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We offer several books that target specific aspects of Common Core instruction, from deepening... more
You can access the K-12 Math and ELA Standards here.
You can find an overview of the Math and English Language Arts Standards for parents here, as well... more
I'm continually being asked to have my first graders collaborate and do projects. Shouldn't I teach them some fundamentals first? Does Common Core mean that there's no more direct teaching?
We asked Dr. Maria Walther, a first grade teacher who has been honored as the Illinois Reading... more
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
Go to the home page of the Common Core's English Language Arts Standards and click the tab... more
Check out the literary criticism and magazines in your school or local library. There is also a... more
The Common Core does not prescribe themes. Rather, the ELA Standards call for students to be... more
The Common Core calls for text-dependent questions that encourage students to read, ponder, and... more
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
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
Keep in mind, Lexiles are just one factor that should be considered when choosing books for your... more
Reading aloud quality fiction and nonfiction is critical for building students’ background... more
We offer several themed book collections with accompanying skills for grades K-5, including... more
Here are some suggested resources, including books for elementary and middle schoolers as well as... more
The texts are meant as examples of the types of works that students should be reading. They reflect... more
The Magic School Bus books, which blend fiction and nonfiction, introduce young readers to rich... more
The novel is written at a sixth- or seventh-grade level. However, the maturity of the subject... more
We posed this question to David Liben, a literacy expert and consultant for Student Achievement... more
This article from Scholastic Instructor gives tips on how to make "text detectives" of... more
If my second graders can't understand the grade-level texts in the reading program we use, much less the words, how can I help them access increasingly complex texts?
Many teachers are facing a challenge like yours. Here, Dr. Maria Walther, a first grade teacher and... 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
The best way to expand children’s vocabulary and knowledge base is by spending time with... more
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
For insights on close reading for early elementary students, we turned to Francie Alexander,... more
These leveled printables review subjects and predicates for students in grade 3.This book has... more
Could you provide an updated reading correlation chart for the CCSS, Lexile levels, the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), and Fountas & Pinnell?
Here are the most recent readability measures:• Current and "Stretch" Lexile Bands... more
For this response, we turned to Dr. Maria Walther, a nationally-recognized author and teacher from... more
Scope is a monthly English Language Arts magazine for middle school students. It features a full... more
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
Science standards are embedded in the English Language Arts Standards and begin in 6th grade.... more
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
A great way to interest students in the seasons is to discuss the wacky weather—from... more
At this site we offer Hispanic Heritage book lists for students in grades K-12 and links to sites... more
For the assessments, PARCC will provide several accessibility features and other accommodations.... more
Students can acquire tons of information about a range of topics when they visit a museum, a place... more
I teach high school students who have multiple disabilities, including significant cognitive delays. How do I apply the Common Core Standards in my classroom?
Since the standards focus on depth over breadth, both special education and mainstream teachers... 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
In the October 28, 2013, issue of Scholastic Action, an ELA magazine for struggling readers, you... more
Here are some strategies to try: When students answer a word problem, make sure they incorporate... more
Once I am certain that a student understands the basic concept of a Math operation—multiplication, for example—should I continue to have her explain her thinking? My third graders are becoming frustrated by having to repeatedly explain their reasoning.
For this question, we turned to Bob Krech, an author and teacher of Mathematics from Princeton, New... more
Until now, my middle schoolers have been getting good math grades by memorizing. How can I help them do more critical thinking and problem solving?
The Math Standards require a balance of conceptual understanding, application, and procedural... more
This article from Scholastic Instructor magazine offers great Math activities for students and... more
These step-by-step poetry writing workshops with Jack Prelutsky and Jean Marzallo should work... more
Check out Appendix C of the English Language Arts Standards for samples for each grade band.... more