• Teaching the Core Archive

These resources were created for and previously found on Teaching the Core, a website funded by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. This collection of classroom videos and associated lesson materials was developed in 2013 to support K-12 educators implementing the Common Core State Standards. As all of the participants were at that time early in their own work with those standards, these videos were not intended to be exemplars. Rather, they showed real-life classrooms, with all the real-life challenges and successes found therein. Learn more about Teaching the Core.

Student Achievement Partners has curated and featured a subset of the original collection for use with the Instructional Practice Toolkit, a professional learning module designed to support understanding of planning and instruction aligned to college- and career-ready standards. We recommend visiting the Supplemental Lesson Videos collection before exploring what is here.

• 07/21/16
• 55 FILES

Add Fractions with Unlike Denominators (Coverley-Paxton)…

This short lesson is focused on 5.NF.A.1 - adding fractions with unlike denominators by replacing the given fractions with equivalent f…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 4 FILES

Adding & Subtracting with Standard Algorithm (Marshall)

This lesson primarily focuses on 4.NBT.B.4 - fluently adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm.&nbs…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 9 FILES

Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominator…

This lesson focuses on 5.NF.A.1 and 5.NF.A.2: Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.  Students use models and …

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 59 FILES

This lesson focuses on 5.NF.A.1 -add (and subtract) fractions with unlike denominators, using equivalent fractions. Students demonstrat…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 12 FILES

Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators--Day 1 of 2 (Z…

This lesson focuses on the conceptual understanding aspect of 5.NF.A.2--using visual fraction models to add two fractions with unlike d…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 14 FILES

Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators--Day 2 of 2 (Z…

This is Day 2 of a lesson focusing on the conceptual understanding aspect of 5.NF.2--using visual fraction models to add two fractions …

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 8 FILES

Adding Numbers in Multiple Ways (Frakes)

This lesson focuses on 2.NBT.6 - adding up to four 2-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations. …

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 34 FILES

This engaging kindergarten math lesson focuses on all three aspects of rigor: students practice fluency while representing numbers; the…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 7 FILES

The lesson focuses on 2.OA.1 as students add using number strings. Students discuss and share strategies for thinking.

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 6 FILES

Addition & Subtraction Word Problems (Scott)

The students in this lesson utilized a variety of tools to solve, illustrate, and write an equation for addition and subtraction word p…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 2 FILES

Applications of Multiplication & Divison (Scherr)

This lesson was a exploration lesson where students continued to build their understanding and application of multiplication and divisi…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 7 FILES

Character Comparison (Sobin)

Part of a broader study of diverse communities, in this reading comprehension lesson first grade students compare two characters in the…

ELA / Literacy

• 07/21/16
• 10 FILES

Character Differences (Dongarra)

In this lesson, students use a richly-illustrated text to identify the similarities and differences between characters. The activi…

ELA / Literacy

• 07/21/16
• 62 FILES

Comparing Functions (Hair)

This lesson looks at the structure of the algebraic rule of the function and how it can be seen in a table and graph.  Students ar…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 1 FILE

Counting with Groups of 10 (Catalano)

Addresses Standard: 1.NBT.B.2 This excerpt from a larger lesson is an introduction to place value for first grade students. The video b…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 10 FILES

Craft and Illustration (Dobrindt)

In this lesson, the teacher conducts a close reading of the text, with a focus on vocabulary and author's craft. Through a well-planned…

ELA / Literacy

• 07/21/16
• 56 FILES

Dividing Fractions Word Problems (Drum)

Students are solving five word problems within their small groups. Groups must decide if the problems multiplication or division of fra…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 86 FILES

Equivalent Names (Doetch/Falk)

This lesson focuses on 1.OA.C.6, using strategies to add and subtract within 20, and 1.OA.D.7, determining if equations are equal or no…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 14 FILES

Evidence-Based Assertions (Emerick)

This lesson is taught after students have had several days working with the same piece of complex text.  The piece of text is a pe…

ELA / Literacy

• 07/21/16
• 56 FILES

Exponential Growth & Decay (Ashby)

This lesson uses several different representations to demonstrate exponential growth and decay to students. There is physical model, ta…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 70 FILES

Expressions and Equations (Lewner)

This lesson focuses on 6.EE.B.6 and 6.EE.C.9 - using variables to represent numbers in solving real world problems. Students are given …

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 85 FILES

Fact Families (Doetch/Falk)

This lesson is focused on 1.OA.C.6, using the relationship between addition and subtraction, and 1.OA.B.3, applying properties of opera…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 3 FILES

Graphing Simultaneous Equations (Redd)

This lesson focuses on 8.EE.C.8. Students work to transform equations into slope-intercept form and graph them. They explain their thin…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 9 FILES

Inscribed Angles Error Analysis (Licata)

The content focus is on inscribed and circumscribed angles. This lesson uses an Error Analysis Technique to reteach concepts students d…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 9 FILES

Interpreting Fractions as Division (Tinker)

This lesson is focused on 5.NF.B.3: interpreting fractions as division of the numerator by the denominator, in the context of a real wo…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 7 FILES

Introduction to Simultaneous Linear Equations (Redd)

This lesson focuses on 8.EE.8.c and 8.EE.8.a:  solving problems leading to simultaneous equations and understanding that points of…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 7 FILES

Is Summer Break Necessary (Bibb)

After reading, annotating and discussing the article, "Is Summer Break Necessary?", this class returns to the text again to begin …

ELA / Literacy

• 07/21/16
• 22 FILES

Multi-Digit Arithmetic (Ussary)

This lesson focuses on 4.NBT.B. and 4.NBT.B.5, using place value understanding to multiply two-digit by two-digit numbers. Students wor…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 6 FILES

Multiple Meaning Words (Brooks)

This lesson integrates multiple standards to facilitate students' understanding of multiple meaning words. The lesson is care…

ELA / Literacy

• 07/21/16
• 4 FILES

Number Strings (Frakes)

This lesson focuses on 2.OA.A.1 - solving one-step comparing word problems using mental strategies. Students choose a previously learne…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 7 FILES

Number Talk/Mental Computation (Frakes)

This lesson is a Number Talk that focuses on 2.NBT.B.5 and 2.NBT.B.6 - adding three 2-digit numbers using mental strategies. The teache…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 4 FILES

Number Talks (Waldron)

In this Number Talk, the students are working on strategies for mentally adding and subtracting within 100. They demonstrate fluency wi…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 3 FILES

Part-Part-Whole (Waldron)

Students use part-part-whole boxes to organize math in a class read aloud. Students work with a partner to solve real life problems. T…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 8 FILES

Part-Whole Relationships (Donnelly)

This lesson focuses mainly on 3.NF.A.3--understanding that the size of a fractional part is related to the size of the whole. Students …

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 5 FILES

Partial Quotient Method of Division (Weed)

In this lesson, students use the partial quotients method to divide 3-digit dividends by one-digit divisors without remainders (4.NBT.B…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 84 FILES

Percent of Change Using Models (Ligon)

This lesson develops students' conceptual understanding of percent change, including models of percent change and identifying and using…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 50 FILES

Perseverance in Solving Multiplication Word Problems (Pe…

This lesson focuses on 3.OA.A.3 - using multiplication strategies to solve a word problem (note that the required computation is slight…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 5 FILES

Persevering in Solving Word Problems (Glynn)

This lesson focuses on 2.OA.A.1 - representing and solving problems involving addition and subtraction within 100. The teacher leads st…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 13 FILES

Pre-Modeling (Roderique)

Pre-Modeling activity helps students understand what a residual means in relation to a data set and a graph. A linear model is used her…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 9 FILES

Questioning Poetry (Troetti)

In this lesson, students bring to class annotations and questions to help analyze a poem.  The teacher draws the student's attenti…

ELA / Literacy

• 07/21/16
• 7 FILES

Representing Tens and Ones (Catalano)

This lesson focuses on 1.NBT.2:  understanding that the digits in a 2-digit number represent tens and ones. In previous lessons, …

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 6 FILES

Scatterplots- Age Guess Part 1 (Hauck)

This is part 1 of 2 lessons using a "Guess the Age" activity to generate student data, create scatterplots, and find a line of best fit…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 6 FILES

Scatterplots- Age Guess Part 2 (Hauck)

This lesson is part 2 of 2 lesson that uses a "Guess the Age" activity to generate student data, create scatterplots, and find a line o…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 3 FILES

This lesson focuses on K.OA.A.2, solving addition word problems, and K.OA.A.1 & K.CC.B.4, representing addition with objects, drawi…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 4 FILES

Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution (Redd)

This lesson focuses on students solving systems of equations algebraically, building on the work they have previously done with graphin…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 8 FILES

Student-Led Discussion (Sanders)

In this lesson, students make evidence-based connections and arguments through authentic discussion facilitated completely by group mem…

ELA / Literacy

• 07/21/16
• 75 FILES

Student-Led Socratic Seminar (Moffat)

Prior to this lesson, students have read and annotated four different texts about sources of income for the state of Nevada:&…

History / Social Science

• 07/21/16
• 89 FILES

The Language of Owl Moon (Doetch/Falk)

In this lesson, students are on the fourth read aloud of the text, Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. The focus of the lesson is a serie…

ELA / Literacy

• 07/21/16
• 3 FILES

This lesson focuses on G-CO.C.11: developing properties of rectangles, using those properties, and proving theorems about special paral…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 5 FILES

Trigonometric Functions and Graphs (Terry)

This lesson is intended to further develop students’ understanding of trigonometric functions and graphs. Students investigate ho…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 9 FILES

Two-step Word Problems (Dolan)

This lesson focuses on three standards: 3.OA.C.7, 3.OA.A.3, and 3.OA.D.8. During the warm-up part of the lesson, students practice stra…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 8 FILES

Using Adding and Subtracting to Compare Numbers (Barnum)…

This Kindergarten lesson focuses primarily on K.OA.A.1 and K.OA.A.2. Students are solving addition and subtraction word problems using …

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 3 FILES

Using Properties of Operations to Multiply (Hofmayer)

This lesson focuses on 3.OA.B.5 - using properties of operations to solve multiplication problems. Students work with drawing arrays to…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 32 FILES

Using Substitution to Understand Equations and Inequalit…

This lesson focuses on 6.EE.B.5 - understanding how to use a specified set of values and substitution to determine which of those value…