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“Cut to the Core” A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the Common Core Standards Midland Elementary School December 4, 2014 and January 8, 2015.

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1 “Cut to the Core” A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the Common Core Standards Midland Elementary School December 4, 2014 and January 8, 2015

2 What do you see? Common Core Standards

3 What are these Common Core Standards?

4 A single set of clear and consistent educational standards in math and English language arts, Began in 2006 as a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governor’s Association, Intended for states to share and voluntarily adopt, Adopted by a total of 45 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity.

5 Why do we need new standards?

6 Until now, each state had its own standards and different expectations of student performance. With the increase of student mobility, especially among our military families, CCS will help provide consistency for parents and students regardless of zip code. CCS determine what students need to know and demonstrate the ability to do in order to be prepared for an entry-level college course. CCS will more effectively prepare American students to keep up with their peers around the world.

7 Were teachers and parents involved in the creation of the standards?


9 What does Common Core look like in the classroom ?

10 Common Core Standards are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what students need to learn, but… …they do not dictate how teachers should teach. …they are not curriculum. Teachers and schools will continue to create curriculum, including lesson plans which tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms. Local teachers, principals, superintendents, and school boards will continue to make curriculum decisions.

11 What’s new in English language arts ?

12 KEY ELA SHIFTS Learn about the real world by reading, Read as much non-fiction as fiction, Read more challenging material closely, Discuss reading using evidence from the text, Write non-fiction using evidence gleaned from research, Increase academic vocabulary.

13 KEY MATH SHIFTS F OCUS : Learn more about fewer, key topics, C OHERENCE : Build skills within and across grade levels, R IGOR : Develop speed and accuracy. Really know it—really do it! Be able to use it in the real world. Think fast and solve problems.

14 Will state tests be different?

15 Open-ended Questions OLD: Grade 5 state math Pierre is making an apple crumb pie using the items below. APPLE CRUMB PIE 1/3 cup flour 4 cups sliced apples 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup raisins How much total sugar must Pierre use to make the pie crumb and filling? F 7/12 cup G 2/6 cup H 3/4 cup J 2/3 cup NEW: Common Core grade 5 math Tito and Luis are stuffed with pizza! Tito ate one-fourth of a cheese pizza. Tito ate three-eighths of a pepperoni pizza. Tito ate one-half of a mushroom pizza. Luis ate five-eighths of a cheese pizza. Luis ate the other half of the mushroom pizza. All the pizzas were the same size. Tito says he ate more pizza than Luis because Luis did not eat any pepperoni pizza. Luis says they each ate the same amount of pizza. Who is correct? Show all your mathematical thinking.

16 Let’s give CC Math a try! Grade Five Number and Operations – Base Ten and Fractions Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions, mixed numbers, or decimal fractions by using visual fraction model or equations to represent the problem.

17 What is 23/5? Jessa has 23 one-dollar bills that she wants to divide equally between her 5 children. How much money will each receive? How much money will Jessa have left over? Jessa exchanged the remaining one-dollar bills for dimes. If she divides the money equally between her 5 children, how much money will each child get?

18 What is 23/5? A website has games available to purchase for $5 each. If Lita has $23, how many games can she purchase? Explain. A jug holds 5 gallons of water. How many jugs can Mark fill with 23 gallons of water? Explain. A class of 23 children will take a field trip. Each car can take 5 children. How many cars are needed to take all the children on the field trip? Explain.

19 What makes for success? Supportive Adult? Of course! Opportunities and Experiences? Couldn’t hurt! Praise? Not as much as you’d think! Self-Control With so many distractions today, we need to be able to focus!

20 Innate Ability and Talent Closed, fixed mindset: “I’m smart. I’m not smart.” Consequences? Recognition of strengths and weaknesses Growth mindset: I’m not there…yet!” Consequences?

21 What is grit ? Grit --positive response to failure or adversity. People who are ‘gritty:’ Set goals, Pursue interests persistently, Build stamina through hard work, Accept (and even welcome) struggle, Know that effort and determination take you farther in life than mere talent and good looks!

22 How can I help my child at home?

23 Encourage a good work ethic as well as the trait of perseverance. Talk with your child and have him or her explain things. Be positive and encouraging in your discussions with your child about school and his/her performance. Be in regular communication with your child’s teacher. Talk with your children about the importance of graduating from high school ready for college and career success. Engage New York is a site that is very helpful with many parent resources. students

24 What do you see now? Common Core Standards

25 Developing Today’s Young Heroes

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