2011 Really Good U: Resources for the Common Core Standards
With the Common Core Standards (CCS) comes a need for lessons that meet new standards and requirements for each grade. Getting a handle on which grades need what material can be tricky for even the most savvy educators. Thankfully, there are new products, materials, and resources that can help educators tackle the standards successfully.
If you thought the world of mobile apps was limited to just games and online calendars, take another look at some of the newest resources out there. Apps like The Common Core: K-6 Standards for the iPhone provide easy access to all English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards for grades K-6. Mastery Connect’s Common Core Standards app for iPhone and Android offers instant access to each category and sub-category of the CCS from Kindergarten through High School. They offer a great, free resource for familiarizing yourself about the CCS.
Those Who Have Gone Ahead
Someone had to invent the wheel the first time and many teachers are scrambling to see just who did so that they do not have to create all of their lesson plans from scratch. The Jordan School District in West Jordan, UT came up with Core Curriculum aligned lessons for their reading system. While it may not be the same one that your school uses, you may be able to adapt some of it to save yourself time.
At Core-Standards.org, the site asks teachers to submit their CCS aligned lesson plans to a databank. While the site is somewhat confusing to navigate, there is some good information available. Be sure to browse under the map sections, as they provide the most detailed lesson plan data.
Common Core Maps
If you are at a loss as to where to begin developing lesson ideas and plans, check out the Common Core Mapping Project. The lessons included in the mapping project are designed to specifically meet the CCS goals and, according to the site, provide a map for teachers to “use to plan their year, craft their own more detailed curriculum, and create lesson plans.” Free of charge, the maps were created by public school teachers for public school teachers.
Really Good Alignment
In 2011, Really Good Stuff began aligning all of their literacy and math products to the Common Core Standards. Now, when you browse the website or review the catalogs, you can find products that meet specific standards. Not only does this help save you time in finding products, but it also makes lesson planning and evaluation much easier.
Unfortunately, at this time there are not a lot of supporting lesson plans readily available to match the CCS. As more states roll out the adoption process and more districts begin to integrate the CCS into their curriculums, the more teacher-created materials will be available. One of the key benefits of the CCS is that it will provide teachers across the country with a great support system and resource bank as everyone moves to implement them in their lessons.