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Connecting to the Common Core: Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus

Connecting to the Common Core: Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

The thinking triangle also gives students practice in the visual equivalent of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) reading anchor standard 2.

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This would be a great activity to introduce a unit.

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Common Core & Ed Tech: Five Ways to Use Google Forms in Your Classroom

Common Core & Ed Tech: Five Ways to Use Google Forms in Your Classroom | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Karen Larson highlights 5 specific ways to use Google Forms:  for self and peer review; to document PD; for quizzes; to collect student work from other websites; and to share rubrics.

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These are all great ideas.  I just wish there were sample forms, too!

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A Non-Freaked Out Framework for Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas, Common Core or Otherwise

A Non-Freaked Out Framework for Literacy Instruction Across the Content Areas, Common Core or Otherwise | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Dave Stuart Jr. writes: "My theory is that the non-freaked out framework, by intentionally leaving out some of the things listed below, will have a greater likelihood of impacting the most students possible because, at its heart, it’s simple enough to grasp in an hour and complex enough to explore for a career. I’m obviously not saying my approach is the only way to increase student literacy development across the content areas (I find Mike Schmoker’s work in Focusto be superior to mine in just about every way, and fully attribute the seminal nature of his work to my thinking). I’m just saying this framework is one potential model to explore; by all means, we need to develop and experiment with more models."

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Dave gives a great overview of literacy instruction here. ELA teachers don't bear this burden alone, folks! I'd love to see this article as the basis for some professional development on CCSS this school year. There's a lot to think about and debate, but I think he's done a great job distilling the essential parts of CC instruction into a simple and elegant model.

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School and Public Libraries: Finding Common Ground on Common Core

School and Public Libraries: Finding Common Ground on Common Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
This is a fascinating discussion between Olga Nesi and Nina Lindsay, working in the school library and public library fields respectively.

After reading it, I feel like it's time to sit down with our public library cohorts for our own Common Core discussion. There's some great stuff here about the pieces of the text complexity puzzles, because it's not all lexile levels.

Even simple things like public library card sign-ups at school, or coordinating the purchase of databases would be a bi...
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All of this is still on my list to do this year!

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How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes: "Call me bass-ackwards, but I don't design projects around the Common Core Standards. I design projects based on what I believe are engaging topics that encourage my curriculum. Having said that, I don't neglect them either. In fact, by the end of my design process, I would say that I've become rather intimate with the series of standards I'm trying to hit." (emphasis added)

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Heather's posts about PBL and/or Common Core are always worth reading! This is an article that should be shared throughout your school. 

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 8, 11:29 AM

Time for teachers to have a little time off and to put some planning time in on next year's projects. I like Heather's approach of finding engaging topics first, then incorporate the standards as they best work in.

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How annotation can help students understand complex texts

How annotation can help students understand complex texts | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Aaron Brock and Jody Passanisi recount their year of teaching annotation skills to students to build their comprehension and analysis of historical text.

Via Mel Riddile, Cindy Riley Klages
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Great tips for how to teach annotation, and the pitfalls to avoid. 

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Tales of a 6th Grade Classroom: CCSS Aligned Lessons

Lindsey Fuller writes: "I have cross-referenced my technology lessons with the ELA CCSS for 6th grade.  Although these are grade specific, the standards follow a continuum that should allow for easy adaptation to other grade levels. (Science and Social Studies alignments coming soon!)"

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Mary Clark's curator insight, June 10, 11:16 AM

This is a great site to share with teachers who might still be hyperventilating about how to "do" Common Core.  Lindsey has generously shared her lessons, so teachers can see how to take what they already teach, and adapt to the Common Core. Lots of good stuff on her site, so be sure to explore!

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4 Powerful Formative Assessment Tools For The Chromebook Classroom - Edudemic

4 Powerful Formative Assessment Tools For The Chromebook Classroom - Edudemic | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Holly Clark writes: "As more and more Chromebooks hit the classroom, redefining instruction and instructional practices is getting easier and easier – you just have to know where to start. One step in the process is to rethink the way you gather crucial information about each student and their journey towards mastery of a concept." 

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4 great ideas for our new Chromebook teachers!

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Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop's Fables

Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop's Fables | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Vincent Mastro writes: "Critical thinking is the means by which we objectively analyze the pros and cons of a situation in order to make informed decisions. It is a fundamental skill that is of such importance that many colleges and universities require their freshman students to complete an introductory course. The Common Core Standards also recognize the value of critical thinking, declaring it as one of the explicit skills children are to learn."

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I think this would make a great middle school project, if students found current events that they could relate to an Aesop's fable.

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Analyzing Sources in Science

Analyzing Sources in Science | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Christine Schepeler writes: "Determining the reliability of a source is important throughout all disciplines. I often ask students if something is a reliable source, but I don’t always feel like students have a basic understanding of WHY something is reliable."

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While the examples here are specific to science classes, it's important that all teachers focus on evaluation of sources.  The common "Google and grab" approach is often related to how little time students have to do research. Perhaps with longer, more thoughtful research assignments, we can give students time to research and evaluate their sources.  Maybe adding an assessment of resources to the rubric might help!

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3 Doable Tips for Teachers Choosing Informational Texts - Edudemic

3 Doable Tips for Teachers Choosing Informational Texts - Edudemic | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
If you’re like most English Language Arts teachers, you’ve probably reviewed the new informational text requirements and wondered: What books do I choose? And how do I know if I’m even doing this right? Sure, they sound intimidating, but satisfying these new guidelines doesn’t have to be complicated, or mean you have to throw out …
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Some great suggestions here that you can easily  use with your classes today!

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, March 25, 3:12 PM

Three great suggestions for informational text that school libraries can integrate into their collections.

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Media Specialists and the Common Core

Media Specialists and the Common Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Josh Work writes: " I have found the most valuable school-based resource for brainstorming, discussing, planning and implementing anything to do with technology has been my school's media specialist."

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Josh highlights research skills, technology advice, and digital literacy as some of the benefits of working with your school library media specialist, librarian or whomever runs your library.  I love his description of librarians as the "Swiss Army knife of the school! Share this widely!

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Common Core, Book Trailers, and Three Good Tools for Creating Them - Free Technology for Teachers

Common Core, Book Trailers, and Three Good Tools for Creating Them - Free Technology for Teachers | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"If you want to have your students create their own book trailers in lieu of a traditional book report, you can find a helpful outline of the process here. I have written about the book trailer idea in the past too. The three video creation tools that I currently recommend for book trailer creation are WeVideoAnimoto, and YouTube's Photo Slideshow tool.:

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As always, useful information from Richard Byrne @rmbyrne

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Common Core in Action: The Power of a Checklist

Common Core in Action: The Power of a Checklist | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

"In Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury writes that the grandma's kitchen was warm, exciting, and full of "organized chaos." I like to think that my classroom environment is also like that."

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I see this as another shift we need to focus on.  As project-based learning or research projects become the norm, the old homework planners become obsolete.  I'd like to see students design their own project checklists as they learn how useful they can be!

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Common Core in Action: Examining 2 Texts in the Social Studies Classroom

Common Core in Action: Examining 2 Texts in the Social Studies Classroom | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Monica Burns writes: "The Common Core State Standards ask students to use details they have gathered from informational texts to draw conclusions. An important aspect of this task is the idea that students must use information from several texts on the same topic." 

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I like Monica's suggestions, but students certainly don't need iPads to consume and interact with two or more texts! What about using Google News to find a plethora of articles on one topic, in one place?  Also, if it's a global news story, be sure to use an international news source. 


This article is a good jumping off point, but please, please, let's be device agnostic!

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One Librarian's Common Core Success Story

One Librarian's Common Core Success Story | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Melissa Jacobs-Israel profiles middle school librarian Christine Poser in this School Library Journal article, and gives several tips to make sure your library is THE resource for Common Core information at your school.

Christine began by educating herself about the standards, then sharing her knowledge with teachers, providing professional development on text complexity, giving informational text suggestions, etc.

Another good tip: analyze your collection so you can highlight what you have...
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Great tips here!

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Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning

Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
"Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought or an event." -- Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Educational Consultant, Curriculum Des...
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This is an old article that I'd Scooped previously, but wanted to move:)  

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Common Core Text Exemplars: Summer Reading for Teachers | EDSITEment

Common Core Text Exemplars: Summer Reading for Teachers | EDSITEment | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
This list of EDSITEment resources includes lessons, websites, interactives, and featured articles aligned to the ELA, Common Core State Standards text exemplars. The CCSS exemplars are sample texts intended to guide educators as they thoughtfully select fiction and nonfiction texts to use as vehicles for teaching the Common Core. EDSITEment resources help unlock those authors’ stories, dramatic works, poetry, and informational texts. The list of exemplars with aligned EDSITEment resources is divided by grade levels: 6 – 8; 9 – 10; and 11 – College and Career Readiness.
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Some good resources here for anyone who will be using the Appendix B text exemplars. They look a little less...dowdy with the supplementary info provided by EDSITEment.

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies
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Mary Clark's curator insight, February 19, 4:01 PM

This is what I was aiming at with my lesson plan for using primary source images.  Here's a link to that lesson.  You'd need to log in to see the Common Core Standards it addresses, as well as the graphic organizers and rubrics:  http://aasl.jesandco.org/content/picturing-historyanalyzing-and-researching-primary-source-images

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The 40-Year-Old Paperboy

The 40-Year-Old Paperboy | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Peter Sipe writes: "I never see paperboys anymore. As best I can tell newspapers are now delivered by adults in cars. But I’m a holdout, more than a quarter-century later. I pick up stacks of the free daily Metro at the subway station and order my 6th grade students to pass them out (my interpersonal skills remain much the same)."

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While we use and love Newsela at our school, there's something about a newspaper that feels fresh to students (yes, I'm aware of the irony .) I have an enormous bound book with two weeks of The New York Times from December 1943, and last week, my 7th graders were enthralled by the ads, the headlines, the maps of the battles, etc. To those people who think they must assign Appendix B text exemplars, read Peter's article and open your eyes to nonfiction text!

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8 sweet graphic organizers for primary sources

8 sweet graphic organizers for primary sources | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it
Deb Brown, a good friend from the Shawnee Mission, Kansas district, shared a statement with me several years ago and it's rattled around in my head ever since. "Primary sources belong to everyone. ...
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Good ways to help students look at primary sources.

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Jackie Lerch's curator insight, April 29, 6:53 PM

Cool resources - especially like the cartoon and photo anaylsis

 

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 30, 1:37 AM

Researching gives the need to identify, organise and rate primary sources. Here are some great graphic organisers that allow students (or teachers) to do just that. 

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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Julie Coiro writes: "An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, the results definitely got our attention."

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While we teach website evaluation in the library, it's essential for librarians and teachers to continually model how to critically evaluate sources. 

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Matt Weld's curator insight, April 23, 8:17 PM

Evaluating online sources is probably one of the most important daily skills for students to learn.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, May 4, 3:51 PM

A very timely article, especially when I am presently coming up with a way to explain this to fifth grade students.

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PVLEGS: A Public Speaking Acronym that's Transforming my Students into Speakers, not just Talkers | Teaching the Core

PVLEGS: A Public Speaking Acronym that's Transforming my Students into Speakers, not just Talkers | Teaching the Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

 Dave Stuart writes: "As Erik Palmer quickly points out in Well Spoken: Teaching Speaking to AllStudents, oral communication skills are tops on the list of what employers want (in recent NACE Job Outlook surveys, “the ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” has consistently ranked in the top 4 skills employers most desire in job candidates). This is one reason I appreciate the Common Core: though there are still plenty of problems with the implementation process around the nation, they at very least make clearer that speaking and listening are crucial skills."

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Another extremely helpful post from Dave Stuart.  We used to have a program in our district called Speechmasters.  Students were given very specific direction (make three points, eye contact, etc.) and while it looked a bit robotic in 4th grade, students developed decent public speaking skills. (In fact, I knew several girls who face to face were still extremely shy, but could stand up in church and do readings in front of 500 people!)


This post would be great to share with all subject area teachers!

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Donna Farren's curator insight, April 16, 4:23 PM

This is fantastic!  It is so true - and so important.  Something I rarely consider.  Gave me A LOT to think about!

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Trading Cards, ReadWriteThink, and the Common Core

Trading Cards, ReadWriteThink, and the Common Core | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

Glenn writes:  "You could have kids use the tool to summarize a specific historical person or event. Have kids work in small groups to develop a series of cards that demonstrate change over time in the relationship between different historical groups or to highlight foundational knowledge they will use for further research. The tool also comes with a series of lesson plans tailored for grades 3-12 that you can use right away or modify to fit your own needs."

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Some solid ideas to share with your history team--or to use with any subject!  Imagine making trading cards for chemical elements.

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Historypin

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Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history
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Oh, what a great CC resource this could be! Have students find Creative Commons licenses images for a project, then pin them here, and create a collection or tour! 

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4 Steps for Getting Started with Student Digital Portfolios

4 Steps for Getting Started with Student Digital Portfolios | Common Core State Standards SMUSD | Scoop.it

 "As the digital era has taken hold, portfolios have become a method of assessment and the collection and sharing of work has become much more common."

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A great summary of the issues you want to address before jumping into student portfolios.

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