Lesson Plans For Grades K-5

Interactive Common
Core Lesson Plans:Ready-Made and Easy to Use

For Grades K–5
Designed by Scholastic News
and Weekly Reader

Core Clicks is the go-to source for effective, interactive Common Core lesson plans.

This powerful digital program combines incredibly engaging informational texts, interactive instruction, and performance-based assessment to build the close reading and analysis skills required by higher academic standards.

Perfect for guided instruction on an interactive whiteboard or tablet computers, Core Clicks leverages your classroom technology to make ELA lessons truly engaging and effective.

This dynamic online program consists of 108 lessons (or Text Studies) that use exciting nonfiction texts and interactive instructional features to build 13 essential ELA skills.

Each Text Study guides educators and students through THREE READS of a short, engaging informational text. Throughout these three reads, interactive features embedded in the text challenge students to analyze the nonfiction in the ways they’ll be required to on PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and other next generation assessments.

Core Clicks builds the following skills, directly from
the Common Core State Standards:
  • Main Idea & Details

    Students must determine the central idea of texts and identify supporting details that support the text’s central conceit.

  • Cause & Effect

    Students must differentiate between causes and effects especially in non-linear texts where the order of events is not always immediatley clear.

  • Compare & Contrast

    Find the differences and similarities between topics, texts, genres, writing styles, word usage, and many other text features.

  • Point of View

    Determine who is telling the story and what their relation to the topic is.

  • Reason & Evidence

    Students must cite reason and evidence to support claims about the text.

  • Inferences

    Students will be required to make inferences from multiple texts and a variety of multimedia sources including audio clips and videos.

  • Author’s Purpose

    Students must determine the author’s purpose in writing the text and distinguish between fact and opinion.

  • Textual Evidence

    Performance tasks in Core Clicks require students to support their answers with textual evidence.

  • Problem & Solution

    Identify problems and solutions presented in the text.

  • Sequence

    Students must determine the sequence of events specifically in non-linear informational texts.

  • Visual Information

    Texts include photos and other visual features that students must integrate into their knowledge of a topic.

  • Text Features

    Captions, headlines, and other text features give students truly complex texts they’ll need to analyze and decipher.

  • Word Meanings

    Students must determine the meaning of vocabulary words from context.

Designed by the Experts at Scholastic

Core Clicks has been designed and created by the team behind Scholastic News and Weekly Reader classroom magazines. As anyone who has subscribed to these titles knows, this team of editors, writers, programmers, and literacy experts has extensive experience providing teachers with rigorous ready-made lessons. They’ve brought that experience to Core Clicks. Our team has meticulously aligned every text study to the Common Core Standards and gone above and beyond in developing a close reading product that’s optimized for your current classroom technology.

Our team also received help from well-know literacy expert Nell K. Duke, Ed.D., professor of literacy, language, and culture at the University of Michigan.

How does the Program Work?

Once a user logs in to Core Clicks, they have instant access to all 108 Text Studies. The user simply selects the skill and subject they want to focus on, and they’re ready to teach one of the important ELA skills mentioned above.

Core Clicks is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard for whole-class instruction. You can also use it for tailored small-group or independent instruction on tablets, laptops, or desktop computers.

With 18 Text Studies per grade, K–5, Core Clicks gives you unparalleled flexibility to help you accommodate the diverse abilities in your classroom. Differentiate instruction by using lower grade level Text Studies with struggling students, on-level Text Studies with capable students, and higher grade Text Studies with your advanced students.

The First Read–Introduce the text and its vocabulary
  • A captivating video gets students excited to read about the science or social studies subject covered in the text.
  • A “Before You Read” audio clip sets a purpose for reading and introduces the topic that will be covered in the text.
  • Students will be challenged to determine word meaning by context throughout the text. To check their answers, simply click on any boldfaced word and a definition will pop up. Additionally students will be asked a series of vocabulary questions for EACH word to ensure that they’ve retained its meaning.
The Second Read–Analyze
the Text
  • Embedded text-dependent reader tasks challenge students to closely analyze the text. They’ll be asked to identify main idea, supporting details, cause and effect, among other core ELA concepts.
  • Text-marking activities have students highlight, underline, and circle specific components of the text.
  • Drag-and-drop activities require students to move icons around the text to locate specific evidence.
The Third Read–Talk about
the Text
  • Thought-provoking discussion questions appear on every page of the text to stimulate meaningful classroom discussions.
  • Helpful discussion checklists make sure you cover the discussion topic from a variety of angles and perspectives.
  • Questions are perfect for small-group or whole group discussions.

Review and Assessment

Beyond the 108 Text Studies, Core Clicks also offers an array of digital teaching tools to help educators review concepts and assess progress. Many of Core Clicks’ features are trackable and give teachers and administrators the ability to easily generate reports at student, class, and school levels.

Skill Workout–Review the Skill

Core Clicks comes with in-depth “Skill Workouts” designed to reinforce each of the 13 major Common Core skills covered in the Text Studies. Each skills workout reviews the essential ELA skill with a high-interest video for direct instruction. After watching the video, complete additional text-based activities and printable worksheets to reinforce one of the major close reading and analysis skills required by higher academic standards.

Question Quests–Short Assessments

Each of our Common Core lesson plans includes a short five-question assessment called a “Question Quest.” These light, performance-based assessments give you a quick way to get students used to answering the types of questions they’ll encounter on high-stakes assessments.

Reading Checkpoints–Assess Progress and Prepare for Tests

Reading checkpoints have students analyze a new and unfamiliar text just like they’ll have to on PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and other next generation assessments. Based on the 13 skills covered in Core Clicks, students will need to draw on information they’ve built throughout the text studies.

Flexible Implementation

Core Clicks can be seamlessly implemented into any existing curriculum. We recommend completing one Text Study every two weeks. Each Three Read Text Study requires approximately four instructional sessions (periods or blocks) to complete. At this pace, completing all 18 Text Studies for your grade level will take about 36 weeks.

But this is only one way to use Core Clicks. The product comes with an in-depth Implementation Guide that helps educators understand everything Core Clicks can do for them. In addition, each text study comes with handy teaching materials including metrics of complexity for the text, a list of academic and domain-specific vocabulary, tips for differentiation, writing prompts, and unique extension activities.

The Full Feature List
  • Access to 108 Text Studies
    (18 per grade-K–5)
  • 20 Direct Instruction Videos on critical ELA skills
  • 27 Reading Checkpoints–perfect for test prep
  • Tracking and Reporting Tools
  • Teaching and Implementation Guides
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