Using the Common Core State Standards
Your first sight of this site, may make the mind boggle.
Definitions of acronyms used:
CCSS: ‘Common Core State Standards.’ This basically tells us what the students should learn in the grade.
example 1: CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.A.2
example 2: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1
Meanings of the letters and numbers
- In examples 1 and 2, the first number after the dot tells us the grade.
- In examples 1 and 2, the second number is referring to the skills to be met.
- The letters will change according to the standard / learning area.
- In example 1: ‘OA’ tells us that the learning area is ‘Operations and Algebraic thinking.’
- In example 2: ‘RL’ tells us that the learning area is ‘Reading Literature.’
How to plan and link your lessons to the Common Core Standards.
Make a concept map for your topics / area of study.
- Place your topic in the middle.
- Fill the surrounding boxes with headings of all Curriculum areas you can link to. Integrated learning is key.
- Fill these boxes with a range of possible activities.
- Next go to the Common Core Standards website to add the CCSS links.
- You can go through your Grade Level on the left and find the area of study eg: ‘Operations and Algebraic thinking’. Look to the right and select the CCSS. Copy and paste into your concept map.
- You can also scroll down and use the “Standards by Domain” feature on the website to find a certain skill e.g: Choosing ‘Counting and Cardinality’ will bring up the standards for all Grades.
- California Department of education for other Curriculum areas.
- Once your concept map is complete you can use this to create your lesson plans. You can easily select activities and CCSS’s and create individual lesson plans.