Friday, August 23, 2013

Back to School Parent Resources

Back to School Parent Resources

Explaining the Common Core Standards


Welcome back to school everyone!

 Like many teachers, I want my student’s parents to understand the Common Core State Standards.  I am planning to send home a ‘Back to School’ letter, which will start my Common Core Parent Awareness Campaign for parents of English Language Learners (ELLs) at my school.    

My plan is to distribute this information over the next few months.  By sending home monthly “Common Core Information Letters” I hope to make sure parents understand the standards that are connected with each elementary grade level and add some tools they can employ at home to help support their child’s education.

Below is a list of resources I found that are available in English and Spanish.

Who:  National PTA
What:  Grade level Parent Guides in English and Spanish

The National PTA provides a wealth of information!  Click on over to this site for K-8 and High School parent guides for English language arts and mathematics (English and Spanish).  They developed these guides to help parents become familiar with the expectations for student performance at each grade. The guides include “talking to the teacher” and activities parents can do with their children at home.

The following description is taken from their website:

Parent Guides

Two-page Parents' Guides to Student Success (Color)
Color versions of the two-page Parent Guides
Four-page Parents' Guides to Student Success (Black and white)
Black and white versions of the four-page Parent Guides
Four-page Parents' Guides to Student Success (Color)
Color versions of the four-page Parent Guides


Who:  Council of the Great City Schools
What:  Parent Letters in English and Spanish

This informative resource in English and Spanish is from the Council of the Great City Schools.  The guides at this site offer parents roadmaps to the Common Core.  The roadmaps cover what K-8 students learn in English Language Arts and Math.  The menu on the left hand side offers these “roadmaps” in Spanish.





Who:  Education Northwest
What:  Parent information letters in English and Spanish

Education Northwest produced a series called “Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards”.  One of the issues in that series aims to inform parents on what they need to know about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how the standards will influence teaching and assessment. 

The following description is taken from their website:

Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards - What Do Parents Need to Know?  A series published by Education Northwest to keep regional stakeholders informed about the Common Core initiative.


http://educationnorthwest.org/resource/1547

Let me know what resources that you use to keep your parents up to date with the Common Core!

Happy Teaching!

 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

2 day TPT Back to School Sale

Hello everyone!

It is that time we have all been waiting for!

BACK TO SCHOOL...

 

I wanted to let you all know about the super Back to School 2 day sale going on now at Teachers Pay Teachers.  Teachers pay Teachers is having it’s quarterly site wide sale today and tomorrow.  

2 Days ONLY - 8/12 & 8/13 

My entire product line is 28% off!  Use the code TAD13 at checkout to receive 10% off of your total purchase.  I have added an additional 20% off in my Fun To Teach Store on all products, for a total of 28% off any purchases made today and tomorrow.

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Freebie Multiplying by 8 - Math Games and Lesson Plan

This fun and effective freebie math game,Multiplying by 8 - Multiplication Math Games and Lesson Plans is a 26-page package focusing on multiplying by 8. Teaching elementary students to multiply is quick and effective when students practice their multiplication facts with these fun and engaging reproducible multiplication games, lesson plans and activities.

This package includes 5 Math Games:
*Multiplying by 8
*Match It Up!
*Concentration
*Multiplication Bingo
*Flash Card Bingo

ALSO INCLUDED:
*Homework Black lines
*Timed Tests
*Score Graphs


Each multiplication game includes game boards, cards, practice sheets, a 5 minute-timed test and graph for efficient assessment.

Also included are 5 black lines, which can be used to differentiate your instruction, as seat work or sent home as homework. Flash cards also come in this packet.


These games are effective ways to reach and teach your English language learners and at risk students. Differentiate your elementary instruction with this great 26-page multiplication game and activities. 

Click here to get this great freebie!
 

I love to shop, hope you do to!

Happy Teaching

 

 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Free Common Core Standards eBooks - Teachers Pay Teachers

Hello everyone,
Are you ready for free ebooks packed with Common Core lessons?
Here it is!

Tons of great grammar units...many free and many pay items.

check it out!

Free Common Core eBooks for Grades K-2

These are compiled by TpT Teacher-Authors Deanna Jump and Rachelle Smith.

Free Common Core eBooks for Grades 3-5

These are compiled by TpT Teacher-Authors Margaret Whisnant and Wise Guys.

Free Common Core eBooks for Grades 6-12




Free Common Core Standards eBooks - Teachers Pay Teachers



Free Common Core Standards eBooks - Teachers Pay Teachers

Happy Teaching!
Lori

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives for ELLs


Hi everyone!
I was cruising the internet looking for articles that related to ELD and the Common Core State Standards.  I found this publication from TESOL titled:
Overview of the
Common Core State
Standards Initiatives for ELLs
A TESOL Issue Brief
March 2013
This article includes a brief history of the Common Core movement.  It goes on to cover the development of the Common Core, ELL demographics, CCSS shifts and the expertise teachers will need to teach ELL.  English language proficiency development Standards and the Common Core are discussed, as well as, ELPA 21,the role of ESL and Bilingual teachers, and TESOL’s role in the implementation ot the standards for ELL.


Happy Teaching,


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