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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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Investigating the Wolf Unit - Lesson 6
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
In this sixth lesson of the unit, students will read “the Big Bad Wolf is Good” by Simon Puttock. In this unit, second grade students will use The...
Investigating the Wolf Unit Lesson 7
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
In the seventh lesson of the unit, students will use their observation skills and primary sources to research information about wolves. In this unit...
Attributes
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the second of eight lessons in a kindergarten geometry unit titled "It's Hip to be Square." In this lesson, students will be able to describe...
Naming Shapes
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the third of eight lessons from a kindergarten geometry unit titled "It's Hip to Be Square." In this lesson, students will be able to name...
Turns and Rotations
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the fourth of eight lessons from a kindergarten geometry unit titled, "It's Hip to Be Square." In this lesson, students will be able to name...
Comparing Shapes
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the fifth of eight lessons from a kindergarten geometry unit titled "It's Hip to Be Square." In this lesson, students will be able todescribe...
Solid Figures
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the sixth of eight lessons from a unit titled "It's Hip to Be Square." In this lesson, students will learn about solid shapes as well as...
Slide, Stack and Roll (Comparing Shapes)
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
This is the seventh lesson of eight from a kindergarten geometry unit titled "It's Hip to Be Square." In this lesson, students will practice...
Build and Compare Shapes
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the eighth and final lesson from the kindergarten geometry unit, "It's Hip to Be Square." In this lesson, students will be able to build...
Strategies for Understanding Place Value unit
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This unit of lessons was designed to suggest methods of teaching regrouping without the traditional algorithm of “carrying”. They allow young...