Thursday, February 19, 2015

Common Core Resources for Parents to Help their Student with their Challenging School Assignments

In this Common Core Café for Parents workshop, parents will learn about Common Core online resources they can use to help their Intermediate and/or High student with homework assignments, projects, and challenging math problems that will help them achieve the rigor and expectations of the Common Core standards.

Our goal is to build a bridge of communication with parents, community members, and educators across Montebello Unified School District to help our students achieve the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. The goal is to provide parents with useful resources that they can use the next day with their child. As educators, we are always thinking of ways we can partner with parents to help them support their child’s education. I compiled the resources with the collaboration of an intermediate teacher, Angelica Paz, and a high school teacher, David Keys. We hope that the parents find these resources as useful as we have in our classroom. 

Click HERE to see our parent handout


Resources for to Help Your Child at Home

School loop: Begin with looking at your school’s School Loop web page. Go the each of your child’s individual teacher. Teacher may have helpful websites, resources, or lectures posted.

StudyJams! Offers multiple learning methods to match the different learning styles of your students.

This is the resource I mentioned today about showing lessons in video form that will help your child build on their classroom knowledge or reteach a concept they need extra help on.
Another place to look for high-quality teacher-produced lesson plans that align to the CCSS is LearnZillion (, a learning platform that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting, In addition to sortable Math and ELA video lessons, they offer a handy Common Core navigator.
At AR BOOKFIND you can search for Accelerated Reader book titles based on reading levels, authors, topics, or titles of books.

Your youngsters can talk to other students about math, pose math questions, and try the problem of the week. Math Forum also includes software reviews and a search feature for finding other math sites.

Airplanes and flight are the subjects of this high-flying math site. Solve word problems, learn how kites stay up in the air, watch animations to learn about people like Amelia Earhart, and even design your own plane.

Learn about our Solar System, take a star tour, see how gravity and inertia work, or play a fun lunar landing game. In addition, you can learn about physical science, life science, animals, chemistry, and technology.

How Stuff Works brings you hundreds of articles that cover a wide range of subjects like 3-D graphics, animals, video games, engines, roller coasters, toys, electricity, computers, and much more.

These are Ms. Paz favorites that she mentioned today:
Brain Pop (this is also one of my personal favorites)

Council of the Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps:

ELA / Literacy

National Parent Teachers Association (PTA)

Achieve the Core

Common Core State Standards Text Exemplars

Mr. Keys referred to this website as one he uses often in his class:
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

National PTA Parents' Guide to Student Success: Provides examples of the changes in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics instruction at each grade level, as well as provides parents guidance for conversations with their child's teachers.

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