Building Better Classrooms: Cleveland Teachers Union

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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.

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  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • English Language Arts
  • High School
In this piece, Maxine Hong Kingston explores the themes of silence and voice along with growing up Chinese-American through the technique of a talk-...
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
This unit helps students learn new information from informational texts. Students learn that writers not only use their writing to tell stories, but...
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the second part of a unit study on Jan Brett. This portion focuses on "the Mitten" and consists of two lessons, the first lesson focuses on...
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the fourth and final lesson in a unit covering Odd and Even numbers with this particular lesson focusing on hundreds charts. The purpose of...
  • English Language Arts
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the first of eight lessons and focuses on the traditional version of “The Three Little Pigs.” In this unit, second grade students will use...