The Common Core State Standards are probably affecting your classroom in one way or another. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have adopted the Common Core State Standards as of this writing, so chances are, they’ve made their way into your classroom. If you’re unfamiliar with them, the official website has a pretty thorough FAQ that will probably answer most of the questions that would come to mind.
If you are familiar with them, you’re probably more concerned with implementing said standards and ensuring your lesson plans address the necessary items. Whether you’re pro-CCSS or not, you may need to address the standards. To help you out, we’ve put together a handful of our favorite resources for learning more about the standards, their implementation, and some lesson plan resources to help you out. Some are from large organizations, other are from individual States, others are from individuals. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s probably something there that can help you out!
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14 Great Common Core Resources
- Common Core 360 – Offers webinars, step by step help, and access to research on CCSS to help teachers and schools set up for success.
- McGraw Hill Common Core Solutions – Offers professional development tools and resources by subject matter and grade level.
- Pearson Education Common Core State Standards – Offers resources for curriculum, assessment, tools for English Language Learners, and more.
- Khan Academy – Offers standards-aligned exercises (everything is free)
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics – Tons of lessons for all grade levels and standards for math.
- Better Lesson – Lesson content aggregator Better Lesson offers a vast number of lessons in all standard areas, easily organized by subject and grade level.
- Scholastic Common Core State Standards – Publishing giant Scholastic offers resources for standards broken down first by age group, then by subject.
- NYC Department of Education – The NYC DOE offers a large database of tasks, units, and student work, searchable by grade level, subject, and keyword.
- American Association of School Librarians – Offers an archive of lesson plans by grade level and useful templates, rubrics, and checklists for developing CCSS-aligned lesson plans.
- EngageNY – The New York State Education Department offers a large catalogue of lessons for all age groups and subjects.
- UEN – The Utah Education Network offers many K-12 Core lesson plans
- Share My Lesson – On this popular site for lesson sharing, find aligned curricula and lesson plans, news, videos and links. They also offer a forum where you can pose questions or contribute answers.
- Achieve The Core – Offers free tools to help teachers and administrators implement the CCSS in a section titled “Steal These Tools”
- CT DOE – The CT Department of Education offers a free digital library to support teaching and learning as well as a webinar series
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