, locate Shelf Location on the left-hand menu and choose King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy. Notice the material type: picture books are cataloged as "Juv Easy".

  • Search Tip: Picture Books with Animals

Another option when using picture books to teach about multicultural resources is to choose books that feature different animals rather than people. Check out authors like Janet Stevens, Karma Wilson, and Lucy Cousins.

  • Search Tip: Folktales

Try folktales to gain a cultural perspective. Search "folktale" using the Keyword Search. Locate Shelf Location on the left-hand menu and choose King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy for picture books and King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv for chapter books or informational texts. 

  • Search Tip: Chapter Books (Juv)

Fiction provides a great resource for personalizing multicultural experiences. You might start a search for chapter books by selecting a country (e.g., "Australia" or nationality (e.g., African American") or religious affiltiation (e.g., "Muslim"). Locate Shelf Location on the left-hand menu and choose King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv. To distinguish fiction from informational texts, locate Genre on the left-hand menu and choose "Fiction".


Your Librarian

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Abigail Morgan

Fall 2019 Office Hours (9/16/19 - 12/6/19):

McGuffey 129 - Wednesdays 10:30am-12:30pm
FSB 3083 - Thursdays 1-3pm
All other times please schedule an appointment or email me.

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