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Meet Common Core Standards with Materials from Steck-Vaughn, Newmark Learning, Learning Resources and Other Publishers
Part of the joy of teaching children is being able to design a curriculum that suits the specific needs and interests of students. Steck-Vaughn workbooks, Newmark Learning teacher resource books, Learning Resources common core manipulative kits, and other materials designed to meet common core standards can actually play a significant role in helping parents and teachers meet the needs of various students across subjects. Of course, it can be desirable to depart from traditional or rigid plans as needed to enhance the student experience, but using common core materials as a jumping off place has its benefits. Common core teacher resource books and materials aid teachers in creating flexible instructional plans that challenge students, building knowledge and skills – all while meeting the rigorous academic expectations of institutions such as state boards of education. Workbooks and manipulatives supplement lessons, providing students with opportunities to practice and tools for visualizing concepts.
There is no limit of things to learn, but considering common core standards can help students stay on a proven track as they keep the focus on the concepts that are well suited to their age and education level. Rather than reviewing the standards and trying to match them to the vast amount of educational material available, educators can select from common core resources that have already done that task for them. Teacher resource books such as those in the Common Core Writing to Text Series by Newmark Learning provide brief lessons, reading passages, and rubrics for assessment, offering educators a base that satisfies standards when they develop a full range of lesson plans and activities that align with the text. For students, Newmark Learning’s Common Core Comprehension Series provides reading passages that gradually increase in difficulty so that students build their abilities. Without such a collection of passages, an instructor could spend ages discovering passages with the right level of progression. As the students work their way through the increasingly difficult passages, they meet with little frustration because of the skills they develop along the way. Educators can adapt comprehension activities or move through them slowly or quickly depending on the goals for the students. Educators who use established common core texts to guide them in lesson planning and provide them with practice activities have more time for observing student needs, assessing activities, supplementing materials, and performing other duties. Best of all, they can be confident that their strategy is sound.
Parents and teachers who select texts that have been designed to meet common core standards acting to ensure that their students are tackling the concepts that have been widely acknowledged as appropriate for them, preparing them to advance in their studies and function at a competitive level with their peers. Math workbooks, science activity books, and language arts work books all have a place in common core curriculum. Vocabulary in Context for the Common Core Standards by Steck-Vaughn, for example, can provide the vocabulary activities students need to function at a level appropriate for their developmental stage. A strengthened vocabulary helps students excel in other areas of study at a similar level. They may come across challenging words in reading comprehension passages, lab instructions from Instant Science Activities by Chalkboard Publications, or even math problems from Newmark Learning’s Common Core Mathematics, which they are then able to understand using the word lists or strategies outlined in Vocabulary in Context. Activities in the workbooks below align with Common Core Standards. Language Standards for Vocabulary Acquisition and Use. These workbooks offer standards-based activities for enhancing the vocabulary development of students from grades 2-9. They provide contextualized vocabulary practice and help students understand the following concepts: synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, suffixes, homophones, parts of speech, definitions, and context clues.
Core Standards for Math workbooks includes 2-page lessons for every Common Core State Standard for Mathematics. Each lesson includes step-by-step instruction, modeling, and ample practice opportunities with open-response and multiple-choice items. In addition, problem solving is integrated into every lesson to help students apply skills to real-world situations.