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Common Core Standards and Scope and Sequence
Ellen Cantrellon 8 October 2013
Transcript of Common Core Standards and Scope and Sequence
and creating a Scope and Sequence
The process of creating the Scope and Sequence
What do we
NY State Standards and the
Common Core Standards
Why create a Scope and Sequence for our curriculum?
-to integrate all the elements of curriculum planning
in one place, for each subject, across the school year.
What will we teach?
When will we teach it?
-how many days/
-pacing of units and
What will we use to
How does it connect to
How will we assess
learning? How will we
use our assessments to
drive future planning?
What are the Common
Aligning NYS Standards and CCS
and moving toward the future
pacing and order
the big picture (breadth, range)
of your curriculum
Understanding the document:
3rd grade Scope and Sequence for Math
Skills block (3rd and 4th grade only)
Concepts/skills to be assessed on end-of-unit assessments
-are bolded in the scope and sequence
-are very often the concepts assessed in the spiraled questions
-Greater focus on informational texts•
More explicit in terms of genre specific standards (in imaginative texts/literature and informational texts)•
-Includes more critical types of content such as stories from around the world, classic myths, foundational U.S. documents, writings of Shakespeare, etc.
-Greater emphasis on opinion, research, and persuasive writing•
-Focus on the requirements of writing in the workplace
-Greater focus on conventions and grammar•
-Greater focus on growing vocabulary
Speaking and Listening•**(stressed by TCRWP)
-“The standards require that students gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas, and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media.” ·
-“An important focus of the speaking and listening standards is academic discussion in one-on-one, small-group, and whole-class settings.”
-Partnerships, book clubs, read alouds with accountable talk
English Language Arts
-greater numeracy focus in Kindergarten (skip counting by 10s and 5s, base ten and base 5, higher counting). Time also eliminated.
-focus on foundational skills in elementary ages (such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals) as preparation for higher mathematics concept
-heavier focus on conceptual understanding rather than solely procedural skill (understanding the concept of multiplication rather than only understanding the multiplication algorithm)
-taking skills outlined in NYS Standards one step further
i.e.: NYS Standards require fourth graders to be able to round numbers to 100,000. CCS require fourth graders to round numbers to 100,000,000.
An organization called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) is creating a common set of K-12 assessments that will replace NYS standardized tests. These new nationwide assessments will use the Common Core Standards.
*There were embedded questions on the 2011-2012 assessments.
*On last year's assessment, all questions were aligned to the Common Core Standards.
Power standards are...
-gateways or building blocks for many other skills
-skills that are essential for college/workforce readiness
-skills that are frequently tested
Example: An understanding of place value helps us understand rounding, money, addition, and subtraction.
One possible order for this process:
a. Begin with the Math Connects curriculum. Use this curriculum to create the initial sequence of units by topic.
b. Align monthly units from Math Connects
curriculum with the NYS Standards.
c. Align this work with
the Common Core Standards.
d. Add in additional curriculum resources to fill in holes in the main published curriculum (based on the standards) and enhance teaching to standards (additional math curriculum resources in K-2, skills resources in 3-4)
e. Plan and describe assessment concepts
Italicized standards are Common Core Standards NOT included in the NYS Standards
f. Apply a "fit test" by checking to make sure that all standards"fit" within the instructional days of the year
and Helpful Links
The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
and the Common Core: Units of Study and the CCS
State Standards Initiative Website
The Common Core Standards:
Standards are meant to guide curriculum and provide guidelines for the type and breadth of knowledge and understanding children should gain by certain ages and grades. Standards have historically been created by state governments.
The Common Core Standards Initiative is a state-led initiative to make goals and expectations clear and shared across the nation.
When will you look at this? How will it
*Turn and Talk to your partner