2What is the Common Core? Common Core standards… provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn across the curriculum areas so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help themare designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.
3Common Core Fundamental Shifts Balance Literacy & Informational Text Build Knowledge in the DisciplinesStaircase of Text ComplexityText-Based AnswersWrite from SourcesBuild Academic Vocabulary
4Curriculum Shifts ELA Math Read as much non fiction as fiction Learn about the world by readingRead more challenging material closelyDiscuss reading using evidenceWrite non-fiction using evidenceIncrease academic vocabularyFocus: learn more about fewer, key topicsBuild skills within and across gradesDevelop speed and accuracyReally know it, Really do itUse it in the real worldThink fast AND solve problems
53 Major Shifts In Math…Teachers will concentrate on teaching a more focused set of major math concepts and skills.This will allow students time to master key math concepts and skills in a more organized way throughout the year and from one grade to the next.It will also call for teachers to use rich and challenging math content and to engage students in solving real-world problems in order to inspire greater interest in mathematics.
6What do we want students to know? MathematicsTopicWhat do we want students to know?Counting & CardinalityNumber names & the count sequenceCount to tell numberCompare numbersMeasurement & DataDescribe & compare measurable attributesClassify & count the number of objects in a categoryGeometryIdentify 7 shapesCompare & create shapesOperations & Algebraic ThinkingUnderstand addition as putting togetherUnderstand subtraction as taking apart & taking fromNumbers and Operations inBase TenWork with numbers to gain foundations for place value
113 Major Shifts in ELA...Students will continue reading and writing. But in addition to stories and literature, they will read more texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas including science and social studies.They will read more challenging texts and be asked more questions that will require them to refer back to what they have read.There will also be an increased emphasis on building a strong vocabulary so that students can read and understand challenging material.
12ELA Curriculum Units of Study ReadingWritingReaders Build Good HabitsLaunching Writer’s WorkshopReaders Think and Talk About Emergent BooksLooking Closely, Observing & Listing Like ScientistsJust-Right Books- Readers Use PowersPersonal narrativeNon-Fiction Reading for InformationNon-fiction “How-To” BooksWe Can Be Reading TeachersRaising the Quality of Small MomentsReaders Are Brave and ResourcefulInformation books on ScienceReaders Get to Know Characters By Pretending & Performing BooksPersuasive Writing
13Social Studies Unit Description School & School Community What is a school?What does it mean to be a good school citizen?Why are rules important?What rules should we follow in our classroom/school?Myself and OthersHow are people alike and different?What is special about meFamiliesWhy are families important?How are families alike/different?What holidays do you celebrate in your family?What are some of your family traditions?CommunityWhat is a community?How do communities meet are needs?Who lives and works in a community?CitizenshipWhat does it mean to be a good citizen?What are our responsibilities as a citizen of our country?What are some of the symbols that represent ourcountry?
14Science Unit Goals The Five Senses Fabric Plants Animals Two by Two Observe common objects by using the five senses.Compare and sort common objects by one physicalattribute (e.g., color, shape, texture, size, weight).FabricTo become familiar with fabrics’ propertiesDiscover what happens when they are testedDiscover how they interact with other materials, including waterPlantsCare for plants to learn what they need to grow and developObserve the structures of plants and discover ways to propagate new plants from seeds.Animals Two by TwoHave close and personal interaction with some common land and water animalsEstablish appropriate habitats and learn to care for the animals.Observe and care for one animal over time, and have many opportunities for observation, communication, and comparison.
15Response to Intervention (RTI) …a research based approach to providing high quality individual or small group instruction to students who experience difficulty making progress in their grade level curriculum.
16Helping your Child Outside of School…. MathELAUse everyday objects to allow your child to count and group a collection of objects.Encourage your child to construct numbers in multiple ways. For example, what are some ways that you can make 10? Answers might include 5+5, 6+4, 8+2, etc. Have your child explain his or her thinking.Have your child create story problems to represent addition and subtraction of small numbers. For example, “Ann had eight balloons. Then she gave three away, so she only had five left.”Encourage your child to stick with it whenever a problem seems difficult. This will help your child see that everyone can learn math.Praise your child when he or she makes an effort and share in the excitement when he or she solves a problem or understands something for the first time.Read to your child and have him or her read to you every day for at least 15 minutes. Pick out words that might be new to your child or words that have multiple or complex meanings. Discuss those words and how they add to what the writer is saying.Ask your child to retell a story in his or her own words by telling what happened first, second, third, etc.Ask your child to think about what the message of a story may be or what he or she learned from an informational book or article.Look for opportunities in everyday places to build your child’s vocabularyBe sure your child has a library card. Children should select books in which they are interested to develop a passion for reading. Many libraries have book clubs and family activities that make reading fun for the entire family.Use technology to help build your child’s interest in reading. There are several websites where students can read books or articles online. The computer will help with words the student cannot read independently.