• # 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.

• 08/04/16
• 33 FILES

# Using Complex Text to Build Content Knowledge (Motter)

In this lesson, students are using a specific document to examine the grievances of women in the United States as they work to attain e…

History / Social Science

• 07/21/16
• 6 FILES

# Building Knowledge Through Close Reading (Domyancic)

The instruction of this lesson centers on a close reading of a rich and rigorous nonfiction text about penguins. The teacher targets ac…

ELA / Literacy

• 07/21/16
• 7 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
• 43 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
• 5 FILES

# Working with Arrays (Frakes)

This lesson explores 2.OA.C.4 - working with rectangular arrays and writing addition equations to show the total in order to gain a fou…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 2 FILES

# Theorems About Special Parallelograms (Ault)

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
• 33 FILES

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

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 3 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
• 3 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
• 31 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…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 84 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
• 21 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
• 61 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
• 5 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
• 4 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
• 5 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
• 2 FILES

# Solving Addition Word Problems (Macchiarella)

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
• 5 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, s…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 11 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
• 49 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
• 43 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
• 4 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
• 8 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
• 2 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
• 6 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
• 12 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
• 85 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
• 6 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
• 55 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
• 1 FILE

# 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
• 83 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
• 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
• 6 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
• 7 FILES

# Equivalent Expressions (Jackson)

This lesson focuses on 6.EE.A.4: identifying equivalent expressions. Students work together using learned strategies to determine wheth…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 6 FILES

# Text-Based Disagreement During Discussion (Guidarelli)

In this lesson, students are engaged in a shared inquiry about a piece of text, "A Game of Catch."  To begin the lesson, the teach…

ELA / Literacy

• 07/21/16
• 3 FILES

# Decompose Numbers Less Than 10 (Torney)

This lesson focuses on K.OA.A.3:  Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way (e.g., by using objec…

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 11 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
• 88 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
• 71 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
• 5 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
• 7 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
• 6 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
• 8 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
• 9 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
• 9 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
• 5 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
• 5 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
• 3 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
• 8 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
• 2 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
• 6 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
• 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
• 6 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
• 68 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
• 7 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
• 4 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
• 2 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
• 4 FILES

# Adding with Number Strings (Waldron)

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

Mathematics

• 07/21/16
• 55 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…