Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Aligning Social Studies to the CCSS

ASCD has a great article about aligning the literacy standards of the CC to your Social Studies curriculum.  Click the link below to access the links to ASCS's top five resources for Social Studies.

5 Top Resources for Aligning Your Social Studies Curricula to the Common Core - Flemington, NJ, United States, ASCD EDge Blog post - A Professional Networking Community for Educators

CCSS and Arts Integration Assessment Rubric | Education Closet

This is a really neat site that integrates the Arts into the CCSS.  It truly is fascinating to see how they have taken an art lesson and applied the rigor of the CC to the lesson.  Nice!

Common Core and Arts Integration Assessment Rubric | Education Closet

Connection between CCSS Math/ELA and NGSS

This is a great visual showing the connection between the CCSS of Math and ELA and the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science.  

EssayTagger Common Core Rubric Tool


Easy Tagger is a free resource that creates rubrics based on the ELA Standards of the CC!  This resource is for Grades 6-12 and is very user friendly!

Happy Grading!

EssayTagger Common Core Rubric Tool

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Is it Math time yet?

Happy Wednesday!  

Well, we seem to be moving along with the ELA Standards for the CC.  Our next big task is to start getting tools set for math implementation.  My school is going to implement the CC Math standards next school year, but I am starting to get resources in place because before you know it next year will be here!  :-)

I have started a math a page.  To find the resources for math click on the tab at the top that says CC Math.

Hope you will find something useful to help you start your math implementation!

God bless,

Monday, September 17, 2012

CC Lesson Resources

Happy Monday!

Planning lessons is a fun part of teaching, but also a stressful and time consuming part of teaching.  With that in mind I found two sites that provide free lesson plans based on the CCSS.  The plans I previewed from the sites were well written and contained the rigor that the CC is striving for. 

I hope these help ease some of the planning woes!


Learn Zillion

Share My Lesson

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Common Core Vocabulary

Happy Wednesday!

I added a new page today on Vocabulary for the Common Core.  Click the tab at the top of the page to view a webinar from Sadlier and links to vocabulary lists.

I hope this page will be helpful to you!

God bless,

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Creating ELA Lesson Plans

Happy Saturday!

Goodness knows, teachers are well versed in creating lesson plans, but creating lesson plans that incorporate the heart of the Common Core has caused a lot worry, stress, and a LOT of time.  The issue of time, I think, is really the most crucial problem with lesson planning.  Quite honestly, there just isn't enough time in the day to create lessons, incorporate them into a lesson plan, and teach.  Certainly this will get much better with time, but like with anything that is new - change is arduous.

To help our teachers in the planning process I have been researching lesson plans for the ELA standards of the CCSS.  Below are various resources that either provide actual lesson plans or support in creating lesson plans that incorporate more in depth, high order skills.

I hope these are helpful and will help ease the strain of planning quality, student-centered lessons.

Happy Saturday!

ELA Sample Plans:

Inspiration Software has provided numerous lesson plans (free) for Grades 6-12 based on the CCSS.  Below are some samples of what the website provides.  They also have lesson plans that include the ELA standards required for Science and Social Studies.  Check out their website for dozens of more plans.  Inspiration Software

Essay Planning and Writing

Narrative Writing Workshop

Research Papers

Anaylizing Primary Sources

Group Project Planning

Visualizing Vocabulary

ELA Common Core State Standards Self Study

Read Works 
I've mentioned this one before.  This is a FABULOUS free website that provides amazing lessons and resources - and it's free, free, free!

NYC DOE Units of Study
Search a growing assortment of Common Core-aligned tasks, units and student work by keyword, grade level, subject area and Common Core Learning Standard.

Read Tennessee
Free resources and plans for grades PK-3.

P21 Common Core Tool Kit

Google Lit Trips (K-5)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Free Common Core Resources

Happy Wednesday!

I was reading some material from ASCD today and came across some great free resources for the CCSS!

  • ASCD Launches EduCore™ Tool
    ASCD introduces the new, free EduCore™ digital tool for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and literacy. The EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help middle and high school educators transition to the Common Core State Standards. Through a simple registration process, educators can access additional EduCore features, such as the ability to save searches, organize tools, and annotate resources. In the coming months, ASCD will add more mathematics formative assessment lessons and sample literacy modules. A webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, at 3:00 p.m. ET to provide an overview of the EduCore tool.

  • New Common Core Resources on the Inside Mathematics WebsiteClassroom video examples illustrating the math practice standards and videos of exemplary lessons integrating multiple math practices are now available on the Inside Mathematics website. Four new classroom videos of "Number Talks" show students engaged in mental math exercises and conversations, including one from a bilingual Spanish-English classroom. Visit the site to explore free materials and tasks that teachers can use immediately with students.

  • PARCC Releases Test Items and Task PrototypesThe Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) released its first set of item and task prototypes for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The prototype items may be helpful in building the actual assessment item.

Wishing you all a peace-filled evening!

God bless,

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Open House Talking Points for Parents

We just completed our first week of school.  I love the first week of school!  It is such a busy, crazy, hectic week, but it's so much fun to see the children come back all fresh and ready to learn and so excited to see their teachers and friends after their summer adventures.

If you are like my school, you are now getting ready for Open House (aka Back to School Night).  To help our teachers handle the inevitable questions they will receive about the CCSS we provided the following information for them.  I thought I'd share it just in case someone else could use the information, as well.

Highlights of the new standards include:

1. Three types of writing, which are explicitly taught from Kindergarten on: Narrative (telling a story or telling about an event), Informative/explanative (conveying information), and Opinion/argumentation (building a position or explanation using valid rea- soning and credible information).

2. Increased emphasis on reading and writing informational text at every grade level.

3. Greater emphasis on digital reading, writing, and multimedia production.

4. A focus on comprehension of text, including analysis for credible evidence and sound reasoning.

5. Students will be expected to create projects and documentsgenerating their own language and evidenceto demonstrate what they have learned, in addition to taking and passing tests.

What can parents do to help their child achieve at these higher levels?

Here are some important suggestions:

·         Stay in touch with your childrens teacher and monitor your childrens school performance. Waiting until the end of a semester or school year to find out about problems will be too late to help. Let your children know school work is important to you and that you expect them to do their best.


·         Be ready to support your children as assignments become more difficult to read and more challenging to write. Be patient. Provide the time and location and resources needed to study at home.


·         There is no substitute for reading. Reading a variety of books increases vocabulary, comprehension, general knowledge of the world, and love of learning. The more you read the better reader you are!  From the time your children are young, provide regular, structured time for reading. Fill your home with opportunities to read.  Show them that you are a reader, too.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will students be assessed on the new standards? Will new standards mean new tests?

Students will be assessed on an ongoing basis as they proceed through grades and courses. Florida is part of a large consortium of states working on new computer-based assessments that will be in place within a couple of years. These new assessments will provide a much more comprehensive assessment of student achievement.
Do the new standards provide adequate challenge for high- ability students?
Yes. The standards are more rigorous than any Florida has used before. They provide excellent guidance for teachers to provide both content and instruction that will challenge high-ability learners.
Are the new standards too hard for students who may already be struggling with read- ing and writing?
The new standards include guidance on best- practices of instruction— not just what to teach, but how best to teach.  All students learning and progress will be carefully monitored, with teachers making adjustments and re-teaching as necessary.
When can we expect the new standards to be fully implemented in every classroom?
Our goal is to transition to the new standards beginning with the 2013–2014 school year. It is an enormous undertaking! Our teachers will be and have been participating in comprehensive professional development in order to implement the new standards effectively.
Wishing you all a very happy and successful Open House!
God bless,

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Common Core Toolkit

Hi Everyone!

I have created a Common Core Toolkit on LiveBinder.com.  Below is a link to the binder, which is full of resources and ideas for implementing the new standards.

Wishing you all a very happy first day of pre-planning!

God bless,


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Some ELA Resources for CC

Happy August!

I can hardly believe the summer is coming to a close!  I think like most of you I have spent the better part of my summer researching resources on the CCSS.  For the 2012-2013 school year my school is focusing on implenting the ELA of the CC.  I found some resources that I felt were worth sharing.  I hope they will be helpful to you!

God bless,

Lesson Plans:

  • Read Works Lesson Plans - FREE site that not only provides reading lessons based on CC standards, but also has a great resource for non-fiction reading options.

Close Reading Resources:

21st Century Skills & Common Core

Literacy Design
Text Complexity
  • ELA & Literacy Resources - This resource is from the state of Kansas.  Scroll down about halfway and you will find a list of literature than has already been reviewed for text complexity.  Click on the title and you will taken to a diagram of the complexity of the book and grade level recommendation.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Unit Plan Resources!

Happy Wednesday!!

I have created a new page of resources for the diocesan unit plan.  To access the resources click on the tab at the top labeled Unit Plan for CC.  I have also created a Prezi on the unit plan.  I did not post the presentation, but if you would like to view it, please leave me a post and I will either email you the link or if enough want it I will post it to the blog.

Wishing you all a wonderful afternoon!

God bless,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Check out the new ELA page!

Happy Thursday!

I have created a new page with resources to compliment the ELA standards of the CC.  To view these resources simply click on the ELA Web Resources tab above.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Updates

Happy Summer!!

I hope everyone is relaxing and enjoying the summer sunshine!  Before we know it another school year will be upon us.  I have been researching more information on the CCSS and thought I would share some updated information and links with you.

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe summer!

God bless,

Great Resources for CC
  1. Common Sense Media - provides downloadable lessons on digital citizenship and literacy (includes standards).
  2. Gilder Lehrman Institue on American History
  3. Teaching Channel - Common Core Lessons
  4. iXL Math for the Common Core
  5. 21st Century Skills
  6. 4Teachers (Teach with Technology)
  7. Printable Graphic Organizers
  8. Read Write Think
  9. The Hunt Institute (video series)
  10. Vocabulary: Five Leading Misconceptions
Common Core Video Lesson Example:
Keep It or Junk It - A Student Run Lesson