Easy Summer Planning with Edcite’s Social Pages

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You switch off the classroom lights and turn in your key. Then you rev up your car’s engine and hit the road. Summer! Summer is time for decompression, whether that means watching Netflix, reading some good books, or getting out and enjoying the warm weather.

We know how important it is for teachers to have this time to recharge. We also know that teachers spend part of the summer planning ahead for the next school year. Thankfully, we can help make the planning process easy!

Our new Social Pages allow you to easily organize and find the best assignments for your new classes in the fall. Read on for three ways to use the Social Pages.

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My Profile

On this page, you can showcase collections of your favorite Edcite assignments. Organize your collections by month, unit, topic, or however you plan your lessons. After you’ve created a great collection, share it with other teachers!

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Featured Collections

On this page, you’ll find dozens of Edcite-recommended assignment collections. Follow your favorite collections and make copies of assignments to send to students in the fall. When you follow this social page you’ll be notified when a new set of Featured Collections appears!

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Discover Teachers

Search for teachers at your school or in your state. Follow teachers and their collections, and easily make copies of assignments.

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Discover Teachers

See how easy it is to plan ahead for the next school year? Now you’ll have even more time to head to the beach, hang with your friends, binge watch your favorite show, and get in that much-deserved relaxation!

Did you make an awesome collection? Share the link with us, and your collection may be featured!

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Edcite Super Bowl Playbook

With Super Bowl 50 around the corner, why not give students a formative assessment that’s football focused? Check out some of these formative assessments on Edcite that incorporate the Super Bowl.

 

Math

  • “Does the score add up?”
    How much do you really know about the Super Bowl? Learn more about every aspect of the game through multiplication of two digit numbers, telling time, division, and addition.
  • “Super Bowl L”
    Are you ready for some Super Bowl math questions? Exercise your table creation skills, multiplication, geometry knowledge, and addition skills to help you get ready for the BIG GAME!
  • “What were the odds?”
    5 Question assignment that covers mean, median, interpreting graphs, probability, and the difference between theoretical and experimental probability.
  • “Super Bowl Stats”
    6 Question assignment that covers definition of probabilty, graphical analysis, and a few writing questions where students act as a CEO and decide what a company should do.

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ELA

  • “How the Super Bowl Got Its Name”
    In this lower elementary assignment, students will practice their reading comprehension and identify main ideas. They’ll also play a fun word game at the end!
  • “Super Bowl Consumption”
    Middle school reading assignments where students read about the amount of consumption Super Bowl fans engage while celebrating this football game. With a focus on an author’s word choice and tone, students will answer technology-enhanced questions about how the way an article is written impacts the way the information is received.
  • “Super Bowl Ads”
    High School students listen to an NPR interview and read an article from the Washington Post to consider whether the cost of Super Bowl ads are worth it. After some basic comprehension questions, students write a letter to the CEO of Coca Cola with a recommendation.

Check out Edcite to find our Super Bowl assignments and more!

Assessments: Start with the Why

“Assessment” has become one of the biggest buzzwords in education: formative assessment, summative assessment, state assessment, district assessment, digital assessment, continuous assessment, common assessment, etc… Literally anything could be considered an “assessment” when you are gathering data. Assessments are not anything new; they have always been, and should always be, a part of every teacher’s toolkit. We have to know where our students are, in relation to the material that we are teaching, in order to best target the learning.

Although the act of assessing a student can be as simple as asking a student a verbal check for understanding, in recent years the term “assessment” has developed a bad reputation. In the US there has been uproar that we are “over-assessing” our students and many are calling for restrictions on the amount that we assess students. While people may have had a bad experience with a particular assessment or group of assessments, we don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Speaking with such vague generalities is confusing the issue. Regular assessment and data are not inherently bad—although some would lead you to believe that they are.

Assessments and data are essential, but they can be tainted when the administration doesn’t align with why the assessment was meant to happen. The problem isn’t that we are over-assessing, it’s that we aren’t always clear WHY we are assessing and therefore, aren’t ensuring the how and what follow appropriately.

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Let’s not waste our time waging a war on data, or focusing our energy on attacking specific assessment providers, let’s instead take the time to reflect on assessment practices in our schools. Let’s discuss the why behind assessments and then make sure we align our how and what.

Using the Start With Why book and Ted Talk by Simon Sinek as our inspiration, we started our recent Professional Development event with a Michigan school district with an exploration into their why regarding assessments. The session sought to help their school district develop common assessments to measure student learning and develop ways to respond to the data. Often times when people think about developing assessments, they immediately think about scheduling and the form the assessment will take. That approach doesn’t start with why and will lead you to question whether these assessments were “successful.” You have to know what it is that you want, in order to know whether you’ve gotten it. So, we started with what they wanted in assessments–we started with their why.

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 1.59.01 PMWe had the coaches begin by thinking through the various rationales behind assessment. Coaches evaluated some potential reasons for assessment, by considering statements like:

 

  • We assess to provide students feedback.
  • We assess to hold teachers accountable.
  • We assess to inform our instructional decisions.

 

From there, groups collaborated to identify the three biggest reasons they want to assess student learning. Once we had a clear picture of why we were creating assessments, then we could better ask and answer questions about how we create and administer assessments, and THEN coaches could start developing assessments (or creating the structures to have assessments developed).

The schools and districts that I support, in their creation of common assessments on Edcite, have a much healthier relationship with data when they have a clear understanding of why they assess students. The problem isn’t the assessment; the problem is, that too often, we don’t know why we are doing it.

If you would like more information about the Professional Development events we have done in regards to school and district assessments, please contact me at Julia@edcite.com.

10 Outstanding PARCC Assignments

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With the PARCC assessments around the corner, teachers are scrambling to find resources to help their students practice. And, to make things slightly more complicated, students need to not only practice with the rigorous, Common Core-aligned content, but they also need to practice their technology skills to prepare for these computer-based exams. To help teachers with both of these aspects, Edcite has added 10 PARCC-specific question types that mimic those students will see on the performance based assessment (PBA) and end-of-year exam (EOY). Here are 10 outstandingly awesome assignments teachers in our community have created themselves and shared in our library!

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1) Assignment Name: PARCC Question of the Day
Created By: Mary Ellen Weeks
Grade/Subject: 4-5, ELA
More Information: this ELA assignment asks students to practice reading a passage and answer comprehension questions. It’s short and simple, but effective! Daniel has posted many “Question of the Day” assignments on Edcite, which you can find by searching for his name ‘Daniel Davis’.

2) Assignment Name: Happiness PARCC Research Task
Created By: Elizabeth Curington
Grade/Subject: 6-8, ELA
More Information: this assignment makes great use of the Part A/Part B ELA questions students will commonly see on the PARCC ELA exam. For more information on these types of questions, see our blog post!

3) Assignment Name: Argumentative Essay: Uniforms in School
Created By: Lisa Velagic
Grade/Subject: 6-8, ELA
More Information: this assignment asks students to consider the arguments for and against uniforms in school and write their own argumentative essay. Argumentative rather than persuasive essays are heavily emphasized by the Common Core, according to this ELA teacher.

4) Assignment Name: The Night & Number the Stars
Created By: Chip Davis
Grade/Subject: 8, ELA
More Information: this ELA assignment asks students to compare passages from 2 different texts, reinforcing a skill students will be asked to do often in the PARCC exams. For more of Chip’s outstanding assignments, search for ‘Chip Davis’ in our assignments library. Also, read this guest blog post by Chip and his colleague Marita Scarlett used Edcite to prepare their ELA students for PARCC!

5) Assignment Name: The Crucible ELA Assessment
Created By: Jessica Kaiser
Grade/Subject: 11, ELA
More Information: this assignment provides practice on a range of math concepts, from functions, this ELA assignment asks students to read text from the Crucible and complete some text-based analysis.

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6) Assignment Name: Fractions Performance Task
Created By: Josie Fixler
Grade/Subject: 4, Math
More Information: this assignment asks students to explore the concept of fractions and use many of the new math-specific item types.

7) Assignment Name: Math TestNav Skills
Created By: E Gorski
Grade/Subject: 3-5, Math
More Information: this assignment allows students to practice with the math-specific question types that will appear on the PARCC exam, from keyboard response to pictograph response.

8) Assignment Name: Algebra I Semester Exam
Created By: Janice Pleimann
Grade/Subject: 8-12, Math
More Information: this assignment can be used as a summative assessment, or for some basic algebra practice with your students.

9) Assignment Name: 8th Grade Cumulative Exam
Created By: Josh Schneider
Grade/Subject: 8, Math
More Information: this assignment provides practice on a range of math concepts, from functions, to rational/irrational numbers, to geometry. If you want to focus on one of these skills, you can customize this assignment for your students on Edcite by deleting or adding questions as you see fit.

10) Assignment Name: Int Math 1 PARCC Quiz (No Calculator)
Created By: Becky Dornette
Grade/Subject: 8, Math
More Information: this assignment provides practice on a range of math concepts, from functions, this ELA assignment asks students to read text from the Crucible and complete some text-based analysis.

Bonus Assignment!

11) Assignment Name: PARCC Sample Assignment
Created By: Deb Bogard
Grade/Subject: 4-12, Science/ELA
More Information: this assignment showcases many of the PARCC question types and contains content for many different grades. It’s a great way to show other teachers at your school what they can find or create for themselves on Edcite!

 

 

Exemplar Assignments from 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we wanted to highlight the most outstanding and popular assignments from this past year. Please share these outstanding resources with your friends, your students, and your personal learning network (PLN)!

English Language Arts:

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
K Long Vowel or Short Vowel? edcite.com/1ddmyj
1 Penguin Babies edcite.com/1aj6af
2 Baby Bao Bao edcite.com/19b2x9
3 Grade 3 Fable: the Lion and the Mouse edcite.com/1obbao
4 Grade 4 Fable: The Story That Has No End edcite.com/1quqqq
5 The Black Pearl
6 Short Story Practice edcite.com/10ljly
7 Freedom Riders
8 Patrick Henry edcite.com/1gbwz7
9 9th Grade Writing Practice edcite.com/1lxbcq
10 Frederick Douglass
11 The Crucible
12 Nonfiction Reading Comprehension – John Wilkes Booth edcite.com/14jkhr

Math:

Grade

Assignment Name

Short URL

K Sorting and Counting — Kindergarten — Measurement and Data edcite.com/10zie2
1 Pre-assessment, all standards edcite.com/1sdxwy
2 Number Sentences edcite.com/1sp540
3 Rounding Numbers to 100s and 10s edcite.com/1vx7k9
4 Factoring and Multiples edcite.com/1k33sm
5 Rounding Decimals edcite.com/1odtz2
6 6.RP.A.3a Ratios and Proportions edcite.com/1eefu3
7 7th Grade Ratios Homework edcite.com/1lat57
8 Opportunity Gap Performance Task edcite.com/1jx4gr
Geometry Point, Line, Arc Definitions edcite.com/1q59v9
Algebra I Working With Slope edcite.com/1bys8i
Algebra II Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Polynomials
Statistics High School Data Modeling edcite.com/1hx3b5
Pre-Calculus Complex Numbers Review edcite.com/1uok1k
Gaeilge Math! Ag Sórtáil edcite.com/18ey9v

 History:

Grade

Assignment Name

Short URL

Middle School Woman’s Suffrage
High School Gains of the Great Depression edcite.com/1nrhb7
High School Dissecting a momentous speech in US History edcite.com/1xuc41

Science:

Grade

Assignment Name

Short URL

Middle School Biotic and Abiotic Factors edcite.com/1n5re4
Middle School The Coriolis Effect edcite.com/16jns6
Middle School Nutrition in Animals edcite.com/1lkkl1
Biology Mitosis Review
Chemistry Ionization Energy edcite.com/1l2d5v
Physics Electricity Review Assignment

 

Going Digital? Find the Perfect Assignment for You and Your Students!

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Summer is a time for lazy days by the pool, catching up on reading, and — oh yeah! — summer planning. Teaching is by far and away the toughest job in the world, and a break is totally necessary. But, in my personal experience, the stress-free summer lifestyle allowed me to dream big and make some of the best changes to my curriculum.

With the upcoming shift to the Common Core and online assessments, we’re here to help our users problem-solve ways to prepare for both of these monumental shifts. In this vein, we compiled a master list of exemplar assignments that can be found in our assignments library. Every teacher, from every grade level and subject can find an online, Common-Core aligned assignment fit for their students. Your students will be able to practice with the Common Core skills while also trying their hand at an online assignment that utilizes the same interactive question types that SmarterBalanced and PAARC both use. So please do enjoy the rest of your summer break. But, if you do take some time to plan, think about where you can incorporate one of these online assignments into your already-awesome plans. And then do us a huge favor — let us know how it goes!

English Language Arts:

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
K Long Vowel or Short Vowel? edcite.com/1ddmyj
1 Penguin Babies edcite.com/1aj6af
2 Baby Bao Bao edcite.com/19b2x9
3 Grade 3 Fable: the Lion and the Mouse edcite.com/1obbao
4 Grade 4 Fable: The Story That Has No End edcite.com/1quqqq
5 Too Much Soda edcite.com/1kwx3g
6 Short Story Practice edcite.com/10ljly
7 President Obama’s Back to School Speech edcite.com/1cwcx6
8 Patrick Henry edcite.com/1gbwz7
9 9th Grade Writing Practice edcite.com/1lxbcq
10 Oscar Wilde — De Profundis edcite.com/1ak628
11 Scopes Trial — Persuasive Writing edcite.com/1xudn3
12 Nonfiction Reading Comprehension – John Wilkes Booth edcite.com/14jkhr

Math:

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
K Sorting and Counting — Kindergarten — Measurement and Data edcite.com/10zie2
1 Pre-assessment, all standards edcite.com/1sdxwy
2 Number Sentences edcite.com/1sp540
3 Rounding Numbers to 100s and 10s edcite.com/1vx7k9
4 Factoring and Multiples edcite.com/1k33sm
5 Rounding Decimals edcite.com/1odtz2
6 6.RP.A.3a Ratios and Proportions edcite.com/1eefu3
7 7th Grade Ratios Homework edcite.com/1lat57
8 Opportunity Gap Performance Task edcite.com/1jx4gr
Geometry Point, Line, Arc Definitions edcite.com/1q59v9
Algebra I Working With Slope edcite.com/1bys8i
Algebra II Linear Equations and Inequalities edcite.com/1plbyw
Statistics High School Data Modeling edcite.com/1hx3b5
Pre-Calculus Complex Numbers Review edcite.com/1uok1k
Gaeilge Math! Ag Sórtáil edcite.com/18ey9v

 History:

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
Middle School Groups in the Women’s Rights Movement edcite.com/1mfqmm
High School Gains of the Great Depression edcite.com/1nrhb7
High School Dissecting a momentous speech in US History edcite.com/1xuc41

Science:

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
Middle School Biotic and Abiotic Factors edcite.com/1n5re4
Middle School The Coriolis Effect edcite.com/16jns6
Middle School Nutrition in Animals edcite.com/1lkkl1
Biology Macromolecules Review edcite.com/1mj1mr
Chemistry Ionization Energy edcite.com/1l2d5v
Physics Car Accident Physics Performance Task edcite.com/1lnx2x

As always, if you have any feedback on our content, please reach out to us! That’s what we’re here for.