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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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Compare and Contrast Unit
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
Students will identify the important details from folktales and fairytales from around the world. Using the information they have gleaned from the...
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,...
Odd and Even Numbers Unit Lesson 1
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the first of four lessons covering Odd and Even numbers. The purpose of this unit is to help students to determine the difference between...
Investigating the Wolf Unit Lesson 2
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the second of eight lessons in the unit. This lesson focuses on “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.” In this unit, second grade...
Positions - Where does it go?
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the first of eight lessons from a kindergarten geometry unit titled "It's Hip to Be Square." In this lesson, students will learn and practice...
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...