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Building Better Classrooms: Cleveland Teachers Union 

How can teachers prepare for the Common Core State Standards? One way is by using exemplar lessons that focus on the key instructional shifts required by the standards! With a grant from the AFT Innovation Fund, the Cleveland Teachers Union set out to create these lessons. The union recruited a skilled team of classroom teachers to write lessons for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. A national expert reviewed each lesson using the EQuIP Rubric, a widely used tool designed to evaluate Common Core materials. Teachers received feedback on their work and made revisions, polishing their lessons to the highest standards. This school year, Building Better Classrooms will create lessons for students in grades 3-5. We thank our partner, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, for its support of our work.

For more information on the Cleveland Teachers Union, visit: http://ctu.oh.aft.org/

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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil - Unit
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
This is a fifth grade ELA unit based on the E.L. Konigsburg book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. This unit consists of 8...
Balto and the Great Race - M. Hardy
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
This is a third grade ELA unit based on the Elizabeth Cody Kimmel book, Balto and the Great Race. This unit consists of 8 lessons, 1 venn diagram,...
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Unit
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
This is a fourth grade literature unit based on the book, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing written by Judy Bloom. The focus of this unit is to provide...
Draw, Points, Lines & Rays - Unit
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
In this 8 lesson geometry unit, students will learn to draw and identify lines and angles and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles...
Martin Luther King & the Dream-R. DuBose-Butler -1
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
This is a third grade ELA Unit - Based of off Martin Luther King and the Dream by R. DuBose-Butler. This is a Introduction to Dr. Martin Luther King...
Algebra Operations Lesson 1
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
This is Lesson 1 of 8 on Algebra Operations. Learning Target: I can analyze a word problem and write a numerical expression with a variable and...
Factors and Multiples
  • Math
  • 3-5, MS
In this unit, Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 will focus on The Number System due to its use in the study of ratios and rates. The remaining lessons will focus...
Heroism in Internment Camps
  • English Language Arts
  • 3-5, MS
Students will learn about internment camps during World War II. Students will respond and reflect on heroic characteristics by participating in a...
Molly's Pilgrim Lesson 1
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
This is the first lesson of a unit based on Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen. The critical area of focus is that students will be able to refer to...
Molly's Pilgrim Lesson 2
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
This is the second lesson of a unit based on Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen. The area of focus for this lesson is for students to be able to...