Off the Shelf Curriculum Units2018-08-16T01:25:39+00:00

“Off the Shelf” Curriculum Units

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About NuMinds Curriculum

Since NuMinds was established in 2013, one of our characteristic calling cards has been the development of unique, passion-driven curriculum with the flexibility to adapt to student needs and the robustness to provide depth and rigor. Since all our courses are mixed- and multi-age, we NEEDED that special blend of versatility and complexity. We just couldn’t find the perfect curriculum model out there, so what did we do? With some metaphorical inspiration from nature’s fastest-growing, most flexible, and versatile plant, we developed our own research-based curriculum model called Bamboo Curriculum™. It’s a systematic and organic model that incorporates project-based learning, Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, objective-based curriculum, formative assessment, and divergent thinking. It’s become the platform for all our courses.

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. – Bruce Lee

When word spreads about how much FUN students are having in our courses accomplishing and discovering things which, on the surface, are “way above grade level”, we often get asked, “How do you do that? Can we use your curriculum for our program?” Well…

Now you can take our “out-of-the-box” curriculum right “off-the-shelf” and begin to super-charge your own students with project-based learning, higher-order thinking, creativity and problem-solving. Experience the freedom of a differentiated curriculum that bends—but doesn’t break—according to the diverse needs of your students.

Each curriculum unit includes:

  • A six-tier background document built on Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to drive differentiation and divergent thinking. Including:
    • Student objectives for each level of Blooms
    • Divergent question stems to fuel creativity, innovation, and curiosity
    • Formative and Summative assessment options for each level of Blooms
  • A detailed lesson plan set for an 8-10 lesson unit
  • All required masters and supporting documents, such as rubrics and handouts
  • List of supplies and books/texts needed to support the unit
  • Common Core alignment
  • At-Home enrichment ideas
  • Recommended Readings list for continued study ideas for autonomous learners and/or orbital projects


  • Digital Delivery only: $500 per curriculum unit
  • Digital Delivery plus prepped out binder (shipped directly to you): $600 per curriculum unit

Intrigued? Browse a list of currently available units here!

Delivered directly to you in an attractive, bound binder, our "Off the Shelf" Curriculum Units include all the objectives, National & State standards, handouts, teacher guides, extension activities and additional resources to put on 10 amazing, 1-hour sessions.

2 hours of training are included, and digitial versions can be purchased for an additional fee. Contact us for questions and details

Course TitleSummaryRecommended Brain Age*
Codes and CiphersSince humans began communicating, there has always been an urge to keep certain information underground: intended for certain eyes only and unreadable to all others. In this course, you’ll study, crack (decipher) and create (encipher) messages in a variety of cipher systems and historical contexts. Although you’ll time-hop throughout history and make stops with Julius Caesar, Ben Franklin and Abe Lincoln, among many others, you’ll end with an exploration of how cryptography--the study of codes and ciphers--has kept up with, and even created, the modern digital age.2nd-6th Grade
Fascination with FlightWith mythology, history, invention, physics, engineering as your playground, this has got to be the most intense STEAM course ever created! Throughout each lesson, you’ll slowly reveal and explore the concepts behind determining terminal velocity while looking at the legend of Icarus, the inventions of DaVinci, the landing of the Mars Rover, and much more. If you live near an iFLY indoor sky-diving tunnel, this course synchronizes beautifully with a class trip to skydive in the iFLY 30 foot high wind tunnel. This unit is officially endorsed by iFLY.2nd-8th
iRock: A History of InventionFrom the chiseled spear to the steam engine and into a future of photo-voltaic glass, “iRock” looks at the way humanity’s necessities have led to invention. In this course, you’ll cover the eras of invention, focusing on the march of human progress. You’ll study notable inventors, and the effect their inventions had on the world. Included in the course are methods for spurring inventive thinking and hands-on project builds. Finally, you’ll finish by inferencing and speculating about the future of inventions.2nd-8th
TED Club: The Power of Public SpeakingIn recent years, the "TED Talk" format has exploded across the globe as a medium for people to share their expertise, promote their passions, and to propose radical new ideas and solutions to the world's problems. Do YOU have an idea or concept you'd like to share with the world? TED Ed Club is your chance to work under the guidance of a teacher and with a cohort of fellow revolutionaries to develop, polish and present your own TED Talk! You’ll learn the art and science of presentation, public speaking and persuasion. Your grand finale will be the presentation of each talk. Recorded talks can be featured on your school or organization’s YouTube channel and/or website (with parent/student permission)! This course is NOT officially sponsored or endorsed by the TED organization.2nd-8th
The Real EssayThe essay is one of the most respected, yet misunderstood, forms of writing. Over the centuries, the essay has declined from a vehicle of philosophical and scientific thought into a menial 5-paragraph assignment. This is not an SAT prep course, but instead, a discovery of the power and beauty of the essay form. There are essays that captivate their readers, even bringing them to tears. In this course, you will peruse some of the most powerful essays in history, studying their message and impact. You’ll learn about the essay form, and how choosing the right structure takes your writing to the next level. Be prepared to read, appreciate, and write amazing papers!4th-8th
Programming PythonMany believe coding and programming skills are the "ABCs" of the 21st century. Without mastery of this new core competency, students are at a disadvantage moving into a working world permeated by technology. In this course, you’ll begin to tackle the programming language "Python," touted by professionals as an excellent entry point into the world of coding. As you move beyond basic commands and students gain confidence and fluency, the desire to create and innovate will naturally drive students to build new skills and knowledge in an organic "project based learning" situation. In the process, you’ll lay a foundation of vocabulary and programming literacy that will enable them to push on to more complicated projects after this course. Student computers with internet access are required for this course.3rd-8th
Guitar Math MonsterThis course is for those who love music, math, science and Pokémon! A sensory exploration of the math in music and the music of math. From fractions, to Fibonacci, to sound waves, sonar, diabolical tri-tones and Pokémon hit points, you’ll explore songwriting with the birds and paint the frequency of the earth with colorful corn starch. This course is for musicians, music-lovers, and anyone of all ages with a song in their heart just waiting to beat out its rhythm on re-purposed instruments!1st-8th
Mathacadabra: The Magic of MathThroughout history, great minds have been fascinated with mathematical puzzles, paradoxes and wonderments for the sheer joy of it. In this course, you’ll kindle (or re-kindle) that spark of curiosity and passion for Math beyond the "drudgery" of formalized step-by-step curriculum. You’ll jump throughout history and around the globe, from Ben Franklin's magic squares (USA) to Blaise Pascal's Triangle (France) to Ramanujan's algebra puzzles (India) to Lo Shu puzzles (China), and much more. You’ll also put the "magic" in the Math, literally, as you learn, practice and perform Math-based magic tricks.1st-6th

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