Common Core Lesson Demonstrations

As part of the NBC Education Nation 2013 Summit, a Common Core Teacher Institute was included to demonstrate Common Core lessons for ELA/literacy and math. Viewers can watch and download a 2nd grade read-aloud lesson—When Charlie McButton Lost Power; a 5th grade close reading, on one chapter, of the non-fiction text—The Omnivore’s Dilemma; Meeting Our Monsters, a 6-12 ELA/Literacy lesson on text synthesis; and How are Mitochondria Connected to the Aging Process?: a 11th and 12th grade text-based lesson in science.

Educators can enrich their personal, grade, or site experience by registering for the Common Core Challenge on the TeacherChannel. At the site, you can build a community and watch the video through the lens of the Instructional Practice Guides, download and try the lesson out, and participate in a discussion forum to share what was successful and what was challenging.

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About Aaron Grossman

I am a 5th grade teacher at Roy Gomm Elementary in Reno, Nevada. I started working with elementary students as part of the Montana Reads program and AmeriCorps. In 2001, after graduating from the University of Montana and moving to Reno, Nevada, I student taught at Rita Cannan Elementary before receiving a 6th grade position at Veterans Elementary. I moved out of the classroom to be a Literacy Coordinator, then an Instructional Coach, and finally a School Improvement Program Coordinator. In 2011, I began working on the Nevada Academic Content Standards in the district’s Curriculum & Instruction Department. I returned to the classroom for the 2015-2016 school year to teach 4th grade at Huffaker Elementary. Before returning to the classroom, I helped develop the Core Task Project that has been featured by National Public Radio, the Gates Foundation, American Radio Works, Eduwonk, the Fordham Institute, Vox, and the Center for American Progress. In 2014, I received the Leader to Learn From Award for my teacher-centered initiative and work to bring college, career, and civics ready outcomes into Northern Nevada classrooms (here). In 2015, I was appointed by Governor Sandoval serve on the Statewide RPDP Council. The same year, Nevada’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero placed me on the state’s State Improvement Team. This year I will be part of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Advisory Group. I am Google Certified Educator and a Nevada Teacher Ambassador. I believe strongly that teaching content is teaching reading and I make sure my students have ample opportunities to work with social studies, history, science and art outcomes. I do what I can to blend the learning for my students and this blog is part of that effort. You can contact me at coretaskproject@gmail.com
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