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## Book Description

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.

1. Introduction
2. Part I: Getting Up to Speed on Common Core Standards
1. Chapter 1: Exploring Common Core's Roots
1. Understanding the Rationale
2. Tracing Common Core's History
2. Chapter 2: Grasping the Basics of the Common Core Standards
1. Brushing Up on Mathematics Practice and Content Standards
2. Exploring the English Language Arts Standards
3. Focusing on Instructional Shifts
3. Chapter 3: Supporting Common Core at Home: Your Role as a Parent
4. Chapter 4: Teaming Up with Teachers
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
3. Stepping Up with Numbers, Operations, and Shapes in Grade 1
4. Laying the Groundwork for Multiplication in Grade 2
5. Multiplying, Dividing, and Meeting Fractions in Grade 3
6. Gaining Expertise in Multiplication, Division, and Shapes in Grade 4
7. Honing Skills in Fractions, Division, and Volume in Grade 5
8. Exploring Ratios, Rates, Variables, Exponents, and More in Grade 6
9. Solving Real-World Problems Involving Fractions, Ratios, and More in Grade 7
10. Gearing Up for Higher Math in Grade 8
2. Chapter 6: Graduating to High School Math Standards
1. Revisiting Number and Quantity
2. Discovering the Unknowns with Algebra
3. Putting the “Fun” in Functions
4. Applying Mathematics to the Real World with Modeling
5. Shaping Up with Geometry
6. Crunching Numbers with Statistics and Probability
3. Chapter 7: Helping Your Child Achieve English Language Arts Standards in K–5
1. Looking at the Anchor Standards
4. Reading and Deciphering Informational Texts
5. Writing Clearly and Effectively
6. Speaking and Listening Standards
7. English Language Rules and Conventions
4. Chapter 8: Raising the Bar: English Language Arts Standards in Grades 6 – 12
1. Reading More Sophisticated Literature and Informational Texts
2. Honing Your Child's Writing Skills
3. Mastering the Spoken Word: Speaking and Listening
4. Exploring Higher-Level Rules and Conventions of Language
5. Chapter 9: Mastering Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
1. Improving Reading Comprehension in History/Social Studies
2. Deciphering Texts on Scientific and Technical Topics
3. Writing about History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
4. Part III: Part of Tens
1. Chapter 10: Ten Tips for Parents