March 2014



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Common Core made easy with MyOer

By Brenda LaBau and Shelly Mikkelson
South Park Elementary, Belle Fourche

The Common Core State Standards were designed to ensure students entering college courses or the workforce are prepared in the areas of mathematics, reading, writing, speaking and listening. The standards are clear and concise to ensure parents, teachers and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in these areas.

South Dakota teachers have been compiling and curating a collection of resources and lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics to make finding supplemental lessons simple! This work can be viewed and used in the web-based portal It is as easy as creating a username and password and it is a free resource! Teachers may search by standard (recommended), by subject or by an instructional focus code to find many quality lessons and units aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

An added benefit to this website is a link in the drop down menu to Blueprints from the South Dakota Department of Education website. These are blueprints designed for each grade level where several similar standards are grouped within an instructional focus code to be taught and assessed together. These Blueprints can be downloaded to be modified to fit a district's existing curriculum and timeframe, while showing areas where there might be gaps in the curriculum that can be supplemented with lessons from

Get started right away -- choose a standard, search it, click on one of the many different lessons, save it to the Resource Locker, and try it in your classroom. The Resource Locker is found in the drop down menu and is a storage place where lessons can be saved for future use.

For complete simple instructions on using, click on Jamalee Stone’s link to be instructed how to maneuver and use this site with ease:

No more searching hundreds of sites to find one lesson for one standard. The searching has been done for you and more lessons are being added daily.