1. My 10 Greatest A-ha Moments in Working with the Core – 2010 National Teacher of the Year and co-author of the book Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards Sarah Brown Wessling explains how she came to understand the Common Core and what it means for her and her students. She discusses her changed attitude about state standards and shares insights from her journey in this informative and inspiring white paper from the Teaching Channel.
2. Common Core Math Activities – Are you looking for math lesson plans that align to Common Core? Look no further than Pinterest! Browse these fun pins for grades 3-6 to find the perfect lesson plan, or use these creative ideas to come up with your own lesson. Bonus: Several of them are holiday-themed, so you can fit in some extra fun for Halloween and Thanksgiving!
3. Free Common Core Writing Lessons – From downloadable worksheets, to colorful posters, to interactive exercises, to video demonstrations, these resources for grades K-6 are not only helpful, they’re also free! Use them to aid students in developing their writing and communication skills.
4. How Educators Can Help Address Parents’ Confusion About Common Core – According to a recent Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa poll, 65 percent of Americans have never heard of the Common Core, and 55 percent of public school parents don’t know what it is. This article from KQED’s MindShift blog explores some of the obstacles teachers face in this regard, and what they can do to help parents get on board.
5. Parents’ Guides to Student Success By Grade Level – Provided by the National PTA, these printable guides provide an overview of what children will learn by the end of each grade level in math and English language arts. The guides include information on why the standards are important, specific skills students will be working on, and suggestions for simple activities parents can help children do at home to support learning outside the classroom. Whether you read them yourself or refer parents to the site, they’re valuable tools to have!
For ideas on how to implement the Common Core using IXL, take a look at our blog post Conquering the Common Core.
What are your favorite Common Core resources?