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Common Core Materials

Common Core Materials

By now, I hope you all know that we have created 12 workbooks full of common core activities, lessons, worksheets, and assessments. We have the 6 grade level workbooks from K-5. We also have the 6 grade level assessment workbooks from K-5. But, what if you don’t want to spend $20 on up to get some materials for your lessons? Everyone has their own teaching style, and maybe you don’t need a huge book of resources. Maybe you’re the person who likes to pick and choose what you get. You’re the build-your-own combo kinda person.

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Well, we offer a good deal of our materials for sale on TeachersPayTeachers in individual lessons. Maybe you need a Main Ideas and Details skill lesson. It could be for your classroom, you might be tutoring, or maybe your kids at home need a little extra boost. You don’t need the whole workbook. You can get one lesson at a time, most for only a dollar or two! Pick and choose and get what the common core materials you need.

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Common Core Assessment Templates

Or, if it’s not lessons you’re needing so much as make-your-own worksheets, quizzes, and lesson plan templates, you can check out Common Core Assessment Templates, made by Have Fun Teaching’s own Andrew Frinkle. There are 175 templates you can use to make your own writing, language, math, matching, graphic organizer, and primary worksheets or quizzes!

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Common Core Questions

Common Core Questions

A lot of people have questions about common core. I wanted to try to explain a few things and answer a few of the most common questions. Hopefully, it will clear up some misconceptions and brush away some of the misinformation that is floating around. Then, you can look at our materials and decide for yourself how well you think we’ve met the standards. Our free samples should help you see how these standards can be taught and how the goals of a common quality education can be met.

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What is Common Core?

Common Core is, by its name, an attempt to create common standards for core skills for grades K-12. The hope is that every student in America will be learning similar key skills at a similar time during the educational process.

Isn’t this just pointless government regulation?

Well, a few states have actually decided not to go with common core. Others have decided to implement them in part, changing their own state materials to match to the extent they are comfortable. Some states were already ahead of the game in education, so they had less changing to do than others. States are given a choice in the matter. The aim is to offer consistent educational opportunities and experiences across the country.

What’s the point?

As a teacher, it can be very difficult to get a student from another county or even another state that is at an entirely different level, for better or worse, than the rest of the students you are teaching. Maybe the new student has not even seen a division problem before, and you’re already working on 3-digit division with remainders. It is a disservice to any student to place them in a situation where they are behind everyone else. This happens even when students move from one neighborhood to another, changing schools within the same district!

By creating standardized skill sets that students are required to master at each grade, and by communicating them in common language nationwide, students are given a more level playing field.

So some guys who don’t teach threw this stuff together and expect everyone to do it?

Actually, the major teachers unions and associations helped develop these standards.

Isn’t this just another name for what we’ve already been doing?

If a state had unified standards before, chances are, this is not a completely foreign set of standards. You might see some shifts from one grade to another as far as what is expected, but they will be similar. The whole point, again, is to make sure the standards are similar across the country. Also, they have been compared to international standards to help prepare our students for international competition in the job market.

What’s the big deal about standards anyway?

Learning is a building process. It’s a step-by-step addition of new skills building upon basic skills. You need to make sure each student is taught the basics before they go on to more complicated processes. For example, you might learn addition of two 1-digit numbers in Kindergarten. In first grade, it might go to 2-digit numbers. Then you will see borrowing and carrying. More digits will be added. This will pave the way for multiplication and division. It’s a building process.

What about science and social studies?

These are not completely forgotten. There is a HUGE push to include nonfiction and informational text in the standards. Previously, you might have seen young kids reading cutesy stories and whatnot in lower levels, and then they slowly shift toward more informational text as students get older. By middle and high school, it seems like you’re only reading informational text, right? It’s definitely a lot more balanced approach now. It’s actually not impossible to have fun science and social studies text even in lower grades.

So everyone has to buy these common core guys’ textbooks, right?

Actually, the common core standards were developed independent of any specific textbooks. Textbook companies, as always, will update their materials to match the new standards, but the group that developed the standards are not doing all of this to sell any specific materials.

What about testing?

Several groups are working on creating standardized tests, but it is still a state decision. PARCC is one of the major testing developers that is working on a standardized test. They’re in several states. Smarter Balanced is another one to read up on. For the most part, states will decide how they want to test the success of their students in these new standards. These may replace what are currently in place in each state, or they  might not. Regardless, test preparation is important, as well as assessing the learning acquisition of students.

How does this affect college readiness?

In developing these standards, college readiness was a very large concern. They couldn’t take the acquisition of skills too slowly, or students would not be prepared for college. ACT, major colleges, and other groups were consulted to help develop a pathway of education that lead from K-12 and then beyond. Everyone had it in their interest to make sure the proper skill levels were attained by high school graduation.

Where can I read more about this?

There are a lot of sources out there, but reading from the original source is probably best: http://www.corestandards.org/

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Common Core Lessons

Common Core Lessons

Common Core doesn’t have to be all heartache and headache! Yes, trying to come up with new lesson ideas or even re-aligning your favorite old lessons to the new sets of standards isn’t any fun, but there are resources out there that let you keep teaching without reinventing the wheel. We all have favorite lessons that we are GOING to teach because they make us happy, giving us that little corner of our educational world where we are happiest. Those ones we’re going to tweak and fix and justify with their alignment to standards. What about the rest of the day, the week, or the year? What common core lessons are you going to teach?

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We have ready-made frustration-free common core materials for 5 minutes or 50 minutes! We have developed a whole series of grade-level appropriate centers, worksheets, and activities. These can be your bell-ringers. These can be your supplementary materials. These could be your pre-and-post tests. These can be your differentiated instruction materials. You can fit them into your day. That’s the beauty of it.

Teach what you need to, but do it YOUR way. Don’t like a page? Don’t use it. Have ideas to extend the lessons and connect them to other subjects? Great! Do it how you need for your students.

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Common Core Assessments

The brand new Common Core Assessments are here! These Common Core Assessment Workbooks offer an effective way to assess every Common Core Standard for Math and English! Each Assessment Workbook, available in grades Kindergarten, First Grade, Second, Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade, includes nearly 100 pages of Common Core Assessments for all the English and Math Common Core Standards! Answer Keys and Progress Reports Are Included in each workbook.

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Common Core Assessment Templates

Common Core Assessment Templates

Have Fun Teaching and Core Common Standard’s very own Velerion Damarke (the pen name of Andrew Frinkle), with some artistic help from HFT’s prez Mark Luchauer, has created a brand new common core assessment tool called Common Core Assessment Templates. We thought that this was a great companion tool that could be used in certain situations with our own Common Core Workbooks and Common Core Assessment Workbooks.


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Before we start getting into the details on the new program, here’s the difference between this program and our own program: The Common Core Assessments have been developed specific to each grade level and each standard, while this workbook of blank testing templates is for any grade. So, while Core Common Standards’ program offers an assessment for each standard that you can grade, this one is more of a make-your-own assessment guidebook with TONS of blank templates to help you design tests of your own.

Featured inside Common Core Assessment Templates are 175 different templates, all BLANK test forms, so you can make them into any test for any level or any topic as needed. They are essentially blank test forms designed to suit just about every testing need, with graphic organizers, multiple choice, writing spaces, problem boxes… These are all color-coded categories of templates, but everything can still be printed in black and white with no content loss.  Templates are adaptable to any grade level. While templates are recommended most strongly for K-5, there are a lot that can be used in Middle and High School! Templates have been standardized to help students get used to the format. There is an Easy Scoring system from 1-10 on every page, and student names are obvious for fast grading. Each page has a box to put standards in. Here are more features:

175 TEMPLATES IN THESE CATEGORIES:

* Primary: writing letters, spelling, penmanship line forms…
* Writing: sentences, paragraphs, essays, letters…
* Language: cause and effect, word work, vocabulary, parts of speech, cause & effect, plot elements, chronology…
* Math: geometry, operations, time, measurement, fractions, inequalities…
* Graphic Organizers: venns, sorts, timelines, rating forms…
* Quizzing Templates:  Multiple Choice, True or False, Problem Boxes, Short Answer…
* Problem Boxes: A variety of forms from 4-10 problems for page, great for math…
* Matching: math definitions, pictures, words, in all kinds of combinations…

The brand new Common Core Assessment Templates are here! This handsome volume is 196 pages long, and can be bought via a digital download on TeachersPayTeachers.com or bought in a B&W version for $14.99 on Amazon and a full color version for $36.99 (color costs more to print).

Fifth Grade Common Core Assessments

Fifth Grade Common Core Assessments

I know, another test? Right? Well, we tried to make it as painless as possible with these quick assessments for each standard in our Fifth Grade Common Core Assessments workbook. The truth is, you NEED to test, even if you hate it. Why not make it as simple as possible with ready-made tests, answer keys, and progress reports, so you can get back to teaching and reviewing then? That way you’ve satisfied all the duties you need to while keeping teaching momentum. At 100 pages long, this is pretty short considering all these standards are being tested:

ELA areas assessed: Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Reading Foundational Skills, Language, Writing, Speaking & Listening

MATH areas assessed:  Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Geometry, Measurement and Data

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Fourth Grade Common Core Assessments

Fourth Grade Common Core Assessments

Fourth Grade Common Core Assessments is out!. This rocking new volume of assessments is an amazing addition to any classroom. You can use it to supplement your lessons. You can fill out the progress reports for RTI meetings, for staffing meetings, or for parent conferences. It goes great with our other workbook series, or works all by itself. You get to decide how YOU use this wonderful tool in your classroom. It’s short and to the point, with an assessment or two in every standard in fourth grade. Get your 100-or-so page volume now!

ELA areas assessed: Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Reading Foundational Skills, Language, Writing, Speaking & Listening

MATH areas assessed:  Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Geometry, Measurement and Data

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Third Grade Common Core Assessments

Third Grade Common Core Assessments

Have you heard the news? Core Common Standards has released a new set of workbooks to go along with the Common Core Standards Workbook series released last year. These ones don’t focus on activities and worksheets, though. These ones are all about giving you the tools you need to assess student success in each standard. Each 100+ page volume contains at least one assessment for all standards in third grade. Check out your copy of Third Grade Common Core Assessments today! They are available on USB or pdf via download.

These materials are covered in this workbook:

ELA: Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Reading Foundational Skills, Language, Writing, Speaking & Listening
MATH:  Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Numbers and Operations – Fractions, Geometry, Measurement and Data

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Second Grade Common Core Assessments

Second Grade Common Core Assessments

What’s that? There’s a new workbook out from Core Common Standards? Yes, there is. In fact, it’s a whole set of them from grade K-5 being released at the same time! Do you teach 2nd grade? I think you might want to take a peek at Second Grade Common Core Assessments. Available on USB or pdf via download, this workbook has assessments for the all of the learning areas found in the common core standards. This makes an amazing companion to the Second Grade Common Core Workbook released last year, or it can stand alone as an added assessment tool to use with your core curriculum to assess student readiness.

STANDARDS ASSESSED IN THIS WORKBOOK:

ELA: Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Reading Foundational Skills, Language, Writing, Speaking & Listening
MATH:  Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Geometry, Measurement and Data

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First Grade Common Core Assessments

First Grade Common Core Assessments

Have you seen the First Grade Common Core Assessments? This is a brand-spanking new workbook. Did you have the First Grade Common Core Workbook? Do you need some supplemental materials to go with it or just want some assessments to finish up the units in that book? Use this workbook alone or with the other one or with your core instructional materials.  This 100+ page workbook features an assessment for each and every math and english language arts standard for First Grade. These aren’t all multiple choice or true/false, either! Use from a variety of assessment styles, including everything from performance-based, to writing, speaking and listening, problem solving, short answer, and matching…

This workbook has assessments for the following learning areas found in the common core standards:

ELA: Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Reading Foundational Skills, Language, Writing, Speaking & Listening
MATH:  Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Geometry, Measurement and Data

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