Sample Lesson Plans to Teach Common Core State Standards


Integrate Kidspiration® Into Your Curriculum

We understand schools are looking for resources to help teach the new standards, with that in mind we have built this series of lesson plans which integrate the visual thinking and learning tools in Kidspiration® and are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Mathematics Lesson Plans

Reading and Writing Lesson Plans
Science Lesson Plans
Social Studies Lesson Plans


Mathematics Lesson Plans

Adding and Regrouping
Build conceptual understanding and solve multi-digit addition problems with visual models and manipulatives.

Finding Common Denominators
By working with visual models students will explore the relationship between equivalent fractions and common denominators, and then apply their conceptual understanding to help them solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators.

Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Add and subtract fractions and build a conceptual understanding of the process with visual models.

Students will work with visual models to develop an understanding of tessellations and shapes that tessellate, review the names of polygons and explore shape composition.

Word Problems: Step by Step
Solve word problems visually with a sequential, step-by-step approach.


Reading and Writing Lesson Plans

Phonics Lesson: Beginning Letters
Students will use Kidspiration ® as a tool to help them learn, practice and apply specific phonics skills.

Phonemic Awareness: Blending Sounds
Hear and blend individual phonemes.

Reading Lesson: Generating Questions
Ask and record questions during the reading process and determine how the questions were answered.

Vocabulary Lesson: Concept Blocks
Use Kidspiration ® as a tool as students make connections between words, concepts and visual representation of new words.

Writing Lesson: Vacation Postcard
Students will create a clear and coherent "postcard" from an imaginary vacation.


Science Lesson Plans

Build the Rock Cycle

Research and create a diagram of the elements and important terms of the rock cycle.

Find the Food Chains
Students will build visual representations of food chains and then write explanations to support their thinking.

Observations and the Senses
Students identify objects that can be observed with their senses and write sentences to support their choices.

Storm Comparisons
Compare types of storms using Venn diagrams and write about each storm feature.

What Attracts What Repels
Students will use Kidspiration ® to help them understand and think about magnetism and then write sentences to support their ideas.


Social Studies Lesson Plans

How Well Do You Know the States?

Use Kidspiration ® to geographically arrange a puzzle of the 50 United Sates.  Then students will show what else they know about the states by adding interesting symbols and written details.

Cartoon Creator
Students will use Kidspiration ® to develop a multi-panel cartoon based on their research related to a historical event.

Comparing Native American Tribes
Compare and write about two Native American tribes or groups in several categories of information using Kidspiration®

Globalization: Mapping Our Stuff

Students will use Kidspiration ® to create a diagram that documents the origin of their possessions.  They will then research and write about the factors that led to the production of the items.

Symbols and Leaders of the United States
Match names with symbols to identify the people and symbols that have shaped US democratic values.  Then students will write details about the people and symbols, conducting research as necessary.