Exit Level Resources for MCAS Practice

Common Core Standards resources: http://www.core-standards.org

What's MassCore?

MCAS Test Schedule - It will take several years to transition to Common Core Standards,

Our content mapping on this page is a hybrid of both (as are the tests for 2012+)

Student Self Assessment checklist for written assignments

Scroll down - let your students explore these kid friendly sites.

 

Home

Teachers

Students

Parents

Free Help by Standard:

  Math Glossary Crosswords

  

 High school Vocabulary

  Literary Terms Crosswords:

Exit Level ELA Resources:

Exit Level Math Resources

 

We're updating our links to mirror Common Core Standards in ELA They are linked to subject areas (content) in ELA

 

Hold your mouse over the standard number to see a description of the standard):

 

1-3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

Composition

Internet Resources – Language Learning Standards # 1-3

Listening and Speaking Skills.

Guidelines for good listening Students

Listen effectively Students
Learning to listen Students

Assessing Listening and speaking skills Teacher article

Oral reports Students

Following Oral Directions Lesson Plan

Listening and Following Directions: Lesson Plan

An oral report Lesson plan

MCAS Scoring Rubrics for Writing Prompt

   Back to top of page.      Back to Standards Directory

 

Internet Resources – Standard #4

Advanced Reading Vocabulary  

Vocabulary Lesson Plans Lesson Plans
Vocabulary Builder Students
A Word A Day Students
Etymology and word origins Students
Dictionaries Students
Thesaurus Students
Word Central Teachers
Vocabulary lists from the SAT - scroll to vocabulary Students

 

 Back to top of page           Back to Standards Directory

     

One of our visitors asked for a dictionary so she could type in words and

get definitions. Happy to oblige (the definition will arrive in a new browser

window. You'll need to close that window to return.)

 

 



  



        

 

 

 

Internet Resources – Standard #5

Grammar and Language Structure Sites for High School Students

Lots of links to fun grammar practice Students

Quick List of Grammar Practice sites for students Students

Grammar Links  Students

Grammar Lesson Plans Lesson Plans 

Word Power Activities for students

Language Arts for Kids Students

Word Central! Kid friendly dictionary site. Students

Language Arts fun Students

Kid's spot; place for kids to publish their writing  Students

 

  Back to top of page           Back to Standards Directory

 

        

Standard #6 Oral Dialects  

Amerispeak - Students
Regional dialectics Dialect Map - Teacher tools
Organization of dialect diversity Students
Slanguage Students
Super Dialects Lists Teacher tools

   Back to top of page          Back to Standards Directory

 

 

Standard #7

How English developed and has been influenced by other languages.

Etymology Resources Teacher tools
Huge list of word origins Students
Learn root words Students
Word wizards – Join the Club Students
Idioms  Lesson Plan
Language arts games and quizzes Quizzes

 Back to top of page          Back to Standards Directory

 

        

Standard #8

Decoding and understanding words in context.  

Cloze Exercises Student quiz
Interactive Context Reading students
Reading Comprehension Games and Puzzles students
Context clues students
  Using context clues to teach reading- lesson plan
Finding the main idea quiz Elementary Quiz
Reading for the main idea High School Quiz 
Identifying the author's purpose Worksheets various levels
Persuasive writing lesson plan: (identifying persuasive pieces) Emerging writers
Mind mapping tutorial (for teachers)
Mind mapping (for students)
Vocabulary quizzes Quizzes
Fact or opinion Quiz
Reading comprehension Lesson Plans
Teaching library and research skills Lesson Plans
Author's purpose Lesson Plan
One Stop English  Lesson Plans
 Back to top of page          Back to Standards Directory

 

 

Literature

Identifying basic ideas in reading selections.  

Predicting content in a reading selection. Lessons
PLAN: Predict, Locate, Add, Note Teacher tools
Help for struggling readers - Teacher tools
Strategies for readers. Teacher tools
Strategies to read for meaning Quizzes
Predicting, skimming, scanning students
Using word parts to read for meaning students
Prefix skills game - students
Age appropriate phonics Lesson Plans
Read Write Think Lesson Plans
Reading Strategies Lesson Plans
Prefix suffix game, lesson plan  Lesson Plan

 

 Back to top of page            Back to Standards Directory

 

    

Standard #10 Identifying Genres  

Children’s Literature Genres Students
Science Fiction Genre Students
Children’s Literature Web Guide Students
Children’s Literature Associations Students
American Library Association/Genres Students
Children’s Book Authors Students
Book Lists by Genre Students
Literature on the Internet by Genre Students

The Gutenberg Project: Books in the Public Domain Teacher tools

    Back to top of page         Back to Standards Directory

   

     

Standard #11 Identifying Theme in Literature   

What is theme? Students
Themes in Children’s Literature: A bibliography. Teacher tools
Booktalks for Secondary Readers Teacher tools
High school themes and lessons Lesson Plans
 Back to top of page             Back to Standards Directory

     

 

Standard #12 Structure and Elements of Fiction  

Glossary  of Literary elements students
Elements of fiction students
Elements of a successful story students
Children's Literature Web Guide Teacher tools
Read, Learn, Connect, American Library Association Teacher tools
 Back to top of page          Back to Standards Directory

 

Standards for Informational Text

Writing non-fiction Students

Teaching About Non-fiction Lesson Plans

Difference between Fiction and Non-fiction Students

Basic Library Skills Students

Children's Book Guide Teacher tools

Critical thinking Lesson Plan

 Back to top of page         Back to Standards Directory

Finding Meaning in What You Read

Finding the main idea quiz Quiz
Reading for the main idea. (for students)
Identifying the author's purpose Worksheets
Persuasive writing lesson plan: (identifying persuasive pieces)
Mind mapping tutorial (for students)
Vocabulary quizzes Quizzes
Fact or opinion Quiz
Compare and contrast quiz Easy Quiz (gr. level 3-5)
Reading comprehension Lesson Plans
Teaching library and research skills Lesson Plans
Learning to read a map. (basic skills gr. 1-5)
Author's purpose Lesson Plan
One Stop English  Lesson Plans

  Back to top of page            Back to Standards Directory


Standard # 14 Poetry

Poetry Lesson Plans for Busy Teachers Teacher tools

Sidewalk Poetry Lesson Plan

More Poetry Plans from Teachers Lesson Plans

Magnetic Poetry Students

Teen Poetry Showcase Students

Edward Lear Students

The Art of Haiku Students

Links to children's poetry Teacher tools

   Back to top of page               Back to Standards Directory

 

Standard #15 Imagery

Mrs. Dowling’s Imagery Page Students
Visit this page for sensory inspiration Students
Sensory visualization chart Teacher tools
Teachers' Reading and Writing Page  Teacher tools
Literary Analysis Terms and Definitions Students
Creative Writing for Teens with Definitions Students

Workshop Quest Teacher tools

 Back to top of page          Back to Standards Directory

 

Standard # 16 Myths

Myths and Legends Teacher tools
Bulfinch's Mythology Students
Greek Myth and Art Students
Geography of Mythology Students
Egyptian Mythology Students
Mythology Links Teacher tools
Myths and Legends of Native Americans Students

 Back to top of page          Back to Standards Directory

    

Standard # 17 Finding Meaning in What You Read

Finding the main idea quiz Quiz
Reading for the main idea. (for students)
Identifying the author's purpose Worksheets
Persuasive writing lesson plan: (identifying persuasive pieces)
Mind mapping tutorial (for students)
Vocabulary quizzes Quizzes
Fact or opinion Quiz
Compare and contrast quiz Easy Quiz (gr. level 3-5)
Reading comprehension Lesson Plans
Teaching library and research skills Lesson Plans
Learning to read a map. (basic skills gr. 1-5)
Author's purpose Lesson Plan
One Stop English  Lesson Plans

  Back to top of page            Back to Standards Directory

Sites for Composition Standards #19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Helping Kids Develop Writing Skills  

Composition Scoring Guide to the MCAS

Writing and study skills, organizing thoughts Students
Learn to write an outline Students
Image making within the writing process - Teacher resource
ABC's of the writing process  Students Middle School
The Flat Stanley project Students Middle School Writing Club - Fun!
Guided Writing Practice  Teachers Lesson Plan - all grades
Writing den: Teacher's Guide - Teacher tools
Guide to grammar and writing Students
Morning messages; getting kids to write. Teacher tools
Power proofreading Students
Writing lesson plans Lesson Plan
Proofreading lesson plan Lesson Plan, grades 3,4,5
Writing assessment: Quiz
Writing Quiz Quiz

 Back to top of page                Back to Standards Directory

Math Resources: 

Prepared for migration to Common Core (we've kept some of the old standards

categories at the bottom of the page.)

 

Number and Quantity

Algebra

Functions Modeling

Geometry

Statistics and  Probability

Back to top of page.

 

Number and Quantity
Lesson Plans - Ask Dr. Math Lesson Plans
Tests in math and more high school
Number Sense Article for teachers - raise test scores
Education Planet, general math  students
SAT Math Prep Center - students
Problem of the week - everyone
Open problems in math - solve the unsolved, students and teachers
Math challenges - students
Many discrete math links - resources for students and teachers
Using Calculators - student tutorials
Frank Potter's Math - great resource for quizzes, lessons, etc.
QuickMath - instantly graph, plot, solve
Homework Spot - ask an expert
Math in the real world - the Mint - money sense

   Back to Math Directory  ~   Back to Top of Page

 

Algebra

 

Expressions - Outline and resources - teachers and students
Expressions - Working with Expressions - Quia - Students
Polynomials - Interactive - Students
Polynomial Games - Students
Creating equations - Making equations in Microsoft Word - Teachers and Students
Creating equations - making equations from number sentences - Students
Solving equations - polynomial equations, links - Students and teachers
Solving equations - equation buster - quizzes interactive - students
Solving equations games - students
Solving equations - lesson plan
Solving equations - quizzes - move up the difficulty ladder - students

 

Functions
All about patterns Annenburg Project: Teacher resources
Interpret Functions - Open ended problems - article for teachers
Unit and Lessons on Patterns - Lessons
Patterns in math - Lesson Plan
Graph Paper printer - print out your own graph paper - Teacher tools
Math in the real world - the Mint - money sense
Dave's Math Tables: Excellent source of tables, formulas and math reference material: (Espańol)
Tough Interactive quiz on functions and graphs - Quizzes
More patterns and relations links 

             

Back to Math Directory 

 

 Back to top of page

Use a graphing calculator programmed by Swedish programmer J. Lillge:

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions 

    • Hold down the left mouse button on point a or b, and move it around.

    • The point f represents the sum a+b. 

    • The three points represent either complex numbers or vectors.

    • If you keep both a and b on the horizontal x axis, you'll see that a+b works 

just like it does for real numbers on the number line. 

             That's true for most of the calculator's functions.

    • Click the box labeled Function to select another built-in function.

    • In the box at the bottom left, type 2x+1, then hit the Enter key.

    • In the box at the bottom right, type sin x, then hit the Enter key.

    • Hold down the right mouse button anywhere on the graph and move it around.

    • Click the box labeled Function and scroll it down to select some more examples

                of user defined functions.

Back to Math Directory  ~   Back to top of page

 

Modeling

 

 

Geometry 

Geometer's Sketchpad™ - software for learning
Geometry Manipulatives - Student activities

Geometry Center - Resources for teachers

Geometry Lessons - Activities for all

More lessons - Activities for students

Interactive Geometry - Activities for students

Advanced Interactive Geometry

Download Geometry Freeware - GeoGebra™ - free learning software

Corner for Interactive Geometry - Software applications for teachers

Geometry Fun and Puzzles - Activities for students

              Back to Math Directory  ~   Back to top of page

Animated Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem

    Below is an animated proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. Starting with a right triangle and 

    squares on each side, the middle size square is cut into congruent quadrilaterals 

    (the cuts through the center and parallel to the sides of the biggest square). 

    Then the quadrilaterals are hinged and rotated and shifted to the big square. 

    Finally the smallest square is translated to cover the remaining middle part 

    of the biggest square. A perfect fit! Thus the sum of the squares on the 

    smaller two sides equals the square on the biggest side.

    

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Afterward, the small square is translated back and the four quadrilaterals are directly

translated back to their original position. The process is repeated forever. This animated

gif was supplied by Professor Mark Meyerson of the United States Naval Academy. 

His website can be found here: http://www.usna.edu/MathDept/website/index.htm

     Back to Math Directory  ~   Back to top of page

Measurement

Add, subtract, multiply and divide lengths:

© 2000
Mr. Calculator
Feet    Inches     / 
 
Add/Subtract
Enter a measurement in feet, inches, fraction
Press + or -
Enter another number
Press =

Multiply/Divide
Enter a measurement in feet, inches, fraction
Press X or /
Enter a number in the /X Box
Press =

 

Calculate areas:

Circle

Enter the radius

square feet
 

Rectangle

Enter the length of one side
Enter the height of one side

square feet
 

Sphere

Enter the radius

square feet
 

Square

Enter the length of one side

square feet
 

Triangle

Enter the length of the base
Enter the height

square feet

 Back to top of page

Common Core Standards resources for teachers: http://www.core-standards.org

Copyright 2012©, MCAS Mentor™

info@mcasmentor.com