FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PRESS OFFICE
DATE: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
TO: All Florida Media
FROM: Florida Department of Education Press Office
RE: Florida Online Parent Community
The Florida Department of Education is continuing efforts to engage parents at every level of Florida’s education system. The Blast Off Tip of the Week email showcases information about Florida’s Common Core State Standards, assessments, and curriculum.
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*This week’s tip attached.
From: “Just For Parents”
Subject: BLAST OFF TIP OF THE WEEK
Date: October 2, 2012 3:48:34 PM EDT
The Florida Department of Education is excited to share weekly tips about the Common Core State Standards
Kindergarten students should draw, dictate, and write to share their opinions about a book or a topic they are writing about. Students gain the background knowledge they need to respond by watching and listening as the teacher reads and models what students should do.
Students in grades 6-8 should write arguments that focus on discipline-specific content in content-area classes such as social studies or science. Students should introduce their position about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish their position from the opposing position, and organize evidence logically in their responses. Students build background knowledge through reading a wide variety of complex texts in order to respond with logical claims.
Students in grades 9-10 should write arguments that focus on discipline-specific content in content area classes such as social studies or science. Students should introduce precise and specific positions, compare them with opposing positions, and organize their writing so it reflects clear relationships among the position, counterclaims, reasons, and evidence presented. Students build the background knowledge necessary to respond with precise and specific positions through reading a wide variety of complex texts. They have a longer time to organize their writing sufficiently to reflect these clear relationships.
Students with Disabilities
Provide students with a rubric for writing assignments to ensure that they have an understanding of what the expectations and requirements are. Providing a visual model or example of what is expected is also a very good strategy to help them plan out their thoughts and ideas before beginning their writing assignments. (rubric – a clear expectation of performance for writing assignments)
Second grade students should be able to draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with a single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories.
Sixth grade students should be able to display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.
High school students should be able to summarize categorical data for two categories in two-way frequency tables and represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot, and describe how the variables are related.
Students with Disabilities
When teaching abstract concepts like measurement, data, and graphing, use hands-on items like manipulatives or objects to help students visualize quantities and grouping of like items. (manipulatives – various objects such as blocks or flashcard or other materials students can touch and move around to help them learn mathematical concepts)Tweet