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Common Core Lessons & References

Teacher sitting at table with group of students  Is your school district adopting the Common Core? Work these new standards into your curriculum with our reading, writing, speaking, social studies, and math lessons and activities. Each piece of content incorporates the Common Core State Standards into the activity or lesson.

If you're unfamiliar with the basics of the Common Core, we have the resources to help you adapt your own materials to these new standards.

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

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

Common Core & Speaking/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

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Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!