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Common Core Curriculum Help

The Common Core State Standards (C.C.S.S.) are standards in English language arts and mathematics that 45 states have voluntarily adopted. The C.C.S.S. were created by teachers, parents, school administrators, education experts, and others from across the country. The standards provide consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade level to help prepare them for the future.

Need help understanding the Common Core State Standards? Try these online resources.

What are the Common Core State Standards? This site provides good, basic information about Common Core and why it was adopted.

National Parent Teacher Association (This site has helpful parent guides for student success. Each guide is four pages arranged by grade level.)

The Ontario-Montclair School District in California has created a kid and parent friendly description for the common core state standards which would also apply to Michigan.

Online Library Resources

The Portage District Library has several online library resources to help find material that will work with the Common Core:
Michigan eLibrary database is a wonderful service that allows Portage District Library residents to borrow materials from other libraries around the state.

MeL also houses the Michigan Online Resources for Educators . M.O.R.E. has a wealth of lesson plans to assist in following the new common core standards. This resource is perfect for teachers and homeschool families.

The TumbleBook Library is a collection of online books for youth. The collection contains animated picture books, beginner chapter books, and books for tweens and teens. Tumblebooks also has National Geographic videos – many of which are paired with e-books – a perfect complement to support Common Core Curriculum! None require downloading or any additional software. Just click and explore!

TumbleBook (Preschool – Grade 2)
TumbleBook Cloud junior (Grades 3-6)
TumbleBook Cloud (Middle School and High School)

_Remember: The librarians at the Portage District Library, as well as the media specialists at your local school, would love to help you find material that works for you and your students! Just ask!_

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