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Common Core Standards For Parents For Dummies

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A parent's guide to understanding the Common Core educational standards

Designed to ensure a similar level of job and college preparedness for students from all backgrounds and regions, the Common Core standards have been adopted in 45 states from coast to coast. These new common standards are designed to bring many diverse state standards into alignment with each other in math and English to create a set of national educational standards. Common Core Standards For Parents For Dummies explains this new set of standards, what it means for students, and how parents can get their children prepared for the school year.

  • Explains what changes to expect in the classroom

  • Includes a grade-by-grade explanation of the new math and English standards

  • Provides tips and exercises for helping students succeed

  • For parents who want to help their kids excel at school, Common Core Standards For Parents For Dummies is a handy, straightforward guide that explains everything they need to know.

    Table of Contents

      1. Introduction
        1. About This Book
        2. Foolish Assumptions
        3. Icons Used in This Book
        4. Where to Go from Here
        5. Beyond the Book
      2. Part I: Getting Up to Speed on Common Core Standards
        1. Chapter 1: Exploring Common Core's Roots
          1. Understanding the Rationale
            1. Recognizing the standards
            2. Recognizing the goals
          2. Tracing Common Core's History
            1. Identifying the barriers
            2. Resuming the conversation
            3. Developing the Common Core Standards
          3. State Adoptions and Implementation
            1. Recognizing Common Core states
            2. Striving to implement Common Core
        2. Chapter 2: Grasping the Basics of the Common Core Standards
          1. Brushing Up on Mathematics Practice and Content Standards
            1. Meeting the standards for mathematical practice
            2. Getting familiar with content standards by domain
            3. Looking at the mathematics appendix
          2. Exploring the English Language Arts Standards
            1. Improving reading comprehension
            2. Honing writing skills
            3. Cultivating speaking and listening skills
            4. Fine-tuning grammar, usage, mechanics, and vocabulary
            5. Addressing Standard 10
            6. The literacy standards
            7. Tapping the ELA appendixes
          3. Focusing on Instructional Shifts
            1. Navigating instructional shifts in math
            2. Exploring instructional shifts in English language arts and literacy
        3. Chapter 3: Supporting Common Core at Home: Your Role as a Parent
          1. Creating a Setting Conducive to Learning
          2. Modeling Lifelong Learning
          3. Encouraging and Nurturing a Curious Mind
          4. Making Learning Resources Readily Available
          5. Making Education Relevant to the Real World
          6. Supporting the School's Efforts
        4. Chapter 4: Teaming Up with Teachers
          1. Communicating Effectively with Teachers and Administrators
          2. Monitoring Your Child's Performance and Progress
          3. Helping with Homework
          4. Volunteering at School
      3. Part II: Acquainting Yourself with the Standards
        1. Chapter 5: Doing the Math in Kindergarten through Grade 8
          1. Looking at K–8 Content Standards
          2. Meeting Numbers and Shapes in Kindergarten
            1. Counting and cardinality
            2. Operations and algebraic thinking
            3. Number and operations in base ten
            4. Measurement and data
            5. Geometry
          3. Stepping Up with Numbers, Operations, and Shapes in Grade 1
            1. Operations and algebraic thinking
            2. Number and operations in base ten
            3. Measurement and data
            4. Geometry
          4. Laying the Groundwork for Multiplication in Grade 2
            1. Operations and algebraic thinking
            2. Number and operations in base ten
            3. Measurement and data
            4. Geometry
          5. Multiplying, Dividing, and Meeting Fractions in Grade 3
            1. Operations and algebraic thinking
            2. Number and operations in base ten
            3. Number and operations: Fractions
            4. Measurement and data
            5. Geometry
          6. Gaining Expertise in Multiplication, Division, and Shapes in Grade 4
            1. Operations and algebraic thinking
            2. Number and operations in base ten
            3. Number and operations: Fractions
            4. Measurement and data
            5. Geometry
          7. Honing Skills in Fractions, Division, and Volume in Grade 5
            1. Operations and algebraic thinking
            2. Number and operations in base ten
            3. Number and operations: Fractions
            4. Measurement and data
            5. Geometry
          8. Exploring Ratios, Rates, Variables, Exponents, and More in Grade 6
            1. Ratios and proportional relationships
            2. The number system
            3. Expressions and equations
            4. Geometry
            5. Statistics and probability
          9. Solving Real-World Problems Involving Fractions, Ratios, and More in Grade 7
            1. Ratios and proportional relationships
            2. The number system
            3. Expressions and equations
            4. Geometry
            5. Statistics and probability
          10. Gearing Up for Higher Math in Grade 8
            1. The number system
            2. Expressions and equations
            3. Functions
            4. Geometry
            5. Statistics and probability
        2. Chapter 6: Graduating to High School Math Standards
          1. Revisiting Number and Quantity
            1. The real number system
            2. Quantity
            3. The complex number system
            4. Vector and matrix quantities
          2. Discovering the Unknowns with Algebra
            1. Spotting structure in expressions
            2. Grasping polynomials and rational expressions
            3. Building equations
            4. Reasoning with equations and inequalities
          3. Putting the “Fun” in Functions
            1. Creating functions
            2. Exploring linear, quadratic, and exponential models
            3. Working with trigonometric functions
          4. Applying Mathematics to the Real World with Modeling
          5. Shaping Up with Geometry
            1. Congruence
            2. Similarity, right triangles, and trigonometry
            3. Circles
            4. Geometric properties as equations
            5. Geometric measurement and dimension
            6. Geometric modeling
          6. Crunching Numbers with Statistics and Probability
            1. Interpreting categorical and quantitative data
            2. Making inferences and justifying conclusions
            3. Exploring conditional probability and probability rules
            4. Using probability to make decisions
        3. Chapter 7: Helping Your Child Achieve English Language Arts Standards in K–5
          1. Looking at the Anchor Standards
            1. Reading
            2. Writing
            3. Speaking and listening
            4. Language
          2. Mastering Foundational Reading Skills
            1. Kindergarten
            2. Grade 1
            3. Grade 2
            4. Grade 3
            5. Grades 4–5
          3. Reading and Understanding Literature
            1. Kindergarten
            2. Grade 1
            3. Grade 2
            4. Grade 3
            5. Grade 4
            6. Grade 5
          4. Reading and Deciphering Informational Texts
            1. Kindergarten
            2. Grade 1
            3. Grade 2
            4. Grade 3
            5. Grade 4
            6. Grade 5
          5. Writing Clearly and Effectively
            1. Kindergarten
            2. Grade 1
            3. Grade 2
            4. Grade 3
            5. Grade 4
            6. Grade 5
          6. Speaking and Listening Standards
            1. Kindergarten
            2. Grade 1
            3. Grade 2
            4. Grade 3
            5. Grade 4
            6. Grade 5
          7. English Language Rules and Conventions
            1. Kindergarten
            2. Grade 1
            3. Grade 2
            4. Grade 3
            5. Grade 4
            6. Grade 5
        4. Chapter 8: Raising the Bar: English Language Arts Standards in Grades 6 – 12
          1. Reading More Sophisticated Literature and Informational Texts
            1. Grade 6
            2. Grade 7
            3. Grade 8
            4. Grades 9–10
            5. Grades 11–12
          2. Honing Your Child's Writing Skills
            1. Grade 6
            2. Grade 7
            3. Grade 8
            4. Grades 9–10
            5. Grades 11–12
          3. Mastering the Spoken Word: Speaking and Listening
            1. Grade 6
            2. Grade 7
            3. Grade 8
            4. Grades 9–10
            5. Grades 11–12
          4. Exploring Higher-Level Rules and Conventions of Language
            1. Grade 6
            2. Grade 7
            3. Grade 8
            4. Grades 9–10
            5. Grades 11–12
        5. Chapter 9: Mastering Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
          1. Improving Reading Comprehension in History/Social Studies
            1. Grades 6–8
            2. Grades 9–10
            3. Grades 11–12
          2. Deciphering Texts on Scientific and Technical Topics
            1. Grades 6–8
            2. Grades 9–10
            3. Grades 11–12
          3. Writing about History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
      4. Part III: Part of Tens
        1. Chapter 10: Ten Tips for Parents
          1. What's My Child Currently Working On?
          2. How Well Is My Child Meeting Expectations?
          3. May I See Samples of My Child's Work?
          4. Is My Child Struggling in Any Subject Areas?
          5. In Which Subject Areas Does My Child Excel?
          6. What Can I Do to Help My Child Achieve the Standards?
          7. If My Child Needs Help with Homework, What Resources Are Available?
          8. Does the School Offer Any Opportunities for Academic Enrichment?
          9. What Can My Child Be Doing to Develop Good Study Habits?
          10. Which Classes Should My Child Be Taking
        2. Chapter 11: Ten Ways to Help Your Child Achieve Common Core Standards
          1. Know What Your Child Is Working on
          2. Monitor Your Child's Performance
          3. Have a Daily Homework/Study Routine
          4. Provide a Study-Friendly Environment
          5. Don't Do Your Child's Homework!
          6. Praise Your Child's Efforts
          7. Provide Interesting Reading Material
          8. Encourage Your Child to Take Advantage of Academic Enrichment Opportunities
          9. Take Fun, Educational Trips
          10. Encourage Stimulating Hobbies
      5. Appendix: Resources for the Common Core Standards
        1. National Organizations and Parental Resources
        2. State Departments of Education
      6. About the Author
      7. Cheat Sheet
      8. More Dummies Products