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Is there an effective assessment tool for reading comprehension for a third grade student with good reading ability (decoding) but poor comprehension?

Independent Reading Assessment, our comprehension monitoring and teaching system, is available for both fiction and nonfiction. You can learn more about the program here and see if it's right for you and your student.

 

 

Implementation

Which books will help me better understand and implement the new standards?

We offer several books that target specific aspects of Common Core instruction, from deepening... more

Where can I find the Common Core Standards for kindergarten?

You can access the K-12 Math and ELA Standards here.

What should I tell parents about the Common Core?

You can find an overview of the Math and English Language Arts Standards for parents here, as well... more

How do I find time for differentiated instruction in all subject areas in my fifth grade classroom?

If your school allows, find a colleague on your grade level and work out a plan for splitting up... more

I'm a student developing lessons aligned to the CCSS. Could you recommend materials that explain the instructional shifts and the assessments?

Here are links to the standards, the key instructional shifts they call for and sample lesson plans... more

English Language Arts/Reading

Where can I get the list of ELA Anchor Standards that have R, W, SL and L before the numbers?

Go to the home page of the Common Core's English Language Arts Standards and click the tab... more

Where can I get paired literary and nonfiction texts that will interest my high schoolers?

Check out the literary criticism and magazines in your school or local library. There is also a... more

What themes should be covered in seventh grade literature?

The Common Core does not prescribe themes. Rather, the ELA Standards call for students to be... more

What kinds of questions should I be asking my students about assigned readings?

The Common Core calls for text-dependent questions that encourage students to read, ponder, and... more

What is the best way to introduce poetry to early elementary students?

Poetry comes naturally to young children. They love songs, nursery rhymes and read-alouds. Here you... more

What activities and strategies can I use to help my second graders answer SRI [Scholastic Reading Inventory] questions more effectively?

All of the questions in the SRI are in a fill-in-the-blank format. You can share sample questions... more

Can you suggest below-level books that would be of high interest to students in grades 4-5?

The best-selling I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis is extremely popular among struggling readers... more

How do I determine the types of texts my fifth-grade students should be reading? Some of them are below level?

Appendix B of the ELA Standards gives examples of the types of works that students should be... more

Can you suggest a reading list by grade that uses the CCSS Lexile Levels?

Keep in mind, Lexiles are just one factor that should be considered when choosing books for your... more

Could you recommend titles for reading aloud and shared reading experiences for Grade 2?

Reading aloud quality fiction and nonfiction is critical for building students’ background... more

I'm looking for text set collections for grades K-5. Are any available?

We offer several themed book collections with accompanying skills for grades K-5, including... more

Can you assist me in finding books and related interactive activities for fifth graders?

Here are some suggested resources, including books for elementary and middle schoolers as well as... more

Do my students have to read the texts in Appendix B of the ELA Standards?

The texts are meant as examples of the types of works that students should be reading. They reflect... more

Is the Magic School Bus series aligned to the Common Core?

The Magic School Bus books, which blend fiction and nonfiction, introduce young readers to rich... more

Is The Kite Runner appropriate for ninth graders?

The novel is written at a sixth- or seventh-grade level. However, the maturity of the subject... more

In the CCSS literature standards, why is nothing said about emotional responses to a text?

We posed this question to David Liben, a literacy expert and consultant for Student Achievement... more

How do I introduce close reading to my second graders?

This article from Scholastic Instructor gives tips on how to make "text detectives" of... more

How can I make learning about genres fun for fourth graders who are reading at a second-grade level?

The best way to introduce young learners to genres is by offering a selection of texts—... more

How can I help my fourth graders develop their vocabulary?

The best way to expand children’s vocabulary and knowledge base is by spending time with... more

How can I prepare my students for the ELA assessments without just “teaching to the test”?

As literacy expert Phyllis C. Hunter says, "flood your classroom with books." Offer students a... more

Is there an effective assessment tool for reading comprehension for a third grade student with good reading ability (decoding) but poor comprehension?

Independent Reading Assessment, our comprehension monitoring and teaching system, is available for... more

Do you have tips on teaching close reading to second grade students?

For insights on close reading for early elementary students, we turned to Francie Alexander,... more

Do you have lessons for teaching sentence structure?

These leveled printables review subjects and predicates for students in grade 3.This book has... more

Could you give me tips for a three-day lesson on story elements for my second graders? 

For this response, we turned to Dr. Maria Walther, a nationally-recognized author and teacher from... more

Could you give me some additional information about Scope magazine?

Scope is a monthly English Language Arts magazine for middle school students. It features a full... more

Can you recommend a list of read-aloud books for first through third graders?

For themed read-aloud collections for early elementary students, check out Knowledge Quest! The... more

Are Tears of a Tiger, The Miracle Worker and Why Me? The Courage to Live on any Common Core list for any grade level?

There are no Common Core book lists to which a teacher must adhere for ELA instruction. Appendix B... more

Content Areas

Where can I find the Common Core Standards for science?

Science standards are embedded in the English Language Arts Standards and begin in 6th grade.... more

Could you suggest activities for teaching ecosystems to third graders?

This activity invites children to explore their local ecosystem.This activity is a science lab on... more

Do you have book sets for my fourth graders in Georgia that incorporate Social Studies and Science topics in a fun way?

You might want to try our Common Core State Standards Pack for Grade 4. It includes paired books on... more

Do you have a Common Core lesson for teaching sixth graders the seasons?

A great way to interest students in the seasons is to discuss the wacky weather—from... more

Can you recommend books about Latino and American Indian cultures?

At this site we offer Hispanic Heritage book lists for students in grades K-12 and links to sites... more

Learning Support

Will PARCC provide modifications for inclusion special ed students?

For the assessments, PARCC will provide several accessibility features and other accommodations.... more

What kinds of learning activities can I incorporate into field trips with my students?

Students can acquire tons of information about a range of topics when they visit a museum, a place... more

How can I help our English Language Learners meet the CCSS, especially since strong language skills are needed for Math and the content areas?

Efforts to create Core-ready curricula for English Language Learners (ELLs) are still a work in... more

What activities for struggling students incorporate The Hunger Games or Halloween?

In the October 28, 2013, issue of Scholastic Action, an ELA magazine for struggling readers, you... more

Math

What are some strategies for getting more reading and writing into my math class?

Here are some strategies to try: When students answer a word problem, make sure they incorporate... more

Do you have collaborative Math lessons for students in grade 4 that are aligned to the Common Core?

This article from Scholastic Instructor magazine offers great Math activities for students and... more

Writing

Do you have suggestions for teaching second graders how to write poetry?

These step-by-step poetry writing workshops with Jack Prelutsky and Jean Marzallo should work... more

How do I show my fourth graders the level of writing that is expected of them in the Common Core?

Check out Appendix C of the English Language Arts Standards for samples for each grade band.... more

How do I teach persuasive writing?

For this response, we turned to writing expert Ruth Culham:There are three major types of writing:... more