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In this new series, author and educator Aaron Quigley shows you how to stay up to date with the latest educational technology and classroom management techniques. Each week, he'll introduce you to a new tip you can use to be more efficient, and increase student achievement. Aaron covers concepts like the flipped classroom, Common Core Standards, and the role of social media in education. The series also covers a variety of productivity apps, learning management systems, and other technologies, using a project-based approach that simulates the real K–12 or university classroom environment. Check back often for new tutorials, every Monday with Teacher Tips.
Finding Common Core lesson plans in betterlesson.com is a simple process. The worst part, is there are so many resources, finding the right one for your students can take some time. Let's get started by clicking on the Common Core tab on the top of the screen. One thing I'd like to point out is now we've actually left the main BetterLesson site. If you look at the web browser, we're actually at cc.betterlesson.com. This is important, because if you want to go back to your homepage, simply clicking on the BetterLesson logo no longer works. It's actually going to take us to a list of master teachers.
I can always get back to the Common Core page we were just on by clicking on the Common Core tab. I need to come to the drop down navigation and choose main better lesson. Here, on the Common Core tab, we can see that all of the lessons are broken into two sections. These are the main sections of the Common Core which is mathematics and English language arts. Inside of mathematics, I can see that the lessons are broken out by grade first and then by area of the Common Core. For example, if we're trying to find a lesson for the sound unit we're doing, I know that there might be some functions that go with that. Under eighth grade, I'm going to go and click on Functions to view all of the function objectives.
At this point, I can view all of the Common Core objectives written out that are under the functions category of eighth grade. Once I find an objective I'd like to teach, I can simply click on it. Under this objective, I'll find a variety of lessons that have this objective tag. As I scroll down the page, the second lesson down is the most annoying sound on Earth. Since I'm doing a sound unit, this looks like a lesson that might be interesting for my students. In order to view the entire lesson, I can simply click on the lesson title. I'm now viewing the entire lesson. I can see the objective for the lesson as well as the creator of the lesson. And then have a navigation bar that allows me to quickly jump to various spots inside of the lesson.
For example, if I click on the one, it's going to take me down to the start up, or the first section of this specific lesson. If there's any resources that go with each section in the lesson, those resources have been listed on the right hand side of the page. In order to see the entire section, I can click Expand Content and read all of the information for this particular section. Now, at this point, if this lesson's something that'll work for me, I can simply copy it over to my own lesson planning template in betterlesson.com. However, I can also keep in mind that this particular lesson, made by the master teacher, was part of a unit.
I can click on Unit Two to view all of the units that this particular lesson falls into. I can click on Lesson 15, and view all of the lessons in this particular unit. If I feel that this is a lesson that might be right before or right after something I'd like to teach. I can always use the navigation on the right hand side to quickly take a look at the lesson that should be taught directly before this lesson. Or navigate to a later lesson to see if the content better fits what I'm looking for, for my students. I hope you enjoy exploring the Common Core lesson plans on betterlesson.com and this can be a great tool for both you and your students.
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