This Education Week article, Educators in Search of Common-Core Resources by Catherine Gewertz (published online February 24, 2012), is a must read for educators. We want to know where to find instructional resources for the new standards, which cover K-12 English/language arts and mathematics, adopted by all but four states.
Our own Joe Phelan, with the EDSITEment Project, responded quickly to this article with the following comments:
"There are very good free lessons on the web which are designed to meet common core standards. The Thinkfinity program brings together free lessons from some of the top national educational content providers including ReadWriteThink from NCTE and Illuminations from NCTM and aligns them with common core. You should start looking here for what you need: http://www.thinkfinity.org/state-standards-search.
One of the other Thinkfinity partners is EDSITEment from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We have hundreds of lesson in English and History. These lessons, recognized by departments of education across the country, are built around authentic inquiry into primary sources, close reading of complex texts and teaching students how to evaluate and develop evidence based arguments.
I couldn't have said it better, Joe.
Related article: Common Core Is a Golden Opportunity---Don't Throw in the Towel Now! by Dan Brown (published online February 20, 2012)
Related article: Kentucky: Building a Bumpy road From K-12 Through College by Catherine Gewertz (published online February 27, 2012)
Where are you looking for Common-Core resources?
Great question! There is so much information about the Standards out there these days. However, there are very few good resources to help schools actually implement the CCSSs. If you are in search of high-quality, rigorous, CCSS-aligned content, please consider a company called Academic Merit (www.academicmerit.com). This company has created online tools to help school districts align to the CCSS in language arts for students in grades 6-12. The content and assessments used in this company's suite of online tools were developed by teachers themselves who hope to raise the quality of adolescent literacy education. Many school districts in the country are currently using Academic Merit to help them implement the CCSSs and finding success.
Best wishes to you and all educators in search of resources to implement the Common Core!
For media specialists and librarians - my colleague Carla Bennett posted this site:
It is hard at this point to know what resources to order to supplement the Common Core standards - I hope to find more resources like this site.
Here are additional sites:
In addition to the great resources already mentioned, I want to recommend Laying the Foundation's free sample lessons for middle and high school math, science, and English teachers. These lessons include charts at the beginning of each lesson that show exactly how the specific standards within Common Core are connected to the modeling.
I encourage you to visit http://www.commoncoretraining.org, which includes a link to an ebook about the CCSS, a video, CCSS-related webinars, and more. On our website, you'll also find information about an upcoming Common Core professional development session in Chicago hosted by Laying the Foundation and the Chicago Teachers Union and open to ALL math, science, and English teachers of grades 6 through 12.
Please email me at email@example.com if you'd like more information about LTF's Common Core aligned resources and materials.
Are you a Math Specialists who grumbles about the lack of emphasis on technology among resources for the Math Common Core? Check out Minds on Mathematics: Free Math Technology & Common Core Webinars
My state has a site called engageNY.org that is really great in helping to further understand the common core standards and the shifts. We, as a faculty are doing so much work to prepare and there is a lot of information out there. It is hard to sort through everything. I am also searching on my own as well and have found PEARSON to have helpful PD and resources geared to the common core. I just found your post, so I have not had a chance to check the links you suggested but I will! Thanks!
Katie, I’m not from NY but I’ve actually browsed through the http://engageny.org/ website before! It was really helpful; great resource to share!
As a homeschooling mom I really rely on my curriculum providers to steer me in the right direction! I’m so thankful I’ve stuck with Zaner-Bloser for years now because their programs have all been aligned with the CCSS. Right now I’m in 3rd grade with my daughter and we love the Strategies for Writers program. It meets 100% of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Writing and Language, and along with the outside research I’ve done on the common core, we’ve found it to be excellent.
I’ve never been much of a writer, but I’m thinking that interest will be sparked for my daughter!
I use the entire ZB website as a resource because not only are their overviews of their products, but articles on how their programs stack up to the CCSS, and outside articles and research that are perfect reading material.
I mostly use Google but haven't had much luck. The keyword searches can be tricky.
I've been going to the http://curriculum21.ning.com/ and looking at their list of resources.
A colleague of mine in Maine, has a website-- www.InteractiveLanguageArts.com
If you search for Common Core, he's got some good ideas.
School Community 360 has some awesome resources! See www.schoolimprovement.com
You have to become a member, but they offer a free trial. It is definitely worth it to be a member!!
Susan Rent shared the following information:
I'm in Maine and my high school in Scarborough is using AcademicMerit for professional development in assessing student writing to help our entire staff better understand the kind of writing that will be expected of our students moving forward. We are also using an assessment tool to create snap-shot assessments of student reading comprehension and written analysis. Finally, we're using a tool in the classroom that is literature based that has students doing close reading and analytical writing.
I'm probably not explaining it well, but, we love it and it's aligned with the new standards.
The website is:
There's a video that does a nice job explaining the tool (way better than I can) and there's also a chart showing the alignment to standards.
Education Week posted an article, "New Tool to Provide Tech Inventory for Common Core," that talks about a new, free Technology Readiness Tool developed by Pearson that will provide a national snapshot of school technology in preparation for common-core online assessments in 2014-15.
After taking a look at this tool, do you think it will help schools determine how technological ready they are for assessing the Common Core Standards?
I should add that EDSITEment has a new blog Closer Readings which can be found on Thinkfinity.org. Each week we post a discussion about Common Core resources. Recent discussion have been about Teaching the Grapes of Wrath, the difference between literature and informational texts, and both Black History and Women's History and the Core.
We'd love to hear from teachers who have questions or suggestions. Please join us at Close Readings
If you go to livebinders.com and search common core you will find many resources. If you want to check out my livebinder type in Ms. Cyr and common core and I think it will pop up.
I think learnzillion.com with it's videos is probably one of the best out there. North Carolina and New York also have a lot on there sites. K-5 teaching resources is a great website and edweb is also great.
So many great suggestions on Common Core resources being suggested. Please note that you all have expertise to share in the NEW Common Core group. Say hello to the group host, Jeanne Rogers who has worked with Common Core in Florida for the past two years!
Love to see this discussion continue too, keep those ideas coming.
Jane Brown, Thinkfinity Community Manager
The Teaching with Primary Sources Program of the Library of Congress has hundreds of classroom materials to meet Common Core State Standards, plus a handy search function to find them. Start at the Teachers Page Teacher Resources | Library of Congress. In the "Search Our Classroom Materials by Standards" line, select Common Core, either English Language Arts or History/Social Studies, and your grade level. You'll find primary source sets, lesson plans, presentations, activities, and collection connections in your search results.
Let me know if you need help!
Mary Johnson, Teaching with Primary Sources Teachers Network Coordinator
Library of Congress
I went to Amazon.com and searched to see what they had available. I was able to purchase 3 books for mathematics and I also purchased one for Language Arts.
"Teaching the Common core Standards With Hands On Activites"
"Mathematics Station Activities"
"Transition Tasks for Mathematics Grade 6"
I have been using them to fill in the gaps in my mathematics class.
Concordia University, St. Paul just released a list of lesson plan resources: http://online.csp.edu/blog/education/the-ultimate-guide-to-early-education-lesson-plans
Hope this helps.