Curriculum Updates

September 2014


K-1 Math Assessments:

o The state is in the process of finalizing the Mid-Year Summative Math Assessment for grades K-1. Once finalized, it will be sent to the Print Shop for printing and delivery to schools. Year-round schools will receive their materials no later than November 24th.

o As a resource, the assessments from the 2013-2014 school year will be posted to CMAPP soon. Teachers in K-2 can use these as common assessments throughout the year if needed

Don't Forget about the NEW resources on CMAPP:

o CMAPP Overview Video – what’s there for math?

o Parent Newsletters for each unit K-5

o Content Videos for teachers are now K-5

o Spiral Reviews, 5 per quarter for each grade K-5

o SMART Daily Routines in K-2

Check out this free professional development opportunity

Fraction Foundations -Begins September 22

This FREE eight-week course will help you teach fractions concepts and skills more effectively by increasing your understanding of students’ thinking and implementing research-based approaches in the classroom. Designed for elementary teachers, math coaches and teacher educators, this course will address rigorous curriculum standards for fractions, whether from the Common Core State Standards or from other up-to-date standards.

Fall 2014 Literacy Staff Development

Exploring Writer’s Workshop

Receive an overview of Writers Workshop, including how to launch and how to align with the new Common Core State Standards. Particular attention will be given to mini-lessons and conferring.

SRN# 155590401

Session Dates:

October 7, 2014 - (4:30 – 6:30 pm)

October 23, 2014 - (1:00 -5:00 pm)

October 30, 2014- (1:00 to 5:00 pm)

Location: Crossroads II 1600

Launching Daily 5/Daily CAFÉ (Stage I)

Learn about effective reading instruction aligned with Common Core State Standards while exploring the components and launching of Daily 5/Daily Cafe.

SRN# 157994513

October 3, 2014


October 10, 2013


Location: Crossroads II

SRN# 157994514

November 14, 2014


November 21, 2014


Location: CR II

Balanced Reading Instruction (Stage II)

Focus on rigorous and differentiated reading instruction including whole group mini-lessons and different types of small group instruction including guided reading, strategy groups and individual conferences.

SRN# 157991003

September 30, 2014

(8:30 - 4:00)

October 1, 2014


Location: CR II 1410

SRN# 157991005

November 12, 2014

(8:30 – 4:00)

November 19, 2014


Location: CR II 1410

SRN# 157991004

October 14, 2014

(8:30 - 4:00)

October 15, 2014


Location: Crossroads II 1407

Social Studies

Some CMAPP “alternate” units have been developed for teachers to use:

o 2nd Grade – Geography and Environmental Literacy “The Green Mother Goose”

o 3rd Grade - Lost Colony

o 5th Grade - ELA/SS Integrated Unit for Just the Facts Man: Reading and Identifying Information and Revolution

Staff Development Opportunities

Close Reading: What, Why, When and How

Participants will:

  • understand the definition of close reading
  • have a deeper understanding of why students would engage in close reading
  • understand when to apply close reading to literary and informational texts
  • practice close reading with grade level literary and content text
  • have opportunity to connect online with wcpss colleagues

The next session is Spring 2015 - SRN 156110102

Be sure to check out the NCDPI Social Studies Wiki