CCSS Resources

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Videos on the Common Core
Teaching Channel offers more than 240 useful videos about Common Core implementation, from broad overviews to lesson ideas for specific standards. They've also developed additional videos and resources, including demonstrations of Common Core-aligned lessons, in partnership with leading nonprofits and teachers’ unions focused on implementing the Common Core. And if you're looking for short, accessible videos to explain the Common Core Standards to parents or colleagues, check out Hunt Institute's YouTube channel. There you will find more than 30 videos, from brief animated overviews to details on the standards' specifics to Spanish translations. "Shaping rigorous, world-class education standards" is one of the Hunt Institute's key initiatives, so it has done great work making the Common Core understandable.

Here are some resources to help parents and students doing homework or coursework aligned with the Common Core State Standards Initiative:
StudyJams! Offers multiple learning methods to match the different learning styles of your students.

AR BOOKFIND – here you can search for Accelerated Reader book titles based on reading levels, authors, topics, or titles of books.

Cool Math - 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.

Plane Math - 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.

Science Monster - 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.

Council of the Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps:
Achieve the Core -

Common Core State Standards Text Exemplars -

Common Sense Media -
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.

Khan Academy’s Common Core Map - A list of Khan Academy’s videos and how they relate to the Common Core.

ShareMyLesson Common Core Sets - ShareMyLesson brings together Common Core-aligned lessons from all over the web. It’s a massive collection that’s easy to navigate. Also, all lessons featured on the site are free, and they’re organized by standard. The middle grades are covered in-depth here, with options for searching by grade level.

Free Resources from Achieve The Core - Created by Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit founded by three Common Core writers, the website features plenty of resources produced in-house. These activities are arranged by standard, and there a bunch of fun, engaging activities by grade.

CTA IPD Website

Literacy Design Collaborative

Understanding Language

BetterLesson: - Use Better Lesson to browse thousands of rich Math and ELA lessons from high-performing Master Teachers. 

OpenEd - Videos and Assessments for every Common Core standard. Every single one!
Online Gradebook Tools for Teachers
LearnBoost is a free online gradebook and roster for teachers. It’s clean, simple interface makes it easy to use for all educators, regardless of technological skill.

 ThinkWave is an educational technology company that provides an online gradebook for free. The setup process is simple and the clean interface of the gradebook makes it easy to navigate.

JumpRope is a website that allows teachers to create gradebooks for free. JumpRope’s ability to separate a course into Units and add Standards makes it ideal for the highly organized teacher.

Engrade is a simple gradebook that makes the transition from paper to digital extremely easy.

Jupiter Ed
Jupiter Ed offers a very thorough and precise gradebook to educators for free.
The websites provided below were gathered to provide you some resources for your
English Language Learners

Starfall- This is a favorite site for many young children and their teachers! Students choose one of these categories: ABC's, Learn to Read, It's Fun to Read, and I'm Reading. Using exciting visuals, sounds, and text, students can learn their letters, sounds, and advance to reading simple stories. This site began in September of 2002 by the Polis-Schutz family. It's a free public service to motivate children to read with phonics.

Storyline Online- Children can listen to famous actors read popular stories to them. Twenty-two well loved stories are available for students to choose from. Students see the text and illustrations while they listen to the story. This site is a program of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.

BrainPOP ESL- Students can choose lessons from six different levels with each level consisting of five stories. Students begin by watching an animated movie that focuses on particular vocabulary and grammar points. Students practice the concepts with fun games and activities. Each lesson has a short quiz and a teacher resource page. BrainPOP was started ten years ago by Dr. Avraham Kader, M.D. T.

PBS Kids-Young children can have lots of fun playing interactive games with their favorite PBS characters! Students choose a PBS show and then they can choose a variety of games that practice concepts such as literacy skills, science, social studies, citizenship, and technology. Teacher and parent resources are provided for each lesson. Some parent resources are translated into Spanish. This site is offered through the Public Broadcasting System. 

Structured English Immersion (SEI)
Methodologies Videos
Digital Storytelling
Standards for the 21st-Century Learner
4.1.8 Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning.
4.3.1 Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person.

Are you searching for technology that will motivate budding and reluctant writers to author the next great story? Inklewriter provides the format for writing interactive branched stories. While students focus on writing, Inklewriter handles the story paths that end and those yet to be developed. Students who love the "choose your own ending" stories will enjoy writing, editing and reading on this dynamic site. Branched stories with the potential for multiple endings will also intrigue those interested in game development. Finished projects can be shared with a limited or global audience at the author's discretion.
Tip: Use Inklewriter to explore decision making and consequences in secondary Health, Social Studies, Science, and English classes.

My histro provides a venue for stories displayed on maps. Watch and read thousands of fascinating timelines, or create your own complete with text, video, and pictures to create a dynamic timeline mashup. Use professionally developed maps or have students develop their own working collaboratively or individually. Export maps in a variety of formats including .csv, .klm, and pdf for offline viewing or embed them on your website, blog, or wiki for easy access. Grades 4-12.
Tip: Use myhistro to tell stories that include what, when, and why across curriculum areas and grade levels that work like a dream on your interactive presentation surface.

Flipsnack is an application used to convert PDF files into a flipping book that is easy to use. Simply upload a PDF file, customize the book, and share. The online flip books are designed to resemble regular print books. You can choose a classic, hardcover, coil, or interactive flip format for your book, as well as a book size. Color options for the cover and background are also offered. Finished flip books can be published privately or publicly and edited at any time. The final flip book is attractive and professional-looking. Books can be shared on Facebook and Twitter or emailed and embedded with a watermark. Grades K-12.  
Tip: Students can combine reports or creative writing with pictures and graphics to create flip books that can be shared with parents.

Manage & Organize
Standards for the 21st-Century Learner
2.1.2 Organize knowledge so that it is useful.
2.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information.
3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use and assess.

How many of you use Shelfari? Library Thing? Well, Biblionasium is the social network students in grades 4 – 12 can use to set up virtual bookshelves and keep track of what they’ve read, what they like, and what they plan to read. Students will read more consistently when they connect with friends to share and recommend their favorite books. English, ELL, and Reading teachers will appreciate the inclusion of Lexile ranges. Grades 4-12.
Tip: Use Biblionasium in flipped libraries and classrooms to inspire independent reading.

LitPick provides free electronic books to students in grades 4-12. Students take on the role of a book critic, reading books, developing and posting reviews anonymously on the LitPick site where other students can read them. Members can also participate in the LitPick threaded discussion forum with authors, publishers, publicists, and parents who are interested in learning about YA literature.
Tip: Use LitPick to provide access to free eBooks and promote reading reviews for students by students.

Padlet, formerly called Wallwisher, makes posting things on the Internet as easy as pinning notes on a bulletin board. Using the idea of a blank piece of paper, you can put whatever you want on your wall by dragging and dropping documents and images from your desktop, copying and pasting links to websites or videos or just typing notes on your page. When you finish posting things to your wall you will be able to collaborate with others using a unique URL as well as through a variety of social networks. Grades 4-12.
Tip: Use Padlet to brainstorm ideas for group projects or to collect and showcase student work.

Curriculum Collaboration
Standards for the 21st-Century Learner
1.3.4 Contribute to the exchange of ideas within a learning community.
3.1.2 Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.
3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
4.3.1 Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person.

Gooru is a free, educational search engine for online resources and lesson plans in science, math, social studies and language arts. Teachers and students can search for and curate collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, handouts, games, and quizzes. Collect and gather information into “My Collections” and “My Classes” categories. Grades: K-12. 
Tip: You and your students can customize an existing collection or create your own “playlist of learning resources.”

Molecular Workbench 
Molecular Workbench is a free, open source environment providing visual, interactive computational experiments for teaching and learning science. Even though there are many simulations ready for use in the classroom, teachers can also create simulations based on their specific curricular needs and share them with other teachers. Grades: 9-12. 
Tip: Have students browse through the Simulation Showcase or Library of Models for Science Fair project ideas.

Knowmia is a web location that features short video lessons from teachers around the globe. The lessons cover a wide range of topics, having trouble teaching a difficult subject or concept Knowmia is here to help. Over 30,000 video lessons are available to users. Search for topics using an easy, simple search tool. There is a teacher, style, subject, and lesson for every style of educator and classroom. Don't see what you're looking for, add a lesson of your own and help other educators in the field. Grades: 4th-12th.
Tip: Check out the myriad of videos on digital citizenship, information literacy, and enhance your library instruction with these great tools.

Engineering is Elementary 
Engineering is Elementary uses children’s love for building things to engage them in real-world engineering design challenges. The hands-on projects integrate an elementary school science topic with a specific field of engineering. A searchable database is included. Projects combine science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to encourage problem-solving, inquiry, and innovation. Units include lesson plans, assessment tools, and a wealth of multimedia resources to assist teachers before and during the projects. Grades: 1-8. 
Tip: Display finished engineering projects in the library, along with related books, to promote STEM topics and this great website to students and teachers.

Elementary CCSS Math Resources: (Gr 1-6) 
This site has games at a wide range of levels. (Gr K-6)
This site has many excellent games.  Many of the games are clearly math (Area & Perimeter, Representing Fractions, etc.).  Other excellent games are related to logic or problem solving (see Factory Balls, Bloxorz, or Sugar Sugar).  You may want to monitor your child on this site to make sure time is well spent. (Gr K-6)
Like MathPlayground, this site has a vast number of very good games.  You may want to monitor your child on this site to make sure time is well spent. (GR 1-6)
This British website provides children with various games focused on geometry concepts.  After exploring the shape games, try out the fraction games or others. (Gr K-8)  ¡DISPONIBLE EN ESPAÑOL! 
Search by grade level and then by content to practice a large number of skills.  No music, no animation, nothing flashy at all.  But if you want to practice a specific skill and get feedback, this will accomplish that goal. (Grades 3-6)
This is a delightful assortment of puzzles and games, mostly suited for grades 3-6. (Gr K-High School)
Khan Academy offers instructional videos and practice exercises.  Track your progress in Math and other content areas. (Gr K-6)
This site hosts a huge collection of printable Marcy Cook tile activities, Sudoku puzzles (even for Kinder students!), and weekly challenge word problems. (Gr 6-8)
This site is sponsored by the National Council on Teaching Mathematics (among others), and features a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges. (Gr K-8)
This site provides excellent printable problem-solving exercises for students Grades K-8. 

Resources for High School Math Educators

Common Core has certainly raised some questions, from what assessment will look like, to curriculum development and how the standards are in practice. There's others, I'm sure. But currently, education nonprofits and researchers are developing materials to help educators, parents and students understand them. With that in mind, here are some of the best resources for understanding how Common Core will shift high school math classrooms, with example videos, articles about assessment and lists of tech tools for educators. 

  Common Core Assessment Examples for High School Math: Assessment changes are coming with the CCSS; that's for sure. But how will they look like? This post from offers plenty of insight, and there are some awesome links to sample tasks, questions and examples. The site also offers a wealth of links and tools that will help in high schools implementing the Common Core. 
   21 Common Core-aligned Math Apps: Are you looking for some useful tools to be used for Common Core math? Well, this post highlights some great, mostly free apps that can be used in high school math classes. All of the examples are featured on edshelf, a website that provides parent/educator reviews of tech tools. The only catch: Most of the apps were designed for Apple devices.
   Common Core Resources from Illustrated Mathematics: This video series from Illustrated Mathematics offers in-depth, real-life examples of the processes and proficiencies of Common Core math. In each video, students work through math problems and display Common Core proficiencies. It's certainly interesting, and they'll be useful for teachers who are using Common Core in the classroom. There's also a user-friendly menu of five high school math categories, with quick drop-down menus for the domains of each category.
   Common Core Overviews from The CCSS are laborious to read, but here, turns them on their head, providing a witty look at the high school math standards. These are engaging to read, and they cover all six math standards. If you have some time, they're definitely worth a read. Also included are some useful practice quizzes that will provide ideas for assessment strategies.
   Common Core Proficiencies From Inside Mathematics: What does the Common Core look like in the classroom? This great video series from Inside Mathematics offers a definitive look at practice standards for each grade. Not to mention, the videos also offer a examples of the each proficiency in the context of lessons. On the site, you'll also find links to useful classroom tools for the Common Core.
   Common Core High School Math Lessons from LearnZillion: This user-friendly site offers lessons aligned with various standards. You can browse based on category, then choose lessons based on a proficiency. Another great site -- OER Commons -- also features a wealth of CCSS math resources for high school educators.

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