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Common Core Test Questions

Common Core Test Questions

Now that you know about our Common Core Assessment Workbooks, you’re probably wondering what kind of questions are actually in the workbooks. I mean, do you really want a series of multiple-choice questions to determine the entirety of your students’ abilities? Granted, these are easier to use for quick grades, but do they actually indicate student understanding?

We’ve developed grade-level appropriate measures for each standard. That means you’ll see less problems, larger text, simple directions, and that sort of things for grades K-2. You will find short writing exercises, matching, phonics, reading, and basic arithmetic assessments throughout these books. Grades 3-5 have more performance-based assessments or open-ended answer type activities where they are forced to indicate true understanding of the materials presented. What is also neat about many of these assessments is that they are reusable, as many are rubrics and forms to test with, rather than multiple choice or simple answers that don’t lend well to retesting.

Some of the best examples of this are in our Writing Assessments, which have great rubrics that help students check off what is expected of their writing as they go. When you know how you are being graded, it is easier to accomplish what you must. Even in math, especially geometry, there are some performance-based assessments that require students to categorize, draw, create, and figure certain problems out.

Don’t forget that each of these books has included progress reports and answer keys, too!

Take a test drive today with our Common Core Test Questions program! There are free previews for each grade level. And remember, our Common Core Assessments were developed BY teachers FOR teachers.

 

Common Core Test Questions

Common Core Test Questions

Common Core Test Questions

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Common Core Tests

Common Core Tests

There has been a hugely positive reception for our Common Core Workbooks set. Our 600-900 page huge tomes of activities for each grade level have made hundreds, perhaps thousands of happy teachers, and we know that where there are happy teachers, there are about 20 happy kids to go with them, right? One are where that activity and worksheet set was lacking was in the assessing of common core standards. It was not our goal to have tests in those common core workbooks before. Rather, they were a resource to support learning and practice of standards. However, due to popular demand, we’ve created and now released a companion set of workbooks for grades K-5.

These are not gigantic encyclopedic volumes like before. These are right-to-the-point, 100ish page volumes. Each standard has at least one test or assessment. Some are strict answer and grade assessments, while others are more performance-based with rubrics attached. Some standards are also rather broad, and the assessments could not be done properly with a single sheet of paper, so you might see Assessment A, B, and C. Easy-to-read answer keys are included.

One of the most popular features of these workbooks so far has been the progress reports. Each student can log their results (or you can do it for them) for each standard on a single page that lists standards by areas as well as how many points out of how many possible they scored. Fill it in and use it in those RTI meetings! Pull them out for conferences and retention or gifted meetings! This is a solid piece of data for your use!

Our Common Core Tests program is set up with a great set of assessments developed BY teachers FOR teachers.

 

Common Core Assessments

Common Core Tests

Common Core Tests

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Dealing with Common Core

Dealing with Common Core

There is a whole lot of negativity and ugliness out on the Internet about Common Core. People are stressed, people are worried, people are annoyed, and people are fed up. With any new program, there is always some adjustment, and there’s always that little thought in the back of the mind that we can just ‘ride it out’ since it won’t stick around.

One of the major problems common core hopes to address are: having students transfer in that are on a way different level than any of your students (90% of the time, this seems to be a bad thing). If a student came from a state where they didn’t teach division until a different grade level than your state, you had a WHOLE lot of remediation staring you in the face when you got that transfer slip. It was ugly, especially if you worked in a school with a lot of student mobility, where as much as a third of your class changed by xmas or spring break even!

The whole point was to get everyone teaching the same stuff during the same years. This did not necessarily mean you needed to adopt a new textbook series or stop teaching your favorite lessons. It meant being introspective about trimming the fat and teaching on grade level. I know I loved teaching some science or math materials that were perhaps middle school level, but they tied in with what I was doing on grade level. I had to be careful about getting more bang for the buck, aligning my lessons with standards.

Common Core isn’t so much a new way of teaching as it is a guidebook for when to teach what. You want students arriving in your class on Day 1 knowing everything they should from previous grade levels. Well, if someone before you dropped the ball on this standard or that, their students would be behind. It’s about setting up the next level correctly, so you can build on a proper foundation.

Is Common Core perfect? No. Will it require some changes? Yes. Is it a step in the right direction? Well, we can argue until we’re blue in the face about that, but it can’t hurt to have everyone in the nation teaching the same things at certain developmentally-appropriate grade levels. I certainly would have loved to have students arriving knowing everything they were supposed to – or at least have been exposed to everything they were supposed to see in the previous year.

So, before we gripe too much about this new program, let’s look at what it aims to do, and remember that we can still use most of our favorite lessons, so long as they line up with the standards, and we can still teach with whatever quirks and individual styles we all have.

Our common core program is set up with a lot of open-ended resources, like graphic organizers, writing papers, and strategies that can be freely adapted to different tasks in just about any classroom. Approach it with an open-mind and let your creativity get the better of you!

 

Workbooks for Common Core

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Workbooks for Common Core

Workbooks for Common Core

We have created 6 grade level workbooks for the new national common core standards program. Each workbook, from grades K-5, is about 600 to 900 pages. The older grades tend to be a bit longer, as they have more involved activities, while the primary ones are closer to the 600 page mark. Every comprehensive workbook covers all English Language Arts standards in: Literature, Informational Text, Foundational Skills, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language. They also cover all Math standards in: Counting & Cardinality, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Number & Operations in Base 10, Fractions, Measurement & Data, and Geometry. Our format is the same throughout each workbook, so even if you teach different grade levels or switch between grades on different years, you will easily become comfortable with our program.

For each standard, there is an activity and 2 or more worksheets, graphic organizers, or teaching aides. You will not find a more complete resource of 5th grade common core teaching materials out there! Check out our free samples:

Kindergarten SampleFirst Grade Sample Second Grade SampleThird Grade SampleFourth Grade SampleFifth Grade Sample

 

Workbooks for Common Core

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Fifth Grade Common Core Workbook

Fifth Grade Common Core Workbook

We have created a 900 page comprehensive workbook that covers all 43 English Language Arts standards in: Literature, Informational Text, Foundational Skills, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language. It also covers all 26 Math standards in: Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Number & Operations in Base 10, Fractions, Measurement & Data, and Geometry. For each standard, there is an activity and 2 or more worksheets, graphic organizers, or teaching aides. You will not find a more complete resource of 5th grade common core teaching materials out there!

Take a look at our free samples, and check out our other grade levels, too!

 

Fifth Grade Common Core Workbook

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Fourth Grade Common Core Workbook

Fourth Grade Common Core Workbook

Where else can you find an 870 page workbook that covers your whole year’s fourth grade common core standards? I don’t really know. I know you can find one on our site, and at a reasonable $39 for a download, too. You get your PDF almost instantly, and you can start implementing these ready-to-go activities, centers, and worksheets in your classroom ASAP. Plus, seeing how it’s a digital version, you can throw it up on the whiteboard, or make copies as you need them. It’s also portable on our USB copies for $59, so you can take it everywhere with you. Check out our free previews now!

Fourth Grade Common Core Workbook

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Third Grade Common Core Workbook

Third Grade Common Core Workbook

This fancy workbook is our 867 page monster of a common core resource. It not only comes in dual formats – USB or downloadable PDF, it also covers every single math and ELA standard for 3rd grade common core. This means that this one workbook will work in every one of the almost 50 states that have adopted the common core standards. With a searchable index that helps you locate the standard you are working on currently, you can instantly pull up activities and worksheets that fit your school’s lesson plans and academic plan. Don’t take my word for it, though, because we offer free previews of these workbooks on our site!

Third Grade Common Core Workbook

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Second Grade Common Core Workbook

Second Grade Common Core Workbook

At 599 pages, our 2nd grade workbook might very well be the largest resource of its kind on the net, especially at the low download price of $39. Of course, you can get it on USB, too, for $59. Why buy it? Well, most every state is switching to common core in one way or another, and every standard is covered in this book. That means every common core math and ELA standard for the grade level – every one. Each standard has at least one activity and two worksheets or activities. An answer key for the worksheets is also included in the back. This searchable PDF is an invaluable resource in any 2nd grade classroom!

Second Grade Common Core Workbook

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First Grade Common Core Workbook

First Grade Common Core Workbook

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This First Grade Common Core Workbook is the largest collection of resources for teaching the Common Core State Standards. This workbook includes over 550 pages of Worksheets, Activity Centers, and Posters that teach all the First Grade English Language Arts Common Core Standards and all the Mathematics Common Core Standards!

First Grade Common Core Workbook

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If you are worried about teaching the Common Core State Standards, this First Grade Workbook is just what you need! This First Grade Common Core Workbook includes hundreds of Worksheets, Activities, and Posters to help teach all the First Grade English Standards and First Grade Math Standards from the Common Core Standards. To help you teach the Common Core Standards, we have designed high quality Grade Level Workbooks that include Worksheets and Activities to teach every standard! View our Common Core Workbooks and Grade Level Standards and you will find everything you need to teach the Core Standards!

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Kindergarten Common Core Workbook

Kindergarten Common Core Workbook

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This Kindergarten Common Core Workbook is the largest collection of resources for teaching the Common Core State Standards. This Workbook includes 626 pages of Worksheets, Activity Centers, and Posters that teach all the Kindergarten English Language Arts Common Core Standards and all the Kindergarten Mathematics Common Core Standards!

Kindergarten Common Core Workbook

If you are worried about teaching the Common Core State Standards, this Kindergarten Workbook is just what you need! This Kindergarten Common Core Workbook includes hundreds of Worksheets, Activities, and Posters to help teach all the Kindergarten English Standards and Kindergarten Math Standards from the Common Core Standards. To help you teach the Common Core Standards, we have designed high quality Grade Level Workbooks that include Worksheets and Activities to teach every standard! View our Common Core Workbooks and Grade Level Standards and you will find everything you need to teach the Core Standards!

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