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Common Core State Standards Checklists for the Classroom

Common Core State Standards Checklists for the Classroom | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
Our common core standards checklists are just what you need to help you keep track of the standards taught in your classroom. Use these to make sure you are addressing all that you need to teach throughout the course of the school year.
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The Times and the Common Core Standards: Reading Strategies for 'Informational Text'

The Times and the Common Core Standards: Reading Strategies for 'Informational Text' | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
Why the Common Core Standards and The New York Times are perfect together, and a list of all our favorite literacy strategies for before, during and after reading a Times article with students. Bookmark this one!
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Literacy: Reading Strategies for all Content Areas

Literacy:  Reading Strategies for all Content Areas | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
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Gym Class Isn’t Just Fun and Games Anymore

Gym Class Isn’t Just Fun and Games Anymore | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
It is no longer enough in some schools for students to run around during gym. Now they are often taught math or English or health at the same time. (RT @NASPE: .@nytimes article on more PE programs infusing academic subjects; Math/Eng.
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Common Core Apps

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Friday Five: 5 Fantastic Apps for the Common Core

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The Literacy Shed - Resources for Literacy Teachers - Films, Animation and more

The Literacy Shed - Resources for Literacy Teachers - Films, Animation and more | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
A website for teachers filled with ideas for literacy teaching using visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture books.

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Michael Stapleton's curator insight, February 18, 2013 11:44 AM

A website for teachers filled with ideas for literacy teaching using visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture books.

Katharina Kulle's comment, February 19, 2013 4:22 AM
Wow!
Jodi Lynn's curator insight, February 19, 2013 12:13 PM

This is great for k-12 teachers!

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Vocabulary Strategy: Paint Chips

Vocabulary Strategy: Paint Chips | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
A great strategy for building vocabulary for any student. Using paint chips, teachers provide students with a visual aid to better understand difficult vocabulary. Covers Common Core for the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words.

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Renee VanderMeer's curator insight, February 25, 2013 1:13 PM

Great for teaching nuances in meaning. 

debbie thomas's curator insight, March 24, 2013 7:26 PM

This is another way to think about word gradients.

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Reading Wars II: Complex Text vs. "Leveled" Text

Reading Wars II: Complex Text vs. "Leveled" Text | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it

Reading Wars I: Whole Language vs. Phonics

Reading Wars II: Complex Text and Close Reading vs. "Leveled" Text

 

"leveled literacy programs and related assessments fail to measure up to what the CCSS demands."


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, February 10, 2013 11:02 AM

Key Points for Principals by Kathleen Porter-Magee:


1. Research does not support the use of leveled text!


"Unfortunately for students, the popularity of these programs is not driven by convincing research proving their effectiveness. In fact, as noted literacy expert Tim Shanahan discussed in a series ofmust-read posts on his blog nearly two years ago,

I have sought studies that would support the original contention that we could facilitate student learning by placing kids in the right levels of text. Of course, guided reading and leveled books are so widely used it would make sense that there would be lots of evidence as to their efficacy.Except that there is not."

He goes on to explain: “I keep looking and I keep finding studies that suggest that kids can learn from text written at very different levels.” In short, he argues, “we have put way too much confidence in an unproven theory. “


2. Quantitative Measures alone are not sufficient to determine the appropriateness of text for all students.


3. Leveled texts set the bar too low and are too easy = low expectations


4. Leveled texts minimize teacher input

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18 CCSS Ideas for Struggling Readers

18 CCSS Ideas for Struggling Readers | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it

Copy/Paste

by Peter Pappas

 

18 Common Core lessons organized by comprehension strategy – defining, summarizing and comparing. A free PDF download


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For Libraries, the Common Core Presents Extraordinary Opportunity

For Libraries, the Common Core Presents Extraordinary Opportunity | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
The Common Core was a hot topic at the ALA midwinter meeting in Seattle, specifically at a standing-room only discussion group where more than 80 librarians gathered to learn more about the new state standards, and to share their own experiences...

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Differentiating for Text Difficulty under Common Core

Differentiating for Text Difficulty under Common Core | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it

Shanahan on Literacy


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Senate Votes To Halt Common Core Standards - Indiana Public Media

Senate Votes To Halt Common Core Standards - Indiana Public Media | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
Indiana Public Media Senate Votes To Halt Common Core Standards Indiana Public Media Gary Democratic Senator Earline Rogers says not only has the state already spent money beginning to implement the standards, but a wide variety of organizations,...
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A Must Have Poster on Copyright Guidelines for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Diigo

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iTeach. iCoach. iBlog.: Five close reading strategies to support the Common Core

iTeach. iCoach. iBlog.: Five close reading strategies to support the Common Core | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
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Before, During, and After Reading Activity

Before, During, and After Reading Activity | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
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Vocabulary: Going Deeper Using MindMaps

Vocabulary: Going Deeper Using MindMaps | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it

Common Core State Standard RL 6.4 (RI 6.4 is very similar) requires that by the end of sixth grade, students be able to: “Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.”Thinkspiration™ is the Inspiration® Software blog dedicated to being an informative resource and a place to stimulate discussion around education and


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NEA Common Core Toolkit


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3 Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad -

3 Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards in ELA/Literacy. Shift 6 suggests an instructional change in
the teaching of Academic Vocabulary.
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A Question on Text Complexity

A Question on Text Complexity | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it

Tim Shanahan on Literacy

 

If the issue is teaching reading, then matching text complexity with student reading levels is NOT the issue. That’s where guided reading and similar schemes go wrong.Placing students in more challenging books is a good idea because it increases opportunity to learn (there is more to figure out in challenging texts). This is important since our kids do not read effectively at high enough levels.Increases in text difficulty levels need to be coordinated with increases in the amounts and quality of scaffolding, support, encouragement, and explanation provided by the teacher.

 


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, February 7, 2013 11:19 AM

Key Point on Increasing Rigor:


Instead of asking what book level to teach someone at, teachers should ask, “If I place a student in a book this challenging, how much support will I need to provide to enable him/her to learn from this text?" 

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Vocabulary is the tip of the iceberg: Students Must Learn More Words

Vocabulary is the tip of the iceberg: Students Must Learn More Words | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
Without better instruction, children starting school with small vocabularies will struggle with common standards, scholars say.

 

"Common core is really pushing you to do two things: Don't neglect vocabulary in the text you are reading, but simultaneously you are responsible for expanding students' vocabulary."


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CCSS Technology Integration: PARCC

CCSS Technology Integration: PARCC | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it

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Lori McCall's curator insight, February 14, 2013 11:16 AM

Okay, this is the first scoop I've done, but this site has some pretty cool info.  Tech Integration within the CC is going to be a vital push for media specialists, so get started today!

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Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources

Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
CCSSO developed this list of tools and resources to point states to promising practices and tools to support Common Core State Standards implementation.

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Teaching Math to the Core

Teaching Math to the Core | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
Teaching to the Common Core State Standards for Math. With the CCSS emphasizing analysis and problem solving, great lesson plans that engage students is a must.

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Teresa McDaniel's curator insight, February 18, 2013 12:35 PM

Great lesson on teaching Common Core Math

David Timbs's curator insight, March 12, 2013 10:18 PM

Really good video!

Todd Parker's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:22 PM

I really like this website in general.  It takes good teaching skills and models them for us in a real classroom.  They have real teachers in real classes and then there is commentary about what is going on.  There is a real thrust towards Common Core here and how to teacg the problem solving and perseverance skills that are so necessary in Common Core.  In math, you see the use of all kinds of manipulatives that you might not think of on your own.  Sometimes the only thing that students need to become engaged or to get over the hump is having something to move around or see other than numbers on paper.  This website is a goldmine for good ideas.

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17 Real-World Ways iPads Are Being Used In Schools - Edudemic

17 Real-World Ways iPads Are Being Used In Schools - Edudemic | Common Core State Standards Initiative | Scoop.it
We see iPads in education all over the place. So what are some actual ways iPads are being used in schools that you could learn from?
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