Common Core Resources
Common Core Resources for Parents
- EngageNY offers parent resources for each grade level. http://www.engageny.org/parent-guides-to-the-common-core-standards. The "Parent's Backpack Guide to Common Core Standards" is a two-sided handout with basic information.
- The NYC Dept of Education has resources for parents to support learning at home for students K - 12th grade at http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/CommonCoreLibrary/ForFamilies/LearningAtHome/default.htm. This information is also available for K-8 parents in 8 additional languages: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/CommonCoreLibrary/ForFamilies/LearningAtHome/SLH_k8.htm
- The National PTA has a Parent Guide to Student Success in English and Spanish for all grades as well as additional resources to understand and support the Common Core: http://www.pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2583
- Reading Rockets explains the four main areas of the Common Core reading standards and suggests simple things you can do at home to help your child build skills in these areas. http://www.readingrockets.org/pdfs/edextras/58939-en.pdf
Lesson Planning for Educators
- The Nonfiction Minute (www.nonfictionminute.com) is a free daily posting of short pieces of nonfiction by a group of award-winning children's nonfiction authors. Each Nonfiction Minute also contains an audio file of the author reading his or her text, so students can actually hear the author's voice, making the content available to less fluent readers.
- Power My Learning (http://powermylearning.org/) curates the best of online learning activities and organizes them by subject, grade and Common Core standard.
CommonCore.org (http://www.commoncore.org) offers a variety of curriculum tools based on the CCSS to help K–12 teachers.
Common Core Learning at Brooklyn Public Library
- Ready, Set, Kindergarten! programs (3 - 5 years) In this special six session series, families will enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning skills. Exploring literacy, science, and math, through music, stories, and play will help you and your child get ready for school! Learn more at http://www.bklynlibrary.org/first-5-years/ready-set-kindergarten
- Science Club programs (5 years and up)
Search "science club" in our Events Calendar to find programs that explore circuitry, robotics and engineering.
- Databases for K to 12 Students
Use our databases to search hundreds of newspapers, encyclopedias, magazines and books to help you find non-fiction sources for projects and reports.
- The Brooklyn Collection has books, manuscripts, newspaper articles, maps, directories and ephemera on anything and everything to do with Brooklyn. See the Young Learners Guide to the Brooklyn Collection for information about how to use this collection for research and school projects.
- See Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)'s 2013-2014 STEAM Multicultural Booklist for Grades Pre-K - 5 with downloadable activity sheets aligned with the Common Core for at home and classroom use.
- View School Library Journal's 20 Outstanding Nonfiction Books for books on fascinating topics that are skillfully written and well researched. For elementary through high school level.
Homework Help for Kids and Teens
- Find out about the homework help resources and services offered through BPL.
- Always waiting for the last minute to do your projects? See tips to organize and overcome procrastination. Get Things Done: Time Management Tips for Teens