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Common Core State Standards and Classroom Suite

Classroom Suite was designed to provide students with explicit instruction, constructive practice and embedded assessments allowing teachers to gauge progress and individualize instruction for their students.

Common Core State Standards

The Common Core Sets the Bar High

Each student should be presented with educational tasks that grow in complexity as the school year progresses, and as students move from grade to grade. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) call for a carefully calibrated "staircase" of skills complexity with the goal that all students will be college and career ready.




Common Core State Standards video


Classroom Suites Creates Independent Learners

Classroom Suite creates an inclusive environment where students of all abilities-regardless of both cognitive and physical challenges-become independent, successful learners. Student activities and instruction are accessible, and teachers can track and monitor student progress without differentiating curriculum to meet the goals of the Common Core Standards.

Educational Software that Supports CCSS for ALL

Following the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Classroom Suite's powerful software provides curriculum and assessment tools while supporting the CCSS. This is accomplished by combining two educational paradigms-systematic, explicit instruction and flexible creativity tools.

See how Classroom Suite supports the Common Core Anchor standards.


Common Core Topic: Standard: Classroom Suite 4 Supports:
Text Complexity Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently. Built-in reading support tools, including buttons to have text read aloud by word/sentence/paragraph/all. Ability to embed graphics and text to support content.
Close Reading Develop a deeper understanding of the text, and be able to answer questions with evidence from within the text. Ability to add locked text and answer fields. Students can independently check their work. Data is collected for reports and portfolio assessment. Primary Skills Builders templates support comprehension assessments.
Text-Dependent Questions Answer questions through close reading, with evidence from the text. Questions can be added to any activity and answered using buttons from toolbar or by typing.
Assessment Answer questions on written material. Primary Skills Builders offers easy to edit assessment templates for collecting data and monitoring student work. Units can be created for developmental progression.
Foundation Skills Understand the features of print. Grasp phonological awareness - understanding of spoken words, syllables and sounds. Know the sound spelling correspondences for common consonants, word patterns and vowel teams. Reading templates provide direct explicit instruction and practice on the foundations of literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. ReadingTutor offers sequenced skill development units appropriate for K-2. All collect data.
Common Core Topic: Standard: Classroom Suite 4 Supports:
Writing Learn to use writing for a variety of purposes. Templates give students a starting point for a variety of writing purposes, including: book reports, journals, letters, biographies and Make a Book.
Complex Ideas Convey complex ideas clearly through effective selection and organization. Word prediction, custom toolbars, talking spell checker support writing and help organize concepts when used with or without included templates.
Research and Present Knowledge Use a combination of digital tools to produce and publish writing. Includes extensive graphics library and the ability to import videos, digital images, sounds or text from any source to enhance writing.
Publishing Formats Produce and publish writing in a variety of formats. Multiple templates for different genres of writing facilitate the writing process and publishing of material in the form of journals, letters, books, or even multimedia presentations.
Technology Use Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. Graphics and text manipulation encourage creativity, basic computer skills, and editing for writing and presentations in multiple formats.
Common Core Topic: Standard: Classroom Suite 4 Supports:
Grammar Demonstrate command of standard English grammar. Writing supports of word prediction, customized toolbars, talking spell checker and read-out-loud feature supports student editing.
Capitalization, punctuation, and spelling Demonstrate command of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Talking spell checker with ability to customize spelling dictionary.
Oral Language Demonstrate command of conventions of standard English. Writing can be represented both orally and through written expression. Students can write, illustrate and dictate their stories and presentations.
Vocabulary Acquire and use a range of general academic and domain-specific words. Customizable toolbars and word prediction support writing process.
Common Core Topic: Standard: Classroom Suite 4 Supports:
Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them Explain the correspondences between equations, tables and graphs. Templates provide direct explicit instruction and models of equations using ten frames, ten rods and numberlines. They also give feedback and collect data to monitor progress.
Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively Create a coherent representation of the problem at hand, not just compute them. Math templates encourage students to step through the math process. There are also numerous onscreen manipulates, i.e., base ten blocks, fraction bars, skip counting grids, decimal grids, etc.
Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others Construct arguments using concrete referents such as objects, drawings and diagrams. Math templates include sorting bins, counting bins, geoboards, and a variety of ways to illustrate and support math concepts and data analysis. Activities on the Activity Exchange also include data collection graphs and numerous examples of data collection.
Model with Mathematics Write equations to describe a situation, or analyze a problem in the community. Math screens allow for object manipulation as well as text boxes to explain and represent data analysis.
Use Appropriate Tools Strategically Consider available tools when solving mathematical problems. Math tools enable students to ungroup and regroup objects ranging from base ten blocks to money. In addition probability generators, geoboards that report length, width and area as well as writing tools to support hypotheses are provided.
Attend to Precision Use symbols appropriately, specify units and quantities. Direct explicit instruction supports student practice and constructive feedback support student learning. Data collection tracks student progress and guides instruction.
Look for and Make Use of Structure Look closely and discern a pattern or structure. Math templates, like those found in Early Concepts, focus on counting, sorting, and pattern recognition forming the basis of student's math proficiency. This continues into higher level templates where skip counting grids provide visual representation of math patterns extending the base of knowledge. Data is collected continuously.