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Common Core for Parents

Links to Math Resources for Parents to Support at Home

Elementary and Middle School (K-8)

  • Arcademic Skill Builders: Online educational games for learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills. Math games include addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and fraction and ratio games.
  • Gamequarium: Interactive mathematics games, virtual manipulatives, online calculators, and graphing tools.
  • Harcourt Math Glossary: Interactive math glossary for students in K-6 that provides a searchable database of math terms, accompanied by illustrations and animated examples.
  • Mathematics Benchmarks, Grades K–12: Benchmarks for K-12, as well as models of secondary school courses, sample secondary school assessments, and tasks.
  • Math123xyz.com: Interactive multimedia math resources, including math lessons, interactive tutorials, learning tools, enrichment, and extra practice. Basic Skills, Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Algebra, and Trigonometry.
  • Math Dictionary for Kids: More than 600 interactive mathematical definitions for elementary school students.
  • Math Playground: Play logic games, solve word problems, and watch math videos.
  • Mathwire.com: Activities, worksheets, and creative ideas for teaching math that are classroom-tested by teachers. Based on NCTM Standards.
  • Numbers Made Meaningful: Teacher-tested math stories and games based on the story Trouble with Zero, for PreK through grade 1.
  • Rockin’ the Standards: A veteran elementary school teacher and his rock band have taken lyrics from common tunes and changed them to help kids remember the mathematics they’ve been taught in school.
  • Soft Schools: Worksheets and games.
  • Superkids: Online resource for teachers or parents to create math worksheets on topics including addition, exponents, and telling time.
  • Time Monsters: Interactive online lessons and quizzes about time.

High School (9-12)

  • Algebra Boot Camp: Downloadable resources, questions, and solutions on various algebra topics.
  • Algebra.Help: Worksheets and lessons with step-by-step explanations, as well as calculators and other algebra resources.
  • High School Ace: Math tutorials, games, and resources for high school teachers and students.
  • Math123xyz.com: Interactive multimedia math resources, including math lessons, interactive tutorials, learning tools, enrichment, and extra practice. Basic Skills, Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Algebra, and Trigonometry.
  • Mathwire.com Activities, worksheets, and creative ideas for teaching math that are classroom-tested by teachers. Based on NCTM Standards.
  • Math Motivation: Videos and lessons.
  • Mathematics Benchmarks, Grades K–12: Benchmarks for K-12, as well as models of secondary school courses, sample secondary school assessments, and tasks.
  • Online Math Learning: Lessons, worksheets, and videos for higher-level mathematics, including free SAT testing and GMAT preparation.
  • Phat Math, Inc.: Online help with math homework, as well as math blogs and chat rooms.

The Lowdown

What?  The CCSS are standards that will be replacing the Ca. State Standards.

Where?  45 states, including California, have adopted these standards.  This allows us to compare apples to apples when we talk about achievement across the nation.

Why?  The CCSS were created to make certain that when our students leave high school, they are prepared for the demands of college and work.  The premise is that creating college and career-ready students starts in kindergarten, and that it is the shared responsibility of every educator in our system to support this goal.  We want students to leave our system with the content they need to know, but also the strategies and skills needed to apply their knowledge to real world situations.

When? The CCSS were adopted in December of 2010, and the new test (SBAC) will be aligned to the CCSS and administered to our students in the Spring of 2015.  The SBAC will be an online test.

How?  Transitioning from our current system of multiple choice tests and more isolated, skill-based standards to deeper, more challenging material will take time.  In Martinez we have a very ambitious plan for implementation and professional development for our teachers.  We may not see results immediately, but we know that in the long run, this type of teaching is so much better for our students.  Our teachers are working around the clock to implement the new standards and need your support! 

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

Try some of the practice questions for the new assessment.

Still Want More?

Check out the MUSD CCSS Site for our teachers.  Clicking this link will redirect you to a different site.  \

 

You can also email Audrey Lee, Director of Curriculum & Educational Technology if you have any specific questions. 

The CCSS are a big deal.  [The CCSS] represent the most sweeping reform of the K-12 curriculum that has ever occurred in this country.  It is safe to say that across the entire history of American education, no single document will have played a more influential role in our schools.”  

- Lucy Calkins, Pathways to the Common Core

Parent Resources: Understanding CCSS and Supporting Your Child

Math Video Series for Parents:  What Should Math Look Like and Why?  (NCTM)

Family Guide to Math at Home (Free Download from the California Mathematics Council)

How Parents Can Support the CCSS Reading Standards (Reading Rockets)

Info for Parents (Achieve the Core)

What Parents Should Know (Core Standards Initiative)

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CCSS in Spanish

Common Core en Español.  Click here

Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook Understanding Common Core and the New Report Card click here.  Spanish version available click here.

Samples of the New Report Card by grade level:

Kindergarten Report Card

1st Grade Report Card

2nd Grade Report Card

3rd Grade Report Card

4th Grade Report Card

5th Grade Report Card

Report Card - Spanish Version

 

 

Common Core State Standards by Grade Level or Subject

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Helpful Handouts

PTA Parent Informational Sheets (2 Pages)

PTA Parent Informational Sheets (4 Pages)

Parent Roadmaps (These are fabulous!)

 

Overview Videos

Here are some overview videos that will give you a basic understanding of the purpose of CCSS:

Overview (3 minutes)

Introductory Video (vimeo) - English & Spanish 

Why We Need Common Core - this one is tongue-in-cheek, but it does show the contrast between the tests of yesterday and the tests of tomorrow.