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Use our Scope & Sequence tool to find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. These cross-curriculular units spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way. Browse by grade band or click a category to highlight the lessons that address that topic. Scope and Sequence
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Are you wondering where to begin to adopt the Common Core Vocabulary Standards? While there are many specific vocabulary standards clearly listed in the K-12 Language strand, it's helpful and important to look at Academic Vocabulary from the big picture view known as Shift 6. Let's unpack it. Shift 6: Academic Vocabulary Overview: Three Tiers of Vocabulary Tier 1:Words acquired through every day speech, usually learned in the early gradesTier 2:Academic words that appear across all types of text. Common Core Connections: Unpacking Academic Vocabulary
How the Common Core Will Change the Way Teachers Teach and Students Learn Guest Post By Adam Berkin, vice president of product development at Curriculum Associates Since the Common Core State Standards were introduced, there has been much discussion about what they mean for educators and students and how they will impact teaching and learning. While the standards have been adopted by 45 states and 3 territories so far, there is a lot of concern, anxiety, and debate around what is best for students, potential challenges for teachers, and what implementation should and can look like. Quick Guide to the Common Core: Key Expectations Explained - Vander Ark on Innovation
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“Bloom’s Taxonomy” is one of those terms that a parent may not necessarily be familiar with, however, it is very important. It is a central concept to know how to use it at home in conjunction with learning activities to help your child expand their critical thinking skills. Critical thinking skills allow a child to thinking independently, find and fix mistakes, solve problems, evaluate alternatives, and reflect on their own beliefs. It’s not something that can be learned from reading a book or completing a worksheet, however the skills are built through hands-on lessons that build beyond basic rote memorization of facts. Bloom’s Taxonomy provides learning levels to increase higher order thinking skills for children of all ages. The levels include remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create.
Students in Hayley Dupuy’s sixth-grade science class at the Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto, Calif., are beginning a unit on plate tectonics. In small groups, they are producing their own questions, quickly, one after another: What are plate tectonics? How fast do plates move? Why do plates move? Do plates affect temperature?
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1. Achieve the Core, from Student Achievement Partners (who were deeply involved in writing the Core), has great free resources beginning with this handy summary of instructional implications of the Core: ELA/LiteracyBuilding knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational textsReading and writing grounded in evidence from textRegular practice with complex text and its academic vocabularyMathematicsFocus strongly where the Standards focusCoherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics within gradesRigor: In major topics pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity 2. Education Sector held a Hewlett-sponsored Common Core discussion on March 27 with a great panel including Idaho chief (and CCSSO chair) Tom Luna. 10 Common Core Resources
Common Core State Standards
The first question about Common Core State Standards, What will they look like?, has been answered. The answer is: Very different. The internationally benchmarked standards will emphasize creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, presentation and demonstration, problem solving, research and inquiry, and career readiness. The second, more challenging question is, How will we teach these new standards? Common Core Standards and PBL
ELA College and Career Readiness--What It Means, How to Get There Posted by: Jared Heath, content manager “College and career readiness” is an excellent idea, but what does it mean? What does a college-and-career-ready student look like? I think that the beauty of the Common Core Standards is our ability to manipulate them—to use them in order to do our job better rather than feeling dictated by them. The Common Core Standards give us the skills that students need to be prepared. They also tell us what that preparedness looks like.