Inspiration Software Lesson Plans: A Resource to Help You Achieve the Common Core State Standards

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With the 2011-2012 school year launch of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), educators and administrators have been hard at work to make sure their curriculum meets the requirements. Designed to fully prepare students with skills for college and the workplace, the Common Core State Standards, provides a clear framework  of what a student should accomplish and learn before the end of each year. “The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them,” (Indiana Department of Education).

The CCSS is an initiative to provide an equal, rigorous education across the country, and for educators in the 46 states (and the District of Columbia) that have chosen to participate, it is a challenge to make all the necessary adjustments to their curriculum. Each standard is detailed with specific requirements for each grade and the cumulative, progression of knowledge from grade to grade that should take place.

 

Educators, curriculum directors and administrators are all trying to find reliable resources, lesson plans and ideas to help their students achieve the Common Core State Standards. Inspiration Software was very aware of this, and on inspiration.com you are now able to find a series of lesson plans for Inspiration® 9, Kidspiration® 3, and Webspiration Classroom Service™.  These lesson plans  incorporate visual thinking and learning tools that address  the Common Core State Standards.

 

Visual thinking and learning skills helps students understand and apply core concepts. Graphic organizers, webs, concept and mind maps and outlining tools allow students to organize their thoughts for writing, brainstorm ideas, form connections between concepts, communicate their thought process and think critically. What’s so powerful and beneficial with visual thinking and learning is that the skills and knowledge acquired apply to all grade levels and subjects; when you use a graphic organizer to learn the skill of comparing and contrasting in an English class, that skill can then be applied the following year in a science class.

 

Let’s take a look at a few lesson plans available through Inspiration Software.

 

Lesson Plan: “Comparison Analysis”

This lesson plan helps students analyze similarities and differences between concepts, literary works and events.

Subject Areas: ELA, Social Studies, Science

Lesson Plan Summary: “Comparison Analysis” focuses on the use of “compare and contrast” to evaluate and gain further understanding of relationships in ELA, social studies, and science.

 Inspiration Example

Standards Addressed:

•    College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading

Standard 7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

•    College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing

Standard 1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Standard 6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

 

Lesson Plan: “Word Problems: Step-by-Step”

This lesson plan helps students solve word problems visually with a sequential, step-by-step approach. Word problems are a common source of struggle for students as they find it difficult to pull out important information, transfer text to meaningful math processes, and approach the problem one step at a time.

Subject Areas: Math, Any subject with a step-by-step problem solving approach

Lesson Plan Summary: In this lesson, students learn how to pull out important information from the text—one step at a time—and use a model to solve the problem. Each step involves an explanation and critical thinking.

Kidspiration Example

Standards  Addressed:
•    Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction * Add and subtract within 20 * Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication * Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems

 

Lesson Plan: “Plate Tectonics Concept Maps”
This lesson plan is focused to help students better understand the concept of plate tectonics and the evidence that supports it students will create concept maps.

Subject Area: Science

Lesson Plan Summary: By creating a concept map, students will better understand the theory of plate tectonics and the evidence that supports it.

Webspiration Classroom Example

Standards Addressed:
•    College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading

Standard 7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
•    College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing
Standard 7: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

 

For more English language arts, science, social studies, and math lesson plans, be sure to check out the variety of lesson plans available on inspiration.com. Addressing the Common Core State Standards in your curriculum doesn’t have to be a struggle; with Inspiration Software and visual thinking tools, the transition can be easy! What’s your favorite CCSS lesson plan to use in your class?

Thanks for stopping by!

Mona Westhaver, President and Co-founder of Inspiration® Software, Inc., has more than 30 years’ experience in visual thinking, systems thinking, and educational learning tools and technology. She has a passion for helping people learn to clarify thinking and feelings and to communicate knowledge and views in a positive way.
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