Common Core Standards for Elementary Grades 3-5 Math & English Language Arts

Common Core Standards for Elementary Grades 3-5 Math & English Language Arts

Common Core Standards for Elementary Grades 3-5 Math & English Language Arts

Common Core Standards for Elementary Grades 3-5 Math & English Language Arts


Smart implementation of the Common Core State Standards requires both an overall understanding of the standards and a grasp of their implications for planning, teaching, and learning. This Quick-Start Guide provides a succinct, all-in-one look at

• The content, structure, terminology, and emphases of the Common Core standards for mathematics and English language arts in the upper elementary grades.

• The meaning of the individual standards within each of the four ELA-literacy strands and five math domains, with an emphasis on areas that represent the most significant changes to business as usual.

• How the standards connect across and within strands, domains, and grade levels to develop foundational language arts, literacy, and mathematics learning--and prepare students for success in the critical middle school years.

Here, teachers of grades 3-5 and elementary school leaders will find information they need to begin adapting their practices to help all students master the new and challenging material contained in the standards. A practical lesson planning process to use with the Common Core, based on Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd Ed., is included, along with six sample lessons.


The grade-level and subject-specific Quick-Start Guides in the Understanding the Common Core Standards series, edited by John Kendall, are designed to help school leaders and school staffs turn Common Core standards into coherent, content-rich curriculum and effective, classroom-level lessons.


This book is part of a series on the Common Core State Standards designed to help educators quickly acquire a deeper understanding of what the standards mean, how they are related within and across grades, and how they help to ensure that, at the end of their schooling, students are prepared to succeed in postsecondary education or the working world.

To help facilitate that understanding, the authors of this guide provide a narrative “unpacking” of the standards. An unpacking is a close analysis of the language and structure of standards designed to make the content of the standards clear. The narrative approach to unpacking you will find here allows the authors to convey the many connections that can be found in the standards, and it seems a wiser approach than the kind of unpacking that breaks standards statements into disconnected pieces of knowledge and skill. To maintain coherence, the authors follow the structure of the standards closely; however, even a cursory comparison of the Common Core standards for English language arts and literacy (ELA/literacy) and the Common Core standards for mathematics makes obvious the striking structural differences between the two. That’s why you will notice a very different approach to the discussion in the two subject-area sections of this guide.

Within the introduction to each subject area, the authors provide an overview of the standards structure they will use to organize the discussion . . .

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