Grade Level Curriculum: A Look At Kindergarten Through Grade Six in California Public Schools
A Look At Kindergarten Through Grade Six in California Public Schools is a compilation of subject-matter curriculum, including information about the Common Core State Standards, organized by individual grade levels. (Published October 2011)
Resources for Students, Parents, and Guardians
Information and resources about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for students, parents, and guardians.
- CCSS Resources for Parents and Guardians | DOC (Updated 19-Aug-2014) This handout includes a list of resources for parents and guardians interested in learning more about the CCSS and how to support their child's attainment of these standards.
◦ Mathematics Resources for Parents and Guardians Information and resources for parents and guardians that explain mathematics instruction used today and provide suggestions for supporting their child's academic success.
Parent/Guardian Overview Brochures (Jan-2016): These brochures explain the CCSS to pa rents/guardians, providing insights into what students will learn and highlighting progression through the grade levels.
◦ English Language Arts/Literacy:
A quick video of how teachers plan instruction using district curriculum maps.
Recommended Literature List This web site will provide recommended literature for pre-kindergarten – grade twelve students that align with CCSS. It will also help students prepare for college, a career and the challenges of a changing world.
Smarter Balance Tests This web site provides information about the test, called Smarter Balance, that will be adminsitered to students. Information about fielding testing the Smarter Balance Tests and practice test sample questions for grades 3 – 8 and 11 in the subject areas of English language arts and mathematics are available.
Smarter Balance Practice Tests The Smarter Balance Practice Tests are now available for grades three through eight and grade eleven in English-language arts and mathematics. The Practice Tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments but not reflect the full range of content that students may encounter on the actual assessments.
As teachers review what needs to be taught, they can rely on district created Curriculum Maps. Each map provides the teachers with a list of the order of lessons to be done as well as providing the teacher content information relevant to the standards. Based on their students, other content areas and instructional needs teachers may adjust these as an individual or as a team. Each standard is addressed in the topic maps and resources, examples and essential questions are delineated for each. See samples in the tabs below.
As part of our vision of continuous learning for all, we have been putting additional focus in the area of mathematics. In order for our students to be mathematically proficient, they must have strong skills in conceptual understanding, procedural knowledge and problem solving. In order to best equip teachers with the strategies needed to support students in deep conceptual understanding we have created a multi-year professional development plan using a nationally known math educator and researcher, Dr. Juli Dixon and trainers from DMUSD and EUSD for Cognitively Guided Instruction. Both support teachers in building differentiated classrooms that focus first on conceptual understanding through problem solving before moving students into procedural mathematics.
This training does not replace the content (Standards) being taught or the curricular maps teachers use, rather this work focuses on how teachers sequence within the lessons and provide instruction. For example, how and when a teacher presents a rigorous math task and how they support deep conceptual understanding of the math within the task makes a tremendous difference for student sense-making.
We will be doing demonstrations and more in depth overviews of these strategies at sites during parent nights this year! For more information on either strategy, please see the link below for the EUSD Math Design Plan.
EUSD’s Math Design Plan
How to Help Your Child with Math
Twelve Steps to Increase Your Child’s Math Achievement https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RW5PDQmaUD-xYMkDk8Ra0nAHxVPrLGkG
Mathematics Learning in a Journey Not a Sprint
Dr. Jo Boaler Parent Resources
Mathematics Areas of Focus by Grade Level
Notes from our Dr. Juli Dixon Parent Session
EUSD’s NGSS Design Plan
What are the NGSS Standards?
NGSS Parent Guides in English and Spanishhttp://www.nextgenscience.org/parentguides