Meet the Common Core
Get an introduction to the Common Core Standards. Learn why they were created and what they mean for you and your students.
Common Core Reading Activities
Nonfiction & Informational Texts
Poetry Lessons & Activities
- Leave Your Sleep Teacher's Guide
This teacher's guide for the collection of classic children's poetry set to music by Natalie Merchant and illustrated by Barbara McClintock contains pre-reading activities and thematic connections, curriculum connections, and multidisciplinary connections linked to the Common Core State Standards.
Common Core Math
Math Made Easy workbooks focus on grade-specific objectives and correlate to the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. Choose a grade level to get started.
Common Core Writing
- Writing Tips for Teens: A Guide to Writing across the Curriculum
Common Core-aligned writing tips and activities from students' favorite young adult authors will help them practice creative writing in a fun way. This guide covers process writing, critiquing, dialogue in writing, structure and perspective, and characterization.
Common Core & Speaking/Listening
- Cover Story
In this reading extension activity, students redesign a book cover to demonstrate their understanding of story elements. After discussing why books have covers, students use the cover of a book to predict the story. Then they compare the story with their predictions and make their own drawings.
- Introducing Nonfiction
Introduce nonfiction with this activity. After learning about nonfiction, read aloud a nonfiction book to the class. Students will draw a picture of something they learned from the text. This activity is aligned to Common Core State Standards for reading informational text and speaking and listening.
Common Core Resources & References
Confused about what the Common Core Standards entail? Get information on understanding the standards, plus further resources on using the Common Core Standards in your curriculum, with ELL students, in assessment, etc. The resources below will take you to another website from Pearson Education.
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Fiction Reading Guides & Lessons
- Arcady's Goal Common Core Teacher's Guide
Give students a glimpse of life as a child in Soviet Russia through literature. Through discussion questions and activities, students will summarize, draw inferences from the text, explore point of view, and find themes.
- Out of the Easy Discussion Guide
Use these discussion questions for Out of the Easy to talk about the key ideas, details, craft, and structure of the novel set in New Orleans during the 1950s.
- The Green Glass Sea Educator's Guide
Study World War II and the Manhattan Project through literature. This educator's guide contains classroom lesson plans and post-reading activities for The Green Glass Sea, a novel set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, during World War II.
- Matched Educator's Guide
This educator's guide to Matched by Ally Condie includes CCSS-aligned lesson plans, writing prompts, research questions, and enrichment activities.
- Lincoln's Last Days Teacher's Guide
Use the book as a supplemental text for history and English classes to bring Abraham Lincoln's last days to life. Students will review facts about the Civil War and and learn about Washington, D.C., in the 1860s.
- The Soccer Fence Common Core Teacher's Guide
This guide contains reading, writing, and literacy activities aligned to Common Core State Standards for grades 2-5. Through this historical fiction picture book, students will learn how the power of sports helped unite South Africans.
- The Graham Cracker Plot Common Core Teacher's Guide
This teacher's guide features discussion questions, reading activities, and writing exercises. Students will make inferences, compare and contrast characters, and explore points of view. Use the charts to guide students in narrative writing.
- The My Life as a... Series Common Core Guide & Worksheets
These Common Core-aligned reading and writing handouts will help students examine the connection between visual and textual information. The guide includes a service learning plan, writing graphic organizers, vocabulary building exercises, a worksheet on similes, and a comic strip activity.