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.

SAS IN EDUCATION

In addition to SAS Curriculum Pathways online resources, SAS analytics and business intelligence software is used at more than 3,000 educational institutions worldwide for teaching, research and administration. SAS has more than three decades of experience working witheducational institutions.

ABOUT SAS

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Choosing Curricula

If you’re new to homeschooling, finding the perfect learning plan for your child can be a challenge. Most public and private schools use a formal curriculum for each student, and you may mistakenly believe you must follow that same path at home.

Families often begin homeschooling using a complete curriculum package. Many, however, find the structure or workload overwhelming and begin to experiment with different teaching methods. The trick is to find a method that accommodates your child’s learning style. As you become more experienced and gain confidence, you’ll discover effective teaching tools that can help your family achieve educational freedom.

Traditional teaching methods are explored here, as well as a few non-traditional approaches that may surprise you. As a homeschooling parent, you have many curriculum choices. Your children benefit when you are aware of them all.