After re-reading the standards and before teaching specific standards (especially math) my first go-to resource is ReadTennessee. The focus of Read Tennessee is really deconstructing the K-3rd standards and giving teachers concrete examples of what the standards means. For math, they’ve also done a wonderful job of explaining what ‘math talk’ sounds like for each standard. Perfect for teacher models and anchor charts!
The site also includes several resources and links to outside websites for each Common Core standard. From SMART Board resources to center ideas, each standard (math and reading) looks like the menu below. My favorite tab is definitely ‘Examples’ – that’s where you see the great continuum of learning examples, what does the standard actually ask, as well as, sentence stems for math talk.
Another go-to resources for Common-Core goodness and reference materials is EngageNY. This is a website where you can spend HOURS digging through and it is easy to get lost…so be prepared with a focus.
The major drawback is that the sight is curriculum specific, so it can be difficult to navigate. The math lessons are divided by modules and the ELA lessons are divided by workbook numbers. Therefore, there is some hunting involved. However, if you spend the time hunting, you are rewarded with specific lesson plans, activities, word lists, math center ideas and even student reflection sheets. EngageNY is definitely content THICK which is an amazing and FREE blessing!
For math, I really like their Math Studio Talks which break down the standards in video format and show lots of ways to introduce and practice the standards with students. The videos aren’t theory-based, but a lot of hands-on this-is-how-to-do-it-with-students model. Plus, the materials that are used in the videos are fairly general to any math classroom, so they can apply to any classroom.
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