Common Core Matters

January/February 2013

Middle School Common Core Word Cloud

Created by Brian Thomas

Hunger Games Curriculum

"Ladies and Gentlemen, let the Hunger Games begin!" Lions Gate Entertainment has partnered with nonprofit curriculum coordinator, Educurious, to present a one-week critical reading and writing unit around the Hunger Games trilogy. It's aligned with the Common Core, and you can download it for free here:

Inanimate Alice

This interactive digital graphic novel is set in the early years of the 21st century. It tells the story of Alice through text, sound, games, and music. Lessons include using a digital story to explore character development, paragraph structure, and making connections with the story and medium.

Library of Congress - Teacher Resources

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.

Common Core Standards (Mobile App)

With this free app, you can view the Common Core Standards in a convenient manner. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (doman/cluster). This app includes Math and ELA standards K-12.

Teaching Channel

The Teaching Channel is an excellent resource for Common Core resources, teacher videos, strategies and lesson plans. The videos are categorized according to grade level, subject, and topic. You will find examples of classroom management techniques and examples of teachers carrying out their best lesson plans. The lesson plan videos are accompanied by documents detailing the lessons. The classroom management videos are accompanied by tip sheets. If you register on the Teaching Channel website you can download videos, take and save notes on each video, and take advantage of a lesson planning tool to organize your lessons.

Illustrative Mathematics

Illustrative Mathematics provides a hierarchy display of the standards expanding or collapsing at a click. The K–8 standards are viewable both by grade level and by domain. The intent of the Illustrative Mathematics website is to present sets of tasks that, when taken together, illustrate a particular standard.