Second Grade Common Core

In 2010, North Carolina adopted the Common Core State Standards for K-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, these standards will be used for teaching and assessment beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year. The text of the standards is available here.

So what are these standards about anyway?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.

These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Are evidence-based.

Our state, as well as many others have adopted these standards.  These changes can be overwhelming, but Common Core State Standards has many resources to help us navigate the changes successfully.  Common Core State Standards has just released their Second Grade Common Core Workbook.  It includes  the largest collection of worksheets and activities for teaching the Second Grade Common Core State Standards. The workbook includes over 550 pages of Worksheets, Activity Centers, and Posters that teach all the Second Grade English Language Arts Common Core Standards and all the Second Grade Mathematics Common Core Standards!

Additional resources for other grade levels are available on their website.  Be sure to check it out and use it as a great tool for posturing your child for academic excellence!

First Grade Common Core

In 2010, North Carolina adopted the Common Core State Standards for K-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, these standards will be used for teaching and assessment beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year. The text of the standards is available here.

So what are these standards about anyway?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.

These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Are evidence-based.

Our state, as well as many others have adopted these standards.  These changes can be overwhelming, but Common Core State Standards has many resources to help us navigate the changes successfully.  Common Core State Standards has just released their First Grade Common Core Workbook.  It includes  the largest collection of worksheets and activities for teaching the First Grade Common Core State Standards. The workbook includes over 550 pages of Worksheets, Activity Centers, and Posters that teach all the First Grade English Language Arts Common Core Standards and all the First Grade Mathematics Common Core Standards!

Additional resources for other grade levels are available on their website.  Be sure to check it out and use it as a great tool for posturing your child for academic excellence!

 

Free Algebra 1 Course- SAS Curriculum Pathways

CARY, NC  (Aug. 08, 2012)  –  SAS Curriculum Pathways has launched a free Algebra 1 course that provides teachers and students with all the required content to address the Common Core State Standards for Algebra. Available online, the course engages students through real-world examples, images, animations, videos and targeted feedback. Teachers can integrate individual components or use the entire course as the foundation for their Algebra 1 curriculum.

“Success in Algebra 1 opens the door to STEM opportunities in high school and beyond, and can set students on the path to some of the most lucrative careers,” said Scott McQuiggan, Director of SAS Curriculum Pathways. “This course gives teachers engaging content to support instruction, and will help them meet Common Core requirements.”

SAS developed the Algebra 1 course in collaboration with the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Triangle High Five Algebra Readiness Initiative, an organization that promotes the important role mathematics teachers play in preparing students for college and careers.

The course maps to publisher requirements recently established by the lead writers of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. More specifically, the course addresses the authors’ concerns for greater emphasis on mathematical reasoning, rigor and balance. In addition, the course takes a balanced approach to three elements the writers see as central to course rigor: conceptual understanding, procedural skill, and opportunities to apply key concepts. It incorporates 21st-century themes like global awareness and financial literacy while weaving assessment opportunities throughout the content.

Each lesson in the Algebra 1 course has four sections:

  • Get Ready – introduction.
  • Learn – instructional content with interactive components and guided practice.
  • Practice – additional problems to confirm the learning.
  • Review – summary, including printable materials.

While Algebra 1 is the first full course developed, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive resources in every core subject for grades six through 12 in traditional, virtual and home schools at no cost to all US educators. SAS Curriculum Pathways has registered more than 70,000 teachers and 18,000 schools in the US.

SAS Curriculum Pathways aligns to  state and Common Core standards (a framework to prepare students for college and for work, and adopted by 45 states), and engages students with differentiated, quality content that targets higher-order thinking skills. It focuses on topics where doing, seeing and listening provide information and encourage insights in ways conventional methods cannot. SAS Curriculum Pathways features over 200 Interactive Tools, 200 Inquiries (guided investigations, organized around a focus question),  600 Web Lessons and 70 Audio Tutorials.

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Ideas for Streamlining Your Lesson Planning

You have chosen your curriculum and you are all ready to dig in.  Right?  Nope!  All of that great curriculum is useless if you do not have clear and concise plans for how and when you will use it.  Organizing all of the resources and materials that create a value added experience for both you and your child or children is like putting a puzzle together.  It can be frustrating when your time or space are limited.  This can be a challenge for any educator.  Often, homeschool parents have far fewer resources with which to plan.  But, never fear!  Here are a few online resources to assist you with streamlining the planning process.

PlanbookEdu.com offers free lesson plan resources as well as a premium service that allows uploads, Common Core Standards, and much more.  As far as value goes, this one was not my absolute favorite, although the interface was nice.

LearnBoost.com is one of my top three online lesson planning tools.  It not only allows you to plan your lessons in “the cloud”, it is also an online gradebook too.  Need to generate some reports or look for trends?  It has all of that too!  Best of all, it is completely free!

ClassConnect.com is all the rave among tech savvy educators.  The interface is easy to navigate and it allows you to link to your Pinterest, Sparkpeople and other accounts too.  All accounts begin with 1GB of free storage and there are a couple of ways to get ore without spending a dime.  You can share your lesson plans with others as well as get some wonderful, complete, lesson plans from other educators.  ClassConnect is my personal favorite :)

These are just a few suggestions, and new apps, websites, and other resources are popping up everyday.  Stay tuned!