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 K-2)
Common Core
This is the final lesson in a unit on Jan Brett and three of her stories: The Hat, The Mitten and The 3 Snow Bears. In this culminating lesson,...
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the first of a four lesson unit on Addition and Subtraction strategies. Teachers will introduce the lesson by reading Ten for Me by Barbara...
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
Included in this resource are 15 different double ten frame documents that should accompany the lesson "Ten Frame Addition (part 1)." Aligned to...
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  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the second of four lessons for the unit "Addition and Subtraction Strategies." While students learned about double ten frame addtion in the...
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the third of four lessons from the unit "Addition and Subtraction Strategies." Review with students that a doubles fact is a number sentence...
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  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the fourth and final lesson from the unit "Addition and Subtraction Strategies." In this lesson, explain to students that a fact family is a...
Building Better Classrooms: Cleveland Teachers Union
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Friday, July 15, 2016 - 1:33pm
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  • English Language Arts
  • Pre-K, K-2
Common Core
The lessons will take a deep dive into the work of Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis. In their work, students learn strategies for increasing...
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  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the first lesson of an 8 lesson unit titled " Math Strategies/Literature Unit." The unit was written to address the domain of operations and...
Building Better Classrooms: Cleveland Teachers Union
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Friday, July 15, 2016 - 1:33pm
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  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the second lesson of an 8 part unit titled "Math Strategies/Literature Unit." During this lesson students will participate actively in a...
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This is the fourth lesson out of 8 from the unit, "Math Strategies/Literature Unit." Students need constant practice with problem solving so this...