Looking for performance tasks? These are very well done and there are mulitple titles for the grades that have shared their work. If your grade does not have work posted-still take a peek and see what you may be able to do to bring performance tasks into your classroom assessments. A real gem of a find!
Computer adaptive tests produced by Smarter Balance will test students in four categories for English Language Arts. They will be expected to demonstrate mastery on reading, writing, and speaking/listening and research/inquiry tasks.
Doing research with your students...don't pass this site up! Type in what you are searching, slide the chalkboard to Einstein gauge for text and content complexity and then Grok! The spider web digs deeper in to the substrands of the content-check out the right column of key facts, additional website, videos, pictures, and a glossary. You create an account you can pin and journal to actually start your report right in Instagrok. Love it!
FREE stories ready to download...think of the possibilities...will these be helpful for your common summative assessments or to help you differentiate, or just free reading choices for your classroom library!
Excellent 7 minute video on using I can statements and close reading with students to help them navigate challenging text. Watch to see how this teacher is clear on the learning targets and how he actively engages all of his students throughout the lesson.
Free K-12 educational videos … organized. Tens of thousands of excellent, educational videos in a huge, intuitive directory. Organized, reviewed, rated, and described by teachers. Ideal as a supplement to a curriculum or for independent study.
FREE stories design for students going into grades 3-5 to be used during the summer. This may be a great summer school resource for you or to send this link to parents to print off books this summer. I love that there are audio links and other resources on this page as well. Another thought is to save these stories to use as fresh text for your common summative assesment.
Wonderopolis is a whimsical, engaging site offering "Wonders of the Day" such as "Why do skunks stink?" "Do insects work out?" to "Who was Rosie the Riveter? Although it is primarily geared for elementary grades, students of all ages can learn from it. New questions are posted each day.
Wonderopolis has a not only a "Wonder of the Day" but a drop down menu that allows you to search for short lessons on Folktales/Fairytales, Poetry, Science and Social Studies, and much much more. Steps to get there: Select a "Wonder" from the drop down box, then naviagate across "Did you know"(sets the lesson up), "Try it" (student work ideas), and "Wonderwords" (vocab related to task).
Free, research-based K-6 reading comprehension lesson plans and non-fiction reading passages & question sets. Common Core aligned, teacher & principal endorsed.
Amy Stoeckly's insight:
FINALLY...an incredible website that has CCSS aligned lesson plans! The second tab on the top offers a selection on non-fiction text passages and accompanying questions that could be used for your instruction or formative/summative assessments. Bookmark this site on your favorites. Most of it is free, the books they reference may be in our libraries or thier is a link to Amazon to see how much they cost. LOVE THIS SITE!